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Shiner Gazette, 21 Dec 1898, page 1


Dr. Taborcek Found With a Bullet Hole in His Head.

Flatonia, Fayette Co., Tex., Dec. 16. – At Praha, three miles east of Flatonia, a horrible tragedy occurred Wednesday night. Dr. Frank Taborcek, Praha’s physician, was found in bed dead with a bullet wound through his head, besides a number of minor wounds which were evidently inflicted with a heavy stick of wood.

Dr. Taborcek left this city Wednesday evening for his home in Praha. Upon arriving there he went to a saloon. While there a dispute arose over some trivial subject between Dr. Taborcek and another party, and the doctor was assaulted. Upon recovering, the injured man arose and started to his home, some 300 yards away, and was not seen again until his dead body was discovered the following morning.

His housekeeper, Mrs. Vacholnos, went to his door to call him and receiving no response to his calls she sent for a neighbor. Together they entered his room. Their gaze met a horrible scene. Taborcek was lying partly on and partly off his bed, with one arm under his body, a pistol propped against his body and a ghastly wound over the right corner of his right eye, besides a number of severe bruises, which he evidently received during the fray on the previous evening. No signs of a struggle having taken place were visible.

From the position of the body when found it would cause any one to say murder had been committed.

The deceased was a widower, his wife having died some time ago. If it is suicide no cause can be assigned for the rash deed.

An inquest was held over the remains on Friday, following which, Joe Vyvjala, Frank Vyvjala and Mrs. Joe Vyvjala, were arrested, and placed under body. The two men were placed under $3,000 bond each, and Mrs. Vyvjala under $500 bond. The latest accounts say that the body of Dr. Taborcek had not yet been buried, having been kept for five days. No cause is assigned for this.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 July 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Mrs. J. Tanecka, age 56 years, died at Smithville June 13.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Jun 1901

The little six weeks old boy of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Tanner, after an illness of several days, died about 2 o’clock Saturday and the remains were interred in the City cemetery at 6 o’clock Sunday afternoon, the services having been conducted by the Rev. J. W. Gates of the Christian church. The bereaved parents have the unalloyed sympathy of their numerous friends.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Feb 1902


Helen-Annie Tanner the three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Tanner, after an illness of a few days, was relieved of her suffering last Wednesday afternoon when the innocent soul of the adored little darling was borne to its heavenly home by the Angel of death. All that was mortal of the sweet little child was tenderly interred in the city cemetery Thursday afternoon, in the presence of the bereaved family and a concourse of friends, the sacred services having been conducted by the Rev. Mr. Bracewell of Weimar.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Jan 1910


Schulenburg loses another old citizen in the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Tannler, who died at the home of her son, Mr. Casper Tannler, Tuesday night the 25th.

Mrs. Tannler was about 65 years of age and has been a resident of our city for about 20 years. Deceased was proceded [sic] in death by her husband four years ago.

Mr. Casper Tannler is the only child we understand which came to bless their union, to whom we join the public in extending our heartfelt sympathy.

Interment took place in the city cemetery Wednesday afternoon of the 26th.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Aug 1918, page 1

Kasper Tannler Dead

Kasper Tannler passed to his reward Sunday afternoon after several months sickness.

Mr. Tannler was born in Berne, Switzerland, in 1875, coming to America with his parents six years later. When but a boy he began work at the Schulenburg oil mill, his father being night watchman, and for thirty-one years was a respected and reliable employe, being chief engineer at the time of his death.

Surviving him are his widow and six children, Kasper, Frank, Victor, Elizabeth, Catherine and Helen, to whom many friends extend their sympathy. Burial services were held by Rev. Piepenbrok at the City cemetery Monday afternoon, the Praetorian lodge of which he was a member, taking active part.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906

Mr. Tannler Dead.

Mr. Melchior Tannler, an old resident of Schulenburg died Sunday night, after a lingering illness of three or four months duration, and his remains were interred in the City Cemetery Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock.

Deceased was born, Aug. 17, 1837 in Switzeland [sic] and came to this country in 1879, and has been a resident of Schulengurg [sic] ever since, and was in the employ of Mr. Chis Baumgarten at the Oil Mill during the whole time. He leaves a wife and one son, Mr. Casper Tannler to mourn his loss. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Apr 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Melchior Tannler died March 11 age 69 years 6 months and 22 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 15, 1906

Mrs. Job Tansey an old resident of Flatonia died at her home in that city Saturday afternoon, from the effects of cancer of the lungs.  She was an estimable lady, the mother of Dr. and Marcus Tansey of Smithville, (well known here), one of the early settlers of the county and leaves to mourn her departure her husband, several children, grand-children and great-grand-children.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Eagle Lake Headlight, July 17th, 2008

MacArthur Taplin, Sr.

MacArthur Taplin, Sr. was born on May 14, 1951 in Carmine, Texas to Mrs. Rosetta and Mr. Eddie Taplin, Sr. He spent his early years in Carmine where he attended the public schools. He graduated and received his diploma from Roundtop-Carmine High School.

MacArthur confessed Christ as his Lord and savior at an early age. During his teenage years, he moved to Houston. Later, he united with New Life Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Thomas L. Murray in Missouri City. Immediately after uniting with New Life MBC, he joined the Usher Board and remained active. He was ordained as a Deacon on July 7, 1996 and as a Minister of the gospel of Christ on April 4, 2004. He remained a dedicated and faithful member until his health failed.

He was affectionately known to many as “Mac”. He was a quiet but cheerful man who was loved by those who knew him. He always enjoyed spending time with his family.

“Mac” departed this life on July 2 to be with his parents, Mrs. Rosetta and Mr. Eddie Taplin, Sr.; and a brother, Willie Harris. He will be greatly missed.

MacArthur leaves to cherish his memories a faithful and loving wife of 28 years, Carolyn Sims Taplin; one son, MacArthur “Lil Mac” Jr.,’ three daughters, Sabrina, LaShunya, both of Missouri City and Helena of Houston; eight grandchildren, Donte, Keona, Diamond, Tamara, Jade, Jacoby, Jordan “Scittles,” and Davion; three sisters, Birdie Lee Taplin Watson of Cameron, Jessie Mae Wade of Brenham and Joyce Ann “Sue’ Taplin Jones (Pastor Albert Jones) of Houston; three brothers, Lonnie Taplin (Rae Lee) of Carmine, James Harris (Everlena) of Houston and Eddie “Slack’ Taplin (Alice) of Houston; a caring mother-in-law, Mercedes Sims of Eagle Lake; two brother-in-laws, Robert Loving (Osie) of Missouri City and Marvin Sims of Eagle Lake; two sister-in-laws, Shirley Davis (John) of Missouri City and Sharon Lockhart (Eugene) of Carrollton and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funerals services were held Tuesday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Missouri City with Pastor Thomas L. Murray, officiating. Interment followed at St. Matthews Cemetery in Carmine. Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Eddie Taplin, III, Leo Taplin, Cleo Taplin, David Jones, Brandell Jackson, and Rafael Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers were Ministers of New Life MBC, Ray Charles Jackson, Michael Jackson, Robert Loving, Marvin Sims, Carlton Washington, and Lawrence White.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Submitted by John Konesheck

J. T. Tarentine

The Texas Monument, July 30, 1851


In this town [La Grange], on the 25th instant, J. T. Tarentine, supposed to be from Kentucky, aged about 30 years.


Houston Post, 16 Mar 1950

ALBERT TAUCH, 75, 505 Harding, Baytown, died 1:13 PM Wednesday in a Baytown Hospital. Survivors: Sons, F. E Tauch, Albert Lee Tauch; daughters Mrs W. N. Young, Mrs Lucy Patton, Mrs Bertha Le Blanc. Sisters, Mrs Emma Hefebroch, Flatonia; Mrs Bertha Bielefeld, Falls City; Mrs Olga Schutz, Robstown; brother, William Tauch, San Antonio; Charlie Tauch, Cleburne; Paul Tauch, Flatonia; Emil Tauch, Fresno. Services 4 PM Thursday, funeral home. Rev John H. Osteen. Burial, Hill of Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers: Thurman Ickes, W. S. Speight, Belton Fisher, Orville F. Young, Everett F. Young, Troy Young. Earthman Funerals, Baytown.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Cleburne Times-Review, date unknown
[Died 10 Feb 1955]


Mr. Charles Tauch, 85, died Thursday at his home, 218 Tremont, after a short illness.

Mr. Tauch was born in Fayette County and was a former resident of Hill County. He moved to Cleburne three years ago. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Baptist Church.
Funeral services are pending at Crosier-Pearson Funeral Home.

Survivors are his widow, two step-sons, A. O. Jones of Dallas A. F. Jones of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Victoria Wyatt of Houston, Mrs. Irene Dykes of Fayetteville, Ark., and Mrs. Marie Cury one brother, Paul T. Tauch of Flatonia; one sister Olga Shultz of Robstown and 14 grandchildren.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Mar 1902, Fayetteville column

The little two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tauch died of membraneous croup Saturday night and was tenderly laid to rest in the Protestant cemetery Sunday, Rev. Pazdral officiating. The grief stricken parents have the sympathy of the community. Although there are no indications that other children have contracted the disease, the trustees of the schools have thought it best to suspend same for a week since some of the children are suffering with coughs and colds.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Post, 20 June 1956

EMIL TAUCH, 87, of 403 West Alabama Ave. died Tuesday in his home. Survivors: Son Edgar Tauch, Calif; sisters, Mrs Emma Heffenbrock, Flatonia, Mrs. Bartha Bielfeld, Falls City, Mrs. Olga Schutz, Robstown; brother Paul Tauch, Flatonia; grandson, William Gaertner, Shreveport, La.  Services 3 PM Wednesday Houston Funeral Home chapel, the Rev C. W. Hawkes. Burial Hollywood Cemetery, Houston Funeral Home.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Flatonia Argus, 29 April 1965

Funeral Services For Paul Tauch Held Monday

Paul Tauch passed away Saturday, April 24 at the Modern Nursing Home in Flatonia at the age of 93 years, one month, and 28 days. His health had been slowly failing for quite some time.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 26, at 2 p.m. from Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia with Rev. Dave Crabtree, pastor of the Flatonia Methodist Church, officiating. Two hymns, ”In the Garden” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” were sung by the choir. Interment was at Flatonia City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Louis Niemann, Otto C. Steinhauser, J. L. Etlinger, H. H. Stein, K. E. Woody, and A. H. Wiedemann.

Survivors include Two sons, Herman Tauch of San Antonio and Arnold Tauch of Flatonia; two daughters, Mrs. Ella T. Sievers and Mrs. Max (Anita) Steinhauser, both of Flatonia; one sister, Mrs. Olga Schutz of Robstown; 8 grandchildren , 7 great grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews. His parents, 7 brothers, and 4 sisters preceded him in death.

Born at High Hill near Schulenburg Feb. 26, 1872, a son of the late Henry and Augusta May Tauch, he was a true pioneer of this area. This family moved to a farm 4 miles west of Flatonia in 1883, where agriculture was its chief sources of income.

A cotton gin operated by the Tauch brothers at one time at Janice Switch.

Mr. Tauch was married to Miss Anna Louise Kurz Feb. 1, 1897. The Paul Tauch family moved to Flatonia in 1926 following Mr. Tauch’s retirement. Mrs. Tauch passed away Sept. 4, 1937.

One of his chief hobbies was the love of flowers; he made a number of fine violins and was adept in the use of hand tools. Before his health began to fail, he attended many athletic contests, in which he was vitally interested. He was known and loved by a host of friends and acquaintances of this section.

Mr. Tauch was a member of the Flatonia Methodist Church, and had been a member of the Woodmen of the World and Hermann Sons lodges for more than 50 years.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


San Antonio News Express, date unknown [Died January 19, 1952]

William Tauch, age 91 years, of 262 Kendalia Ave., died at this home Saturday night. Survivors: W. C. Tauch; daughters Mrs. Udo F. Schlather; Miss Waldine Tauch; brothers Paul, Charles and Emil Tauch; sisters Mrs. Arthur Schutz, Mrs. Emma Hoefenbrock; Mrs. Bertha Bielefeld; grandchildren Robert and Carl Tauch; Mrs. Marguerite Miller; Mrs. Walter C. Carmichael; Mrs. Gerald Hooper and Mrs. Jack Perry; 6 great-grandchildren. Service Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the Porter Loring Chapel with the Rev. W. P. Carmichael officiating. Pallbearers: A. F. Fahrenthold, H. A. Fahrenthold, W. R. Elliot, W. R. Morgan, R. W. Haynie and A. C. Hardy. Interment in the New St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Direction by Porter-Loring

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Weimar Mercury, 31 Jul 1897, page 8

Schulenburg, Tex., July 27.—Charles Taulman, a painter, went to sleep last night on the Southern Pacific railroad track at Engle and an east bound freight train came along and struck him on the head. He was brought here unconscious and lingered until 6:30 a.m. today, when he died, and was buried at the expence of the county.

Deceased formerly lived at Flatonia, and it is said he had a wife and children. The residence of his wife could not be learned, and none of his relatives or friends could be heard from.


La Grange Journal, February, February 24, 1955

Mrs. Elise Taylor

Last rites were held for Mrs. Elise Taylor, 82, of La Grange on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 13 at 3 PM from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with interment in the La Grange City cemetery.  The Rev. Robert T. Browne officiated the services for Mrs. Taylor who died at the Fayette Memorial Hospital Saturday, Feb. 1.

Born on Oct. 5, 1872 in La Grange, she was the daughter of Paul and Adela Richers Nordhausen.  She was married to John F. Taylor who preceded her in death 14 years ago.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Emil Schindler of Weimar and Mrs. Raymond Lampe of La Grange; two sons, Albert of La Grange and Lee of Houston and ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 9 Dec 1893, page 2

Died, at his residence in Colony neighborhood, Saturday, Deember 2, 1893, Mr. G. B. Taylor, of pneumonia. The deceased was one of old Fayette's highest respected citizens who, but a few days ago, was in the city, in apparently excellent health. He was a brother-in-law of M. S. G. Blackburn of the firm of S. G. Blackburn & Co., and leaves seven children, the oldest being about 14 years old, to mourn his death.

Gideon B. Taylor is buried in the Colony Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 25 Jul 1896, page 2

Winchester, Texas, July 15.—James Taylor, who died recently, was born in Houston county, Georgia, in 1810. He moved to Wilkinson county, Georgia, when a young man, engaged in farming, was elected justice of the peace, then sheriff of the county. Afterward in the early 50's he was elected to the lower house of representatives. In 1857 he moved to Texas, where he also engaged in farming and was very successful as a farmer. During the war between the states he had charge of and conducted the Mexican border trains of wagons for the confederate government loaded with cotton. Mr. Taylor was a staunch democrat, favoring sound money. His many friends regret his demise.


Weimar Mercury
15 Aug 1941, page 1

Aged Father of Weimar Resident Dies At La Grange

Funeral services for Mr. John F. Taylor, 72, father of Mrs. Emil Schindler of this city, and prominent La Grange area farmer, were held Monday afternoon from the family residence near La Grange, the Rev. S. M. Bailey officiating. Interment was made in the new La Grange Cemetery.

Mr. Taylor died Sunday, after a five-months' illness, in the home in which he was born, west of La Grange.

Born Sept. 15, 1878, son of John W. and Cecelia Taylor, he grew to manhood in the La Grange locality and made his home there. In 1889 he married Miss Elsie Nordhausen, who survives, along with the following children:

Mrs. Raymond Lampe, La Grange, Mrs. Emil Schindler of Weimar, Mrs. W. T. Barnhill of Berclain, Albert Taylor of West Point and Lee W. Taylor of Houston.

Two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Hill and Mrs. Annie Bain, both of Smithville; one brother, W. L. Taylor of La Grange; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren also survivie.

The Mercury offers sympathy to the survivors.


Weimar Mercury, 10 October 1903

La Grange, Oct. 2.—Mr. John W. Taylor, aged 65 years, died Wednesday night of consumption. Mr. Taylor was one of the oldest residents of this sounty, having been here since before the civil war. At the close of the war he had nothing, but by careful investments and hard work he accumulated property, so that, at the time of his death, he owned more land in the Colorado river valley than any othere citizen of the county. He was a charitable, liberal, public spirited man, and several young men of this community got their start in life hrough his assistance. Mr. Taylor was a partner in the electirc light and water plant of this city and, besides looking after his farms on the Colorado here, was interested in rice culture in Wharton county. He was married three times and is survived by six children, all of whom are grown. The funeral occurred from the family residence, one mile west of this city at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon under the auspices of the Masonic lodge. The interment was made in the family burying ground [Taylor Family Cemetery], near the residence.


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Oct 1900, page 1, Glass’ Chappel column

Another unexpected and very sad death occurred in our community last Wednesday. The death of May Belle Tebbs aged 20 years daughter of William and Bettie Tubbs [sic]. She had only been sick for a few days. Everything that human hands could do was done for her, but God took her.

He thought best.

May Belle was a true christian, a faithful worker, true to her vows, to her place in the choir, a lover of music, a sweet singer. Oh, how we miss her. But alas, she is no more among us, and the thought saddens our hearts, but we remember that it is quite natural to die as it is to live, Death, the awful monster has spread his cold black wings over all of natures [sic] empire, and claims all living for his prey. From him we run, against him we strive, yet he will – he must devour each and all, all living must feel the crush of his horrid jaw. On our march to the judgment we sing “And am I born to die” and our consciousness with all nature howls back to the echo “Yes” and the eternal edict of God “Dust thou art and to dust shalt thou return” forever seal the doom of mortal man, and here we halt, the heart grows faint, the head sick, and an awful flood of gloom rushes over us and we are forced to say, “It is even so I must die” that our fellow man may not hear, “O, wretched man that I am” but above the murmur of dying men we hear a voice it is the son of God, listen “He that liveth and believeth in me shall never die” beyond the sweep of human vision I see a star of God “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”

Dear father and mother and brothers May Belle is not dead but gone before. Be good and true and some sweet day, beyond the haze of earthly mystery you will meet your darling girl.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 11 May 1895

The only child of Mr. and Mrs. F. Teichmann of Dubina vicinage died last Tuesday.
Schulenburg Sticker.


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Feb 1900

DIED. – The 2-year-old boy of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Teichmann, living in the Dubina neighborhood, died of scarlet fever Sunday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Feb 1901


Judge H. Teichmueller of this judicial district, who has been in ill health for a long time and whose life for more than a year has been despaired of by his great number of admirers and friends, died at New Braunfels, where he had gone in quest of health, at 6 o’clock Sunday morning February the 17th. Mr. Teichmueller had been judge of this district a number of years; was an intelligent and an impartial officer whose intelligent conception of equity and courage in administering justice inspired the respect and admiration of all those who enjoyed his acquaintance. The funeral occurred at LaGrange at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon. The Bar Association of LaGrange took the following action in regard to Judge Teichmueller’s death:

The LaGrange Bar Association held a meeting this morning relative to the death of Judge Teichmueller, J. C. Brown presiding and C. D, Krause, secretary. Motion was made and carried that a committee be appointed to meet the remains at Smithville and have charge of the obsequies, appoint pallbearers, etc. A committee was appointed composed of the following: Messrs. J. C. Brown, J. F. Wolters, L. W. Moore, Geo. E. Lenert. T. W. Lane, E. H. Moss and C. D. Krause.

Motion was made and carried that the bar association meet at the office of Wolters & Lane at 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and attend the funeral in a body, after which the meeting adjourned.

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Mr. R. A. Wolters and Mr. G. W. Flensburg attended Judge Teichmueller’s funeral at LaGrange Monday. It is said to have been the largest attended funeral that ever occurred in Fayette county.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 24, 1955

Ben J. Teinert

Last rites for Ben J. Teinert were held Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Holy Cross Lutheran church in Warda with burial in the Holy Cross cemetery.  The Rev. John L. Herzog officiated at the services for Mr. Teinert, 81, who died Monday at the Lee Memorial Hospital in Giddings.

Born on August 10, 1873 in the Rabb’s Creek community, he was later married to Miss Mathilda Kaspar at Warda on Feb. 16, 1899.  His wife preceded him in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Erna of Warda; two sons, Edwin of Warda and Arnold of Giddings; one brother, August of Vernon; one sister, Mrs. Ben Woythe of Vernon and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, November 17, 1904


Died at Warda, Oct. 19, of old age, Johann Carl Tienert [sic.], aged 84 years.


Weimar Mercury, 16 Jan 1892, page 3

We regret very much to learn of the death of Mr. Wm. Tell's mother, which occurred at Bluff settlement, in Fayette county, the first of the week, at an advanced age. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved son and relatives.

[Anna C. Tell is buried in the Old La Grange City Cemetery.]


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

Heart Attack Fatal For Mrs. Teltschik; Rites Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Gus Teltschik, 74, who died of a heart attack at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at her home near Oakland, were held here Sunday morning, Feb. 17.

Rev. John Bily officiated in the services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery at Schulenburg.

The former Miss Julia Ann Polk, she was born Dec. 27, 1888, at Schulenburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stefan Polk. She was married at Schulenburg to Gus Teltschik on Oct. 13, 1908, and they lived at High Hill until moving to the Oakland area in about 1911. She was a member of St. Michael's Church and St. Ann's Society.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Alfred Teltschik of Dilley, Texas; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; six brothers, Emil and Anton Polk of Schulenburg, Joe Polk of Channelview, Edward Polk of Port Arthur, Steve Polk of Waco and Herman Polk of Mart; and four sisters, Mrs. Louise Haidusek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Annie Hoffmann of Mart, Mrs. Mary Miller of Waco and Mrs. Albina Schlimmer of Corsicana. A son, Erwin, preceded her in death in 1957.

Pallbearers were five grandsons, Alfred Teltschik Jr., Don Teltschik, Erwin Teltschik, David Teltschik, and Glenn Teltschik; and E. J. Haidusek. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Polk and Paul John Polk.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, February 26, 1976, page 3

Funeral for Mrs. Teltschik Here Feb. 19

Funeral services for Mrs. Ernest (Ludmilla) Teltschik, 96, of New Braunfels, were held Thursday, Feb. 19, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here, with Rev. Charles Carolan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Teltschik died Feb. 17 of pneumonia.

Born July 11, 1879 at High Hill, she was the daughter of Anton and Theresia (Kloesel) Kainer. She was married to Mr. Teltschik on Nov. 18, 1902, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, High Hill, and they settled on a farm near Oakland. After the death of her husband on Aug 31, 1944, she moved to New Braunfels to make her home with her daughter.

She is survived by three sons, Maurice Teltschik of Houston, George Teltschik of Hallettsville and Alex Teltschik of Robstown; four daughters, Mrs. Fred (Ella) Manofsky of Houston, Mrs. Joe (Annie) Manofsky of Weimar, Mrs. Kenneth (Stella) Garey of Sandia and Mrs. George (Ida) Berger of New Braunfels; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Three children preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were her six grandsons, A. J. Manofsky of Beaumont, Clarence Teltschik of Houston, Ernest Teltschik of Houston, Franklin Berger of New Braunfels, and Robert and Jimmy Teltschik of Robstown.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger


Weimar Mercury, August 29, 1958

Emil E. Tengler, 63, Dies; Rites At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Emll E. Tengler, 63, a Fayette County resident for 50 years but more recently of Fort Worth, were held Friday, Aug. 22, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Eustace Hermes officiated.

Mr. Tengler died at his home in Fort Worth, of a coronary occlusion. He had suffered heart attacks in 1955 and 1956 which left him disabled though not a bed patient.

Born at Ammannsville, a son of Ernest and Agnes Tengler, he married Miss Mary Elizabeth Vacek there Nov. 17, 1914, and they continued to live in that area until 1946 when they moved to Fort Worth, where he was employed by Justin Boot and Shoe Co. He retired after the 1955 heart attack.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Jerome J. Tengler, who lives in Fort Worth and is employed by the Dorsey Co. in Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Ignac (Mary) Zapalac and Mrs. Joe (Martha) Antosh, both of Fayette County; and two brothers Fred and Raymond Tengler, both of Houston. Another son, Erwin Tengler, was killed in a World War II air mission over Germany.

Pallbearers were Mr. Tengler's nephews, Silvin Cernosek, Vastine Hilscher, Geo. Watzlavick, Oscar Bucek, Jerry Tengler and Jim Muzny.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 19 Jun 1949, page 1

Reburial Rites for Sgt. Erwin Tengler Set At Schulenburg

Reburial services for Sgt. Erwin E. Tengler, who lost his life in 1944 during a flying mission over Germany, will be held tomorrow (Friday) morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Rose Cemetey in Schulenburg.

Sgt. Tengler was a brother of Jerry Tengler, resident of Weimar for several years, and nephew of Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Cernosek of Weimar.

Born in Schulenburg January 15, 1922, he attended St. Rose School and Schulenburg High School, graduating from the latter in 1939. After a year at a business college in San Antonio, he worked in the Labor Department of the Federal government, in Washington, D. C. When war was declared, he took a military leave of absence and volunteered for Air Forces services.

Sent overseaes with the 9th Air Force, he arrived in England in May, 1944. The B-17 bomber on which he was a waist-gunner was hit by flak, and the young flyer was forced to bail out. Six of the nine crew members escaped and have returned to the United States, but no one knows the circumstances surrounding the death of Tengler and the other two crew members.

He was listed by the War Department as "missing in action" until 1946 when his parents were notified that he hd been found buried in Hamburg-Ohlsdorf, German Civilian Cemetery. German citizens had buried him there. His remains were reinterred by the C. S. forces in Belgium.

Surviving in addition to his brother, Jerry, are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Tengler of Fort Worth. The Tenglers live at 6309 Malvey, Ft. Worth.

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Weimar Mercury, 7 Aug 1959, page 1

Final Rites for Fred R. Tengler, 65, Wednesday

Funeral services for Fred R. Tengler, 65, an Ammannsville native and former Weimar businessman, were held Wednesday morning at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with burial in the church cemetery Rev. Hermes officiated.

Mr. Tengler, who had lived in Houston the past several years, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Au. 3, in Veterans Hospital, after a 3-day illness. He was a World War I Navy veteran.

Born at Ammannsville in 1894,m he was the son of Ernest and Agnes Tengler. He married Miss Lillie Parma there in 1921. They lived in Weimar for a few years, Mr. Tengler operating a pressing shop. Later they lived in the Holman area, and Mr. Tengler was connected with the Fayette AAA office in La Grange. From Holman they moved to Houston, where during the war years he worked in the shipyards.

His wife survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Willie Kuchar of Columbus; two sons, Jaroslav (Jerry) Tengler of Freeport and Allen Tengler of Houston; one brother, Raymond Tengler of Schulenburg; and two sisters, Mrs. Ignac (Mary) Zapalac and Mrs. Joe (Martha) Antosh, both of Schulenburg. A brother, Emil E. Tengler of Schulenburg preceded him in death in August 1958.


The Fayette County Record, 28 September, 2001


Funeral services were held for Hilda Helen (Brandt) Tengler, 87, Sunday, Sept, 23 at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. Burial was in the Brandt Cemetery in Holman. The Rev. Dan Kahlich officiated.

She died Sept. 20 in Columbus.

Born Jan. 15, 1914 in Weimar, she was the daughter of Heinrich Emil and Helene Gerhardine (Schmidt) Brandt. She married Howard Marcus Tengler Sept. 25, 1932. She was a homemaker, seamstress and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Lois David and husband John of Weimar, Barbary Dybala and husband Leonard of Hallettsville, Rita and Michael Krenek of Fayetteville, and Vivian Ellis of Columbus; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Tengler of Schulenburg and Mary Brandt of Columbus; 17 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; ; husband; sons, Carlton, Travis and Howard Wayne Tengler; two sisters, Hertha Karm and Elsia Brandt; six brothers, Adolph, Otto, Reinhrdt, Edwin, Edgar, and Herbert Brandt; and one grand-child.

Henneke Funeral Home, Ltd, of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by Cathleen Witt Dunne


The Weimar Mercury, 16 July 1991

K. Tengler Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Kenneth Duane Tengler, 30, of New Caney were held Thursday, July 2, from Henneke Funeral Home at Columbus. Burial was in Brandt Cemetery near Holman. Rev. Eugene Fitzwater officiated.

Tengler, a carpenter, died June 28 at his home.

Born May 9, 1962 at Columbus, he was a son of Carlton Ray and Ida Lanora (Brown) Tengler.

Surviving are his mother, Lanora Tengler of Valdez, Alaska; his father, Carlton “Callie” Tengler of Columbus; two sisters, Shirley Tengler of Anchorage, Alaska and Jackie Smith of Texarkana; a brother, Glenn Tengler of Texarkana; and his grandmother, Hilda Tengler of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Shane Carter, Glen Tengler Sr., Ron Brown, Carlos Camacho, Bobby Woodard, Keith Hubbard, Larry Ellis and Bob Hagen

Transcribed by Cathleen Witt Dunne


Shiner Gazette, 28 Jul 1910

Death of Wm. A. Thatcher

The sad news reached the city last Sunday of the death of W. A. Thatcher of Eagle Lake, who dropped dead of heart failure while seated at the breakfast table. The funeral took place at Flatonio [sic], his old home. He leaves a wife, three children, a brother, John Thatcher, and a sister, Mrs. J. C. Habermacher, to mourn his sudden taking off.

“After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.”

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1916, page 1

Editor Theuer Dead

Engelbert Theuer was born October 23, 1854, in Baden-Baden, Germany, and came to America in 1872, locating at Ackley, Iowa, where he married Miss Catherine Dietz and where he resided until 1884. With his family he then removed to Robertson county, Texas. After a short residence there he moved to Temple, where, having in Germany prepared himself for the Ministry, for a while preached in the German Methodist church there.

After the loss of his wife, he came in 1904 to Schulenburg and established the first German paper of the town, the “Volksfreund,” which he continued to publish up to the time of his death, Friday, April 7.

Eight children were born of this union, seven of whom survive, Mrs. Anna Jordan, of Schulenburg; George, of Houston; Lewis, of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Cora Gorman, of Houston; Mrs. Mary Musselman, of Vernon, Colorado; Mrs. Susie Herzik, of Schulenburg; Mrs. Freida Herzik, of Praha, and Willie, who died in Schulenburg three years ago.

Interment took place in the city cemetery, the Rev. Paul Piepenbrock officiating.

The floral offerings were many and beautiful.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 April 1913


While it was hourly expected the death of Willie Theuer Saturday at 1 o’clock, p. m. at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. B. Jordan, came as quite a shock to his relatives and friends.

Willie had been suffering with a complication of Bright’s disease and lung trouble for the past three years and was confined to his bed three weeks before death relieved him of pain.

His passing away was a very peaceful one and he looked as though he had fallen asleep.

His remains were conveyed the following afternoon at four o’clock to our beautiful city of the dead and were laid to rest, Rev. Gibbons of the Weimar M. E. church officiating. The choir rendered several appropriate song selections.

Willie was in his eighteenth year, was born in Temple, and while but a short time of his life was spent among us he won the esteem of all who knew him.

He leaves a father, Editor E. Theuer of the Texas Volkfreund two brothers, Louis of Denver, Colorado, and Geo. of Houston, and five sisters, Mesdames Anna B. Jordan, Alfons Herzik of the city and Ferd Herzik of Praha, Mary Musselman, Vernon, Colorado, and Cora Gorman of Houston.

All were present at his funeral services except Mrs. Musselman and Mr. Louis Theuer of Colorado.

Our deepest sympathy goes out. to the father, brothers and sisters in their hour of bereavement.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 23 Mar 1904

Daniel Thiel.

Died at his home about 5 mile north-east of Schulenburg, Daniel Thiel, a highly respected prosperous farmer aged 69 years, Mr. Thiel came to Texas in 1858 and settled in Washington county, near Brenham. When the civil war broke out he joined Capt. Vogt’s company, Wauls Legion, C. S. A. He was taken prisoner at Ft. Pemperton, Miss., and was taken to Camp Morton, Indiana, where for two years he suffered through all the hardships of that horrible prison. After the war he moved to his present home. He leaves a widow and several grown children. So another Confederate Veteran has gone to answer the last Roll call. Peace to his ashes. – Schulenburg Sticker.

Mr. Thiel was the father-in-law of Mr. Adolph Hohhertz, Sr., of Shiner, who attended the funeral of the deceased.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jun 1895, supplement

Express Special: LaGrange, Tex., June 26.—Six miles north of here yesterday evening Henry Bertran accidentally shot and killed Fred Thiesen, aged 12 years. The victim was buried today.


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 24 Sep 1874, page 2

The Fayette County New Era states that on Monday, the seventh instant, Ellis Thomas, one of the most worthy and industrious colored men in the county, in attempting to cross the swollen Buckner's creek, was swept off his horse and drowned.


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 June 1910


Died at Winchester, June 17, Governeur Clinton Thomas, age 64 years, 2 months and – days, of heart failure.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Jan 1917

Negro Killed

Joe Thomas, a negro living on one of the Jim Williams places, south of town was shot Sunday evening about dusk and died a few hours later.

From the reports it seems that Thomas had been working for a neighbor Sunday afternoon and when he reached home was greeted with both charges from a double barrel shot gun. The entire charge struck him in the stomach, but despite his serious injuries, he walked more than two miles through the brush to a negro tenant’s house  on the Bill Lawrence place, reaching there two hours later where death occurred about 2 o’clock in the morning.

Up to the time of going to press the dead man’s wife has not been located.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 25, 1943]

Mrs. R. P. Thomas

Mrs. R. P. Thomas, formerly of La Grange, died at El Paso, Saturday, March 20.  Surviving are her son, Dr. (Capt.) R. P. Thomas, her sister, Mrs. R. O. Perkins, and her two grandsons.

Mrs. Thomas, a daughter of the late Dr. Whitlow, became the wife of Dr. R. P. Thomas, D.D.S., at La Grange, when Dr. Thomas practiced dentistry in the office formerly used by Dr. W. N. Murphy.  She will be remembered by many as Miss Pauline Whitlow.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record


Funeral services for Pearl Thomas, 96, of 648 E. Pearl St. were conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul AME Church. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemeery-East with the Rev. R. J. Johnson of Bellville officiating.

Mrs. Thomas passed away Monday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born in Fayette County March 17, 1894, she was the daghter of the late Isac and Adline (Reeves) Thomas. She was a member of the African Methodist Church. She had been a cook at Sacred Heart School for many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Rubena Hampton and Clema Jackson of Houston; one son, Johnnie Davis of Austin; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Tommy Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


The Galveston Daily News, 18 Feb 1875, page 2


There are no cases of small-pox in Fayettee [sic.] county save in the vicinity of Flatonia and Weimar. Mrs. M. M. Ward and Mr. R. Thomas, and his two brothers, all died in the vicinities mentioned from small-pox.


DIED—At LaGrange, Thursday, April 9th, 1885, Dr. R. B. THOMAS, of Flatonia, aged 68 years.

The deceased was a native of Shackleford county, Virginia. His family was one of the oldest and most highly respect of that State. Being wealthy they extended to him all the advantags that wealth could procure. He was sent to the flrst schools of the country and finally graduated at Winchester college and Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, with high honors, both in literary and medicine. After graduating he was appointed assistant surgeon in the United States Navy, in which capacity he served eight years, resigned and finally came to Texas in 1847, where he has continued to reside until his death. His residence in this State has been chiefly in this and surrounding counties, where he leaves a host of friends.

For the last five or six years he was in poor health, scarcely able to take care of and provide for himself not withstanding he had thousands of dollars due him for services rendered before he became incapacitated for work, which would have placed him beyond the reach of want, could he have collected it. But men for whom he had done so much, although professing to be his friends, permitted him to become an objectof charity and die in a Poor-house unattended by any one save his youthful son aud a brother physician.

He was noted for his generous and wholly unselfish nature. He abounded with sympathy for his fellow-creatures, and there was no service he could render them, he would not cheerfully do. His thoughts, and aims in life, when at himself, were pure, lofty and ennobling. He was scrupulously honest in all the affairsof life and scorned anything that had the semblance of meanness, or in any way dishonorable.

About five years ago he made a profession of religion and joined the Baptist church, but whether he continued his membership or not we are unable to say.

It may be consoling to his relatives and friends, living far away to know, that he received a christian burial, and that his remains were interred in the beautiful Cemetery at this place, in a manner commensurate with the noble sou! which had taken its flight to undiscovered country, whence no traveler returns. Requieseat en pace.


Weimar Mercury, 26 Jul 1918

Mad Dog Cause of Death.

Miss Byrdie Ann Thomason of Flatonia, aged fourteen years, died at the Perkins Hotel Saturday night while stopping between trains on her way to Austin to receive medical treatment caused from a mad dog. It seems, some ten days before, she had been playing with a dog which later developed indications of being mad, and after being killed and an examination made, it was discovered the dog had hydrophobia. The young girl on Saturday morning was taken suddenly ill and soon turned into convulsions, and after getting over the first spell she told her parents of having played with the dog that was killed some days before, at the time nor then did she remember the dog biting or scratching her. Her father and brother, accompanied by Dr. A. M. Kotzebue of that place started as soon as the train came for Austin with her. Arriving here the condition of the young lady was seen growing worse, and as the train for Austin would not arrive before morning, it was thought best to take her in an auto to Austin but her condition grew worse so rapidly the doctor soon saw that it would be useless, and death relieved her sufferings about two and one-half hours later. The remains, accompanied by her father, brother and the doctor, left on the morning train for Flatonia, where interment was made.—Giddings News.


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Mar 1899, page 1

Mr. G. W. Thomasson died in the Colony neighborhood last week and was buried in the Flatonia cemetery. The deceased was one of the oldest settlers of this county and lived to quite an advanced age, and was highly respected by all who knew him for his many traits of character. – Flatonia Argus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Thompson: Died near Warrenton, 1-1-04, of Typhoid Pneumonia Mandanna Thompson colored aged 20 years and 2 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross




La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 14, 1929

Died At Austin

Mrs. John Hunter Thompson died at Austin, February 7, 1929.  Her husband preceded her in death ten months and one week.  She leaves to mourn for her, three children, two sons, J. H. Thompson, Jr., and Haines Thompson, an only daughter Miss Fairy Thompson, all of Houston.

Mrs. Thompson is also survived by her mother Mrs. E. M. Faires, one brother Killough Faires of Flatonia and Owen Faires of Sweetwater; one sister Mrs. J. H. Durham of Louisville, Ky., who came to the funeral in Houston February 9, 1929.  Mr. D. H. Killough and Mr. John H. Killough and family attended the funeral, as did also many relatives and friends of both families.

Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Baptist church, Rev. Moore conducted the very impressive services.

She was a devout Christian woman, loved by her many relatives and friends.

Peace to her soul.  She has entered into rest.   Contributed.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 17, 1938

“Aunt Sarah” Thompson

The familiar figure of “Aunt” Sarah Thompson, often seen on the streets, as with crutch she made her way to town and back home will be missed by her many white friends, who frequently aided, financially, when she asked.

“Aunt Sarah” was an ex-slave; when the war between the states was on, she was about 23 years old, and frequently told the Journal editor in recent years, that she nursed during the entire war period.  Her narratives were interesting; she spoke German with ease, and claimed during the war period and thereafter that the German families helped her at all times.

Intelligent, and learning much by observation during her girlhood days, she became governess and nurse in white family homes, and later removed to another State, where she prospered.  She created quite a sensation in La Grange about twenty years ago when she came back for a visit, and attended church at the A.M.E. church.  Charges she made, as to why the services were so little attended, caused her arrest for disturbing religious worship.

When her trial was on the courtroom was filled with white spectators who heard her testimony, that she had no intent and did not disturb religious worship, but sought to better the morals of her people.  Her attorney made an eloquent plea and when the jury said:  “Not guility! the spectators concurred.

Later, smooth white swindlers visited her at her home after she returned here to live, and persuaded her to surrender certificates of value, stating that she would be given new and better certificates in lieu thereof.  “I believed them, and found, to my sorrow, when I failed to hear from my company, that they had sent out no agents to recall the certificates.”  The swindlers were not caught.

May she rest in peace, when a child the Journal editor was frequently taken in charge by this good old negress and protected as only the old-time negress of the days that tried men’s souls, could.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Brenham Weekly Banner, 15 Jul 1880, page 1

—An old German named Thormoelen [Thormaehlen?], who lied near Warrenton Fayette county, committed suicide June 27th. He had an old pistol, without a hammer, loaded and wrapped in a handkerchief and was standing talking to a number of acquaintences [sic.]; placing the muzzle to his abdomen he struck the cap with a weight; the ball passed through his bowels. In a few minutes he was dead. No cause assigned. The Lone Star obtained the above particulars from E. Henkle [sic.], esq., of Round Top.


Weimar Mercury, Jan 30,1920 page 1

Dr. Lyle Thornton Dead.

From the LaGrange Journal of last issue we learn of the death of Dr. Lyle G. Thornton, a former Columbus citizen, which occurred at Camp Travis, San Antonio, Thursday of last week, of influenza. Dr. Thornton's home was at West Point, Fayette county. At the outbreak of the war he volunteered his services to his country, and was stationed at Dallas and Des Moines, Iowa. he had been ill for some time, but was thought to be better up to a short time before his death. The funeral took place at West Point. He leaves a widow and one small daughter. He was a son of the late Richard Thornton, who for many years conducted a hotel and livery stable at Columbus. A brother, Dr. John Thornton, died some ten years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, 30 Jan 1920, page 1


Dr. Lyle Thornton of West Point, Texas, died in the base hospital, at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio one day last week. Dr. Thornton was a former Columbus citizen and will be remembered by many old residents. He has lived in West Point for many years and has built up quite a reputation as a physician and fried to man. He had the public spirit and was always a leader in his town. He built several business houses at West Point.

When the urgent call for medical men for the army was made he volunteered and was accepted. He was in the service in the United States for many months, but was never sent overseas on account of his physicial condition. He suffered with heart trouble. After hard service last winter during the influenza epidemic, while on his way north with a troop train he broke down and for months lingered between life and death at Camp Dodge, Iowa. Finally he began to improve and became strong enough to make the trip to San Antonio. During the month of December he was removed home and spent a thirty day furlough with his family and among the people who had learned to love him. But his physical condition again became serious and he was returned to the hospital to patiently await his "final discharge," which was not long in coming. Another soldier has gone to meet the Great Commander—another life willingly sacrificed on the altar of his country.

Dr. Thornton leaves a young wife and a little five year old daughter, Charlyne. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Buried in the Plum Grove Cemetery at West Point.


Colorado Citizen, 13 Aug 1891, page 3

The CITIZEN regrets to hear of the violent and sudden death of young Richard Halifax Thorton [sic.], son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Thornton of this city, which occurred at Waco last Friday morning under peculiarly distressing circumstances. He had obtained permission from Mrs. Olive, his aunt, to accompany a colored man to haul gravel, and had made one load and returned. "Fax," as the boy was familiary called, the negro and the team were standing beside the wall of gravel to secure the second load, when a "cave in" occurred, totally enveloping the boy and the negro except his head, which was left in the open air, but his body was covered and held tightly in. Workmen near by were attracted by the crash, and immediately setto work to recover the bodies. The negro was extricated with slight injuries, but so dazed and confused as to be unable to tell anything of the accident. It was more than half an hour before the body of "Fax" was unearthed, and it was evident from the bruises and broken bones that the fearful weight of the avalanche of gravel had instantly deprived him of life. Mr. Sid. Olive reached the scene soon after the accident, but was powerless to render further aid than to take charge of the body. Richard H. [Thornton] was near fourteen years of age and was a native of Columbus, where his father now resides. After funeral services in Waco at Mr. Olive's, the remains were transferred to LaGrange, accompanied by Mr. Sid. Olive, and committed to the dust last Saturday in the presence of many relatives and friends. We copy from the Waco Day the following nice tribute to his memory:

"Fax" Thornton would have been 14 years old had he lived until October 21[?] proximo. His mother died nearly seven years ago and his aunt, Mrs. S. C. Olive, has been a second mother to him, for he was reared in Mr. Olive's home and family as affectionately and carefully as a son. He was a whole-souled, ___[?] boy —well-bred, correct principles and pleasing manners. His physique was superb, and he gave rich promise of becoming a man who would be an ornament to society and a credit to those who raised him. He was greatly liked by his playmates and those who knew him, and the sympathy of all will go out to Mr. and Mrs. Olive.


The Galveston Daily News, 15 Aug 1869, page 1

Mr. Saunders for the killing of Thorpe at LaGrange, was required to give bail for his appearance to answer an indictment in the District Court. Bail fixed at $1500.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 14, 1968

Last Rites for Alfred Thuemler Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Alfred A. Thuemler, 64, of 305 South Lester, in La Grange, were held Tuesday, November 12, at 2:00 P.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. T. H. Graalmann officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Thuemler, a retired service station manager, passed away Sunday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born in Ammansville on September 26, 1904, a son of Henry and Pauline Richter Thuemler, Sr. he was married to Emma Callsen on November 14, 1929, in La Grange.  He was a lifelong La Grange resident.

Survivors include his wife of La Grange; father, of Schulenburg; a daughter, Mrs. James (Nelda) Blaha of La Grange; a sister, Mrs. Joe (Adela) Niesner of Schulenburg; two brothers, Henry Thuemler, Jr., of Weimar and George Thuemler of La Grange; and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, January 11, 1957, page 9

Mrs. Thuemler Dies At Her Home At The Age Of 86

Mrs. Anna Thuemler, wife of Fritz Thuemler and a resident of La Grange for the past 50 years, passed away at her home Tuesday, Jan. 8. She was 86.

Mrs. Anna Jaenichen Thuemler was born in Saxon, Germany, on Dec. 26, 1870. She was married to Fritz Thuemler in 1898 at La Grange.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Thuemler Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Philadelphia Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp with burial in the Swiss Alp Lutheran Cemetery. Rev. F. E. Eilers officiated.

Surviving Mrs. Thuemler are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Hugo (Elsa) Brandt of Boerne, Mrs. O. C. (Edna) Reakan of San Antonio; one son, Karl Thuemler of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Hertha Sander of Lubbock and Mrs. Lena Roeder of La Grange; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, November 13, 1975, page 7

Mrs. Anna Thuemler Succumbs

Mrs. Anna Thuemler, age 91 years, succumbed November 1 in Colonial Nursing Home here after an illness of six months.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 3, at 9:45 a.m. from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel and continued at St. Rose Catholic Church. Rev. Roger Robbins officiated at the funeral Mass and burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ben G. Anderson, Arthur Schilhab, O. B. Hearne, Joe Niesner, George Thuemler and Karl Thuemler.

Mrs. Thuemler, daughter of the late John and Theresa Makitta Schilhab, was born March 23, 1884, Mason County. On November 22, 1906, she was united in marriage to August Thuemler at St.Rose Catholic Church and the couple settled in the Freyburg community.

Survivors are a son, Willie Thuemler of Schulenburg; sister, Mrs. Ed (Marie) Provo, Corpus Christi; brother, Louis Schilhab, Alvin; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband Nov. 5, 1947; also a son, Johnnie on June 14, 1965 and a brother, John Schilhab.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, November 7, 1947, page 1

Funeral Services For August Theumler To Be Held Friday

Funeral services for Mr. August Theumler, aged 70 years, who passed away on Wednesday afternoon, November 5, will be held from the St. Rose Catholic Church on Friday morning, November 7, at 9:30 A.M. Services will be held at the home about five miles northwest of Schulenburg at 9:00 A.M. Interment will be in the St. Rose Cemetery.

Further details were not available as we go to press.

The Schulenburg Sticker
Friday, November 14, 1947, page 1

August Theumler Laid To Rest Friday

August Theumler, age 70 years, ten months and twelve days, passed away at the family residence, about four miles northwest of Schulenburg, on Wednesday, November 5. He had been in ill health for the past three years.

Mr. Theumler was born at Bluff, near La Grange on December 23, 1876, as the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Theumler. He was united in marriage on November 22, 1906, to Miss Annie Schilhab. Later they moved to their farm four miles northwest of Schulenburg. He was a life long resident of this county and had been a farmer all of his life.

Funeral services were held from the family residence on Friday, November 7, at 9:00 A.M., followed by services at the St. Rose Church at 9:30 A.M. Rev. Leo Goertz officiated at the last rites.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Johnnie of Alvin and Willie at home; four brothers, Fritz, Henry and Otto Theumler of La Grange and Anton Theumler of Poteet; five sisters, Mrs. Annie Janzen of Moulton; Mrs. Emma Ahrens, Karnes City; Mrs. Helen Frietsch, Lincoln; Mrs. Louise Andreas, Fayetteville; and Mrs. Dora Tschiedel, La Grange. One brother, Herman preceded him in death.

Pall bearers were Alfred Ahrens, Otto Andreas, George Theumler, Joe Neisner, Frank Gassmann and Louis Petrash.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, January 23, 1941, page 7

Mrs. Dora Thuemler

Death came to Mrs. Dora Thuemler, at her home at Bluff, Sunday, Jan. 20, aged 90 years, 1 month and 19 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2:00 p.m., at her home and later at the Philadelphia Lutheran church, Rev. Erhard F. Eilers officiating; interment was in the churchyard cemetery.

Mrs. Theumler [sic], widow of the late Frederick Thuemler who died in 1915, was born in Germany, Dec. 1, 1850, and immigrated to America when 16 years old; she had lived in the county for 74 years. She was a member of the Lutheran church.

Surviving are her five sons:  Fritz, August, Henry and Anton Theumler [sic] to [sic] La Grange, on South Madison of La Grange, and Otto Theumler [sic] of Schulenburg; and her five daughters: Mrs. Anna Janszen, Moulton; Mrs. Emma Ahrens, Karnes City; Mrs. Helena Fritsch, Lincoln; Mrs. Louise Andreas, Fayetteville; and Mrs. Dora Tschiedel, La Grange. One sister, Mrs. Lina Knippe of Harwood, and three brothers: Henry and Otto Sander of Lincoln, and Fritz Sander of Giddings, also survive her.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, April 23, 1964, page 5

Fritz Thuemler, 91 Rites Held April 19

The funeral services for Fritz Thuemler, age 91 years, were conducted Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 p.m. from the Philadelphia Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp. Rev. Manfred Holek Jr. officiated and interment was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Thuemler, a retired farmer of the Bluff community passed away April 17 at the Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

The deceased was born on January 14, 1873 as the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Thuemler in the same community where he spent his entire lifetime. On November 7, 1898, he was united in marriage to Anna Jaenichen, who preceded him in death on January 8, 1957.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. O. C. (Edna) Rankin of San Antonio; a son, Karl Thuemler of La Grange; a sister, Mrs. Dora Stelzig of La Grange; a brother, Henry Thuemler of Swiss Alp; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Koenig Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of the arrangements.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, December 14, 1922

Died Tuesday Morning

Herman Thuemler of he [sic] Swiss Alp section died at the local hospital Tuesday following an illness that had lasted for weeks. The deceased was brought to the hospital here the past week in a very delicate condition and received all possible treatment to restore him, but he failed to respond to the treatment.

Mr. Thuemler was about forty-eight years of age and a man of many friends, to whom, beside his relatives the announcement of his death created a feeling of sorrow. His widow and five children and several brothers and other relatives survive.

The remains were taken to his home Tuesday and from his late residence the funeral was held Wednesday. The Journal offers its sincere sympathy to the survivors.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
Submitter’s note: Herman Thuemler is buried in the Swiss Alp Lutheran Cemetery.


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, April 23, 1942

Herman Thuemler

Funeral services for Herman Thuemler were held on last Friday morning from the family residence at 9:00 o’clock, with services at the St. Rose Catholic church at 9:30 o’clock.

Mr. Thuemler was born and reared in this section of the country and had spent the greater part of his life on the farm. He was an honest, upright, hardworking man, who lived a clean Christian life. He had many friends and was of the jovial type that had a good word and a smile for everyone.  He had just reached the peak of life. Mr. Thuemler was born December 13, 1908, near Ammannsville.

Death was attributed to a gun shot wound. He had been plowing in the field and his wife brought him a mid-afternoon lunch. About the time that she arrived, a car was seen to drive up to the house. He asked his wife to watch the team while he went to see who it was. A few minutes later she saw the car drive away but Mr. Thuemler did not return to the field. After quite a few minutes she went home and found him dead, and a .22 rifle lay by his side. Justice of the Peace Harvey Clark rendered his decision as suicide.

Interment was made in the St. Rose Catholic cemetery, with Father Leo Goertz in charge of the services.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Albina Holub Thuemler; his mother, Mrs. Louisa Theumler [sic] of Hostyn; two brothers, Emil of Hostyn, and Fred of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Nollkaemper of Swiss Alp and Mrs. Frank Miller of near Schulenburg.—Schulenburg Sticker

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, April 26, 1951, page 12

Mrs. Thuemler, 75, Succumbs Of Burns Sunday Morning

Mrs. Louise Thuemler, 75, met a fiery death at her home in the Hostyn community shortly after sunup Sunday morning.

She was found by her son, Emil, in the yard of her home. Her clothing and a quilt which she had wrapped around her, all soaked with kerosene, were aflame when Mr. Thuemler found his mother. He sustained serious burns to his hands and arms in a vain effort to extinguish the blaze.

Justice of the Peace Geo. L. Haidusek, who held the inquest, ruled it was death at her own hand.

Mrs. Thuemler, nee Louise Richter, was born at Dubina on March 14, 1876, and was married to Herman Thuemler at La Grange in December 1895. Mr. Theumler [sic] passed away on Dec. 12, 1922.  Mrs. Thuemler had not been in the best of health of late.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 PM at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with continued services at the Hostyn Catholic Church. Rev. Edward J. Jansky officiated, and interment was in the Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Fred and Emil of La Grange; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Nollkamper of La Grange and Mrs. Robert Mueller of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Thuemler and Mrs. Henry Beyer of La Grange; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, September 23, 1948, page 6

Mrs. Otto Thuemler Dies After Illness

Mrs. Otto Thuemler of near La Grange passed away at the local hospital Saturday after a serious illness of eight weeks’ duration. She was 55 years, 11 months and 19 days of age.

Mrs. Thuemler, nee Miss Minnie Kainer, was born near Weimar on Sept. 29, 1892 and on Nov. 21, 1923 was united in marriage with Mr. Thuemler at Weimar. They had been residents of La Grange R3 ever since their marriage.

Funeral services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel Monday at 8:30 a.m., with continued services at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Hostyn at 9 o’clock. Rev. Edward J. Jansky officiated and interment was in the Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Beside her widower, she is survived by three daughters, Misses Margaret, Laura and Loretta Thuemler, all of La Grange; two sisters, Misses Annie and Christina Kainer of Weimar; one brother, Ed. Kainer of Weimar; one step-sister, Mrs. John Ulrich of Weimar; and one step-brother, Joe Kainer of Weimar.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 25, 1955, page 1

Final Rites for Otto Thuemler, 63, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Otto E. Thuemler, who died early Monday morning at Youens hospital here, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and at the Hostyn Catholic Church, with Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiating.

Burial was at Hostyn, in the church cemetery.

Mr. Thuemler had been in the hospital about ten days.

A native of Hostyn, near LaGrange, he had lived there until 18 months ago when he moved to Weimar to live with his daughter, Mrs. Bennie Kosler, and family. He was a retired farmer.

Born Dec. 3, 1892, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Thuemler. His wife, the former Miss Minnie Kainer, died in 1948. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the American Legion. His World War I army service included time overseas. Weimar veterans took part in the services held for him Tuesday.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Kosler and Mrs. Wilbert Hollek, both of here, and Mrs. Eugene Novak of Houston; three sisters, two brothers and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers for the services were Alfred Ahrens, Eugne Kainer, Henry Thuemler, Fritz Andres, Emil Thuemler and Karl Thuemler.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, 22 Feb 1962, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Thuemler 78, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Thuemler Sr., 78, of Hostyn were held Saturday, Feb. 17, at Koenig Funeral Home, La Grange and the Hostyn Catholic Church.

Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery. The Rev. Francis Smerke officiated.

She died Thursday at the rest home of Mrs. Emil Roeder in Schulenburg, where she had lived the past nine months.

Mrs. Thuemler was the former Miss Pauline Richter, daughter of Ignaz and Rosina Heinze Richter, and was born Aug. 10, 1883 at Dubina. She was married to Mr. Thuemler at La Grange Nov. 9, 1902, and they had resided in the La Grange area ever since.

Her husband survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Joe Neisner of Schulenburg; three sons, Alfred and George Thuemler of La Grange and Henry Thuemler of Weimar; 11 grandchldren and four great-grandchildren.


The La Grange Journal, January 23, 1936 pg. 3

Died at Shiner

 S. A. Thulemeyer, aged 61, died at Shiner, Monday night; a terse message conveyed the news to the Journal, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock.

Mr. Thulemeyer—“Ed” as we were wont to call him—is a product of Flatonia and is remembered by many who, in the days before removing to Shiner, were frequently with him. His brother, H.R. Thulemeyer, is a prominent business man of Flatonia.

Mrs. Thulemeyer, nee Miss Isabel Wendtland, a daughter of Wm. Wendtland, was born at Shelby, near Round Top. The Wendtlands were for many years citizens of that section.

Ed. Thulemeyer had been for in failing heath for several years, gradually growing more feeble, yet battling with all vigor his possessed.

Sincere sympathy is offered to the widow, the daughter and other relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Apr 1904

Mrs. Henrietta Thumann, an estimable lady living in the Middle Creek settlement, died last Friday and was buried Saturday in the High Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Thumann was born April the 23 1832. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 May 1904

Death Record.

Thurman, Died near Schulenburg, 3-28-04, of Appoplexy [sic], Mrs. Witt Thurman aged 72 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Monday, July 29, 1969

Last Rites Held For G. Tiedt

Funeral services for Gussie Charles Tiedt, 69, of La Grange were held Friday, July 25, at 4:00 P.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. A. E. Flathmann officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Tiedt, a carpenter, passed away last Wednesday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

[Born in] Warrenton on May 3, 1900, a son of Fritz and Annie Marquart Tiedt, and was married to Lillie M. Studlar on March 26, 1932, in La Grange.  A member of the Hermann Sons, he had resided in the La Grange area all his life.

Survivors include his wife of La Grange; two sons, Weldon of Houston and Noel D. of Liberty; four sisters, Mrs. Ervin (Elsie) Fiebig of Holland, and Mrs. Edgar (Leona) Schulze, Mrs. Edmund (Adeline) Harbers, and Mrs. Edwin (Thelma) Baca, all of La Grange; four brothers, Charlie and Loydie Tiedt, both of La Grange, and Westine and Edgar Tiedt, both of Houston; and 5 grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 24, 1955

Stanley Lloyd Tiedt

Funeral services were held for Stanley Lloyd Tiedt, 20, of Houston Monday, Feb. 21 at 2 PM at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Florida Cemetery at Round Top.  The Rev. Geo. Reck of Houston officiated.  He was killed in a auto accident in Wareham, Massachusetts Monday.

Born on January 14, 1935 in Warrenton, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Tiedt.

Surviving are his mother and father of Houston; one sister, Dorothy Fay of Houston; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Tiedt of Warrenton and Mrs. Minnie Simmons of Dallas and his fiancee, Miss Arlene Brummerhop of Houston.

Young Tiedt was with the coast guard and stationed at Boston, Massachusetts.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, Undated clipping (April 1945)

Aaron A. Tiemann, Plumber Here Many Years, Dies Tuesday

Aaron A. Tiemann, La Grange plumber and tinner for the past 16 years, passed away at a Temple hospital Tuesday morning. He was 42.

Funeral services were con­ducted at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel here Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock with Rev. H.T. Flachmeier, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiating. Interment was made in the new city cemetery.

Mr. Tiemann was born at Hallettsville on July 18, 1902 and was a son of the late Albert Tiemann and Mrs. Louise S. Tiemann. On December 14, 1927, he was united in marriage with Miss Luella Ladig at Se­guin. The couple made their home in La Grange ever since their marriage.

Mr. Tiemann had been ill for several months and was a pa­tient in the hospital here for about a month. He was taken to Temple Monday afternoon and passed away at a hospital there the next morning.

He is survived by his widow; his mother, Mrs. Louise S. Tie­mann of near La Grange; an adopted daughter, Grace Louise Tiemann of La Grange; one sister, Mrs. R. C. Weishuhn of Nechanitz; and one brother, Guy F. Tiemann of La Grange.

Aaron Tiemann died 17 Apr 1945. Contributed by Kathy Carter


Shiner Gazette, 19 Oct 1898, page 1

Sudden Death of a Recluse.

Schulenburg, Fayette Co., Tex., Oct. 14. – Koneran [sic.] Tiemann, an old citizen of Fayette county, was found dead this evening at his home one mile from Schulenburg, where he lived alone. He was seen this morning and appeared as well as usual. The situation of his body indicates that he died suddenly of heart failure.

Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Oct 1898

Conrad Tiemann

Last Friday afternoon at 4 p. m. Conrad Tieman was found dead at his home about a mile and a half from here. He was alone at the time of his death, having been struck down with heart disease.

Mr. Tiemann was sixty six years of age, and was one of the oldest settlers of Fayette county. He leaves a wife and seven children five boys and two girls, to mourn their loss. His remains were entombed in the city cemetery where a large number of relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites of burial.

Gazette and Sticker obituaries contributed by Matt Cross

La Grange Journal, October 20, 1898

We are sorry to announce the death of Konrad Tiemann at Schulenburg on Friday, Oct. 14. He was seen on the streets of Schulenburg in the morning and found dead at his house in the evening. The cause of death we have not learned. He was in our city the Tuesday before. With him passes away one of the early settlers and landmarks of Fayette County. One by one they are slowly gathered in.

Conrad Tiemann was born 29 Sep 1832 and died 14 Oct 1898. Contributed by Kathy Carter

Weimar Mercury, 22 Oct 1898, page 7

Schulenburg, Texas, October 13.—Koneran Tieman, an old German farmer who resided about one-half mile north of the city and who formerly lived at Warrenton was found dead at his home this afternoon.



The La Grange Journal, 20 Dec 1962

Mrs. Laura S. Tietjen

Mrs. Laura S. Tietjen, 70, died at the Fayette Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 15. Last rites for the lifetime Fayette county resident were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Rutersville Lutheran Church with Raymond W. Durst officiating. Burial was in the Rutersville cemetery.

Born on Dec. 15, 1892, in Rutersville, the deceased was a daughter of Emil and Clara Citzler. She married Herman Tietjen on Aug. 4, 1915 in Rutersville. He survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Harvey (Erna) Mueller of La Grange; two sons, Kurt and Delvin of Rutersville; three brothers, Max and Emil Citzler of La Grange and Herman Citzler of Schulenburg; and 5 grandchildren.


Weimar Mercury, 29 Apr 1893, page 2

The Journal regrets to learn that Conrad Tiemann, Jr., of Warrenton vicinage, died Sunday, after a few days' illness, from obstruction of the bowels. Mr. Tiemann was a son-in-law of Mr. P. E. Faag of this city. The deceased leaves a wife and two children to mourn his death.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 10, 1938

M. A. Tiemann

La Grange friends of the family were pained to hear of the death of Milton A. Tiemann of Brenham, a former citizen of Warrenton, Fayette county.Mr. Tiemann’s death occurred at Brenham, Friday, November 4, while a patient at the hospital.  Funeral services were held at Brenham, at the St. Paul Lutheran church, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.; the body was then conveyed to Warrenton and interred in the Florida Chapel cemetery, with Rev. J. Bosshard, pastor to the Warrenton Lutheran church officiating.

Mr. Tiemann was born at Walhalla, in Fayette county, January 16, 1883, and was a son of the late L. F. (Fritz) Tiemann.  He grew to young manhood on the farm and attended the district school, after which he entered Blinn College at Brenham and later took a business course in the Tyler Commercial College.

Teaching appealed to the then young man; he successfully passed his examination and became a teacher at the age of 18 years; at 30 years of age, he retired.

Mr. Tiemann was united in marriage with Miss Annie Cordes, daughter of the late F. G. Cordes, a prominent merchant of Warrenton.  After closing his career as a teacher in the public schools, he became associated with his father-in-law, in the mercantile business at Warrenton, the firm name being Cordes & Tiemann.  Commissioned by appointment he also served Warrenton as its postmaster.

From the Brenham Banner of Saturday the following is taken:

“In 1920 Mr. Tiemann moved to Robstown to look after farming interests in Nueces county and became associated with J. W. Blaize, druggist, and manufacturer of insecticides.  He moved to Brenham in 1921 and clerked in Fred Hueske’s hardware, and in 1924 became associated with the late Thomas Pratt in oil production at the Brenham Salt Dome field, engaging in oil leasing and general insurance.”

Surviving are the following children: First Lieutenant Cordes F. Tiemann of Randolph Field, Texas, Mrs. Lorenz Seidel and Miss Gerhardine Tiemann, both of Brenham; one grandchild, Barbara Claire Tiemann of Randolph Field, two brothers, Jesse Tiemann of Warrenton and Aurelius Tiemann of Pampa; three sisters, Mrs. Walter Schmidt of Fayetteville, Mrs. Herbert Henniger of La Grange, and Mrs. Joe Hartmann of Rutersville.

Active pallbearers for the Brenham services were Fred Hueske, A. T. Ruetz, O. H. Schilling, W. E. Hoting, F. H. Bosse, William Seidel, W. A. Yates, M. O. Ginzel, Robert Appell, and W. M. Morriss.

The following nephews of Mr. Tiemann acted as pall bearers at Warrenton: Kermit Henninger, Leon Schmidt, I. Hueske, Lenert Tiemann, Edmund Hueske, Fred Hueske, Jr., Gilbert Tiemann and Arthur Tiemann.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 29 Aug 1941, page 1

Frank Tilicek, 35, Buried Monday At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Mr. Frank John Tilicek of Schulenburg were held at 9:30 Monday morning in the Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg, with the Rev. Goertz officiating.

A heart attack at about 7:30 Saturday evening proved fatal to the 35-year-old restaurateur, whose sucess story reads like a Horatio Alger novel.

Born November 23, 1905, at Hallettsville, "Frank", as he was known to hundreds of friends throught this and other sections, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix T. Tilicek. He married Miss Rozine Pennington at Houston in 1928 and the couple have made their home in Schulenburg since that time.

Beginning with just a small "hamburger shack" in the west part of Schulenburg, "Frank" soon began to expand his business, building one of the most modern restaurants in South Texas. From that point on the business grew until it was known from one end of the Old Spanish Trail to the other. A real booster to any community activity, "Frank" was popular in athletic, social and commercial circles. He was a member of the Lions Club, the National Restaurant Association and the Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Tilicek of Schulenburg; his wife and son, Frank, Jr.; and three sisters, Mrs. J. B. Yaws of Schulenburg; Mrs. Slex Sengelmann of Schulenburg; and Mrs. Annie Novak of Schulenburg.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved survivors.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


Gustav Tioll, died Aug. 6, at Carmine, age 67 years 2 months and 4 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


State Rights Democrat, 30 Aug 1867, page 3

To the Superintendent, C. W. Gregory, of the "Fayetteville Union Sabbath School:" Your Committee, to whom was referred the drafting of resolutions relative to the death of our pupil, Minna Tipton, respectfully report as follows: That,

WHEREAS, Our beloved pupil, Minna Tipton, departed this life on the 15th day of August, A. D. 1867, therefore,

Resolved, 1st, That while we deplore the loss of our highly esteemed pupil, we bow with humble submissiveness to the will of Him whose ways are inscrutable, whose love is unbounded, whose power is infintie and, who doeth all things well."

Resolved, 2nd, That we offer our condolence to the bereaved family, and that we deeply sympathize with them in their irrepairable loss, and drop an honest tear to her memory.

"Loveliest of lovely things are they,
On earth that soonest pass away,
The rose that lives its little hour,
Is prized beyond the sculptured flower."

Resolved, 3e, That in token of our respect to the memory of our departd pupil, we wear the usual badg of mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, 4th, That these resolutions be spread before the Sabbath School, that a copy be forwarded to the family of the deceased, and a copy to the the La Grange Democrat, requesting it to be published.



La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 11, 1945

Mrs. Elsie Tobias

Mrs. Elsie Tobias, nee Mechura, wife of Frank Tobias of Ellinger, died at her home in Ellinger, Saturday -------- and 29 days; funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 8, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. J. E. Beseda of Caldwell officiating; interment was made in the new cemetery at La Grange, Jecmenek Funeral Home of Ellinger in charge.

Surviving is her husband and four children:  Rudolph, Frank Jr., and Jay Dee, and one daughter, Betty Jean Tobias.  Two brothers, Wilburn Mechura of Houston and Lee Roy Mechura, serving Uncle Sam overseas.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Colorado County Citizen, January 30, 1975

Many friends and relatives paid their last respects and attended the last rites held for Frank Tobias Sr., 62, Jan. 22, at the Jecmenek Chapel at 2 p.m. Rev. Francis Kolar officiated. Interment was in Hostyn Hill Catholic Cemetery.

Born in Ellinger March 19, 1912, he was a son of Joe and Anna Hruska Tobias and was married to Elsie Mechura. She preceded him in death Jan. 6, 1946.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Betty Jane) Berger of Arlington; 3 sons, Frank Jr., Jay Dee and Randolph Tobias, all of Houston; 5 sisters, Mrs. Rosie Korenek and Mrs. Millie Myers of Galveston, Mrs. Albina Hruska and Mrs. Annie Kallus of Ellinger, and Mrs. Lillian Becka of Fayetteville; 3 brothers, Ed Tobias of Ellinger, Charlie Tobias of La Grange and Henry Tobias of Ellinger; 4 grandsons and one granddaughter.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 17, 1963

Frank Tobola passed away January 3, 1963 at the Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg after an illness of a month. He had attained the age of 85 years, eleven months and seventeen days.

Funeral services were conducted from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m. with continued services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Praha at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Father Marcus Valenta officiated and burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Praha.

Born on January 20, 1877 at Praha, he was the son of Martin and Rosie Tobola. In 1898 he was united in marriage to Annie Marek at Praha and the couple settled in the Engle Community. A resident of Fayette County all of his life, he had been a member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Adolph (Millie) Novak and Mrs. John (Agnes) Heinrich and Schulenburg and Mrs. Joe (Mary) Korenek of Plum; two sons, Julius Tobola of Sweet Home and James Tobola of Schulenburg; three sisters, Mrs. John (Julie) Marek of Engle, Mrs. Emil (Caroline) Valicek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Joe (Albina) Orsak of El Campo and two brothers, John Tobola of Wallis and Charlie Tobola of Penelope.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 19, 1947 and a daughter, Miss Annie Tobola, on July 4, 1961.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis



Fayette County Record, Friday, May 25, 2007

Berger Eugene Todd, 93, died Monday, May 21 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.

Funeral services were held at the First united Methodist Church in La Grange at 10a.m. on Thursday, May 24 with Rev. Mel Hazelwood officiating.  Graveside service and internment at the Art West Cemetery in Mason County, at 4:30p.m.

He was born Oct. 10, 1913, in Riviera, Kleberg County, Texas, the eighth of eleven children of Louis Henry Todd and Sarah Leota “Sallie” Champion, who met and married in Navarro County, Texas after they migrated there from Henderson County, Tennessee and Tippah County, Mississippi, respectively, in the 1890s.

Mr. Todd was the last member of the large Todd family, which included siblings Verna (Todd) McNeil, Marion (Todd) Wasson, Janie (Todd) Engelking, Eubron “Bud” Todd, Raymond Alex Todd, Ruth (Todd) Mazzare, Louis Eliard Todd, James Otha Todd, Edwin Paul Todd and an infant brother who died shortly after birth.

He attended public schools in south Texas, graduating from Beeville High School in 1933, and Texas A&M College in 1937, where he was a member of the livestock judging team.  He came to Fayette County to start the vocational agriculture program at Fayetteville High School.  Two years later, he moved to Brenham to begin the vocational agriculture program there.  Following his discharge from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel after World War II, he was employed by the Carnation Company to bring the dairy industry to Washington and surrounding counties through his management of Washington County’s first receiving plant.  In 1952, he and his wife, along with brother-in-law, Lester von Rosenberg and his wife, purchased the Pontiac, Oldsmobile and International Harvester dealerships in La Grange.  He remained in the automobile business for 35 years, retiring in 1987.

Always a big believer in the value of education, he established at Texas A&M University a 12th Man Endowed Scholarship, as well as the Lois von Rosenberg Todd Scholarship which benefited students from La Grange High School.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of La Grange, where he served in various capacities.  He was an active Rotarian before moving to La Grange and helped to organize La Grange’s Rotary Club.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois von Rosenberg Todd, by two daughters, Kathlyn Todd and Terrye Todd Bohot, and by his parents and ten siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mildred Willmann Todd of La Grange; daughters, Rebeca Todd Koenig of Katy, and Lucy Todd Litowitz and husband Gary of Houston; former son-in-law and business partner, Harvey Bohot and his daughter, Julie Bohot Karstedt and family of La Grange; and his four grandsons, Erik Jason Koenig and Jon Todd Koenig of Houston, Sasan Paul Bahrami of New Orleans; and Cyrus Peter Bahrami and fiancé Katie Lynne Azinger of Houston.

Memorials may be made to the scholarship funds at the First United Methodist Church in La Grange or to the scholarship fund of the Fayette County A&M Club.  Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Brenham Banner-Press, June 10, 1948


Kathlyn Todd, 18 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Todd of Brenham, died in St. Joseph’s infirmary at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday of an unusual malady – acute acidosis and dehydration.

The malady acute acidosis means the depletion of the alkaline reserve which is the bicarbonate content of the body.  This causes the blood stream to get more acid than is necessary and in turn causes dehydration of the tissue.  The acute acidosis also brought about an acute respiratory infection.

Survivors besides her parents include two sisters, Terrye Jean and Becky Ann Todd, all of Brenham.

The body will be sent to La Grange for funeral services there Friday under the direction of the Koenig Funeral Home.

La Grange Journal
June, 1948


Funeral Services for Kathlyn Todd, 18-month-old daughter or Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Todd of Brenham, will be held here Friday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock at the Presbyterian church, with Rev. Guy B. Duff officiating.  Interment will be in the new city cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the Koenig Funeral Home until 2p.m. Friday.

Little Kathlyn died in a Houston hospital Wednesday night.

Surviving are her parents; two sisters, Terrye Jean and Becky Ann; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert von Rosenberg of La Grange, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Henry Todd of Corpus Christi.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig




La Grange Journal, August 18, 1966


Funeral Services for Mrs. Lois Marie Todd, 45, wife of B. E. Todd of La Grange, are set for 10:00 A. M. Thursday at the Travis Street Methodist Church.  The Rev. Albert Peterson will officiate, and burial will be in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Todd died Tuesday shortly after noon in Fayette Memorial Hospital.  Her family was unable to awake her after she had apparently taken sleeping pills to rest about mid-morning.

She was born in La Grange on September 7, 1920, the only daughter of Albert and Monica Struve von Rosenberg. On December 29, 1939, she was united in marriage with Mr. Todd in Fayetteville, where they both were teaching at Fayetteville High School at the time, having been introduced by Mrs. Todd’s cousin, Mrs. Kelsye Weber Garces.  They resided in Fayetteville, Brenham and Austin from 1939-1952, at which point they returned to La Grange.  She had lived in La Grange for the past 14 years, where she and her husband operated the local International Harvester, Pontiac and Oldsmobile dealership.

Survivors include her husband; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert von Rosenberg of La Grange, three daughters, Mrs. Harvey (Terrye) Bohot and Miss Lucy Lynn Todd of La Grange, and Mrs. Rodney (Rebeca) Koenig of Auburn, Alabama; three brothers, Sam E. and Lester E. von Rosenberg of La Grange, and A. L. von Rosenberg of San Antonio; and one grandchild, Erik Jason Koenig of Alabama, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  One child, Kathlyn Todd, aged 18 months, predeceased Mrs. Todd in 1948.

Mrs. Todd will remain at the Koenig Funeral Home until 8:00A. M. Thursday.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


La Grange Journal, June 19, 1916

Mrs. Elsa Stella Tolbirt.

Late Friday evening the news was received here that Mrs. Frank M. Tolbirt, of Smithville, the daughter of Gus. Heilig and wife, formerly of LaGrange, had died after a very brief illness. The announcement came as a great shock, and caused many expressions of genuine regret.

Mrs. Tolbirt was born and reared here, and her friends were everyone who knew her. Two years ago she was happily united in marriage with Frank Tolbirt, son of C. Tolbirt and wife of West Point, and and their married life was a happy, uninterupted honeymoon until the death angel invaded their home. Words that we may place in cold type cannot assuage the grief of the young husband, no [sic.] lighten the burden of sorrow that is the lot of her parents, sisters and brother; we deeply sympathize with them, and express the hope that He, whose mysterious ways are accepted as being the summons to a better home, will bless those whose who [sic.] suffer now, and comfort them.

The mortal remains of the young wife [illegible] LaGrange, and taken to the home of Hermann Mensing Saturday, and on Sunday morning carried to the old cemetery for interment. Rev. Arnold officiated, and the large attendance of relatives and friends mingled their tears with those afflicted, the sympathy being general. Beautiful floral offering[s], numerous, and given as token[s] of love and esteem, hid the mound.


La Grange Journal, May 8, 1913

Mrs. F. M. Tolbirt.

Friday morning the grim reaper claimed another when the home of F. M. Tolbirt was invaded and Mrs. Tolbirt, a young mother of four weeks, aged twenty-three years, was called hence.

Although in a critical condition for several days, her recovery was earnestly solicited by everyone. On Friday morning the spirit went home.

Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon by Rev. Haygood, and on Sunday morning the remains were taken to West Point for interment.

We extend our sympathy to the husband and mother, and trust that the protective care of the Good Shepherd will hover over the motherless babe.



Dallas Morning News, October 22, 1929

SMITHVILLE, Texas, Oct. 21.—Frank Tomecek, 88, a pioneer resident of the Cistern neighborhood, died at his home.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Father john Anders and burial took place in the Cistern Cemetery.

He is survived by four daughters and one son.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Fayette County Record, 6 June 1997

Lloyd Tompkins

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 5 for Lloyd Tompkins, 66, of La Grange at Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Burial followed in the Williams Creek Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Hassel officiated. Graveside services were under the auspices of La Fayette Lodge No. 34. Mr. Tompkins died at his residence June 3. Formerly of Channelview, he was born April 30, 1931 to Jack H. and Thebie (Massey) Tompkins. He married Evelyn Moses on October 6, 1990 in La Grange. He was self employed as an auto air conditioning repairman. He was a member and Past Master of La Fayette Masonic Lodge No. 34.

Mr. Thompkins is survived by his wife, Evelyn of La Grange; the mother of his children: Mary Doughtie of Wallisville; his father, Jack H. Tompkins of Channelview, two sons, James Tompkins of Baytown and Ray Tompkins of Smithville, two daughters, Ann Latham of La Grange and Fay Till of Wallisville , two step-daughters, Connie 0'Neal and Lea Fulcher, both of Highlands: six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; one great grandchild, two step-grandchildren and two brothers, Eugene Tompkins of Bolivar and Leon Tompkins of Houston. He was preceded in death by his mother and one step-daughter.

Franz Torn

La Grange Journal, January 19, 1888

Ellinger Etchings.

Ice and snow bound is nearly the word which expresses our preent condition.

The present cold spell has closed the schools and given the Doctors more work; and has brought a relapse to several patients sick with lung troubles. One of who, a Mexican, died this morning; and this evening Mr. Torn, landlord of the Wiener Hotel, died from similar disease. he was thought to be recovering, but took a relapse to day.

Listed in St. John Lutheran Church at Ross Prairie burial records. Likely buried in unmarked grave in St. John Lutheran Cemetery or possibly the Fayetteville Brethren Cemetery.--Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, 26 Nov 1904, page 3

LaGrange Journal: Little Erna Ray, the ten-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stoge Townsend, died Thursday night and the remains of the child were interred in the new cemetery on Friday afternoon. The playmates at school of Erna marched around the open grave, and were permitted to look again at the still face that was once wreathed in smiles and brought sunshine to the home. An appropriate hymn, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" was sung, and sympathetic friends mingled their tears with the grief-stricken relatives. The floral offerings were numerous.


Weimar Mercury, 24 Nov 1894, page 2

A difficulty occurred at Plum Saturday afternoon between Henry Townsend and Shelby Sherkins, both colored, which resulted in the death of the former the following day. It seems that Townsend was leaving Plum, driving a wagon and team, and Sherkin asked permission to ride, as he wanted to go in the same direction, which was granted. He got into the wagon, and as he did so, Townsend asked him if he had any whisky[sic.]. Answering in the negative, Townsend pushed him out saying if he had nothing to drink, he could not ride, whereupon Sherkin picked up a rock, threw it at Townsend, striking him on the back of the head, from the effects of which he died Sunday night. Sherkins was arrested and jailed.


La Grange Journal, February 22, 1934

County’s Former Citizen Dies at Houston, Sunday

Samuel L. Townsend, who saw active service throughout the Civil War and likewise fought Indians during the pioneer days of Texas, was claimed by death Sunday.

Mr. Townsend had lived in Houston for 20 years and was active until the time of his death.  He was born in Fayette County in 1845 and was active in the Cattle business during his youth.

At one time he resided in Hayes County where he served as Sheriff from 1898 to 1899.  However he retired from this office to become deputy Untied States Marshall of that district.

At the age of 17 Mr. Townsend enlisted in Waul’s Texas Legion of Bill Willis’ Texas Battalion.  He served with this unit from 1862 until the close of the civil war.

He followed General Forrest through some of the “hottest” spots of the war, fighting all the time.  Forrest’s men raided Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio.  Mr. Townsend had five horses shot from under him but never suffered a scratch.

After the war Mr. Townsend found his way back to Texas.  He joined General Sterling Price of the Confederate Army who was taking a wagon train of some 500 persons, soldiers, who refused to take the oath of allegiance and their families, to a place between Mexico City and Tuxpan Valley.  Here they founded Price’s Colony.

It was in this Colony that Mr. Townsend met Betty Little, who he married in 1869 and brought back to Texas.

The deceased was the son of Stephen Townsend.  He was born January 11, 1845 at Round Top, Texas.  The date was during the days of the Republic of Texas.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


The Texas Monument, 5 November 1851

Horrible Murder - Capt. Stephen Townsend, of this county, was stabbed on the 30th of October at Round Top by a man who called his name Haygood Vaughn, without any known provocation. Vaughn fled immediately. Captain T. only survived a few hours.

Hannibal [Missouri] Journal and Western Union, November 27, 1851

From the New Orleans, Picayune, of the 12th.

Later from Texas.

. . . A cold-blooded assasination was perpretrated last week at Round Top, on the person of Mr. Stephen Townsend, an old citizen of Fayette county, by a man named Vaughn. The cause of the murder appears not to be known, and the conclusion among many is, that Vaughn was hired to commit the blood-thirsty deed.—The weapon used was a bowie-knife, thrust into the side of Mr Townsend, while holding a familiar conversation with the murderer. Vaughn jumped on his horse and galloped off at full speed, and has not yet been heard from. Mr. Townsend leaves a wife and several children to mourn their irreparable loss.

This Stephen Townsend (1800-1851) was the son of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Stapleton Townsend. Monument article contributed by Jeanne Boothe. Missouri article contributed by Gary E. McKee.


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Sep 1913, page 1


Joseph O Tschiede, age 77 years 5 months and 22 days, uremia Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, 1 may 1913

Mrs. Geoge Tschiedel

At the Biegel home of the family, Mrs. George Tschiedel, aged 23 years, 5 months and 27 days, died last Friday morning, her death being quite sudden.

Mrs. Tschiedel, as Miss Eleanora Voelkel, daughter of Robert Voelkel, of Rutersville, became the wife of her now bereaved husband last December. Their married life, though brief, was a happy one, and to the husband and bereaved relatives the sincere sympathy of everyone is extended.

The remains were interred in the Rutersvillle cmetery on Saturay morning.


La Grange Journal, June 11, 1936 pg. 1

Aged Citizen Dies

Otto F. Tschiedel, 81 years old died at Beigel, Thursday, June 4; surviving are three sons, Chas. Tschiedel of Rutersville, Arthur of Robstown, and Frank of Yoakum, and one daughter, Mrs. Jos. December of Orange Grove. Funeral services were held Friday, and interment was made in the Rutersville Cemetery. Relatives from a distance to attend the funeral are A. E. Hackebeil and family and Mrs. Pauline Speckles of Beaumont. Sympathy of the entire community is extended to the surviving relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 1, 1938

Charles John Tramp

Charles John Tramp, former Fayette county citizen, who removed from Prairie Valley in 1927 to Smithville, died Friday, Nov. 25, aged 71 years, 9 months and 19 days.Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. Heise of La Grange, at the Prairie Valley Lutheran church, and interment was made in the churchyard cemetery, Saturday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock.

Deceased was born in Tachendorf, Mecklenburg, Stralitz, Germany, February 6, 1867, son of Wilhelm Christian Tramp, and Carolina Friederika Tramp, (nee Marquardt); receiving the rites of holy baptism on March 3, Pastor G. Kortuem, officiating.

When 13 years old, he immigrated to America, accompanying his mother, brothers, and family relatives.  Warrenton, Fayette County became the new home.  December 12, 1889 he was united in marriage with Miss Karolina Gau of Warrenton, Fayette county; Pastor Wm. Harms, officiating.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters: Mrs. Willie (Ella) Schuhmann of Austin, Mrs Walter (Ida) Shuhmann of Rabb’s Prairie; four sons: Otto of La Grange, Gustav of Rabb’s Prairie, Carl of Smithville and Emil of Prairie Valley; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Surviving also are two sisters: Mrs. Wilhelmina Marquardt of Prairie Valley, and Mrs. Friedricka Kraatz of Nechanitz; one brother, Fritz Tramp, La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, April 6, 1977

Werner C. Tramp

Funeral services for Werner C. Tramp, 79, of 250 South Main were held Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating.  Burial was in the la Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Tramp, well-known retired businessman, died last Thursday in Lee Memorial Hospital in Giddings.

Born January 18, 1898, in Waldeck, the son of William and Genisa Cassens Tramp.  He was married to Minnie Harbers October 25, 1924, in La Grange.

After attending a barber college in San Antonio, Mr. Tramp became owner and operator of the Chrystal Barber Shop here for a period of eight years, then his interest in poultry and livestock inspired him to establish La Grange Hatchery & Feed which he owned and operated until he retired.

Mr. Tramp was a longtime member of the City of La Grange equalization board, member of the Chamber of Commerce, and Hermann Sons, and was a charter member of the Fayette County Round Up Club.  He had resided in La Grange the past 52 years 

Survivors include his wife, Minnie of La Grange; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Mazac of La Grange; and a brother, Elton Tramp of La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 April 1910


Died, near Oldenburg, April 11, Bennie Treibig, age 2 years and 13 days, of bronchitis.

Contributed by Matt Cross

john trende

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

John Trende age 82 years 1 month and 12 days, died Mar. 2.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, January 16, 1936

Death Comes Quick To Woman At Park Monday Afternoon

Mrs. Dorothea Treybig, wife of Henry Treybig, died Monday afternoon at the family home near Park, aged 67 years 11 months and 25 days.

Mrs. Treybig had been ill since November; she had spent several weeks in the La Grange Hospital and then remained at the home of Mrs. Caroline Ilse of La Grange, her Stepmother, for several weeks under a physician’s care. She returned home Sunday apparently much improved in health. Her death came quick following a stroke of apoplexy.

Mrs. Treybig came to Texas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.  Louis Ilse, from Hanover, Germany, her birthplace, at the age of 4 years. Her mother died two years later, and with her father and one brother Geo. Ilse, of Warrenton, she had early responsibilities.

She was the mother of ten children, on Harry, preceded her to the grave several years ago; the living children are: Otto, Adlaie, Louis, Willie, Henry and Alvin, all of Park, except Willie who lives in Dallas. Three Daughters, Hattie ( Mrs. W. Zitterich of Bastrop) and Minnie ,(Mrs. Arthur Tonn), and Paula, ( Mrs. E. Smitherman), both of Los Angeles, California. There are several grandchildren; one brother Geo. of Warrenton, and a step-mother, Mrs. Caroline Ilse of this city, are among the relatives who will mourn her loss.

The Journal offers its sincere sympathy to the mourning relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 3, 1960

Ewald J. Treybig

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel for Ewald J. Treybig, 84, of Rutersville.  The Rev. Raymond H. Durst officiating, with burial in the Florida cemetery near Round Top.

Mr. Treybig was born at Shelby Aug. 13, 1876, son of Fredrich and Meta Wunderlich Treybig, and was married to Miss Aline Meta Stork on Jan. 15, 1903.  Mrs. Treybig passed away on March 20, 1958.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Edgar (Elsie) Moellenberg of Fayetteville; three sons, Raymond, of San Diego, Calif., Lawrence and Harold of Houston; two sisters Mrs. Anna Lambeck of Stockdale and Mrs. Lena Mischer of Yorktown, nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, June 25, 1936 pg. 2

Death Claims Another

La Vern Treybig, aged 7 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Treybig, Jr., died at the La Grange Hospital, Monday morning, following a brief illness. He was buried at Park, Wednesday morning.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Treybig: Died at Roznov, Nov. 8th-03, of anemia, Milton E. Treybig, aged 1 month and 29 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, October 19, 1944


John Trilica

John Trilica, aged 84 years, 3 months and 22 days, died at his home near LaGrange, Wednesday morning.  Deceased immigrated from Czecho-Slovakia in the year 1890, settled in Lavaca county; in 1903 he removed to Fayette county, living in the vicinity of LaGrange for the past fourteen years.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home Friday, Oct. 20, with interment in the new city cemetery, Rev. F. J. Kostohnyz of Temple officiating. 

Survivors are two daughters, Misses Frances and Rosie Trlica of LaGrange, and two sons, Frank of Needville and John Trlica, at present in England; a sister, Mrs. Rosine Vojtik of Needville, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Transcribed by Judy Koehl


Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1950, page 1

Mrs. Trlicek. 101, Buried, La Grange

La Grange, April 4.—Funeral services were held Wednesday for Fayette County's oldest resident, Mrs. Annie Trlicek, 101.

Mrs. Trlicek was born in Europe, but had lived here since she was 20. Her husband, John, preceded her in death many years ago.

Survivors are four sons, Joe, John, August and Pete, all of La Grange; two brothers, Peter and Cyril Bednar of Brenham; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 1, 1938

Mrs. Julia Trlicek

Mrs. Julia Trlicek, La Grange, Rt. 3, died at the La Grange Hospital, where she had been brought the day previous, Friday, Nov. 25, aged 50 years, 3 months and 23 days.  She was the widow of Steve Trlicek who preceded her to the grave one year ago.  Cause of death is given as heart bloc.

Mrs. Trlicek had been ill for a year; she was a daughter of John Konvicka, a Czech immigrant from Czechoslovakia, and had lived in Fayette county for the past 23 years.  She was insured in the La Grange Burial Association, and had been a member of the Catholic church since childhood.

Rev. Guy B. Duff, pastor of the Presbyterian church of La Grange officiated at the funeral service held at the Koenig Funeral Home, Saturday, November 26, at 2:00 p.m.; interment was made in the cemetery near Warrenton.

Surviving are three sons: Frank, Joe and John Trlicek of La Grange; four daughters: Mrs. Julia Hentschel, La Grange; Missess Tillie, Lillie and Mollie Trlicek, La Grange; three sisters: Mrs. Millie Trlicek and Mrs. Sophie Trlicek, La Grange, and Mrs. Abina Weber, La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


July 1997 newspaper clipping


Graveside services for Leona Trlicek, 90, of Columbus, formerly of La Grange, were held Monday, July 21 at 11 a.m. in the La Grange City Cemetery.  The Rev. Ron Weber officiated.

Mrs. Trlicek died July 19 in the Columbus Care Center.

She was born Oct. 2, 1906, the daughter of the late Willie and Annie (Nitschke) Witt.  She was united in marriage with Joe Trlicek in La Grange in 1946.  Mr. Trlicek preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1982.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Lutheran Church.

Only immediate survivors are one sister, Rosaline McClung of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, La Grange.

Koenig-Peel & Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Diane Schulte


Fayette County Record, January 3, 1956

Joe Trlicik Funeral Set For Thursday

Joe F. Trlicik, 78, resident of the Rabb’s Prairie community since 1900, passed away at Fayette Memorial hospital here Tuesday morning.

Last rites will be held Thursday morning at 8:30 at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. S. A. Zientek officiating.  Services will be conducted at Sacred Heart church, and burial will be in the La Grange city cemetery.

Mr. Trlicik was born at Fayetteville Jan. 1, 1878, and was joined in marriage with Miss Aloisie Pisklak at Latium on Jan. 29, 1902.

Survivors include his widow; three daughters, Mrs. I. D. Lamb of Houston, Mrs. H. P. Hansen of Galveston and Miss Bessie Trlicik of Rabb’s Prairie; one son, Raymond F. Trlicik of Rabb’s Prairie; three brothers, John and August of Rabb’s Prairie and Peter Trlicik of La Grange; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

One son, Joseph P. Trlicik, gave his life in the service of his country in World War 2 in 1942.

Rosary will be recited at the funeral home chapel Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 10, 1938

Steve Trlicek

Steve Trlicek, retired farmer, who lived on Route No. 3 out of La Grange, died at his home Friday, February 4, at the advanced age of 83 years, 1 month and 3 days.  Death came to him peacefully, due to senility.  He had lived in Fayette county for 60 years and for the past 23 years in the vicinity of the city of La Grange.

Deceased was a member of the Catholic church; he emigrated to America when a young man, took up farming and made it pay.  When to this part of Texas he located in the neighborhood of Brenham, later removing to Warrenton and then south of La Grange.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 9:00 o’clock, with interment at the cemetery near Warrenton.  Surviving him are his wife and the following children:  Joe, John, Frank and Misses Mollie and Lillie Trlicek and Mrs. Julie Hentschel and Mrs. Tillie Konvicka of near La Grange.

Rev. Guy B. Duff, pastor of the Presbyterian church, conducted the funeral services.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Victoria Advocate, October 22, 2013


SCHULENBURG - Raleigh G. Trojcak of Schulenburg, Texas died October 18, 2013.

He was born March 24, 1936, to Charles and Katherine Trojcak in Moulton, Texas and raised in Refugio. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother; Elroy Trojcak and a sister; Charlotte Nash. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and was a Boilermaker.

He is survived by his wife Betty Cleveland Trojcak, a sister Janie (Sal) Armstrong of Bastrop, sons; Allen (Rita) Trojcak and Kenneth Trojcak of Refugio, Vernon (Tammy) McAdams of Pasedena, Coy (Joy) McAdams of Dayton, daughters; Cindy (Duane) Henderson of Woodsboro Vicki (Jeff) Devos of Fort Worth, eleven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Woodsboro, Texas. Reverend Jimmy Arnold officiating.

In lieu of flowers and in consideration of the wonderful care and compassion shown by the nurses and staff of Hospice of South Texas, please make contributions to: Hospice of South Texas, 306 N. Texana, Halletsville, TX 77964.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Jan 31, 1972

McDade Rites Are Held For Ex-Resident

Funeral services for Edwin W. Trueper, retired farmer of the La Grange and West Point communities and later of McDade, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in McDade with Rev A. H. Bohls officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Valley Cemetary.

He was born Nov. 10, 1897, at Warrenton, the son of William and Louise Trueper, and was united in marriage with Miss Olga Freudenberg at Prairie Valley on Dec. 27, 1917. They resided at Prairie Valley for many years and had lived at McDade for the past six years.

Survivors include his wife of McDade; as son, Wilburn Trueper of Austin; three daugers, Mrs. Leona Davis of Elgin, and Mrs. Stella Grant and Mrs. Glennie Pohler, both of McDade; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A brother, Harry Trueper, preceded him in death.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


undated newspaper clipping

Isabella Sophie (Henniger) Tschiedel

Isabella Sophie (Henniger) Tschiedel born April 29, 1922, and raised in Fayette County, TX passed away June 24, 2006, at the age of 84 in Tomball, Texas. She was a beloved wife, mother, MawMaw, sister, aunt and friend. Isabella was a selfless, giving woman who guided her family into an organized group that could accomplish great things. She was a great cook and excellent seamstress. Friends and family who she touched with word or deed will forever be blessed. She and Kermit Lee Tschiedel Sr. were married in Fayetteville, TX on May 17, 1944 and were active in Zion, Holy Cross, Lutheran Church of the Pines and Messiah Lutheran in Houston and surrounding area their entire lives. She is survived by her children: Sharon Martz, Kermit and Evelyne Tschiedel, Jr. and Gesine and David Koether. His grandchildren: Julie and Jay Darden, Alissa Martz, Jodee and Lance Walker, Anna and Randy Hosek, and Steven Koether. Her great grandchildren: Austin and Sydney Darden and Cole and Waylon Walker. Her sisters: Alita Scholtz, Mariam and Buddy Norwood and Winnie Mae and Arthur Earl Frankum and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Reimund and Emma (Schmidt) Henniger, her infant brother, George Ray Henniger, her son-in-law Thomas C. Martz and brother-in-law Edgar Scholtz.

Contributed by Gesine Koether


undated newspaper clipping

Kermit Lee Tschiedel, Sr.

Kermit Lee Tschiedel born July 1, 1921, and raised in Fayette County, TX passed away February 18, 2009, at the age of 87 in Tomball, Texas. He was a beloved husband, father, PawPaw and friend. Kermit was a man who never met a stranger, always had a joke and loved to entertain those he was with. He retired from Bowen Oil Tools as vice president of accounting in 1983. Gardening and woodworking were his special gift. He and Isabella(Henniger) were married in Fayetteville, TX on May 17, 1944 and were active in Zion, Holy Cross, Lutheran Church of the Pines and Messiah Lutheran in Houston and surrounding area their entire lives. He is survived by his children: Sharon Martz, Kermit and Evelyne Tschiedel, Jr. and Gesine and David Koether. His grandchildren: Julie and Jay Darden, Alissa Martz, Jodee and Lance Walker, Anna and Randy Hosek, and Steven Koether. His great grandchildren: Austin and Sydney Darden, Cole, Waylon and Kaylee Walker and Madeleine Hosek. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Isabella, his parents Elo and Helen(Fritsch) Tschiedel, brother Dennis Tschiedel and his son-in-law Thomas C. Martz.

Contributed by Gesine Koether


Weimar Mercury, September 11, 1942, page


Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Ruff Tubbs, 64, were held Sunday, August 30, the Rev. C. L. Boone, Baptist pastor officiating. Mr. Tubbs died Saturday at his farm home.

He was born in March, 1878, in the vicinity of Schulenburg. He joined the Christian Church in early life.

Surviving are one brother, Jim Tubbs, and one sister, Mrs. Lily Hillis,. of Dallas.

Pallbrearers were Chester Walker, Wm. Michalke, Morris Ponder, Gabe Warren, Melvin Warren and Monroe Garrett.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the sorrowing family.

T.R. Tubbs, 3/18/1878 - 8/2/1941, is buried at the Schulenburg City Cemetery.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Jan 1912


Wm. Tubbs died at his home at Glass Chapel Dec. 25, 1911, and his remains were laid to rest in the old Baptist cemetery, generally known as the Navidad cemetery, at 3 p. m. the following day.

Mr. Tubbs was born in Perry Co., Ala., March 30, 1837. Came to Texas in 1856 first settling in in [sic] Fort Bend Co., afterwards removing to Decature [sic] then to Tarrant county and finally settling in Lavaca county at Glass Chapel.

He was a Confederate veteran, and was stationed during the war on the coast and Mexican border of Texas.

Deceased was twice married. His first wife, Mrs. Sarah Thompson whom he married in 1866, died in 1868. This union was blessed by one child, Mrs. Charles Arnold of Irving, Texas. His second wife, nee Miss Elizabeth Rimmer, whom he married March 19, 1874, survives him. Seven children blessed this union, three dead and four living: John W., J. R., James and George, all of whom were at his bedside when the end came. Two half-brothers, T. B. Tubbs of Chesterville and Rev. L. E. Tubbs of Armarillo [sic], Texas.

Mr. Tubbs had been a sufferer for a number of years from the dreaded desease [sic], cancer. He was a devoted member of the Christain [sic] church of which he became a member in 1876.

Chas. Rose of this city, an old friend of the family assisted in the officiating at the grave.

The Sticker extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones in the sad hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Aug 1912


Jane Tuma, age 72 years and 6 months cirrhosis of liver, at Sedan.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 7 Apr 1961, page 1

Ludwig Tumis, 67, Holman Farmer, Buried Saturday

Funeral services for Ludwig Tumis, 67, retired farmer of Holman, were held Saturday morning, April 1, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman, with the pastor, the Rev. Roman Janak, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Tumis died Thursday at his home after a long illness. He was a lifelong resident of this area. Born at Ammannsville August 19, 1893, he was a son of Joseph and Marie Naiser Tumis.. He married Miss Mary Bartosh at Holman Oct. 20, 1916, and they had lived there since.

Surviving in addition to this widow are one daughter, Mrs. Charlie Mazoch of Weimar; three sons, Frank and Sidon Tumis of Houston and Jerome Tumis of Holman; 9 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jim Dolezal and Miss Mary Tumis, both of Weimar; and one brother, Willie Tumis of Ammannsville.

Pallbearers were John Tumis, Edgar Anders, Allen Tumis, Joe Cernoch, Cyril Dusek and John Naiser.


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, May 5, 1970

Tumis Rites Held Sunday At Am’ville

Funeral services for Willie Tumis, 78, of Ammannsville were held at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at the Hubbard Funeral Home chapel in Weimar and continued at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville.  The Rev. Eugene O’Callaghan officiated, and interment was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Tumis, a farmer, passed away Friday at a hospital in San Antonio.

He was born in Holman on July 11, 1891, and resided in the community all of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marcella Tumis of Ammannsville; two daughters, Mrs. Edgar Anders of Ammansville and Mrs. Daniel Kristek of Houston; four sons, Albert of La Grange, George of Hallettsville, Johnnie of Schulenburg and Allen Tumis of Houston; and 11 grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 June 1915


John Tupa, age 8 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, May 14, 1936 pg. 1

W. L. Turnage Dies Saturday, May 9th Interment Sunday

W. L. Turnage, aged 73 years, 4 months, and 14 days, died last Saturday; he had been in failing health for the past three weeks. Surviving are his widow, and one son Elmo who lives at Lampasas and 4 grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon, and services were held by Rev. Guy B. Duff at 4:30 o’clock. Interment was has at the new cemetery.

Deceased, for many years a farmer of the Cedar section, was born in that part of Fayette County, and removed to La Grange thirty years ago. Until recently he was active, his age no detriment. Liver ailment became incurable and death ensued.

Retiring of disposition, he lived in the Southern end of Franklin Street, and was to all who so wished, a good and kind neighbor and friend. The La Grange Fire Department, of which had been a member for more than a quarter of a century, sent its six representatives and the Chaplain to pursue the burial services at the grave.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Aug 1917

Baby Turner Dead

Monday morning the guardian angels bore to the God on High the spirit of little Louis Charles Turner, the fifteen months old son of Louis Turner and wife.

The bright little fellow was the pet of Schulenburg and the guiding star of the home where for so few months he was permitted to reign supreme.

The ways of the Divine Ruler are beyond human understanding. The past and the future are to Him as an open book wherein He sees from birth throughout the longest span of life. That it is necessary at times to inflict pain in order to be merciful is well known and the will of the Divine Physician must be bowed to, for His knowledge is above all.

The hearts of the entire community go out to this young couple in their great sorrow. The touch of the baby fingers is gone but not forgotten, and sleeping sweetly in the arms of Jesus he awaits the final day when the toils and tribulations of earth are but as a passing dream and the eternal reunion accomplished.

The tiny form was laid to rest Tuesday morning in the Catholic cemetery, Father Meiser officiating. The pall bearers were Masters Eddie Solansky, Irvan Herzik, Kennis Schaefer, and Alton Stanzel.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 26 July 1894

Ellinger, Fayette Co., Tex. July 23--
The body of Manly Turner who was killed at Marble Falls Saturday evening arrived here yesterday evening and was buried in the family burying grounds today.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson

Weimar Mercury, 4 Aug 1894, page 2


Full Particulars of the Tragedy at Marble Falls—Manly Turner Assaulted J. P. Border, Who Fired Three Shots at him and Cut Him Fatally With a Knife

[Special to the Statesman.]

MARBLE FALLS, July 22. Owing to the telegraph wires being down last night the Statesman's reporter was unable to send out a report of the tragedy that occurred here yesterday evening.

Manly Turner was killed yesterday evening by J. P. Border, the difficulty being the result of an old feud. The encounter occurred at the ice house of the Texas Brewing company, of which Turner was manager. Turner slapped Border, who was on his horse. Border slipped off on the opposite side and fired three shots at Turner, missing him. He then attacked Turner with his pocket knife, cutting him in each side and in the neck. Either would have proven fatal. Turner was able to get into his buggy and drive to his saloon, but died in about ten minutes. Bob Evans, who tried to interfere as peacemaker was attacked by Border and chased once or twice around a box car and to the depot, not sustaining any injury, however. Border gave himself up.


The killing of Manly Turner by J. P. Border yesterday evening has been the all absorbing topic. Many Turner was the only son and only living child of Geo. S. Turner, a well known and wealthy ranchman, who had been closely connected with the various enterprises and in the growth of this town for many years past.

J. P. Border is a member of the old and well known firm of Border Bros., the first general mercantile business established in Marble Falls. He is a son of Mrs. Roberta, wife of Ex-Governor O. M. Roberts and a man of good standing. Turner has been running a saloon here for about two years and has had frequent difficulties. He was regarded as quarrelsome and over-bearing in disposition and the difficulty that had its ending yesterday was not a surprise to anyone. It is the general belief that Border will be cleared, as eye witnesses state that Turner began the difficulty by calling Border to him and charging him with circulating slanderous reports, refusing to give Border names of his accusers and when Border denounced his accusers as liars, was fairly pulled from his horse by Turner and slapped in the face. Turner was a large, powerful man, Border below medium size. The corpse was shipped to Ellinger, Texas, today for interment. Border is in custody, having given himself up immediately after the killing.


Eagle Lake Headlight, 21 Sep 1918, page 2


Mr. William Frederick Turner, father of Mrs. Sam H. Little of this city, died in San Antonio last Saturday, the funeral services being held in Schulenburg Monday. Mr. Turner was one of the earliest settlers of Texas. He was born in Prussia may 10, 1838, and with his mother came to the United States. He came to Texas in March 1858, and became a member of company D, 2nd Texas Cavalry, fighting in Mexico and Arizona under Lieut. Col. John R. Taylor, the celebrated Indian fighter.

While in this company he fought at Fort Filmore and Fort Craig, where decisive victories were won for the Confederates. He fought in the battle of Galveston New Year's night, 1863. He was later transferred to the Confederate States Navy. During the war he ran the blockade from New Orleans to Shreveport.

On the last trip they could get no further than the United States ship. Captain Reed, commanding the Confederate ship, commanded the men to set fire to the ship and swim ashore. The order was obeyed. Turner was in the second engine room when the order was given. He ran to the deck and plunged into the river.

Next day he was captured by the Federals. He was sent to New Orleans and kept a prisoner there until the close of the war. After the war he worked in several towns of Texas and finally came to San Antonio, where he bought a livery business. This has been successful. He has served as deputy sheriff of Fayette County.

His wife, who before her marriage in 1866, was Miss Sisley A. Pace, has been dead four years. They had thirteen children—A. W. Turner of Victoria; Charles Turner of Lake Charles, La.; Robert Turner of Beeville; Joe D. Turner of Yoakum; Louis Turner of Schulenburg; Mrs. Lillie Gebert of Yoakum; Mrs. T. V. Wier of San Antonio; Mrs. D. M. Hatton of San Antonio; Mrs. Sam Little of Eagle Lake; Mrs. F. C. Rather of Beeville; Miss Corrine Turner of San Antonio; also thirteen grandchildren. Mr. Turner was reared in the Lutheran faith, under the auspices of which the services will be held. In the year 1869 Mr. Turner became a member of the Masonic fraternity at Hallettsville and he is now a member of Lyons Lodge. He was appointed marshal of Schulenburg at one time.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 17, 1943

Death Claims Negress After Auto Strikes

Emma Tutson, negress, aged about 18 years, died at the La Grange Hospital early Monday morning, to where she was taken following injuries received while riding in a truck driven by Neely (Shorty) Washington, negro. The accident occurred on Jackson street, near the old oil mill.

Washington, in giving a story of the accident, and in a great state of excitement, said that he had made the turn at Travis and Jackson streets, and was en route to his home, his family in the truck and the girl Emma, seated at the open rear end, when the Buick car, driven by Roland Froehlich, with several passengers, crashed his truck.

"The girl was fatally injured, but I did not know how her injuries were until later. I telephoned to the Koenig funeral Home and she was taken in the ambulance to the hospital. There was several bones broken in her upper limbs. She died later. The crash came at about 1:30 o'clock Monday morning.

"When my truck was struck the automobile continued to skid over the roadway and crashed against a telephone pole, breaking the pole; I believe that if the pole had not been there Mr. Froehlich and his companions would have been very badly hurt."

Many went to the scene of the accident and saw the torn telephone pole. Shorty had the statement correct, it could have meant serious injury to the car occupants . . . . The accident was reported to the sheriff's office by Shorty.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 25, 1943

F. M. Tuttle

Francis Marion Tuttle, aged 87 years, died at San Antonio Saturday, March 20.  Deceased was a brother to Mrs. Geo. Willrich of La Grange, and formerly resided in Fayette county.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, in the Bethere cemetery in Flatonia.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 May 1899, page 1

Death of an Old Citizen.

On the morning of May 9th, G. W. Tuttle died in his 80th year, from the effects of a cancer with which he has been afflicted for a long time. Mr. Tuttle was one of the old settlers of Fayette county, and for a number of years did a successful mercantile business at Pin Oak. In the year 1874 he moved to Flatonia, and entered into business under the firm name of Tuttle and Cockrill. He leaves a wife and several children all grown. His remains were carried to Pin Oak for burial. – Flatonia Argus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 29, 1922

MRS. L. de L. Tuttle

Eternal sleep came to Mrs. L. de L. Tuttle, mother of Judge George Willrich, Tuesday forenoon. For several months, due to her advanced age, Mrs. Tuttle, ever interested in literary work, brilliant of mind and concerned about the community's people, had remained at the home of her son, where her every comfort was provided.

Our brief reference to the departed invites the interest of one who enjoyed her intimate acquaintance, to whom we assign the duty of paying a tribute to a good woman.

Wednesday morning  at the Sacred Heart church Rev. Geo. Beberich held mass of requiem, and Wednesday afternoon the citizenship of LaGrange attended the obsequies at the new cemetery.

Contributed by Rob Brown


State Rights Democrat, January 3, 1868

It is rumored that a difficulty occurred on the 31st ult., between Ferdinand Loessin and Noah Tuttle, some ten miles from LaGrange, in which the latter was killed. We have no particulars.

Orleana PECK Tuttle

Flatonia Argus, 2 Jan 1879


—We regret to chronicle the demise of [illegible] Tuttle, wife of G. W. Tuttle, Jr. She died last Sunday night after a brief illness. The husband has our warmest sympathy in his bereavement.

In Memoriam.

Mrs. Orlena Tuttle, consort of G. W. Tuttle, Jr., died Sunday night, the 29th of Dec. 1878; aged 22 years and 21 days.

Thus in the bloom of youth when the future seemed so cheerful and promising, she has been called from this earthly tabernacle to occupy a place in that Spiritual Building above; where she shall be at rest, free from the cares and troubles of this transitory life.

Her maiden name was Orlena Peck; born and raised in this county, and enjoyed the friendship and esteem of a very extensive acquaintance. Confiding and attractive when a child, she was loved by all who knew her. Amiable in disposition when grown, she was regarded with great favor. At an early age she embraced religion, and united with the Missionary Baptist Church. During her short christian life, she gave many bright evidences of her love for her Savior, and especially during the last few hours of her earthly existence.

Lena is gone! and while we can not help but regret the loss of so good and amiable a friend and acquaintance thus unexpectedly snatched from among us, so early in life; yet we should not wish it otherwise; but patiently bow to the will of Him who doeth all things for the best; and constantly bear in mind that we too must sooner or later take the step from the shores of time, to be borne over the river.

Conributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Colorado County Citizen, June 2, 1977

Agnes Tydlacka

Last rites for Mrs. Agnes Tydlacka, 87, of Fayetteville were held May 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church near Ellinger. The Rev. Jerome Tydlacka of Rosenberg and the Rev. Francis Kolar of Ellinger officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Tydlacka died May 22 in the Gulf Coast Hospital in Wharton.

She was a daughter of the late Paul and Rosia Orsak Prihoda, born in Fayetteville Jan. 7, 1890. On July 31, 1911, she was united in marriage to Rudolph Tydlacka who preceded her in death in May, 1965. She spent her life in the Fayetteville area.

Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Joe Canik of Fayetteville, Mrs. T. J. Roberts of El Campo, Mrs. D. H. Roberts of Rockport and Mrs. Huey P. Williams of Alice; one son, Rudolph J. Tydlacka of Wharton; 2 sisters, Mrs. Joe Rek of Ellinger and Mrs. Henry (Sophie) Kovar of Columbus; one brother, Henry Prihoda of Willow Springs, 28 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Jan 1909


Died at Fayetteville, Dec. 19, Charles Tydlacka, age 18 months and 7 days of pneumonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross

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