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La Grange Journal, August 6, 1936 pg. 3

Carmine Section

Alfred Naegli Dies

Alfred Naegli was found dead Monday morning, near his home near Winedale. Self inflicted gun shot wounds was the cause of death. Mr. Naegli had reached the age of about 48 years. His wife having preceded him to the grave four years ago, he made his home with his son and mother-in-law.

Surviving are his two children, Clarence, at home, and Mrs. Kermit Eichler of Waldeck, and many relatives and friends.

His remains were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in the Mayer cemetery at Winedale; Rev. H. Brunotte of Carmine, officiating. Our sympathy is extended to the surviving relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Sgt. Roy Nagel of Round Top Dies in Action

Soldier, 29, Loses Life on Mindanao Island on May 31st

S-Sgt. Roy Nagel, son of W. C. Nagel and brother of Donald Nagel of Round Top, was killed in action on Mindanao Island in the Philippines on May 31, according to a message from the war department to immediate relatives.

Sgt. Nagel entered the service February 12, 1942, and trained at Camp Wolters. He next spent a year in Hawaii, being connected with the 19th infantry of the 24th deivision. The sergeant then went to Australia and new Guinea, taking part in the fighting in New Guinea, and later was with the famous "lost battalion" on Leyte island. He took part in the fighting on Mindora, after which he was sent to a hospital. Recovering, he went back into action on Mindanao, where he lost his life.

Young Nagel, 29, had been awarded the combat infantryman badge and his unit received the presidential citation for heroism. He also had been awarded several battle stars in recognition of his activities during 37 months overseas.

He was once cited for heroism and received a medal for rescuing another man who had fallen overboard off a ship. Sgt. Nagel jumped into the water after him and saved him from drowning.

He had expected to come home soon for discharge under the point system, and was engaged to be married to Miss Margaret Rodgers, formerly of Cameron and now of Washington, D. C., upon arrival.

Prior to entering the service, Nagel lived at Brenham where he was local agent for an insurance company for several years.

He leaves his father; four sister, Mrs. R. W. Falkenburg, Carmine, Mrs. E. F. Birkelbach, Brenham, Mrs. H. A. Birkelbach and Miss Verna Nagel, both of Houston; and his brother, Donald Nagel, Round Top.

Commanding Officer Writes

Don Nagel received a letter form Staff Sgt. Roy Nagel's commanding officer giving the details of his death.

A sniper shot Staff Sgt. Nagel in the chest, killing him instantly, the letter said. He was buried in the United States forces cemetery at Taloma, No. 1, Mindanao, Grave 258, Plot 2, Row 3.

Newspaper article contributed by Curvey and Jean Weber
See photo of grave at WWII Memorials page


Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1972

Last Rites for Mrs. O. Naiser Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ottillie Naiser, 84, mother of the late Mrs. Joe Neiser of Weimar, were held Tuesday morning at Koenig Funeral Home, La Grange and
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman.

Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Patrick Figeon officiated.

Mrs. Naiser, who lived in the Mullins Prairie community until recently, died Sunday at Parkview Manor here.

Born June 1, 1887, in Fayette County, the daughter of Frank and Agnes Patusek Bohac, she was married to Richard Naiser at Ammannsville on Nov. 15, 1905. He died in 1954.

Surviving are four daughters, Miss Edna Naiser of Baytown, Mrs. Douglas Trash and Mrs. Eugene Heinrich of Houston, and Mrs. Jerome Holub of Schulenburg; five sons, Alfons of Baytown, Edward, Albert, and Emil of the La Grange area, and Johnnie of Fayetteville; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Hertha Tumis of Ammannsville.

Her other daughter, Mrs. Joe (Emma) Neiser, died in January 1971.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1916


Richard Naiser, Jr., died Dec. [missing text] 1915, near La Grange, age 1 [year, 9] months and 23 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 13 Nov 1897, page 3

The sad news of the death of little Edgar, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Nash of Alvin, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Harrison of this city, reached here Tuesday morning. The remains were shipped here and interred in the city cemetery at 2 o'clock, funeral occurring from the residence of J. M. Harrison. The Record extends condolence to the parents and relatives of this bright little boy.—Flatonia Record.

nauman child

Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Mar 1899, Flatonia Neighborhood Notes

We sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. H. Nauman of O’Quin neighborhood, in the loss of their six months old child whose death occurred last week – the result of teething.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1910, page 1


Died at O’Quinn, April 2, Edna Naumann, age 4 year, 7 months and 15 days of diptheria [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Naumann: Died near Cistern, Aug 31st-03, of Congestion of the bowels, Oscar Naumann, aged 45 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1915

Death of Mrs. Lou Nave.

La Grange, Texas, Jan. 15.—Mrs. Lou Royston Nave died in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, January 14. The remains were brought to LaGrange and intered[sic] Thursday morning in the family burial lot in the City Cemetery. Mrs., Nave's two sons, Messrs. Royston and Tye Nave and the latter's wife accompanied the body. Mrs. Nave lived in LaGrange the greater part of her life and is prominently connected, being closely related in the Hill families of Weimar and Smithville. The funeral took plaice from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thomas.—Houston Chronicle Special.

News of the death of Mrs. Nave was received here with much sadness last Thursday. She had numerous relatives and friends living in Weimar, had often visited here, was a sweet, companionable, lovable lady, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. The funeral took place at LaGrange. Mr. T. A. Hill and his daughters, Mrs. W. Kindred and Mrs. Eddie Ratliff attended the funeral.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


La Grange Journal, January 16, 1936


Joe Najva

Relatives were notified of the death of Joe Najva, who died at the family home in Taylor, Saturday. Mr. Najva, with his family, formerly lived in Fayetteville, and have a large circle of friends who are sorry to hear of his death and deeply sympathize with the widow and children. Burial was held in Taylor.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Nealy: Died at Plum, 2-1-04, of ctharral pneumonia, Rebecca Nealy, colored, aged 65 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Houston Daily Union, Volume II, Issue 110, 22 JUL 1870, page 2

Letter from Fayette County, La Grange, July 1, 1870

Editors Houston Union:

Crops in Fayette County are exceedingly fine.  The corn crop is made, and cotton prospects were never better; much of the latter is now opening.

In this part of Uncle Sam’s domain there is little or no news, save now and then a killing affair – not to be found in our local paper.  The last instance of this kind happened on Tuesday night, at the residence of a lady named Robertson, on the Oso Road, about twelve miles from here.  It appears that a Mr. Needham married Mrs. Robertson’s daughter.  The lived unhappily, separated, and Mrs. Needham returned to her mother.  On Tuesday night, after Mrs. R. and family retired, Needham attempted to force an entrance through the window, at the same time flourishing his six-shooter and threatening to kill all the inmates.  A little boy, about fourteen years old, seized a double-barreled gun and shot Needham while in the act of entering.  The boy, after examination, was properly discharged.

Transcribed by Donna Baker


Hallettsville Tribune- Herald, 25 Feb 2009


Earl Needham, 94, of Flatonia, passed away Feb. 19, 2009.

He was born April 9, 1914 in Colony, to Enoch and Bessie Bigley Needham.

He was a retired cattle auction owner and operator and a member of the Flatonia Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Boyce Needham and wife, LaVonne of Gonzales, two daughters, Earline Moffett and husband, Ross of Georgetown and Ginny Sears of Flatonia; five grandchildren, Gail Maxwell, Tracy Jacques, Jason and Dane Needham, and Lori Sears, and six great-grandchildren, Edie and Birch Jacques, Trenton Maxwell, Brittney, Colton and Brett Needham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Almedia Needham; a grandson, Wade Needham; a granddaughter, Gina Faltysek and a sister, Lexie Vrana.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Beck, Joe and Bull Tyner, Melvin Asher, Tommy Barre, Mike Cowan, Chuck Maxwell and Barton Jacques.

Honorary bearers were Jason and Dane Needham and Sammie Sellers.

Visitation began at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb., 20, 2009 at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Family received friends from6 p.m.-8 p.m., Feb. 21, at Smith Funeral Home.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22 at Flatonia Baptist Church in Flatonia with Rev. Tim Rowell officiating.

Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Fayette County Record, January 3, 1956

Mrs. Nora Needham Dies At Austin

Mrs. Nora Needham died in an Austin hospital Saturday.

The body was sent to Flatonia by the Cook Funeral Home for services Sunday.  Burial was in the city cemetery in Flatonia.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Alice Cockrell of Houston, and four brothers, Jim Hart of Giddings, Sam Hart of Flatonia, Ollie Hart of Flatonia, and Leslie A. Hart of Kingsville.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, 12 Dec 1906, Nickel Notes column

With profound sorrow we chronicle the death of Mr. Jim Neeley, who died at Kerrville, Nov. 15th., of consumption, where he had gone about 3 weeks previous in search of a relief. He married Miss Jimmie Coons about four months ago, who survives him together with several children by a former marriage. His body was laid to rest in Flatonia cemetery by the side of his first wife, Miss Mary Magee. He was aged about 57 years. We sympathize with the bereaved.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 19 Oct 1911, page 1

Trickling of Blood Disclosed Death of Bob Neeley.

Flatonia, Tex., Oct. 14. – While passengers were waiting for the north-bound Sap train blood was noticed trickling from a box car on the sidetrack of the railroad. Investigation disclosed the body of Bob Neeley, a young man who resided eight miles south of here near Moulton, with the entire left side of his face shot away.

He had been at Moulton for several days en route to Uvalde to visit his brother. He was about 25 years of age and leaves numerous relatives in the county and West Texas. The gun was purchased about 2 o’clock, thirty minutes before the deed was committed.

Death certificate shows Robert Deel Neely, 18 Feb 1889 – 14 Oct 1911, suicide with shotgun as cause of death, buried in Flatonia City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, October 24, 1907

The sad news was received here Sunday morning that Aurel Neese, son of the late Wm. Neese of Walhalla, had died at Pflugerville. The news was a great shock to his numerous relatives, and his friend here.  His death is both sad and untimely.  For several weeks he made a brave fight against typhoid fever, but acquiesced Sunday morning, and his spirit joined those of his parents who died about a year ago. To his young widow we extend our heartfelt sympathy. The remains of the young husband were carried to Round Top, from whence the funeral took place Monday.

Aurel Neese was born August 6, 1884 and died October 20, 1907.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, March 20, 1916

C.L. Neese Yields

C. L. Neese, who for many years, resided near La Grange, died at San Antonio, where he had resided for the past twelve years, Thursday of last week, after a short illness. The remains were brought to La Grange and taken out to the home of Chas. Weikel—and which was formerly [the] deceased’s  house—from whence the funeral was held Friday afternoon and the remains taken to the new cemetery for burial. A very large number of relative and friends witnessed the administering of the last rights by Rev. Heise

“Coon” Neese, as we knew him, was ever of jovial nature, one whose friends were numerous. He was at one time our district clerk, and had also been engaged in business here. Whenever he visited La Grange His friends were glad to see him. His chief mourners are his widow, five sons, three daughters, one sister and one brother and four grandchildren. These have our sympathy.

Conrad Neese was born 19 Jan 1859 and died 22 Mar 1916. Contributed by Kathy Carter.


La Grange Journal, May 31, 1962

Earl C. Neese

Earl C. Neese, 72, father of Mrs. Harlie T. Carter of La Grange passed away on Monday, May 21.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 23, at the Alamo Funeral Chapel in San Antonio. Rev. H.T. Flachmeier officiated and burial was in the Mission Burial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Neese was born at Warrenton on Sept. 16, 1889, son of the late Conrad and Lizzie Heller Neese. In 1912, he was married to Edna Schott who preceded him in death in 1919. On Sept. 26, 1933, he married Vivian Vaught [Vaughn] at San Antonio.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. H.C.[T.] Carter of La Grange and Mrs. Mike Foulkes of San Antonio; one son, Urban E. Neese of Rosenberg; two sisters. Mrs. Toby Jambers and Miss Tessie Neese; two brothers, Otis and Del Neese, all of San Antonio; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Contributed by Kathy Carter.


La Grange Journal, January 23, 1919


Young Mother After Brave Fight Gives Up Battle

Mrs. Earl Neese, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schott, died Tuesday morning after an illness that had lasted several days. Her husband and two little children beside her parents and several brothers and sisters are the chief mourners.

None but those who have had to experience such loss, can realize the sad lot thus assigned. The father is just recovering from a severe accident in which he was so unfortunate as to break a limb, the ravageous disease which is so prevalent has compelled a state of sickness at both homes, and now the grim reaper claims his reward.

God comfort them and bless the little motherless children; the task of the editor is becoming one that even his nature cannot longer hold up under. Our sincerest sympathy is offered to the sad mourners.

Edna Neese was born 30 Dec 1891 and died 20 Jan 1919. Contributed by Kathy Carter.


La Grange Journal, June 28, 1906

Doubly Bereaved

Mrs. W. G. Neese died at Carmine Friday morning, a wife of but seventeen months, leaving a number of relatives besides her young husband to mourn her departure. Her husband at this writing is critically ill from the same fever and much sympathy is expressed.  Mr. Neese had been at the bedside of his wife when the news reached him that his father had joined the majority.  He attended the obsequies and on the next morning was compelled to go to bed and battle with the same fever that was fast claiming his helpmate.

Mrs. Neese, whose maiden name was Miss Effie Carter, the daughter of Dr. J.T. Carter, was beloved by all who knew her, especially by her friends of the Walhalla, Warrenton and Carmine neighborhood.  
Her disposition was such as to entwine about her a legion of friend who deeply sympathizes with the surviving relatives. The mortal remains were interred at the Townsend [Florida Chapel] cemetery near Warrenton.  Peaceful shall be her sleep.

Effie Neese

The grim reaper has again been in our midst, and has gathered in his sheave to transplant in her Celestial home, Effie Neese, oldest daughter of Dr. J.T. Carter of Walhalla.  It has pleased Almighty God, in his infinite Wisdom to remove from her earthly home, and to sever the ties that bound her to her young and devoted husband, after a brief period of happy wedded life—made beautiful and sanctified by ties of affection, deep, mutual and enduring and which terminated only with life.

Everybody knew and loved Effie. She was born at Warrenton, February 21st, 1883. Her winsome ways and cheerful smile will long be remembered. While yet a school girl her ready sympathy for all forms of suffering and her words of hope and cheer brightened the abode of affliction, and made those who were the recipients of her interest, better for having known her.  At an early age she had the misfortune to lose a devoted and loving mother, whose gentle care had instilled into her mind the duties of life and that each one had a certain sphere of usefulness to perform, the proper performance of which conduced greatly to the happiness of each one, and to those we came in contact with, and that the best way to secure the greatest mode of happiness for ourselves, was by securing and promoting the happiness of others.

Effie Carter married Walter Neese on Sunday, Jan. 8th, 1905. She removed with her young husband to Carmine, their future home, where Walter owned and conducted a druggist business, for which he had studied and prepared himself.

A few weeks since Effie contracted typhoid fever, she was lovingly and carefully attended. Everything in the struggle with death—everything that affection could devise was done and skillful physicians used their endeavors to save life.  But the summons which all must sooner or later answer, had gone forth and on Friday morning, June 22nd, her spirit left its earthly tenement and passed to the great beyond, to that Elysian life—let us hope—where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest and where partings are unknown.

Last Saturday, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends all that was mortal of Effie Neese was laid to rest in the Florida Cemetery beside the remains of her mother.  The Rev. C. Baer officiated in a gentle and appropriate discourse. Feelingly and with great pathos he poured the balm of consolation, calculated to assuage and bind up the wounded hearts of the bereaved ones.  Especially did he invoke that Divine consolation contained in God’s promise, to the husband, who owing to being stricken with typhoid fever was unable to attend the last sad rights to his young wife. The sympathy of this whole community without exception, is sincerely and without stint lavished on the young husband, that the pathetic and immortal lines of Father Ryan;---
Out of the world of the wailing
Thronged with anguished and ailing;
Out of the world of the sad,
Into the world that rejoices
World of bright visions and voices
Into the world of the glad,
May be experienced and fully realized by his departed dear wife is believed and hoped by  R.H.R.

Card of Thanks
Our heartfelt thanks are herewith extended to the good people of Carmine and vicinity for their generous attention to our beloved daughter and wife, Mrs. W.G. Neese, during her fatal illness, and to all for their attendance upon the funeral and for their expressions of condolence.  We desire to return special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bauer, who were at the bedside constantly and administered to her wants.
                                    Dr. J.T. Carter
                                    W.G. Neese
Walhalla, June 26.         

Effie Neese died June 22, 1906. Contributed by Kathy Carter


Unknown newspaper clipping

Aged Lady Of The Walhalla Section Is Taken By Death Mon.

Funeral Services At New Cemetery La Grange, Tuesday, 2:30 P. M.

Mrs. Elizabeth Victoria Heller Neese, aged 72 years, 9 months, and 19 days, passed to her eternal reward at her home at Walhalla Monday morning at 4:12 o'clock after a lingering illness of several years.

Funeral services are held from the home Tuesday at 1 o'clock in the afternoon with interment in the New Cemetery at La Grange at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Heise of LaGrange will officiate.

Deceased is survived by two brothers, Lewis and Tom Heller, a sister, Mary Heller, and two step brothers, William and Frank Heller; three daughters, Tessie Neese of Walhalla, Mrs. Tobie Jambers, and Mrs. Minnie Riedner of San Antonio, five sons, Elo of Walhalla, Barney, Earl, Del, and Otis, all of San Antonio. Also the following grandchildren survive: George H. and Tobie Jambers, Willie and Lloyd Riedner, and Urban and Olive Neese. Her husband, the late Conrad Lewis Neese, died on March 22, 1916.

Deceased was born June 24, 1858, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frances Heller. Her mother's maiden name was Caroline Hillmann. She was married to Conrad Lewis Heller on March 20, 1879, and spent practically her entire life in Fayette County.

To the grief-stricken relatives the Record offers sincere sympathy.

Reichert-Kneip of La Grange were the funeral directors.

Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


La Grange Journal, July 16, 1959

Elo Neese Services Held Here Sunday
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 13, at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel for Elo Louis Neese, 75. The Rev. H.T. Flachmeier officiated and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Neese, near life-time resident of the Warrenton community, died Saturday morning at Kerrville. He was an uncle of Mrs. H.T. Carter of La Grange.

The deceased was a son of Conrad and Elizabeth Heller Neese and was born at Warrenton on March 6, 1884. He was a farmer most of his life.

Surviving are two sisters, Miss Tessie Neese and Mrs. Tobie Jambers; and four brothers, Barney, Earl, Dell and Otis, all of San Antonio. A sister, Mrs. Minnie Riedner, preceded him in death.

Contributed by Kathy Carter.

NEESE Infant Daughter

La Grange Journal, December 12, 1912

The little baby girl born to Earl Neese and wife, nee Schott, daughter of Emil Schott, died the same day, and the little body was placed to rest in the new cemetery.

The Neese infant was born and died 5 Dec 1912. Contributed by Kathy Carter.


La Grange Journal, August 23, 1906

“Death Claims the Third”

Again the death angel enters the home of W. G. Neese of Walhalla, and by its icy touch removes the spirit of Mrs. Neese, a widow but two months. The hearts of
[illegible line] the family in this city beat in sympathy with the bereaved relatives, and as an offer of condolence, can only refer them to Him to whom we look for mercy. The sad misfortune is one that tries men's souls, and the burden of grief that the three young sons must bear, and the other relatives also, is heart-rending.  In the brief period of a few months father and mother depart, while the beloved wife of the eldest son is also taken. All seems dark now, but dear friend,  let us look forward to a happy reunion.

Mrs. Neese died Monday night, after an illness of several weeks duration. The death of her husband and also her daughter‑in-law just two months since was a severe shock to her, and may have been, to a measure, the cause of her demise. She was a sister to Mesdames Aug. Heintze and Louis Walter of this city, and G. H., G. E., John C., and H. W. Speckels. To all we extend our sincere sympathy.

Mary Speckels Neese was born February 20, 1859 and died August 20, 1906. Contributed by Kathy Carter.


La Grange Journal, June 14, 1962


Services for Miss Tessie Neese, 82, were held at 9 a.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home with continued services in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Albin Trublowski of Giddings officiated and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Miss Neese, a native of Warrenton, passed away Monday in San Antonio where she had resided for the past seven years. She formerly lived in the Walhalla area. She was born on Jan. 15, 1880, daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth Heller Neese.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Tobie Jambers, and two brothers, Dell Neese and Otis Neese, all of San Antonio.  She is also survived by five nephews and three nieces.

One brother, Earl C. Neese, passed away in San Antonio on May 21.

Tessie Neese died 4 Jun 1962. Contributed by Kathy Carter.


Fayette County Record, October 29, 1996


Urban Earl Neese, 82, a prominent geophysicist of Richmond, died Friday.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m.  in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg with the Rev. Dan Warden officiating. Graveside services were set for 3 p.m. in the La Grange City Cemetery with Deacon David Mitchell officiating.

Mr. Neese was born near La Grange July 19, 1914, the son of the late Earl Conrad and Edna (Schott) Neese. He graduated from Texas Military Institute of San Antonio in 1933 and then attended St. Mary's University, the University of Texas, and completed his education as a mining engineer at The University of Alaska. Upon his return from Alaska, he married Dorothy Finck of Rosenberg in Lubbock, where he began his first job with Stanolind Oil and Gas Co: (now AMCO).

He later formed Neese Exploration Company and Gravity Map Service in Houston. He was a registered land surveyor in several Rocky Mountain States and had geophysical survey field offices throughout the western states. He did gravity geophysical survey work throughout the world for many major oil exploration companies.

Mr. Neese was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, The Society of Exploration Geophysicists, The Houston Society of Geophysicists, The American Geological Society and The National Rifle Association Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico, the Fort Bend Country Club, and The San Antonio Petroleum Club.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Finck Neese of Richmond; daughter, Patricia Anne Lemmons and her husband William Robert Lemmons of Riviera; one son, Robert Urban Neese and his wife Penny of Katy; one sister, Olive and her husband Harlie Carter of La Grange; four grandspons. William Robert Lemmons Jr. and his wife Angie of Houston, Charles Urban Lemmons and his wife Cindy of San Antonio. Robert Urban Neese Jr. and Jonathan Pierce Neese, both of Katy; three great-granddaughters, Hayley Marie, Kelsey Anne, and Kathryn Patricia Lemmons; his step-mother, Vivian Gohlke of San Antonio and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn in Rosenberg.

Urban Neese died 25 Oct 1996. Contributed by Kathy Carter.


La Grange Journal, May 22, 1928


Brief mention, in our last issue was made of the serious illness of Walter G. Neese, druggist at Carmine, and that life was hanging by a slender thread.  His friends here had hoped to see him win the battle for life, and be restored to his family, but a greater power and will deemed it otherwise.  He died shortly before one o’clock on Wednesday of last week, leaving a wife and two children, Wm., a son aged sixteen and Marie Bell, a daughter, aged ten years, and one brother, John Neese of Pflugerville, to mourn his going.

Mr. Neese was ranked as one of the Carmine’s foremost citizens, and as one of his friends said to the editor last Monday, he was a man whom one could admire, thoroughly honest, his word as good as his bond, no camouflage, but a real man and husband and father. Carmine people will miss him, the friends he had there are grieved indeed at his going. Friends, however, must part.

Mr. Neese dies at the Brenham hospital following an operation of several days prior, in the hope to save his life.  He had been ill before being taken to the hospital and was in critical condition when taken there, but the hope was strong that he would win the fight.  He was forty-six years of age.  He was born September 12, 1882, a son of the late Wm. Neese, well known in the Carmine and Round Top section, the Neese family having lived there over fifty years ago.  He began his life career by teaching school and later attended a school of pharmacy, received his diploma and for the past twenty or more years conducted a drug store in Carmine, building up a good business and always taking an active interest in the progress of his community. He was a director of the Carmine state Bank.

Mr. Neese experienced the sorrow of losing his first wife, Miss Effie Carter, daughter of Dr. J.T. Carter of Walhalla, six months after their marriage.  It was a heavy blow to the young husband at that time. Years later during 1907, he was united in marriage with Miss Leona Menke who, with the two children survives.  We offer our sincerest sympathy.

The body of Mr. Neese was taken to the family home at Carmine Wednesday afternoon, and on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock the services were held.

Walter Neese died March 14, 1928. Contributed by Kathy Carter


The Galveston Daily News, 17 Nov 1872, page 5

The Colorado Citizen says: "We learn that some negroes brought to town on Tuesday last the negro supposed to be the murderer of Wm. Neese, of Fayette county. He came to the house of a negro on Cumming's Creek and informed him that he had accidentally killed a man in Fayette county, and that a reward was offered for him, and desired the negro to conceal him and aid him to evade arrest. But the man obtained assistance, arrested the supposed murderer, brought him to town and lodged him in jail, to await further developments."


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 June 1906

William Neese Near La Grange.

La Grange, Texas, June 9. – Mr. William Neese, constable of precinct No. 3, of this county, died at his residence near Walhalla yesterday mornig [sic], and his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near Warrenton.

Contributed by Matt Cross

La Grange Journal, July 14, 1906

Wm. Neese, who for many years was constable of this beat, after an illness over two weeks, which baffled the skill of some of the best medical talent in the county, succumbed to that dreadful malady “Cerebral Meningitis” last Friday morning. His remains were laid to rest at the old Florida Chapel last Saturday. The procession was the largest in years.  The deceased was one of the charter members of the Warrenton Camp Woodmen of the World, and he was buried under the auspices of that order and with the beautiful and impressive ritual of this order. Mr. Neese, was yet in the meridian of live, not being fifty years of age yet, and the sympathy of this entire community is extended his widow, family and relatives, in their sad bereavement.  The Rev. C. Baer delivered an eloquent and appropriate address at the cemetery, which was calculated to mitigate the grief of the family and relatives of the deceased and the reverend gentleman feelingly and pathetically poured the balm of consolation on the torn and bleeding hearts of the stricken ones.

Contributed by Kathy Carter.


Weimar Mercury, 1 Apr 1899, page 2

Muldoon, Tex., March 19—Mr. Neiman, an old German, for many years a resident of this county, died and was buried near here today. Mr. Neiman was 89 years old, and leaves several children. He said his time had come to die, and he refused medicine or food. He never had a physician with him before. He was always the picture of health. A physician was called to see him, and he remarked: "I've lived 89 years without a doctor, and I don't care to take any medicine."

Aloisia Ripper Neiser

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 1951, page 5

Mrs. Aloisia Neiser, 66, Buried Sunday, Holman Cemetery

Funeral services for Mrs. Aloisia Neiser, 66, of Holman, who died Thursday, were held Sunday morning, April 15, from the Holman Catholic Church, with Rev. Adolph Janda officiating. Interment was in the Holman cemetery.

Mrs. Neiser was born in Fayette County Sept. 12, 1884, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ripper. She was married to Joseph F. Neiser in 1905, and they had lived since at Holman.

Surviving her are her husband, one son, John Neiser of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Kubica of Weimar and Mrs. Anton Walla of Houston; and six brothers, John of Galveston, Joe and Fred of Weimar, Edward and Anton of Schulenburg, and Adolf of Taylor; and one granddaughter, Charlene Neiser of La Grange. Mrs. Neiser was an aunt of the Joe F. Neiser who is a barber her.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1916


Rudolph Neisner, age 21 years 3 months and 19 days, died June 8, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


At Fayetteville, September 28, of typhoid fever, Anna Bell Nelms, aged 19 years, 11 months and 18 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, March 5, 2013

Betty Nelson, age 91 years, 9 days, passed away in Schulenburg on Friday, Feb. 22.

The funeral was held on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Habermehl officiating. Interment took place in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Byron Nelson, Clyde Smith Jr., Michael Okruhlik, Shannon Okruhlik, Shawn Edwards and Gene Nelson, all grandsons.

Born in Praha on Feb. 13, 1922, she was the daughter of Anton and Bertha (Trojacek) Trojacek. In the early 1940s, she married Grady Nelson, who enlisted in the Army in 1942 and died in 1979. She grew up in Fayette County, and then resided here the last 45 years of her life. She also lived in Fayetteville, N.C. and Clarendon. She worked as a cook and baker at Frank's Restaurant in Schulenburg and Corner Bakery in Weimar. Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting and babysitting children. She also loved gardening and flowers.

Survivors include a daughter, Bobbie Okruhlik and husband Daniel of Schulenburg; two sons, Lee Roy Nelson and wife Nelda, and Arthur Nelson and wife Cindy, all of Schulenburg; a sister, Agnes Trojacek Stavinoha of Schulenburg; a sister-in-law, Dolores Smith Trojacek of Schulenburg; and eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill Trojacek, twin brothers Robert Trojacek and George Trojacek; and two sisters, Ella Trojacek Osburn and Georgie Ann Trojacek who died in infancy.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 14 Oct 1899, page 8

LaGrange, Tex., Oct. 11.—Pete Nelson, a negro, was shot and killed near his home three miles north of Ellinger last night. Bob Jarmon, another negro, has been arrested and charged with the murder. The examining trial will be at Fayetteville tomorrow.


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Nelson: Died at Muldoon, November 9th-03 Thelma Ruba Nelson, of dysentery, aged one year.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, January 26, 1943

Mrs. Annie Ziegelbauer Nesrsta, 64, 726 Halliday St., died Monday, Jan. 25.

Survived by children: Misses Ann, Marie, Alice and Patricia Nesrsta, Mrs. Olga Marecic, Mrs. George W. Lyon, Charles, Ben, and James Nesrsta and Dr. George Nesrsta; sisters, Mrs. Mary Janecek, Mrs. J. P. Cimerhanzel, Mrs. E. B. Wright, Mrs. Frank Jez and Mrs. T. H. Payne; brother, Frank Ziegelbauer, and six grandchildren.

Funeral Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. from the Zizik-Kearns Funeral Home, and at 8 a.m. at St. Gerard's Church with requiem mass to be offered by Rev. O. P. Staff. Interment in LaGrange, Tex.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 28, 1943

Mrs. Chas. E. Nesrsta

Mrs. Annie Ziegelbaur Nesrsta, widow of the late County Attorney Chas. E. Nesrsta of La Grange, died at San Antonio, Monday, Jan. 25.  She is survived by her children:  Misses Ann, Marie, Alice and Patricia Nesrsta, of San Antonio, Mrs. Olga Marecic of Flatonia, Mrs. Geo. W. Lyon, Chas., Ben, James and Dr. Geo. Nesrsta, and six grandchildren.

The body was brought to La Grange and interred in the new cemetery, Rev. S. A. Zientek of the Sacred Heart Catholic church officiating.  Interment was made Tuesday afternoon.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Anton Nesrsta

Schulenburg Sticker, 25 July 1913

Prof. Anton Nesrata [Nesrsta], a highly esteemed and respected citizen of Praha, died Tuesday afternoon. Interment took place in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday morning, Father Netardus officiating. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Aug 1913


Anton Nesrsta, aged 62 years 5 month [sic], 14 days, Cancer of the stomach, Engle.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Light, Friday, August 18, 1944

Woody Nesrsta, Brackenridge High school's famous "one-man track team" of some 15 years ago, died Thursday night at the hospital in Hallettsville from the effects of a brain tumor.

Woody, 33, resided at Flatonia with his wife, Mrs. Agnes Nesrsta, and their three children and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nesrsta. A brother, Frank lives in San Antonio. Another brother, Bob, famous a few years ago as a Texas A and M football star is now an army captain in Arizona, and still another brother, Leonard, is in the navy in the South Pacific.

Woody's broad-jump and pole-vault records made in high school here stood as records for many seasons.

Funeral arrangements are not complete.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, September 5, 2000

PALACIOS—Emil Nesrsta, 82, of Palacios, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000.

He was born Dec. 29, 1917, in Praha, to the late Emil and Hattie Miller Nesrsta. He was a retired iron worker at Cameron Iron Works after 32 years of service.

Survivors: daughter, Dorothy Ann Vecera of East Bernard; son, Danny Ray Nesrsta of Tomball; sisters, Della Kubecka of Houston, Anita Gordon of Cut and Shoot and Helen Barborak of Alvin; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A rosary will be recited 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Charles Carolan officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, (979) 245-4613.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express-News, June 17, 2005

Frank Nesrsta, born July 6, 1928 in Flatonia, TX, passed away June 15, 2005, at the age of 76. He was born to Franklin & Dorothy Nesrsta, lived in Flatonia for 7 years and then moved to Houston, Luling and to Harlandale Community in San Antonio, TX in 1941. He graduated from Harlandale High School in 1946, and then graduated from Trinity University in 1950. He served in the US Army from 1950-1952. Frank worked as a chemist for 10 years and then started teaching in the Harlandale ISD. During his school career he was principal of Harlandale High School, Harlandale Jr. High, Flanders Elementary school and retired after 28 years of teaching.

He is survived by his loving wife; June Rochester Nesrsta whom he married October 11, 1974. He is also survived by his children; daughters and sons-in-law; Terry Ann and Jack Hall, Cheryl and Sal Villanueva, sons and daughter-in-law; Thomas Eugene and Sheree Nesrsta, James Rochester, Steven Rochester, grand-children; Jeffrey and Becky Fralix, Billy Wayne Nesrsta, Jennifer Rochester, Loren Rochester, and great-grandchildren; Kailey and Megan Fralix.

Frank is a member of the Baptist Temple Church, and a member of the Harlandale Masonic Lodge #1213 for 44 years. He was a Worshipful Master in 1979-1980. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Alzafar Shrine and Harlandale Chapter #750 O.E.S.

Visitation will be at Southside Funeral Home on June 17, 2005 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 10:00 am at the Baptist Temple Church will Pastor Gary Bradley officiating. Masonic services will be held at the church under auspices of Harlandale Lodge #1213 AF & AM. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia, TX. Southside Funeral Home.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Tribune Herald

Rosie Nesrsta

Rosie Nesrsta, 85, of Schulenburg died Saturday, April 3, 2004 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center.

She was born Nov. 2, 1918 in Praha, the daughter of Vaclav and Matilda Kubenka Lala, in Fayette County.

On Oct. 3, 1939 she married Alfred Nesrsta in Praha. She was a homemaker and member of K.J.Z.T.

Survivors include two daughters, Bernadette Bartosh and husband, Thomas of Weimar and Agnes Jobb and husband, Eugene of Alvin; three sisters, Ludmilla Pokluda of Flatonia, Agnes Mazoch and Mary Kurtz, both of Houston; a brother, August Lala of San Antonio; six grandchildren, Monica Bartosh, Jennifer Herbrich, and David, Michael, Christopher, and Elizabeth Jobb, and four great-grandchildren, Victoria and Dylan Herbrich and Hayden and Preston Jobb.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Joe Lala, and a sister, Sister Bernadette Lala.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 5 at St. Michael?s Catholic Church in Weimar.

Burial followed in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha. The Rev. John C. Bily officiated.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 June 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Rozina Nesrsta, May 31, age 85 years, 5 months, Praha.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Richmond [Virginia] Dispatch, May 20, 1857

An old man named Williams, killed a youth named Nettles, in Fayette county, Texas, by stabbing him. Nettles had insulted Williams' daughter.

Contributed by Gary E. McKee


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Mar 1904

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Neuhaus.

The remains of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Neuhaus, parents of our fellow townsman, Mr. W. O. Neuhaus and of Mr. C. L. Neuhaus of Hackberry and Mr. J. V. Neuhaus of Houston and Mrs. Agnes and Lillie Neuhaus of Mt Vernon, N. Y. were brought from New York and tenderly consigned to their last resting place in the City Cemetery at this place Saturday afternoon witnessed by the sorrowing relatives and a host of sympathizing friends.

Mr. Neuhaus died March 15th 1901 and was interred at his New York home but when Mrs. Neuhaus died the relatives all of whom having made Texas their home preferred to have them buried here, so the remains of Mr. Neuhaus were taken up and re-interred by the side of his life long companion at this place.

Mr. Neuhaus was born in the old country Nov. 17, 1822. Mrs. Neuhaus was born in the old country also, on the 31st of January, 1835, died at her home in Mt. Vernon, N. Y. on the 28th of Feb. 1904. Mr. C. L. Neuhaus accompanied the remains from New York, but Mr. W. O. Neuhaus is still there straightening up the affairs of his parents.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Apr 1899

Death of Milton Neuhaus.

It is with a feeling of deep regret that we are called upon to chronicle the death of little Milton Neuhaus, the 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Neuhaus of Houston, which occurred last Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Neuhaus of Hackberry, after an illness of only a few days. Milton was an unusually bright little boy and his death is deeply regretted by all who knew him. The remains were brought to Schulenburg and laid to rest Tuesday at 1 p. m., Rev. Frehner of Content performing the last sad rites in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. To the grief-stricken parents and relatives the STICKER extends sincere condolence.

[on another page in the same issue]

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Boettcher, Mr. Oscar Boettcher and Mrs. A. Boettcher and daughters, Misses Martha, Hettie and Edith, of Weimar, came up Tuesday to attend the funeral of little Milton Neuhaus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 22 Aug 1896, page 1

La Grange, Texas, Aug. 10.—A German farmer by the name of Neumann, living near Rutersville, was returning with some cotton from the gin Saturday morning, when his team became frightened and ran away. Neumann was thrown out and wheels passed over his head, producing death soon afterward.


Weimar Mercury, 23 Aug 1902

Mr. Frank Neumann of Ellinger—who worked for A. F. Rose at the saddlery trade in the early seventies—died at the family home last Friday. In speaking of Mr. Neumann's death Mr. Rose was visibly affected. He eulogized the dead man, declaringhim to be one of the noblest, truest men he had ever known.


Weimar Mercury, 24 Oct 1891, page 2

SCHULENBURG, Tex., Oct. 21.—Frank Nichols was stabbed and beaten to death at a dance at Moravia, Lavaca county, last night. Two young men named Valchar and Krejick were arrested, charged with doing the killing.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Deaths reported for the week ending December 5, 1903:
Nicholson – At Fayetteville, November 17, of oedema, Carrie Nicholson, colored, aged 34 years and 2 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Feb 2009, page 3

Vlasta Niemann

Vlasta Dostalik Niemann, 92, of Sugar Land and formerly of Victoria, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 12.

The youngest of seven children, she was born Sept. 10, 1916 to the late Alois and Marie Zabransky Dostalik in Flatonia. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and a dedicated grandmother. She married Freddie Niemann on Dec. 26, 1938 in Flatonia. They moved to Victoria in 1946 where they continued to live throughout their 65-year marriage. She found much joy in her life in the things she loved most: sewing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband were members of the CPL Jet Set Club and attended Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Victoria. She was a resident of Colonial Oaks Assisted Living in Sugar Land.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Niemann and wife Paulette of Bay City, and Richard Niemann and wife Dianne of Missouri City; seven grandchildren, Cheryl Garrison and husband Gary of Victoria, Rhonda Brzozowske and husband Paul of Victoria, Rebecca Adkison and husband Rodney of Highland Village, Nowell Campos and husband Armando of Winter Park, Fla., Wesley Niemann of Austin, Alicia Niemann of Missouri City, and Andrew Niemann of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and nine great-grandchildren, Jenifer Moczygemba and husband Preston, Logan Garrison, Bethany and Abby Brzozowske, Armando, Daniel and Alex Campos, and Will and Ben Adkinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, in 2004; two sons, Frederick and Roger Niemann; two sisters, Mary Stein and Annie Krause; and four brothers, Louis, Adolph “Mit,” Joe and Ernest “Grup” Dostalik.

Rosary and services were held on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, with interment in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia and Rev. Joe Hybner officiating.

Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 3, 1938

Carl L. Niemeyer

Death came to Carl L. Niemeyer of the Blackjack community, Saturday, January 29, at the age of 60 years and 8 months.  His death came after a lingering illness, at the Cuero Hospital.  He was born May 29, 1877.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederich Niemeyer; his parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Since the day of his confirmation he was a faithful member of the Philadelphia Lutheran church, at Swiss Alp; since the death of his parents he had lived on the home place with Mr. and Mrs. A. Niemeyer.  Two years ago he suffered a stroke, from which he never fully recovered.  Since January 11 he suffered from the second stroke; from then on he was unable to speak.  January 20 he was taken to the Cuero Lutheran Hospital where he received excellent attention, but to no avail.

He leaves to mourn his departure, two sisters: Mrs. Emil Wagner of Blackjack; Mrs. Charlie Krause of Blackjack; three brothers: Fritz Niemeyer, Freyburg; August Niemeyer, Blackjack and Ernest Niemeyer, Magnolia, Texas; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, January 30, at 1:00 o’clock, at the August Niemeyer home, and at 2:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia Lutheran church, Rev. F. Erhard Eilers officiating.  Interment was in the Philadelphia Lutheran cemetery.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 April 1916


Mrs. Doretha Niemeyer, age 78 age 78 [sic] years, died Feb 28, Swiss Alp.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Jan 1900

Death of Friedrich Niemeyer, Sr.

Aged 72 years the above named, one of Fayette county’s old and respected citizens, passed away at the family home near Black Jack Springs, Friday noon, after an illness of several months standing of throat trouble.

Deceased landed in Galveston in 1854 where he resided until 1873 when he moved to Fayette county and engaged in farming.

A widow and 10 children, all grown survive him.

The remains were laid to rest on Saturday in the Philadelphia cemetery near Swiss Alp; Rev. Kern officiating. Peace to his Ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

H. H. Neemeyer [sic.], Round Top, age seventy-seven, died April 10.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, January 25, 1934

Deaths Reported

Died near La Grange, January 9, of old age; Reinhard Niemeyer, aged 93 years; 3 months and 29 days.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 3, 1938

Sophie Niemeyer

Death came suddenly to Mrs. Sophie Niemeyer, wife of Henry Niemeyer, of the Trinity Hill community west from La Grange, Thursday, January 27.  She was 60 years, 9 months and 4 days old.  Surviving her are her husband, one son and one daughter:  Edwin Niemeyer of La Grange and Miss Leona Niemeyer of Houston.  There are also four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Trinity Hill Lutheran church, west from La Grange, Sunday afternoon, January 30, at 2:30 o’clock, with Rev. A. E. Moebus officiating; interment was made in the Trinity Hill cemetery.  The attendance upon the last rites was very large.

The shock to the family is the better understood when death invades a happy home and strikes with such force.  Friends of the family manifested their sympathy and collected readily, and did what neighbors and good friends would, under such unexpected visit.

Joining those who were so close to the mourning relatives, the Journal offers its words of condolence.  Pointing out that, when the last call is made, acquiescence must follow.  Aching hearts will mourn, but faith, as encouraged by the departed wife, mother, and grandmother will prove a balm that heals the open wound.

Pall bearers were:  Werner Lampe, Otto Boening, Hy. Diers, Hy. Koepke, Edw. Boening, Harry Huelsebusch, Wm. Behrens and Adlin Schnell.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Jan 1903


Mr. Joe Nies, a citizen of Kinkler, at which point he owned a blacksmith shop, after an illness of less than a week, died at his home at the above point, Sunday night last and his remains were interred in the Schulenburg Catholic cemetery, Father Mathis officiating, Tuesday afternoon January the 26. Mr. Nies, who was an industrious young man, was only twenty-one years of age, and was only married three months ago, his bride having been Miss Minnie Bucek of Hackberry. The sympathy of the community is extended the bereaved wife and relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


1939 Flatonia Argus news clipping

Mrs. Hedwig Nikel, 89, Buried Here Saturday
Funeral services were held from the Sacred Heart Church here Saturday afternoon, December 16th, at 3:30 o’clock for Mrs. Hedwig Johanna Nikel, 89, pioneer woman of this section; who passed away at the home of her daughter in Corpus Christi Thursday night, December 14th, following a brief illness. Interment was made in the family plot in the City Cemetery here.

Previous to the overland trip here from Corpus Christi, rosary was said in the Dunne Funeral home there were also held from the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday morning. The funeral cortege arrived in Flatonia immediately after noon Saturday and the body lay in state at the Sacred Heart Church until 3:30 o’clock. Rt. Rev. L.P. Netardus of Shiner and Rev. J.A. Pustka officiated at the church and cemetery. Active pallbearers were F. A. Nesrsfa, J.D. Chalk, J. M. Cadwell, H.H. Stein, Ed Berger and R.F. Mueller. Honorary pallbearers named by the family included A.W. Albrecht, F.A. Arnim, Wm. Ungerer, F.X. Brunner, Allan Dachne, G.C. Simmons, Henry Miller, H.R. Thulemeyer, R.C. Foitek, F. Svasta, and George W. Hawkes of Flatonia and F. W. and O. E. Flato of Kingsville.

Mrs. Nikel was born in Czechoslovakia on October 17th, 1850 and came to the United States in 1860. She settled with her parents near High Hill and lived there until her marriage in 1868 to John A. Nikel. They moved to Oso, known as Old Flatonia and in 1880, they moved to Flatonia. She resided here until the death of her husband in 1911. She then moved to live with her son P.A. Nikel in LaGrange, and for the past 22 years had resided with her daughter in Corpus Christi.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. M. A. Criswell and Mrs. M. P. Dunne of Corpus Christi; one son, P. A. Nikel of La Grange; two sisters. Mrs. Vernika Barta of Rosanky and Mrs. Mary Holub of Victoria and 14 grandchildren.

Mrs. Nikel was a faithful member of the Catholic church and gave the first organ to the Sacred Heart Church in Flatonia and during her residence in Flatonia was very active in church benefits.

The Argus joins with the many friends in this section in extending to the sorrowing survivors its sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Marilyn Hay


Weimar Mercury, 3 Jan 1889, page 3

While a party of persons were engaged practicing with six-shooters near Praha, on the 23rd instant, John Nikel, a cousin of Mr. Nikel of out town, was accidentally shot in the head. The skull was broken by the bullet. Dr. B. W. Bristow was called in and took out as far as possible the pieces of one, but says the brain matter was continually oozing from the wound, and that he feared a fatal result. The pistol was said to have been at the time of the discharge in the hands of a newly arrived Bohemian, unfamiliar with such weapons.—Flatonia Argus.


LaGrange Journal, Thursday, 7 Sep 1911

John Nikel died here Saturday, and was interred in the city cemetery here Sunday afternoon. Mr. Nikel had been sick for several months but relatives and friends had hopes of his recovery. He leaves a devoted wife and three children, Mrs. Criswell, of Devine, Pete, of LaGrange and Mrs. Dunne of Corpus, besides other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Netardus of Praha.

Contributed by Marilyn Hay


Dallas Morning News, January 11, 1940

Flatonia, Texas, Jan. 10.—Peter Nikel, 84, pioneer of Fayette County, died at his country home. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery Wednesday morning.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Corpus Christi Times, Sat., March 3, 1962

LA GRANGE.—Peter A. Nikel, 88, long-time tax assessor-collector in Fayette County and brother of the late Mrs. Maxwell P. Dunne of Corpus Christi, died at 7 p.m. yesterday in a La Grange hospital after a long illness.

A native of Fayette County, he was tax assessor-collector there for more than 35 years. He was a member of the Texas Association of Assessors and Collectors.

Nikel visited often in Corpus Christi.

Rosary will be recited at Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Funeral mass will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and burial will be in La Grange Cemetery.

Surviving are two daughter, Mrs. Boynton Oder and Mrs. Clinton Amberg of La Grange and several nieces and nephews in Corpus Christi.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, 25 Feb 1937, page 1

Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, February 19, of heart block; Hermann Nitschke, aged 67 years and 2 months.


No newspaper reference or date of death (approx. 1973)

Mrs. Nitschke Funeral Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Nitschke, wife of the late Albert Nitschke Sr., were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating, assisted by Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Nitschke passed away Sunday at a Columbus convalescent home.  She was 89.

The deceased was born in Fayette County on Aug. 29, 1884, daughter of John H. and Emilie Tischer Salm, and was united in marriage with Mr. Nitschke at La Grange on Dec. 22, 1903.  Her husband preceded Mrs. Nitschke in death on Jan. 27, 1957.  She was a long time resident of this community.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Robert J. Huebel of Columbus, Mrs. Victor Homuth of La Grange, Mrs. Ella Brown and Mrs. M. K. Johnson, both of Houston; three sons, Albert Nitschke Jr. of Fayetteville, Gilbert J. Nitschke of San Antonio and Wallace H. Nitschke of Katy; one brother, L. C. Salm of Granger; also 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Diane Schulte.


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Mar 1905


Frank Nitschmann, jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nitschmann, sr., died on the 21st of March, at Fngle [sic]. Texas, after an illness of thirty nine years. He was born December 4, 1862, in Oestereich. He came to Texas with his parents in 1867. He suffered with epilepsy since he was four years of age. In the few last months his condition was made worse on account of consumption which he took and finally ended his life. Everything that loving hands could do was done for him by his mother. His life was indeed a life of suffering in every respect, but now his sufferings and trials are ended, his rest is won.

His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at High Hill on the 23rd of March. The undersigned conducted the funeral services.

He leaves an aged mother, four brothers, two sieters [sic] and many other relatives to mourn his death.

May God help them to meet him in Heaven, where no parting shall ever be.                  F. BOHMFALK.
Freyburg, Texas, March 27, 1905.

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Mar 1905, Engle News column

Mr. Frank Nitschmann died on Tuesday afternoon, March 21st, at his mother’s home in Engle, and was buried in the local cemetery at High Hill the following day. Deceased leaves an aged mother, two sisters and four brothers. The writer extends his sincere sympathy.



Weimar Mercury, 16 Mar 1895, page 4

Schulenburg Sticker:
We mourn the loss of one of our oldest citizens, Mr. Franz Nitschmann, who died at his residence here on Thursday night, at 1:20 o’clock, of pneumonia, and was buried in the city cemetery last Saturday at 10 o’clock, a.m. Mr. Nitschmann was about 63 years of age, came to this country in 1867 from Austria, and had resided in and near Schulenburg ever since. The deceased was a good citizen and respected by all who knew him. Several children, all grown, survive him.


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Feb 1901

Mrs. Marie Nitschmann, a German lady of about 63 years of age, died at the home of her adopted son, Mr. Ferdinand Stabler, Monday night and her remains were interred in the City cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Nitschmann had been ill for only a short while and her death was a great shock to her large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Marie bittner nitschmann

Shiner Gazette, Thursday, May 18, 1967

Luling – Funeral services for Mrs. Edward (Marie) Nitschmann 85 years, 8 months and 25 days, were held at the Blackwell Funeral Chapel, Luling, at 10 a.m. April 27, 1967 followed by Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church. The Rev. P. H. DeBoer officiated at the services in Luling.

Mrs. Nitschmann died Wednesday, April 26, at 3 a.m. in the Luling Nursing Home.

Graveside services were conducted in Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Allen M. black of Flatonia in charge.

Pallbearers were S. J. Flood, J. J. Krauskopf, Adolph Mikes, Edward R. Nitschmann, Ernest Webb, John R. Pierce and Walter Wotipka.

Mrs. Nitschmann was born in Flatonia, August 11, 1881 to Anton and Barbara (Cervenka) Bittner. She was married to Edward Nitschmann Jan. 2,1900, in Flatonia.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. T. G. (Stella) Rabb of Luling; a son, Edmund R. Nitschmann of San Antonio; and one grandson, Edward R. Nitschmann of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died October 11, 1912; one son Walter Nitschmann on July 17, 1917; one daughter, Emma Nitschmann on October 1, 1911; two brothers, Frank J. Bittner on January 6, 1956 and Anton E. Bittner; two sisters, Mrs. F. W. (Annie) Dusek on May 20, 1960 and Mrs. Roman (Matilda) Wotipka.

Attending from Shiner were Mrs. Annie Aherns, Melvin and Avery Ahrens.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Noack: Died at Winchester, Sept 18-03, of Malarial Haemoglobin uria, Charles Noack, aged 25 years and 11 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Dec 1916


Mildred Mary Ruth Noack died Oct 17, age 1 year and 16 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 23 Apr 1920

Live Oak - Content News

This section was shocked when the sad news reached here Saturday evening that young Charles Norhavitz [sic.] was dead. He resided here for several months, but on account of bad health was taken about a year ago to the home of his mother near your city, where his death occurred Saturday about noon. The remains were laid to rest in the Dubina Cemetery Sunday morning, a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends attending the funeral. Young Charles was an ex-soldier and served quite a long time in the army. He was about 21 years old at the time of his death. His death at such an early age is deeply regretted by all. He leaves a widow, little daughter, mother, several brothers and sisters, to whom we extend heartfelt sympathy.

Eddie Norhavitz and family attended the funeral of his brother, Charles, at Dubina Sunday morning.


Weimar Mercury, 11 Jun 1954, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Nohavitza, 87, Held Here Today

Funderal services for Mrs. Barbara Nohavitza, 87, resident of the Weimar [sic.] for 75 years, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church at Dubina this (Thursday) morning.

Interment was in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mrs. Nohavitza died Tuesday, June 8, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sekerka, with whom she had lived the past six years. She had been seriously ill for about a month.

A native of Czecholovakia [sic.], she was brought here by her parents when she was 12 years old. She was married here to John Nohavitza, who died in 1909. Mrs. Nohavitza was a member of KJZT Lodge and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina.

Surviving are one son, Adolf Nohavitza of Weimar; and four daughters, Mrs. Mary Anhaiser, Mrs. Annie Zapalac, Mrs. Betty Sekerka and Mrs. Rosie Sekerka, all of Weimar. Seven children preceded her in death. Also surviving are 26 grandchlidren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


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

Mrs. Rud. Nollkaemper Dies Saturday

Local relatives were advised last Saturday that Mrs. Rud. Nollkaemper had died at the family home at Hallettsville. Deceased was 69 years, 11 months and 9 days old; her two brothers, August and Henry Roitsch reside here.

Mrs. Nollkaemper, whose maiden name was Emma Roitsch, was born in Frelsburg, Colorado County, March 14, 1865; and when a girl, the family removed to Fayette County. She received the rites of baptism, Lutheran faith, and the rites of confirmation in the Lutheran Church of Black Jack, Rev. Jessel Officiating.

The Hallettsville New Era, furnishes the additional information, in its issue of Tuesday:

In 1887 Miss Emma Roitsch was married to Rudolf Nollkaemper, they removed on a farm near Shiner to reside and 18 years ago removed into town where they continued to live. Besides the husband the following children are left to mourn her loss: Ernest Nollkaemper of Amarillo, Mrs. Rosa (Chas.) Othold, Arthur Nollkaemper and Mrs. Gus. Koether of Shiner, also nine grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Lena Niemeyer of Freyburg.

Funeral Services were conducted from the family home Monday afternoon, and 2:00 o’clock, then to the United Dr. Martin Luther Church where Rev. W. C. Wolfsdorf conducted funeral rites, with interment in the City Cemetery. Her last resting place was a mound of beautiful flowers.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, 3 Jan 1889

Suicide—August Nollkamper, a farmer residing in Cedar neighborhood committed suicide Tuesday, by blowing out his brains with a pistol. No cause is known to exist for the rash act. He is supposed to have been laboring under temporary aberration. He had a good home which he had lately improved, and was apparently in a prosperous condition. He leaves a wife and several small children, for whom much sympathy is manifested by the citizens of the neighborhood in which he lived. Justice Baker, of this city, from whom the Journal obtained the above facts, held the inquest.


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1904

Death Record.

Nolkemper [sic.]: Died at Cedar 12, 27, 03, of Apoplexy Mrs. Franz Nolkemper aged 73 years and 5 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal
Thursday, December 11, 1947

Last Rites Thursday for Mr. Nollkamper

Funeral services for Charles Nollkamper, who passed away at his home Tuesday, will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Lutheran Church with the Rev. Erhard Eilers officiating.  Interment will be in the Philadelphia Lutheran cemetery.

He attained the age of 84 and was born and lived in the Cedar community all his life.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Frieda Ploss Nollkamper; two daughters, Mrs. Gus Knape of near La Grange and Mrs. George Jachen of Richmond; two sons, Erwin and Linnine both of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. George Vogt and Mrs. Rudolph Vogt, both of Schulenburg;  --1 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal
Thursday, January 6, 1949

Mrs. Fritz Nolkemper Is Interred Tuesday

Mrs. Charlotte Nolkemper, widow of the late Fritz Nolkemper, passed away at the hospital here Sunday.  She was 86 years, eight months and seven days of age.

Mrs. Nolkemper, nee Vogt, was born at O’Quinn on April 25, 1862.  She was united in marriage with Fritz Nolkemper, who preceded his wife to the grave.

Mrs. Nolkemper had been a resident of La Grange since 1920, and of late had been living with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Greenshield.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. F. Erhard Eilers officiating.  Interment was in the Cedar Cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Chas. Rosenaur of Sealy, Mrs. Ross McMillan of Weimar and Mrs. Greenshield; one sister, Mrs. Anna Knigge of Schulenburg; one brother, Julius Vogt of La Grange; and four grand-children, Howard Gray McMillan, Lottie Lou, Gene, and Earl Greenshield, Jr.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


Nolcamper – Died at Cedar, 7-1-04, of Hemmorhage [sic] and shock Mrs. O. Nolcamper age 35 years and 10 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Nov 1917

From Swiss Alp

Saturday, November 17, little Ernest Milton, the six-months-old son of Louis Nolkemper and wife, of Abbotts Grove died. The little form was laid to rest by loving hands in the Lutheran church cemetery Sunday evening. To the bereaved young parents this entire community extends sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, February 1, 1940

Fritz Nollkemper

Struggling for the past month against the rapid approach of death, Fritz Nollkemper, aged 81 years, 2 months and 26 days, died at the family home in La Grange, Tuesday afternoon, January 30.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, Rev. R. Heise officiating and the Koenig Funeral Home in charge of the funeral.  Pall bearers were Harry Vogt, Sequin; Emil Hagens, Gus. Knape, Emil Knape, Robt. Nollkemper, Swiss Alp; John Schroeder, La Grange, Robt. Vogt and John Balzer, Schulenburg.  Interment was made in the Cedar cemetery, Wednesday afternoon.

“Uncle Fritz” -- in the greeting manner in which the writer ever addressed him – came to La Grange 20 years ago from Swiss Alp, where he had farmed for many years, purchased the Thos. C. Gregory home and lived in that home continuously since.  Retiring from his labors on the farm, he spent the past twenty years in contentment, and with his companion of more than 53 years, enjoyed with the pleasant and agreeable years with friends and neighborly relatives.  Unpretentious, always of a friendly disposition, his appearance upon our streets will be sadly missed.  May he sleep peacefully!

Born at Cedar, Nov. 4, 1858, the son of Hy. Nollkemper, Sr., he spent his boyhood days on the farm; in the year 1886, Nov. 10, he was united in marriage with Miss Charlotte Vogt, daughter of John and Mrs. Franciska Vogt, and located on a farm, near Swiss Alp, where they remained until 20 years ago when they removed to La Grange.  To this union was born three daughters, all living; these are Mrs. Chas. (Elise) Rosenaur of Sealy, Mrs. Ross (Gretchen) McMillan of Weimar, and Mrs. Earl (Lucy) Greenshield of Swiss Alp.  There are four grandchildren, viz: Howard Gray McMillan of Weimar; Earl Jr., and Gene Everett and Lottie Lou Greenshield of Swiss Alp.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 30, 1930

Accidentally Shot and Killed

Gus. Nollkemper, aged 71 years, of near Shiner, was accidentally shot and killed Friday afternoon.  It was his custom to walk to a creek which flows through his farm every afternoon to hunt, always returning home at about six o’clock.  Failure to arrive at this time Friday evening, a search was made and the body found near the creek.

Funeral services were held from the family residence, Sunday afternoon, with interment in the Shiner cemetery, the Lutheran pastor officiating.

Surviving relatives are his wife, six children, several grandchildren, five brothers and three sisters.  Deceased is the brother of Mrs. Augusta Sladczyk of this city, and Otto and Julius Nollkemper who reside near La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 27, 1933

Henry Nollkemper, Sr., Dies At Orange Grove

Fritz Nollkemper of La Grange was advised Monday that his father, Henry Nollkemper, Sr., had died that day at his home in Orange Grove, and that the body would be brought to La Grange.  The body reached here Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, being brought overland, and from the residence of our local citizen, the funeral was held, with interment at the Cedar cemetery.

Henry Nollkemper, Sr., lived in Fayette county for more than a half century, he was of that sterling type of man who recognized no obstacles and was successful as a farmer.  His health had always been good, and his friends had been many.  He leaves two sons, fritz Nollkemper of La Grange and Chas Nollkemper of Swiss Alp; also two daughters, Mesdames Lena Vogt and E. R. Vogt of Schulenburg.

Late if life, past seventy years of age, he again married, his present widow and one son Alfred, surviving.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


Nolcamper – Died at Cedar, 7-2-04, from premature birth, Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. O. Nolcamper.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 21, 1963

John Nollkamper Found Dead Near Underpass

A search that started Sunday afternoon for a missing La Grange resident ended at noon Monday when sheriff’s officers found the body of John Nollkamper and his car at the Highway 71 underpass three miles east of La Grange.

Mr. Nollkamper’s body was found about 30 feet away from his parked car in a ditch.  Justice of the Peace A. V. Smith who ruled that death resulted from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said that the bullet wound was from a 22 caliber rifle.

The search began Sunday when, according to authorities, a sucicide [suicide] note was found by the victim’s brother, and they were asked to on the lookout for his late-model car.

Deputy Sheriff Vastine Koopmann said that his daughter had noticed the car Sunday but thought nothing of until Monday when he mentioned that a man had been reported missing.  Immediately after learning of this from his daughter, the Deputy made the grim discovery.

Last rites were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery with the Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Clyde Sims of Modesto, Californaia; one half-sister, Mrs. Chas. Harbers of Plum; three brothers, August of Flatonia; Rudolph of La Grange and Gus of New Braunfels.

Mr. Nollkamper was born at Port Lavaca on Oct. 5, 1906, the son of Frank and Eleanora Hengst Nollkamper.

He was a barber in La Grange for many years prior to moving to another city several years ago.  He had returned to La Grange a number of years [ago] and had been residing here with his brother.
Contributed by Rob Brown




The La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 21, 1951

Julius J. Nollkamper Is Taken By Death

Julius J. Nollkamper, 84, passed away at his home Thursday, June 14, and funeral services were held Saturday, June 16 at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel at 3 o’clock with Rev. F. E. Eilers officiating and Koenig Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Nollkamper, a lifelong resident here, was born April 18, 1867, at Cedar and was the son of the late Frank and Catherine Michel Nollkamper.  He married Miss Mary Bolling at La Grange on Jan. 6, 1898.  Mrs. Nollkamper passed away on March 27, 1950.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Edwin Schroeder of West Point, and Mrs. P. P. Lueders, Mrs. Herman Hensel and Mrs. Chas. Roscher, all of La Grange; one sister, Mrs. Robert Frank of San Antonio; and six grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

The deceased was a brother-in-law of Wm. Hermes of La Grange and was the last of the original Willenberg family who formerly lived in La Grange.

Attending the funeral from here were Wm. Hermes, Miss Myrta Hermes and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hermes.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 2, 1909

Another Pioneer Dead

At the farm home near Cedar, after suffering for three years from a complication of ailments, Mrs. Katarina, wife of Henry Nollkaemper drifted in the slumber which is known to all mortals as the sleep of death.  In her departure, the tired body and mind are relieved and peace will be hers.  In the last three years, when her suffering was intense, and at times of less vigor, she maintained a stoic demeanor, and received the kind ministrations of her family with a grateful heart.

The deceased was one of the pioneer settlers of Fayette county, and principally of Cedar, at which place she settled in the year 1851.  She was born in the year 1827 in the province of Westphalen, Germany, and with her husband and family came to Texas in 1850, landing at Galveston.  In those days there were no modern traveling by railroad, hence the trip to La Grange was made by ox wagon teams, and here the family came in the beginning of the following year.  After a year’s residence in La Grange, they removed to Cedar and took up the life of the farmer.  By thrift and energy, property soon became theirs, and a very interesting family grew up to assist in the accumulation which is ever the result of honest toil.

In days past, Mrs. Nollkaemper was instrumental in perfecting the German organizations which made the Cedar neighborhood a household word with the German pioneers, and in the long life she lived among the people of  that section, she was ever the good old lady who was always referred to with great reverence.  She became the mother of seven children, two of whom died some seventeen years ago.

Beside her husband, she leaves six children, all grown and themselves experiencing the affection of happy families.  Henry Nollkaemper, who resides at Bridge Valley, is the oldest.  Deceased also leaves twenty-five grand-children and twenty-one great-grand-children.

Saturday afternoon at five o’clock the funeral was held from the family home, and the remains conveyed to the Cedar Cemetery.  Rev. Kern, pastor of the Swiss Alp Lutheran church officiated at the home and grave.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 30, 1950

Mrs. Mary Nollkamper Passes at Her Home

Final rites were held Wednesday at 2 PM for Mrs. Mary Nollkamper, 74, at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. F. E. Eilers officiating.  Interment was in Cedar cemetery.

Mrs. Nollkamper passed away at her home Monday.

She was born at Swiss Alp on Jan. 5, 1876, and in 1898 was united in marriage with Julius Nollkamper in La Grange.

Survivors are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. P. P. Lueders, Mrs. Herman Hensel and Mrs. Chas. Roscher of La Grange, Mrs. Edwin Schroeder of West Point; three sisters, Mrs. Elisa Jochen and Mrs. Olga Otto of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Sophia Brueggmann of Swiss Alp; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 16, 1943

Otto Nollkamper

Otto F. Nollkamper, aged 77 years, 11 months and 27 days, died at La Grange, Saturday, Sept. 11; he had been ill for several weeks.  Sunday afternoon in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home services were held, Rev. R. Heise of La Grange and Rev. Erhard Eilers of Swiss Alp, officiating.  The body was taken to the Philadelphia Lutheran church cemetery near Swiss Alp, for interment.

Otto Nollkamper was born in the old village of Cedar, 8 miles west of La Grange, where he grew to manhood, married and later removed to La Grange in 1924, where he continued to reside until his demise.  He is survived by his wife, nee Miss Annie Wildner, two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Amanda) Steinmann and Miss Elsa Nollkamper, La Grange; Mrs. Emma Frank, a sister and the following brothers: Rudolph of Shiner, Julius of Cedar, Louis of Schulenburg and Will Nollkamper of Flatonia.  One grandchild, Wesley Steinmann.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, December 25, 1919 

Mrs. Adela Nordhausen
After Much Suffering 

Mrs. Adela Nordhausen, widow of the late Paul Nordhausen of the Bluff section, died Monday afternoon, 22 December 1919 and her remains were taken to the Cedar Cemetery Tuesday afternoon and placed to rest by the side of her husband, who preceded her in 1906.  At the time of her death deceased was past eighty-one years of age.  Two children, H. P. Nordhausen, who died three years ago, and Mrs. J. F. Taylor of near La Grange, were the only children born to the union of Mr. Nordhausen and Miss Adela Richers Nordhausen.  Several months ago she was so unfortunate as to fall, and the injuries thus sustained were sufficient to cause a rapid decline.  She died Tuesday after many days of suffering.  May she sleep peacefully.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, May 10, 1940, page 4

Miss Nordhausen Dies in Houston

Miss Augusta Nordhausen, a resident of Houston for more than 29 years and one of the owners of the Matthews Hardware Company, died at her home at 25 Riesner at 11:50 a. m. Sunday. Prior to going into business for herself she was connected with the C. L. and Theo. Bering company for 12 years. Miss Nordhausen had been a partner in the Matthews Hardware company for 18 years. Surviving are four brothers, R. Nodhausen [sic.], P. G., Charles and Paul Nordhausen, all of Schulenburg; a sisters, Mrs. A. C. Seeberger of Houston and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held in the drawing room of the Settegast-Kopf funeral home at 5 p. m. Monday, with F. Vaughn Wilbur reading the service. The body will be sent to Schulenburg at 9:20 a. m. Tuesday over the Southern Pacific lines, where services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday at High Hill cemetery. Active pall bearers will be her nephews, R. F. Graf, Arno Nordhausen. F. G. Seeberger, Henry E. Seeberger, Gail Price and Leon Seeberer. Settegast-Kopf in charge in Houston.


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Jan 1903


Another of Fayette county’s old and esteemed citizens passed peacefully away Tuesday morning, between five and six o’clock, when the spirit of Mr. Diedrich Nordhausen took its flight to that land from whose bourne no traveler returns. Mr. Nordhausen retired Monday night at his accustomed hour, apparently enjoying his usual good health, and his death, which is thought to have occurred about the time mentioned above, was simply the calm extinguishment of the remaining spark of human vitality which had enabled him to attain four score years. Born at Varrel [Varel], Oldenburg, Germany, in 1823 the subject of this sketch came to this country when about thirty years of age and at first settled near Frelsburg, Colorado county, when he removed, just prior to the civil war, to High Hill, of which section he has since been a resident. He is survived by four children, three daughters and one son, his children are: Mrs. Wm. Cornelson, Miss Annie Nordhausen, Mr. Fritz Nordhausen of Schulenburg and Miss Lena Nordhausen of El Campo. His remains were interred in the High Hill cemetery at 4 p. m. Wednesday January the 28th in the presence of his surviving children and a host of his friends.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 20 Nov 1897, page 5

Schulenburg Sticker: Gerhard Nordhausen, after an illness of several weeks, died at 8 o'clock Thursday morning at his residence at High Hill.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 19, 1906

Paul Nordhausen

The friends of the subject of this sketch were pained to learn Saturday that death had invaded the home of the honored and respected citizen of the Bluff neighborhood and by that invasion removed from their circle of friends, Paul Nordhausen, aged 73 years.  The deceased was known to all as an honest, upright and hard-working farmer, whose friends were legion, and who responded to a call for aid in the most cheerful manner.

Mr. Nordhausen was born in Schlesen, Germany, March 12th, 1833, and with his parents emigrated to America in 1846, leaving the old home in June and landing in Galveston in September of the same year.  In 1858 the deceased located at Bluff where he resided almost continuously up to the time of his demise.  He was married to Miss Adela Richers October 15, 1861 and four children were the result of this union.  Two of these died while still very young; the remaining two, H. P. Nordhausen of Houston and Mrs. John F. Taylor of near La Grange, surviving, who, with the widow are the chief mourners.

Mr. Nordhausen first began life in Texas as a farmer.  By honest methods and [economical] living he managed to accumulate means sufficient to purchase a saw mill at Columbus, and when prosperity seemed as last to smile upon his efforts, the fire fiend destroyed his all.  Possessing the courage so characteristic with the average foreigner, he, with the assistance of his friends built a gin near the Bluff and again recovered his loss.  With equal rapidity adversity dealt another blow, the gin was destroyed by fire.  For a short while despondency almost overcame him, but only for a little while.  Another gin was built and all went well again.  Then the hand of fate descended once more, the second gin was destroyed by fire.  This was the blow that dishearted the good old soul, and perhaps was indirectly the cause of his illness.  While not bed ridden, he was in bad health for a number of years.  On Friday morning he went about his work as usual when his cry for help reached the ears of his wife.  All that loving hands could do was done, but he soon fell into that silent sleep.  Being one of the original seven who founded the “Bluff Schuetzen Verein” the funeral was held under the auspices of that association Saturday afternoon; the remains were interred at the Cedar cemetery, the attendance being very large.  May he rest in peace.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 May 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

– Nordhausen aged 73 years 1 month died April 13.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Oct 1922, page 1

Mrs. John Nordhausen Succumbs After Lingering Illness.

The sad news reached the city Saturday afternoon that Mrs. John Nordhausen had ceased her earthly labors, and her soul had sored [sic] to her heavenly abode. Death came at 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the LaGrange Hospital.

Deceased had been suffering for about 7 weeks and was operated on at LaGrange hospital Friday, the day preceding her death.

She was 55 years old, was born and reared near High Hill, her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Gus Seidel. She was married 37 years ago on Oct. 8th., to John Nordhausen to which union two children were born.

Deceased was known throughout this entire section, and was universally loved for her sweet disposition.

Funeral services were held at the John Nordhausen home at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon, interment took place at the old High Hill cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok officiating.

She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Selma Stoever and Mrs. Erna McBride; one brother, Chas. Seidel, two sisters, Misses Emma and Laura Seidel.

To these the Sticker joins their many friends in extending sincere sympathy in their hour of bereavement.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Jan 1910

We regret to learn of the serious illness of Mrs. G. Nordhausen of High Hill. She suffered a stroke of paralysis Saturday night about 9 o’clock. She seems to be doing better just now though, which we are glad to hear.

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Feb 1910


Fayette county has suffered the loss of another old and esteemed citizen in the death of Mrs. G. Nordhausen, who died at the family residence in High Hill, Friday, January 28, 1910.

Mrs. Nordhausen was born in Friedland, Austria, May 16, 1844. Came to this country with her parents in her early childhood, the family first settling at Bluff, and later, removed to High Hill.

In 1861 she was married to Mr. Gerhard Nordhausen, who proceded [sic] her in death twelve years.

Four daughters, Mesdames E. J. Wolters, Agnes Seeberger, H. Graf and Miss Augusta; five sons, Messrs. John, Rudi, P. G., Paul and Chas., twenty-one grand-children and two great grand children are left to mourn her death.

Interment took place at the High Hill cemetery, and surrounded by her loved ones and hosts of friends, her remains were tenderly consigned to Mother Earth, Rev. C. J. Pauling officiating.

The Sticker joins the friends of the family in extending them heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.


We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to those who so kindly rendered assistance during the recent illness and death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Thresa Nordhausen, especially those who sang at the grave.

The Children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1912


J. M. Norton of Houston died Saturday night last and his remains were shipped here and consigned to their last resting place in the City Cametery [sic] Tuesday afternoon last, Rev. Gibbons of Weimar officiating.

Mr. Norton was at one time a citizen of this neighboreood [sic] and has quite a number of friends here who regretted to hear of his death. He has been a citizen of Houston for about eight or nine years.

Mr. Norton is survived by four daughters, Mrs. E. Fowlkes of Hackberry, Mrs. Nellie Mann of Houston, Mrs. Henry Bachelor of near Schulenburg and Miss Virginia of Houston, and one son, Jim Jr., of Nebrbska [sic], and a half brother, John Ammann of Weimar, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral services. Messrs. Willie, Charlie and Eva Ammann were also over from Weimar to atten [sic] the funeral.

The Sticker extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones in this their sad hour of sorry.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Oct 1901

Died, at her home near Schulenburg Tuesday morning at 3:40 o’clock, Mrs. J. M. Norton, aged 29 years, after a lingering illness of six weeks duration. Her remains were laid to rest Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock in the city cemetery. She leaves a husband and three small children, two boys and one girl, to mourn her untimely demise, to whom the Sticker extends its heartfelt sympathy.

[adjacent column]

Mrs. Ketcham of Houston attended the funeral of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Norton Wednesday last.

Mr. John A. Ammann of Weimar was in our city last Wednesday to attend the funeral of his relative, Mrs. J. M. Norton.

Contributed by Matt Cross

The Weimar Mercury, November 9, 1901.

Mrs. Mary Norton, aged 29 years, beloved wife of Jas. M. Norton, died at the family residence near Schulenburg Tuesday morning and was laid to rest in the city cemetery Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock.  The funeral was largely attended, and conducted with appropriate services.  A husband and three little children survive her.

The death-bed scene is reported to have been most pathetic. When the end was near the little boy was tenderly informed that his mother was dying, and in his great grief he knelt at the bedside, clasped his little hands and prayerd alout to God “Oh, don’t let my mamma die!”  But the hand of death had done its work, the spirit took flight to that purer, brighter world, and the sweet, childish prayer was unanswered.  To the bereaved husband, children, and other relatives the Sun tenders its most sincere sympathy.—Schulenburg Sun.

Contributed by Judy Koehl


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Aug 1916, page 1

From St. John

Sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Novak. He stepped on a nail and died a few days later with lockjaw.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 25 Oct 1940, page 1


Anton J. Novak, 32, well-known young farmer of the Dubina community, suffered fatal injuries Monday when he fell from a truck on which he rode, while returning from work when he had been engaged in at the Dubina Cemetery.

The young farmer was being rushed to a hospital following the accident, but died en route.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Novak, and a father-in-law, Simon Pytlovany, well-known area farmer.

According to his death certificate, Anton J. Novak, born in Moravia, the son of Frank Novak and Maria Luzova, was buried in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.


Unidentified newspaper clipping, 20 Jul 1964

Ben William Novak

The Rosary will be recited for Ben William Novak, 53, of Clarkwood, at 8:15 p.m. today by the Rev. Patrick Higgins pastor of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Violet, at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Chapel.

Novak, who had operated Novak's Food Store in Clarkwood the past 13 years, died at 4 p.m. yesterday in a local hospital after a short illness.

The body will be taken to Flatonia, where a Rosary will be recited at the Smith Funeral Chapel at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Funeral services will be at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Smith Chapel with Funeral Mass at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with the Rev. Allen Black, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Novak had lived in the Corpus Christi and Clarkwood area 21 years and was formerly employed by Southern Minerals. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Violet.

Survivors are his wife, Lillian; a son, Leroy of Corpus Christi; two daughters, Miss Helen Novak of Clarkwood and Mrs. Kenneth Hoffer of San Antonio; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Picha of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Louis Dostalik of Yoakum, Mrs. Louis Zapletal of Agua Dulce and Mrs. Oscar Kazser of San Antonio, and six grandchildren.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday January 2, 1953


Charles Novak, Sr., 58, Flatonia farmer, was killed and his wife 56 was critically injured in a head-on collision near Engle, six miles west of Schulenberg on Highway 90 at about 8 o'clock Friday night.

Their son, Charles Novak, Jr., 21, was slightly injured but was confined only one night in Youens Hospital here.

Mr. Novak, whose head was crushed, died just as he reached the hospital.

Mrs. Novak is hospitalized with a severely fractured pelvis, scalp and facial lacerations, and many bruises.

The Novak car, driven by the son, collided head on with one driven by Mrs. John C. Wilson of San Antonio, whose injuries were slight. Her son, Johnny, a passenger in her car, was not hurt.

Constable Charles Eilers of Schulenburg, who investigated, said Mrs. Wilsons car was forced to the wrong side of the highway by an unidentified automobile which did not stop.

Mrs. Novak's survivors, in addition to the widow and the son, include another son, August, who is with the Army in France; two daughters. Mrs. Ann Edwards of Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Josephine Vyvjala of Smithville; two brothers and two sisters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Austin American-Statesman, July 3, 1998

Edmund Alois Novak, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in his home in Austin, Texas.

Ed was born in the farming community of Praha, Texas, on October 19, 1919, the sixth of eight children born to John J. Novak and Clara Fojtik Novak. He attended elementary and high school at St. Mary's School in Praha. He then attended Draughon's Business College in San Antonio, Texas, the city where he courted his future wife, Bessie (Bozena) Zamykal. Ed worked as a certified welder for Southern Prison and Steel, then in December of 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in both Pacific and Atlantic theaters of World War II.

During his 31-year career in the Coast Guard, Ed, Bessie and their growing family made their home in seven different U.S. states. After he retired in 1973, with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer W-4, they moved to Austin, Texas, to be near his old homestead. Much of his retirement was devoted to horticulture and avocational farming and ranching both in Praha and Austin. Ed was a long-time member of the Travis County Pecan Growers' Association, for which he served as president from 1996-97. He volunteered much of his time tending to the grounds of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Austin. In addition, Ed studied and earned two associate degrees after his retirement.

Edmund left behind his legacy of a family who will deeply miss him: his devoted wife of 55 years and mother of his five children; his daughter, Rita Jane Novak and her husband, Frank Baumgartner, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Rita's daughters, Lisa Asher, Kathleen Kuhn and Laura Earley; Ed's oldest son, Lawrence Charles Novak, his wife, Ada, and their children, Steven, Aubry and Michael, of Augusta, Kansas, Ed's second son, Andrew John Novak, his wife, Joan, and their son, Robert, of Eureka, California, Ed's third son, David Andrew Novak and his wife, Pamela, of Austin, and Ed's youngest son, Dr. John Kevin Novak, of DeKalb, Illinois. Ed is also survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Zela, of Rosenberg and Mary Matias, of Gonzales.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Roberta Davila for her care and support during Ed's final weeks in this world.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to Lone Star Hospice.

A Rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 3, 1998, at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, Texas. The Funeral Mass and burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 4, 1998, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, Texas.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 27 Apr 1970, page 8A

Frank Novak

FLATONIA -- Frank Novak, 58, a prominent Flatonia businessman, died at a Flatonia hospital Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Novak of Flatonia; a son, James Novak of Victoria; three daughters, Mrs. Johnny Culak of Victoria; Mrs. Edwin Newman of Austin and Miss Linda Novak of Flatonia and Victoria; a brother, Henry Novak of Flatonia; a sister, Mrs. Vlasta Schoenweitz of Flatonia, and a grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 8:15 p.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Mar 1985

Hattie Novak

FLATONIA - Mrs. Hattie Novak, 72, of Flatonia, died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1985 in an Austin hospital.

She was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Flatonia, daughter of Fritz and Clara (Pinn) Brunner.  A lifetime resident of Flatonia, she was a housewife and member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Mar. 1 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with the Rev. Anthony Matula officiating.  Burial followed in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.  A rosary was recited Thursday evening at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Gayle Butler of Sinton, Mrs. Mary Newman of Deer Park, Mrs. Linda Wily of Round Rock; a son, James Novak of Flatonia; three brothers, Alfred Brunner of Schulenburg, Felix Brunner of Flatonia, Ted Brunner of Eagle Lake; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Novak.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 15 Feb 1990

Flatonia Services Held for Henry Novak

FLATONIA - Funeral services for Henry Novak, 71, of Flatonia, who died Monday Feb. 5, 1990 at his home, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with the Rev. Daniel O'Brien officiating.

Burial followed in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were Carl Smith, Jimmie Novak, Leroy Schoenweitz, Max Greive, Adolph Jasek and Bo Psencik.

A parish rosary was recited at Smith Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

The youngest of three children, Mr. Novak was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Gonzales, to Frank and Mary Greive Novak.

He served in the United States Air Force in World War II and was owner of the Flatonia Western Auto Store.

Mr. Novak was a member of the American Legion and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Novak of Flatonia; two sons, Hank and Frankie Novak, both of Flatonia; a sister, Vlasta Schoenweitz of Flatonia; and two grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his father, Feb. 12, 1958; his mother, Dec. 18, 1954; brother, Frank Novak, Apr. 26, 1970.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 March 1916


John Novak, age 1 months [sic], and 25 days, died Feb 23, near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 10, 1955


Funeral services for John Novak, 77, father of Bohumir Novak of Weimar, were held Monday at Flatonia, with burial at Braha, Rev. J. A. Petru officiating.

Mr. Novak, a retired farmer, is survived by his wife; six sons, Henry and Albert of La Salle, Bohumir of Weimar, Adolph J. and Bennie of Flatonia, and Edmund of New Orleans; and two daughters, Mrs. Joe Zelia and Mrs. Anton Mathias of Rosenberg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, February 23, 2010

Funeral services for Leonard John Novak, 69, of Flatonia were held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eddie Winkler presided.

Novak died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010.

He was born March 26, 1940 in Flatonia, the son of Adolph Novak, Sr. and Idella Mica Novak.

Survivors include one brother, Adoph Novak and wife Linda of Pleasanton; one sister, Angeline Boehnke and husband Wiley of Flatonia, one brother-in-law, Raymond Briscoe, III of New York; one nephew and five nieces.

he was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and grandparents.

Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 27 May 2008


FLATONIA - Mrs. Lillian Novak, age 96, of Flatonia passed away May 25, 2008. Mrs. Novak was born July 27, 1911, in Praha, to the last [sic] Frank and Henrietta Sembera Barta.

Preceded in death by: husband, Benjamin W. Novak; four brothers; one sister.

Survivors: son, Leroy Novak; daughters, Marjorie Bonorden, Helen Boyd; brothers, Frank and Louis Barta; sisters, Herminia Tucker, Olga Merecka, Vlasta Pavlas, Georgie Mae White; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation starts Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. with rosary at 7:30 p.m., Smith Funeral Home. Services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church-Flatonia, the Rev. Joe Hybner officiating. Burial at Catholic Cemetery-Flatonia.

Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 20 Mar 1953, page 1

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Mary Novak, 59, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Novak, 59, resident of the Dubina section for more than 50 years, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday morning, with continues services at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, Dubina.
Burial was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Benton Thurmond and Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.
Mrs. Novak died Saturday evening at her home after a heart stroke. She had had two previous attcks within the prior two weeks.

Born in Europe, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Pytlovany, she came to this country with her parents when she was about 3 years old, and had lived in the Dubina area ever since. In 1913[?] she was married to Anton Novak, who preceded her in death in 1940.

Surviving are her 80-year-old mother, with whom she made her home at Dubina; a son, Louis Novak of Dubina; two brothers, John and Anton, both of whom live near Weimar; and a sister, Mrs. Henry Siebert of Cleveland, Ohio.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Charles Mazoch, Ivan Koenig, Joe Kocurek, Leo Hromadka, Edwin Berger, and Julius Sokol.


Galveston Daily News, Friday, December 31, 1909

Flatonia, Tex., Dec. 30.—Mr. S. Novak, a citizen of East Bernard, who came here for medical treatment, was found dead sitting in a chair by the fire. He will be buried at Praha. There are no relatives left.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 7 Sep 1995, page 10A


FLATONIA - Sue Otahal Novak, 74, of Flatonia died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1995.

She was born Dec. 12, 1920 in Cistern to the late Joseph and Martha Quitta Otahal. The homemaker was a member of the KJZT, American Legion Auxiliary and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: sons, Hank Novak and Frankie Novak, both of Flatonia; sisters, Zita Huebal of Port Arthur and Bertha Psencik of Itasca; brothers Fred Otahal of Wharton, Ivan Otahal of Clear Lake and Joe Otahal of Hollister, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Henry Novak on Feb. 5, 1990; one sister; and one brother.

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

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

Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Flatonia, 865-3311.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


Novak – Died near Praha, 5-26 04, of paralysis, Vincensc Novak, aged seventy-two years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Daily Express, Wednesday, January 29, 1905

Vincent Novak Jr., 12 years old, died Monday night of Meningitis at 745 West Houston Street. He was brought here last Saturday from Flatonia for treatment. The body was yesterday shipped to Flatonia, accompanied by the father, Vincent Novak Sr.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal Jan. 27, 1944

Anton Novasad died at the family home Thursday at the age of 77 years, he is survived by his wife, two sons, and one daughter and several grandchildren,

Funeral services were held from the Catholic church Saturday with Requiem Mass, at which Rev. F.D. Urbanovsky officiated, assisted by Rev. Al. W. Nesvadba of Wallis. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.  Our condolence is extended.

Transcribed by Gayle Clemons Newkirk


La Grange Journal July 26, 1945

Mrs. Frances Novasad, 72, died at the family home Sunday, after a short illness.  She is survived by two sons and one daughter, Anton Novasad of Baytown, Rud Novasad of Wharton and Mrs. Mary Lastovica of Crosby. Funeral services were held in the St. John’s Catholic Church Monday with Rev. Frank Matustik officiating at a Requiem Mass.  Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.  Her husband preceded her to the grave about two years ago. Our condolence goes out to the bereaved family.

Transcribed by Gayle Clemons Newkirk


The Baytown Sun, unknown date

Edwin Novosad

Edwin Novosad, 81, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born May 13, 1923 in Frydek, Texas to parents William and Sophie Novosad. Edwin retired from Exxon after 42 years of service, was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and an avid deer and turkey hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lima Novosad; daughter, Vernell Perkins and husband Tom; sons, Eugene Novosad and wife Charlotte, Steven Novosad and wife Theresa; grandchildren, Roxie Brown and husband Mike, Teresa, Julie and Nathan Novosad and Phillip Perkins; great grandchildren, Megan and Bret Brown; sister, Lorane Heinrich; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends at 3 p.m., and a rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, at Earthman Baytown Chapel, 3919 Garth Road. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1907 Carolina. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Earthman Funeral Home, 3919 Garth Road, Baytown, 281-422-8181.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Feb 1902, Fayetteville column
John Novosat [sic], a ten-year-old boy, son of Joe Novosat, a Bohemian farmer living about two miles from here, was accidentally shot through the stomach by Henry Peters, a sixteen-year-old boy. The tragedy occurred at the house of Henry Peters, Sr. The boys were in the act of going out hunting Tuesday evening when young Peters tried to take the cartridge out of the gun when the hammer slipped and the fatal shot fired which brought young Novosat to his premature grave. He lived about fifteen minutes after being shot. He was tenderly laid to rest at the Catholic cemetery the next day, Rev. Father Chromcik officiation [sic]. The teachers and pupils of the Chromcik school, of which he was a pupil, followed the remains to its resting place. Thus the careless handling of fire-arms has demanded another victim.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal Nov. 12, 1953

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 9 AM at the Knesek chapel in Fayetteville for Mrs. Mary Rosie Novosad, 72, who passed away at the hospital here Saturday.  Rev. Thomas Matl and Rev. Francis Kolar officiated, and burial was in the Fayetteville City Cemetery.

Lifelong resident of the Fayetteville area Mrs. Novosad, nee Sury was born April 8, 1881 and was united in marriage with Joe J. Novosad on Nov. 19, 1902.

She leaves her widower; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Slanina of Ellinger and Mrs. Angeline Wilde of San Angelo; one son, Victor of Fayetteville; four sisters; Mrs. Agnes Matus of Ganado, Mrs. Vera Novosad and Mrs. Annie Donek of Wharton, and Mrs. Rosa Petter of Fayetteville; a half-sister, Mrs. Rosie Krenek of Ellinger; two brothers, Henry and Peter Sury of Needville; two halb-brothers(sic), Ernest Sury of Houston and Emil Sury of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.

Transcribed by Gayle Clemons Newkirk


January 1963

Mrs. Veronica Novosad, a resident of Fayetteville area for the past 78 years, passed away Monday at the Czech Catholic Home for the Aged at Hillje just four days before reaching her 94th birthday.

Funeral services were held at 9;45 a.m. Wednesday at the Knesek Chapel with continued services in the Fayetteville Catholic church, the Rev. Thomas Matl officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

A native of Europe, Mrs. Novosad came to this country at the age of four years, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sury, settling first at Wharton where they lived for 12 years before moving to Fayetteville-Ellinger area. She was united in marriage with Joseph Z. Novosad at Hostyn Hill, near Ellinger.  He died on June 15, 1929.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Novosad of Plum.  Mrs. Frank Kaderka of Fayetteville and Mrs. Ludwig Stavena of Wharton; six sons, Joe of Smithville, Peter and Willie of Houston, Paul and Raymond of Baytown and Victor Novosad of Stafford; one sister Mrs. Annie Danek of Wharton; one half-sister, Mrs. Sophie Krenek of Ellinger, one brother, Peter Sury of Needville; two half-brothers, Ernest Sury of Houston and Emil Sury of Fayetteville; 47 grandchildren and 78 great-grandchildren.

Rosary was recited Tuesday evening.

Koenig funeral home was in charge of the services.

Transcribed by Gayle Clemons Newkirk


Weimar Mercury
22 Aug 1895, page 1

News Specials: LaGrange, Tex., Aug. 10.—Mystery surrounds the killing of Constable Null. He was assassinated, and the parties who did the deed lay in ambush for him on the road he had to travel to reach Muldoon, where he had to attend court on Saturday. The officers report that there were three parties engaged in the horrible deed. Two stationed themselves on one side of the road and one on the other. He was shot four times, three times through the body and once through the back of the head. Evidently the shot through the back of the head was inflicted after Null fell form his horse. Judging from the empty shells picked up around the place where the killing was done and from the wounds on the dead man, the shooting was done wwith Winchester rifles.

This morning Sheriff Loessin and deputies arrested and confined in jail here three parties on suspicion of their being the guillty parties. The parties held declare they are innocent.

Photo of Tom Null contributed by Vicky Busby. More information about the Stagner/Null murders can be found at Footprints of Fayette article, "The Murder of Constable Charles Hendrickson Null", and the True West article, "Few Questions Were Asked of a Stranger".


Houston Press, 25 Sep 1965, page 1, section 3


John W. Null, 83, died in a local hospital Thursday. Residence 7433 Bigwood. Survivors: son, Luther S. Null, Houston; daughters, Mrs. Gloria Loveless, Houston; Mrs. Virginia Likins; brother, Louis Null; sister, Mrs. Stella Stones; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren. Services 10 AM Saturday, Glendale Chapel of the Oaks. Interment Brookside Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Marshall of Lindale Baptist Church officiating.

Glendale Funeral Home, 1015 Federal Road, Glendale.

Contributed by Lucretia Morales


Waco Daily Times Herald, 4 Dec 1934


Funeral services for W.M. Null, 810 North Eighteenth street, who died suddenly Monday night, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from Compton's chapel.

Mr. Null's body was found lying on the sidewalk. Justice Clint Allen gave a vedict of heart failure.

Mr. Null had gone to a union meeting at the Labor Hall. He was an employee of the Tom Padgitt company.

Mr. Null is survived by his widow and one son, Clarence, of Fort Worth; one daughter, Mrs. W.F. Jones of Waco; three stepchildren, J.E. Sawyer and Mrs. A.J. Smith of Waco, Mrs Dona Smith of Llano; four brothers, Tom of Houston, John of Waco, Henry of Smithville and Louis of Muldoon; one half-brother, R.L. Gilliam of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. L.A. Cunningham of Waco, Mrs. Elizabeth Redding of Waco; one half-sister, Mrs. Stella Stone of San Antonio.

Mrs. Betty Maude Kird of the Church of Christ Scientist will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Dallas Morning News, 4 Dec 1934

Waco Man Found Dead

Special to the News

Waco, Texas, Dec. 3--William M. Null, 60, was found dead Monday night at Eleventh & Barfon streets, a block from his home, He was enroute home from a meeting of the leather workers' union when he died. Death resulted from natural causes according to Justice of the Peace Clint Allen.

Contributed by Lucretia Morales


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 July 1904


Nunnery: Died near West Point, 6-26-04, of Meningitis, Infant of T. G. Nunnery, aged 1 day.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

Death Record. 

Nunnery: Died at West Point, Sept 30-03, of Entero Colitis, Thomas Earl Nunnery, aged 1 year and 3 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross