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The Colorado County Citizen, 2 Aug 2006


Mary V. Salas, 93, of Holman, passed away July 26, in Columbus.

She was born in Frydek Dec. 7, 1912 to Anton Sr. and Mary (Zapalac) Spacek. She was a housewife, farmer and cook and lived in Holman since 1939. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, the Altar Society and Christian Mothers. She was a great cook and was the “inventor” of turkey steaks, which has remained a favorite food served at family gatherings. She liked to play dominoes especially with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anton A. Salas; parents; sister, Annie Dickerson; and four brothers, John, Frank, Anton Jr. and Joe Spacek.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Loraine Luce, of Fairview, Marilyn and Steve Urban, of Columbus, and Joyce and Van Haley, of Smithville; sister, Sophie Metcalf, of Houston; brother, Jerome Spacek, of Houston; grandchildren, Sherie Luce Wilkinson, of Blackwell, Joseph A. Luce, Regina Luce Hughes, Maria Luce Toney and Christopher Luce, all from the Dallas area, Michael Urban of Friendswood, Michelle Urban Kulhanek, of Columbus, Russell Urban, of Louise, Carrie Sabrsula McKirahan, of Belton, Brenda Sabrsula Stevens, of Whitesboro, Linda Sabrsula Harmon, of Smithville and Troy Sabrsula, of Houston; 37 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were July 28 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Holman with Father Timothy Kosler officiating. Interment followed at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Russell Urban, Joseph A. Luce, Christopher Luce, Troy Sabrsula, great grandson, Adam Wilkinson, and Godchild, Armand Salas. Honorary pallbearer was grandson, Michael Urban.

Memorials may be given to St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery Fund, Hospice Brazos Valley of Brenham or the charity of your choice


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 June 1904

Death Record.

Salm – Died 4 miles east of La Grange, 5-2-04, of General Prostration, Infant Salm aged 1 month and 3 days

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, November 25, 1981


Funeral services for Morris Theodore Salm, 62, of Rt. 2, La Grange were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, at the Travis Street United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Shirley Hill officiated and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery under direction of the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Inc.

Mr. Salm, a mechanic and World War II veteran, passed away Sunday in the Seton Hospital in Austin.

Born in La Grange on April 20, 1919, he was the son of Oscar and Minnie Hattermann Salm.  He was married to Lorraine Gray on June 10, 1979, in La Grange.  Mr. Salm was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a longtime employee of the State Highway Department.  He had resided in La Grange most of his life.

Survivors include his wife of La Grange; a son, Donald W. Salm of Arlington; three step-children, Nina Carney of Gadsden, Ala., Ann Root of Canyon, Texas, and John M. Yater of Soccorro, New Mexico; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Miller of La Grange; a brother, D. A. Salm of Victoria; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Rob Brown 


The La Grange Journal, January 16, 1936, page  7

Willie Salm dies in Veterans Hospital at Livermore, Calif.

Oscar Salm was notified by telegram last Thursday, of the illness of his brother Willie—as we all called him—at a veterans hospital in Livermore, California. Seeking further information, none came until Sunday; the telegram of that day informed Oscar of the sudden death  the befell his brother. Willie Salm was 44 years old.

Deceased left La Grange when still a minor and drifted westward, locating in Nevada where he was employed for several years in a mine. Later he removed to California, finally locating in San Francisco where he engaged in the tailoring business and prospered. He never married. He drafted and served overseas in the United States Army, in the late world war and upon his return resumed his business. He was stricken as stated and died Sunday. Further particulars were sought by his brother, but up to Wednesday morning nothing was obtained except that he would be buried in the National cemetery at Livermore.

Oscar Salm left La Grange for Livermore, Cal., Wednesday, in company with Louis Salm, a brother, of Granger. Deceased is survived by his father John H. Salm, who lives there miles East of La Grange, his sister, Mrs. Albert Nitschke of Joiner, Oscar Salm of La Grange,  Bruno of Illinois and Louis of Granger, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Nov 1903

Death Record.  

Samohyl: Died near LaGrange Nov. 8-03 of spasms, infant of A. Samyols [sic.] and wife aged 9 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Marie Sanacik, age 26 years, died October 15.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 22 Feb 1896, page 3

Etta, the little 8-months'-old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sander of Holman, died Wednesday night of some stomach trouble, and was buried Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the family burying ground. In the loss of their little babe they have the sympathy of a large cricle of friends.

Norman Krischke listed this chld as Ella Sander when he surveyed the Sander Cemetery. The cemetery is listed in the files of the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives as the Bargas-Breithaupt Cemetery.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 22, 1927

Mr. Joe Sandera

We are indeed sorry to chronicle the death of Mr. Joe Sandera which occurred at his home, three miles west of town Wednesday morning at about eight o’clock.  He appeared to be in good health and was hauling corn while the members of the family were at work in the field.  Upon arriving at his home with the team he went into the house and shortly thereafter a shot was heard and when the children rushed up, he was dead.

No cause was ascertained to his act except that something in his mind gave way to have caused this rash act.

Mr. Sandera was one of our substantial and respected farmers and had lots of very close friends, even here in the city where he had been in business for a number of years prior to his moving to his farm.

Funeral will be held from the family home today, Thursday, and interment will be made in the city cemetery at 3:30 p.m.

Mr. Sandera was 66 years old and leaves a number of children and other relatives.  – Flatonia Argus.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 1, 1953

Charles J. Sanders, 90, Of Swiss Alp Is Claimed By Death

Charles J. Sanders, well known retired cotton ginner and farmer of Swiss Alp, passed away at Fayette Memorial Hospital here Sunday morning.  He was 90 years, 10 months and three days of age.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 PM at Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. F. Erhard Eilers officiating, and burial was in the Cedar Cemetery.

Mr. Sanders, a lifelong Fayette County resident was born at O’Quinn on Feb. 25, 1862.  On Dec. 8, 1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Annie Bruns.  They continued to make the O’Quinn community their home, but later moved to Swiss Alp where they resided the past 30 years.

Mr. Sanders, despite his advanced age, loved to play dominoes and skat, and was in good health until about three weeks ago.

He is survived by his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Foerster of Swiss Alp and Mrs. Joe Taylor; two sons, Eddie of near La Grange and George of Swiss Alp; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Oct 1921

Find Body of Girl Thought to Have Fallen From Train

Flatonia, Texas, Sept. 28. – The body of Miss Lucile Sanders of West Points [sic] was found on the railroad right of way two miles north of that town during the night. Miss Sanders had been struck by a freight train, but members of the crew who saw the body declared that she was dead before the train hit her.

Word of the accident was brought here early this morning by trainmen of the “Dalsie” southbound passenger.

Miss Sanders, they said, left Winchester for West Point. Trainmen noticed her because she was the only woman passenger. Just before getting to West Point they missed her. Telegrams were sent up the line and shortly afterwards her body was found.

It is believed that she fell from the train.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Aug 1913


Rebekah Sanders, age 80 years, Selinity [sic], Muldoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, February 22, 1934


Died at La Grange, February 18, of heart disease; Sylvester Sanders, colored, age 33 years.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Galveston Daily News, 21 Jan 1875

FAYETTE COUNTY.—. . .Mr. Joseph Zarisen died recently of pneumonia, not far from Fayetteville.


The La Grange Journal, 13 Jun 1907


Albert J. Sass, aged eighteen years, son of Mrs. Gertrude Sass of La Grange, died at the family home Monday morning, June 10th, 1907, after an illness of about one year. The funeral was held the next morning from the family residence and the remains were interred in the Jewish Cemetery east of town.

Albert was born at Giddings, Texas, and in his tender youth became afflicted, but with the most admirable fortitude, bore his misfortune and ever remained cheerful and pleasant to all, never burdening others, but ever willing, to the best of his ability, to do someone a good turn. As the dark cloud of Death was approaching, he still extended his palm and wished others happiness, and with the smile of an infant, unconscious of any wrong he passed into that blessed sleep which brings comfort to the soul and the body.

To the bereaved mother and family relatives, we offer our sincere sympathy in this sad hour. Albert is at rest, and peaceful shall be his sleep.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 18, 1934

Recalling Early Incident When Last Rites Were Held

How fondly attested was the feeling of friendship, of love, held for Mrs. Gertrude Sass on the occasion when her remains were brought here for interment!  Atrocious weather conditions did not deter those who wished to honor her memory from joining her family for the last sad rites, even at the early morning hours some were present to greet the arrivals and express regrets for those detained away, all known and loved when with us during their years of growing-up.

One happy memory brought to mind the passing of this woman who bravely silently bore her part, recalled from an old scrap-book, is of that day, in the long ago, when as a little girl Gertrude Alexander was privileged to present a stand of colors to her father’s company, boys who went to war under the command of that gallant soldier, Capt. Sam Alexander, and well known as Company “A” of the Confederate States Army.  Memories of that patriotic gathering underneath our historic oak flit through one’s consciousness along with others no less treasured, of this tiny Miss, elevated on a goods-box, as she made the presentation speech to our brave boys in gray.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 14, 1948


Burial of Fred Sassin, 77, of Dubina was held there April 28.

Mr. Sassin, a retired farmer, suffered a stroke, April 26 and died almost immediately. He was a native of Czechoslovakia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Sassin, and came to this country in 1880, settling in Dubina. Two sisters, Mrs. F. J. Kocurek and Mrs. John Holub, both of Weimar, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Leo Janicek of Ammannsville survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 March 1916


Josef Sassin, age 53, years, died San [sic] 23, near Holmann [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


LaGrange Journal, December 15, 1881

Phil. Sassin, who followed the occupation of a tailor at this place for some months, and left LaGrange last summer, went first to Will’s Point, and thence to Dallas. We are informed that he died last week at the latter place, and that his wife was at Mr. Haidusek’s last Tuesday, on her way home to her father’s, John Hilcher, who lives between LaGrange and Schulenburg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Sep 1913


Wm Sassin, age 8 days acute gastritis, near Engle.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 27 Jan 1933

Third Death in Family.

Monday death again invaded the home of the Fritz Sauer family of the Swiss Alp community. The 19-year-old son, Fred, died at the LaGrange Hospital Monday night, following flu-pneumonia.

This is the third death in the family within a period of three weeks—the father, a son, Willie, and now Fred. The mother, who is convalescing at the hospital, is unaware of her son's death.

Beside the mother several sisters survive. May God comfort the bereaved.—LaGrange Journal.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 12, 1933

Death’s Invasion

The little community of Swiss Alp was called upon twice last week to pay their last respects to members of a highly respected family; Fritz Sauer the father was laid to rest Tuesday, and on Friday morning death returned to the home and Willie, a son, yielded.  His remains were buried last Saturday.  The entire family were abed with the flu, which has been more severe in the rural districts.

Our informant, Emil Jochen, stated that there were many cases of the flu to be found in that open territory; in the Sauer family, the widow and mother is reported to be very ill at this writing, Saturday.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 22 Apr 1886, page 2

An old negro named Ben Saunders, confined in the county jail on a charge of lunacy, died suddenly in that institution Saturday night, about 12 o'clock.—LaGrange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 13 Oct 1921, page 3

Young Woman Found Dead.

Train Crew Discovers Body Lying on Railway Trestle

Wednesday noon of last week the news came to LaGrange that the lifeless body of Miss Lucille Saunders, aged about eighteen years, had been found near the Sap railway trestle a short distance from West Point. From what we have been able to learn, the supposition that she fell from the passenger train has been abandoned, and that Miss Saunders undoubtedly met with foul play.

From the Smithville Times, whose editors secured the information from relatives of the unfortunate young woman living there, we have the following: "Miss Saunders was returning from Halletsville where she had gone to see about her school and was returning home. She had bought a ticket to West Point where presumably she got off to walk along the right of way to a short route home, between West Point and Winchester. Her lifeless body found by a train crew near the railway trestle that spans the Colorado river between the two towns, and was brought by them to Winchester where it was turned over to citizens who immediately notified Mr. Saunders. Authentic reports reaching the Times office Wednesday about noon are in the effect that the unfortunate girl's throat was severed and that a leg was broken."

With the foregoing given as authentic, it is apparent that the young woman was murdered. [Notwithstanding] the fact that the country thereabouts has been thoroughly searched nothing further has developed and no arrests have been made. Miss Lucille was the daughter of Edward Saunders who lived near Winchester.—LaGrange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 31 Jan 1913, page 8

F. W. Taylor was called to Winchester, Fayette county, the first of the week on account of the death of his sister, Mrs. Mattie Saunders. Mrs. Saunders was born in Georgia, April 28, 1856, and was married to John Saunders November 17, 1887. She died January 22, at Winchester. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.


See Memorial at Nesbitt Memorial Library web site


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, October 5, 1977


Funeral services for Agnes Vlasta Koss Sautter, 60, of Houston were held Friday, Sept. 30, at 1:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Sautter died September 27 at her residence in Houston.

Born in La Grange Feb. 7, 1917, she was a daughter of Joseph and Vlasta Haidusek Koss.  An executive housekeeper, Mrs. Sautter had resided in Houston the past 28 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Kent (Mary Ellen) Gibbons and Mrs. Jerald (Susan) Syzdek, both of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Ursula Iselt of Lafayette, La., Mrs. Katherine Spacek of Houston, and Miss Annie Mary Koss of San Antonio; and three grandchildren, Shannon Eugene, Brandon Eugene, and Clayton Eugene Syzdek, all of Houston.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, March 4, 2014

Rose Ann Saykally was born Aug. 28, 1950 in Houston. She passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20 at age 63. She was raised in Houston, moving to Austin during her adult years. Most recently, she resided in Schulenburg.

Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with burial in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg. Officiating was Rev. George Kunnath. Pallbearers were Travis Janik, Tyler Janik, Chris Hermes, Mark Hermes, Harvey Popp and Joseph Ermis.

She is survived by her parents, George and Erline Janik of Schulenburg; two brothers, Michael Janik and wife Tanya of Schulenburg, and William Janik and wife Lori of Houston; two nephews, Travis Janik and Tyler Janik of Houston; two nieces, Kristin Roatch and fiancé Justin Jasek, and Ivy Davis and husband Sam, all of Houston; and a great-niece, McKinsey Jean Davis of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Emma Meyer, and John and Mary Janik; brother, George Wayne Janik; and nephew, James Ross King.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1904


Scallons – Died at Schulenburg, June 8th, of tubercular gastritis, Lizzie Scallons, colored, aged 10 years and 3 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 April 1907


Schulenburg, Tex., April 7. – Larkin Scallorn, colored and another negro were involved in a dispute at about 7:30 o’clock this morning, when Andrew James, colored, who has been living with the other negro, came up with a shot gun and shot Scollorn [sic.], killing him instantly. James came to town and was locked up, after admitting that he done the killing. The killing occured [sic] at Scallorn’s gate on the side of a public road about three miles west of town. Andrew James is a stranger here, having come from Plum about three months ago.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, August 9, 2012


FLATONIA - Adolph "Jr." Schacherl Jr., age 85, of Flatonia, passed away Monday, August 6, 2012. Jr. was born November 7, 1926 in Moulton to the late Adolph Schacherl Sr. and Annie Mueck Schacherl. He owned and operated S & S Grain Inc. in Flatonia for 47 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign War, Flatonia Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree St. Michael's Assembly, and was a retired member of the Flatonia Volunteer Fire Department.

Jr. was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ida Schacherl.

Survivors include wife, Bernice Syrinek Schacherl; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kelly Schacherl of Flatonia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Danny Velasquez of Flatonia and Brenda and Chad Mitchell of Buchanan Dam; two brothers, Harry Schacherl of Dallas and Willie Schacherl of Clear Lake; two sisters, Gladys Kurtz of Flatonia and Ann St. Wrba of Austin; six grandchildren, Heather Jasek, Catherine Velasquez, Gabriel Velasquez, Cote Schacherl, Abigail Schacherl and Peyton Mitchell; and one great-grandchild, Haley Taranowski.

Pallbearers: Felix Velasquez, Johnny Velasquez, Kenneth Harbich, Sam Migl, Allan Stryk and Bernard Svatek

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, August 10, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flatonia, with Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Burial and military rites will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Words of comfort to the family can be expressed at www.smithfuneralhomeflatonia.com

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made out to Flatonia American Legion Post 94, and be sent to S&S Grain Inc., PO Box 24, Flatonia, Texas 78941.
Smith Funeral Home-128 East 5th St.-Flatonia, Texas 78941, Phone, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, November 19, 1942

Mrs. Augusta Schaefer

Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 p.m. Mrs. Augusta Schaefer, wife of Geo. Schaefer, died at the La Grange Hospital.  Funeral arrangements to be made later.  Complete obituary will appear in the next issue of the Journal.

La Grange Journal, November 26, 1942

Mrs. Augusta Schaefer, wife of Geo. C. Schaefer, died Wednesday, November 18, aged 63 years and 6 months.  Funeral services were held at the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, Friday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, Rev. R. Heise officiating.  Interment was in the new city cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Schaefer was a daughter of the late Otto and Anna Willrich, nee Klose, and was born May 18, 1879 near La Grange.  She was united in marriage with Geo. C. Schaefer, October 18, 1898, and to this union was born three children, one son dying in June 1919.  The living children are Miss Olivia Schaefer of La Grange and Gussie C. Schaefer of Port Arthur.  There are two sisters, Mrs. Marguerite Sladczyk and Miss Rita Willrich of La Grange and two brothers, H. A. Willrich of Houston and Geo. Willrich of Magnet.

Mrs. Schaefer’s health began to decline several years ago yet she continued to maintain her cheerful and friendly disposition until recently when the incurable malady sapped her strength with a vengeance.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 8, 1920

C. H. Schaefer Yields After Prolonged Struggle Against Death

Sunday afternoon C. H. (“Boss”) Schaefer ceased to struggle and journeyed hence, leaving his immediate family and innumberable relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  His death came after an illness that had extended over many months, during which time his now mourning widow and children, and medical knowledge did all that mortals could do to keep him.  He passed to his reward after having openly acknowledged his faith in the redeemer and having received his last communion.  He died the earthly death and sought the rest that is promised to those who believe in Him.  And the departure of Mr. Schaefer means the going of one who had a valuable heritage to leave to his children – the knowledge of having been a good citizen, a good husband and father.

Mr. Schaefer was born in Germany November 9, 1839, and when but seven years of age his parents emigrated to America and came to Fayette County shortly after landing at Galveston.  His entire boyhood days, and his years after acquiring his majority were spent on the farm.  The family lived at Bluff and in that neighborhood, January 8, 1868 he was united in marriage with Miss Louise Helmcamp, to whom were born seven children all living with the exception of one daughter who died in infancy.  His living children are: Mrs. Elise Prilop; Geo. C. Schaefer and Mrs. Marie Bollmeyer, La Grange; Mrs. Lula Eck, Bluff; Mrs. Alvena Luedemann, Schulenburg; Chas. Schaefer, Bartlett.  Eighteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren are included in his family relatives.

When the war between the states necessitated the volunteer enlistment of young men, C. H. Schaefer came forward, a young man of twenty-two years, and enlisted as a private in Green’s Brigade, a band of as brave men as history has ever been able to furnish, and of whom only a few now survive.  Throughout the four years of that awful struggle he served, and when the musket and saber were laid aside, he returned to Fayette County to rebuild and retrieve.  When the Bluff Schuetzen Verein was organized in 1875, he, together with Aug. Mensing, Chas. Schwartz, Wendling Peschke, Anton Hinke, Paul Nordhausen and Ed. Wildner were the sponsors.  Through their efforts – the mad seven – this rifle club succeeded in becoming one of the most famous clubs of the state, and it still exists today.  Mr. Schaefer was the sixth of the seven to go, Edward Wildner alone remaining.

Monday afternoon, a very large concourse of relatives and friends following, the remains were taken to the new cemetery and there, with the religious ceremonies conducted by Rev. Heise, the last rest was tendered him.  Being a member of Bismark Lodge, Sons of Herman, that membership attended in a body.  Their ritual ceremony was read at the open grave.  The widow, his children and grand and great grandchildren have the sympathy of the entire community in this hour.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1929

Died At Houston

Chas. E. Schaefer, born at the farm home on the Bluff near La Grange, near to forty-one years ago, died at his home at Houston early last Friday morning, death coming unexpectedly and very suddenly.  Ten days prior to his death Chas. had submitted to an operation for the removal of his tonsils, and was, apparently recovering rapidly.  During the early morning hours he visited the bath room and without warning sank to the floor and died before medical aid could be secured.  Shock, so the Journal learns, is attributed to his sudden demise.

Chas. Schaefer was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. (Boss) Schaefer, one of the pioneer families of the Bluff section, and when a mere lad his parents removed to the city, the old family home still standing on South Jefferson street, and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bollmeyer, and the widow of the elder Schaefer.  Deceased received his education at the public schools of La Grange, and after reaching his majority became interested in buying cotton, associating himself with the Wilson Cotton Company, being located at Bartlett, and other cities in central Texas, and later at Houston.  He took readily to the cotton business, and was recognized as a man well informed and practical in the business of his choice.

Had he lived until the first of August he would have completed his forty-first year; on December 31, 1912, he was united in marriage with Miss Louise Weber of La Grange, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Weber, Sr., who, with one son, Chas., survives.  Four sisters, Mesdames Ernst Prilop of Cedar, Louis Eck of Bluff, Louis Bollmeyer of La Grange and W. O. Luedemann of Schulenburg, and one brother, George Schaefer of La Grange, also survive.

The body was brought to La Grange Friday afternoon and taken to the home of A. F. Weber, Sr., and from there the funeral was held Saturday afternoon at four o’clock, interment being made at the new cemetery; Rev. R. Heise officiated both at the home and at the grave.   Being universally liked by all who knew him, this was attested fully when the sympathizing friends of the afflicted came to attend the funeral.

May he rest in peace; to his widow, and to his little son and to his brother and sisters and other relatives, the Journal offers its sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 13, 1947

Emil Schaefer Sr. Funeral Held Here

Last rites for Emil Schaefer Sr., 62 were held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel here Monday at 3 p.m., with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating.  Burial was in the New City Cemetery.

Mr. Schaefer, a well-known resident of the West Point community, was found dead on his front porch Friday.  A 12-guage shotgun lay by his side, and Justice of the Peace Lloyd Dippel of La Grange held the inquest, ruling that death was by his own hand.  Mr. Schaefer had been in ill health about a year.

Born at La Grange April 8, 1884, Mr. Schaefer had been a life resident of this county.  After the passing of his wife about a year ago, he made his home at West Point.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Alvin Rauch of Round Top, Mrs. Wilburn Hackebeil of La Grange, Mrs. Laurence Metzger of Harper and Mrs. Lloyd Taylor of Austin; four sons, Walter of West Point, Frank of Rutersville, Emil B. Schaefer Jr. of La Grange and Wesley, in the Air Corps in Guam; a sister, Mrs. Henry Bollmeyer of La Grange R1; three brothers, George, Henry and Gus Schaefer, all of La Grange; and eight grand-children.

Koenig Funeral Home directed the funeral.

Contributed by Rob Brown. Photograph from Lauren Jodoin. According to his great-granddaughter, Lauren Jodoin, Emil's wife, Clara Bertha Fiedler Schaefer, had actually died nineteen years earlier on March 9, 1928, rather than one year before his death. See a photo of this couple.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, 8 Feb 1912

Mrs. Emilie Schaefer.

After an illness of several months’ duration, Mrs. Emilie Schaefer died at the home of her son at Cedar Thursday afternoon, aged sixty-eight years, six months and twenty-seven days.  Deceased with her parents, came from Germany when she was but a child of six years, and located in the old Biegel settlement, in Fayette county, which was principally the home of Germans in that period.  Here she grew to womanhood.

As Miss Fiebig, a young lady, she was beloved by the entire vicinity, and especially by Frank Schaefer, whose wife she became while still in her teens.  The result of this happy union was fifteen children, two of whom died in infancy.  One, a boy, lived to be nine years old; another, when reaching maturity, became the wife of Charley Spiegel, now of Yoakum.  The remaining children, eleven in all, are:  Herman of this city, George and Gus of Holman, Theodore of Bluff, Otto and Hans of Cedar, and Emil, living a few miles from town; Mesdames Gus Kaulberg of Primm, Albert Fiebig of La Grange, Henry Bollmeyer of near this city, and Chas. Spiegel of Yoakum, (Mr. Spiegel having married a sister to his first wife.)

 Friday afternoon the remains were brought to this city and interred at the old cemetery by the side of her husband, who passed to his reward twenty-one years ago; Rev. Heise, pastor of this city, officiating.  In attendance upon the obsequies, besides relatives were a number of friends from the Cedar neighborhood and from this city.

As the autumn leaves fall, so one by one the early settlers are responding to the roll call, bowing in humble submission to His will.  May her rest be peaceful, and the reward she has received in that brighter clime be such as her many kindnesses and the good life she lived had entitled her.  To the relatives we extend, in this sad hour, our sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1917

Fritz Schaefer Dead

Fritz Schaefer, an old citizen of Schulenburg, died at Yoakum last Thursday morning, April 26 from acute uremia. Dr. W. H. Walker, a former citizen of this section, had attended him the day previous and it was not until the morning of his death that the case was found to be serious. His brother, H. P. Schaefer, and sister, Mrs. A. Sommer, arrived just a few minutes before death.

Fritz Schaefer was born near Warrenton, Fayette county, on October 10th, 1868, and was the youngest of a family of nine children. He was united in marriage to Miss Helena Oltmanns, January 1st, 1895. For the past ten years he has made his home in Yoakum. Funeral services were held by Rev. Piepenbrok and burial took place in the City cemetery. He is survived by three children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 25, 1948

Geo. C. Schaefer, 76, Is Interred Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel here for George C. Schaefer, 76, who passed away at the local hospital Thursday after a five-months’ illness.  Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated, and interment was made in the New City Cemetery.

Mr. Schaefer was born in the Bluff community on February 13, 1872 and was baptized by Rev. Kern at Swiss Alp.  On October 18, 1898 he married Miss Augusta Willrich.  Mrs. Schaefer passed away November 18, 1942.

Mr. Schaefer was engaged in business in La Grange for many years, most recent of which was the operation of the filling station where the office of the Royal Crown Bottling Co. is now located.  He was also an honorary member of the La Grange Fire Department.  A son, Gussie Carl who died in 1919 at the age of 17, was the first Boy Scout in La Grange to pass away.

Survivors are his daughter, Miss Olivia Schaefer of La Grange; son, George Otto Schaefer of Sabine; and three sisters, Mrs. Louis Bollmeyer of here, Mrs. Louis Eck of near La Grange and Mrs. W. O. Luedemann of Schulenburg.

Contributed by Rob Brown.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 12, 1919

Died At San Antonio

Eighteen Year Old Lad Succumbs After Surgical Operation

The sad news came from the hospital at San Antonio Saturday morning that Gussie, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Schaefer, who was taken to the hospital at San Antonio last Friday, was critically ill.  In response Mrs. Schaefer left for Schulenburg and there boarded the train for the Alamo city.  Sunday afternoon Gussie gave up the battle and joined the ever increasing band.

The remains were brought to La Grange Monday afternoon and from the family residence Tuesday morning the funeral was held, interment taking place at the new cemetery, Rev. R. Heise officiating.  Many friends and relatives were in attendance.

Gussie had numerous friends among the boys, and the writer remembers him favorably because of his great kindness to him.  He was never asked for a favor from us but what he most willingly responded.  Having complained little of his affliction, it was first believed that the condition of the appendix was such as to need an operation.  On Wednesday he was over at Schulenburg with friends; on Thursday, after calling in the physician, it was decided to have him taken to the hospital.  He accompanied his father and doctor to Schulenburg and there boarded the Southern Pacific train for the hospital.  When operated, it was found that the appendix had begun to mortify.  All efforts to save the lad’s life failed.  Our sincerest sympathy is extended to the mourning parents and other relatives.  Gussie was seventeen years, eight months and twenty-one days old.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 April 1917, page 1

Mrs. Fritz Schaefer Dead

Mrs. Helena Caroline Schaefer died at the family home here Saturday morning after a lingering sickness of several months. The funeral services in charge of Rev. Piepenbrok took place at three o’clock in the City cemetery.

Mrs. Schaefer was born in Kuhlen Grunde Bei Rasthede, Oldenburg, Germany, in 1877, and came to America with the family in 1884. She was united in marriage, January 1st 1895 to Fritz F. Schaefer, to which union three children was born.

Mrs. Schaefer was a loving mother, whose sole ambition was wrapped up in the welfare of her children and the loss to them is a severe one. Beautiful floral offerings attested the esteem in which she was held and time alone can temper pain caused by the sad parting.

Surviving are the husband, Fritz Schaefer, three children, Bessie Marie, Cleo Caroline and Roy Oltmanns, two sisters, Mrs. Hermina Mahler and Mrs. Martha Koehler and one brother, John Oltmanns.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, Friday, April 24, 1959

Henry Schaefer Funeral Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Henry Schaefer, 79, who passed away suddenly Monday, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday from the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. F.E. Eilers officiating.  Burial was in La Grange City cemetery.  Mr. Schaefer, a native of Rutersville where he was born on Feb. 13, 1880, son of Frank and Emelie Fiebig Schaefer, was a retired farmer.  He was married to the former Angeline Schulze on Feb. 20, 1920 and the couple resided in La Grange for the past 14 years.  He is survived by his widow and one brother, Gus Schaefer of Houston.

Contributed by Kathy Carter. Petersen photograph contributed by Barbara Boyd.


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, July 18, 2015

FLATONIA - Mr. Lawrence L. Schaefer passed away in Flatonia, Texas on July 16, 2015 at the age of 71. He was born in Hallettsville, Texas on April 9, 1944 to the late Lester C. Schaefer and Ludmila (Jalufka) Schaefer.

Mr. Schaefer was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved wife Dorothy A. Schaefer.

He is survived by his daughter Cheryl Kaye (Felix) Ramirez of Austin, son Christopher W. (Tanya) Schaefer of Corpus Christi; by brothers, Eugene Schaefer and Patrick Schaefer and by his grandchildren, Joaquin Ramirez, Trinity A. Schaefer and Ramsey S. Schaefer.

Mr. Schaefer proudly served in the United Stated Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked as an area manager for Southwestern Bell before his retirement.

Visitation will begin on Sunday July 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Rhodes Funeral Home in Karnes City. A rosary will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Monday July, 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Panna Maria. Interment will follow in the Panna Maria Cemetery with military honors provided by the Karnes County Honor Guard.

Arrangements entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home in Karnes City, Texas (830) 780-3334.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1917, page 1

In Memoriam

In sorrow I write the sad news of the death of our precious baby, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Schaefer, born February 25, 1915, died April 26, 1917. His stay with papa and mamma was brief, but he wound the tenderest love around their hearts and death cannot sever the cords. The little sufferer was ill but a few days and his death was a sorrowful surprise. With sorrowful hearts and in meekness, we are resigned to our fate. The broken home! O, how we do miss our little one! We find comfort, however, only in the fact that it was our Lord’s will to take him to Himself.

The Parents.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Nov 1918, page 6

Schulenburg, Texas, Nov. 4. . .

Lenert Schaefer, Jr., age 20, died at 10 o'clock Saturday morning of pneumonia, developing from Spanish influenza, at the home of his parents, Mr. Lenert Schaefer, Sr., and wife. He is survived by two brothers, Walter, somewhere in France, and Jesse Schaefer of Schulenburg; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Klesel, Lillie, Minnie and Emma Schaefer.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 28, 1933

Grandma Schaefer Goes to Final Sleep

Although expected for several days prior to the announcement, the news that Mrs. Louisa Schaefer had died at the home of her son-in-law, Louis Bollmeyer, created much sorrow among those who had known her for so many years.  She died peacefully and passed on to her reward, Friday night.  Saturday morning the funeral was held from Mr. Bollmeyer’s residence, and the body placed by the side of her husband, who preceded her in death 13 years; Rev. R. Heise in charge of the religious services.

The passing of this aged woman, recalls that within the past year the toll has been heavy; along that section of the city and down to the eastern part, and thence to the northeastern part of La Grange, the grim reaper has traveled; in many homes there is a vacant chair, in  many homes there has been created a vacancy by the death of father or mother, and even though it be so decreed, there is still the sad reflection that the heart dictates.  Families have been robbed of that parent who has been such an inspiration to them.  At the age of 84 years and 2 months, Mrs. Schaefer gave up the struggle.

Mrs. Schaefer, whose maiden name was Helmcamp, and a member of a prominent family that settled in Fayette county in the fifties, was born in Germany, and was only a child when brought to the land of promise – America.  Her mother died within a short time after emigrating to this country, leaving her father to rear 10 children.  This, when it is told that the early pioneers had to struggle against growing adversities, may be understood to mean a severe blow, but the emigrants bore their afflictions with strong fortitude and managed to accumulate both home and means to carry on.  She was united in marriage with Chas. Schaefer, January 8, 1868, the then young couple beginning their new life on a farm southwest from La Grange.  Until 1895 they remained on the farm, and then removed to La Grange; seven children blessed this union, of whom one son and one daughter preceded her in death.

Widowed thirteen years ago, her companion of many years taken, she was not without the tender affections of her married children, yet her body afflictions were such as to cause much suffering, and despite her advancing age, a few years ago, she had to submit to a serious surgical operation.  Her faith was remarkable, she craved and received that peace which passeth all understanding, her pastor, Rev. R. Heise, praised her for her unswerving devotion and her strong leaning to the teachings of her Savior.  It may be said death had no terrors for her, she looked forward to a reunion in another world.

Mrs. Schaefer is survived by one son, Geo. Schaefer of La Grange; four daughters: Mrs. Elise Prilop and Mrs. W. O. (Alwine) Luedermann of Schulenburg; Mrs. Louis (Marie) Bollmeyer, La Grange, and Mrs. Louise Eck, Bluff; there are 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Geo. Helmcamp at Cistern and Hy. Helmcamp at O’Quinn; three sisters, Mesdames Clara Mensing and Anna Albrecht, La Grange, and Mrs. Elise Naumann at Cistern.

May peace remain with her spirit; her children and grandchildren and her brothers and sisters, who have enjoyed her lease of life with her, have the sympathy of everyone.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 June 1904


Mrs. Mary E. Schaefer died of old age at the residence of her oldest daughter, Mrs. Augusta Sommer, at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, and her remains were laid to rest by loving hands Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the City Cemetery, Rev. Knicker, officiating.

Mrs. Schaefer was born on April the 14th, 1829, in a small village near the city of Cassel Germany; came to this country in 1857, first settling at Round Top, then moving to Schulenburg in 1872, living here the remainder of her life.

She leaves 5 girls and 4 boys to mourn her demise. They are Mesdames Augusta Sommer, Bertha Foerster, Helena Sommer, Ida Schink all of this city and Mrs. Anna Stelzig of Fayetteville, Messrs. L.S. Schaefer, S.T. Schaefer, H. P. Schaefer and F. F. Schaefer, all of this city. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 March 1921, page 3

Mrs. Theodore Schaefer Dies Following Illness

The many friends of Mrs. Theodore Schaefer will be saddened to learn of her death, which occured [sic] at the home of her son, H. A. Schaefer, Thursday morning, March 24th.

Some few weeks ago, she suffered a bad fall, and has been an invalid ever since, with other complications added.

The funeral services will be held from her home this Friday afternoon, at 2:30. Interment will be made at City Cemetery at 3 o’clock.

To the saddened relatives is extended the heartfelt sympathy of a host of loving friends.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1921, page 3

Mrs. Theodore Schaefer

The funeral services for Mrs. Theodore Schaefer were conducted from her home last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock followed by interment at City Cemetery at 3:00 o’clock, when loving friends from near and far, gathered to pay their last farewell to her whom they loved.

Marie Mund (her maiden name) was born July 26, 1843 near Cassell, Germany. After losing her father in the early childhood, she was reared by her mother, and brought up in the Lutheran faith and remained with her mother until her marriage to Theodore Schaefer, on Sept. 1st, 1861.

In 1877 they emigrated to Texas, buying a farm near this city on which they lived for 15 years. The husband’s failing health, which resulted in his death on May 25, 1918, caused them then to move to town, where they spent a quiet and happy life. On September 1, 1911, they celebrated their Golden Wedding, being surrounded by their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Schaefer, and three grandchildren, as well as by many other loving relatives and friends.

Her death was hastened by a bad fall suffered a few weeks ago, from which she was at first thought recovering, but her advanced age proved too great a bar, and on Thursday of last week she breathed her last, after all that loving hands could do to save her was done, at the age of 77 years.

The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved relatives in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 18, 1945

Otto Schaefer – 73

Otto Schaefer of near La Grange, died at his farm home, Tuesday, January 16, aged 73 years and one month.  Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home this, Thursday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, Rev. Moulton Parker, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating.  Interment will be made in the new city cemetery.

Deceased was born in Fayette county, Dec. 16, 1871, and had resided in the county all his life.  He was united in marriage with Miss Emma Brendstetter, Dec. 17, 1895, who, with the following sons and daughters survive:  Elo Schaefer, La Grange; Mrs. Irene Hengst of Port Lavaca, Mrs. Elsie Perry of Houston, Mrs. Ottilie Decherd of San Antonio and Mrs. Annie Byerley of Stanton; brothers and sisters surviving are:  Henry, George, Gus and Emil Schaefer of La Grange; Mrs. Selma Carrol and Mrs. Ida Bollmeyer of La Grange.
Contributed by Rob Brown. Petersen photograph contributed by Barbara Boyd.


Weimar Mercury, 31 May 1918

Schulenburg Pioneer Dies.

Schulenburg, Texas, May 27.—Saturday saw the passing away of another pioneer citizen of this section in the death of Theodore Schaefer. Mr. Schaefer was born November 3, 1836, near Cassel, Germany; was united in marriage in 1861 to Miss Mund, immigrated to Texas in 1877, locating at Lyonsville, near Schulenburg. Mr. and Mrs. Schaefer celebrated their golden wedding at the home of their only son, H. A. Schaefer, in 1911. His remains were interred Sunday afternoon in the City Cemetery, Rev. Mr. Piepenbrok officiating. He is survived by his widow, one son, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.


La Grange Journal, 19 Decc 1918


Widow of Fritz Schernberg [sic.] Joins Him in Death

Mrs. Anna Schernberg, widow of Fritz Schernberg, died at Fayetteville Sunday, aged 76 years. Deceased emigrated from Germany about fifty years ago, and has resided in this county almost continuously since; her husband preceded her many years ago. She leaves several sons and daughters and many grand children, besides a host of friends to mourn her departure. The funeral was held Monday, the remains being taken to Shelby for interment.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Mar 1904, Zapp News column

Zapp, Texas. March 18th, 1904.

It pleased God Wednesday night the 16th at 11 o’clock to relieve a dear and beautiful young lady – Miss Laura Scharnberg from her 3 years suffering. In 1901 while teaching school at Schoenau 2 ½ miles from home she contracted a cold and cough, which brought on her death.

In 1900 she began the teacher’s career here at Zapp, Texas in the Willow Spring school, and throughout this vocation she was loved by her pupils and praised by the parents. Miss Laura attended the Denton Normals, and was studying for a permanent certificate, had her health not failed her this mountain summit would have been reached. At San Antonio and Comfort she with the aid of skilled physicians tried hard to regain her once robust health but alas, in vain!

A true Christian she surely was during all her suffering she laid her constant faith in the Father above; and of her many good books the Bible was her dearest. Laura bade all “Farewell” and her parting wish was “to never forget, and read the Bible.”

She attained the age of 25 years 7 months 17 days. Her good father preceded her in death on the 21st of Febuary [sic] 1898. This morning at 10 o’clock a large funeral procession of 50 equipages and many horse-men left her home for the Shelby cemetery where interment took place. Many who had feared being too late, had already assembled at the cemetery. Rev. Funning officiated. The grave was a mound of elegant flowers. A mother 6 brothers and 3 sisters remain to mourn the loss also many friends. By the dear relatives this is sorely felt. May God bless and comfort them. Our deepest sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 6 Aug 1898, page 8

Following close upon the heels of the sad death of Dr. Otto Schawe at Ammannsville last week, two more deaths occurred in the same family. The remains of Dr. Schawe had hardly been laid to rest when news of the death of his little daughter, Adeline, reached us. Adeline was about 2 years old, an affectionate, dutiful little child, the idol of her parents. Her death was indeed a crushing blow to the widowed mother and bereaved relatives and friends. Her remains were committed to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. At this time of this burial, Mrs. Marie Schawe [of Weimar], the mother of Dr. Otto Schawe, and grandmother of little Adeline, was very ill, and although every effort was made by physicians, relatives and friends to stay the hand of Death, it availed naught and at 3 p. m. the tired soul was wafted to its maker. Mrs. Schawe was a lady of many excellent traits, and the possessor of many friends where ever known. She was the wife of Mr. Henry Schawe and the mother of Mrs. E. Potthast, Mrs. Ch. Fahrenthold, Mr. Adolf [Schawe] and Mr. Albert Schawe. Her remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the Odd Fellows' cemetery. To the grief-stricken family, with its treble share of anguish, the heart of the writer goes out in the deepest sympathy. May God, the father of us all, comfort them, is our sincere wish.

Adeline Schawe, 11 Mar 1896-29 Jul 1898, was buried in the Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 30 July 1898

Dr. Otto Schawe, a well known physician of Ammannsville, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Schawe of this city, died at his home at Ammannsville Wednesday night. He was in apparent good health on that day. He came to Weimar that morning to see his mother, who was sick, remained until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, then returned home and went to see several patients, but kept up waiting on the sick until fully 11 o'clock p.m. Shortly after retiring for the night, his wife noticed him breathing heavily. She became alarmed and went to his side, but he was then in a dying condition, and lived only about ten minutes, his death being caused from heart failure. He was a young man of about 28 years, kind-hearted, generous, with a large practice, and the possessor of a large circle of friends. He leaves a wife and little daughter and many relatives and friends to mourn his death. His remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery this (Friday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. Our sincere sympathy is extended the family in its sad hour of bereavement.

Dr. Otto A. Schawe, 3 Mar 1871-28 Jul 1898, was buried in the Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Aug 1916


Tillie Scheel died September 25, 1915, age 36 years, 1 month, Ellinger.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, September 1927

Ferd. Schenk, Jr. Passes Away After Lingering Illness

A very beloved gentleman, Ferd. Schenk, Jr., passed quietly away at the family home in the High Hill section Friday morning at about 6 o’clock following an illness of about 3 year’s duration. His trouble was that he had no blood and nothing seemed to give it to him. He was in the hospital at San Antonio for some time and tried various things to recover his health but all to no avail.

Deceased was born in Germany, he came to this country with his parents some 40 years ago. They settled in this section where they remained. Mr. Schenk was a good farmer, he followed a farmers life, never moving to town. He was highly respected and beloved by everyone who knew him. He was honest and upright in his dealings with his fellowmen. He was a good Christian and faithful member of the High Hill Catholic church. He was an ideal husband and father, a splendid neighbor in every sense of the word.

Deceased would have been 55 years of age on Nov. 1st.

The remains were laid to rest Monday morning in the cemetery at High Hill, Father Gerlach officiating.

He is survived by his widow, six children, Emil, Willie, Joe, Mary, Martha and Minnie, by his mother, one brother, Charlie, three sisters, Mrs. Joe Winkler, and Mrs. P. Wendler of this section and Mrs. Schmidt of San Antonio.

To them the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy and condolence in this their great sorrow.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 8, 1906

THE JOURNAL regrets very much to chronicle the death of Joe Schenk late of Halletsville but for many years a resident of Schulenburg this county.  We clip the following from Tuesday’s Houston Post.

Halletsville, Tex., Nov. 5. – Joe Schenk died at his home here at an early hour this morning, after being confined to his bed but two days.  He had visited in Houston for some time, but his health became impaired and he returned to his old home here.  He came as a young man from Germany to Schulenburg ________ first started and was very popular there and wherever known, not having an enemy anywhere.  He was quite prominent in German society circles and an amateur actor of ability.  He will be buried by the Sons of Hermann.  He leaves a wife and three small children here, and an old father at Weimar.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 May 1910


Died at Freyburg, April 24, Anna Scheppen, age 35 years of cerebral hemorages [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, 28 Feb 1935


Last Thursday, 28 February 1935, funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange, and the last rites given to one who lived her entire life in Fayette County. Friends gathered with relatives, and interment was made at the New La Grange Cemetery. Rev. R. Heise officiated at the church and at the cemetery. Miss Anna Margreta Scherrer died Wednesday, 21 Feb 1935 at Park. Her remains were brought to the church the next morning. She had been ill several months.

Deceased was born to Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Scherrer at the pleasant old Scherrer home at Biegel 20 July 1851. Here she spent all her childhood days with her two brothers and four sisters, and friends. She lived in the old home until the death of her mother on 3 December 1904 at the age of 77 years. Miss Scherrer was always fond of flowers, animals and farm life. At the time of her demise, she was 83 years and 7 months of age.

Her father, Bernard Scherrer, one of the pioneer settlers of Biegel, Fayette county, was born at St. Gallen, Switzerland 6 March 1806. He came to America in 1829 and sailed from New York to Quebec, Canada and thence up the St. Lawrence River from Buffalo and thence by stage to St. Louis, Missouri. He went from St. Louis to New Orleans by boat down the Mississippi River. He then went by boat from New Orleans to Galveston Island where, later, the City of Galveston was built. From Galveston Island he came overland over the flower covered Texas prairies to Industry, Austin County arriving there in April 1833 and soon thereafter moved to Biegel, Fayette County where he died 15 November 1892.

Mr. Scherrer, when reminiscing, would relate of his trip down the Mississippi River; how the colonial plantation homes with their picturesque settings could be seen from aboard the boat on which he was travelling. On 6 February 1845, he married Miss Eliza Margaret Koch at Industry, Austin County, taking his bride horseback to Biegel, Fayette County. Of his life experiences, which he rarely recounted in his later years, were his school and college years in beautiful St. Gallen, later Texas as part of Mexico, then Texas as a Republic, and Texas as a State of the union, the War with Mexico, the Civil War, Indian raids and Reconstruction days, all woven in to make a life with many lovely, romantic, as well as dangerous and sad incidents, woven into his life experiences.

Miss Scherrer is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Knolle of San Antonio and nieces and nephews as follows: Dr. B. E. Knolle of Industry, W. B. Gehrels of Alice, B. H. Meinert of Columbus, J. A. Gehrels of Cibolo, Ms. Anne Scott of La Grange, Mrs. Ella Herzog of Goose Creek, L. Meinert of Hallettsville, A. H. Knolle of Sandia and Miss Buena Knolle of San Antonio.

Miss Scherrer enjoyed good health until the last few months of her life. In her last illness her nephews and nieces, W. B. Gehrels and wife, John Gehrels and wife, Mrs. Anna Scott and Mrs. Ella Herzog lovingly administered to all her wants. She was at the home of Mrs. Ella Scott where she lived since before the death of her sister, Mrs. Emelia Gehrels.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


Weimar Mercury, 12 Feb 1926, page 8


LaGrange, Texas, Jan. 29. — August Scherrer, 75 years old, a life-long resident of Fayette county, died at his home here after a short illness. His body was laid to rest in the new cemetery, the Rev. W. C. Tenney, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. His father, Bernard Scherrer, was the first justice of the peace and county commissioner of the Biegel precinct, his commission having been signed by Sam Houston. When the first district court in Texas was held under an oak tree in Columbus, Benard [sic.] Scherrer was one of the first selected to serve as a juror. Later, when Fayette county was created out of a portion of Bastrop and Colorado counties, he was elected to serve as a county commissioner.


Weimar Mercury, 3 Dec 1892, page 2

La Grange Journal:

Died, near Rutersville on the 15th, inst, Mr. B. Sherer [sic.], a Texas veteran, aged 82[?] years. The deceased had lived in Texas about 64 years. He participated in the struggle for Texas independence. He lived in this county for many years and was greatly respected by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and several grown children, to whom the Journal extends its sincere condolence.

Scherrer was buried in the Scherrer family cemetery, but later reinterred in the La Grange City Cemetery as part of the Fayette Power Plant relocation project.


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Oct 1921


Died near Round Top, September 2, of heart failure; Reinhard Schierzke, aged 2 months and 14 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Feb 1922, page 1

Schilhab BabybsxdghsxddΩ

The spirit of the little Schilhab baby only remained on this earth a few hours. The baby was born Wednesday night, Feb. 15th, and the spirit passed again to its maker a few hours afterwards.

The remains were laid to rest in the St. Rosa’s cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. Father Lenzen officiating. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the parents in their great sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, May 28, 1903


Schilling, Fred, sr., aged 79 years and 5 months, of intussusception near Nechanitz, May 20.


The Schulenburg Sticker, January 2, 1969

Charlie J. Schindler Succumbs Dec. 24

Charlie J. Schindler, retired butcher, passed away Tuesday night, December 24, in the Colonial Nursing Home, Inc., terminating an illness of six months. He had reached the age of 74 years, 5 months and 24 days.

Fuenral services were held Thursday morning, December 26, at 9 a.m. from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel with continued services at St. Rose Catholic Church at 9:15 a.m. Msgr. Hubert J. Janak presided at the services at the funeral home and Rev. Michael O’Gorman officiated at the Requiem Mass and graveside services. Burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Willie Farek Sr., Ray Kusey, Gilbert Winkler, Leo Dittrich, Walter Ripper and Edwin Janacek, legionnaires of American Legion Schulenburg Mc Bride Post #143 of which the deceased was a member.

A lifetime resident of Schulenburg, Mr. Schindler was born here July 25, 1894, as the son of the late Ignac and Emilie Stanzel Schindler. On December 24, 1927, he was united in marriage to Miss Viola Pfeil at the St. Rose Rectory by Rev. Leo Goertz. He was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church.

Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Klondyke (Selma) Sengelmann of this city and a nephew, I. J. Schindler of Kingsville.

He was preceded in death by his wife on November 21, 1964 and also by a brother, Frank Schindler.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, December 11, 1953

Ferd. K. Schindler Buried Wed.

Mr. F. K. Schindler, a pioneer settler and respected citizen, passed away at the family residence here in Schulenburg on Tuesday morning, December 8, at about 1:00 a.m. Mr. Schindler had been ill since last July and seriously ill for about the last two weeks.

The deceased was born as the son of Leopold and Virginia Schindler in Petersdorf, Austria, Europe, and came to this country with his parents when he was only six years of age. At the time of his death he was 90 years and one day old. The family landed by boat at Galveston, and traveled by train to Columbus and then by oxen wagon to what was known as Company Field, in the Middle Creek section, where they made their home. At about the age of 16, the parents of the deceased died. For two years he made his home with an aunt and uncle and then moved to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ferd Billimek, where he lived for nine years. On October 13, 1891, he was united in marriage to Agnes Beyer at High Hill with Father Kirch performing the wedding ceremony.

For a time Mr. Schindler operated a business at Engle and later operated a saloon at High Hill for many years. In 1901, the family moved to Schulenburg and Mr. Schindler operated a saloon and domino hall here for a number of years. For the past number of years he has been retired from active business. He was one of the original stock holders in the First National Bank here and served on the board of directors for many years. He was a devout member of the St. Rose Catholic Church; a member of the St. Augustine Society of the St. Rose Church and a member of the St. Joseph’s Society of the St. Mary’s Church of High Hill.

Funeral services for Mr. Schindler were held from the family residence here at 9:30 a. m., on Wednesday, December 9, 1953, with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church. Interment was in the St. Rose Cemetery. Father Leo Goertz officiated at the last rites.

Members of the St. Augustine Society and St. Joseph Society acted as pall bearers.

His wife preceded him in death in 1946 and one brother also preceded him in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Miss Clara Schindler of Schulenburg; two sons, Hugo and Otto of Sugar Land; and one sister, Mrs. Anna Orts of Dallas.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Mar 1903


Mr. Frank Schindler who has been a resident of Schulenburg since 1871 died at his Schulenburg home at 8:30 p. m. Monday night March the 10th [sic.] after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Schindler was born in Germany Nov. the 17th, 1828 and immigrated to this country when a young man bringing with him his wife and family. He settled down soon after his arrival in the United States near Schulenburg in which community he has since resided, he having until recent years been engaged in farming in which business he acquired a competence and then removed here to spend the evening of his life. He is survived by a wife and seven children to whom the sympathy of the community is extended. Mr. Schindler was buried in the Catholic Cemetery at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday March the 11th, the funeral services having been conducted by Rev. Father Mathis and witnessed by a host of friends.

Note: March 10, 1903 was a Tuesday. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, March 25, 1971

Frank Schindler Of Schulenburg Succumbs at 88

Funeral services were held Thursday at Schulenburg for Frank Schindler, 88-year-old father of Anton Schindler, who died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, March 17, in Youens Hospital here.

He had been in the hospital about two weeks for treatment of a back injury, but he died of a heart condition that developed two days before his death, apparently unrelated to the back ailment.

Services were held at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.  Rev. O’Callahan and Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Mr. Schindler, a Schulenburg merchant for many years, was born April 14, 1882, in Fayette County, near Weimar, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schindler Sr. Except for seven years in Palo Pinto County, he was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

He attended St. Edward’s College in Austin and taught school at Middle Creek for several years. In 1919 he went to work at Wolters Mercantile Co. in Schulenburg and later was in business for himself until retiring 10 years ago. He was a member of St. Augustine and St. Joseph societies.

His wife, the former Antonio Holub, whom he married in 1914 at Dubina, died in May 1969. Five months ago he lost a son, Frank. He was also preceded in death by another son, Leo, 11 years ago, and a grandson, Glenn Schindler, in 1964.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. G. T. Williams of Lubbock; a son, Anton Schindler of Weimar; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Hugo Koenig, Harvey Bartosh, Albert Holub, Richard Williams, Henry Klesel and Alfred Kahlich.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, August 18, 1960

Last Rites Are Read For Frank Schindler

Frank I. Schindler of Weslaco passed away on August 3, 1960 in the Mercedes General Hospital in Mercedes. He had been in ill health for the past eight years but was confined to bed only two days prior to his death.

Mr. Schindler, employed by the Valley Saw and Knife Works in Weslaco, was born August 12, 1892, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ignatz Schindler. On January 5, 1917 he was united in marriage to Lillian Stella Heisler at Hallettsville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church at Weslaco and of the local union there. At the time of his death, he was 67 years, eleven months and twenty-two days.

Funeral services were conducted at the Weldon Martin Funeral Home at Weslaco at 10 a.m. Friday morning, August 5 with Brother Ray Turner, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating. The body was brought to Schulenburg overland Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, August 6 services were conducted at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Brother Henry Smith officiated and burial was in the City Cemetery in Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Henry Bohlmann, Daniel and Leroy Schindler, Alfred Schindler Jr., Charlie Bohlmann and Gilbert Winkler.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Schindler of Weslaco; a son, Ira James Schindler of Kingsville; a sister, Mrs. Selma Senglemann and a brother, Charlie J. Schindler, both of Schulenburg.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 30 Aug 1905

Mr. Ignaz Schindler, a well known citizen of Schulenburg, died last week, aged about 40 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Hallettsville Herald, August 31, 1905, Page 5

Mr. Ignaz Schindler, one of our highly esteemed citizens, died at his residence at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday August 22, after an illness of only a few days, and his remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery the following day at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Schindler was born in Austria, July 29, 1866, has been a citizen of Schulenburg for the past twenty-five years, he having been in the butcher business all that time. Deceased leaves a wife, two sons and one daughter, Frank, Charles and Selma, two brothers and three sisters, Messrs Joseph and Louis and Mesdames Frank Freeman, Louis Keclick and Chas. Berger and a number of other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely demise, to whom the Sticker begs to extend its sincere sympathy. Mr. Schindler was a member of the Sons of Hermann and the Knights of Honor.—Schulenburg Sticker.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1938, page 1


Mr. Jos. H. Schindler, the aged father of Mrs. Jos. E. Wick of this community, died at the family residence near Schulenburg Monday of last week. He was a native of Austria, born in 1860, and came to this country at the age of 20 years, aboard the Hanover, from Bremen, Germany. The ship landed at Galveston April 26, 1880. Mr. Schindler first settled at Weimar, remaining here two years, then moved to Schulenburg, where the remainder of his life was spent. Four years after coming to this country he was united in marriage to Miss Otillie Kunz. During his long life he was ever regarded as a good, useful citizen, glad to help his fellow-man whenever and wherever he could. He was a devout member of the Catholic Church, and lived the life of a consistent Christian man.

Funeral services were held in St. Rose Church, followed by interment in St. Rose Cemetery, Rev. Leo Goertz officiating.

Pall bearers were his grandsons, Leo, Herbert, Joe and Robert Wick. Joe, Fred and Louis Russek and J. T. Schindler.

Surviving are his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Joe E. Wick of Weimar, Mrs. Ed Russek of Schulenburg, Miss Adela Schindler, at home; three sons, Joe of Schulenburg, Fred of Wharton, and Alfred, at home; two sisters Mrs. Louis Keclik of Victoria and Mrs. Chas. Berger of San Antonio; and twenty-five grandchildren.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Apr 1905


On Friday the 21st, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Joe Schindler, aged forty-five, peacefully passed away at her home in Gonzales. Her remains were brought to Schulenburg and tenderly laid to rest in the city cemetery, Rev. Bohmfalk officiating. The members of the Woodmen Circle rendered several appropriate selections. The floral contribution was most beautiful, indeed.

Mrs. Schindler was a sister of Mr. Ignaz Russek and a sister-in-law of Mr. F. K. Schindler of this city. She leaves a husband and four daughters, Mrs. Ed. Herzik of Engle, Mrs. Chas. Herder of Weimar and Misses Elza and Lola, and one son, Master Ed, and a host of relatives to mourn her loss, to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, March 3, 1950

Mrs. E. Schindler Passes Away

Mrs. Emilia Schindler, age 84 years, eleven months and twenty-six days, passed away at her home here on Sunday, February 26, following three weeks of illness. Mrs. Schindler fell and injured her hip and this caused her death.

Emilia Stanzel was born in Poland-Austria, on March 5, 1865, as the daughter of Frank and Theresia Stanzel, and the family came to America when she was six years of age. They settled in this section and Mrs. Stanzel has lived in Schulenburg since that time. She was united in marriage to Ignaz Schindler in 1894, with the ceremony taking place here. Mr. Schindler passed away in 1905.

Mrs. Schindler was a good Christian mother, a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and of the O. D. H. S. Sister Lodge. A very active person all of her life, she was always busy about the place, yet she and time for a friendly word and a neighborly deed whenever it was needed.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, February 28, at 9:30 a. m. from the family home with Rev. Leo. Goertz officiating. Interment was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Edwin Stanzel, Frank C. Stanzel, Jr., Henry Bohlmann, Charlie Bohlmann, Joe Stanzel, and Frank J. Stanzel, all nephews of the deceased.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Selma Sengelmann of this city; two sons, Frank Schindler of Weslaco and Charlie Schindler of Schulenburg; one grandson, I. J. Schindler of Weslaco; one sister, Mrs. Paul Bohlmann of Schulenburg; two brothers, Charlie Stanzel of Aransas Pass and Frank C. Stanzel of this city. Her parents, and four brothers preceded her in death

Emilia was born in Pohl, Austria; the daughter of Frank and Theresia Anders Stanzel. Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1947, page 5

Mrs. J. P. Schindler Buried Last Week At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe P. Schindler, 85, mother of Mrs. Ottilia Wick of Weimar, were held from the family residence near Schulenburg Wednesday morning, April 16, with subsequent services at St. Rose Catholic Cemetery with Rev. Leo Goertz officiating.

Mrs. Schindler, nee Ottillia Kunz, was born Nov. 2, 1862, in Austria, coming to this country with her parents when she was 18. The remainder of her life was spent in the Schulenburg area, where the family settled.

Mrs. Schindler, whose husband died nine years ago, is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ottilia Wick of Weimar, Mrs. Amelia Russek of Houston and Della Schindler of Schulenburg; two sons, Fred P. of Sealy, and Alfred of Schulenburg; one brother, one sister, 25 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. One son died in 1945.

Pallbearers were grandsons Fred and Joe Wick, Leo and E. J. Russek, Alfred, Ervin and Leroy Schindler. Herbert-Wick of Weimar was one of the honorary pallbearers.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 May 1902

Robert, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Schindler, after an illness of a few days died Tuesday morning and his remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at High Hill at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, the Rev. Father Gallach officiating. The sympathies of the entire community are extended the bereaved parents.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 4, 1982

R. Schindler Funeral Held, Schulenburg

Funeral services for Mrs. Alfred J. (Rose) Schindler, 84, of Route 1, Schulenburg, were held Saturday, Jan. 9, from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Rev. Jim Barlow and Rev. Arnold Anders officiated.

Mrs. Schindler died January 6 at St. Luke’s Hospital, San Antonio, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Jan. 20, 1897, in Weimar, a daughter of Joseph and Maria (Schilhab) Kasper, and was married to Alfred J. Schindler on Jan. 11, 1921, in Weimar.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wilbert (Marie) Skarke of San Antonio; four sons, Leroy Schindler of Schulenburg, Alfred E. of Columbus, Francis of Houston and Daniel of San Antonio; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Bertha) Anders of Weimar, Mrs. Joe (Mary) Wanja of Columbus and Mrs. Adolph (Martha) Beck of San Antonio; and a brother, Edmund Kasper of Schulenburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by three brothers, Joe, Steve and John Kasper, all of Weimar.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 April 1917, page 1

Mrs. Rosalia Schindler

Mrs. Rosalia Schindler, nee Benec, was born in Batchendorf, Austria, May 29, 1827. They came to this country April 26, 1881, landing at Galveston and located near Weimar the first two years before coming to Schulenburg where they lived until after the death of her husband fourteen years ago. Since that time her home has been with Louis Kretslik at Victoria.

Besides her husband, one son, Ignac Schindler, preceded her to the beautiful beyond in 1905. Her five surviving children are Alois Schindler of Moulton; Jos. H. Schindler, Schulenburg; Anna Freeman, Glidden; Paulina Kretslik, Victoria; Emelia Berger, San Antonio; twenty-eight grand-children; seven great-grand children.

She was laid to rest [missing text] Rosa cemetery in this city [missing text] day afternoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, November 26, 1964

Last Rites Held for Mrs. Charles Schindler

Mrs. Charlie Schindler, age 68 years, succumbed in the Youens Hospital at Weimar Saturday, November 21, after having been in ill health since April of this year.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Monday, November 23, at 8:45 a.m. with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Rev. Eugene Nee officiated at the Requiem Mass and burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Schindler, nee Viola Pfeil, was born at Shiner on July 15, 1896, as the daughter of the late Charlie and Louise Pfeil. She was united in marriage to Charlie Schindler on December 24, 1927 at the St. Rose Rectory and since their marriage the couple has resided in Schulenburg. She had been a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, the Altar Society and American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors are her husband, Charlie Schindler and a sister, Mrs. Rudolph (Dorothy) Roeder, both of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Edmund Pfeil Jr. of Shiner, D. V. Glass of Kilgore, Alton Stanzel of Gonzales, Frank Stanzel of Franklin, La., Alfred Schindler Sr. and Leo Dittrich of Schulenburg.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Undated news clipping

Round Top Parents Given Details on Death of Son

A fall down an open hatch during a night air attack caused the death of Benjamin C. Schlabach, S1-c, according to a letter received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benno Schlabach of Round Top, from the youth's commanding officer, Capt. F. Ken Loomis of the U.S.S. Napa.

"While we were in the forward area on August 7, 1945, your son was injured while manning his battle station during an enemy air raid," Capt. Loomis wrote. "The ship was blacked out and he fell through an open hatch landing on the deck about 14 feet below. In his fall he fractured his skull and was taken immediately to sick bay where our doctors did everything possible to save him. He died about an hour later, never regaining consciousness.

"A military funeral was held for him aboard ship the next morning with full military honors. Then his body was taken ashore and delivered to the army grave registration service for burial in an American cemetery."

The writer enclosed a list of the pall bearers, firing squad and bugler as well as a photograph taken at the funeral service. Also, a flag which draped the casked is being sent by the chaplain, he said.

"There is little that anyone can say at a time like this," Capt. Loomis wrote. "I hope it may console you, however, to know that your son carried on his duties in keeping with the high traditions of the naval service. During his time with us he had won many friends among his shipmates."

Mr. and Mrs. Schlabach also received many letters from their son's shipmates expressing deepest respect for their son and their sorrow at this passing.

News of death was received several weeks ago but no details were given at the time other than he was buried at Okinawa.

Contributed by Curvey and Jean Weber.
See photo of grave at WWII Casualties page.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Nov 1908


News was received here Tuesday that Mrs. Chas. Schlebach of High Hill had died at 3 o’clock after a short illness.

Interment took place Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Catholic cemetery under the auspices of the Catholic church of which she was a devout member. Father Gerlach officiated.

Mrs. Schlebach was only 25 years of age and her untimely death is deplored by all her relatives and friends. A husband and four small children are left desolate and motherless. The Sticker joins the many friends of the family in extending sincere condolence to the bereaved ones.

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1908, page 1


Died near Schulenburg, Nov. 25, Mrs. Chas. Schlabach, age 25 years of plenio pneumonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 30 Apr 1891, page 2

LaGrange Journal: Mr. George Schlebach, a resident of High Hill, committed suicide last Monday. From all the Journal has been able to ascertain, no one is able to account for the cause of the rash act. He leaves a widow and several children to mourn his untimely demise.


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Aug 1902


Miss Bettie Schlottmann, daughter of L. Schlottmann, deceased, died on Aug. the 8th at the age of twenty-three years in San Antonio of consumption. The remains were shipped to Schulenburg where the funeral took place August 9th, from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Beniker. The Sticker extends to her relatives its sympathy and condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 10 Jan 1913, page 2

Woman Killed by Gravel Train

La Grange, Texas, Jan. 3. — Mrs. Friedrich Schlottmann was run over by the Katy gravel train at the Halstead gravel pit, near Halstead, and killed on the 1st instant.

it is not known eactly how the accident happened, but it is supposed that as Mrs. Schlottmann was hard of hearing the train backed upon her unawared as she was crossing the track to get some horses from a pasture.

The funeral took place Thursday at Cedar, where the family formerly lived.

Emma Schlottmann was buried at the Black Jack Springs Cemetery.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Sep 1901


Mr. Louis Schlottmann, who was born in Germany about sixty years ago and for many years a familiar figure on the streets of Schulenburg, thoroughly identified with the progress of the town, ever ready to assist in its growth and improvement, a benevolent citizen, devoted husband and an indulgent father, died at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Anton Beniker, Friday night Aug. 30th and his remains were interred in the city cemetery at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the last sad rites having been conducted by the Masonic and Hermann Son’s societies of which orders he was a consistent member. Mr. Schlottmann had not enjoyed good health for many months, it having become necessary sometime ago for him to surrender his position with the Baumgarten Oil Mill, with which he was associated in responsible capacities, for approximately twenty years, after which he devoted his attention to the care of his personal interest and the extension of his general information, he having been very much interested in scientific study. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The Sticker begs to extend its sympathy to the bereaved family.

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Mr. Fred Schlottmann of near Moulton was here last Saturday to attend the funeral of his brother Louis Schlottmann.

[elsewhere in same issue]

Mr. Louis Schlottmann who died in Schulenburg Friday night and Mr. George McClennon [sic] who died at Freyburg Saturday night were brother-in-laws [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 23 March, 1898

Shot Himself

LaGrange, Tex., March 22—Mr. Wm. Schlottman, a prominent German farmer living about nine miles north of here, committed suicide last night by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. Deceased lost his wife about two years ago and has been despondent up to the present time.

Weimar Mercury, 2 Apr 1898, page 6

Warrenton, Texas, march 22.—William Schlottmann, a well to do farmer, living between this place and Oldenburg, shot and killed himself late yesterday evening. The deceased has been despondent ever since the death of his wife, which occurred a few years ago, and had already made several attempts to commit suicide. He leaves three children, the eldest 14 years of age. An inquest will be held.

Dallas Morning News obituary contributed by Debbie Hanson

Mrs. Henry SCHMAND

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 June 1917

Mrs. Henry Schmand Dead

Tuesday morning when Henry Schmand went off duty at the oil mill, he found his wife dead from heart failure on the back porch of their home. Mrs. Schmand had not been in the best of health for some time, but had not complained of feeling any worse when he went to work the evening before.

Mrs. Schmand was born in Betsdorf. Germany, May 30, 1852, and united in marriage there to Henry Schmand, January 25, 1879. In 1884 they came to this country and for thirty-four years have made their home in Schulenburg.

The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Raeke and burial took place in the City cemetery. Mrs. Schmand is survived by her husband and by one brother in Germany.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Oct 1921


Died at Winchester, Aug. 25, C. H. Schmidt; cancer of the stomach.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 6 Jul 1898

Mr. George Schmidt, a brother of Mrs. Dr. F. W. Kaiser and Miss Tillie Schmidt of Flatonia, and Joe De George were drowned at Houston on June 26th. Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Joe De George were in bathing, when Mr. De George was seized with cramp, and Mr. Schmidt went to his rescue, when both were drowned.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1916

George Schmidt, a popular young farmer of the Swiss Alp section, died, Saturday, and the funeral services were held Monday. He leaves a wife and a year-old babe. The funeral services were attended by friends from all over the county and surrounding sections.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 5 Oct 1928, page 7


Cuero, Texas, Sept. 27.—Death came suddenly to Herbert W. Schmidt, prominent pharmacist of Cuero and a trusted employe [sic.] for a number of years of the E. O. Kunitz Drug Store, an acute attack of indigestion suffered soon after he had opened up the store Wednesday morning resulting fatally shortly before 10 o'clock, at the hospital where he was rushed immediately after he was stricken.

It was announced Wednesday afternoon that the remains will be sent to LaGrange where interment will be made by the side of the deceased's wife whose tragic death from an auto accident occurred about a year ago.


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 April 1913


Herman George Schmidt, Warda, aged 2 years, 9 months, 25 days, accidental arsenic poisoning.

Submitted by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Monday, June 7, 1971

Schmidt rites held Friday

Funeral services were held Friday, June 4, at 2:00 P.M. at the Warrenton Lutheran church for Louis H. Schmidt of Route 2, Fayetteville.  Rev. Donald W. Elzey officiated, and burial was in the Haw Creek Cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home.

Mr. Schmidt died last Wednesday in Fayette Memorial Hospital. He was 70.

Born in Haw Creek on October 19, 1900, he was a son of Rudolph and Gesine Keilers Schmidt.  He was united in marriage with Alma Stork on November 6, 1924, in Round Top.  A retired farmer and member of the Sons of Herman, he was a lifelong resident of the Haw Creek community.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Kervin E. of Houston and Nelson M. of Columbus; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Cordes of Lincoln, Mrs. Elda Steenken of Stockdale, and Mrs. Alvin (Lydia) Galle of Willow Springs; two brothers, Wallie Schmidt of Willow Springs and Milton W. Schmidt of La Grange; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Verline, four brothers, and one sister.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 27, 1957

Miss Schmidt dies in Houston

Miss Valeska Schmidt, 78, of Houston died Monday in Houston.  She was born December 9, 1878 in Fayette County, the daughter of Theodore F. H. and Pauline F. Weyel Schmidt.

Funeral services were held June 19 at 5 PM at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mason Schmidt, a nephew of Houston, survives her.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

William Schmidt of Warda, died August 13.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, October, 1965


Mrs. Ella Christina Munke Schmitt died Wednesday in a Sugarland hospital.  She had reached the age of 83 years, 11 months, and nine days.

Mrs. Schmitt, daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Albrecht Munke, was born on October 27, 1881 at Ammansville.  She was married to George Schmitt in 1919 and had made her home Freyburg most of her life except for the last 10 months when she lived with her daughter in Stafford.  Her husband passed away in October 1930.

Funeral Services have been tentatively set for Friday afternoon and burial will be in the Williams Creek cemetery.  Other arrangements will be announced by Koenig Funeral Home.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Paul Stichler and Miss Esther Schmitt of Stafford and Mrs. Albert Kneibel of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Oeding of La Grange, and seven grandchildren.

Contributed by John Todd Koenig


La Grange Journal, February 10, 1881

Joseph Schmisterla, in company (smudged line) orphan child which lived with him, was returning home, last Saturday, from Schulenburg in his wagon, when he came to the Navidad river, it was up from the heavy rain of that day. Schmisterla had been drinking some at High Hill, and had two kegs of beer with him. In spite of the earnest protestations of friends who were on the bank and tried to keep from going into the stream, he dove in. The wagon was turned over by the current and the child catching him around the neck they both were drowned. The team also was lost. The child’s body was found about a mile below. S’s body had not been recovered on Monday when we had heard from the disaster.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Feb 1929

Little Girl Dies

The little six-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Schnaubelt, Annie, passed quietly away at the family home near High Hill at 2 o'clock Monday morning on 4 February 1929. She was born 18 March 1923.

The little girl had been suffering very much the last year owing to weakness of her heart. The little body was laid to rest in the Cedar Cemetery Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Moebus of La Grange officiated. The Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents in their great sorrow.


The La Grange Journal, March 6, 1972

Conrad E. Schnaubelt

Funeral services for Conrad E. Schnaubelt, 71, of La Grange, were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating.  Interment was in the Cedar Cemetery.  Mr. Schnaubelt, a retired construction worker, passed away Friday, 3 March 1972 in Fayette Memorial Hospital.  Born in Dubina on October 26, 1900, he was married to the former Lydia Mueller.  He was a World War II Veteran and was employed by the Texas Highway Department for 30 years.  He had resided in La Grange the past 6 years.  Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Thomas (Helen) Wade and Mrs. Donald (Geneva) Donham, both of Angleton; four sons: Werner of Syracuse, New York, Walter and Gerald of Houston, and Melvin of Bay City; and 22 grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, December 14, 1934

Poor Little Girl, Aged 10 Years, Dies of Pneumonia

Gertrude Schnaubelt, aged 10, passed from this world last Thursday in the La Grange hospital. This little girl was ill for several weeks and then pneumonia developed. She was carried to the La Grange Hospital where everything possible was done, an operation performed and a rib removed so that the lung could be treated better, but in vain.

Mr. Schnaubelt is a hard working man with a large family and a good man but his earnings are hardly sufficient to keep the family supplied with their needs and pay rent and Doctor bills. Here is a family of seven people who could be helped a lot by people who want to help someone who needs help. Remember, this man is a good, honest, honorable man, a hard working man, but continued sickness and distress have wrecked havoc in their lives. This is the second child that they have lost in death. Surely the hearts of every person who reads this goes out in sympathy to these people. The milk of human kindness that flows in the veins of God’s creation, should move us to greater and nobler things.

This little girl’s body was laid to rest in the Cedar Cemetery, Reverend Moebus officiating. She is survived by her grief stricken parents, one sister, Helen; three brothers, Werner, Walter and Melvin, and the aged grandmother.

May God in His infinite mercy provide better and brighter days for these poor people.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The La Grange Journal, 9 Jun 1927

Aged Man Dies

Vincent Schnaubelt, aged 78 years, 5 months and 28 days, died at the home of his son, Conrad Schnaubelt near Plum late Wednesday afternoon of last week, 1 June 1927, and on Thursday afternoon his remains were buried at the Cedar Cemetery, by the side of his wife who preceded him several years ago. He was born 2 February 1849.

Deceased came to America in the year 1861, from his birth-place in Austria, and was united in marriage with Johanna Meier in the year 1872, his wife was also a former citizen of Austria. After the death of Mrs. Schnaubelt, he made his home with his son, on the farm near Plum.

Rev. A.E. Moebus officiated at the funeral ceremonies and a number of neighbors and friends were present to assist in the last rites. May he rest peacefully.


Weimar Mercury, 13 Nov 1935, page 1


Mrs. Chas. Schneider, wife of a well known farmer of the Holman community, died last sunday from a cerebral hemorrhage, and the funeral took place Tuesday morning at the Holman Catholic Cemetery, with Rev. A. Raska officiating.

She was 48 years old, and the mother of several children. She was highly regarded by the people of the Holman community, and her death is sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Colorado Citizen, 29 Dec 1892


This neighborhood was placed in a considerable excitement when the sad tidings reached us about the killing of Mr. Henry Schneider of this neighborhood by Mr. Chas. Spiegel of Ellinger, which sad affair took place at Ellinger, Sunday, 18th inst., at about 7 o'clock, p.m. It seems as if the two parties were involved in a difficulty apparently about some whiskey, which Mr. Schneider demaded [sic.] from Spiegel. After Schneider expressed indigantion and making a few suspicious and threatening motions, Spiegel seized his pistol and fired upon Mr. Schneider, the bullet entering his breast. Schneider ran out of the saloon immediately after he was shot toward the lumber yard, when he fell and exclaimed to some friends who were coming that way, "I am shot." They picked him up and carried him back to the saloon, and provided a bed, where he received medical treatment, but in vain; he breathed his last about 11 o'clock same night. Mr. Schneider was a native of this county, an honest, industrious and esteemed farmer, who was known to possess many good qualities. He leaves a wife and four children, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn his early demise. Mr. Spiegel is the barkeeper of Mr. H. Meyer of Ellinger, who was known as a clever and reliable young man. His bond was placed at $1,000. [Interred at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Ellinger]


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 May 1910


Died near Round Top, May 17, Hulda Justine Schneider, age 20 years, 7 months and 13 days, of suicide by gunshot.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, 19 Feb 1931


This entire community and friends and relatives in every section of the county were sadened when the news spread that another of the old and beloved citizens had passed away. This time Mrs. William Schneider Sr. Mrs. Schneider had been in feeble health at frequent intervals for several years, but her death which occurred Friday Feb. 13th was sudden and unexpected.

Mrs. Josephine Schneider, (nee Koehl) was born February 20, 1856 in Colorado County near Fayetteville; at the time of her death had reached the age of 74 years, 11 months and 23 days.

She is survived by one son Louise of Temple, five daughters, Mrs. Leo Becker of Ellinger, Mrs. Joe Stein of Frelsburg, Mrs. H. B. Gresser of Fayetteville, Mrs. Tom Jasek of Rock Hill, Miss Hilda at home, one daughter-in-law Mrs. Wm. Schneider Jr. (a widow and her four children made their home with Mrs. Schneider) beside the above she has 12 other grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Mary Ferich of Taylor and a brother Mr. Emil Koehl of El Campo to mourn her death.

Her husband preceeded her in death about 8 months ago. One son died during infancy and William Jr. died Nov. 6th, 1925.

Her remains were taken to the Catholic Church at Hostyn [Hill] Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., Feb. 15, where fathers Stindle of Frelsburg and Klebouk of Hostyn, both preaching an eloquent funeral sermon in the English and German language. After which her remains were buried in the cemetery near the Church of which Mrs. Schneider was a faithful member. Although a slow rain was falling, a number of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last respect to the dead.

Her grave was covered with a profusion of rare and beautiful floral offerings.

Rest for the toiling hand,
Rest for the anxious brow,
Rest for the weary way-sore feet,
Rest from all labor now.

To the mourner's we extend our sincerest sympathy.

La Grange Journal, 19 Feb 1931, p. 6.

Mrs. Laura Forres, Agent and Correspondent


On Friday, February 13, 1931, Mrs. Josephine Schneider, nee Koehl, breathed her last.  The venerable lady had been in ill health for several weeks but none of those near her suspected that her departure was so near at hand.  She had taken her noon meal in her rocker as usual and at four o’clock in the afternoon requested assistance to go to her bedroom.  She died painlessly and almost instantly when she lay down upon her bed. Thus ended the life of one who had toiled ceaselessly and who lived honorably.

She was born in Colorado county, near Fayetteville, February 20, 1856; at the age of 27 years she was wedded to Wm. Schneider and resided on the Schneider estate continuously thereafter.  Out of their union eight children were born, of whom six survive.  Her husband preceded her in death eight months; one son Robert, died in infancy and Wm. Jr., died in 1925 at the age of 39 years.

Surviving are a son Louis of Temple, and five daughters:  Mrs. Leo A. Becker of Ellinger, Mrs. Joe H. Stein of Frelsburg, Mrs. Tom Jasak and H. B. Gresser of Fayetteville, and Miss Hilda at home.  Also one daughter-in-law, Mrs. William Schneider, Jr.; a sister Mrs. Mary Frerichs of Taylor, who has been confined to her bed for a year, and a brother Emil Koehl of El Campo, besides sixteen grandchildren.

Revs. Fathers Klobouk and Stindle conducted the funeral and interment took place in the Catholic cemetery at Hostin near Ellinger, on Sunday, February 15.

In spite of adverse weather a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay their final respects to the departed.  May her memory be cherished by all whom she left behind to mourn her departure.

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Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mrs. Josephine Schneider were Mr. and Mrs. Emil Koehl, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Koehl, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Koehl and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Buenger of El Campo, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Carle and Mrs. F. Glithero of Glidden; Otto and Albert Frerichs and Miss Ida Frerichs of Taylor, Louis Schneider of Temple and a number of friends from Columbus.

N. B. Josephine Koehl was the eldest child and daughter of Francois Joseph Koehl and his wife, Walburga Kessler, immigrants from Saint-Amarin, Haut Rhin, Alsace, France, who married at Frelsburg in 21 Feb 1854.  She was born 20 Feb 1856 at Ross Prairie, according to the church records, and baptized by Rev. V. Gury (as #425 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Frelsburg, baptism register) on 6 April 1856.   For information on her Koehl ancestors, consult Robert Behra’s site on Geneanet:  “Robert Behras’s relatives with roots in Alsace, Lorraine and Saarland”. Contributed by Judy Koehl


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1916


Sophie Schnieder [sic.], died Oct 9, age 1 year, 1 month and 13 days, near LaGrange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 21, 1963

Funeral services were held Tuesday at La Grange for Mrs. Gus R. Schneider, 59, sister of Jerry Hayek of Weimar.

The former Miss Sophie Hayek, she died Sunday at Fayette Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, June 19, 1930, p. 6


On Monday, June 16, Wm. Schneider of Fayetteville shut his eyes in eternal sleep at a hospital in Temple, bringing to a close a most useful and honorable life.

Deceased was well known for the active part he had taken in school affairs and politics concerning the welfare of his county and community.

Mr. Schneider was born and reared near Hostyn at Live Oak Hill and attained the age of 73 years 6 months and 4 days, having first seen the light of day December 12, 1856. Upon attaining manhood he conducted a store at Ellinger and then engaged in farming and the cattle raising industry. 

At the age of twenty-six he was joined in wed-lock with Miss Josephine Koehl, and their union was blessed with eight children, two of whom preceded him in death; a son William, Jr., died November 6, 1925 at the age of 39 years, and another son Robert, died in infancy.

Surviving him are his deeply mourning wife, Mrs. Wm. H. Schneider, Jr., of Fayetteville, Mrs. Leo Becker of Ellinger, Mrs. H. B. Gresser of Fayetteville, Mrs. J. H. Stein of Frelsburg, Louis Schneider of Temple, Mrs. Tom Jasek and Miss Hilda Schneider of Fayetteville.  Also two sisters Mrs. Joe Munsch of Fayetteville, and Mrs. Gerh. Oeker of Rowena, and fifteen grandchildren.  

May he sleep as serenely as he labored conscientiously.

Contributed by Judy Koehl


Fayette County Record, Friday, September 7, 2010

Funeral services were held for Raymond Schobel, 72, of Ellinger Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger with burial at the church cemetery.

Schobel died Sept. 2, 2010 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 5, 1937 in Shaws Bend, the son of Jennie Jacob and Valasta (Shimek) Schobel. He was a lifetime resident of the Shaws Bend area. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger and Woodmen of the World in Columbus.

Survivors are a brother, Oscar Lee Schobel, Sr. of Weimar; nephew, Carl Schobel and wife Danon of Magnolia and Oscar Lee Schobel, Jr. and wife Susan of Smithville; nieces, Barbara Rainosek and husband Joe of Schulenburg and Donna Knesek of Tomball.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 30 May 1963, page 8

Theodore Schobel, Ellinger Native, Dies in Houston

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in Jecmenek funeral home in Ellinger for Theodore Otto Schobel, 49, who died in his sleep at his home in Houston May 21. The Rev. H. E. Beseda of Bellville officiated and burial was in the La Grange cemetery beside his wife.

He was born in Ellinger May 6, 1914, a son of Max and Metz Poenitzsch Schobel. He was a veteran of World War II, and in December, 1950, he married Alma Cooper, who died in August, 1960.

Survivors besides a stepson, Flournoy Jeffries of Houston and 3 step grandchildren are 5 sisters, Mrs. Martin Urban of San Antonio, Mrs. Steve Urban of Holman, Mrs. Clemens Fehmer of Houston, Mrs. Elo Elsik of Edinburg, and Mrs. Adolph Skalitsky of Donna; 3 brothers, Harry Schobel of Ellinger, Robert Schobel of Victoria, and Oswald Schobel of columbus; nieces and nephews.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 30, 1900

Mrs. Sophie Schoenberg of Fayetteville died of typhoid fever last Friday and was buried in Round Top cemetery on Saturday.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 12, 1933

Anton Scholtz Dies

Ill with rheumatism for several months, and his illness increased by other afflictions, Anton Scholz of near Rutersville died Wednesday afternoon, at the age of 61 years, 7 months and 29 days.  The funeral was held Thursday, with interment at the Rutersville cemetery.

Deceased is survived by his widow and the following children:  Louis, Anton, Jr., Lee and Edgar; two children preceded the father in infancy.  Brothers who survive are:  Emil Scholtz, La Grange, Walter, Frank, and Will of near La Grange and Mat Scholtz of Walhalla; sisters surviving are:  Mrs. Clara Schottmann, Oldenburg.

The Journal extends to the surviving relatives its sincere sympathy; Anton Scholtz was one of those plain, honest, farmer citizens, who enjoyed the respect and good will of everyone.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Jan 1913


Daniel Scholtz, age 39 yrs., 7 mo., intestinal obstruction, Walhalla.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 July 1916

Route Three

The baby boy of Chas. Schoner and wife died Friday morning and was buried Saturday morning in the Schulenburg Catholic cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, October 23, 1941

Mrs. Lena Schott

Mrs. Lena Schott, wife of Emil Schott, La Grange, Rt. 2, died Monday, Oct 20, aged 79 years, 9 months and 25 days.  Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock, in the George Kroll Funeral Home, Rev. R. Heise officiating. Interment was in the new city cemetery, Kroll Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Schott, whose maiden name was Lena Stoecker, was born at Warrenton, Texas, Dec. 25, 1861; she was united in marriage with Emil Schott in La Grange, Dec. 23, 1886.  She lived her entire life in Fayette County; after their marriage they resided at Nechanitz; 50 years ago they removed to her late home and continued to reside there. She was a member of the Lutheran Church at Rutersville.

Her husband and the following children survive: R. M. Schott of La Grange, Mrs. Olga Manor of Plano, Mrs. Max (Minnie) Rosenberg of La Grange; two daughters preceded her to the grave. Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren will miss dear old grandma.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Fayette County Record, Undated news clipping (Dec 1973)

Mrs. Schott's Funeral Held Here Monday

The funeral for Mrs. Dora Schott, wife of the late Robert M. Schott, was held at 4 p.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating, and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery. Mrs. Schott, 81, passed away Saturday at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

A native of Waco, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Blankenstein, and was born Nov. 10, 1892. She was united in marriage with Mr. Schott at Temple on Jan. 14, 1914, and had lived in La Grange about 50 years. Mr. Schott preceded his wife in death on Aug. 16, 1964.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Charles A. (Robbie) Lemmons of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. B. W. Albright and Mrs. George Posey, both of Temple; two brothers, Henry Blankenstein of Temple and Chris Blankenstein of Belton; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A son, Lt. Col. Ernest E. Schott, also preceded his mother in death.

Mrs. Schott remained at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel until 1 p.m.

Dora Schott died 22 Dec 1973. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, 17 Jul 1952

Emil Schott, 92, Expires Monday

Emil Schott, who is believed to have been Fayette County’s oldest native-born resident, passed away at his home northeast of La Grange Monday. He was 92 years, two months, and 20 days of age.

Mr. Schott was born on April 23, 1860, and as a young man he was united in marriage with Miss Lena Stoicher (sp). Mrs. Schott passed away on Oct. 20, 1941.

Funeral services were held at the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home Monday at 4:30 PM with the Rev. H. T. Flachmeir officiating. Interment was made in the New City Cemetery.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Olga Maynard and Mrs. Max Rosenberg of La Grange; one son, Robert M. Schott of La Grange; a sister, Mrs. Louise Tiemann of La Grange; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Two daughters, Mrs. Edna Neese and Miss Elda Schott preceded him in death.

Emil Schott died 13 Jul 1952. Contibuted by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal or Fayette County Record, Undated (Jan 1965)

Lt. Col. Ernest E. (Pete) Schott, United States Marine Corps, retired, passed away suddenly at the family home at 433 E. Pecan St. here Tuesday afternoon.

He was 45.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran church with the Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating. In­terment will be in the La Grange City cemetery with full military service.

Col. Schott was born near La Grange on June 9, 1919, son of the late Robert M. Schott and Mrs. Dora Blankenstien Schott. He was graduated from La Grange High school and Texas A&M University before he entered the US Marine Corps, in which he served for 22 years before retiring from the service. He was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War.

Col. Schott, who was united marriage with Miss Peggy Pinor at Corpus Christi on August 30, 1951, returned to La Grange with his family after retiring from the service two and a half years ago, and went into the concrete contracting business established by his late father.

He is survived by his wife, his mother; a daughter, Doro­thea Ann; a son, Robert Ar­thur; and a sister, Mrs. Charles (Robbie) Lemmons, all of La Grange.

Col. Schott will remain at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel until 1 p.m. Friday.

Pete Schott died 12 Jan 1965. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, March 4, 1915

Death of Fred Schott

Fred Schott, who died at his home, 1308 Forsyth Street, Beaumont, on the 22nd ult., was born at the old Schott home on Cedar Creek, one mile east of La Grange, June 23d, 1868, and practically grew to manhood on the farm near La Grange.

From the chapel of Pikens & Brulin at Beaumont the remains were carried out to the Magnolia Cemetery, where, under the auspices of the Hermann Sons lodge, the services were held.  He leaves a wife and three step-children, three brothers and one sister, viz:  Emil and Henry Schott, and Mrs. Louise Tiemann of La Grange, and Leonard Schott of Robert Lee.  All including Guy Tiemann, nephew, attended the funeral.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Dallas Morning News, 17 April 1895


LaGrange, Fayette Co., Tex., April 16- Died at his home, a few miles from LaGrange, Adam Schott; aged 74. Deceased was one of the oldest citizens of this county.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson

La Grange Journal, April 18, 1895

Died—Near Rutersville, April 13, 1895, Mr. Adam Schott, aged 74 years.

The deceased came to this county at an early day, and has resided where he died for many years. He was a good citizen and an industrious farmer, and was greatly respected by his friends and acquaintances.

He leaves a widow and several grown children to mourn his loss.

His remains were brought here and interred in the city cemetery.

The JOURNAL extends to the bereaved family its heartfelt sympathy.

Adam Schott was born 18 May 1820 and died 14 Apr 1895. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, 7 Jun 1900


After confinement to her bed for more than two years Mrs. Mary Schott died at the home of her son Emil, at the old Schott home on the Rutersville road, three miles east of town, at the ripe age of seventy-two years. The deceased was a native of Germany and came to this country in the early ‘50s. She settled at New Ulm and five years later moved to La Grange. Her husband passed away five years ago. The funeral took place from the family residence yesterday and the remains were interred in the new cemetery, followed by a large number of friends. Deceased leaves one daughter—Mrs. Albert Tiemann of Hallettsville—and four boys: Leonard and Fritz of Hallettsville; Emil and Henry of this town.

Marie Schott was born circa 1828 and died 5 Jun 1900. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, August 20, 1964

Funeral services were held for Robert M. Schott, 74, Tuesday, at 3 o’clock at the St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Schott died Sunday at the Fayette Memorial Hospital.

He was born in La Grange on September 26, 1889, the son of Emil and Lena Stoecher [Stoecker] Schott. He was married to Miss Dora Blankenstein at Temple. Texas January 14, 1914.

Survivors include his wife, Dora, one daughter, Mrs. Charles Lemmons; one son, Ernest E. “Pete” [Schott]; two sisters, Mrs. Max Rosenberg and Mrs. Olga Maynard, all of La Grange [illegible] grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Robert Schott died August 16, 1964. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, June 25, 1936 pg. 2

Mrs. Viola Schott Dies Tuesday After Prolonged Illness

Mrs. Viola Schott, widow of the late H. B. Schott (who died November 5, 1929) died a the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Guest, East of La Grange, Tuesday night; she had reached the age of 68 years, 4 months, and 6 days.

Funeral services will be held at the Guest home Thursday, June 25, at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Friends, relatives and acquaintances of the family are requested to attend; Rev. H. H. Bain, pastor of the Travis Street Methodist Church will officiate.

Mrs. Schott, whose maiden name was maiden name was Miss Viola Wilkerson, was born at Rutersville, February 17, 1868, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Wilkerson. She was united in marriage with H. B. Schott of La Grange, December 25, 1900; at Talpa, Coleman County, and came back to the county of her birth, remaining until January 1904; then removing to Coleman County where they resided until 1910, when the family removed back to Fayette County, locating, three miles east of La Grange.

Mrs. Schott had been in failing health for the past nine months, at the home of her daughter; she passed peacefully Tuesday night. Surviving her are her two daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Viola) Guest and Miss Mattie Schott, and one granddaughter. One sister, Mrs. M. L. Donham of Covington, Texas, also survive. Sincere sympathy is extended to the mourning relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1977

Fred Schram Funeral Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Fred Schram Sr., 75, were held Saturday morning, Aug. 27, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar, with Rev. Charles Carolan officiating.

Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery at Ammannsville. The Rosary was recited Friday evening at Hubbard Funeral Chapel here.

Mr. Schram, a retired farmer, died Thursday, Aug. 25, of Youens Memorial Hospital here.

Born at Ammannsville on Aug. 20, 1902, he was a son of Ferdinand and Magdelina (David) Schram. He lived in the Ammannsville community until 1971. He married Anastasia Mazoch at St. Wenceslaus Church, Holman, on Nov. 19, 1924.

Mr. Schram is survived by his wife; two sons, Ted of Fort Worth and Fred Jr. of Houston; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Annie Barta of Ammannsville;s two step-sisters, Mrs. Mary Stelzig and Mrs. Rosie Gansky, both of Schulenburg; and one step-brother, Joe Baller of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Allen Schram, David Mazoch, Bennie Christ, Henry Hermis, Bennie Cernoch and Jimmie Neiser.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 July 1905

Little Julius Schramake, aged 1 year and 7 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Schramake of near St. John, died Tuesday night and his little remains were laid to rest at St. John. We extend our sincere sympathy to the grief stricken parents.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Friday, January 16, 1970

C. J. Schramek Sr.

Advocate News Service

SCHULENBURG – Charles J. Schramek Sr., 76, of Schulenburg, died at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a Houston hospital following a short illness. He was born Sept. 9, 1893, in Praha.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel, and at 9:45 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Hubert Janak officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Schulenburg; three sons, Ira of Houston, Ignace of San Antonio, and Charles Jr., stationed with the U.S. Air Force in England; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Ollie) Mendel of Placedo; a brother, August, of Victoria; eight sisters, Mrs. Johanna Vasek of Stamford, Mrs. Clara Olsovsky of Victoria, Mrs. Annie Chudej and Mrs. Agnes Fillip, both of Moravia, Mrs. Frances Kocian of Pasadena, Tex., Mrs. Emma Kochich [Kocich?] and Mrs. Christina Knezek, both of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Otilia Till of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Cuero Record, Sunday, January 4, 1953

Edwin Schramek, 43, Schulenburg farmer, was buried there Saturday following an accident Friday morning when he was accidentally killed by a blast from a 12-gauge shotgun, the shot entering his forehead above his eyes, it has been learned here.

Justice of the Peace H. R. Clark at Schulenburg said Schramek left his house Friday morning when he heard his dogs barking, and a brother, Louis who heard a shot fired, went to investigate. He found his brother’s body beneath a tree in a pasture about a quarter of a mile from the house. Clark said Schramek apparently had stumbled, accidentally firing the gun.

Schramek is survived by his mother, three sisters, and three brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Mar 1905

Mr. Ignaz Schramek, aged 91 years, died Sunday morning at 2 o’clock near St. John and his remains were laid to rest in the St. John Catholic cemetery Monday at 10 o’clock. We extend our sincere sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Jun 2009, page 3

Julius Schramek

Julius Schramek, 88, of Schulenburg, passed away on Sunday, May 24 following a long illness.

He was born in St. John’s on Aug. 26, 1920 to John and Mary (Kutac) Schramek, the sixth of seven children. He was a lifelong resident of Fayette County, a farmer/rancher, and a former machinist for American Muffler Corp. He was also a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John’s. On Oct. 15, 1951, he married Agnes Olsovsky in St. John’s and together they made their home on the family farm. He enjoyed ranching, gardening and fishing, and spent many hours with his granddaughter throwing a line in the pond. “His family was his greatest joy and ‘Po-po’ was loved by many and will be missed by all whose lives he touched,” his family writes.

He was a veteran of World War II, reaching the rank of Tec 4 in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Stationed in New Guinea, the Philippines, Australia and Luzon, he specialized in telephone and telegraph lines. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He was a member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years; a daughter, Bernice Jurica and husband Eugene of Moulton; granddaughter, Christy (Henrichs) Wilson and husband Jeffrey of Schulenburg; grandson, Jason Jurica of Tomball; great-granddaughters, Harley Wilson and Heather Wilson of Schulenburg; and great-grandsons, Kristopher Wilson and Anthonly Wilson of Bastrop. Nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Roland Henrichs; three sisters, Janie, Emma and Annie Schramek; and three brothers, Louis, John Jr. and Edwin Schramek.

Rosary was recited on Tuesday, May 26 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John’s, with the Rev. John Peters officiating. Interment followed in St. John Catholic Cemetery with full military honors.

Pallbearers were Jeffrey Wilson, Wilbert Olsovsky, Loydell Wied, Adolph Dziadek, Richard Dziadek, Curtis Henrichs and Johnny Keough.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. Ignatz SCHRAMEK

Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, March 29, 1905

Schulenburg, Tex., March 28. – Mrs. Ignatz Schramek died this morning near St. John Church. Her husband, who died Saturday night, was buried yesterday. They settled near here in 18_4,(1854?) and were among the first Bohemians to locate in this section.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Aug 1960

August Schramm Rites Held Saturday

August J. Schramm, farmer of the Ammannsville community, passed away August 17, 1960 in the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. He had been seriously ill for the past five weeks.

Mr. Schramm, age 62 years, three months and ten days, was born May 8, 1898 at Ammannsville as the son of Fred and Magdalena Schramm. He was born and raised on the farm he owned. On October 10, 1922, he was united in marriage to Justina Horak at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Ammannsville. He lived in the Ammannsville community all his life and was a member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held August 20 at 9L30 a.m. from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel with continued services at the Ammannsville Catholic Church. Rev. Roman Janak officiated at the Requiem High Mass and last rites with burial in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Frank Mazoch and Jerome Holub of Schulenburg, George Vacek of San Antonio, Bennie Christ of Houston, Theodore Schram of Fort Worth and Daniel Kristek of Houston.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Justina Schramm of Ammannsville; four daughters, Mrs. Albert (Agnes) Fisher, Mrs. Joe (Maggie) Kainer, Mrs. Martin (Josephine) Kaase and Mrs. Marvin (Mary Ann) Fishbeck, all of Houston; a son, Allen Schramm of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Henry (Millie) Christ of Hallettsville and Mrs. Cyril (Annie) Barta of Ammannsville; a brother, Fred Schram of Ammannsville and fouteen grandchildren.

His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Aug 1903

Death Record.

Schramm: Died at Ammannsville, Aug. 7th-03, of apoplexy, Franz Schramm, aged 74 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 2 Jul 1964, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Schramm At Ammannsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Justine Schramm, 62, were held Monday, June 22, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Schulenburg, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Ammannsville.

Rev. Lambert Laskowski officiated in the Requiem High Mass and at the burial in the Ammannsville cemetery.

Mrs. Schramm, who had been in ill health the past six months, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Agnes McClosky, in Houston on Thursday, June 18.

Born April 23, 1902, at Ammannsville, she was the daughter of Victor and Mary Horak. She was married to August Schramm on Oct. 10, 1922. After his death four years ago she moved to Houston.

She was a member of the Christian Mothers Society at Ammannsville and a member of the Altar Society in Houston.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Tony (Agnes) McClosky, Mrs. Joe (Maggie) Kainer, Mrs. Martin (Josephine) Kaase and Mrs. Marvin (Mary Ann) Fishbeck, all of Houston; one son, Allen Schramm of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Mazoch of Holman, Mrs. Mathilda Vacek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Lillie Kristek of Houston; one brother, Raymond Horak of Needville; and 21 grandchildren. Two sisters and three brohers preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were a grandson, David Joe Kainer of Houston, and nephews, Daniel Kristek of Houston, Victor Vacek of Weimar, Edmund Mazoch, Ivan Mazoch and Jerome Holub of Schulenburg.


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

Death Claims Aged Citizen Suddenly Saturday Evening

Wm. Schreiber, aged 79 years, who was born in Germany, died in La Grange, Saturday night, March 14, following a heart attack. In 1881, he was united in marriage with Miss Maria Drenckhan and two years later the couple immigrated to America, locating near Rutersville. His wife died in 1887.

Mr. Schrieber was again married in 1888 to Miss Augusta Mantei. The family continued to reside in Fayette County until 1900, removing to Hill county where Mr. and Mrs. Schrieber resided, until two years ago, then removing to La Grange.

Surviving him are his widow, four sons and six daughters. The children all grown and with families with the exception of one, reside in Hill county. The sons are: Robert, Otto, Carl and Theodore; the daughters are: Mrs. Anna Tiedt, Warrenton, Mrs. Robert Boortz, Mrs. Ad. Boortz, Mrs. Willie Priebe, Mrs. Gus Renike, Mrs. Fritz Scrauk, of Hill County.          

There are 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the home and grave by Rev. A. E. Moebus; interment was made in the new cemetery at La Grange, Monday morning.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 1895

The dead body of Joe Schreiver, a farmer who lived near Dubina, in Fayette county, was found in a thicket in the pasture near his home Wednesday afternoon. He had been missing since May 9, and the rotten flesh had sloughed off in great chunks, presenting a most horrible sight. A vial partially filled with strychnine lay near him, and showed how his death resulted. He had been heard to make frequent threats to suicide, and some eight years ago while at work in Schulenburg jumped into an 80-foot well, but did not succeed in killing himself. An inquest was held Thursday.

Dallas Morning News, 26 May, 1895

Found Dead

LaGrange, Fayette Co., Tex., May 25—Joe Schriber, a farmer residing about twelve miles from this place was missed from home about two weeks ago. He had domestic troubles and his wife thought he had left home and she brought suit for divorce. Yesterday his remains were found near his house. Decomposition had set in and the inquest did not develop the cause of his death.

The currect surname may be Schreiber. Apparently, he lies in an unmarked grave. Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 April 1912


Alfred Schroeder, Age 13 yrs, 3 mos 5 da. Suicide, Carmine.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 20, 1928

Death Claims Another Good Citizen

Dietrich better known as “Dick” Schroeder died at his home in Prairie Valley on Friday night of last week, following a bed illness of three weeks.  Deceased had not been in good health for the past four years, but up to within three weeks since, he was able to be about and frequently came to La Grange with some member of his family.  Three weeks ago he suffered an attack of vertigo, fell and since that date declined rapidly.

The body was buried at Prairie Valley cemetery Saturday afternoon, with an immense attendance of relatives and sympathizing friends of the family.  Mr. Schroeder had lived in the Prairie Valley section for many years and had won the esteem and good will of all with whom he came in contact.  He raised an interesting family of seven children all of whom are grown and living, with the exception of one son, who died while in the service in France, in the late world war.  He was liberal to his friends and neighbors, and a good citizen.

Mr. Schroeder, at the time of his death was 71 years, 10 months and 3 days old; he was born in Oldenburg, Germany, and came to America in the year 1882, first locating in the Warrenton neighborhood.  On December 1, 1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Mathilda Meinen, and lived for a year at Warrenton, then removed to Rutersville, and twenty-seven years ago the family removed to the Prairie Valley section where they assisted other food substantial farmers in reclaiming that part of the county and building productive farms.  A drive through that section will give the visitor an idea of what intensive farming means.

His widow and six children survive; the children are: Mrs. Emma Wessels, Misses Ella and Anna, at the family home; Otto, Willie and Edward, who also live in the Prairie Valley neighborhood; two brothers, John H. Schroeder of La Grange and Herman Schroeder of Oldenburg and six grandchildren also mourn his going.

Mr. Schroeder was a faithful member of the Lutheran church of that little community and was ever ready to help the cause of church work.  Rev. Heise, his pastor, officiated at the home and the grave.

One of the brothers, in attendance upon the funeral, Hermann Schroeder of Oldenburg, became sick while in attendance upon the funeral, and was rushed to the La Grange Hospital, where an operation for appendicitus was performed Saturday night; he is doing well at this writing, Monday afternoon.

The Journal offers its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow.  They are going to miss Dad, and the grandchildren will sadly miss grandpa.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 4 May 1895

The Journal learns from Constable Lee Smith that the body of Garret Schroeder, who lived in the vicinity of Plum, was found in the Colorado river Monday. It seems he went fishing Sunday with some friends and they left for home without waiting for him, and as he did not return, search was made and his body found in three feet of water. He was subject to epileptic fits, and it is supposed he had one and fell into the river and drowned.

Dr. Lunn examined the body and says death resulted from drowning. Justice Ledbetter rendered a verdict accordingly.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 20, 1921

Another Soldier Boy

Remains of Private Herbert Schroeder Brought Home For Burial

Saturday the remains of Private Herbert H. Schroeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Schroeder of Prairie Valley, reached the old home after the long journey from France, and that afternoon were tendered a military funeral at the Prairie Valley cemetery. At the open grave the boys in khaki, in charge of former Lieutenant Mills Brown, fired the salute after which the last rites were administered.? Rev. Heise, pastor of the Prairie Valley church officiated at the home and at the grave.? From every neighborhood the friend and acquaintance came and witnessed the placing to rest of one of Uncle Sam's soldier boys.

Private Schroeder left the old home for La Grange and departed for Camp Travis on May 25, 1918, where he received training for three weeks and was then transferred to Camp Bowie at Fort Worth, where three weeks of further training was received. He was then sent to Hoboken, New Jersey and sailed for France a few days after his arrival at that port. He made a good soldier, and, as per commend from the general, was fearless and brave, hesitating not when commanded, but going over the top and assisting in the capture of several machine gun nests.

On October 8, 1918, he was killed in action; the family was notified a month later, and that grief which a parent can only feel was felt, but the comfort came to his parents when the general said he died like a soldier.? At the time of his death Private Schroeder was twenty-four years and twenty-four days old.? As he was known to his friends and neighbors as a good, honest young man, he was known, with the same high regard among his fellow soldiers as a brave and fearless soldier.

On June 23, 1919 the father Dick Schroeder, received from Washington the Croix de Guerre, with a citation for bravery from General Petain.? Private Schroeder fell at St. Etienne, France, and his body was buried on the field.? Later the body was removed to the cemetery and then, a few weeks since was shipped to America for its final rest.? Here the parents and his other relatives will keep the mound clean and plant the flowers near, and that comfort which came with the knowledge that "he sleeps where he can see his couch" will come to the parents while we, realizing that the open wound has bled again, tender our sympathy as one who would help to relieve a sorrow.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 27, 1928

Hermann Schroeder Follows His Brother

Hermann Schroeder of Oldenburg, a brother of Dick Schroeder of Prairie Valley, who died in that section of the county on Friday, September 21, died at the La Grange Hospital last Wednesday night, after several days’ illness.  Mr. Schroeder had gone to Prairie Valley to attend the funeral of his brother, and shortly thereafter became ill and was taken to the La Grange Hospital. His condition grew worse and on Wednesday night of last week, he passed to his reward.  He leaves his widow – no children having blessed that union – and a brother, John H. Schroeder of La Grange, several nieces and nephews.  To these our sincere sympathy is offered.

The body was buried last Friday at Oldenburg, Rev. Scheffel, pastor of the Warrenton Lutheran Church, officiating.  The attendance was very large; he was regarded by all as an honest, upright citizen.

Mr. Schroeder was born in Oldenburg, Germany, and was baptised when a month old, later confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  When a young man of twenty-one years he emigrated to America, and located in Fayette coutny, and remained in this county until claimed by death.  December 4, 1890, he was united in marriage with Miss Marguerite Diers.  The family lived at Trinity Hill and near to that part of the county for about twenty-seven years, and for the last seven years they resided near Oldenburg.

Two brothers, to pass to their reward in so brief a time, causes the heavy hand of sorrow to rest upon the only remaining brother, John H. Schroeder of La Grange, and the widow who had been his companion for many years.  We offer our sympathy to all.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, May 23, 1935

Death Comes After Year's Illness To Hermann Schroeder

Sunday, May 19, Hermann Schroeder, a highly respected citizen of La Grange, completed the 78th mile post of his early pilgrimage; he was abed, and had been ill for more than a year, frequently rallying from the weakening attacks and sufficiently so to permit leave of the sick room and a drive about the city.  Monday the oil of his life’s lamp grew less, he struggled against the shadow, he died at 7:00 o'clock, early evening.

Rev. Guy B. Duff, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated at the home and at the cemetery, Tuesday afternoon, and interment was had at the new cemetery.  Relatives, hundreds of friends, many from a far distance and from the neighborhood of La Grange, paid reverence to one they esteemed highly while he lived among them.  The profusion of flowers, told one story, and the tributes another. Hermann Schroeder, everybody's friend, honorable and upright in all things, was placed to rest.

Hermann Schroeder was born in Schwaan, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany May 19, 1857; he emigrated to Texas at the age of 16 years, landing at Galveston, December 30, 1879, absolutely penniless.  Delighted with his new home, deciding to become a citizen of the United States, he took the oath of allegiance later and remained a loyal citizen.

He was taken under the care and protection of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Frederich Meyer of Cedar, and helped with the he farm work.  Later he purchased the Meyer farm, (200 acres) and continued thereon until 1910.  Proffered the position of manager of the Farmers Lumber Company, he accepted and remained in charge of that institution until his enfeebled condition forced him to retire.

Unpretentious at all times; faithful and conscientious in his work, no greater tribute can be added than, "he was a man to know and to respect.”

Mr. Schroeder was united in marriage, October 20, 1878 with Miss Margarethe Vogt, eldest daughter of the late John Vogt and wife Franziska Vogt, nee Willrich, of Cedar, Texas.  Mrs. Schroeder preceded him in death, April 3, 1918; with his daughter he lived on South Franklin street until beckoned to follow.

Mr. Schroeder is survived by his son John Schroeder and wife Pauline; his daughter, Miss Louise Schroeder, Mrs. Marguerite Willmann and her husband Frank J. Willmann; one son, Fritz Schroeder, died in infancy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, January 5, 1965

Rites Held Saturday For John Schroeder, Veteran Abstractor

Funeral services for John Schroeder, 84, a veteran of more than 60 years in the abstract and title insurance business, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran church.

The Rev. H. T. Flachmeier, assisted by the Rev. Paul A Grout Jr. of the Travis Street Methodist church, officiated and burial was in the La Grange City cemetery. Graveside services were under the auspices of the La Grange Masonic lodge.

Mr. Schroeder passed away Thursday morning of a heart attack he suffered Christmas Eve day. Death to the beloved “senior citizen” came at Fayette Memorial hospital here.

He was born May 13, 1880, in the Cedar community, the son of Herman and Magarethe Vogt Schroeder, and was married here on May 23, 1901, to Miss Pauline Melcher.  He was bereft of his wife on March 7, 1953.

Mr. Schroeder was studying in Galveston in 1900 at the time of the storm. He returned to La Grange to help organize the Fayette County Abstract Co. on October 2, 1902. Mr. Schroeder, who was in the employ of the company at the time, left briefly in 1909 to work in the State General Land Office in Austin and for the Lee County Abstract Co. in Giddings.  He returned here as manager in 1911, and had been with the company in that capacity continuously since that time.

The firm, which observed its 60th anniversary in November 1962, has a reputation of possessing complete sets of maps of every survey, showing the location and size, of every tract of land in Fayette county - - something of which few similar offices in the state can boast.

Mr. Schroeder became a trustee of the La Grange public school board upon the death of George Krengel in about 1918 and served as member, secretary and president of the board at various times until about 1936.  It was during his trusteeship, and while J. R. Peace was superintendent, that the La Grange High school, as used today, was erected.

Mr. Schroeder was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran church in La Grange, belonged to the Masonic lodge, LaFayette Lodge No. 34 A. F. and A. M., serving a term as master and also serving a term as district deputy grand master; and a member of the Texas State Historical Society. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

It was through his efforts and aid to Rev. Oscar Linstrum, a Methodist minister here several years ago, that the city was able to enlarge the city cemetery by acquiring the property adjacent thereto upon which was located a colored Methodist church.

Mr. Schroeder also was very instrumental in securing the land for the Masonic hall and soliciting the funds for the erection of the building.

The deceased was also known for his philanthropy, but he never sought personal recognition for his benevolences.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank J. (Marguerite) Willmann; and a sister, Miss Louise Schroeder, both of La Grange. 

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 18 Feb 1905, page 7

Flatonia, Feb. 9.—Mrs. John Schroeder, who lives about eight miles north of here, died yesterday from the effects of a fall on the ice last Saturday. Mrs. Schroeder was the wife of John Schroeder, an old Confederate veteran and highly respected citizen. She leaves a husband and several grown children.


La Grange Journal, July 28, 1969

L. Schroeder Passes Away Saturday

Funeral services for Miss Louise Schroeder, 81, were held Monday, July 28, at 3:00 P.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Frank J. McElroy, Jr., officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Miss Schroeder, a former resident of Cozy Rest Home, passed away Saturday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

She was born on October 4, 1887, in Cedar, the daughter of Herman and Margarethe Vogt Schroeder.  A lifelong La Grange resident, she had never married.

Surviving is one neice, Mrs. Frank J. (Marguerite) Willmann of La Grange.  She was preceded in death by one brother, John Schroeder.   

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, April 11, 1918

Gone to Her Reward

Death Claimed Another Good Woman After Long Illness.

Died Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Margaret Schroeder, wife of Herman Schroeder, manager of the Farmers Lumber Company.  Mrs. Schroeder had been suffering for months and during the past five weeks had been under the constant care of a trained nurse and physician.  It seemed that the battle was entirely one-sided, she grew weaker each day and finally; without a struggle lapsed into eternal sleep.

Mrs. Schroeder was the eldest daughter of Mrs. Franciska Vogt, widow of the late John Vogt, and was the second of the children to die within a year.  Our sympathy is offered to the husband and the son, John Schroeder, and daughter, Miss Louise, and the brothers and sisters, and yet we cannot refrain from saying, in addition, that our heart bleeds for the good old mother who has witness the going of her children and mourn their loss.

As a good wife and mother, Mrs. Schroeder was known to many.  Her greatest pleasure in life, in addition to the attributes mentioned, was to do good to others.  Willing to help, willing to give and assist in the relief of those in need, she has left much to keep alive her memory and many who will miss her.

Her remains were placed to their last rest in the new cemetery Thursday afternoon, in attendance and assisting in the last sad rites, being a very large number from the city and country and other towns.  Rev. Arnold officiating, paid a strong tribute to the deceased.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 14, 1948

Aged Resident Is Claimed By Death

Mrs. Meta Schroeder, 82, passed away at the La Grange Hospital early Saturday morning.

Mrs. Schroeder was a resident of La Grange for the past 15 years, and had lived in Fayette County since 1886.  Mrs. Schroeder, daughter of the late Helmuth and Anna Diers, was born in Germany of March 24, 1866, came to this country in 1886, settled in Fayette County and had lived here ever since.  On Dec. 4, 1890, she was united in marriage with Herman Schroeder at Warrenton.  Her husband passed away in September, 1928.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 o’clock at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Wm. Feller officiating, and burial was in the Rutersville Cemetery.

She is survived by a step-brother, August Thormahlen of near Kngsville; and an aunt, Mrs. Lythe of Bellville, who reached her 100th birthday recently.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 May 1908, LaGrange News column


The remains of Mrs. G. H. Schroeder, who for many years resided in this city, were shipped to LaGrange from Houston Sunday, and from the Katy depot the funeral took place Sunday forenoon. The deceased died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Cox, and leaves, beside the aforementioned, three son [sic] and two daughters. For over a year she has been in failing health, and in all probability, the last call was to her a relief. The remains were interred in the new cemetery, Rev. Wm. Nickel officiating. Deceased was about 61 years of years [sic] of age.

Submitted by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 12, 1953

Mrs. John Schroeder Is Claimed By Death

Mrs. Pauline Schroeder, wife of John Schroeder, passed away at the hospital here Saturday morning after a brief illness. She was 71.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating and Koenig Funeral Home directing.  Interment was made in the New City Cemetery.

Mrs. Schroeder, nee Melcher, was born at O’Quinn on April 12, 1881, and was united in marriage with Mr. Schroeder in La Grange on May 23, 1901.  She resided in this city ever since their marriage. Mr. Schroeder is owner of the Fayette County Abstract Co.

Her survivors are her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Frank J. (Marguerite) Willmann of La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 24, 1955

William Frederick Schroeder

Funeral services were held for William Frederick Schroeder, 74, of Rt. 1, La Grange, on Friday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 PM in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with interment in the La Grange City Cemetery.  The Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated at the services for Mr. Schroeder, a railroad agent, who died Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Fayette Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Germany on November 1, 1880 and came to this country when he was a small child.  He settled at that time in Sealy.  On November 16, 1911 he married to Miss Mina Legler in Plum.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Jimmie (Mildred) Elliot of England; one son Milton of Killen; one sister, Mrs. Minna Grimm of Sealy and six grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Colorado Citizen, December 22, 1887

Mr. LOUIE SCHULENBURG, (for whom the town of Schulenburg was named,) residing two and a half miles west of Columbus, near Glidden, died last Saturday evening at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Ernst Baumgarten, in Schulenburg, aged about eighty years.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 April 1908


Mr. Louis Schulenburg, youngest son of Mr. Louis Schulenburg, Sr., after whom the city was named, died at Glidden Friday, April the 10th at 10 o’clock, and his remains were tenderly laid to rest under the auspices of the Herman Sons and Woodmen of the World lodges.

Deceased was born near Flatonia June the 29th, 1860; was married October 14, 1888 to Miss Alma Mehnert. Five children, three daughters, and two sons blessed this happy marriage. He was a brother of Mrs. Ernst Baumgarten of this city. The Sticker extends its sincere sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 2, 1931

Died in Galveston

Mrs. Laura Stiehl Schulte, aged 72 years, wife of the late John H. Schulte, died at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Galveston at 8:50 o’clock Saturday night.

Funeral services were held from the funeral home of Malloy & Son, at 5:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon.  Rev. John S. Murphy officiated, and interment was made in the Calvary cemetery.

Mrs. Schulte was born and reared in this city, the daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. John C. Stiehl, and removed to Galveston some 25 years ago.  She formerly owned the property which is now owned by the Etaerio Club, and now known as Etaerio Hall [Old La Grange City Library].

Deceased is survived by one brother, Harry Stiehl of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. A. J. Rosenthal of Galveston, and Mrs. Minna Ujffy Baker of Smithville; a daughter Mrs. E. L. Kidney of Galveston; two sons S. J. Schulte of Galveston and Fred Schulte of Beaumont.

Contributed by Rob Brown


See obituary in footnotes on Moore Cemetery page.


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Dec 1898

Mr. Edward Schultz, aged 28 years, died at his residence near Warrenton last Saturday, from nervous prostration superinduced by typhoid fever. The deceased leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, April 20, 1977

Felix Schultz

Funeral services for Felix Schultz, 73, of Rt. 3,  La Grange were held Wed., April 20 at 10:00 AM at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn with Rev. Wm. Halata of Hostyn officiating.  Interment was in the Ammannsville Cemetery under the direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Schultz, a laborer for the City of La Grange, expired Monday at his home. 

Born May 15, 1903 in Columbus, he was a son of Charlie and Mary Raymer Schultz.  He was married to Angela Cernosek July 25, 1927 in Ammannsville.  He had resided in the La Grange area his entire life.

Surviving are his wife, Angela of La Grange; a daughter, Mrs. Marie Tupa of Houston; two sons, Felix Jr. of Cypress and John G. of Houston; two brothers, Jesse and Ewald Schultz, both of Blessing; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Transcribed by Jan Jackson


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Oct 1902


The death of Mr. Frederick Schultz, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon Oct. 22nd at his Schulenburg home, was a great surprise to his many friends. Mr. Schultz was 68 years of age but was apparently in the enjoyment of his usual health. He possessed a retiring and considerate disposition and leaves a host of admirers to mourn his loss to whom the sympathy of the community is extended. His remains were interred in the city cemetery Thursday afternoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Oct 1902


Minnie, the little thirteen months old girl of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schultz, after a week’s illness and suffering with kephritis, died at eight o’clock Tuesday evening last and all that was mortal of the precious little one was tenderly consigned to the dust from which it came, Wednesday afternoon, the interment having occurred at the City cemetery. The Sticker extends its sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 March 1913


Charlie Schulz, age 48 years, and 4 days, chronic Bright’s Disease, Warrenton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 7, 1933

Aged Woman Dies

Mrs. Henrietta Schulz, whose maiden name was Reiche, died at the home of her son Chas. Schulz west from La Grange, last Saturday, September 2.  The body was taken to the Cedar cemetery on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, and interred, Rev. R. Heise, pastor of the St. Paul Lutheran church of La Grange, officiating.

Mrs. Schulz was born in Schnellfortel, Kreis Goerlits, Germany, March 7, 1842, and emigrated to Texas when she was 30 years of age.  She was later united in marriage with Gottlieb Schulz and one son is the fruit of that union; her husband died about fifty years ago.  For the past 31 years she had made her home with her son, Chas.

Despite her advanced age- over 91 years – she had enjoyed good health until last Thursday, when she was stricken with apoplexy from which she failed to rally, and died, as stated, last Saturday.  Besides her son, she is mourned also by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

May the sleep of the just be hers, and the sod rest lightly on her body.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 28, 1943

Mrs. Magdalena Schulz

Mrs. Magdalena Schulz, wife of Christian Schulz, died at Warda, Saturday, Jan. 23, aged 76 years, 11 months and 23 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at her home and interment was made in the churchyard cemetery at Warda, Rev. Eiffert officiating. Koenig Funeral Home had charge of the interment.

Deceased, who was born in Germany, Febr. 1, 1866, immigrated to Fayette county in 1870 and had lived in the county for 73 years.  Surviving is her husband, her sons, Gerhard, Hermann and Paul Schulz of Vernon, and Edwin Schulz of Serbin; her daughters, Mrs. Traugott Pietsch, La Grange, Rt. 2, and Mrs. Hermann Hueme, Giddings, Rt. 8; there are 26 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Traugott Schoppa of Winchester, August Schoppa of Herold and Mrs. Traugott Zoch of Vernon also survive.

Contributed by Rob Brown 


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Feb 1906

The death angel visited our little city last week and took one of our old and esteemed citizens, Mrs. Eleanora Schulze, mother of Mrs. Chas. Flocke.

Mrs. Schulze was born Jan. 17, 1838 at Zwicken, Deutsche Boehmen. Married to Mr. Frederich Schulze, May 1, 1851 at Sebnitz Saxony, came to America 1881 and settled at Schulenburg in 1882 Her husband preceded her in death a few years ago.

Deceased leaves three children and eight grand children, to mourn her loss.

Interment took place in the city cemetery Tuesday the 5th, Rev. Brannies officiating. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved ralatives [sic] in their sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 March 1915


Emilie Schulze, age 4 years, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 May 1902

Death of Mrs. Marie Schulze.

Dr. Gus Schulze returned last Wednesday from Zapp, in Fayette county, where he had been for some time at the bedside of his mother, who was seriously ill with appendicitis. It was found necessary to perform an operation and although the best medical skill was employed, the patient could not survive, and death ensued on Thursday April 24th. Mrs. Schulze was 70 years old and was one of the oldest settlers of the Zapp community. She was laid to rest in the home cemetery at Zapp. The Gazette extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Marie Schulze was buried in the Krebs Cemetery at Willow Springs. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Jul 1923, page 1

Mrs. Emma Schumacher

Mrs. Emma Schumacher, aged 54 years, died at her home near ElCampo [sic] Saturday morning at 3 o’clock.

Mrs. Schumacher was out in the front yard at her home burning some grass when, in some manner, her clothes caught fire upabout [sic] the waist. She called for help. her daughter who was in the back ran to her rescue but before she could do anything, Mrs. Schumacher’s clothes were completely burned off of her and she was severely burned about the waist arms and neck. A physician and trained nurse were summoned but to no avail. She lived from Thursday morning about 9 o’clock until Saturday morning at 3 when her spirit returned to its eternal home.

The body was shipped to Schulenburg, arriving here Sunday on the early morning train, it was conveyed to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willie Grasshoff here.

The remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery at Swiss Alp. Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of mourning relatives and friends, Rev. Lentz officiating.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Willie Grasshoff of this city, Mrs. August Schaer, Mrs. O. S. Carlquit of El Campo; two sons, Louis and Fred of El Campo; Eight sisters, Mrs. Wm. Steinmann, Sr., Mrs. Albert Jochen, Mrs. Henry Foerster, Mrs. Chas. Breuggmann, Mrs. Julius Nollkamper, Mrs. Herman Jochen, Mrs. Frank Koether, Mrs. Richard Otto; two brothers, Theo and Louis Bolling, all of whom live in and near Schulenburg. She is also survived by four grandchildren.

To these The Sticker tenders its heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 March 1906, LaGrange News column

Universal sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Schuhmacher in the loss of their imfant [sic] son Henry Charles, whose body was laid to rest Tuesday Feb. 27th.

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Henry C. Schuhmacher, age 9 months and 10 days, died Feb. 26.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Oct 1907


LaGrange, Texas, October 23. – John Schuhmacher, banker, died here this afternoon at 5 o’clock of apoplexy.

His death was so very sudden that the whole community is steeped in gloom over the sad occurance [sic]. He was almost 62 years old and up to within half an hour of his death was active in the affairs of his business. For some days his friends had noticed that he appeared fatigued, but this was attributed by him to a trip he had just made to Fort Davis. During the entire day he seemed to be in his usual good humor and no traces of the impending disolution [sic].

Shortly before 4:30 he walked over to the court house on the south side of the square and upon his return he complained of a pain in his left side. Upon entering his bank building he asked for a chair, but finding that the pain grew worse sought a couch in the rear of the bank. Medical aid was summoned at once, but within the space of ten minutes life was extinct.

The news flashed over the town in a moment and men women and children began to gather about the bank building, utterly shocked at the report. Those who had seen him but a few minutes before at the court house could hardly be made to believe the truth of his sudden demise. Until the body was removed to the residence the people streamed in to view the remains for half an hour and a hush of silence seemed to settled over the town.

John Schuhmacher was born in Coblentz, Germany, January 20, 1846, and came over with his parents to this country when but 5 years and then came to LaGrange, where Mr. Schuhmacher continuously resided up to the date of his death. In 1868 he married Miss Louise Frede, who survives him, and 8 children, viz., H. C. Schuhmacher, John Schuhmacher, Mrs. G. B. Hopper and Mrs. W. E. Perlitz of LaGrange, Mesdames M. R. Robson and C. A. Perlitz of Houston, Leo Schuhmacher, who is attending school at Austin, and Mrs. B. R. King of Fort Worth.

Besides conducting the banking business he was at the head of the Schuhmacher Grocery company of Houston, Lufkin and LaGrange. He was interested, and actively so, in all the enterprises here, the oil mill, compress, ice factory, building company, opera house, etc., and did more in furthering the business interests of LaGrange than any other citizen the town has ever had. He was always ready to engage in ventures that would benefit the town, was unusually successful in everything he undertook and his judgement on a matter of business was looked upon as correct in almost every instance. Especially was he the business counsellor for many widows and always took a lively interest in young men of thrift and energy. His remains will be interred in the cemetery Friday morning at 11 o’clock. – Houston Post.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, August 19, 1932

Mrs. Anna Schumann Passes Away

Mrs. Anna Schumann, a beloved mother of 76 years, passed through the Valley of the Shadow to enter into the Kingdom of peace and rest.

Deceased was born [Anna Gloger, Feb. 23, 1856] in [Deutsch-Jassnik] Austria, she came to America in her early twenties, the family locating at Weimar where they remained until 1898, when they moved to Schulenburg where she resided until the death of her husband [Robert Paul Schumann] in May, 1927, after which she made her home with her son, Max, in Sugar Land.  Some 18 months ago she had double pneumonia from which she never fully recovered.  She passed away Monday at 7:30 P.M.  The body was shipped to Houston and from there to Schulenburg for interment.

Deceased was a wonderful character in whose veins flowed the milk of human kindness and affection, her every word and thought was to be of service to others.  She was a devout Catholic who lived her religion in every day life.

Funeral services were conducted at the Schwenke Funeral Home, thence to the St. Rosa Church and to the City Cemetery.  Father Hugh P. Finnegan of Houston officiated.  Pall Bearers were: F. Lammers of Houston; Chas. Dierks and Leo Guenther of Sugar Land; Ferd. Stabler, Rud. Nordhausen and Frank Muehr, Sr., of Schulenburg.

Deceased is survived by three sons, Paul and Max of Sugar Land and William of Houston, and by five grandchildren.  To them the Sticker tenders its most sincere sympathy in their great sorrow.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1916

Mrs. Schumann Dead

Mrs. Anton Schumann, an old and respected citizen of Schulenburg, died at the family home, Monday evening, burial taking place in St. Rosa’s Cemetery Wednesday morning. Surviving are Paul Schumann, of San Antonio, Henry Schumann, Mrs. Wm. Baumgarten and Mrs. Emil Flaschka, to whom the many friends in this city extend sympathy in their bereavement.

[adjacent column]

Paul Schumann and wife and son came in from San Antonio, Tuesday, to attend the funeral of his mother.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, August 19, 1927

Mrs. Max Schumann Dies in Hospital at Houston Wednesday

A gloom of sadness was cast over this entire community Thursday morning when the sad news of the death of Mrs. Max (Annie) Schumann of Sugar Land reached here.  Mrs. Schumann became ill Saturday night, she was rushed to the St. Joseph Infirmary at Houston and an operation was performed Sunday afternoon.  Her early death was caused by convulsions.  All that human hands could do was done for her, but with the best care and loving help her precious and necessary life could not be saved.  The Lord loved her more and called her to Himself at 11:04 P.M. Wednesday night.

Mrs. Schumann was born March 8, 1899 at Rosanky, Bastrop Co., and had reached the age of 28 years, five months and two days.  She was reared at Schulenburg, making her home with her parents.

 On October 16, 1917, at the age of 18 she was united in marriage to Max Schumann at High Hill.  To this union five sons were born, one of whom preceded her in death a year ago at the age of two months.

They made their home at Sugar Land where she was loved by every one who knew her, and will be greatly missed by her many good friends.

Mrs. Schumann is the twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Muehr, Sr., who with her husband, four sons, Herbert Paul aged 8, Max Albert aged 5, Robert Frank aged 3 and William Louis aged two months, four brothers, Frank, Johnnie, Fred and Louis; three sisters, Mrs. Ed Matzke of Weimar, Mrs. Victor Blaschke of Sugar Land, are left to mourn her passing.

The body arrived here Thursday evening and was conveyed to the home of her parents and was laid to rest in the beautiful St. Rosa Catholic Cemetery at 9 o’clock Friday morning.  Rev. Father Lenzen officiated and delivered a beautiful and consoling sermon.  The funeral was a very large and sad affair.

Mrs. Schumann will be greatly missed by her loved ones as she was a good Catholic mother, a true and loving wife, and a dear kind daughter and sister.  May God grant her rest.

We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones left behind, especially to the dear husband and sweet little boys.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Weimar Mercury, 11 Jul 1896, page 3

News Special: Schuleburg, Tex., July 4.—Anton Schumann, 16 years old, while doing some work upon the cistern of the Catholic church yesterday, fell from a ladder upon the point of a small stick of wood, which penetrated his lungs. His death is expected hourly.

Schulenburg, Tex, July 6.—Anton Schumann, the boy who was injured last Saturday by falling from a ladder, is dead.


Weimar Mercury, 23 Aug 1902, page 3

Schulenburg, Aug. 17. — Mr. Anton Schumann, aged 52, died suddenly at an early hour this morning at his home in this city. Mr. Schumann had been a resident and business man of Schulenburg for the past 20 or 25 years. He leaves a widow and six children, besides numerous friends to mourn his death.


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 July 1909


Died at Schulenburg, June 19, Emil Max Schumann, age 1 year and 3 months of tuberculosis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Rosenberg Herald-Coaster, February 13, 1966

Hattie Schumann

 Funeral services for Mrs. Max (Hattie) Schumann, 64, were held from the Triska Chapel in Rosenberg at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, followed by Requiem Mass at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land at 10 a.m.

[Born Hattie Gruenwald, she was orphaned as a young girl and arrived in Schulenburg, Texas on an orphan train from New York.  She was first adopted by the Schwartz family.  Following the untimely death of Mr. Schwartz, she was then adopted by the Fritch family.]

Survivors are four sons, Herbert and Robert of Sugar Land, Max Jr. of Midland and William of Alamo; 22 grandchildren; two stepsisters, Mrs. Mary Stanzel and Mrs. Emma Schroeder of Schulenburg; four stepbrothers, Herman Schwartz, Fred Fritch and Alfred Fritch of Schulenburg, and Antone Fritch of Cuero.

On Nov. 22, 1927, she married Max Schumann who preceded her in death in 1965.

Pallbearers were Floyd M. Ward, Charlie Pausewang, Leo L. Satsky, Otto Meyer, Horace Lemke and John Weth.

Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg with the Triska Funeral Home in charge.
Contributed by Mark Schumann


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Dec 1907

Little Hedwig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schumann died Sunday afternoon of Typhoid fever, and her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Monday afternoon, Father Mathis officiating. The Sticker extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, April 26, 1918

John C. Schumann

Died at the late residence in this city Wednesday afternoon, age 51 years.

Decedent was born in Schemnitz, Germany, and came to this country when about 20 years of age, coming direct to this country.

Twenty-four years ago next May he was married here to Miss Rosa Gold.  To this union five children were born – Mrs. Tillie Ruddie, of Thrall, Miss Mollie, of Weimar, and Richard, a Western Union messenger boy in the office.  Two of the children preceded the father into the untried beyond.

Burial took place at the Catholic cemetery at five o’clock yesterday afternoon. 

Contributed by Rob Brown


Rosenberg Herald-Coaster, July 15, 1965

Max Schumann

Funeral services for Max Schumann, 73, were held from the Triska Chapel in Rosenberg Saturday, July 10, at 8:30 a.m. followed by Requim Mass at the St. Theresa Catholic in Sugar Land at 9 a.m. with Rev. Jackson officiating.

Mr. Schumann was born in Weimar on January 3, 1892.  [As a young boy, his family moved to Schulenburg where he grew to manhood.]  He came to Sugar Land in 1910 and was employed by the Sugar Land Industries until retirement.

He passed away at the Eldridge Memorial Hospital Friday morning following a short illness.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Hattie Schumann of Sugar Land; four sons, Herbert and Robert of Sugar Land, Max Jr. of Midland, and William of Edinburg; 22 grandchildren; and one brother, Paul Schumann of Sugar Land.

[He was preceded in death by his father Robert Paul Schumann of Schulenburg in 1927 and mother Anna Gloger Schumann in 1932; his first wife, Anna Muehr Schumann in 1927; son Lawrence Schumann, who died as an infant in 1926.]

Pallbearers were Emil Zbranek, Roy Raska, Paul Schumann, Otto Meyer, Charlie Pausewang and Victor Blaschke.

Interment was made in the St. Rose Cemetery in Schulenburg, with the Triska Funeral Home in charge.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Shiner Gazette, 27 Aug 1902, Moulton Items column

Mr. Paul Schumann, a prominent saloon man of Schulenburg, Fayette county, died Sunday morning of apoplexy. Mr. Schumann leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his demise.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, May 13, 1927

R. P. Schumann Killed

R. P. Schumann of our city aged about 60 years, was killed about three o’clock this Thursday morning in the back yard of Alfonse Herzik’s home when a charge of small shot struck him in the head, the shot being fired by Erwin Herzik.

[Robert Paul Gerstenberger was born March 5, 1860 in Penig, Saxony, Germany, the son of Johann August Gerstenberger and the former Christiane Carolina Weinert.  He arrived in New York on the ship Fulda on December 6, 1884.  From there, he made his way to Texas, first settling in Colorado County.  After arriving in this country, he adopted the name Robert Paul Schumann.

On January 17, 1889, he married Anna Gloger in Columbus, Colorado County.  Following their wedding, the bride and groom settled in Weimar.  To this union, three sons were born:  Paul Earnest (1889), Maximillian Albert (1892) and Willie (1894).

In 1897, he moved his family from Weimar to Schulenburg, where he became a well-known citizen.  He was an active member of the Sons of Hermann Lodge, and served as president for a number of years.

Mr. Schumann was a skilled carpenter.  In his workshop, he fashioned numerous hand-made furniture pieces which adorn the homes of neighbors and family members alike.

Mr. Schumann was survived by his wife, three sons and five grandchildren, Margery, Herbert, Max Jr., Robert and William. He was laid to rest at the Schulenburg City Cemetery.]

Schulenburg Sticker, May 20, 1927

Card of Thanks

 Being unable to see our many friends and neighbors and all those who came to our assistance in our recent misfortune, we take this means of extending to each and every one our heartfelt thanks for the many kindnesses shown.  We especially thank the choir for the many beautiful songs rendered, all of those who brought the beautiful flowers, and Rev. Piepenbrok for his words of consolation.  May the gods of misfortune see fit to make your sorrows light through out your stay among mortal beings, is our sincere wish.

Mrs. R.P. Schumann and Children

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Corpus Christi Caller, 29 December 1942

Frank Schutz

ROBSTOWN—Funeral Services for Frank Schutz, 70, resident of Nueces County 25 years, will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Gibson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Robstown Cemetery. He died Sunday morning at 3 o’clock in a San Angelo hospital. He was born in Flatonia and lived in Cameron a number of years.

Survivors are his wife, two daughters, Miss Irene Schutz of Robstown and Mrs. Paul Schulz of Beeville; three sons, Oscar Schutz of Robstown, Theodore Schutz of Houston and Rudolph Schutz of Mexico City; two brothers, John Schutz of Shiner and H. A. Shutz of Flatonia, a sister, Mrs. Louisa Walla of Flatonia and seven grandchildren.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Corpus Christi Caller, 11 July 1968
Mrs. Olga [Tauch] Schutz

ROBSTOWN—Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday in St. John’s Lutheran Church for Mrs. Olga Schutz, 94, who died Tuesday after a long illness.

Burial will be in Robstown Cemetery with Robstown Funeral Home in charge. Born in Fayette County, Mrs. Schutz moved here in 1917. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Church.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Galveston Daily News, 20 Sep 1879, page 3


Flatonia Argus: Fritz Schwake, a lad of some nine summers, was instantly killed near Blackjack Sprins last Saturday by his horse falling on him.

Flatonia Argus, 18 Sep 1879

—From Mr. H. Loessin, proprietor of the Blackjack spring nursery, we learn that Gritz Schwaka [sic.], a lad of some nine summers, was instantly killed near Blackjack springs last Saturday, by his horse falling on him and crushing out his young life. The accident cast a deep gloom over the community in which he lived. It has always been a matter of suprise to us that more lives are not lost than there are from reckless riding by young men in these modern times.


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Schwake: Died at O’Quinn, Aug. 28-03, of Congestion chill, Fritz Schwake, aged 59 years 5 mos and 26 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1908


Died at O’Quinn July 24, - Schwake, age 1 day of exhaustion.

Interred at Black Jack Springs Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1904

Death Record.

Schwake: Died at O,Quinn [sic], 12 20 03, of Bright’s Disease, William Schwake aged 69 years and 3 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Jun 1981

Mayor H. N. Schwartz Succumbs

Schulenburg Mayor Hirsh N. Schwartz died of heart failure at age 72 while on a cruise to Puerto Rico with his wife; he expired on Tuesday, June 9, 1981 at 2 a.m. Puerto Rico time, just as the ship he was on was coming into port. He was returned here and buried in the Jewish Cemetery at Hallettsville. Mr. Schwartz, who has served as this city's Mayor for the past 17 years, was born on March 12, 1909, in Schulenburg, the son of the late Julius and Helen Schwartz. Mayor Schwartz received the Outstanding Senior Citizen award for Fayette County on May 15. A member of the Arabia Shrine Temple, he served as Potentate in 1970 and as a past president and secretary of the Colorado Valley Shrine Club. He was chairman of the board of directors of the Shriners Orthopedic Hospital and of the board of directors of the Shriners Burns Institute at Galveston.

Selected in 1955 as the first person to receive the outstanding Citizenship Award given by the local Chamber of Commerce, he was the Chamber's president or vice president for over 12 years.

He helped to organize the local Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Schulenburg Industrial Foundation. Other offices Mayor Schwartz has held were Deputy District Governor of the Lions District; local Lions Club president and secretary; local VFW commander; president of the Texas Tenpin Bowling Association; master of the local Masonic Lodge; chairman of the board of the wholesale power customers of LCRA; chairman of the Fayette County Polio Chapter; chairman of local and county Red Cross drives; chairman of the local Cancer drive; director of the Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation; and trustee of the Schulenburg ISD. Through Schwartz's efforts the local swimming pool was built.

A 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, he recently received his 50-year-membership pin and has been honored by the Houston Consistory as a Knight Commander Court of Honor. Last year, Mayor Schwartz helped secure a $75,000 grant from the Houston Endowment Corporation for the local MH/MR facility.

He has aided local senior citizens by supporting the building of a 10-unit low income housing facility. In addition, he has made myriad donations to various youth, charity and other organization.

Immediate survivors are his wife, Felice, of Schulenburg; and three daughters: Mrs. Jean Burke, Mrs. Phyllis Hengst and Mrs. Paula Stein, all of Houston.


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 March 1922, page 1

Mrs. Andres Schwenke Dies.

Mrs. Andres Schwenke, aged 77, passed peacefully away on last Saturday evening at 10:00 o’clock at her home near Engle.

Deceased was well known throughout this section and universally loved.

The remains were buried at the O. D. H. S. cemetery at Freyburg Tuesday, March 28th. She leaves three daughters and two sons to mourn her loss.

The Sticker tenders her relatives its sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Apr 1906


Ernest Schwenke, whose home is at 1801 Dart street, died at the St. Joseph infirmary shortly before 12 o’clock last night as the result of a deplorable case of mistaken identity at an early hour Sunday morning over at the corner of Colorado and Shearn streets, during which he received a wound in the right breast from a 32 caliber pistol.

The man was evidently laboring under the idea that he was at home, and had gone into the yard of Mr. M. T. Sissom. Mrs. Sissom was awakened by a noise at the front door and awakened her husband. Together they got up and parting the curtains of the windows and looking out on the front gallery, saw a man at the door who was trying to get in. Mr. Sissom was of the opinion that he was a negro and so told his wife.

Not having a pistol on the place, Mr. Sissom called to a neighbor, Mr. Anderson, and informed him that some one was trying to get into his house, and to bring him a pistol. In the meantime Schwenke had gone into an “L” room leading from the gallery, the door having been left unlocked by mistake.

Mr. Sissom went out into the yard when Mr. Anderson brought it over, and then securing a lamp held it in his left hand while he pushed the door open and shoved the light into the room ahead of him, he himself standing at the door. He saw the man standing in the center of the room, and says that he was walking toward him. He took aim and fired twice. He says the man then threw up his hands and cried:

“Don’t do that I’ll give up!”

A third shot was fired after this, says Mr. Sissom, but it was accidental. He then ordered the man to come out of the room and commanded him to sit down on the gallery while he telephoned to the officers.

The neighbors began to flock in and there was a great deal of excitement, no one knowing who Schwenke was. When the officers arrived Schwenke was placed in an ambulance and taken to the police station at once. In the meantime, however, he had fallen over on the walk and appeared to be seriously wounded. The officers took Mr. Sissom with them, stating that it would be better to have the case investigated.

After being taken to the station Schwenke revived sufficiently to talk, and informed the officers that he had entered the place by mistake and that he had been drinking. Assistant Health Officer Ross was notified and he exmined [sic] the wounds. One of the bullets had entered the right breast to the right of the nipple, while the other was a flesh wound in the left forearm. The doctor ordered the man sent to the infirmary, where he remained some time with him. It was at first thought that his wounds were not serious.

Mr. Sissom was locked up on a warrant issusd [sic] from the court of Justice of the Peace McDonald and held in jail until 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when friends went his bond and secured his release. The charge against him was assault to murder.

Last night, after the death of Schwenke, Sissom was ordered rearrested.

No ante-mortem statement was secured from the dead man. Chief of Police Ellis yesterday morning, upon hearing that he was seriously wounded, secured Justice of the Peace Matthews and went out to the infirmary. They were notified that the man was resting easy, but he was in no apparent danger of death and the purpose of their mission – that of securing his statement – was abandoned.

The dead man was an employe [sic] of the Magnolia brewery and a member of the Brewerys’ union. He leaves a wife and four children.

Mr. Sissom is employed as a city salesman for Japhet & Co. He was formerly in the employ of W. D. Cleveland & Son. He has a wife and two children.

The family of the deceased as well as that of Mr. Sissom have the sympathy of a large circle of friends over the tragic ending of the mistake.

It was with deep regret that we read the above article from the Houston Post chronicling the death of Mr. Ernest Schwenke, brother of our fellow citizen Mr. Otto Schwenke.

His remanins [sic], accompanied by the grief-stricken wife and her four little children, and Messrs. Chas. Anders and Arthur Kiesweter, were brought to Schulenburg for interment which took place in the City Cemetery at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning.

Mr. Schwenke was only 30 years of age, just in the prime of life. He was in the employ of the Magnolia Brewing Association, a member of the Brewers’ Union No. 111 under whose auspices, assisted by the Herman Sons of the city, he was buried.

He leaves a wife and four children, two sisters, Misses Frida and Hedwig of the city, and two brothers, Otto, of the city and Paul, of the U. S. Army, 15th infantry, now stationed in the Phillippines [sic]. We join the many friends of the family in extending sincere condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 July 1921, page 1

Death Calls Ernst Schwenke

A note of sadness prevailed in this section last Saturday morning when the news of the death of Mr. Ernst Schwenke, Sr. was received in our little city, he having passed away at his farm home near High Hill.

He was well known and highly respected throughout this section, having lived here continuously since 1882, when he emigrated from Germany.

He was born on January 9, 1848, and was therefore 73 years, 6 months and 10 days of age at the time of death.

Funeral services were conducted from the home on Sunday afternoon following, with Rev. O. C. Raeke saying the beautiful services, which were attended by a large concourse of friends, and the remains laid at final rest in the Lutheran cemetery at Freyburg.

He leaves besides the host of friends, to mourn, his beloved wife, two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Nordhausen of this place and Mrs. Hattie Wertsch of Detroit, Michigan, and two sons, O. B. Schwenke of this place, and a son, Paul.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, January 22, 2013

Jerome Schwenke

Jerome Schwenke, 83, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center after a five-year illness.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating and burial in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were David Kubos, Harlan Kobza, Rodney Blaschke and Larry Schwenke, all of Schulenburg; Glenn Hollas of La Grange; and Ronnie Genzer of Brenham. Rosary was said on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with Rev. Kosler officiating.

Born in Fayette County on Dec. 18, 1929, he was the son of Charles and Ludmilla Kobza Schwenke. He attended school at Engle, and served in the U.S. Army. On Oct. 6, 1962, he married Lillian Blaschke at High Hill. A 50-year resident of Schulenburg, he worked as a carpenter. He was a member of the Catholic Church and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Jennifer Schwenke of Schulenburg, and Janice Strickland and husband Jason of Schulenburg; a sister, Adella Hollas of Weimar; a sister-in-law, Angie Schwenke of Schulenburg; and two grandchildren, Chelsea and Cullen Strickland.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Adolph Schwenke and Emil Schwenke; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Hollas.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Aug 1903


Once more the angel of death has visited our city and this time to claim Mr. Wm. Schwenke, brother of our fellow townsman, Mr. Otto Schwenke. After a lingering illness of slow fever of three months duration, he passed peacefully away Monday at 11:55 a. m. at his brothers home, and at 5:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, his remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place in the City Cemetery by loving hands, Rev. Bohmfalk of Freyburg performing the last sad rites.

Mr. Schwenke was postmaster at Engle and was a steady and industrious young man. It being doubly sad to know that he was taken away just when he had reached the prime of life, he would have been 24 years old, had he lived until October. He leaves a wife and child, a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Schwenke of Freyburg, three brothers: Messrs. Paul of San Antonio, Ernst of Houston, and Otto of Schulenburg; two sisters Misses Hedwig and Frieda and a host of relatives to mourn his untimely demise. The STICKER extends its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved family.

Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Aug 1903

Death Record.

Schwenke: Died at Schulenburg Aug. 17th-03 of remittent malaria, Wm. Schwenke, aged 23 years and 11 months.

Both contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 Dec 1892, page 2

Ellinger, Texas, November 28.— On the night of the 26th instant Alf. Logan was shot through the leg and Tom Scott was killed accidentally by a shot from the pistol of Ben Williams on Gay's Hill, about two miles from here. All colored.

The negroes had been playing cards and commenced quarreling about a quarter of a dollar. One negro knocked Ben Williams down from behind with a piece of wood. Hen then arose with pistol in hand and did the fatal shooting.


Weimar Mercury, 5 Aug 1960, page 1

Rites Set Friday For Walter Scott, Retired Rancher

Funeral services for Walter Lee Scott Sr. of Schulenburg, 84-year-old retired rancher, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Schwnke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with burial in the Schulenburg city cemetery.

The Rev. H. H. Washington, Methodist minister, will officiate.

Ill the past year, he died at 8:30 a. m. Thursday in Youens Hospital.

He was born April 8, 1876, at Sheridan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, and married Miss Selma Strunk at Oakland on Dec. 15, 1909. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Selma Scott of Schulenburg; two sons, Ernest and Walter Scott of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. W. e. Worley of Shreveport, La.; four grandchildren; and one brother, W. T. Scott of Sheridan. Three sisters and a brother preceded him in death.


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