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Victoria Advocate, August 27, 1978

Cyril Mica

Advocate News Service
FLATONIA – Cyril Mica, 83, of Flatonia died Friday in a Weimar hospital.

A retired farmer, he lived in Flatonia for most of his life and was born Jan. 18, 1895 in Cistern, Texas, the son of Joseph and Anna Mares Mica. Mr. Mica was a veteran of World War I and a [member of] the Catholic Church in Flatonia.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, with Rev. Anthony Matula officiating.

Burial will be in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Frances Mica of Flatonia; six daughters, Mrs. Albina Hoffman, Mrs. Frances Rebecek and Mrs. Lillie Petracek of Flatonia, Mrs. Hattie Simicek of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Alice Dutcher of Ganado and Mrs. Isabel Sewell of Dickinson; one sister, Mrs. Frances Factor of Skidmore; one brother, Frank Mica of Flatonia; 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, January 6, 1999

FLATONIA – Felix Edward Mica, Sr., 80, of Flatonia, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.

He was born March 3, 1918, in Flatonia, to the late Rudolph Frank and Julia Frances Zimmerhanzel Mica. He served with the rank of Apprentice Seaman at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif. He was a self-employed and retired rom electrical/refrigeration. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion of Flatonia and was former scoutmaster, having served in the 1960s.

Survivors: wife, Amelia Pauline Hoffman Mica; daughter, Evelyn C. Mica of Houston; sons, Felix E. Mica Jr., of Richmond and Harold D. Mica of Flatonia; sisters, Annie Steinhauser of Flatonia and Dorothy Bane of Houston; brother, Adolph Mica of Cuero; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: sister, Lexie Meier; and brothers, Joe Mica and Edwin Mica.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, the Revs. Charles B. Carolan and Dean Evans officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia.

Memorials: Flatonia EMS or Masses.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Monday, March 16, 2015

FLATONIA - Henrietta A. Mica, age 89, of Flatonia, Texas passed away March 14, 2015. Henrietta was born on May 17, 1925 in Flatonia to the late Frank Vybiral and Agnes Krenek Vybiral. She was a homemaker, member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Catholic Life. She is preceded in death by her husband Henry Mica who passed away in 2001.

Survivors include her sister Barbara Klozik of Flatonia, nephew-Patrick and wife Laura Klozik and a great nephew-Thomas Klozik all of Shiner.

Visitation will begin at 12 noon Monday, March 16, 2015 followed by a rosary at 7:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday March 17, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Smith Funeral Home in charge.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, December 22, 1977

Mrs. Julia Mica, 78, of Flatonia, passed away in the Shiner Hospital, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1977.

Funeral Mass was offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia.

Interment was in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Smith Chapel.

Surviving are four sons, Felix and Joe Mica, both of Flatonia, Adolph Mica of Cuero, Edwin Mica of Smiley; two daughters, Mrs. H.H. Steinhauser of Flatonia, Mrs. Dorothy Dane of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Ed. Mica of Flatonia; 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, April 23, 2002, page 12


Robert Leonard Mica, 65, of Flatonia died April 12 [2002].

Funeral services were held Monday, April 15 [2002] at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia. Entombment was in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum.

He was born Nov. 4, 1936, the son of Edward and Frances (Zimmerhanzel) Mica. He was the former member and past president of the Texas Democratic County Chairs Association, a former member of the Texas Democratic Executive Committee, and a member and chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Party. He was a former member and past president of the Flatonia Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau, former member and director of the Tax Appraisal Board, the Fayette County Fair Association Board, the South Central Health Improvement Board and the Flatonia Lions Club. He was a former member of the Flatonia School Board Trustees, the Flatonia Fire Department, served as the first president of the Flatonia Library Association; member of the founding committee for the Flatonia Czhilispiel, and member of the Knights of Columbus for the Sacred Heart Parish. He received the honor of being named the Flatonia Citizen of the Year by the Flatonia Chamber of Commerce. He coached the Flatonia Little League and Girls Softball teams and was a leader for the Flatonia 4-H Club. He was a former member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Speakers Committee and lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Commission.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda; six children, Lori Berger and husband Bryan of Flatonia, Rhonda Mica of Dallas, Stacey Jenke of Flatonia, Darrell Mica and wife Peggy of Austin, Carl Mica and wife Tara of Austin and Scott Jenke of College Station; and four grandchildren, Travis, Erin, and Wade Berger of Flatonia and Natalie Mica of Austin.

Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Carl Mica


Victoria Advocate, October 30, 2012


HOLMAN - Agnes Mican, 92, of Holman, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2012.

She is survived by her son, Harry Mican of Katy; daughter, Bonnie Henneke of Victoria; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 brother.

Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 at Hubbard Funeral Home, Weimar. Services will be Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman. Burial at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
Hubbard Funeral Home, Weimar, 979-725-8561.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 2, 1960

Funeral Services For Mrs. Mican Held At Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. Ignac Mican, 92, one of Dubina's earliest settlers, were held Nov. 20 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina, with interment in the church cemetery, Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Mican was born July 24, 1868, in Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Magnecek, and was brought to this country when she was 9. She was married to Mr. Mican in 1886, and he died about 20 years ago. Her death Nov. 18 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Janicek, in Schulenburg, ended a two-year illness.

Surviving in addition to the daughter are two sons, Joe Mican of Schulenburg and Albert Mican of Weimar; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers for her funeral were Emil, Joe and Robert Janicek, Emil, Victor and Robert Mican, all grandsons.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1917


– Mican died Dec 24, ’16, age 2 years and 6 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 5, 1958

Final Rites for August Mican, 82, Held At Dubina

Funeral services for August Mican, 82, an almost lifelong resident of Dubina, were held Thursday morning, Nov. 27, at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina, with burial in the Dubina Cemetery.

Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd and Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan officiated.

Mr. Mican died Tuesday night, November 25, at the Czech Catholic home for the Aged at Hillje, where he had been a resident the past four years. He had been ill about six months.

Born Aug. 24, 1876, at Dubina, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mican. About 60 years ago he married Miss Aloisie Krejcicek at Dubina, where they settled on a farm. Mrs. Mican died in 1951. Mr. Mican was a member of the Dubina Church and the KJT lodge.

Surviving him are five sons, Emil of Corpus Christi, Albert of Cameron, Cyril of Rosenberg, August of San Antonio and Robert of Baytown; three daughters, Mrs. Chas. (Angeline) Schuerer and Mrs. Joe (Bessie) Bordovsky of Houston, and Mrs. A.L.W. (Vlasta) Strathman of Portland, Texas; three brothers, Anton of Hungerford, Louis of Schulenburg and Rudolf of Ammannsville; a sister, Mrs. John Vavra of Dubina; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The five sons and a nephew, Chas. Bordovsky, served as pallbearers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 22, 1982, page 2

Edna Mican Funeral Held At El Campo

Funeral services for Mrs. Raymond (Edna) Mican, 78, of El Campo were held Thursday, April 15, from St. Philip’s Catholic Church, there, with Rev. James Brunner and Rev. Gerard Cernoch officiating.

Mrs. Mican died at El Campo Memorial Hospital.

Born at Dubina on Nov. 23, 1903, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Cernoch Sr. She was married to Raymond Mican on Oct. 15, 1930, at Dubina. She was a member of St. Philip’s Church and the KJZT Society.

Her husband survives, along with two brothers, Edward Cernoch of Weimar and Robert Cernoch of Schulenburg; a number of nieces and nephews. Three brothers preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Dennis Mican, Leroy Mican, Ricky Clark, Leon Cernoch, Leonard Cernoch and Barry Demel.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1923, page 1

Alois Mican’s Son Dies

The two-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Mican of near Dubina, passed peacefully away last Monday night at eight o’clock, death was due from cramps.

The little body was buried at Dubina Wednesday afternoon. The Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Schulenburg Sticker, 16 March 1923

Death Reports

Edwin Mican, age 2, died February 5, at Weimar.

Both contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston News, May 27, 1943

Weimar, Tex., May 26. Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Mican, who died Friday at the family home in the Holman community north of Weimar were held Monday at the Holman church with interment in the Dubina Cemetery, Rev. Mr. Raska officiating.

Mrs. Mican was born in the Dubina community on May 28, 1897, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sassin. All her life was spent in the Dubina and Holman communities near Weimar.

Survivors are: Her husband, Albert Mican; one daughter, Edna; five sons, Emil Mican of Ammannsville; Victor Mican of Sugar Land; Bennie and Allen Mican at home; and Robert Mican serving with the navy in the Southwest Pacific; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Ander of Weimar and Mrs. Victoria _unch [Bunch or Hunch], of El Campo; and four brothers, Theofil Sassin of Holman, Frank Sassin of Yoakum, Adolf Sassin of Schulenberg and Pvt. Pete Sassin with the army in Utah.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, May 7, 1970

Final Rites for Rudolf Mican, 84, Held April 22

Funeral services for Rudolf J. Mican, 84, retired Ammannsville farmer, were held Wednesday morning, April 22, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Oswald Kahlich officiated.

Pallbearers were grandsons Harry M. Mican, Jaques Fisher, Dionys Fisher, Patrick Lednicky, Bob Cook and Bob Crenshaw.

Mr. Mican died at 3:20 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Fisher, his son-in-law and daughter, in East Gate, where he had been living the past several years. He had been in failing health the past month.

Born Nov. 13, 1885, at Dubina, he was the son of John and Rosalie Mican. He married Miss Lillian Parma at Ammannsville on June 8, 1910. His wife died in 1960.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Ella) Fisher of East Gate, Mrs. Albert (Della) Lednicky of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Frank (Vlasta) Cernosek of Ammannsville; two sons, Morris Mican of Holman and Rudie J. Mican of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 June 1915


Frank Micha, age 70 years, 5 months and 16 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Dec 1917


La Grange, Tex., Dec. 14– Eugene Michael, a soldier at Camp Bowie, died Monday and his remains were brought here and interred at the family burial place at Mecklenburg Thursday. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Michael of near here, is survived by his parents, six brothers and one sister.


Weimar Mercury, 20 Apr 1898, page 1

Anton Michalack [sic.], a farmer of the Sedan neighborhood, died last Monday and was buried at Dubina at 10 o'clock, Tuesday morning.


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Nov 1913


Mrs. Joe Michalek, age 39 years, acute endocorbitis [sic]. near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Michalk: Died at Warda, Sept 23-30 [sic], of Malarial Hematuria, Andreas Michalk, aged 40 years and months.

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Oct 1903, From Warda column

There has been considerable sickness here for some time and two deaths have occurred caused by black jaundice. However, sickness is growing less now. Andrew Michalk and August Pietsch were the two who died, aged respectively 63 and 29 years. Mr. Michalk was a German war veteran fighting in the wars between Germany and Denmark in 1864, and Germany and Austria in 1866. In the latter he took part in the battle of Koenigsgraetz. In the war between Germany and France in 1870-71, he did garrison duty. He came to Texas from Germany in 1881 and settled here where he lived up to the time of his death. He leaves as widow his second wife, and six children from the first, to mourn his loss. He was laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery, Rev. Buschacher officiating.

Both contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 July 1903

Death Record.

Michalk: Died at Warda of congestion of the Brain, Martha Michalk aged 14 months and 8 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Cameron Herald, 16 Nov 2004

Clara Nell (Wildgrube) Michalka, 71, of LaGrange and formerly of Cameron, died Nov. 5 in the LaGrange hospital.

Funeral services were held Nov. 8 from the Koenig and Strickland Chapel in LaGrange with Deacon Mike Meismer officiating. Burial followed in the LaGrange City Cemetery.

Michalka was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Cameron, to Edwin and Lora Mae (Armstrong) Wildgrube. She graduated from Cameron High School and married Tommy Michalka May 27, 1954 in Ft. Worth. After their move to LaGrange she was office manager for Coca Cola Bottling Company and LaGrange TV Cable Company before retiring in 1994. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and enjoyed cooking, fishing, sewing and working alongside her husband on the family farm. She was an avid football fan and volunteered many years for the American Cancer Society.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Tommy Michalka.

Survivors include sons, Mike Michalka and wife Georgia, Jeff Michalka and wife Michelle, all of LaGrange; grandchildren, Keenan Michalka, Leigh Ann Sodek and husband, Chris, Brittni Michalka and Kalyn Michalka; great-grandson, Dalton Thomas Michalka; aunt, Mabel Kuhn McDonald of Cameron; sister-in-law, Rosa Lee Wagner and husband, Floyd of California; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Mark's Hospital Foundation in LaGrange.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Cameron Herald, 9 Dec 2003

Tommy Michalka

Tommy Michalka, 71, of LaGrange and formerly of Cameron, died Oct. 31 on his farm near Cameron.

His funeral was held Nov. 3 at Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in LaGrange with burial following in the LaGrange City Cemetery.

He was born in Cameron Dec. 29, 1931 to Frank P. and Josephine Michalka. He was the Fayette County Constable for Precinct 1.

He is survived by his wife Clara Michalka of LaGrange; sons Mike Michalka and Jeff Michalka both of LaGrange; sister Rosa Lee Wagner of California and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to any favorite charity.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, February 10, 1983

Fritz Michalke Funeral Held

Fritz Albert Michalke of 614 Summit St. in Schulenburg passed away on Monday, Jan 31 at the Stevens Convalescent Center in Hallettsville at the age of 90 years, 9 months, 10 days after a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb 2 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.  Rev. Ernest Melchert officiated and interment took place in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.  Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.  Gilbert Winkler, Walter Roeder, Royce Brauner, Emil Barton, Wilburn Lass and Leslie Lippman served as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers included Milton Kaase, W. T. Bass, Fritz Prilop and Edwin Janacek.  A prayer service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel.  He was born on Apr. 21, 1892 at Osage in Colorado County to Ferdinand and Marie (Krisco) Michalke.  He was united in marriage with Julia (Vogt) Harmon on Dec. 31, 1935 in Schulenburg.  Mr. Michalke served in the Armed Forces during World War I.  A resident of Fayette County for over 60 years, he was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, the American Legion and a social member of the Sons of Hermann.  He was a retired cattle buyer at the time of his death.  He is survived by his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, William G. and Frances Harmon of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Bertha) Frazier of Bernardo, Mrs. Ludvig (Emma) Kubenka of Weimar and Mrs. Charles (Mary) Sebesta of Columbus; three grandchildren, Mrs. Larry (Carole) Fulghum of Casper, Wyoming, Mrs. Jim (Julie) Snow of Aurora, Colorado and Mrs. Bill (Billie) Wada of Boise, Idaho; nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, July 9, 1998

Julia Michalke

Julia Vogt Michalke, a resident of Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center, passed away at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center on Tuesday, June 23 at age 96 years, 10 months, 18 days.

The funeral was held on Saturday, June 27 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, followed by interment in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Steve Luchak, Alfred “Buddy” Michalke, Edward Michalke, Eugene Michalke, Mark Michalke and Tony Haveland.

Born at Swiss Alp on Aug. 5, 1901, she was the daughter of George and Lena (Nolkamper) Vogt.  She attended school in Schulenburg.  On Dec. 31, 1935, she married Fritz Michalke in Schulenburg. A lifetime resident of the Schulenburg area, she worked as a retail clerk and was a member of the United Church of Christ and American Legion Auxiliary.

Three grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren survive her.

Preceding her in death were her husband; a son and daughter-in-law, W. G. and Frances Harmon; two brothers, Robert Vogt and George Vogt; and two sisters, Olivia Vogt and Ruth Stanzel.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, September 11, 1986

William Michalke Is Interred Here Sept. 8

William (Bill) Michalke of Route 3, Schulenburg passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6 after a lengthy illness at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 16 days.

Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Fr. Richard Filice officiating.  Burial followed in the St. Rose Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Leslie Sommer, Andy Michalke, David Klesel, Elroy Sternadel, Lloyd Goedrich and Jim Ohnheiser.  Honorary pallbearers were Rodney Michalke, Elmer Mitchell, Harry Bartosch and Kevin Michalke.

A parish rosary was recited at 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Schwenke-Baumgarten funeral Home.

William Michalke was born July 20, 1913 in Victoria county and married Hattie Schoener.  He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, William R. and Delores Michalke of Schulenburg; sisters Cecilia Klesel of Schulenburg and Mildred Sternadel of Hallettsville; brothers, Erwin Michalke of Texas City and Lee Roy Michalke of Schulenburg; and 2 grandchildren.

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

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


Weimar Mercury, 28 Sep 1895, page 2

Died, at her home near Schulenburg, last Saturday at 3 p. m., Mrs. Wm. Michalke.


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

BIRTH [sic.] Record.

Michalski: Died at Cistern, Sept 30-30 [sic], of Congestion, Mrs. N. Michalski, aged 47 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, November 24, 1881, page 3


It is with sadness we chronicle the death [of] Mr. Joe Meickner [sic.], which occurred last Saturday morning of consumption. Joe had been a sufferer for many weary months, and passed quietly away, and was buried by his Catholic brethren in their grave yard near the Catholic church in the Peters’ neighborhood.

Joseph Michna, aged 30 years, buried 20 Nov 1881 at Dubina Catholic Cemetery; unmarked grave.


Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1910

Flatonia Argus: Mr. Valentine Michulka, a former highly respected citizen of near Flatonia, died in Houston Sunday morning, and his remains were brought here for interment, the funeral taking place at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon from the residence of Mr. A. W. Albrecht. The deceased was well and favorably known here as an upright man and good citizen. Since the death of his wife he has been living with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Philipp of Houston. He leaves a son, Chas. Michulka of Nikel and another daughter, Mrs. Francis Brilling of Houston.

Deceased was 79 years of age, lacking only 8 days. Besides his immediate relatives, the following were at the funeral: Frank Simecek and Joe Macha of Shiner and Jerome Miculka and Mr. Barta of Weimar and perhaps others whose names we failed to learn. Sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives.


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Apr 1900

DIED. – Mr. Anton Micker, an old and respected citizen, died last Wednesday at his home at St. John. He had been a resident of Texas for 16 years, and was 78 years old at the time of his death. The remains were laid to rest Thursday, and condolence is extended to the bereaved.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 15 Nov 1962, page 1

Herat [sic.] Attack is Fatal For August Miculka

Funeral services for August Miculka, 74, were held Monday morning, Nov. 12, at Hubbard Funeral Home. Interment was in the Dubina Cemetery, where Rev. John Bily led the services.

Mr. Miculka died at 2 p.m. Saturday in the home of his late brother, Jerome Miculka, where he had lived for the past 12 years.

Born January 7, 1888, in Dubina, he was the son of the late Filip and anna Haidusek Miculka. He married Miss Willie Peters in 1932, and they farmed in the Dubina community for a number of years. His wife died in 1944. Mr. Miculka was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Annie Drapela of Garwood, Mrs. Janie Fojtik of Granger and Mrs. Agnes Vasek of La Grange.

Pallbearers were his nephews, August Drapela, Louis Drapela, B. H. Drapela, Lester Miculka, Edwin Peters and Oscar Henicke Jr.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 10, 1944

Mrs. Aug. Miculka Buried At Dubina

Funeral rites for Mrs. August Miculka were held on Monday of last week at the Dubina Catholic Church, with the Rev. Vaclav Bily officiating. Interment was made in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Miculka was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Peter and was born at Dubina on September 4, 1892. She was graduated as a nurse in 1916 after attending school at St. Mary's at Galveston and Floeckninger Sanitarium at Taylor. On Aug. 18, 1932, she was united in marriage to Mr. August Miculka. She died Saturday, Feb. 26, after undergoing a major operation in December of last year.

Besides her brother [husband?] survivors include three brothers, Julius and Emil Peter of Dubina and Dr. Leo J. Peter of Schulenburg; four sisters, Mrs. Frances Riebe of Strawn, Mrs. Mary Sobotik and Mrs. Amelia Vacek of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Ed Mikeska of Taylor.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


Karl Miertschin, died Aug. 9, at Winchester, age 69 years, 6 months and 8 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 July 1904


Mietschke: Died at Winchester, 6-27-04, of Convulsions, Otto Chas. Mietschke, aged 7 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Oct 1908


Died at Flatonia, October 3, Karl Miezepas, age 63 years of Hepatitis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, July 8, 2015

Annie Mary Migl was born on June 15, 1915 in Praha, Texas to Chas Pilat and Anna Klekar. She passed away on July 5, 2015 in Galena Park.

Annie is survived by her children: Eunice Hiskey, Donnie Migl, Kathy Kubicek and Mitch Migl; she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Otto Migl.

A visitation will be held at Advantage Howard-Glendale Chapel on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 5-9:00 pm with a Rosary at 8:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima 1705 8th St Galena Park, TX 77547 on Friday July 10, 2015 at 10:00 am with Interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Praha, Texas at 3:00 pm.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 24 July 2010


PRAHA - Mr. George J. Migl, of Praha, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at the age of 91.

Mr. Migl was born to the late John and Anastazia (Koudelka) Migl on March 16, 1919 in Praha. George was an Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Praha, American Legion, VFW, DAV, Military Order of Purple Heart, Crime Stoppers, ASCS, Farm Bureau, KJT, RVOS, and Battle of the Bulge Association. George also served as charter member Czhilispiel and poll attendant.

He is survived by three sons: Dennis Migl and wife Sandy of Floresville, Tim Migl and wife Lisa of Houston, and George Migl Jr. and wife Lynette of Raisin; two daughters, Aileen Shocklee and husband Bob of Carmel, Ind., and Mary Lynn Brehm and husband Allen of Houston; five grandchildren, Adrienne Harris, Chesney Migl, Cullen and Conner Brehm, and Cheyenne Migl; four step-grandchildren, Paul and Michael Shocklee, Tiffany Shocklee-Maric (Stjepan), and Father Christopher Shocklee; two step-great-grandchildren, Robert and Kathleen Del Real; and two sisters, Lily Dornak of Robstown and Annie Stryk of San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Henrietta Jasek Migl; two brothers, Frank and Jerry Migl; three sisters, Rosie Firasek, Agnes Migl, and Sophie Migl; and 13 half-brothers and sisters.

Visitation for friends will begin at 5 p.m. today, July 24, 2010 at Smith Funeral Home-Chapel in Flatonia. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Praha. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2010 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Praha with Rev. Christopher Shocklee and Rev. Joe Hybner officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Praha.

The Migl family wishes that donations be made out to DAV or Operation Interdependence.

Words of comfort and sympathy may be shared with the family online at smithfuneralhomeflatonia.com

Smith Funeral Home, 128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, TX 77941, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, April 6, 1967

Flatonia – John F. Migl passed away Sunday, March 26, 1967 at 1:55 p.m. in Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. He had suffered a massive stroke on Monday, March 20, from which he failed to recover and had reached the age of 65 years and 18 days at the time of his death.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 28, at 8:30 a.m. from Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, with Rev. Marcus A. Valenta saying Mass at the Praha Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Jimmie Brosch, Jimmie Stryk, James Surman, Donnie Migl, Adolf Migl Jr. and Silvin Pospisil.

Survivors are two sons, John Joe Migl of Austin and Thomas Migl of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Mary Ann) Parker of Houston; two brothers, Adolf Migl of Moulton and Frank O. Migl of Galena Park; three sisters, Sister Stanislaus of the Nazareth Convent, Victoria, Mrs. Mary Pospisil of San Antonio, Mrs. John (Stazie) Stryk of Praha and four grandchildren.

Mr. Migl was born in the Praha community on March 8, 1902, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Migl. He and other members of his family owned and operated cotton gins in both Lavaca and Fayette counts, and at one time operated a general store near Praha.

His wife, the former Annie Stasny, preceded him in death June 21, 1948.

Mr. Migl had resided in Houston the past 9 years.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, April 9, 1936, page 1

Aged Citizen Dies at Home Near Praha Wednesday, April 1

John J. Migl, Sr., who came to America from Czechoslovak in 1872, and settled in Fayette County, near Praha, died Wednesday, April 1, at the age of 81 years. Friday morning Requiem Mass was held at the Praha Catholic Church by Rev. John Anders; the body was interred in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Like all early settlers, coming into a new country, the deceased met the issue with a firm hand, determined to be successful. Maintaining, always, a friendly disposition, frugal in his habits and untiring in energy, he became a beloved, respected and successful citizen.

His first wife, who was Miss Marie Holub, and to who he was married November 23, 1872, died in 1910; there was born to the union, thirteen children. Several years after the death of his first wife he married Miss Katherine Koudelka, and this union was blessed with seven children.

Surviving him today are: Mrs. Katherine Migl, his widow; the surviving children are Mesdames Frank Voldau, Mrs. Albina Jasek, Mrs. Clara Jasek and Anton Migl of near Praha; Josef Migl of Ganado, Miss Rosie, Jarome, George, Misses Agnes, Lillie and Anna at Home; also one brother Josef Migl of Praha, Mrs. Anna Jakubik of Yoakum, Mrs. Rosa Hibner of Shiner and Mrs. A.J. Kallus of Wied.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


San Antonio Express, Sunday Morning April 16, 1933


FLATONIA, Tex., April 15,---------
Sophie 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Migl died at the family residence south of town. She developed Lockjaw some days ago after a slight cut on the foot. Burial was held in Praha Catholic Cemetery saturday. Father John Anders officiated.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, May 28, 1964

Moulton – Adolf J. Mika, a long time resident and skilled blacksmith of Novohrad, passed away Thursday, May 14, 1964 at 11:25 p.m. at the Renger Memorial Hospital in Hallettsville. He had attained the age of 85 years, 2 months and 17 days.

The deceased was born in Czechoslovakia and came to this country as a young man, settling in the Novohrad community where he continued his occupation as a blacksmith, a trade he had learned in the old country. Sixty-one years ago he was married to Frances Zapalac at the Praha Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia and continued at the Praha Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Marcus Valenta officiating. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited Friday May 15 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia at 8:00 p.m.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Lillie) Hanzelka of Novohrad, Mrs. Victor (Edith) Schlottmann of Schulenburg and Mrs. Henry (Wilma) Grohmann of Houston; and nine grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Mr. Mika was preceded in death by one son.

Serving as pallbearers were Frank Cerny, V. J. Jasek, Frank Bohuslav, Adolph Migl, Henry Brosch and Willie Migl.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Apr 1900

DIED. – Mr. Anton Micker [sic.], an old and respected citizen, died last Wednesday at his home at St. John. He had been a resident of Texas for 16 years, and was 78 years old at the time of his death. The remains were laid to rest Thursday, and condolence is extended to the bereaved.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, March 3, 1953, pages 1 and 3


The body of Edward Mika, local mechanic, was found hanging from a tree in the Joe Woytek pasture a short distance northeast of town, Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Mika had disappeared from his home a short distance from where he was found, early Friday night. The man was apparently despondent, and hence not responsible for his actions. He had told his wife he would do the job this time where he could not be found, before he left Friday night. He had attempted to hang himself a few months ago, but was cut down by a neighbor, John Grahmann before he could strangle himself.

After his disappearance was reported here, officers of the law headed by Sheriff Theo Long and Constable Bill Renger, and a large group of Boy Scouts, headed by Emil Svab, began searching the entire area around his home on the John Rothbauer property. The search was given up late Friday night, and assumed Saturday morning in the dense thicket in that area, with no results.

Joe Woytek, Jr., who lives in this area, and also works for oil companies who have wells in that area, was checking the pressure of two wells and was unaware that Mika was being searched for. He happened to look up into a tree and saw Mika hanging. The man had apparently stood on a limb of the tree while he tied a double piece of heavy fishing cord around his neck and to another limb.

Justice of the Peace Oscar Shoemake returned a verdict of death by hanging. Mika was once an inmate of a state hospital in San Antonio.

Edward J. Mika was 38 years old. He was born at Novohrad, November 25th, 1914, where he grew to young manhood, He married Alma Haas August 26, 1940, in Weimar, and they spent some time at Weimar, Schulenburg, Wallis, Sealy and finally settled in Hallettsville a few years ago. He followed the trade of a mechanic all his life, and here he worked for the Pustejosky Motor Company and was employed at Kallus Motor Sales at the time of his death.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alma (Haas) Mika; his father, Adolph J. Mika of Novohrad; five sons, Edward, Eugene, Leroy, Melton and Jerry; one daughter, Irene; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Hanzelka of Novohrad, Mrs. Victor Schlottmann of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Henry Grohmann of Houston.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home, Monday, March 2, at 8:45 a.m. and at the Sacred Heart Church here at 9:00 a.m., with Very Rev. A. J. Morkovsky offering a Funeral High Mass.  Interment was in the Praha Cemetery.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, March 4, 1948

Mrs. Bettie Mikesh, (nee Mraz), 77 passed away at 523 Aransas Ave., San Antonio, Wednesday, February 25. The body was conveyed to the Eschenburg Funeral Parlor, where it lay in state until Saturday morning when the funeral cortege proceeded to Flatonia. Services were held at the Flatonia Catholic Church with interment in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Victor A. Raska officiated at the Church and graveside.

Mrs. Mikesh was born in Czechoslovakia. She came to America about 54 years ago, making her home in Fayette and Lavaca Counties. The later years were spent with her daughter in San Antonio.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Mikesh of Galveston and Edward Mikesh of Galveston and Edward Mikesh of San Antonio; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Allen of San Antonio; one brother, John Mraz, Cameron; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Weidel, Flatonia, and Mrs. Joe Steinocher, Houston; also three grandchildren and two great-granddaughters survive.

A son, Frank, and one sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Charles and Edwin Mikesh, Galveston; Van Shuler, San Antonio; Willie Mikesh, Gonzales; John A. Magnus, Flatonia; and John Degenhardt.

Mrs. Mikesh never wavered in her loyalty to her church, she was a splendid Christian and devoted mother, who enjoyed the esteem and affection of a large circle of friends who sympathize with the family in their bereavement.

Among out of town relatives attending the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mikesh Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mikesh Jr. and daughter, Elizabeth Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Mikesh of Galveston; Mr. and Mrs. John Mraz Sr. of Cameron; Mrs. Mary Allen and family and Edward Mikesh of San Antonio; Mrs. H. H. Hicks, Mrs. Joe Steinocher, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Mraz and children of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, November 16, 1961

Funeral services have been set for Thursday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. from the Shiner catholic Church for Charlie Mikesh of Galveston, who died in the John Sealy Hospital there at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, November 12, 1961 at the age of 64 years, eight months and 28 days.

The body will remain at the Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner until the services which will be conducted by the Rev. Father John Hanacek, pastor, with burial to take place in the Flatonia Cemetery.

Mr. Mikesh was born on February 14, 1897 in Dewitt County, the son of J. M. and Betty (Mraz) Mikesh, native Texans. He had lived for a while in Shiner before going to Galveston where he had been employed with the city of Galveston for some 30 years as an engineer with the water works. While in Shiner he was employed by Dr. Schulze.

Survivors include his wife, nee Annie Zimmerhanzel; his father, J. M. Mikesh of Irving; two sons, Charles, Jr., who is stationed with the Army in Massachusetts; and Edwin of Galveston; one brother, Ed Mikesh of El Campo; one sister, Miss Mary Mikesh of San Antonio; two half-brothers, Robert Mikesh of San Antonio and Bill Mikesh of Gonzales; and three half-sisters, Mrs. John (Albina) Degenhardt of Shiner, Mrs. Lilly Adcock of Dallas; and Mrs. C. (Annie) Truly of Irving.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


VESTNIK, Wednesday, December 21, 1960

Mrs. Louise Mikeska, 87, wife of Frank Mikeska, passed away at the Cozy Rest Home in La Grange. Mrs. Mikeska was born in Europe on August 14, 1873, the daughter of Frank and Frances Malick Knapek. She was married at Fayetteville on July 4, 1904 and had lived in La Grange for the past 20 years.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Aug 1913

John Miklica, age 32 years, 11 months, 20 days, accident near Cistern.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Apr 1902

Amelia Miksch, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miksch of High Hill, died on the morning of the 22nd and was interred in the Catholic cemetery at that point on the afternoon of the same day.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Oct 1921

Mrs. Frank Miksch Dead

Mrs. Annie Miksch wife of Frank Miksch has gone to her reward. Thus we lose another good lady from the High Hill vicinity. She died Friday Oct. 7th and was buried at High Hill Sunday, Oct. 9th.

Mrs. Miksch was born in Austria in 1870 coming direct to Fayette County in 1881 where she has since resided, she marraied [sic] Frank Miksch in 1890 and nine children survive this union, they are Mrs. Ida Kleiber, Mrs. Rosa Jungmann of La Costa, Mrs. Emma Heinrich of Slaton, Misses Annie, Lena, Louise, Elsie, Rudolph and Frank, of San Antonio she also leaves one sister and three brothers mourn her loss.

The Sticker tenders its Sympathy to the grief-stricken relatives.


We wish to tender our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors who assisted us in the last sad moment of the illness, death and burial of our beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Frank Miksch, also for the many floral offering [sic] and the beautiful songs rendered. The many thoughtful kindnesses extended us will ever be cherished and remember [sic].

Frank Miksch and Children

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 30 Aug 1962, page 1

Wreck Injuries Prove Fatal For Schulenburg Girl

Gertrude Ann Miksch, 22, of Schulenburg, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday in Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, of head injuries received in a car accident Aug. 19 near her home.

Suffering severe skull fractures and concussion, she had remained unconscious since the accident except for about an hour Friday when she awoke enough to recognize family members.

Miss Miksch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Miksch Jr of Schulenburg, was driving a 1955 Volkswagen from her home near the Fayette-Lavaca county line toward Schulenburg at about 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, on Highway 77 when it went out of control and overturned several times, throwing her out. She was examined at Youens Hospital here and sent to Santa Rosa for specialist treatment.

She was to have been married Saturday, Aug. 24 to Eugene Vogt of Schulenburg.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, continuing with 9:45 services at St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In addition to her parents she is survived by two brothers, Edgar of Rosenberg and Daniel of Schulenburg, and two sisters, Mrs. I. J. Pavlicek and Miss Rose Miksch, both of Schulenburg.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, October 8, 1964

Heart Attack Fatal To Gus Miksch Jr.

Funeral services were held Monday for Gus Miksch Jr., 24, who died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3, a few minutes after a heart attack.

Mr. Miksch was in town enjoying a game of dominoes when he became ill. He was taken home, and then to Youens Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival. He had had a heart attack last April but was recovering and had begun to do some work again.

Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Rev. John Bily leading the mass and Rev. Albert Hubertus preaching the sermon. Burial was in the Dubina Catholic cemetery.

A lifelong resident of this area, Mr. Miksch was a member of the St. Michael's Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was employed as a salesman-driver by Joe Hajovsky of Weimar and Bob Pratka of Schulenburg, beer distributors.

Born July 13, 1910, he was the son of the late Gus and Frances Heger Miksch. He married Miss Mary Zapalac in 1932.

His wife survives, along with one son, David Miksch of Denver, Colorado; one daughter, Mrs. Jim (Margie) Coventon of Houston; and two brothers, Fred Miksch of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and Robert Miksch of Weimar. Mr. Miksch's father died in May of last year, and his mother died in 1960.

Pallbearers were Ray Jurecka, Emil Gebauer, Emil Christ, Emil Neiser, Edwin Kunz and Joe Hajovsky.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 June 1904

Mr. Henry Miksch Dead.

The grim Reaper, Death visited our community Friday last to claim Mr. Miksch, one of our pioneer citizens. The remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetry [sic], Father Mathis, officiating.

Mr. Miksch was born in Austria in 1841 and came to this country in 1881 and has been one of our best citizens and we regret to report his demise. He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Svoboda, and two sons, Messrs. Frank and Gustave to mourn his loss. We extend our sincere sympathy.

Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1904


Miksch – Died near Schulenburg, June 10th, of heart paralysis, Henry Miksch, aged 62 years and 6 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, June 9, 1941

LA GRANGE, Texas, June 8.—Mrs. Anna Mikulas, past her hundredth birthday, and Fayette County's oldest resident, died at Ellinger.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Fayette County Record, Friday, December 18, 2009

Frederick "Freddie" Mikulenka, Sr., 82, of Ellinger died Dec. 14, 2009 in Katy.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Stephen Nesrsta officiated.

He was born March 2, 1927 in Hallettsville, the son of Anton Louis and Elizabeth Matula Mikulenka. He married Mary Hruska Nov. 20, 1950. He was a retired plumber from Drymalla Construction of Columbus. He lived in Ellinger since 1973 and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of Ellinger, two daughters, Kathleen Kramr and husband Ronald of Fayetteville and Rosemary Wilshusen and husband Jeff of Houston; four sons, Frederick "Ricky" Mikulenka, Jr. and wife Mary Ann and John Mikulenka and wife Martha, all of Columbus, Matt Mikulenka and wife Carroll of Ellinger, and Alan Mikulenka and wife Staci of Katy; three sisters, Bertha Herwif of San Antonio, Juanita Boethel of Rosenberg and Lois Jennys of Round Rock; one brother, James E. Mikulenka and wife LaVerne "Pete" of Columbus; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gus, Anton and Bill Mikulenka.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Vestnik, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mary Rose Hruska Mikulenka, 81, of Ellinger, Texas, passed away April 29, 2010, in Columbus.

Mary Rose was born August 14, 1928, in Ellinger, to John Jerome and Albina Tobias Hruska. She married Frieddie Mikulenka on November 20, 1950, and he preceded her in death on December 14, 2009. Mary Rose was a homemaker.

She was a member of SPJST Lodge 51, Ellinger; St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger; KJZT; and St. Mary Altar Society.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister Bernice Jackson; and brother Curtis Hruska.

She is survived by daughters Kathleen Kramr and husband Ronald of Fayetteville and Rosemary Wilshusen and husband Jeff of Houston; sons Frederick" Ricky" Jr. and wife Mary Ann and John Mikulenka and wife Martha, all of Columbus, Matt and wife Carroll of Ellinger; and Alan and wife Staci of Katy; sisters Bessie Eaton of San Antonio; Elsie Rippinof Fort Worth, and Rosalie Hruska of Houston; brother Johnny Hruska of LaVernia; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service by Father Stephyen Nesrsta was held Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. at St. mary Catholic Church in Ellinger under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Rosary was recitd before the service at 9:30 a.m. Burial was in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Ellinger.

Pallbearers were Rodney Joe Mikulenka, Blake Schneider, Corey Schneider, Brent Mikulenka, Kevin Kramr, and James Swafford.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 4 Dec 1897, page 7

LaGrange, Texas, November 23. Yesterday a Bohemian boy by the name of Mickalenka, 16 years of age, was accidentally shot by his brother at West Point, this county. The charge of shot entered the right leg above the knee, came out under the leg, entered the calf, tearing away about two and one-half inches, entered the calf, tearing away about two and one-half inches of bone. Dr. V. C. Lunn, assisted Dr. Clay, amputated the leg below the knee, and the boy when last seen was doing well. His father is a prominent Bohemian of this county.

on page 8 of same issue:

West Point, Texas, Nov. 27.–Thomas Micolenka, a Bohemian boy, was accidentally shot by his brother while hunting squirrels last Sunday. He died yesterday from the effects of the wound.


Shiner Gazette, 4 Nov 1982

Mrs. Ed. M. Mikulik Rites

FLATONIA – Mrs. Edmund M. Mikulik, nee Annie Zurovec, of Flatonia passed away Oct. 29, 1982 in Youens Hospital in Weimar at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 26 days.

Funeral services were held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1 with the Rev. Anthony Matula, celebrant. Graveside services and burial followed in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Mikulik was born April 3, 1893 at Plum, Fayette County, Texas, daughter of John and Magdalena (Kladivoea) Zurovec. Later the family moved to Cistern. She was married to Edmund M. Mikulik. The couple made their home in Flatonia where her husband operated a drug store for many years and also served as a member of the Liquor Control Board.

Surviving are her husband, Edmund M. Mikulik of Flatonia; a daughter, Mrs. Lillie Mae Gabitzsch of Flatonia; a son, Edmund L. Mikulik of Luckenbach; one sister, Mrs. Mary Machacek of Cistern; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Eddie (Julia) Zouzalik, Feb. 13, 1971; and a brother, Charlie Zurovec.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune, 9 Feb 1940

Flatonia, Texas

Mr. John Mikulik, 79 years, died at the home of his son Mr. Ed. Mikulik in Flatonia on February 2nd with whom he had been living for a week before his death.  He had been a resident of Praha.  Funeral services took place from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mikulik and at Praha Catholic Church Sunday morning, February 4th at 9:00 o'clock by Rev's John Anders of Praha and J.A. Putska of Flatonia officiating.  Interment took place in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.  Survivors are his wife , three sons, Ed M. Mikulik of Flatonia, John B. of Edinburg and Frank of New Orleans, one daughter and several grandchildren and great grand children, all to whom we extend sincere sympathy.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 30, 1934

Flatonia, Texas, March 24. – Mrs. Mary Mikulik, 89, died at her home in the Novohrad section Thursday. She came to Texas about 50 years ago. Her husband and 9 children survive. Burial took place in the Praha Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Anders officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1972

Funeral services were held July 4 at 9 a.m. at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville for a well known farmer and dairyman, John K. Mikus, with continued services at the St. John's Catholic Church and burial in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiated.

Mr. Mikus, 52, was a World War II veteran and died July 2 in the Veterans Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Fayetteville Dec. 12, 1919, the son of John F. and Mary Urbanovsky Mikus, and was united in marriage with Helen Trnovsky Feb. 8, 1946, in San Francisco, Calif.

Mr. Mikus graduated from the University of California with a B.S. degree in natural science in general agriculture. He was an adult civic chairman of the Austin Diocese Catholic Youth Organization and a member of the Knights of Columbus, past president and secretary of the Cummins Creek Water Shed Board and had been active in 4-H Club work. He was past Grand Knight of the Fayetteville Knights of Columbus, and past District Deputy of the K.C. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a lifelong resident of the Fayetteville community.

Survivors are his wife, Helen; a daughter, Eileen; 2 sons, John W. and David, all of Fayetteville; and a sister, Mrs. Coy (Mary Ann) Dunlap of Houston.

In lieu of regular remembrances, the family requests that donations be made to the Cancer Society.

Pallbearers were J. B. Crowley and Robert J. Kovar Jr., Fayetteville; Daniel Mertz, Houston; Frank Urbanovsky, El Campo; Gilbert Theut, Texas City, and Kenneth Theut, College Station.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 5 Nov 1874, page 2

The Fayette County Record announces . . .

We learn with regret that one day of last week, our old fellow-townsman, Mr. Milde, in taking down his mill house for the purpose of removing to the country, received very severe injury in the fracture of several ribs, and other serious injury, by the falling on him of a large beam, from which he died on Monday last."


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Jan 1923, page 1

August Miller Dies

August Miller, known to every man, woman and child that lived in Schulenburg in the past 50 years as a good man, passed from this life of suffering and sorrow Sunday morning, January 7th.

August had been in ill health for many years but as faithful to his version of duty, as any man ever born. For years and years he was on his post of duty, as night overseer of the town, a self selected position, which he filled as well as any mortal God ever created. Each and every night as soon as the shadows of night fell, August was on duty, through winter and summer, in sickness and ill health, but that he was ill mattered not, he was there ever faithful to the position he selected.

August had many reverses in this world, once a man of power and wealth yet through the workings of destiny, which passes the understanding of mere man, this he lost, then his health, and thusly he existed until the good God called him to His kingdom where he will suffer no more.

The body was laid to rest in the City Cemetery Monday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock in the presence of a large concourse of friends and acquaintances. Many pretty floral offerings were in evidence as a token of friendship and love.

The Schulenburg Liederkranz and the ladies choir rendered some very pretty songs.

Rev. Kattner, Methodist pastor, officiated.

Thus was the body of August Miller returned to the dust, with all the ceremony and honor that any man can have, and the kind heartedness of our citizens of this town exemplified.

Peace to his ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Galveston Daily News, 5 Dec 1873, page 4

The Fayette county Record of the 2d contains further particulars of the killing of Mr. Miller, an old and popular German citizen, by negroes. Mr. Miller was out on the road near his residence, and most brutally murdered. The negroes were supposed to have been under the influence of liquor. Four of the negroes have been arrested, and the citizens have offered a reward of two hundred dollars for the arrest of another negro implicated. Intense feeling exists among the citizens on the sumbject. Mr Miller was very highly esteemed throughout the county.


La Grange Journal, January 2, 1936


Who Remembers Him?

The following news item appeared in the daily press on last Wednesday;  the old negro may be remembered by some of our citizens:

Temple. —“Uncle” Ellis Miller, purser on the famous George West cattle drive from Texas to Kansas City in 1845, died Monday after calling out “Open the gates wide, Lord.”

The former slave was believed to be  between 112 and 115 years old. He had lived here for 40 years.

In addition to having had charge of all the money on the history-making cattle drive, “Uncle” Ellis had the distinction of having been made trustee of The estate of his master, a Doctor Ledbetter of Winchester, Texas, when the physician enlisted in the Confederate army.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Shiner Gazette, 13 Dec 1899

Mr. Emil Miller, who several years ago represented the Miller Commission Company throughout this section, died last Tuesday at Flatonia. Mr. Miller had been ill for some time and his death was not unexpected. He leaves a wife and two children, besides his mother and three brothers to mourn his loss. The GAZETTE extends condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, March 9, 1893


Mr. F. J. Miller, a old and much respected citizen, residing a few miles from town, died of pneumonia last Friday. His remains were buried in our cemetery on Saturday, his wife is prostrated by the same disease.


Colorado County Citizen, 24 Oct 1963, page 8

Bread Salesman Dies Monday After Heart Attack

Hugo Miller, 50, of La Grange died suddenly Monday morning of a heart attack while in a Schulenburg grocery. Mr. Miller, who was working his Buttercrust bread route at the store, was found dead in the rest room after store personnel became worried about him.

He had had a Buttercrust bread route for the past 16 years and about 7 or 8 years ago worked the Columbus route.

Funeral services were held from a La Grange funeral home at 4 p.m. Wednesday and burial was in the La Grange city cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle; 2 daughters, Peggy and Barbara; a son, Billy, and a brother, Adolph Miller, all of La Grange.


Weimar Mercury, 2 May 1891, page 2

Died, at his home in this city at 5 o'clock, a. m., Thursday April 23d. Mr. Jacob Miller died very suddenly of heart disease. The deceased had been a merchant doing business in Flatonia for quite a number of years, was very attentive to [business] and had [succeeded] in building up a very good business from a very small beginning. He was the father of Mr. E. Miller, one of the proprietors of the Flatonia Horn Factory, and Mr. Tony Miller, the well known traveler.—Flatonia Argus.


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 June 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Miller: Died at Flatonia 6-3-04 of cholera infantum, John Miller aged 7 mos and 9 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, January 25, 1934

Deaths Reported

Died at Prairie Valley, January 10, of sarconia of eye; Leslie Miller aged 4 years, 9 months and 24 days.

Transcribed by Connie Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Aug 1900, page 1

The Death Roll.

The death angel has again visited our community, this time claiming as its own Mrs. Rosa Miller who departed this life Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Her death was a great surprise to the community as she had only been sick a few days and in fact not many knew that she was sick until the day of her death. She leaves three sons, Rudolph Tony and Henry, together with a large circle of friends to mourn her departure. The Record extends its sympathy and condolence to the bereaved relatives in their hour of affliction. The remains were taken to Galveston Wednesday night for burial. – Flatonia Record.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, July 30, 1936 pg. 6

W. B. Miller, 72 Dies At La Grange Saturday Morning

W. B. Miller, father of Mrs. (Dr.) L. D. Boelsche, died at the La Grange Hospital last Saturday, aged 72 years. Deceased had come to La Grange to live with his son-in-law and daughter and had been here for several weeks. Becoming ill he responded not to the treatment given and died after a brief struggle.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Houston, Rev. D. L. Landram officiating. Surviving him are: his wife, two daughters, Mrs. L. D. Boelsche of La Grange, and Miss Evelyn Miller of Houston; two sons, Max Miller of Maracaibo, Venezuela, and W.J. Miller of Houston.

Deceased was a well-known educator, and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He taught in several of the most outstanding schools in Texas.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Colorado County Citizen, November 27, 1975

Antonia Minar

Funeral services for Mrs. Antonia Minar, 88, wife of Adolph Minar, were held Friday at the Knesek Chapel and continued at the Fayetteville Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Koenig Funeral Home.

Mrs. Minar died Wednesday morning at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

A daughter of Joseph and Annie Lutanske Ressler, she was born at Frelsburg Sept. 13, 1887 and was united in marriage with Mr. Minar at Frelsburg Nov. 1907. She was a lifelong resident in the community.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daugher, Mrs. Rudolph (Eleanor) Zapalac of Columbus; 3 sons, Arnold of Columbus, Rudolph of Galveston and Linhert Minar of Fayetteville; 3 sisters, Mrs. Marie Gerngross of Temple, Mrs. Steve Wolcik of Highlands and Mrs. Elenor Heckler of Baytown; a brother, Arthur Ressler of Crosby; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 1974

Mrs. Minarcik

Last rites for Mrs. Frances Minarcik, 76, of La Grange were held Monday, April 29, at the Sacred heart Catholic Church in La Grange, with The Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery. She passed away Saturday at her home.

Mrs. Minarcik was born Feb. 9, 1898 in Frelsburg. She was married to Robert W. Minarcik Oct. 19, 1920 in Fayetteville. She resided in the Fayetteville area most of her life before moving to La Grange 13 years ago. She was a member of KJZT and Altar Society.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Raymond Vitek of Fayetteville, Mrs. Edmund Svrcek of La Grange and Mrs. Dennis Divin of Columbus; 5 sisters, Mrs. Adolph Minar of Fayetteville, Mrs. Marie Gerngross of Temple, Mrs. Steve Wolcik of Highlands, Mrs. Eleanor Heckler of Baytown and Miss Helen Ressler of Crosby; one brother, Arthur Ressler of Crosby; 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 1953

John Minarcik Jr. Is Laid To Rest In Fayetteville

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Knesek funeral chapel in Fayetteville for John Minarcik Jr., 65, who died here Sunday at the home of his son, Alvin Minarcik. Continued services were at the Fayetteville Catholic church, with burial in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery. Rev. Thomas Matl of Fayetteville and Rev. Alex Kraus of Columbus officiated.

Mr. Minarcik had been in ill health for the past several months. He had spent the past 5 weeks at the home of his son.

Born in Europe, he came to this country with his parents at the age of 2 and had since lived in the Fayetteville area.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Julia Holub Minarcik; his father, John Minarcik Sr. of Garwood; 2 daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Vitek and Mrs. Verlene Jasek of Houston and the son, Alvin, of Columbus.

Other survivors are 3 sisters, Mrs. L. V. Cranek Sr. of Garwood, Mrs. Annie Klimek and Mrs. Lena Prihoda, both of Fayetteville; 2 brothers, Frank of Hallettsville and Rudolph of Fayetteville, and 7 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lester Cranek, San Marcos; Louis Cranek and Milton Minarcik, Garwood; Adolph Klimek, Fayetteville; Otto Mozisek, Inez, and Robert Kasmiersky, Ellinger.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 24, 1938

Chas. Minzenmeyer

Chas. Minzenmeyer, aged 69 years, 10 months and 27 days, died very suddenly at the home of his son, Alfred, near Swiss Alp, Saturday, Nov. 12, death is said to be from a heart attack. He was born in Ohio, December 15, 1868, and had lived in the county for the past 25 years; he was bereft of his wife several years since.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Philadelphia Lutheran church, of which the deceased had been a member, at 1:00 p.m., Monday, and interment was made in the Flatonia City Cemetery, Rev. Erhard Eilers, pastor of the Swiss Alp church, officiating.

Deceased is survived by the following sons: Otto Minzenmeyer, Lamesa, Texas; Alfred, Emil and Paul Minzenmeyer of near La Grange; daughters: Mrs. D. A. Bailey, St. Louis; Mrs. Emil Zimmermann, Round Rock; Mrs. Frank Zimmermann, Schulenburg; Mrs. Wm. Ungerer, Flatonia; Mrs. Henry Holtz, of Houston; Mrs. Edgar Naumann, of near La Grange.

Brothers surviving are: Fred Minzenmeyer of Taylor and John Minzenmeyer of Winters; sisters: Mrs. Jacob Reithmeyer, Winters; Mrs. Fritz Reithmeyer, Crowell; and Mrs. Emma Zimmermann, Blumington, Calif. There are 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Deceased was also a member of the Lodge of Hermann Sons; Koenig Funeral Home had charge of the funeral.

Contributed by Rob Brown


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Weimar Mercury, 7 Mar 1908, page 4

Frank Mirak, the 23-year-old son of Adolf Mirak, a well known farmer living near this place, died Monday morning of a complication of measles and pneumonia, and was buried at Dubina cemetery the following day. He was a bright, industrious young man, and his death is sincerely regretted.


Weimar Mercury, 27 Ocy 1933, page 1


There were many sad hearts throut this section last Friday morning when it became known that Mrs. Alosia Miska, the beloved wife of Mr. Frank Miska, Sr., one of the splendid women of the Dubina community, had passed away. Mrs. Miska had been ill for many months, but all through her illness had shown remarkable recuperative powers, and it was hoped and believed she would again triumph over Death and remain with her loved ones awhile longer. Buth the Merciful Father decreed otherwise, and this time Death was the victor.

Her death occurred at 7:30 Friday morning, and the funeral took place at the Dubina Cemetery Sunday morning at 9:30, with Rev. Jos. Syzmanski officiating in an impressive burial service. There was a large attendance of mourning relatives and friends, attesting the popularity of this beloved woman, who had lived in this section for so many years.

The pall bearers were as follows: Messrs. John Vavra, Fred Kloesel, Frank Seifert, John F. Heger, Jr., Frank Pavlik, Sr., and Fred Ripper.

Mrs. Alosia Miska, wife of Mr. Frank Miska, Sr., was born in Czechoslovakia Feb. 28, 1856. Before marriage she was a Miss Alosia Manofsky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Manofsky, Sr. When three years of age, she came to America. At the age of 19 years she was united in marriage to Mr. Frank Miska. They made their home in Sedan and lived there up to the time of her death.

She was the mother of fourteen children, three of whom died in infancy. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Frank Miska, Sr., and eleven children. The surviving children are Mrs. August Tipp of Eagle Lake, Mr. Joe Miska of Midfield, Messrs. Frank and Louis Miska of Ganado, Mrs. Ernst Pavlik, Mrs. Henry Walzel of East Bernard, Mr. Charlie Miska, Mrs. Olga Knebel, Mrs. Ray. Kloesel, Miss Angelina Miska and Mrs. steve Beyer. The children who died were two daughters, Lucia and Sophie, and a son, Adolph. She also leaves 30 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; also two sisters, Mrs. Frank Kainer of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Warney of El Campo, and one brother, Mr. Jos. Manofsky of Weimar. One sister is deceased, Mrs. Frank Fritch of Glen Flora, also one brother, Mr. Fred Manofsky of Weimar. At time of death Mrs. Miska was 72 years, 7 months and 10 days old.

Mrs. Miska was a kindly, good woman, one well thought of by all who knew her, a consistent christian character, a devoted wife and mother, ever proving herself to be a thoughtful friend and neeighbor, and her death is sincerely deplored by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 21, 1941

Frank Miska, Sr., 93, Dies Thursday At Sedan Home

Funeral services for Mr. Frank Miska, Sr., 93, were held at the Family residence in the Sedan section, near Weimar, Saturday, November 15, at 9 o'clock in the morning. Church services were held at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at Dubina, the Rev. Kopczynski of Luling officiating.

Mr. Miska died at his home Thursday following an illness of about a week's duration. He was one of Sedan's oldest residents, and had many friends in this section.

Born in Czechoslovakia October 20, 1848, Mr. Miska came to this country at the age of 32, landing at Galveston and moved to the Sedan section, where he spent the rest of his life. He married Miss Louise Manofsky in October, 1880, and fourteen children were born to this union, three of whom died. Mrs. Miska died October 20, 1933. Joe Miska, a brother, died two weeks ago in Beasley, at the age of 79.

Pallbearers were six grandsons; Emil Miska, Johnnie Knebel, Jr., Adolph Miska, Leroy Kloesel, Leroy Pavlik, and Edwin Knebel.

Surviving are eleven children: Mrs. August (Minnie) Tipp of Eagle Lake; Joe Miska, Sr., of Palestine; Frank Miska, Jr. of Weimar; Ludwig Miska of Edna; Mrs. Ernest (Carolina) Paweleck of Weimar; Mrs. Henry (Annie) Walzel of East Bernard; Charles Miska of Weimar; Mrs. John (Olga) Knebel of Weimar; Mrs. Ray G. (Martha) Kloesel of Weimar; Miss Angelina Miska of Weimar and Mrs. Steve (Marie) Beyer of Schulenburg.

Also surviving are 30 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren.

The Mercury joins a host of friends in this section in extending sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 May 1913


Mrs. Antonio Miskofsky, age 90 years, uremia, Fayettetville [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


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

This place, too, has lost one of its old citizens, a little over a week ago Mr. Miskowsky, an octogenarian, passed into the great beyond. He had at one time been well-to-do but had lost all and he and his wife were supported by the community for a number of years. Mr. O. Forres made up some twenty-five dollars and he was given a decent burial. He was placed away in the Protestant cemetery, Rev. Pazdral preaching a touching funeral sermon. The Fayetteville singing club sang a dirge at the last resting place. All honor to the people of Fayetteville who thus honored a pauper!

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 April 1912, page 1


Carolina Mitchell, age 65 years, gall stones, LaGrange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Brazosport Facts, Clute, TX, December 17, 2006

Lillie Mae Mitchell, 87, of Angleton passed away Friday, December 14, 2006, in Angleton. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Palms Funeral Home Chapel with David Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Angleton Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Palms Funeral Home.

Lillie Mitchell was born February 14, 1919, in Fayette County, Texas, to James Harvey and Sara Myra Regean Cain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Mitchell; her parents; brothers, James R. Cain and Ernest Cain; sisters, Myrtle Sharp, Ella West, Jewel Bailey and Myralee Brazil; great-grandchild Christopher Hebert and son-in-law, David Holder.

Survivors include her son, Frank Mitchell and his wife, Janet, of Fulton; daughters, Norma Gail Browning and husband, Weldon, of Richwood, Joyce Holder and Friend, Charles "Bubba" Simons of Holiday Lakes; sisters, Fannie Mae Ladewig of Smithville, Jean Smith of Jones Creek and Earline Schultz of Smithville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvis Mitchell, Alvin Mitchell and wife, Doran, Melvin Mitchell, William Mitchell and wife, Lee, and Ruth Cox and husband, Leige; 10 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Terryl Browning, Keith Browning, Marvin Browning, Chris Browning, James Hebert and Jeffery Hebert. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ronnie Mitchell, Mike Wilkinson and Scott Atkinson.

Contributed by Connie Sneed


Houston Chronicle, June 9, 2007

Margaret Brazda Mitchell

MARGARET BRAZDA MITCHELL was born in the farm community of Engle, TX (125 miles west of Houston), June 2, 1923. Following a lengthy illness was called home June 6, 2007 at the age of 84.

Making her way to Houston after graduating in 1941 and working her way through business school, she found herself employed by Shell Oil Company in 1943. Following a brief fifty year career, she retired in 1994 attaining the prestigious record of being the first woman to achieve this accomplishment. Up to the very end, Margaret continued to actively serve the Shell DPMC Retirees' Club as a committee member. After buying her first house in 1951; Pasadena has been home. Touching so many, her passing invokes lasting impressions for she was a mother, grand-mother, sister, aunt, friend and co-worker on many fronts.

Margaret's vine continues to grow and sprout with her son Larry, his wife Debbie and grandchildren Brian, Sarah and Megan. Yet another branch is comprised of loving sisters and a brother Henrietta Cox, Irene Lambert, Daniel Brazda and Jo Ann Rosenauer.

Many enjoyable events have been experienced and shared throughout her journey of life on this side of paradise and are forever imprinted in our memories and hearts.

Services are planned for Sunday, June 10, 2007 at Grand View Funeral Home, located 8501 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. Family and friends will begin at 4:00 with a remembrance service at 6:00. Interment will take place on Monday, June 11, 2007 in Praha, TX. (a short distance from where she began).

In lieu of flowers, a treasured memorial would be in the form of support of the Mead-Holm Scholarship Fund care of the Art Park Players, P.O. Box 700 Deer Park, TX 77536

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 30 May 1900

Mrs. Sue Mitchell, nee Hopkins, wife of Dr. Mitchell of Muldoon, died there last Wednesday morning, after an illness of five weeks from fever. Three small children are left, the eldest being only four years old. The bereaved husband, who is a brother of our townsman Dr. F. T. Mitchell, has the fullest sympathy of all who know him.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Corpus Christi Times, Friday, February 16, 1951

Mrs. Alosia Mitchan, 72, of Portland, died at the home of a daughter in Portland at 9:20 p.m. Thursday.

Born in Czechoslovakia, she came to this country at the age of seven. She had lived in Portland for the past four years. She was a member of the Saint Cyril and Methodius Church.

Survivors include her husband, August Mitchan of Dubina, Texas; five sons, Emil of Corpus Christi, Albert of Cameron, Cyrill of Schulenburg, August, Jr. of San Antonio, and Robert Mitchan of Baytown; three daughters, Mrs. Angelia Schuerer and Mrs. Bessie Bordovsky, both of Houston, and Mrs. A. W. Strathman of Portland; two brothers; one sister; 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight at Cage-Mills Funeral Home. The body will be taken to Weimar, Texas.

Funeral services and burial will be held Monday at Dubina. Cage-Mills Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3

Ross Mitchon

Ross Dwain Mitchon, 87, of Corpus Christi, died on Friday, Dec. 17 at Bay Area Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Mr. Mitchon was born at the family home in Schulenburg on Feb. 1, 1923. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Frank and Gertrude (Heoffert) Mitchon, and his siblings, Gertrude Dietz, Johnette Cochran, Ellen Findlay, Hoeffert Mitchon, Winifred Florian, Fred Mitchon, Georgia Mitchon, John Mitchon Jr. and Rose Ferguson.

Mr. Mitchon graduated from Schulenburg High School in 1941. He was on the football team and remained a loyal supporter of the Shorthorns. He attended the annual high school reunions of his class until his health declined in 2005. In 1943, Mr. Mitchon joined the Navy and went to school at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman, Okla. Later, he served as an aircraft sheet metal template jig and fixture builder for helicopters. After leaving the Navy, Mr. Mitchon continued the same work as a civilian employee at the Corpus Christi Naval Yard. He enjoyed hunting in South Texas and fishing in the bays near Corpus Christi with his brothers and friends.

Mr. Mitchon is survived by his wife, Mary Eunice Mitchon of Florida; his brother, C.J. Mitchon of Aransas Pass; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Graveside services were held at the Schulenburg City Cemetery on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. Officiating was Rev. Donald M. Tuttle of First Christian Church in Corpus Christi. Arrangements were handled by Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church Scholarship Fund, 3401 Santa Fe, Corpus Christi, TX 78411, or a charity of one’s choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Dec 1908


Died at Freyburg, Nov. 11, -- Mitsch, age 10 hours of exhaustion.

Contributed by Matt Cross


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Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Dec 1907

Mrs. Johanna Mladenka, about 60 years of age, died Friday afternoon, having been ill only a very short time. Her remains were conveyed to their last resting place in the Catholic cemetery at St. John Saturday. The Sticker extends sympathy to the grief stricken relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Dec 1977, page 6

R. Mladenka

Funeral services for Raymond Mladenka of Flatonia were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Praha, with the Rev. Marcus Valenta officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Praha.

Rosaries were recited at the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, Monday at 7:30 p.m. by the parish and at 7:45 p.m. by the KJT.

Mr. Mladenka, a retired construction worker, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 1977 in a Houston hospital attaining the age of 66 years, 5 months and 6 days.

He was born June 20, 1911 in Fayette County, son of Joseph and Ludmila (Jalufka) Mladenka. On October 20, 1936 he was married to Miss Julie Dolezal at Sweet Home. At one time the family resided at Shiner.

Mr. Mladenka was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha and of the Wied KJT Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Raymond Mladenka of Praha; six sons, Raymond Mladenka Jr. of Rumsey, Ky., Robert Mladenka of Splendora, Bernard, Patrick and Daniel Joe Mladenka, all of Houston, David Mladenka of Praha; a daughter, Mrs. Bernice Gayle of Woodland; two brothers, Leonard B. of Wied, Joe Mladenka of Alief; and 12 grandchildren.

His father died Sept. 5, 1966; his mother, Feb. 8, 1951; and a sister, Henrietta.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Sep 1913, page 1


Mr. Valantine Mladenka of St. John died suddenly Friday evening shortly after supper.

Mr. Mladenka was 72 of age, was born in the old country, came to Texas when about 18 years old. Was a respected citizens [sic] of this section.

His first wife died about six years ago. He is survived by his second wife and eight children, Mrs. Ermis of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Benesh of Yoakum, and Mrs. Emil Vacek of the city; August, John, Louis, Emil and Ed.

His remains were laid to rest in the St. John cemetery, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Father Raska officiating.

We join the many friends of the bereaved ones in extending sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Another Answers the Call

Early last Friday, July 29th [1932], Mrs. Friedericke Moellenberndt, aged 79 years, 1 month and 16 days, died at the family home in the eastern part of the city. Death came to the mother and grandmother with calmness that she may have desired, leaving an only daughter, Mrs. Hannah Phillips, wife of E. M. Phillips, and three grandchildren, Eddie, Lois, and Elizabeth Bowman. She is also survived by one brother, Chas. Koepke of Ellinger and two sisters, Mrs. Kate Beyer of Brenham and Mrs. Annie Moellenberndt of Moulton.

Sunday afternoon the body was taken to the new cemetery and placed to rest next to that of herhusband who preceded her in death some years ago, and her daughter, Mrs. Katie Bowman who died near to three years ago. Rev. R. Heise officiated at the home and the grave, and many sympathizing friends were present, with the mourning relatives to pay their last respect to their relative and sincere friend.

Mrs. Moellenberndt, who maiden name was Friedericke Koepke, was born at Live Oak Hill, June 13, 1853. She was the widow of the late Hy. Moellenberndt, and lived in LaGrange for many years. The adversities of life spared her not; she witnessed the passing of her relatives and finally her husband; and three years ago, tired from the weight that has been placed upon her, gave up her other daughter, Mrs. Katie Bowman, from which blow it may be said she never recovered, yet sought to resign herself to the admonition that those whom God loves he shastetheth. In all of her unfortunate aflictions she remained steadfast, possessing that Christian faith that prompts one to believe that the cross of life must be borne with fortitude. In that humblness of spirit that encourages a faith, she lived on. And in mentioning her passing we hesitate ot to say: May the soil rest lightly on her body, and her soul basque in the sunshine of eternal happiness. For we are told, "Blessed are the pure in heart, they shall see God."

In attendance upon the funeral, the follwing from out of town are mentioned:

Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Kaltwasser and mother, and Mrs. __Schlottmann of Giddings; Mr. and Mrs. G. Bohenkamp and Mr. and Mrs. __Fahrenkamp [Fehrenkamp] of Moulton; Mr. and Mrs. Max Ginzel, and Mrs. A. Beyer of Brenham; Mr. and Mrs. W. Moellenberndt, Mr. and Mrs. A. Spies, Mr. and Mrs. B. Ullrich, Mr. and Mrs. F. Kneip, Mr. and Mrs. H. Kneip and Mrs. F. Albers of Round Top; Mr. and Mrs. C. Weikel of Walhalla; Mr. Quantz and family, H. Ziese and family, Mrs. J. Koepke and family and Mr. and Mrs. Jurgens of Fayetteville; Chas. Koepke, E. Koepke and daughter, and Mrs. T. Koepke of Ellinger; Connie Scheel of Galveston.

Contributed by Lois Ferguson


Undated newspaper clipping

Aged Citizen of LaGrange Crosses The Dark Waters

Henry Moellenberndt died at his home in this city Saturday afternoon [September 27, 1919], the result of a gradual decline due to advanced age. For several months he had not been in good health, ailing little bodily, from pain or derangement, but gradually growing weaker, until, a few days preceding his [demise], he took to his bed. Like a flickering candle with the wick's end reached, the faint spark of life held the threads together until Saturday afternoon, tired and exhausted, the last breath was taken, the body stretched and the eyes closed. The eternal sleep had come.

Mr. Moellenberndt, in moderate circumstances, always active and energetic, was very retiring in disposition and mingled with his friends only when his time was not in demand. He had many friends, he was a good, kind-hearted man, a neighbor in the truest sense. His remains were interrred at the new cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. Heise, officiating. The attendance from city and from other points attested to his good character.

Besides his widow, two married daughters, three brothers and one sister are left to mourn his going hence. While we extend our sincere condolence to them, we also express the hope that the deceased will rest peacefully in his earthen home and that his spirit will find repose at the home of the Good Shepherd who said, "Come unto me all ye who are heavy laden, and I will give thee rest."

Photo and obituary contributed by Lois Ferguson


La Grange Journal
Thursday, December 18, 1947

Mrs. Moellenberndt, 88, Expires Here Sunday

Mrs. Olga Moellenberndt, 88, wife of Otto Moellenberndt, passed away at the family home here Sunday morning.

Mrs. Moellenberndt, nee Amberg, was born at Rutersville on Nov. 3, 1859, and on July 8, 1879 was united in marriage with Mr. Moellenberndt. They had been residents of La Grange since Sept. 1, 1889.

The deceased was a charter member of the St. Paul’s Luthern Frauen Verein here.

Beside her widower she is survived by one son, Alfred of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Chas. F. (Alma) Mauer of New York City; one brother, Carl W. Amberg of La Grange, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The body will lie in state at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel until 8:30 Thursday morning, when it will be taken to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Services will be held at the Church at 10:30 a.m., with Revs. H. T. Flachmeier and R. Heise officiating, and burial will be in the Old City Cemetery.

Contributed by Rob Brown



The La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 22, 1952

Well Known Resident of Willow Springs is Found Hanged

Ben L. Moeller, 54-year old resident of Willow Springs community, was found dead in a barn near his home Thursday morning.  Mr. Moeller was found hanging in the building, and JP Ed L. Hruska of Fayetteville returned a verdict of death at his own hand.

Mr. Moeller lived in the area all his life.  He was born on Aug. 17, 1897, and was united in marriage with Miss Alma Weiss on Nov. 1, 1922.

The deceased was a member of the Fayetteville school board.  In fact, he attended a board meeting the night previous to his demise.  The next morning he complained of feeling ill, then later went out to attend to the chores around the barn.  When he did not return in a reasonable time, Mrs. Moeller went to investigate, and discovered the tragedy.

Funeral was held Saturday at 3 PM at the Industry Methodist Church, with Rev. L. D. Hardt officiating and Koenig Funeral Home directing.  Interment was in the Industry Methodist Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow; daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Schultz of Houston; two sons, Waldo E. of Brenham and Cpl. Clarence Moeller of Fort Hood; four sisters, Mrs. Frobie Weiss of Fayetteville, Mrs. Ruby Moeller, Mrs. Nell Senkel and Miss Lorine Moeller, all of Houston; two brothers, Fred of Bartlett and Dr. H. C. Moeller of Columbus; and three grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Aug 1903

Death Record.

Mohler: Died at Winchester, Aug. 17th-03 of bronchitis, Matthews Mohler, aged 1 month and 24 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 March 1906, LaGrange News column

Mrs. Mohrhausen an old and highly respected resident of Fayette County died in LaGrange the 25th inst and was laid to rest the day following in the Rutersville Cemetery.

Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Apr 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Mrs. Martha Mohrhausen died March 24, age 70 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 29, 1903

John Mohrhusen, residing near Rutersville, died Sunday afternoon and the remains were interred on Monday.  Deceased was a highly respected farmer and a member of the local lodge O.D.H.S.  Scarcely had his remains been laid to rest ere his sister, Mrs. Conrad Kaltwasser of Warrenton, died.  To the relative THE JOURNAL’S sincere sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, July 28, 1966

Flatonia – Mrs. Konstant (Mary) Mojsejcik passed away Wednesday, July 13, 1966, in the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. She had reached the age of 72 years, 5 months and 12 days.

She was a daughter of the late Frank and Katherine (Kucera) Vachule and resided in the Praha community during her entire lifetime.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m. from Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, followed by Requiem Mass at 9 a.m. at the Praha Catholic Church. Interment was in Praha Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Marcus A. Valenta officiated at all services. He paid tribute to this good mother in his sermon and told of her many kind deeds and Christian example set by her for her family and friends.

Serving as pallbearers were Joe Vachule, Frank Miles, Bob Fontenot, all of Houston, George Stryk of Austin, Victor Stavinoha of Columbus and Arnold Stryk of Corpus Christi.

Survivors are her husband, Konstant Mojsejcik of Praha; three daughters, Mrs. A. F. (Olga) Stryk of Corpus Christi; Mrs. E. A. (Edith) Novak of San Antonio, Mrs. Edwin (Irene) Nierlich of Columbus; a brother, Frank A. Vachule of Yoakum; one sister, Mrs. Ludwik (Betty) Stryk of Austin; 9 grand children and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Feb 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Martin Mokovy age 73years [sic], died at Bluff Jan 14, 1906.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1904

Edmund, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Molt, died at five o’clock Tuesday morning last and his remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery the same day at 4 p. m. We join their host of friends and relatives in extending sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 June 1915


Mary Mondek, age 60 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 4 Jul 1896, page 2

LaGrange, Texas, June 30.—Col. A. L. Moore, aged 75 years, died at Glidden, and was buried in the city cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic lodge. Col. Moore was one of the pioneer settlers of this state, coming here in the '30's.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 4, 1934

Alex M. Moore Dies at Elgin, Sunday

Local relatives were advised by telephone last Sunday, before dawn that Alex M. Moore, who was born and reared here in La Grange, was in a serious condition, with slight hopes held out for recovery. Alex died at 3:00 o’clock the same morning.

Funeral was held at the Methodist church in Elgin at 5:00 p.m., with the pastor of the church and also the pastor of the Baptist church at Elgin officiating; and with both his Masonic brethren and veterans of the Spanish – American war veterans, in attendance. Both conducted funeral services.

Many will remember the red-headed youth who lived in La Grange until he reached his majority; he was united in marriage with Miss Lottie Koehler, daughter of the late Emil and Mrs. Laura Koehler, August 4, 1907; and to them was born two daughters; both of whom, with the widow survive; one daughter, Mrs. Dale Davis and little daughter, only grandchild and Miss Marguerite Moore.

Alex Moore was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ausken Moore, and a grandson of John E. Moore, early settler of La Grange, and for many years public weigher at the eastern end of the city. He was born March 8, 1880, and at the time of his death was 54 years, 6 months and 22 days old.

Those attending the funeral Sunday from La Grange, are: Mr. and Mrs. Julius Gebhardt, Mrs. Louise Koehler, Mrs. F. Mensing and son, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Koehler, Mrs. Anna Kirsch, Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Killoughand Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Koehler and daughter of West Point.

Alex Moore was, in the truest sense of the word, a good citizen, and a kind husband, and father and neighbor. He was regarded in the highest terms by his fellow citizens at Elgin and here in La Grange where he was reared he leaves many friends. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the Moore family and other relatives.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 13 Dec 1918, page 4


LaGrange, Texas, Dec. 7.—Mrs. L. W. Moore, widow of the late Judge L. W. Moore, died at her home in La Grange November 30, the funeral occurring Sunday afternoon. The passing of Mrs. Moore marks a distinct epoch in the history of this city, she having made her home here since she married, and being at the time of her death 84 yers old. She left surviving her three daughters and one son. Mrs. W. B. Thomas, Misses Lyttie and Lottie Moore, all of LaGrange, and Dr. Clay Moore of Matagorda County.


Weimar Mercury,9 Jan 1897, page 8

Houston Post: Mrs. Milt Moore died at Velasco Sunday night at 11:30 o'clock, and will be buried this morning at LaGrange.

The deceased was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Killough of La Grange, and the family is one of the oldest and best known in Fayette county. About eighteen years ago she was married to Mr. Milt Moore, and for several years they have resided in Velasco, where she was most highly esteemed for her many Christian and charitable traits of character. She would always endeavor to minister to the sick and those in trouble, and both at her home and in La Grange she was loved by all who knew her.

The remains were brought to this city yesterday morning, and prepared for shipment by Wall & Stabe, and were taken to La Grange last night for interment, accompanied by the bereaved husband, her sisters, Mrs. R. O. Faires at Flatonia, [Mrs.] Waller Burns of this city, and Miss Lee Killough of La Grange, and Messrs. Dave, John and Ira Killough, brothers. Mr. Waller Burns also accompanied the funeral party.

The relatives of the deceased were at the bedside and spent yesterday in this city with Mr. and Mrs. Burns.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 7, 1937

Mrs. A. M. Moore Succumbs After Short Illness

(From The Elgin Courier)

Charlotte Koehler, daughter of Louise Willrich and Emil Koehler, was born at La Grange, Texas, May 25, 1885, where she grew to young womanhood and was married there on August 4, 1905, to Alex M. Moore. She made her home in Elgin for some 30 years and has been identified with all the worthwhile things affecting our city in civic, church, school and social circles. She was converted into the Lutheran church early in life, but after her marriage came into the Methodist church with her husband that they might worship together, and was a devout Christian character, a person quiet and retiring in her associations but whose true worth and rare traits were quickly recognized and appreciated by everyone who came in contact with her. She was kind, sympathetic, generous to a fault, and ever had a friendly greeting and pleasant word for those who passed her way.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother; her whole life revolving about the lives of her two daughters, who afforded her untold joy and pride and the son-in-law, who had been a son to her in the true sense of the word. Her aim was to give them happiness and in so doing she knew peace and contentment in her lovely home.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was held in high esteem by the personnel of the local chapter, which she attended and had taken active part in for years, her late husband having been a member of that order and the Shrine body, in which he was likewise much interested. Her passing will take from the ranks of the Methodist Missionary Society a fine and loyal member, one who was always ready and eager to do her part and more in any capacity.

To know Mrs. Moore was to admire her and her friendship were unlimited; everyone, old and young, was eager to call her friend. Any organization in need of an ally or assistant found a ready response from her. She was open to conviction and liberal in her consideration of the beliefs of others.

After an illness of six days she succumbed to pneumonia following an attack of flu, at 4:40 o’clock Monday morning, December 28. She was thought by members of her family to be doing nicely but suddenly took a turn for the worse Monday night and all that loving hands and medical attention could do was to no avail.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, December 29, at 10:00 o’clock from the First Methodist church, where she had worshipped so many years, with her pastor, the Rev. A. A. Carter giving a most touching and beautiful oration, paying high tribute to her memory. He was assisted by the Rev. G. M. McNeilly, pastor of the First Baptist church of this city, who read the scripture and also eulogized her life of love, and service. The casket rested before an arrangement of handsome floral pieces on chancel rail, altar and other points forming a background. The choir sang “Asleep In Jesus” and “Haven of Rest.”  As the casket was taken from the church it moved through an aisle of Eastern Star members, each holding a beautiful floral offering.

Pall bearers were L. P. Cherry, Frank J. Swartz, Ben Davis, Joe H. King, Louis Lundgren, Pat Pfeiffer, A. J. Rankin, and Bee Keel.

At the Elgin cemetery, where interment was made, the Eastern Star had charge and under direction of Mrs. Daisy Smith, Worthy Matron, gave their impressive burial service.

A large assembly of sorrowing relatives and friends were present for the last rites and the many lovely flowers sent from far and near as messengers of love and sympathy covered the mound of her final resting place and overflowed onto the lot.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Diana Davis, Elgin and Miss Margaret Moore, Tyler; one granddaughter, Bette Diane Davis and the son-in-law, Dale Davis; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Kirsch, Mrs. Elise Mensing and Mrs. Julia Gebhardt, all of La Grange; four brothers, Arthur Koehler, La Grange; George Koehler, West Point; Fritz Koehler, Houston, and Mannie Koehler, Schulenburg; and her mother, Mrs. Louise Koehler, La Grange.

Among relatives and friends here from out-of-town for the funeral were:  Ade Kirsch, a nephew, Mrs. Arthur Koehler, Mr. Gebhardt and Mrs. Louise Koehler, of La Grange; Mrs. George Koehler, West Point; Mr. and Mrs. Horace Sowell and son Horace, Jr., El Paso; Mrs. Will D. Nichols, Austin.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The True Issue, Saturday, November 12, 1864


DIED.—At his residence in Fayette county after a long and painful illness, on the 20th Oct. last, Mr. EDWIN L. MOORE, an old and highly respected citizen.

Mr. Moore was born in Halifax county, North Carolina, on the 29th Jany, 1797, and in 1837, removed to Sumpter county Ala. and in 1839 he removed to Fayette County Texas, where he continued to reside up to his death.

As a man of sterling integrity and moral worth, Edwin L. Moore had but few equals.

I have known him for 13 years, and in all his transactions during that period I have never known him to deviate from the path of rectitude. He has left his children a legacy in his good name, of which they can never be deprived.

As a husband he was kind and loving; as a father he pssessed an affection for his children known to but few men; as a friend his attachments were strong and could not be easily severed; as a citizen he was ever ready to perform all the duties devolving upon him; and last though not least as a Christian, he was devout and faithful.—Those who have known him longest, can best appreciate the qualities of his head and heart. Truly the ways of Providence are mysterious, and we must all bow to them however afflicting.

May the bereaved family remember, that, "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." Let the wife and mother grieve and weep not over him whom the Lord hath taken from her. Let the sons and daughters imitate the example of their father; and let each and all of them endeavor to meet with the departed spirit in that "bourne from whence no traveller returns."

God help them in this hour of their sad bereavement. A FRIEND.


Fayette County Record

Emily Kossa Moore was born May 5, 1928 and went suddenly to God's loving arms Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Emily was a 4th generation Czech to Fayette County, her great-grandfather one of the first setters to Dubina and the first person to build a long cabin. She was very proud of that. She worked in the cotton as a child with her family, Ludwig and Sophie Kossa, sisters Helen and Judy and brother George. Her nickel allowance for her work in the firlds went towards a Tarzan movie at the Cozy Theater in Schulenburg. She rode horses, sewed, cooked and canned, and attended the Ammannsville Catholic School as a child.

She began working at Bob Adamcik's Restaurant when a "Southerner" from Mississippi named Charlie Moore swept her off her feet in 1952. At that time it was a bit of a scandal as he was more than 10 years older than Emily and an "outsider" -- but it was love with their daughter arriving several years later.

Emily helped her husband establish the Texas Pest Control handling the schedules and bookings of business while raising Cathy their daughter. Summers Emily demanded the trips to the Hill Country for fresh peaches to can and freeze up for the holidays. Sundays was always church, no question, and after church, Emily's homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and beans, every Sunday. Her fresh baked light homemade bread never cooled. Family would fight over it.

Her strong Czech heritage often made her a bit of a pest to the family, reminding and repeating everything over and over again so they wouldn't forget how important it was. When anyone got in "real" trouble with her, they knew it because she reverted back to her Czech language.

Emily loved having plants. When everyone else's faded, wilted, and died, hers kept going. Her Czech discipline reached everyone--down to the pets.

Fiesty, determined, stubborn, 5' 2" and 92 lb., she packed a wallop. She's spend an easy two hours talking to her sister-in-law, George, regularly catching up on ailments, people, politics, food -- nothing and no one was spared. Emily loved her grass in the yard so much that for decades she would get up early in the morning to rake the pine needles that the neighbor's trees dropped into her yard. She would pick up trash off of the road that ran in front of her home because she knew the wind would blow it into her yard and was livid at those that discarded anything on the roadway.

And, you would not want to be an 18-wheeler parked in front of her house or you would have been met with a little Bohemian lady waving her hands for you to "move on."

The saving grace when Charles died on June 8, 2007 to Emily was Katharine Marie, her little granddaughter, born one week later. Suddenly life changed drastically for the entire family. Emily was now known to stop anyone (friend or stranger) at Harlan's grocery store, City Hall, Dollar General, or even the Post Office to give them the full rundown of Katharina's week, whether they wanted to hear it or not.

She treated her little granddaughter regularly to the Reese's candy and Chocolate Chip Teddy Bears. Everyone was lectured on how to keep Katharina Marie proper by Emily and she didn't want to miss a thing. Every night Katharine Marie and "Little Grandma" told each other goodnight and said that they loved each other. Emily saw Katharina as a miracle from God and often spoke of it.

Her faith was never shaken, never. She knew God and reminded family every week to make sure she was pickup up for church. And she always had something to say that added a color to your day. Emily, wife, mother, grandmother, may God embrace you in his loving arms.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 9 Aug 1890

A young man named Eugene Moore, employed as a section hand on the LaGrange tap road, died rather suddenly Saturday morning of a congestive chill. He was buried Sunday in the city cemetery. he leaves a mother and two brothers to mourn his death. — Journal.


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Moore: Died at Winchester, Sept 18-03, of Malarial Haemoglobin uria, Mrs. Eula Moore, aged 22 years and 11 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 8, 1934

Deaths Reported

Died at Plum, February 1, (no doctor); Gracie Moore, colored, aged 2 months.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 27 Jul 1895

Halletsville New Era: Section Foreman P. S. McCurdy of Moulton was in the city Wednesday last and gave us a full statement of the man who was recently killed by the officers here. He stated that it was not true that he, McCurdy, wrote or told any one that Moore was on the dodge for killing negroes in Victoria county. "No, sir," said he, "I know him to have been a perfectly harmelss fellow. He was a little cranky on ghosts and spirits. His name is James Moore, though he did once go by the name of Jim Little. His mother lives near West Point and is now married the second time. He is well known along the Aransas Pass in Fayette and this county. He made ties in Bastrop county last fall. The large scar on his back was caused by him being hooked by two-year-old ox. The fine gun has been in his possession some time; he gave two pistols for it. He was a fisherman, and had decided to go to the colorado near Eagle Lake. He left my house Friday, drew his pay, $8 or $9, at Yoakum Saturday, and was killed Tuesday."


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 10, 1938

Leslie Woods Moore

Leslie Woods Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Moore of West Point, after an illness of 9 weeks, gave up the struggle Monday afternoon, November 7. Constant attention had been given the young man, 23 years old, both by physician and nurse, but the efforts proved unavailing.

Leslie was born in March 1915 at West Point, and was a member of the Baptist church; funeral services were held at the family home at West Point, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. E. Roth of the First Baptist church and Rev. Bailey of the Methodist church, La Grange, officiating. Interment was made in the West Point (Old Woods) cemetery, with Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Surviving are his parents, two sisters: Mrs. Tennie Beth McMillan, Weimar, and Miss Pauline Moore, West Point; and one brother, Fulton B. Moore of West Point.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Nov 1911, page 1


La Grange, Texas, October 29. – Judge L. W. Moore of the Twenty second judicial district, composed of the coanties [sic] of Fayette, Caldwell Austin, Comal and Hays, died here at 2:30 this afternoon after an illness extending over three weeks. For the past three or four days, it was realized that his chances for recovery were but slight and all of his children and grand children with the exception of Captain J. W. Moore of the United States army, who is at Washington, were present.

Something over a year ago while in San Antonio he was stricken with apoplexy and later was rendered partially blind by cataract of his eyes. During a part of his time he was able to hold court and whenever his physical condition permitted, he carried on the duties of his office.

He reached the age of seventy six years and is survived by the following named children: Mrs. W. H. Thomas, Dr. T. W. Moore, Misses Lottie and Lillie Moore of La Grange, Dr. Clay Moore of Palacious [sic] and Captain J. W. Moore.

Judge Moore was born March 29, 1835, in the state of Alabama, his father eight years later moving to Mississippi, where he received his education, graduating from the university of that State with the highest honors. In 1857 he was married to Miss Anna Duna [Dunn] Wright and that same year moved to Texas, locating in Bastrop county

At the outbreak of the war he became captain in Col. Flourney’s regiment, and after he returned in 1865 he moved to La Grange, where he has resided ever since. In 1875 he was elected a deligate [sic] to the constitutional convention and served there with great distinction. In 1876 he was elected district judge, which office he held for eight years, In 1886 he was elected to congress and in 1892 resumed the practice of law as a lawyer at the bar. In 1901 after the death of Judge Teichmuller, he was appointed district judge by Governor Sayers.

The interment will take place in the old cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 17, 1938

Louise Shermack Moore

Another negress, to whom the negro population of La Grange owed a debt of gratitude, died Sunday, she was Louise Moore, primary teacher in the La Grange school for the colored.  She had given the entire years of her life, after receiving her certificate to teach, to teaching the negro children, and was to the school for the colored, a real Samaritan.

She died Sunday, after being ill with pneumonia for two weeks.  Her death removes a valuable member of the school facility; highly educated, well-informed and capable, she was ever returned to the school as primary teacher, by the Board of Education.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 18 Dec 1897, page 2

LaGrange, Texas, December 4. On Wednesday, at his home at West Point, in this county, Colonel T. C. Moore departed this life, full of years and honors. Respected by all who knew him, loved by his neighbors, and honored by his many sterling virtues, it can truly be said of him, a grand old patriarch has been gathered to his fathers. He was 82 years of age, and his faithful wife of sixty-two years' companionship still survives him. Their children are all grown.


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Oct 1913, page 1

The many friends of Dr. T.W. Moore will regret to learn of his death which occurred in his office at LaGrange on Sunday the 23rd. He was found in a semi-conscious condition. All efforts to revive him were futile. He was a son of the late Judge L. W. Moore.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1913

Physician Found Dead.

LaGrange, Tex., Sept. 28.—Dr. T. W. Moore, a prominent physician of this county, was found dead in his office about 1 o’clock this afternoon.  He was last seen alive this forenoon and seemed to be in the best of spirits.  He was the oldest son of the late Judy Moore, and was about 41 years old.  Besides an aged mother, he leaves three sisters and two brothers.”

Contributed by Judy Koehl


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Jan 1907


. . . Tom Moore was killed here about 9 o’clock last night. Robert Penn surrendered to the sheriff and is charged with the killing. A shotgun was used, the load taking effect in Moore’s breast. Both are negroes.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Jan 1893, page 2

LaGrange Journal: Mr. W. B. Moore, for many years a resident of this county, but for the past five years a resident of Giddings, died at that place one day last week. The deceased was a son of Col. John H. Moore, a Texas veteran, and one of the earliest settlers in this county.

Mrs. T. B. Killough, of this city, is a sister of deceased, and to her and other relatives the Journal extends its sincere sympathy.


Weimar Mercury, 4 Jul 1891, page 2

We chronicle the death of another child of Mrs. Virgie Moore, little Warren Moore, a bright, noble boy. This makes the fifth member of her family she has lost within two years, her husband, Flem Moore, and four children. It is sad, very sad, and the community feel a deep sympathy for the widow and mother. She has but one child left; the others and husband are with God.—Democrat.


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Apr 1904

Moore: Died at O’Quinn 3,23,04 of consumption, Westley Moore, colored, aged 56 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Moppin: Died at Winchester Sept 6th-03, of organic heart disease, Levi Moppin colored aged 65 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, 10 Mar 1877, page 2


. . . Edgar Morem, justice of the peace, and an old Texas veteran, died on the 5th instant. . . .


La Grange Journal, June 25, 1936 pg.1 & 5

Death Came Quickly to Mrs. J. L. Morgan Wednesday Afternoon

Mrs. Mattie Morgan, wife of J. L. Morgan of Plum, died suddenly Wednesday, June 17, while essaying to comb her hair, in the privacy of her home. Although somewhat enfeebled for the past two years, her condition was not such as would warrant alarm. With precise thrust, she was stricken, death coming without warning, and swift.

Funeral services were held at the family home at Plum, by Rev. J. E. Roth, pastor of the First Baptist Church of La Grange, after which the body was brought to La Grange, and taken to the Baptist Church. Following a brief service by Rev. Roth, Dr. T. B. Taylor of Bastrop paid a beautiful tribute to the departed wife, mother and grandmother. Dr. Taylor, a teacher in the old Baptist church at Plum, taught Mrs. Morgan and in referring to the child, the young woman, and the wife and mother, said, “Mattie Kirk Morgan, was a dutiful child, always willing to obey, she was a good wife and mother; her life was sunshine because of her kindness to others.”

Interment was made at the New Cemetery, Rev. Roth officiating. From her home village, from all surrounding neighborhoods, men, women, and children, and many of the colored neighbors who “loved Miss Mattie”—came to pay the last respect.

Miss Morgan was reared in the village of Plum, a daughter of early settlers of that section; she was born January 30, 1868, and is survived by her husband, J.L. Morgan, one son, W.L. Morgan of Plum, and two daughters, Mrs. H.T. (Leola) McColum of Paris and Mrs. T.H. (Martha) Johnson of Taylor; there are four grandchildren.

Surviving also are three brothers, Jim Kirk of Duncan, Oklahoma, W.J. Kirk of Austin and R. B. Kirk of Blackwell; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Horn of Edna, Mrs. Addie Horn of Marton and Mrs. Eva Karnes of Hermleigh.

Reared in religious atmosphere, early in life becoming a member of the Baptist Church, she remained steadfast; her sincere manifestations of interest in others less fortunate, ever doing for those who needed a staff, she was loved; white and colored neighbors were ever ready to do for her. In referring to her passing, the more than half a century of acquaintance mellows the thought; mention is respectfully made, without eulogy.

The church in which she worshipped in younger days, passed in service, with the years. Aligning with and becoming a member of the Baptist Church at La Grange, a pine board structure, she with her now bereaved husband offered the motion, with funds, to have a new house of worship erected in La Grange. “We would so like to have a church of our faith to go to, and hope to see it built before we journey on.”

The new Baptist church stands at the west corner of Colorado and Madison streets; Mrs. Morgan is the first to go to, the first to be placed before the altar, surrounded by the silent messages of love—beautiful flowers. As the roll is called, as the transition occurs, another leaves; aching hearts and lovely memories are encouraged; the latter an inspiration to those who are sincere. May her rest be peaceful; she leaves a vacant chair, but her influence for good, her devout life, cannot be effaced from the minds of those who because of family ties, and those who loved her for what good she did for others, loved her.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 16 May 1896, page 3

News Special: LaGrange, Tex., May 13.—Joseph Morkovski was found dead in his bed in this city this evening. Deceased was employed in Alexander's bakery. He complained of feeling ill at noon to-day, but was at work. This evening members of Mr. Alexander's family found him dead. Deceased has no family. He has a brother living in Huntsville.


Weimar Mercury, July 7, 1922


Aged Resident of Fayette County Called by Death.

W. K. Morrow of Houston has received word of the death near Schulenburg of his father, W. H. Morrow, 80 years old, Confederate veteran, who died at 1:45 a. m. Saturday.

The elder Mr. Morrow fought thruout the civil war with the armies of Tennessee and Virginia. After the war he returned home to engage in farming and stock raising. The family came originally fom Virginia, settling in Fayette county, Texas, where the town of LaGrange now stands. His father built the first house in La Grange.

Surviving Mr. Morrow are his widow by his second marriage and the following children: W. K. Morrow of Houston, L. A. and D. M. Morrow of Laredo, Stuart Morrow, Mrs. Alice McKennon and Miss Evelyn Morrow of Lavaca county, Mrs. F. W. Kolterman of Weimar, Mrs. G. R. Cummings of Houston and Mrs. Richard Herndon of Rio Frio, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at the family home at 11 a.m. Sunday, with burial at the family cemetery at Andrews Chapel in Lavaca county. The services will be in charge of the Masonic fraternity. —Houston Chronicle.


Weimar Mercury, 11 Jun 1898, page 7

Schulenburg, Tex., June 1.—Hezzy Mosely and John Murry, both colored, were in the field at work in the afternoon of May 30, when a dispute arose between them about the work, which resulted in Mosely being shot in the side with a pistol. Mosely died yesterday. A warrant for the arrest of Murry was issured and Constable Williams and Marshal Eilers went out last night and arrested him and locked him up.


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 March 1912


Henry J. Moser, after a prolonged illness of meningitis, died of blood poisoning, it is alleged from the effects of the injecting of the serium [sic]. Death came at four o’clock Monday afternoon at the residence on Plum and Clark streets, Houston, and his remains were shipped here and interred in the family burying ground at the St. Rosa’s cemetery Tuesday afternoon. His is survived by his mother, Mrs. F. Moser, two sisters and five brothers. The Sticker extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 July 1914

H. J. Mosig, aged 39, who at one time made Schulenburg his home, shot himself twice with a large revolver in the Milby hotel in Houston at 11:00 o’clock Wednesday morning and died at St. Joseph’s infirmary that same afternoon. His wife and two daughters were with him at the end. A short time before taking his life he lost his place with the Kirby Lumber Company, and previous to that time had employment with the Imperial Mercantile Company at Sugarland.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, 14 Mar 1963, page 6

Henry Mosmeyer To Be Buried In Flatonia

Henry Mosmeyer, 79 years old of Seguin and former resident of Colorado county, died Tuesday night at Nesbit Rest home in Seguin after an illness of several months. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning (March 15) at 10 o'clock from Smith Funeral home in Flatonia, Rev. Father Black will officiate.

Mr. Mosmeyer was born in Colorado county, a son of Theodore and Margaret Mosmeyer and lived around Mentz until 1946 when he moved to Flatonia to live with a daughter, Mrs. Leonard Elliott. She later moved to Seguin, Mr. Mosmeyer moving with her. Mrs. Mosmeyer died a number of years ago.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Elliott of Seguin, Mrs. Earl Carver of Houston and Miss Madeline Mosmeyer of Columbus, and 2 sons, Weldon, of California, Robert Lee of Louisiana and 5 grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery in Flatonia.


Dallas Morning News, 17 Feb 1897

Old Citizen Dead

Ledbetter, Fayette Co., Tex., Feb. 15--
J. C. Moss, an old resident of this city, died today. His family had noticed in him an unbalanced condition of mind for some time. He leaves a wife and seven children.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Weimar Mercury, 4 Mar 1899, page 2

Ledbetter, Tex., Feb. 25.—At 4:30 yesterday evening, while trying to pen some horses, Walter Moss, white, and Gabe Dean, colored, ran together, and both horses and riders fell in a heap together. Dean got off with a slight bruise, but Moss received injuries from which he died this morning at 5 o'clock. Walter was the youngest son of the late John Moss. He leaves a mother, sister and brother to mourn his loss. He was 18 years old.


The Victoria Advocate, 7 July 1968


Funeral services were held Thursday at Moulton for Adolph Motal, 72, who died Tuesday in a Schulenburg nursing home.

Mr. Motal was born Nov. 30, 1895 at Moulton and was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Konstantine Motal; six sons, Theo and Jerry Motal of Moulton:  Ben Motal of Houston, George Motal of Katy, Adolph Motal of Victoria, and John Motal of Groesbeck: one daughter, Mrs. Lydia Claybrook of Eagle Pass, two sisters, Mrs. Jim Gejar and Mrs. Adolph Kocian of Moulton, two half-sisters, Mrs. Frank Zabransky of Shiner and Mrs. Nick Jurecka of Garden City and 20 grandchildren.

Burial was in Praha Cemetery.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Dallas Morning News, December 7, 1947

FLATONIA, Texas, Dec. 6.-- Funeral services were held at the Praha Catholic Cemetery here for Mrs. Innocence Motal, 83, a native of Czechoslovakia who came to Texas in 1864, settling near Flatonia, where she had lived since.

Survivors include two sons, Peter Mack, St. Mary's', A. Motal, Moulton; three daughters, Mrs. Nick Juresek, Witting; Mrs. Ad Kocian, Moulton; Mrs. Jim Geier, Hallettsville; twenty-five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, October 10, 2003

Valeria M. Pesna Motal, 75, of Victoria, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003.

She was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Schulenburg, to the late John R. Pesna and Matilda Balcar. She was an Avon representative and employee of Ray's Distributing. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, SPJST., and KJZT.

Survivors: husband, Adolf E. Motal; daughters, Catherine Bettge of Meyersville, Rebecca "Becky" Richardson of Victoria, Gayle Hill of Houston, and Mary Beth Byers of Newnan, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, Adolf John Motal.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Victory, Monsignor Michael Harrold officiating.

Burial will be 3 p.m. at Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: John Jason Motal, Eric Motal, Lisa Bettge Kincart, Angie Bettge, Kendra Richardson, John Thomas Richardson, Bryan Richardson, and Lauren Byers.

Honorary pallbearers: Sarah Hill, Emily Hill, Michael Hill, Ashley Byers, Mathew Byers, Christopher Byers, Morgan Motal, Joseph Richardson, and Jacquelyn Baldera.

Memorials: masses and SPJST scholarship.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Oct 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Deaths reported for the week ending Oct. 24th 1903.

Motl: Died near Zapp P. O. Oct. 17-03 of malarial fever, Frank Motl, aged 4 ½ hours.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Barbara Mozicek, age 60 years, died September 29.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 16, 1970

Final Rites for Mrs. J. Mozisek At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Mrs. John J. (Filomena) Mozisek, 76, of Schulenburg were held June 28 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel and St. John Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Sigmund Wojciechowski officiated.

Pallbearers were James Kunz, Pvt. Delbert Kunz, Henry Lynn Kunz, Robert Chaloupka, Jerome Polansky, and Franklin Mozisek.

Mrs. Mozisek died June 26 at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg after four months’ illness.

She was born July 4, 1893, in Lavaca County, a daughter of Frank and Frances Polansky. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, and the KJZT at St. John.

Mrs. Mozisek’s husband died Aug. 19, 1954. A daughter, Frances, also preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 1969.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Henry (Margaret) Kunz of Columbus, Mrs. Philip (Bessie) Chaloupka of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Frankie A. (Pauline) Vana of Weimar; one son, Julius J. Mozisek of Shiner; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Jim Bujnoch of Hallettsville and Mrs. Joe J. Slavik of Yoakum; and one brother, August Polansky of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 10, 1935

Frank Mozisek Dies Sunday at Farm After Long Illness

Frank Mozisek, a highly  respected farmer, who lived a few miles west from La Grange, died at the farm home, Sunday, January 6, following a long illness. Mr. Mozisek had been a patient sufferer for the past year, and only recently took to his bed. He was born in Fayette County, near his present home, and was the son of emigrants who came to America after the Civil War.

Mr. Mozisek was a true exemplification of  that type of honest citizenship that ever-merits the good will and respect of a fellow man. Born and reared on a farm he adopted that as his avocation after being united in marriage with Miss Anna Spetla who, with two sons, and two daughters survive. The children are: Anton Mozisek of Bridge Valley, Bernard Mozisek and Misses Edith and Ludmilla at the farm home. Two sisters, Mrs. Henry Svec and Mrs. Henry Rainosek of Hostyn and one brother, Anton Mozisek of near Plum also survive.

Funeral services were held at his late home Monday morning at 9:00 o’clock, and the body taken to the Holy Rosary Catholic church at Hostyn where Rev. Paul P. Kasper officiated. Interment was had at the churchyard cemetery at Hostyn.

Priests assisting Rev. Kaspar are Rev. Symanski of Weimar, Rev. Heinze of Plum, and Rev. Wolf of Schulenburg.

At the time of his death Frank Mozisek was 61 years 11 months and 2 days old. The death of this friend of the editor’s boyhood days is sincerely regretted. We offer our sympathy to the family and other relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 5 Sep 1943, page 4

Final Rites for John J. Mozisek, 61, At St. John

Funeral services for John J. Mozisek, 61, St. John farmer, were held at St. John Catholic Church August 22, with Rev. Albert Maneth officiating.

Burial was in the St. John Cemetery.

Mr. Mozisek died August 19 in Veterans Hospital at Houston, after an illness of two months.

A native of Yoakum, he was the son of John and Mary Mozisek. He married Miss Filomena Polansky in 1921, settling at Worthing, where they lived until five years ago when they moved to St. John.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters, Mrs. Henry Kunz of Weimar, Mrs. Philip Chaloupka of St. John, and Misses Frances and Pauline Mozisek of St. John; one son, Julius Mozisek of Weimar; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Machlicek of St. Mary's Mrs. Emil Seeback, Houston, Mrs. Sylvester Kutac, Speaks; two brothers, P. J. Mozisek of Houston and Frank Mozisek of Worthing; and eight grandchildren.


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Feb 1906

Joseph Mozisek.

After patiently suffering for several years from cancer of the stomach, Joseph Mozisek, an early settler of this section, died Sunday morning. Three months since, his wife, after being an invalid for thirteen years, preceded him. Mr. Mozisek was a thrifty farmer and commanded the respect of all who knew him. On Tuesday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymansky, officiating, the remains were interred in the Buff cemetery.

Josef Mozisek was born in Austrian Schlezien, Europe in 1833, and at the time of his demise was 73 years of age. He emigrated to this country in 1866, locating at Bluff, and immediately began the life of a farmer. By hard work, and concientious [sic] he acquired sufficient means to live a practically indenpendent [sic] life. To the surviving relatives The Journal extends its sympathy. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 16 Aug 1902, page 1

Flatonia, August 7,—A serious accident, causing the death of Mr. Joseph Wraz [Mraz], happened about one mile north of the city this morning. He was employed hauling cord wood to the oil mill; the team got unmanageable and ran away, throwing Mr. Wraz under the wagon, and when picked up was found to be dead.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 9, 1932


Wednesday about 5:45 p.m. Joe Mrazek was accidentally shot and killed by a .22 rifle in the hands of his nephew, Joe Ray Turner, aged 14 years. Joe Mrazek, his nephew, Joe Ray Turner and Robert Earl Wolters were out dove hunting. They had been in the field known as the Helmcamp pasture on Foster's Creek and were returning to the car when the rifle in Joe Ray Turner's hands discharged accidentally, the bullet striking Mr. Mrazek under the heart, severing a main artery and which caused him to bleed to death. The testimony at the inquest stated they were near the car when the shot was fired. Mrazek fell to the ground and shouted, "I'm shot." The two boys aided him into the car and attempted to bring him to a doctor, but the car skidded and slipped into a bog hole and could not be moved. Wolters rushed to Gassmann's home and phoned for Schwenke's ambulance, but Mrazek was dead when they arrived.

Joe Mrazek was born and reared here, but had been away a number of years, returning here several weeks ago. He was a war veteran, serving in the navy.—Schulenburg Sticker.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Dec 1902


Mr. Josef Mrazek, about 50 years old, and for years a resident of Schulenburg, died at 4 a. m. Wednesday December the 10th at his home here from typhoid fever and his remains will be interred in the Schulenburg Catholic cemetery, at 10 a. m. today, Thursday, Rev. Father Mathis officiating. Mr. Mrazek, besides many friends, leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Galveston Daily News, Friday, December 12, 1902

Schulenburg, Tex., Dec. 11.—Joseph Mrazek, aged 53 years, died at his home in this city yesterday and was buried at 10 o'clock this morning in the Catholic Cemetery. He leaves a widow and five small children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Banner Press, December 30, 1999

Services for Alma W. Mrkwa, 89, of Columbus were held Dec. 28 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Live Oak Hill near Ellinger with Monsignor Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Mrkwa died Dec. 25 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born March 19, 1910, in Frelsburg, Texas, the daughter of John and Annie Warschak Minar. Mrkwa was united in marriage with Henry D. Mrkwa on Feb. 6, 1940. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Mrkwa was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Anita Mrkwa, parents, and three brothers, Edmund, Arthur and Harry Minar.

Survivors include her husband of the Brush Community; a daughter and son-in-law, Waldine and Bennie Joe Skutca of Brushy; a sister, Erna Laake of Pesak Community; a sister-in-law. Adeline Minar of Fayetteville; a granddaughter, Shannon Reed and husband Matt of Katy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Irwin Ullmann, Darryl Laake, John Garza, Patrick Zientek, Eugene Mrkwa and Alois Janish.

Henneke Funeral Home. Columbus, directors.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 7 Nov 1963, page 5

Mrs. Mrkwa's Last Rites; Burial in Hostyn Cemetery

Funeral services were held yesterday for Mrs. J. W. Mrkwa at Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services at the Hostyn Catholic church near Ellinger. Burial was in the Hostyn Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Mrkwa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moeller, was born July 6, 1884, and died in her home Nov. 4. She was married to Mr. Mrkwa in 1909 in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church at Frelsburg. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church at Live Oak Hill and has lived in that community all her life.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 3 sons, Henry D., August A. and Willie L., all of Columbus, and one daughter, Mrs. E. A. Halfmann of Frelsburg. Also, 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren survive.

Pallbearers were Charles Moeller, Lawrence [Hoelscher], Gene Mrkwa, Alois Zientek, Henry Moeller and August Mrkwa Jr.


Colorado County Citizen newspaper clipping

Eugene W. “Gene” Mrkwa, 67, of East Bernard, passed away March 9 at Triumph Town and Country Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Columbus, Feb. 23, 1944 to Willie Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth (Schertz) Mrkwa. He married Jocelyn Marie Konvicka, July 26, 1970 and was a self-employed rancher was a dirt contractor.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2500 in East Bernard, East Bernard Volunteer Fire Department and was a charter member of Sons of American Legion Post 226 of East Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and uncle Alois Schertz.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Darren W. Mrkwa and fiancé Shannon Graeber and Dwayne A. Mrkwa, all of East Bernard; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Clinton Nierlich of Deer Park, Janet and Darryl Bradley of Columbus and Rita and Lonnie Juergens of Rockdale; aunt and uncle, Vince and Leona Schertz of Brownfield; and grandchildren, Tyler and Madison Ernest.

Funeral services were conducted at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Father Don Ruppert officiated the service. Interment followed at at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Ellinger.

Pallbearers were Stephen Ullmann, Tommy Sabrsula, Clyde Hill, Clay David, Leland Moeller and Maynard Ripper
Colorado Citizen

Contribute by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 8 Jul 1903


In El Paso, Sunday night, June 28th Mr. August Muecke. The deceased was uncle to Chas. and Otto Muecke of this city and formerly lived near Flatonia, where he was partly raised.

Mr. Muecke was in the cattle business at San Angelo for a number of years. He was married to a Miss Kuenstler, of Witting, last year. His health became impaired and he moved to El Paso.

He leaves a wife and one small child. His remains were brought to Flatonia and buried last Thursday. The Gazette extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jul 1889, page 3

We are informed that Mr. Charles Muecke of Flatonia, a gentleman well-known here, dropped dead in his field near that city Tuesday. He was afflicted with heart disease.


Galveston News, September 17, 1969

Alfred Muehr

HITCHCOCK – Alfred J. Muehr, 55, died at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday in John Sealy Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque followed by a mass at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Hitchcock at 10 a.m., the Rev. Charles Burns officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Park Cemetery in Houston.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Funeral home.

Muehr was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Schulenburg, Texas [to Frank and Selma Brossmann Muehr]. He had been a resident of Hitchcock for the last 16 years and was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Church and the Hitchcock Volunteer Fire Department. He was the owner and operator of the Muehr Refrigeration Co.

Muehr lived at 8120 White Ave. in Hitchcock.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby B. Muehr; two sisters, Mrs. C.B. Johnson and Mrs. W.P. Johnson both of Houston; two brothers, Victor Muehr of Sheridan, Texas, and James Muehr of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Pallbearers will be Charlie Anderson, Harold Meier, Oscar Enge, Leslie Wulf, Luther Morgan and Johnnie Beamon.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Hitchcock Police Department and volunteer fire department members.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Schulenburg Sticker
December 15, 1950

Mrs. Franz Muehr Laid To Rest Thursday

Mrs. Franz Muehr, Sr., nee Aloisia Berger, age 83 years, five months and 18 days, passed away in the Laura Eldridge Hospital in Sugar Land Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30 a.m. following an illness of ten days.

Born on June 24, 1867 in Boelten, Austria, as the daughter of Anton and Theresa [Keiner] Berger, she came to this country in 1889 with her family and settled at Bastrop. She was united in marriage to Franz Muehr, Sr., on January 7, 1890, in Bastrop and she and her husband moved to Fayette County where they resided until the time of Mr. Muehr’s death, on June 20, 1944. She then moved to Sugar Land to make her home with her son, Fred, where she lived until the time of her death.

Deceased was a devout member of the Catholic Church and of the Mother’s Sodality in Schulenburg.

Funeral services were conducted from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Thursday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. followed by services in the St. Rose Catholic Church, with interment in the St. Rose Cemetery. Father Leo Goertz officiated. Rosary was recited on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Wilbur, James and Leo Muehr, Herbert Schumann, Arnold Heinrich and Adolph Kubica.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ed. (Mary) Matzke of Weimar; Mrs. Victor (Alma) Blaschke of Sugar Land; Mrs. Robert (Rosa) Heinrich of Schulenburg; four sons, Frank, Jr., John, Louis and Fred Muehr, all of Sugar Land; 28 grandchildren and 19 great grand-children. One son, Joe died at the age of 17 , and one daughter, Mrs. Max (Anna) Schumann, died at the age of 27.

[Note: Aloisia's son, Joseph Muehr (28 May 1895 - 21 Feb 1912), died of typhoid when he was sixteen.]

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, November 12, 1954

Funeral Rites for Chas. Muehr Held Thursday

Charlie Muehr, aged 81 years, two months and four days, passed away at the family residence early Wednesday morning, November 3, following an illness of about four months.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon, November 4, 1954 at 2:30 o’clock with the Rev. W.C. Anderson officiating. Interment was in the City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Frank Sherrer, Harry Culver, Frank Muehr, Alvin Vornsand, Henry Vornsand and E.O. Vornsand.

The deceased was born on August 21, 1873, at Dietersdorf, Austria [actually born in Schlesisch-Wolfsdorf, Austria], as the son of Franz and Theresia [Pauler] Muehr. In 1904, he came to this country and settled in the Weimar area. On June 30, 1912, he was united in marriage to Miss Auguste Vornsand at Schulenburg and the couple lived there [Weimar] for several years before moving to Schulenburg where they have lived since. Mr. Muehr was a cabinetmaker and followed this trade here until ill health forced his retirement.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Auguste Muehr of Schulenburg; one sister, Mrs. Theresia Matzke, Weimar; and three brothers, Wm. Muehr, Bastrop; Rudolf and Richard Muehr of Borden.

One sister, Mrs. Anna Woellert and two brothers, Frank and Anton Muehr, preceded him in death. [Two other brothers preceded him in death, Josef Mühr of Vienna, Austria and Ferdinand Mühr, last known to be in Abbazia, Italy.]

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, June 8, 1965

Frank Muehr, Jr.

Frank Muehr, Jr., 74, well known Sheridan resident, died in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Friday, June 4th, at 3:30 p.m.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 8:45 a.m., and at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville at 9:00 a.m., Monday, June 7th. Interment was in Forest Park Central Cemetery in Houston at 3 p.m. June 7th. Rt. Rev. Msgr. A.J. Morkovsky officiated at the services in Hallettsville, offering a Funeral High Mass at the church. Houston graveside services were conducted by a Houston Catholic parish pastor.

Mr. Muehr was born in Bastrop County, October 15, 1890. He was a retired trucker for Imperial Sugar of Sugar Land. On October 24, 1911, he married Selma Brossmann at Schulenburg and for some years lived at Sheridan.

Surviving besides his wife of Sheridan are three sons, A.J. Muehr of Hitchcock, Victor Muehr of Sheridan, and James Muehr of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. W.P. (Cleo) Johnson of Houston, and Mrs. C.B. (Martha) Johnson, also of Houston; one brother, John Muehr of Sugar Land; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Matzke of Weimar, Mrs. Victor Blaschke of Sugar Land and Mrs. Robert Heinrich of Schulenburg; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were three brothers [Josef, Alois and Fred] and one sister [Anna Muehr Schumann].

Rosaries were recited Saturday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Schulenburg Sticker, June 23, 1944

Franz Muehr Buried Thursday Morning

Funeral services for Franz Muehr, Sr., age 75 years, were held from the family residence 2 miles northeast of Schulenburg on Thursday morning, June 22 at 9 a.m. followed by services at the St. Rose Catholic Church. Interment was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Leo Goertz officiating.

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

Mr. Muehr was born June 7, 1869 at Kunzendorf [actually Schlesisch-Wolfsdorf], Austria, Europe, and came to the United States in 1890 [actually May 25, 1888, on the vessel Werra]. That same year [January 8, 1890 in String Prairie, Bastrop County, Texas] he was united in marriage to Aloisia Berger. He was a farmer all of his life and after coming to the United States [and living the first few years in Bastrop County] spent the rest of his life in Fayette County. He was a devout member of the Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society and St. Augustine Societies of the church. During his stay in this section he gained the admiration of many of our citizens.

He had been ill only a week and on Sunday was taken to the hospital in Hallettsville where he passed away on Tuesday afternoon.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Aloisia Muehr; 4 sons, Frank, John and Louis Muehr of Sugar Land and Fred Muehr of Schulenburg; 3 daughters, Mrs. Ed  (Mary) Matzke of Weimar, Mrs. Victor (Alma) Blaschke of Sugar Land and Mrs. Robert (Rosa) Heinrich of Schulenburg, 27 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. One son, Joe, died in 1912 and one daughter, Mrs. Max (Anna) Schumann, died in 1927. Also surviving are 4 brothers, Anton, Rudolph and Richard Muehr of Weimar and Charles Muehr of Schulenburg; 2 sisters, Mrs. John Woellert of Houston and Mrs. Adolf (Theresia) Matzke of Weimar. 

[A fifth surviving brother, Wilhelm, resided in Rockne, Bastrop County. An older brother, Josef Mühr, died March 4, 1911 in Vienna, Austria, and another brother Ferdinand Mühr was last known to be living in Abbazia, Italy in 1933.]

We offer our sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Herald Coaster, April 16, 1986

John H. Muehr

Funeral services for John H. Muehr, 88, of Sugar Land, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land.

Officiating the service will be Father James Blocher. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

A rosary will be recited Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

[Note: John Muehr was born May 8, 1897, in Rosanky, Bastrop County, Texas, the son of Franz Muehr Sr. and Aloisia Berger Muehr. His family bought a farm near Schulenburg in the early 1900s. He married Rosa Elizabeth Doerrich on Feb. 21, 1917 in Schulenburg.]

Muehr, retired from Sugar Land Industries, died Monday afternoon at Fort Bend Community Hospital in Missouri City. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Muehr who died March 21, 1985.

Survivors include daughters Marie Dunkerly of Sugar Land and Anna Rae of Houston; sons Leo and Alton Muehr of Houston; sister Alma Blaschke of Sugar Land; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Friends may call at St. Theresa Catholic Church after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Dawson Funeral Home of Rosenberg.

NOTE: He was also preceded in death by his parents Franz (1945) and Aloisia (1950); sisters Mrs. Max (Anna) Schumann of Sugar Land (1927), Mrs. Edward (Mary) Matzke of Weimar (1971), Mrs. Robert (Rosa) Heinrich of High Hill (1978); brothers Frank of Hallettsville (1965), Josef of High Hill (1912), Louis of Rosenberg (1961) and Fred of Sugar Land (1956). Contributed by Mark Schumann


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Feb 1912


Joseph Meuhr, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Franz Meuhr, living on Schulenburg Route 6, between here and LaGrange, died Tuesday morning after an illness of about three weeks. His remains were interred in the High Hill Catholic cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Father Gerlach officiating.

Death in a home is sad, but when a boy just budding into manhood; when life means something to him; when he begins planning for a future, to be taken from this world at this age, it is indeed sad.

To the broken-hearted father and mother, brothers and sisters, who sit in sorrow where his foot steps shall never again find echo, we extend sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, April 10, 2004

Muehr, Leo John

LEO JOHN MUEHR, 84, passed away April 7, 2004 in Houston, Texas. He was born July 8, 1919 in Schulenburg, Texas [to John and Rosa Doerrich Muehr] and was a veteran of WW2 serving in the Army Air Corps.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte Faye and son, Leo Michael. He is survived by his children, Eric John Muehr and wife, Carol, Lydia Elaine Key and husband, John Gary, Stephanie Ann Shelsteder and husband, John Jr., and Jason Matthew Muehr; grandchildren, Amanda Ann Parsons, David Michael Ives, Steven Joe Ives and wife, Angela, Michael Jetty Muehr, and Lee John Muehr. Great-grandchildren, Mikayla Faye Muehr and Micah Leo Parsons.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, April 9, 2004 in the Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home with a rosary to be held at 5:00 PM in the Family Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 10, 2004 in the Family Chapel of Forest Park Lawndale. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Herald-Coaster, Richmond, Sunday, January 22, 1961

Funeral Service for Louis Muehr Held Thursday

Funeral services for Louis F. Muehr, 56, of Rosenberg, were held from the Triska Chapel in Rosenberg at 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning followed by Requiem Mass at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Rev. J.J. Tydlacka officiating, assisted by Rev. Charles Patronella.

Mr. Muehr, co-owner of A&M Furniture Center in Rosenberg, died at his home at 1033 Lindsey Dr. following a brief illness. He suffered a heart attack three weeks ago.

A native of Schulenburg, [born to Franz and Aloisia Berger Muehr on July 23, 1904] Mr. Muehr moved to Sugar Land in 1926 and was in the furniture business there until A&M Furniture Center opened. He moved to Rosenberg in 1951.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Olga Ann Muehr of Rosenberg; two sons, Wilbur and Alois Muehr of Rosenberg; one daughter, Miss Vivian Muehr of Rosenberg; four grandchildren; two brothers, Frank of Sheridan and John of Sugar Land and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Matzke of Weimar, Mrs. Alma Blaschke of Sugar Land and Mrs. Rosa Heinrich of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Arnold Heinrich, Victor Muehr, Leo Muehr, Brenson Abbott, Arthur Heinrich and Herbert Schumann.

Interment was in the East Garden of Gethsemane with the Triska Funeral Home directing.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


October 1981 newspaper clipping

Selma Muehr

Mrs. Selma Marie Muehr, 88, of Eagle Lake, died at 2:50 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, 1981, in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

She was born June 9, 1893, [the daughter of Joseph Brossmann and Mary Kloesel] in Fayette County and was married to Frank Muehr Jr., who preceded her in death June 4, 1965. They were married Oct. 24, 1911 in Schulenburg.

The body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home until 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12, at which time it was taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for funeral services beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Celestino Say officiated.

Burial was in Forest Park Central Cemetery in Houston, with graveside services scheduled at 3 p.m.

A rosary was recited at 2:30 p.m. Sunday by the parish and at 9:30 a.m. Monday by the Society.

Surviving are two sons, Victor of Sublime and James of Pearland; two daughters, Mrs. Bunnie Johnson and Mrs. C.B. Johnson, both of Houston; two sisters, Sister M. Eugene Brossmann and Sister M. George Brossmann, both of San Antonio Our Lady of the Lake University; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Weimar Mercury, Volume 44, No. 16
October 7, 1932

Aged Lady of Borden Section Dies Saturday

Mrs. Theresia Muehr of the Borden community, aged mother of the Muehr brothers, of this section, died very suddenly and without warning early last Saturday morning, and was buried Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

This good lady was 88 years and 9 months old at time of death, so we have been informed. According to information at hand, Mrs. Muehr, except for failing strength, incidental to old age, was in fairly good health. About 5 o’clock Saturday morning she called her son Rudolf Muehr, with whom she was making her home, and asked for a drink of water. This was given her, she lay back on her pillow, and in a few moments had passed away, apparently without a struggle.

The good lady having passed away without medical attention, the law prescribed that an inquest should be held, and this was done by Justice of the Peace A.J. Ratliff and Constable L.G. Taylor, and a verdict that her death came from natural causes was rendered.

[Mrs. Muehr was born Dec. 31, 1843 in Gross-Hermsdorf, Silesia, Austria to Josef and Veronika (Ehler) Pauler. On January 14, 1862, she was united in marriage to Franz Muehr in the parish of Dörfel, Austria.

In 1891, the Muehr family left Austria for Texas, eventually settling in Swiss Alp. Following her husband’s death on Oct. 7, 1902, Mrs. Muehr managed to hold the family together. In 1904, she purchased 134 acres in the Bordon community and resettled the family there.]

Mrs. Muehr had lived in this section for many years. She was a kind, good woman, a devoted wife and mother, and a splendid neighbor and friend. She leaves a number of children, all grown, as her survivors.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Newspaper unknown, June 1990

Victor (Vic) Muehr

Victor (Vic) Muehr, 73 years, 4 months of Hallettsville, died at 7:50 p.m., Friday, June 22, 1990, in the M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, Texas. Mr. Muehr had suffered with leukemia for over 2 years.

Mr. Muehr was born on February, 16, 1917, in Schulenburg, Texas to the late Frank and Selma Muehr. He was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith where he served as a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Mr. Muehr owned and operated a Texaco Service Station for 27 years. He was a self-employed mechanic until he retired as a farmer and rancher in 1977, where he was found doing what he liked best: baling hay, caring for the cattle, and fishing. Mr. Muehr was a 25-year charter member of the Sheridan Lions Club, Sheridan Volunteer Fire Dept., a member of the American Legion Post 230, and a World War II veteran. He was active in preparing stews, fish fries, chili suppers, and bar-b-ques for many organizations such as church functions, family and friend celebrations.

Mr. Muehr married the former Vera Fernau on May 1, 1941, who survives him. Also two daughters, Mary Louise Sparks of Katy and LaVerne Chovanetz of Hallettsville; two sons-in-law, Jerry Sparks of Katy and Fred Chovanetz; a granddaughter, Julie Hargrave of Katy; a grandson, Christopher Chovanetz of Hallettsville; a great-granddaughter, Lauren Ashley Hargrave of Katy; Godchildren: Randy Mikulenka, James F. Muehr Jr. and Walter Edwards; two sisters, Cleo (Bunnie) Johnson and Marth Johnson of Houston; a brother, James F. Muehr of Pearland; an aunt, Sister M. George Brossmann of Our Lady of the Lake Convent of San Antonio; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Shoppe, Rev. Herb Beyer and Rev. Albert Flathmann officiating. The body lay in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 9 a.m. Burial was in the Geiger Cemetery in Sublime.

Rosary was recited Monday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Vernon Miller, Richard Kloppenburg, Robert Kloppenburg, Alvin Mikulenka, Rueben Wunderlich, Jimmy Jones and Macklin Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were P.H. Henderson, Hubert Neubauer, James Howard Brooks, Raymond Johnson, Melvin Christen Jr., Charles Coldewey, Eddie Ray Taylor, W.C. Gohlke, Charles DeShazo, Jean Walker, Albert Botard and Paul Najvar.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Jan 1908


Mrs. Marie Muelker, an aged and esteemed lady died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Luecke, Sunday night, and her remains were laid to rest in the Old High Hill cemetery at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.

We take the following from the History of Fayette County:

More and More, the old pioneers of the county disappear: only a few of them who have lived in the early times and can talk of them, are still surviving. One of the oldest settlers of the county, still living, is Mrs. Marie Muelker, widow of John Muelker, deceased. Mrs. Marie Muelker belongs to the Aschen family, a family noted for long life. Her brothers have all attained an old age and are still living; Johann Aschen, 89 years; Anke, wife of Recklef Meiners, 86 years old; Reinhard Aschen 83 years old and Heinrich Aschen 82 years old. She is the youngest and 80 years old. Mrs. Muelker is of great vitality; her hair is still black and one who sees her would hardly judge her to be over 50.

Mrs. Muelker was born June 6, 1822, near Oldenburg, Germany. She married there Mr. John Muelker, a farmer in that country in 1843. 1847 they came to Texas and landed at Galveston. On the voyage over the ocean, their only child, two years old, had died on board the ship. From Galveston they moved to Houston where they stayed one year. Here their other child, Gesine, wife of Carl Luecke, was born to them. In 1848 they moved from Houston Industry, Austin County. At that time, there were no rail roads in Texas and one could not travel then with as great convenience as now. The family moved to Industry in an ox wagon drawn by one yoke of oxen and team of horses.

In 1850 they moved from Industry to Roundtop [sic], Fayette County, where they farmed till 1877. In that year Mr. Muelker bought a farm on Middle Creek and moved upon it, where he died in 1883. His widow stayed on this farm with her son-in-law, Mr. Carl Luecke, till the year 1895. In October of that year they moved to Schulenburg, where she has since resided.

Contributed by Matt Cross


undated news clipping


Bernhard Mueller, 83, died Friday, July 21, [1939] at the home of his daughter near Hobson after a short illness.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 23, with the Eckols Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Religious services were at the home under the direction of conrad Windecker of Karnes City. Interment was made in the Mueller Cemetery at Hobson.

Survivors include one sister, Johanna Pope, four half sisters, 3 half-brothers, two daughters, 13 grandchildren and 6 great grand children. Four sons preceded him in death, two of whom died in infancy, one killed in action in the World War, and the other died following an automobile accident.

Active pallbearers were Walter Eben, Bennie Eben, Manfred Eben, George Bormann, Monroe Mueller, Carl Beheler, Herman Riske and George Opts.

Mueller was a retired stock farmer, and had been a resident of Karnes county for over 38 years. He was born July 18, 1856 in Fayette county, Texas. Early in life he became a member of the Lutheran Church. On January 1, 1884 he was united in marriage to Bertha Kolbe, who has preceded him in death.

Contributed by Nadine McDonald


Weimar Mercury
23 Sep 1893, page 2

Flatonia, September 19.—Monday evening aboutt 6 o'clock Mr. Ed Mueller, a prosperous young farmer, who lives a few miles from town, was fixing his pistol when he let it fall. The jar caused it to discharge, the ball passing through the abdomen, inflicting a wound from the effects of which he died at 11 o'clock yesterday. Mr. Mueller was a brother of Messrs. W. F. and G. H. Mueller, furniture dealers of this city, and of H. C. Mueller of Cuero. He leaves a wife and three small children.


Schulenburg Sticker
July 1, 1938

Mrs. Eda Mueller Laid To Rest

Mrs. Eda Mueller, aged 75 years, one month and 19 days, passed peacefully away on Monday, June 20, at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. She had been ill for many months before the Angel of Mercy called her back from whence she came. Mrs. Mueller was born April 25, 1863, in Colorado County. Mrs. Mueller, nee Eda Eschenberger, was united in marriage to Frank Mueller in 1890. She was a good Christian mother, having reared a family of fine children to be good, American citizens. During her life time she worked hard and lived an honest upright life. Her husband preceded her in death 17 years ago, and two sisters also preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Klaeges, Lutheran minister of Hallettsville, officiating. Interment was in the Cedar Cemetery, near La Grange. Surviving are two sons, Frank Mueller of Schulenburg and Henry Mueller of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Herman Richter of Hostyn, Mrs. Frank Boehm of Hostyn and Mrs. Emil Schnaubelt of Hallettsville; fourteen grandchildren, three brothers, Louis Eschenberger of Schulenburg, Wm. Eschenberger of Yoakum and Christian Eschenberger of Waco, and one sister, Mrs. Albert Dieringer of Yoakum. Pall bearers were Joe Hilscher, Robert and Herbert Hohle and Walter Buchhorn. The grave was banked high with many floral offerings. May she rest in peace.

Contributed by Rob Brown 


The Schulenburg Sticker, January 24, 1963

Frank Mueller, Sr. Rites Read Jan. 16

Frank O. Mueller, Sr. passed away January 14, 1963 at the Veterans Hospital in Houston. Funeral services were conducted from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Wednesday, January 16 at 2 p.m. Rev. Orlie White officiated and interment was in the Cedar Cemetery, west of Hostyn.

Pallbearers were Ray Kusey, Joe Krhovjak, Benno Nierlich, Leon Wessels, Melvin Drumm, Rhine Winkler and Herman Citzler, members of the American Legion MrBride Post No. 143 of which the deceased was a member. The deceased, aged 66 years, 10 months and 25 days, was born at Hostyn on February 19, 1896, as the son of Franz and Ida Mueller. He was united in marriage to Louisea Thuemler at La Grange and the couple settled in Schulenburg where he resided all his life. He had been a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Louisea Mueller of this city; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Louisea) Hohle of Schulenburg; a son, Frankie Mueller, Jr., also of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Julie Richter of La Grange and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry, and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Boehm and Mrs. Lydia Schnaubelt.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker
Thursday, July 8, 1993

Frankie Mueller

The funeral for Frankie Mueller, 69, of Schulenburg, was held on Wednesday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church.

The Rev. Tim Kosler of Schulenburg and the Rev. Jerome Cernoch of East Bernard officiated. Burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Mueller died on Thursday, June 24 at his residence.

He was born on May 20, 1924, in Hostyn, the son of the late Frank O. and Louise (Thuemler) Mueller.

He was united in marriage with Hattie Krecmer on August 11, 1947, in Dubina. Mrs. Mueller preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 1990.

Mr. Mueller retired in 1985 after 48 years with the Carnation Co. Since then, he worked part-time for the county. He was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and B. J. Kalina of La Grange, Theresa and John Wolff of Vernal, Utah, and Donna and Daniel Neiser Jr. of Holman; and three sons and two-daughters-in-law, Alvin and Mar Louise Mueller of Weimar, Gary and Vicki Mueller of Schulenburg and Dan Mueller of La Grange.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Preceding him in death was a sister, Louise Hohle, besides his wife.

Schwenke-Baumgarten handled arrangements.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The LaGrange Journal
Thursday, August 9, 1921, page 7

Franz Mueller

Franz Mueller died at his home on the Bluff on July 29 after a lingering illness. The funeral, attended by many, occurred the next day with interment in the Cedar Cemetery.

The deceased, who was sixty-three years of age, leaves besides his wife, the following children to mourn his going:  Mrs. Julia Richter, O’Quinn; Mrs. Annie Boehm, Bluff; Miss Lydia Mueller, Bluff; Frank A. O. Mueller, Swiss Alp; Henry J. Mueller, High Hill and one brother, Chas. Mueller of Bluff.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, November 29, 1990, page 6

Mrs. Frankie Mueller

Mrs. Frankie (Hattie) Mueller of Rt. 3, Schulenburg, passed away suddenly at the Victoria Regional Medical Center at 4:26 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. She had reached the age of 62 years, one month and 14 days.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Filice officiating. Interment was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Pat and Mike Krecmer, nephews; Dwayne Kalina, grandson; and Adolph Janecka, August Cernoch and Jeff Cernoch, cousins. Her grandchildren acted as honorary pallbearers.

A rosary was led by the Rev. Filice at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Mueller, born Oct. 5, 1928 in Weimar, to August and Ludmilla (Faltysek) Krecmer, attended school in Dubina. On August 11, 1947 she married Frankie John Mueller.

A lifetime resident of Fayette County, she was a housewife and worked at various part-time occupations. She was a parishioner at St. Rose for 43 years.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and B.J. Kalina of La Grange, Theresa and John Wolff of Vernal, Utah, and Donna and Danny Neiser of Holman; three sons: Alvin Mueller and his wife Mary Louise Mueller of Weimar, Gary Mueller of Schulenburg, and Dan Mueller of La Grange; two brothers, Arnold Krecmer of Dubina and Frank Krecmer of Schulenburg; and nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Mueller was preceded in death by her parents in 1974.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Jan 12, 1940, page 1

Henry 'Doc' Moeller [sic.], Weimar Blacksmith, Found Fatally Shot


Henry Joe (Doc) Mueller, 40, well-known Weimar blacksmith and a resident of this town for fifteen years, was found fatally shot in a room in his home here Wednesday afternoon. Justice of the Peace A. J. Ratliff, who conducted the inquest, reurned a verdict of suicide.

Moeller, who had told an acquaintance he would return to town after a visit to his house, was found lying across his bed, a bullet hole through his head. A small calibre rifle lay on the floor and his pipe, which he habitually smoked, had fallen across his chest.

A note, addressed to his son, George, 16-year-old boy here, read: "Dear George, please excuse me. Sell all the tools and do the best you can. If you can, go with mama. Your Dad."

Survivors include, in addition to his son, a widow of High Hill; a daughter, Elizabeth, of near Waelder; and a brother, Frank, of Weimar area.

Moeller, who came to Weimar from High Hill about fifteen years ago, had served this town at one time as night watchman. He had engaged, for a number of years, in work as a blacksmith and wheelwright.

Funeral services for the deceased are to be held at Hostyn Thursday afternoon, with interment in the Cedar Hill Cemetery there.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved.


The La Grange Journal, January 23,1936 pg. 6

Leon Mueller Dies at Local Hospital Saturday, Jan. 18

Taken to the La Grange Hospital last week, (Tuesday) in a critical condition, and having been ill for three months, Leon Mueller, aged 23 years, 8 months, and 1 day, failed to rally and died late Saturday afternoon. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Mueller of near Rutersville.

Funeral services were held at the family home and at the Rutersville cemetery Monnday afternoon by Rev. R. Heise.

Leon is survived by his parents, and four brothers, Herbert, Lawrence, Lee and Vastine, and five sisters: Mrs. Ernst Peters of Caldwell, Mrs. Edna Stuermer of La Grange, Esther, Doris, and Marion Mueller at home.

The sincere sympathy of acquaintances and friends is offered to the relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 18, 1934

Death – A Relief

Leslie, 5 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Mueller of Prairie Valley, died last Wednesday; the funeral was held Thursday with Rev. Heise conducting the religious services.

Death to little Leslie was relief from suffering; inevitable was the visit of the messenger last week.  The lad had submitted to the removal of one eye some time since, the remaining eye soon developed the same affliction; and death stepped in.  The Journal offers to the bereaved parents its sincere sympathy.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 13, 1911

Little Louis Mueller is Dead

Louis, the eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Mueller, who reside in the extreme southeastern portion of the city, died Thursday night, after an illness of several days. The loss to the family by the death of this bright lad, upon whom had been centered the fond hopes of his loving parents, is such as only time and submission to the will of God may heal.

Friends of the family assembled at the residence Saturday morning and from there accompanied the remains to the Rutersville cemetery, where they were laid to rest. We extend to the bereaved parents our sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, January 5, 1984

Louise Mueller Funeral Held

Mrs. Frank (Louise Annie) Mueller of Schulenburg succumbed on Thursday, Dec. 29 at Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville after a 5-year illness. She reached the age of 83 years, 9 months, 29 days.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10:00 a.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Walter Simpson officiating. She was laid to rest in the Cedar Cemetery in Hostyn. Schwenke-Baumgarten funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Daniel Mueller, Gary Mueller, Alvin Mueller, Dennis Kunschick, David Kunschick and Dwayne Kalina served as pallbearers.

Born on Mar. 12, 1900 at Hostyn, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Thuemler. On Dec. 16, 1919, she was united in marriage to Frank Otto Mueller in La Grange. They settled at Swiss Alp. A lifetime resident of the Swiss Alp area, she was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Surviving her are a daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Louisea) Hohle of Schulenburg; a son, Frankie John Mueller of Schulenburg; a brother, Fred Thuemler of La Grange; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, May 25, 1961

Flatonia. – Max Algernon Mueller quietly passed away at his home May 10, 1961 after having to retire from his trade of more than 50 years of decorating, painting, and paperhanging, due to ill health, in 1953.

Mr. Mueller was born August 11, 1888 in Flatonia, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mueller. He loved Flatonia and lived there during his entire lifetime.

December 28, 1910 he married Viola Gajer, and they celebrated their golden wedding last December. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. J.G. McDaniel (Melba), El Campo, and Mrs. Feris A. Bass, Jr. (Dolores) of Pakistan. He is survived by his wife, daughters, grandsons, Weldon Fay McDaniel and Feris A. Bass III, granddaughter, Laura Lynn Bass, one sister, Mrs. Dora Mueller of Flatonia, and many nieces and nephews.

Rev. Joe Scott of the Methodist Church held the services in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Two of his favorite sons, “In The Garden” and “Evening Prayer” were sung.

May 12 his body was tenderly laid to rest in the Flatonia City Cemetery.

Attending the rites from Shiner were Dr. and Mrs. August Darilek, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mueller, Victor Garbade, Percy H. Garbade, Mrs. Adelia Gehrels, Mrs. Lillie Rogge, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eilert, Mr.and Mrs. C.J. Waldrep.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 11 Aug 1894, page 3

A former citizen and hotel-keeper of Weimar dead. The Houston Post of Tuesday contained the following special:

LaGrange, Texas, August 6.—Mr. Otto Mueller, a prominent citizen of this place and proprietor of the Mueller hotel, died here last night at 8 o'clock. His remains will be interred in the LaGrange cemetery this afternoon. He leaves a wife and son and a host of friends to mourn his death. Mr. Mueller was an old resident of this county and as a hotel keeper was well and favorably known to every commercial tourist on the road. The deceased was a member in good standing of the A. O. U. W., Herman Sons and Knights of Honor.


Weimar Mercury
16 Dec 1933, page 2

Halsted Resident Takes Own Life

Wm. Mueller, aged 53 years, 2 months and 21 days, resident of the Halsted section, took his own life Tuesday morning about 5 o'clock, by hanging himself. Deceased was said to have been worried greatly of late over the depression and its effects on his affairs.—La Grange Record.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 17, 1938

Death of Infant

Fay Marie Muenzenmeyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Muenzenmeyer, was born Wednesday evening at 9:00 o’clock.  After remaining in this world for a few hours the good Lord called her home again Thursday morning February 10 at 6:00 o’clock.  During her brief stay, she was received into the Christian church through the Sacrament of holy baptism; now she dwells with God the Light!

In this world of care and pain
Lord, Thou wouldst no longer leave her,
To the sunny heavenly plain
Dost thou now in joy receive her.
Clothed in robes of spotless white
Now she dwells with Thee in light.

Baby Fay Marie is mourned by her parents, one sister Ruth Louise, two brothers, Elmo and John Henry.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, February 10, at 3:30 o’clock from the Koenig Funeral Home, with interment in the Philadelphia Lutheran Cemetery, at Swiss Alp.  Rev. F. Erhard Eilers, pastor of the Philadelphia Lutheran church, conducted the funeral services.

Sincere sympathy is offered to the survivors.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 24, 1955

Mrs. Anna Muenzler

Last rites were held Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 PM at the Industry Methodist Church for Mrs. Anna Muenzler, 88, who died at Willow Springs Friday.  The Rev. L. D. Hardt of Industry officiated at the services and at the burial which was in Industry Methodist Cemetery.

Mrs. Muenzler, the former Anna Herbrig, was born in Schoenau on March 13, 1866, the daughter of the late John and Mary Schneider Herbrig.

On January 6, 1885, she was married in Schoenau to L. C. Muenzler.  He preceded her in death on January 12, 1941.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. B. F. (Olga) Lindemann of New Ulm, Mrs. Edna Racker [Raeke] of San Antonio and Mrs. Paul (Marie) Weiss of Del Rio; three sons, Louis of New Ulm, Fedrick of Route 3, Fayetteville and Ernst of Fayetteville; one sister, Mrs. Mary Eckermann of Industry; 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 28 Dec 1926, page 7


LaGrange, Texas, May 22. — Jake Muesse, 70, of Fayetteville, burned by an explosion occurring while he was frying potatoes, died Saturday.


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kristina Ann Chovanec Muesse, 94, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 at St. David's South Austin Hospital, Austin.

Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville Monday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Stephen Nesrsta presiding. Burial was in Rutersville Cemetery.

She was born in Rutersville, the daughter of John and Julia Polasek Chovanec July 24, 1915. She married Elo Reinard Muesse Oct. 8, 1935.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jane Treybig and husband Cleward; son, Abraham Muesse and wife Barbara, all of Fayetteville; sister, Justina Zbranek; sisters-in-law, Ruth Chovanec, Josie Chovanec, Felica Chovanec, Leonide Plagens, all of La Grange; and brother-in-law, Edgar Muesse and wife Juanita of La Marque, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, husband in 1995, sisters, Albina Chovanec and Sophia Kaspar; and brothers, Bernard, Frank, Adolph, Zigmund and Raymond; and four infants; son, Franklin Muesse and wife Shirley Muesse and granddaughter-in-law, Ginger Treybig.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, February 15, 1934


Joe Muhlstein, farmer, residing near Schulenburg, 50 years of age, died at the La Grange Hospital Sunday.

Mr. Muhlstien had been a patient of Dr. Schofield’s of Schulenburg, who brought him to the hospital, Thursday, in a very serious condition. Death followed Sunday. Deceased leaves a family; his remains were taken to Schulenburg for burial.

La Grange Journal, February 22, 1934


Died at La Grange, February 11, of pneumonia, Joe J. Muhlstien, aged 50 years, 3 months and 14 days.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Nov 1913


Robert Dorris Mullin, age 2 months and 9 days, entero colitis near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 6 Feb 1925, page 7


Elmo, the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Munke of Route 3, died at a local hospital, following an operation for mastoids on both sides of his head, which was performed on him Friday. At first it was thought the operation was successful and the child's life would be sved, but Monday about the noon hour the little fellow died despite all efforts to save his life. At the time of going to press funeral arrangements were not completed.

The bereaved parents have our sincere sympathy.—LaGrange Record.


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, December 21, 1922, page 10

Another Passes Hence

Saturday afternoon Hermann Munke, in the forty-ninth year of his life, passed away following a period of illness. For over a year Mr. Munke, who had followed the avocation of a farmer, had been ailing; in order to make a final attempt to restore him to health, he was brought to the LaGrange Hospital. His condition showed some improvement, his disease had gained too great a hold and his body was too weak to permit a recovery.

Deceased was a man who had many friends and relatives. Sunday afternoon, his remains were brought from his home at Bluff to the new cemetery where they were placed to their final rest, Rev. R. Heise officiating. Many who knew him well were present to pay their last respects and offer their sympathy to the surviving relatives.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
Submitter’s Note: According to Herman’s death record, he was the son of Christian and Margaretha Laux Munke and is buried in the LaGrange Cemetery.


The La Grange Journal, 4 September 1930

Gone to His Reward

Joseph J. Munke, aged 77 years, 11 months and 9 days, died at his home at Ammannsville on Friday, August 29th. Mr. Munke was born at Ross Prairie on September 20, 1852. In 1876 he was married to Miss Mary Albrecht. At various times deceased was engaged in blacksmithing, butchering, and he also owned and operated a gin for about twenty-five years.

Funeral services were held at the family residence Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Dodzuweit officiating with burial in Williams Creek Cemetery. Mr. Munke is survived by his wife and five children, two sons having preceded him to the grave in infancy. The children are: Mrs. William Lueders of Bluff, F. C. Munke of Schulenburg, Mrs. George Schmitt of Newport, Washington, Mrs. Paul Oeding of Freyburg and Mrs. Jake Dick Padroni, Colorado. He also leaves 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Photo contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Weimar Mercury, 24 Mar 1933

Aged Lady Dies.

Mrs. Marie Louise Munke, widow of the late Jos. J. Munke of Ammannsville, aged 76 years, died Tuesday of last week at her home in Ammannsville community, and the remains were laid to rest in the Williams Creek Cemetery the following day. Four children, all grown survive. Old time citizens of this section remember Mr. and Mrs. Munke well and favorably.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Photo contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 9, 1926

Miss Ottilie Munke

Friday afternoon the mortal remains of Miss Ottilie Munke were placed to rest in the Williams Creek cemetery, about six miles from La Grange, with many relatives in attendance to administer the last rites and Rev. R. Heise, to conduct the religious ceremonies.

Miss Munke died at the La Grange Hospital late Thursday afternoon.  She became a patient on the evening of November 27, following an illness of several days.  In gathering a few wood chips late one evening she experienced a keen pain, as though ----------- condition, being not very well at the time of being bitten, warranted careful attention and in consequences she was brought to the Hospital.  Slowly she grew worse and on Thursday evening of last week, she passed away.

Miss Munke leaves as her chief mourners, her father – her mother having died two years ago – and five brothers and two sisters.  To these the Journal offers its sincere sympathy.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, May 18, 1951

Mrs. Charles Munke Dies in La Grange

Mrs. Chas. L. Munke of La Grange, nee Sophie Fietsam, died suddenly at her home in La Grange Thursday morning, May 10, at the age of 72 years, 14 days.

Born on April 26, 1879, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fietsam.  She was united in marriage to Chas. L. Munke on November 23, 1898, at Ammannsville.  They continued to make their home in that section where they farmed until seven years ago when they moved to La Grange.

Funeral services were held from the Koenig Funeral Home Sunday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m.  Burial was in the Williams Creek Cemetery.  Rev. Erhard Eilers conducted the services.

Surviving are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Anton (Emma) Wick, Schulenburg; Mrs. Edmund (Hilda) Munke, La Grange; Mrs. Adolf (Edna) Hollas, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Albert (Katy) Kuchar, Chicago, Illinois; four sisters, Mrs. Adolf Schindler, Weimar; Mrs. Wm. G. Munke, Mrs. Herman Munke and Mrs. Gustav Munke, La Grange; two brothers, Bruno and Arnold Fietsam, Ammannsville; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lee Munke, San Antonio; Norbert Wick, Schulenburg; Cledus Hollas and Lewis Rosprim, Eagle Lake; and Arthur Munke, La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Mrs. Leon MUNOZ

La Grange Journal, May 28, 1903


Munoz, Mrs. Leon, Mexican, aged 35 years, of tuberculosis, at West Point, May 15.

MURAS Infant

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 3, 1933


The two months old infant girl of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Muras of Rutersville was laid to rest in the Hostyn Catholic cemetery Thursday morning after services by the Rev. P. P. Kaspar. The child died early Wednesday morning at the local hospital to terminate a lingering illness.

This was Mr. and Mrs. Muras' sixteenth child, thirteen of whom are living. The parents, brothers and sisters are offered sympathy.—LaGrange Record

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis. This child appears to have an unmarked grave.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 24, 1955

Mrs. Martin Muras

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Anna Muras of Hostyn at 9 AM Tuesday from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with continued services at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Hostyn.  Burial was in the Hostyn Catholic cemetery.  Mrs. Muras, 79, died at the Fayette Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  Msgr. J. A. Pustka officiated.

Mrs. Muras, nee Pastusek, was born on July 26, 1875.  She has been a life-long resident of Fayette County.  In 1909, she married Martin Muras in Hostyn.

Surviving are her husband; and two brothers, John of Wichita Falls and Joe of Hallettsville.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1952

Truck Tragedy Takes Life of T. Muras Baby

Constantine Elizabeth, the 16-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo Muras of Ammannsville, was killed last Thursday morning, May 15, when a pickup truck driven by her father ran over her.

Describing the tragic accident, Mr. Muras said he had unloaded some sand in his back yard and was about to drive away when he felt his front wheel run over something. He had seen the baby girl playing on the back porch, and when he jumped out to look under his truck his worst fear was confirmed. Brought to the hospital here by her father and her mother -- who had seen the accident from the garden nearby, too late to give alarm the little girl was pronounced dead on arrival.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church at Ammannsville Saturday morning with Rev. Adolph Janda officiating.

Surviving in addition to the baby's parents are a sister, Dorothy Louise, and three brothers, 14-year-old Jerry Joseph, the oldest, Robert Eugene and James Frank.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, December 4, 1975

Rites Last Week for Muras Child

Darrell Ray, aged one year and nine months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Muras of Rt. 3, La Grange, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Hostyn, with Rev. Wm. Halata officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Darrell was born at Weimar Feb. 22, 1974.

Surviving in addition to the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Muras of La Grange and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Janda of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Darrell’s uncles, Edwin and Dennis Muras of La Grange and Anthony and James Janda of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, September 30, 1976

Funeral for Mrs. F. Muras Held Sept. 21

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Emilie) Muras, 79, of Route 3, La Grange, were held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn with Rev. William Halata officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Muras died Sept. 18 in the Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg.

Born May 12, 1897, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Frank and Agnes (Lidiak) Klecka. She was married to Frank S. Muras in Wallis on Oct. 23, 1923, and they had lived in Fayette County since.

Mrs. Muras was a member of the Altar Society and KJZT.

Her husband survives her, along with three daughters, Mrs. Hugo J. (Annie) Beyer of Schulenburg, Mrs. Robert (Beatrice) Shumbera of la Grange, and Mrs. Lawrence (Lillian) Klesel of Weimar; four sons, Frank L. Mural of La Grange, Gregory E. and Fred T. Muras of Houston, and Albert Muras of Schulenburg; 27 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, three sisters, Mrs. Mary Petter and Mrs. Augusta Hruzek of Wallis and Mrs. Lillie Gavranovic of Sealy, and one brother, John Klecka of Wallis.

She was preceded in death by two infant children and one grandson.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 6 Jul 1945

Parents Advised Pvt. John V. Muras Lost on May 23

(La Grange Record)

Notification of Fayette county's third fatality in the battle for Okinawa was received this week, when Mr. and Mrs. Joe Muras of Holman were advised by the war deparmtnet Tuesday afternoon that their son, Pvt. John V. Muras, had been kileed in action there on May 23.

Pvt. Muras, 20, was with the 32nd regiment of the seventh division.

Born at Hostyn on February 8, 1925, Pvt. Muras entered the service in September, 1944, and had been overseas about four months.

Besides his parents, he is survived by the following brothers and sistsers: Pfc. Jos. C. Muras, stationed somewhere in Germany; Agnes, Rosie, Bernadette, Method and Daniel, all at home.

Private John Muras was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lidiak of the Weimar community.

See photo and obituary at WWII memorials page


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Jan 2006, page 3

Leona V. Muras

Leona V. Muras, age 86 years, 7 months, 16 days, of the Hostyn community, passed away on Friday, Dec. 30 in a La Grange nursing home.

She was born on May 14, 1919 in Hostyn to Frank and Mary (Rainosek) Janacek. On Oct. 11, 1939, she married Vaclav L. Muras in Hostyn. He passed away in 2001. She was a homemaker, a member of Holy Rosary Church in Hostyn and active in the Living Rosary organization at her church. She was also a member of the KJZT.

She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Veronica and Jimmie Genzer of East Bernard and Cecilia and Leonard Banse of Wallis; three sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Helen Muras, Ivan and Monica Muras, and Denis and Joyce Muras, all of the Hostyn community; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Edith Janda of Hostyn, and Beatrice and Charlie Novak of La Grange; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Willie (Dorothy) Janacek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Edward (Dorothy) Janacek of La Grange and Alice Stepanek of Warrenton and the St. John’s community; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two grandsons, five brothers and a sister.

A rosary was said at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 6 p.m.

The funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Msgr. Stanley Petru officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

For those desiring, memorial contributions can be made to the Holy Rosary Church building fund.

Services were under the direction of Fayette Memorial Funeral Home of La Grange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Murphy: Died at Schulenburg, Sept 13 03, of Tuberculosis, Bertie Murphy, colored, aged 24 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Aug 1913


Joe Muska [sic.], aged --, accidental drowning, Winchester.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 22, 1948

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Muzny, 55, of Weimar were held at the family home and the Dubina Catholic Church last Friday morning, with interment in the Dubina cemetery. Msgr. Anthony Drozd of here officiated.

Mrs. Muzny died at her home Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Born at Ammannsville on July 16, 1893, she was the former Miss Christina Horak. She married to Joe Muzny in about 1912.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Wilbert H____ and Mrs. Lawrence Polach; two sons, Emil of Needville and Sylvin of San Antonio; five sisters, Mrs. Justin Schr___ and Mrs. Lud___ Kristek of Ammannsville; Mrs. Edith H____ and Mrs. Matilda Vacek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Mary Mazoch of Holman; four brothers, Raymond, Victor, Frank and Louis Horak, all of Needville; and four grandchildren.

Faded type made it hard to read surnamesSubmitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, June 24, 1976

Elo Muzny

Funeral services for Elo O. Muzny, 67, of Houston were held Monday at the Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger, with continued services at Hostyn Hill Catholic Church. The Rev. Francis Kolar officiated.

Interment was in the church cemetery, with Koening Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Muzny, a heavy equipment (crane) operator, passed away June 17 in a Houston hospital. He had resided in Houston for the past 35 years.

The son of Joseph and Carrie Svec Muzny, he was born at Ellinger Nov. 1, 1908, and married Miss Earline Koehl at La Grange Aug. 18, 1927.

Survivors include his wife of Houston, a son, Elo Joe Muzny; a sister, Mrs. Justin Mince; a brother, Henry Muzny, all of Houston; and 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A son died in infancy.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 26 Dec 1930, page 5

Old Time Citizen Claimed by Death Thursday Morning

Just as the Mercury was being printed last Thursday morning we learned of the death of Mr. Ignac Muzny, a well known and honored retired farmer of this section, who lived a short distance north of town. Ill health, brought on by his advanced age, probably hastened the end. The funeral took place at the Dubina Cemetery Friday morning at 10 o'clock, services being held by Rev. Jos. Szymanski of the Weimar-Dubina Churches. The funeral was largely attended by friends of the family, who deeply regretted the passing of this truly good man.

Mr. Muzny passed away in the early hours of Wednesday night after a long illness. The pall bearers were as follows: Messrs. Rud. Mican, Louis Mican, Rud. Mozisek, George Sciba, Vincent Petrash and Rud. Holub.

Ignac Muzny was born in Tiche, Moravia, Czecho-Slovakia. Oct. 11, 1850. He came to America in 1854, with his parents, and settled in the Dubina section. In 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Rosalie Petrash. Shortly afterward the couple moved to the section north of Weimar, where Mr. Muzny lived up to the time of his death. To this union six children were born. One of these, Mrs. F. Stuckly, died May 24, 1914. The surviving children are as follows: Mrs. Rosalie Kaluza of Vernon, Texas; Mr. August Muzny and Mrs. Annie Janecka, living near Weimar; Mrs. Alvina Lovelace of Fort Worth, and Mr. Fred Muzny of Houston. There are also quite a number of grandchildren surviving.

Mr. Muzny was active in church affairs up to the time he was made helpless though illness. He was one of the organizers of the Dubina Catholic Church, while a resident of that community, was a successful farmer, a good, quiet, peaceable citizen, neighbor and friend, and possessed the friendship and esteem of all who knew him. His death is sincerely deplored by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Fayette County Record, August 20, 1976

Mrs. Josephine Muzny, 76, passed away in Burbank, Calif., Tuesday.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hostyn Hill Catholic Church near Ellinger, Rev. Francis Kolar officiating. And burial will be in the church cemetery.

The deceased, nee Svrcek, was born in Czechoslovakia on April 19, 1900, and formerly resided in Galveston.  She was a retired employee of American National Life Insurance Co., and the obituary prepared by relatives stated further, “she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to many.”

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Bentivegna of California; son, Will J. Muzny of Houston; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday at the Jecmenek chapel, where Mrs. Muzny will remain until 9 a.m. Saturday. Koenig Funeral Home is funeral director.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 13, 1934


Mrs. Paulina Zurovec Bordovsky Muzny, 75, died at the home of her son, Joe Bordovsky, at O'Quinn Wednesday. Funeral services were set for Friday at 9 o'clock at the home and then at the Hostyn Catholic church, Rev. Paul P. Kaspar officiating.

Four children survive. They are Mrs. Celia Hajek of Dallas, Mrs. Paulina Karstedt of El Campo, Joe Bordovsky of LaGrange and Justina Macha of Louise. She was preceded in death by her husband about two years ago.

Three children, Mrs. Paul Matocha, Mrs. A. P Mach and Mrs. John P. Heller also preceded their mother to the grave.

The bereaved relatives are extended sympathy.—LaGrange Record.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1963, page 1

Mrs. Scott's Mother Buried at Schulenburg

Funeral services were held May 28 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg for Mrs. Clark Myers, 77, mother of Mrs. Walter Scott of Weimar. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Myers died Wednesday, May 26, after 5 1/2 weeks in Youens Hopital here.

Survivors include three sons, William C. of Albuquerque, N. M., Harvey and F. B. Myers, both of San Antonio; four daughters, Mrs. A. L. Farrell of Pasadena, Miss Adele Myers of Schulenburg, Mrs. L. D. Brokaw of San Antonio and Mrs. Scott here; and 16 grandchildren.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht



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