Fayette County Obituaries


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Fayette County Record, Tuesday, April 3, 1984


Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Wacker, 89, of Wards were held this Monday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Marcus Wolfram officiated.

Mrs. Wacker passed away Friday in Care Inn of La Grange.

Born in Warda on June 19, 1894, Mrs. Wacker was the daughter of the late Mathis and Marie (Gross) Tschatschula. She was united in marriage with Ed Wacker who preceded her in death on April 5, 1978.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Norine Fischer of La Grange and Mrs. Hildegard Schramm of Warda; one son, Norbert Wacker of Warda; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home of Giddings was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, July 9, 1936 pg. 2

Miss Wacker Dies Buried At Bartlett

Funeral Services for Miss Mathilde Wacker, 74, who died Tuesday night while vacationing in Mexico City, were held at 4:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church. Miss Wacker arrived in Mexico City Sunday after visiting friends in San Antonio.

Deceased taught in the primary department of the Bartlett public schools from 1904 to 1932, resigning in that year. Prior to 1904 she taught in the German-English School of this community and also in the Kelsoville School for several years. She taught school for forty years during her life, teaching in New Braunfels and other South Texas schools before moving to Bartlett.

Miss Wacker was born December 7, 1861 near Ellinger, Fayette County. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Wacker, were among the early settlers of Fayette County. She graduated from Sam Houston State Normal at Huntsville and attended school for one year in Chicago. During summer vacations she studied at various times at Boulder, Colorado, C.I.A., and the University Of Texas, and traveled extensively in foreign countries and America.

She was a member of the Methodist Church and had held various offices in the Sunday school. For the past 29 years she had made her home with her brother and sister-in-law, Mrs. and Mrs. Ben Wacker.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Anna Beyer of Rosenburg, and Mrs. Herman Eschrich of Los Angeles, California; one brother, Ben Wacker and a number of nieces and nephews.—Bartlett Tribune

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


The Texas Republican, Marshall, Texas, January 26, 1861

MORE RUM.—The La Grange True Issue says that during the Christmas holidays near Round Top, in Fayette county, two brothers, by the name of Wade, by some misfortune came into collision, and one shot the other with a pistol, causing immediate death.—Galveston Civilian


The Texas Monument, July 21, 1852

On Friday evening, the 16th inst, of congestive fever, at their residence in this county, Mrs. Ann, consort of W. W. Wade. Mrs. Wade was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and departed in the active exercise of a Christian's faith. She left a husband, two small children, and a numerous circle of relatives and friends to lament her untimely exit.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, 7 Nov 1947, page 1

Houston Wade, 65, Texas Historian, Buried Saturday

The passing of one of South Texas' most colorful characters came when Houston Wade, widely known as a historian of this state, died last Thursday in a Hallettsville hopspital after a week's illness.

Funeral services for the 65-year-old resident of the Hackberry section were held Saturday at Fayetteville, place of his birth, with the Masonic lodge directing ceremonies. Burial was in the Fayetteville city cemetery.

Mr. Wade, a member of the Texas Historical Society and the Oakland Masonic Lodge, was best known over the state for his series of historical pamphlets. He also published several books and collected a great amount of historical material which is now in the State's archives. Avid in his desire to see this section's heroes of Texas history properly remembered, he had a large part in the erection of the memorial tower to the Dawson and Mier Men on Monument Hill near La Grnage, and assisted in preparing inscriptions for monuments erected during the Texas Centennial. It was through his leadership that the Father Muldoon memorial was erected last year near Hostyn.

A postal clerk in the Houston post office for many years, he retired in 1940 to his Hackberry farm to continue with his research into Texas' famous past.

The son of Tyler and Ide Meitzen Wade, he was married to Miss Ida Carson in 1942. Surviving in addition to his widow is one daughter, Miss Estelle Wade of Houston.

Ida Wade is buried on her parent's lot in the Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery.


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 5 Mar 1874

J. R. Wade, one of the early settlers of Texas, died at his residence near Fayetteville, on the eighteenth instant. He had resided in that county since 1839, and participated in the memorable battle of San Jacinto and other engagements which separated Texas from Mexico.



Shiner Gazette, Thursday, December 3, 1964

Moulton – Mrs. Agnes Wagner passed away at the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital in Shiner Saturday, November 21, 1964 at 12:30 a.m., following a short illness. She attained the age of 74 years, 10 months and 9 days.

Born at Praha, she spent her entire life in that community. Her husband passed away in 1918.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 23 at 8:45 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Moulton and at 9:30 a.m. at the Praha Catholic Church with the Rev. Marcus Valenta officiating. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel at 7:00 p.m.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Louis Smolik and Miss Mary Wagner, both of the Praha community; and one brother.

Serving as pallbearers were Louis Faltisek, Frank Olsovsky, Victor Kubicek, Henry Wagner, Frank Zabransky and John Stasny.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Moulton Eagle, Friday, December 6, 1974

Mr. Anton Wagner, life-long resident of Lavaca County, passed away at the home of his granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Hrncir of Rt. 2, Yoakum, Tuesday morning, Nov. 26th. He was 89 years, ten months and 24 days old at the time of his death.

Born in Lavaca County on Jan. 2, 1885, he was the son of the late Marie Kolar and Anton Wagner. He was married to Frances Pesek at the Praha Catholic Church and the couple farmed for livelihood. His wife preceded him in death on November 27, 1959. For the past three years, he has been making his home with his granddaughter and family.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 27th at 8:30 at the Smith Funeral Home in Moulton and continued at the Praha Catholic Church at 4:00 p.m. with Father Marcus Valenta officiating. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at the Smith Funeral Home in Moulton Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock.

Surviving are: One son-in-law, Jerry Migl of Moulton; of Moulton; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Mary) Migl on July 267, 1971; one brother and four sisters.

Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons, namely: Marcus Hrncir, Billy Branyon, Elmer Michna, Curtis Henrichs, David, Leroy and Jerry Joe Migl.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, August 21, 2012

Emilie Frances (Peters) Wagner, 81, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Friday, Aug. 17 at 9:45 p.m. The funeral was held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Monday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Timothy Kosler officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers included Cory Langley, Shawn Janacek, Dustin Wagner, Jimmy Sanders, Rodney Muras and Mark Kainer. Named as honorary pallbearers were all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rosary was recited on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel.

Born in Hungerford on Nov. 19, 1930, she was the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Lepik) Peters. On March 19, 1971, she married Charlie Joe Wagner. She worked as a waitress, child care provider and custodian. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Nagelmueller of Hallettsville and Frances Watson of Beaumont; four step-daughters, Virginia Kainer of Schulenburg, Mary Muras of La Grange, Josephine Kubenka of Schulenburg and Barbara Janacek of La Grange; three step-sons, Lawrence Wagner of Hallettsville, Charlie Joe Wagner Jr. of Schulenburg and Michael Wagner of La Grange; a brother, August Peters of Guy; and 31 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; four brothers, Jerry, Joe, Frank and Louis Peters; and three sisters, Albina Peters, Stazie Kasmir and Betty Wetz.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 29, 1921

Private Felix Wagner

The remains of Private Felix Wagner, who as overseas soldier for Uncle Sam died at France during the great world war, reached Carmine last Friday, and were given a military funeral Sunday afternoon.

Private Wagner was killed on the twelfth day of October, 1918, when a shell bursted in the St. Mihiel region. Like hundreds of others he faced the enemy and died for the stars and stripes, his flag and country. As a member of the famous 36th Division, Co., 143rd Infantry he saw active service, and while on duty paid the supreme price. As we pay him the only honor we can to one who neither shirked nor did he flinch, we feel that no greater tribute can be offered than that he did what a true patriot can and should do.

The little flower on his mound is but the carrying out of a custom, but it, is a silent evidence that the heart of man bleeds still, even though a soldier true, in the cause of right rests well in the promised land of peace.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Victoria Advocate, 19 Dec 1995, page 14A


FLATONIA - Hattie Fiedler Machalec Wagner, 72, of Flatonia died Sunday, Dec. 17, 1995.

She was born June 10, 1923, in Flatonia to the late Frank and Adela Branecky Fiedler. The homemaker was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughter, Magdalene Wenske of Yoakum and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: one brother.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 895-3311.

Memorials: Masses or donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, June 1, 1961

Louis August Wagner, age 71 years, nine months and twelve days, passed away May 17 at the Dr. Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital, Shiner.

Funeral services were held at the SS. Cyril and Methodius’ Catholic Church at Cistern May 20, 1961 at 9:00 a.m. and burial was in the Cistern Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Father Allen Black officiated at the Requiem High Mass, Rev. Father John Wagner, nephew of the deceased, delivered the sermon and Rev. Father Emil Vinklarek, Rev. Father Theo, Janysek and Rev. Father Rudolph Hoffmann were also present at the last rites.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Wagner, Leo Kainer, Charlie Patek, Jimmy Patek, Dr. Robert Wagner and Daniel Miculka.

Mr. Wagner was born in Gonzales County near Shiner August 5, 1889, as the son of John and Mary Wagner. On October 26, 1914, he was united in marriage to Emilie Husinecky in Shiner and the couple resided for several years at Shiner and Moulton before moving to Cistern where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a member of the St. Isidore Society.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Emilie Wagner; two sons, Charlie Joe Wagner of Schulenburg and Paul Wagner of Cistern; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Zurovec of San Antonio; three brothers, Joe Warner of Moulton, John Wagner of Poth and Dr. Martin Wagner of Shiner; five sisters, Mrs. Max (Albina) Walla, Schulenburg, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Dusek, Mrs. Frank (Clotilda) Jaks, Sr., Mrs. Charles (Magdalen) Miculka and Mrs. Alfonse (Katy) Grill, Jr., all of Shiner.

Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Mary (Zapalac) Wagner; three sisters, Mrs. John (Clara) Beal, Mrs. Frank (Annie) Verunac and Agnes, who died in infancy. His mother passed away February 28, 1937 and his father, March 26, 1947. One brother, Dr. Frank M. Wagner of Shiner, died April 24, 1958; and a son, Louis Wagner Jr., also preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, March 26, 2013

Minnie Wagner

Minnie Wagner, age 96 years, 6 months, passed away on Saturday, March 16 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center. The funeral was held on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home. Deacon William Wagner officiated. Interment was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia. Pallbearers were Jimmy Ulbig, grandson; and Mark Schwenke, Randy Schwenke, Donnie Schwenke, Leroy Fajkus and Melvin Wagner, nephews.

She was born at Engle on Sept. 16, 1916, the daughter of Reinhold and Anna (Sbrusch) Schwenke. On June 11, 1935, she married Rudy Wagner at Flatonia. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn Jares and husband Leo of Muldoon, and Diana Ulbig and husband Joe of Weimar; granddaughter, Becky Jares of Austin; grandson, Jimmy Ulbig and wife Shannon of Katy; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey, James and Kyle Ulbig; and two sisters-in-law, Pearl Schwenke of Rosenberg and Della Schwenke of Beeville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy; two grandchildren, Patty and Leonard Jares; eight brothers, Charlie, Benno, Reinhold, Edwin, Herman, Henry, Richard and Shorty Schwenke; and two sisters, Olga Fajkus and Ida Ohnheiser.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Apr 1899, page 1

Death of J. G. Wagner.

Last Monday morning at 3 o’clock Joseph George Wagner, father of the proprietor of the Enterprise, died after an illness of a few days at his home near Round Top. Although in feeble health for several months the end came unexpected. Mr. Wagner was born in Silesia, Prussia, on February 12, 1821. Being tired of monarchial government and longing for a freer country, he emigrated with his wife and two children to Texas in the fall of 1853. He came direct to Fayette county where he settled and, lived ever since. Besides his mourning widow he leaves nine children. The interment took place Tuesday morning in Saergel’s [Soergel Hill/Richter] cemetery. May he rest in peace. – Carmine Enterprise.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Katy Times, Monday, November 4, 2013

Lorraine A. Wagner

Lorraine A. Wagner passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the age of 78 years. She was born on Oct. 18, 1935, in Ammannsville, Texas, to Robert John and Annie Joyce Mazoch Pfertner.

On June 10, 1961, she married William C. Wagner in San Antonio, Texas. Lorraine was a member of the KJZT as well as the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

She is survived by her husband, Deacon William C. Wager [sic]; daughter, Suzanne Brice and her husband Neel; son, William C. Wagner, Jr., and his wife Sherri; grandchildren, Matthew Brice, Kyle Brice, William Garrett Wagner and Cody Wagner; brother, Patrick Pfertner and his wife Ann; nephew, Andy Pfertner; niece, Anne Pfertner; as well as other loving family members and friends.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, with Rev. David Garnier, Celebrant. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, in Ammannsville, Texas.

Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church Building Fund, 5356 Eleventh Street, Katy, Texas 77493; or to the St. Vincent De Paul Society c/o St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net.

Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493; 281-391-2424.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 14 Sep 1895, page 2

Mr. Will T. Wagner, an intimate friend of the editor from childhood up, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Bertha Wagner, Wednesday night, after a brief illness of inflammation of the stomach, and his remains were carried to LaGrange yesterday afternoon and laid to rest by the side of his wife. Poor Will! His life was indeeed "of few days and full of trouble." But a more noble-hearted, generous man and friend never lived. We knew him as a barefoot boy, as a schoolboy, and as a man, and he was ever our loved companion and friend. Many a prayer has welled forth from our heart for his success in his life, but God decreed that he should not remain with us, and we bow in humble sumission to His Will. God pity his errors of omission and commission and receive him in that eternal home above, is the earnest prayer of the writer. Our deepest sympathy is extended the bereavbed mother and sisters in the loss they have sustained.


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1904


Mr. Wm. Wagner, aged 68 years, an old settler of the county living near town, died November 17th at 8:30 and his remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Ammannsville on the 19th.

Deceased leaves a wife, three daughters and two sons to mourn his loss to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extend.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 14, 1936

Another Buried

The remains of O. E. Waite, 88, who died at the home of his brother in Pulaski, N. Y., Sunday night, May 3, arrived here Saturday morning.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. McDaniel from the Methodist church, Saturday afternoon, burial was in the city cemetery, the body being placed next to his wife, who passed on several years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Waite were residents of our town many years, and were good citizens.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1975

Many relatives from far and near attended funeral services for Jerome Walla held the morning of April 16 from Jecmenek Chapel with The Rev. Kolar officiating at continued services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery with Koenig Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Walla, age 68, was born in Ellinger and spent his entire life here. In 1931 he married Miss Lillie Bell Koehl, who preceded him in death in 1968.

He is survived by 2 sons, Jacob J. and Frankie, both of Houston; 3 sisters, Mrs. Jerry Haluska, Mrs. F. R. Hruska of here and Mrs. Frank Slanina of Houston, and 6 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 2009, page 3

Edward F. Walker Jr.

Graveside services for Edward F. Walker Jr., 83, of Columbus, formerly of Eagle Lake, were held on Friday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Flatonia City Cemetery, with the Rev. Joe Hybenr of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia officiating. The Schulenburg American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars performed the military honors at the ceremony.

Mr. Walker died on Saturday, Aug. 1 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.

He was born May 27, 1926 in Flatonia, the son of Edward F. Sr. and Sophie Michal Walker. During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army. On June 23, 1956, he was united in marriage with Hattie Gold. He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad after 37 years of service, and was a member of the Catholic faith and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Eagle Lake.

Preceding him in death were his wife; a daughter, Brenda Walker of New Iberia, La.; his parents; a sister, Margie Ann Walker of Flatonia; and a grandson, Kevin Edward Walker of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include two sons, Edward F. Walker III and wife Maggie of Eagle Lake and Mark W. Walker and wife Elaine of Broussard, La.; two sisters, Doris Walker of Flatonia and Delores Cherry of Gonzales; six grandchildren, Kelli Nieto and husband Henry of Schulenburg, Greg Walker and wife Tracey, Rachel Babin and husband Chris, and Anthony Walker, all of Broussard, La., Curtis Romero and wife Connie of Arkansas, and Lana Hill and husband Leroy Jr. of New Iberia, La.; eight great-grandchildren, Kevin and Natalie Nieto, Katelynn Babin, Giles, Cameron and Brooke Hill, and Gabbriel and Sara Romero; special friend and the mother of his children, Betty Lofgren of Henderson, La.; and numerous extended family and friends.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 April 1912


Saturday night John Walker was killed by Henry Glass, Jr., on the road between here and the County Line school house. A woman by the name of Ada Willis was also shot in the neck but not fatally.

It seems Walker lost tract [sic] of his “Uman” and was on the hunt for her. He had an idea Glass knew where she was. He failed to locate her in town so stole a horse and left for the County Line school house where the colored people were having a supper. He met Glass, Milton McHenry and Ada Willis in a buggy and told them they had to take him to town, flourshing [sic] a pistol in his hand or he would burn them up. He was then shot at close range by Glass and killed, but in his death agonies he shot four times at the buggy, one shot taking affect [sic] in the woman’s neck.

Squire Vogt held an inquest and the body was shipped to West Point for burial. Glass was released on a $500 bond.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 2 Jul 1904, page 3

LaGrange, June 24.—Mr. J. Z. Walker died in this city last night at the age of 76 years, after a lingering illness. Mr. Walker was a Confederate veteran and also one of the pioneer citizens of LaGrange. The following children survive him: Mrs. Hugh Little and Miss Kate Walker of Winchester, John and Aleck Walker of Houston, and Mrs. J. W. Wroe, Mrs. W. A. Caldwell and Bob Walker of LaGrange. The funeral occurred from the family residence at 5:30 o'clock this afternoon.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 July 1904, page 1


Thursday night at ten-thirty o’clock the spirit of J. Z. Walker departed from its clay casket to that unknown land from whence no traveler returns. Although not altogether unexpected, the news of Mr. Walker’s death caused many expressions of regret. He was an old citizen of this county, having livied [sic] here in the early forties, and at the time of his death had reached the age of seventy-six years.

Friday afternoon the remains were tenderly laid to rest at the old cemetery by the side of his wife who had preceded him two years ago. The cortege was very large and sympathetic friends shared the grief of the surviving relatives. Three sons John and Alexander Walker of Houston, and Robert of LaGrange, and four daughters, Mesdames Caldwell and Wroe of La Grange and Miss Katie Walker and Mrs. Hugh Little of Winchester are the chief mourners. – La Grange Journal.

Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


Walker – Died at LaGrange, 6-23-04, of pulmonary oedema, John Z. Walker, aged 75 years, 7 mos.

Sticker obituaries contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 24 Nov 1894, page 3

Miss Kitty Walker, daughter of Dr. W. W. Walker of Schulenburg, who had been attending the state normal school at Huntsville, died last Saturday at Huntsville, and on Sunday was buried at Schulenburg, several from this citty attending the funeral.


Colorado Citizen, May 5, 1881, page 2

From Rev. C. W. Thomas, we learn that Mr. Jack Walker, residing on Miller's creek, Fayette county, died last Saturday night, of pneumonia. He was a prominent citizen in his neighborhood, and once represented his county in the Legislature.

page 3 of same publication

Weimar Locals

Last Saturday, at 8 p.m., the soul of one of our best and most worthy citizens—Hon. T. J. Walker, of Fayette county, left this terrestial[sic] sphere to enter into that “house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” He had been sick but a week, with pneumonia, and died as he had lived, a pious, honest and good man. Mr. Walker was born in West Tennessee February 27th, 1824, and immigrated to Texas with his brother the Rev. Allen Walker, in 1847, and has resided in Fayette county ever since. Mr. Walker was a member of the fifteenth Legislature. He was a devoted husband, a kind and loving father and a Christian friend. In him his family have lost their best friend and counselor, the community in which he lived a worthy citizen. He was buried last Sunday with religious services, the Rev. P. M. Riley officiating, after which the Masonic fraternity performed the solemn funeral services. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family.

Interment in the Mullins Prairie Cemetery also known as the Riser Cemetery. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht.


Weimar Mercury, 6 Jun 1889, page 2


Death of an Editor

Mr. W. T. Walker, late editor of the Flatonia Argus, died in this city after a brief illness on May 28, and his remains were shipped to Flatonia for burial the next day. Phoenix was formerly associated with the deceased gentleman in the publication of the Argus, and to say that the paper has received a severe blow in his death and the city of Flatonia lost one of her most useful citizens, would only be stating what all know who enjoyed the acquaintance and confidence of William T. Walker. He was a member of the Methodist church, the only son of an aged and widowed mother, and his many friends in both Flatonia and Weimar regret his untimely demise.

. . . PHOENIX.


Shiner Gazette, 8 May 1901

Dr. Walker, of Schulenburg Dead.

Schulenburg, Texas, May 5th. – Dr. W. W. Walker, an eminent physician of this place, and who was among the early settlers of Schulenburg, died at 12:45 p. m. from an attack of subacute peritonitis. He leaves a wife and six children, who were at his bedside, except Captain Kenzie Walker, of the Tenth United States Cavalry, who is now with his regiment in the Philippine islands.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 9, 1954, page 1

Anton Walla, 61, Hit-Run Fatality

Harris County police this week were hunting for the driver of a car which struck down and killed Anton J. Walla, 61, former Holman resident, on a Houston street last Saturday night.

They have a description of the hit-and-run car provided them by a witness to the accident, but none of the driver himself.

Mr. Walla had been a Houston resident the past 10 years, but most of his life had lived in Fayette County. Born at Holman, he had lived in Schulenburg for a number of years before moving to Houston, where he was in the furniture repair business.

Funeral services were held at Sacred Heart Church in Houston Tuesday morning.

Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Teresia Walla of Houston; six daughters, Mrs. Alice Jasek of Freeport, Mrs. Rosie Maus of Minnesota; Mrs. Dorothy Pargac, Mrs. Mildred Maus, Miss Lorine Walla and Miss Doris Mae Walla, all of Houston; four sons, Edgar F., Max and Bennie Walla, all of Houston; Charles Walla of Columbus (whose wife is the former Miss Eloise Kalous of Weimar); four brothers, Max and Steve Walla of Schulenburg, Lewis Walla of Taylor and George Walla of Kirtley; six sisters, Mrs. Wilma Anders of San Antonio; Mrs. Josie Naiser of Baytwon, Mrs. Adolph Ripper of Taylor, Mrs. Pulia Jaks of Shiner, Mrs. Clement Cernosek of La Grange, Mrs. Herman Cords and Mrs. Martha Stockson, both of Fort Worth; and seven grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1924, page 6

Death of Anton Walla

Anton J. Walla, a prominent citizen of LaGrange, died in that city at a local hospital Friday morning at 10 o’clock, aged 59 years. The funeral occurred, Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Interment was had in the Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Berberich officiating. Mr. Walla leaves eleven children to mourn his death. His wife preceded him to the grave seven year ago. A son, Max, is a resident of our city.

Mr. Walla was born in Fayetteville and lived most his life time in Fayette and Colorado counties. For a number of years he was in the mercantile business in Weimar. He sold out the business and moved to the farm. After his health began to fail he lived with his sister, Mrs. Frank Mensik.

Mr. Walla was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a man honest in his convictions and true to his trust. A good citizen has passed away. May he rest in peace.

To those who are left to mourn his death the Herald extends sympathy. – Halletsville Herald.

Mr. Walla lived in this city and section for many years, had many friends here, and all regret to learn of his death.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Colorado County Citizen, 28 Jun 1956, page 8

Frank J. Walla, 77, Retired Ginner, Dies at Ellinger

Frank J. Walla, Frelsburg native and retired Ellinger ginner, was laid to rest June 20 after services at the Hostyn Hill Catholic church, with Rev. Francis Kolar officiating.

Mr. Walla was found dead in his bed by his daughter, Mrs. Frank R. Hruska of Ellinger, June 18 when she called to check on his condition. He had been ill several days but his condition was not considered serious.

He was born at Frelsburg Feb. 14, 1879, and he was married in Frelsburg to Rosie Janak, who died about 9 years ago.

Survivors include his step-mother, Mrs. Johanna Walla of West; 3 daughters, Mrs. Hruska, Mrs. Jerry Haluska of near Fayetteville and Mrs. Frank Slanina of Houston; 2 sons, Lee and Jerome Walla, both of Ellinger; 2 brothers, Willie Walla of Frelsburg and Joe Walla of West; 3 sisters, Mrs. Julia Jurica of Flatonia, Miss Annie Walla of Smithville and Mrs. E. J. Bucek of San Antonio; a half sister, Mrs. Paul Sulak, of Laredo; and 2 half-brothers, Adolph Walla of West and Alvin Walla of Waco.

Frank Walla was buried in the Ellinger Catholic Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 13 Oct 1916

Farmer Found Dead

LaGrange, Tex., Oct. 9.—Paul Walla, a well-to-do Bohemian farmer living near Plum, in this county, was found dead at an early hour Sunday morning. A pistol was lying near by. He leaves his widow and a family of grown children.


San Antonio Express, June 19, 1934

Robert J. Walla, 50, merchant of Flatonia, died in a hospital here Monday morning. Walla was a native Texan and had been in San Antonio 10 days. He was a member of the Hermann Sons at Flatonia.

The remains were sent to Flatonia Monday afternoon, accompanied by the family, where services and interment will be held Tuesday morning.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Louise Walla; three children Maxie, Leon and Elsie Walla, all of Flatonia; three sisters, Mrs. E. J. Bucek of San Antonio, Miss Annie Walla of Smithville and Mrs. Charles Jurica of Flatonia, and three brothers, Joe Walla of West, Frank Walla of Ellinger and Willie Walla of New Ulm.

San Antonio Express, Tuesday, June 20, 1934

FLATONIA, Tex.. June 19 — Robert J. Walla, 50, was buried from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tuesday morning, at 9 o'clock in the new Catholic Cemetery.

He leaves his widow, two sons, and one daughter.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, March 28, 1968

Steve Walla, Ammannsville Native, Buried

Funeral services for Steve Walla, 63, of Schulenburg were held at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, Saturday, March 23, with Rev. Alphonse Padalecki officiating.

Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery.

Mr. Walla, a native of Ammannsville and a 30-year employee of Kusey Lumber Co. in Schulenburg, died at his home Thursday after a long illness.

Born March 10, 1905, he was a son of the late Anton and Aloisia Macha Walla. He married Miss Ella Blaschke on Oct. 22, 1938, and they have lived at Schulenburg since.

He was a 38-year member of the Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 30 years on the active list. He also belonged to the Sons of Hermann Lodge No. 14.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Mrs. John N. (Marjory) Sion of Houston; a son Capt. Gerald J. Walla of Minot AFB, North Dakota; three grandchildren; seven sisters, Mrs. F. W. Jaks of Shiner, Mrs. Herman Cordz of Weimar, Mrs. Eaton Stockton of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Clement Cernosek of Holman, Mrs. Adolph Ripper of Taylor, Mrs. A. J. Naiser of Baytown and Mrs. A. J. Ander_ of San Antonio; and two brothers, Max Walla of Schulenburg and George Walla of Elgin.

Two brothers, Anton and Louis, preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Houston Chronicle, February 7, 2013

VICTORIA MYERS WALLA, of Katy, Texas, died on February 5, 2013, of complications from diabetes and neuropathy.

She was known as "Vicki" to all her friends and was born on October 17, 1942. She was a gracious, fun-loving individual who enjoyed life to its fullest whenever or however the opportunity presented itself. Vicki's greatest joys in life were her church, her family, music, fishing and the beach at Galveston.

She was one of the first female Eucharist Ministers in the Galveston-Houston Diocese. She was the folk mass choir leader at her church in Houston and Katy. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy and attended Our Lady of the Lake College. She was a member of the KJT and KJZT fraternals.

During her lifetime, she was active with her children in school activities, the Katy FFA, refereed high school volleyball and also found time to teach guitar and swimming lessons.

Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, Russel and Edith Myers and two of her children, Joseph "Joey" Walla and Rebecca "Becky" Walla Hill.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years, Jacob J. Walla; a son, Russel J. Walla and wife Shannon; and one daughter, Laura Anne Walla; together with numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Myers and wife Mary of Fort Worth, Texas; and her brother, John Myers and wife Marilyn of Lexington, Kentucky.

She was the first administrative employee of the Katy Community Hospital and worked there as a Medical Staff Coordinator and later at Cigna Insurance Company as a Provider Relations Manager until her disability retirement.

The family would like to thank the staff at Memorial Hermann and Kindred Hospitals for the skilled care and thoughtfulness provided during her extended illness.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials or remembrances be made to Katy Christian Ministries, or to your church or charity of your choice.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with vigil services to follow at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 5356 Eleventh Street, Katy, with Rev. Fernando Anaya-Maida, Celebrant. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ellinger, Fayette County, Texas.

Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, Jan. 20, 1949 p.5

Mrs. Minnie Walling

The body of Mrs. Minnie Walling, who died at McAllen, Friday was brought to La Grange and interred in the old cemetery Monday, Koenig Funeral Home in charge of the services.

Mrs. Walling will be remembered as the former Mrs. Minnie Moore, wife of James Moore, wife of James Moore, who was the son of John E. Moore, an early citizen of La Grange, and for many years its cotton weigher (sic).  Jim Moore caused to be erected and occupied for the period of their residence here, the cottage home on south Washington street, later the family home of John Zwiener.  Jim Moore died more than a decade since; Mr. Walling died two or more years ago.  Two sons and one daughter are the chief mourners.

Transcribed by Carolyn Heinsohn


La Grange Journal, March 9, 1893

DIED—At LaGrange, March 6th, 183, Mrs. CAroline Walter, an old resident of LaGrange.

The deceased was the step-mother of Messrs Louis and Charles Walter, to whom and other relatives THE JOURNAL extends its sincere condolence.



La Grange Journal, September 3, 1936, pg. 1

To The Memory Of Louis Walter—81

Thursday afternoon of last week, at the new cemetery, Rev. R. Heise officiated at the grave and friends, with relatives, bid a long farewell to a citizen of La Grange, who for many years was one of her leading businessmen, later retired, and spent his declining years in company with his wife, in a happy home in the northern part of the city.

Illness, chiefly senility—he was past 81 years old—came with forceful effect on Monday of last week, and Wednesday he traveled onward. Few knew that he was ill, announcement of his death created expressions of genuine surprise. Coming to town as frequently as he could, his step uncertain and his eyesight failing constantly, he nevertheless as he could, his step uncertain and his eyesight failing constantly, he nevertheless visited about the public business square with those with whom he had fraternized for the past sixty and less years, and his absence for the few days was regarded as in conformity with the physician’s instructions, to rest at home when weary.

Louis Walter was born in La Grange, in the small cottage home then located where the residence of then located where the residence of Otto Amberg now stands. Here he spent his boyhood; his fancy taking to the saddlery and harness trade, he equipped himself by close study and instructions given by his tutors. Honest, upright, friendly, ever courteous and responsive to the call of those in need. Of his early companionship days, there remains only one, August Streithoff, the oldest living native born white citizen of La Grange.

Born in La Grange July 13, 1855, remaining here until he left for Columbus in the early 1870’s and entering as apprentice in the harness and saddlery house of A.F. Rose, at Columbus. Later he removed back to Fayette county and engaged in business at Warrenton, finally coming to La Grange where, until 1913 he was active, having in addition to his saddlery and harness added a large stock of buggies. He sold hi business to John Zwiener and Newton Rabensburg.

Mr. Walter was married to Miss Meta Speckles of Warrenton in that village April 16, 1885; one child was born to them, dying a few hours after birth. Childless as the two went through more that fifty years of married life, they had those close by reason of family ties, upon whom affection and support was frequently lavished, and willingly at that.

His widow, a sister, Mrs. Bettie Applet of Poteet, and several nieces and nephews survive. A brother, Benno Walter, two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Letzerich and Mrs. Emma Weller, preceded him in death.

La Grange, by the death of this good citizen lost another native born who followed the progress of the city for more that a half century, who served as an alderman and in many ways at his command, especially in the early years of his life helped to make it good trading place.

Under a heaping mound of flowers he sleeps now; the voice that was heard by many and to whom it ever brought comfort it stilled; his last visit to the city proper was made on August 19, and illness followed the nest day. A rest well earned; may those who benefited by reason of his generosity, remember him as does this writer—HIS FRIEND.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, September 9, 1948

Mrs. Meta Walter Dies at Round Rock
Mrs. Meta Walter, 91, formerly of La Grange, passed away at Round Rock Tuesday.

Funeral will be held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel here Thursday at 10 a.m., Rev. H.T. Flachmeier officiating, and burial will be in the New City Cemetery.

Mrs. Walter, nee Speckels, was born at Warrenton on Feb. 18, 1857, but spent the greater portion of her life in and around La Grange. Her husband, Louis Walter resided at the Trinity Lutheran Home at Round Rock.

Meta Walter died September 7, 1948. Contributed by Kathy Carter


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Apr 1904

Death Record.

Walter: Died near Warda 4,1,04 of Convulsions, Minna Walter aged 7 months and 6 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, March1, 1934


Hermann Walther of Warda, aged 38 years, died at the La Grange Hospital last Sunday afternoon, after an illness of one week from pneumonia. He was taken sick the Sunday previous and in critical condition was brought from his farm home near Warda in the hope to save his life. The body was taken to the family home and on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Eiffert, pastor of the Warda Lutheran church, placed it to rest in the cemetery near the church.

Deceased is survived by his widow and five children; three daughters, the oldest 15 years, and two sons, the youngest 2 years. He also leaves one brother Oswald Walther of Port Arthur and two half-brothers, and two half-sisters, and his father, Paul Walther. Hermann Walther was born and reared in the neighborhood of Warda, and was united in marriage with Miss Martha Krause of Serbin who, as stated, survives. Mrs. Walther was also a patient at the La Grange Hospital, but was discharged Monday afternoon.

Deceased was one of Uncle Sam’s soldiers in the late World War, but was not able to make the sea voyage due to illness from the same disease, pneumonia, that claimed his Sunday. He was a member of H.J. Ehlers Post No. 102, American Legion.

La Grange Journal
March 8, 1934, page 3

Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, February 25, of pneumonia; Herman P. Walther of Warda, aged 38 years, 10 months, and 6 days.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 10, 1955

Richard H. Walther

Funeral services were held for Richard H. Walther, 85, of Warda Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 10 AM at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda.  The Rev. John L. Herzog officiated at the services for the retired farmer who was found dead by his wife.  Death was due to natural causes.

Mr. Walther was born on November 25, 1869.  He was married to Maria Hannusch on November 14, 1897.

Surviving are his wife; six daughters, Mrs. Willie Wagner of Giddings, Mrs. John Luecke of Houston, Mrs. Otto Marquart of La Grange, Mrs. Elmo Matejowsky and Mrs. Anton Wolf of Abernathy and Mrs. Erwin Wolf of Nechanitz; one son, Albert of Warda; two brothers, Oswald of Lincoln and Max of Warda; one sister, Mrs. Minna Falke of Warda; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 25 Sep 1897, page 5

Shiner Gazette:

Mrs. A. G. Wangemann died at her home in Yoakum Monday night. She had been ill of dengue fever, and the trouble went to her heart, C. A. Kessler and wife have been in Colorado, but were wired of her danger and will reach Yoakum today in time for the funeral. Joined by all the people of Shiner the Gazette extends to the bereaved husband and children its heartfelt sympathies.

Weimar Mercury, 9 Oct 1897, page 5


Halletsville Herald:

In order to reach Schulenburg in time for the burial of their daughter, Mrs. Wangemann, it became necessary for Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Kessler to charter a special train to carry them from Chicago to Schulenburg. The heart-broken couple arrived there in time to pay the last sad tribute to their beloved offspring. The funeral was the largest ever witnessed in Schulenburg, attesting eloquently the esteem and love with which the deceased was regarded by those wo knew her.


Mrs. M. M. WARD

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.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Warnasch: Died at warda [sic] Nov. 12 03 of congestion of brain Martha warnasch [sic] aged 1 month.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 July 1907

Mr. Ben Warnek of Freyburg, aged 81 years, died Saturday and was buried Monday in the Freyburg cemetery. He leaves 5 sons and three daughters to mourn his loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, July 10, 1997

Alice Warnken

Mrs. Alice (Hengst) Warnken of Schulenburg died on Thursday, July 3 at noon at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar after a six-month illness. She reached the age of 90 years, 2 months, 27 days. The funeral was held on Sunday, July 6 at 2 p.m. in Schulenburg, with interment in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Julio Aguilar, son-in-law; Frank Krischke, friend; three grandsons, Randy Prosperi, Danny Prosperi and Roger Warnken; Darrell Bettencourt, fiancé of granddaughter, Rachel; and nephew, Earl Hengst. She was born in Gonzales County to Max and Anna (Gabler) Hengst on April 5, 1907 and attended school in Freyburg. On Oct. 15, 1930, she married Herbert B. Warnken in Freyburg. She lived in Fayette County most of her life and in Houston from 1951-53. She was a housewife and member of the First United Methodist Church in Schulenburg. Survivors include one daughter, Dinah Aguilar of the The Woodlands; one son, Bert Warnken of Houston; one sister, Adlee Kiesling of the Woodlands; one brother, Edgar Hengst of Spring; and four grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Herbert B. Warnken, in 1988. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, August 30, 1983


Funeral services for Alvin Warnken, 74, of Schulenburg were held this Monday at 10 a.m. at the Freyburg Church with interment in Schulenburg City Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Shores officiated.

Mr. Warnken, a heavy equipment operator for Fayette County, died Saturday at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Flatonia.

Born Sept. 12, 1908 in Fayette County, Mr. Warnken was the son of the late Willie and Mary (Ohnheiser) Warnken. He was united in marriage with Martha Guettermann on Oct. 23, 1928 at Freyburg. He was a member of Hermann Sons.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Helen Warnken of Schulenburg; two sons, Kervin Warnken of Austin and Maynard Warnken of Houston; one brother, Wallace Warnken of Freyburg; and six grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 27, 1935

Aged Citizen Dies Tuesday At Family Home Buried Wed.

After many months of illness, and receiving every care and attention, Aug. Warnken, aged 76 years, 6 months and 5 days, died at the family home north of La Grange, Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held at the home and interment was had at the new cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J. E. Roth, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating.

Mr. Warnken had resided in the city of La Grange since his early youth, and for many years was one of its substantial citizens and business men. He was born at Bluff, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Warnken, who removed to La Grange where the senior Warnken conducted a blacksmith and wheelwright shop on the corner of Jefferson and Colorado streets, and now occupied by Meyer Bros. August Warnken succeeded ----- continuing blacksmith and wheelwright shop at the same stand, adding a mill work plant. Until 1892 he was in charge, when he sold the business to Meyer Brothers.

When the third courthouse of Fayette county was razed in 1891, to enable contractors to build the present temple of justice, Mr. Warnken purchased the rocks used in the old courthouse and erected the brick front building now occupied by Wiekel Bros. and J. T. Phillips. In this building he conducted a general hardware business, which he later sold to J. W. Holloway, retaining ownership of the building. Later he purchased the wooden building used as a blacksmith shop, lying in between his new building and then postoffice building (now occupied by W. S. Robson, electrical contractor) and joined the two structures with brick. Progressive and honorable, and a real friend to those who desired his friendship.

Mr. Warnken served La Grange for several terms as alderman, retiring undefeated, and because of his age, sought a more quiet life. He was united in marriage with Miss Fannie Holster in 1880; three children were born to them. Lula, a daughter, died in infancy; Edwin Warnken, who became a prominent attorney at Galveston, died in that city in 1926; Chas. A. Warnken, attorney, eldest son, resides in La Grange.

Mrs. Warnken died at Temple in 1918, following a surgical operation. Six years ago, 1929, Mr. Warnken was united in marriage with Mrs. Edith Birdwell of La Grange, who with Chas. A. Warnken and three grandchildren survive.

The Journal offers its sincere sympathy to the chief mourners.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal
March 12, 1936

Former Co. Citizen Buried Wednesday Died Mon. March 2

The Journal, briefly in, the last issue mentioned the death of A. D. Warnken who died at Poth; Wilson County, Monday March 2. The Floresville Journal mentions the death of this former Fayette county citizen, and gives his age at 64 years and 10 days. Deceased had been a citizen of Poth for the last twenty years. The Floresville Journal further says:

“Deceased was a man who counted his friends by his acquaintances . . . All Poth business houses closed Wednesday afternoon for the funeral, which was largely attended.

Services were held at the family residence at 2:00 p.m., followed by religious services at St. John’s Lutheran Church which he was beloved and faithful member. The Rev. J. K. Poch, the pastor, officiated and paid the deceased a beautiful tribute as a Christian and citizen. The choir, directed by Mrs. Aug. Malcher, rendered several favorite hymns and Mrs. Malcher sang, ‘ Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.’ The floral offering was beautiful, a silent tribute from a host of friends far and near. Interment followed in the Lutheran cemetery at Poth.

The pall bearers were: E. W. Schneider, Poth; B. H. Schriewer, Poth; Edwin Warnken, Dewsville; Vernon Warnken, La Grange; Wallace Warnken, Freyburg; Willie Hillmann, Edna.

Rev. Poch in the impressive religious service at the church paid this tribute to the deceased.

“Our dear Brother, Mr. August Warnken, was born February 21, 1872, in Freyburg, Fayette Co., Tex.

On February 18, 1897, he was united in marriage with Miss Lena Hillmann and continued to make Freyburg his home. Here he was engaged in farming. Several years later they moved to Telfner, Texas. Then he purchased a cotton gin in Yoakum and in 1913 they moved to Wilson County, first locating at Camp Ranch. The family moved to Poth in 1915. There he established the oil mill, two cotton gins, one corn mill and one cotton gin in Deweesville.

On February 21, 1922 he happily celebrated with his wife their 25th wedding anniversary surrounded by their children, relatives and friends. Rev. L. F. Freyburg, now in Zanesville, Ohio, conducted their silver wedding ceremony. Since two years ago Mr. Warnken had been in failing health when his heart began to cause him and those near and dear to him great concern. In the last 4 months he suffered with repeated attacks from time to time. Doctors and his family did all they could to lessen the sufferings and tribulations of this world. He had reached an age of 64 years and 10 days.

Our deceased Brother was a lovely and faithful husband and father to his family. He was an honest and upright citizen and a faithful member of our Lutheran Church. His loss will be keenly felt by all who have known him.

Those who mourn his departure are a bereaved widow; two sons, the Messrs. Charlie and Victor Warnken; two brothers, Messrs. Willie Warnken of Freyburg and Ben Warnken of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Umlang of Freyburg, Mrs. Emil Mueller of Schulenburg; also three grandchildren, besides other relatives and many friends. Two brothers, Fritz and Hy. preceded him in death.

May he rest in peace, awaiting the glorious resurrection unto life everlasting. May the God of consolation comfort those who survive! Amen.”

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 27, 1947

Ben Warnken Is Laid To Rest Here Sunday

Ben J. Warnken, 65, passed away at his home near La Grange Saturday, culminating a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating, and burial was in the New City Cemetery.

Born at Freyburg Oct. 2, 1882, Mr. Warnken married Miss Lottie Nollkamper here on October 27, 1903.

He leaves his widow; three sons, Vernon, Atlin and Manfred, all of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. E. B. Miller and Mrs. Herman Umlang of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Emil Kiesling of La Grange; a brother, Willie H. Warnken of Schulenburg; and four grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 1, 1938

Chas. A. Warnken

Death came quick to Chas. A. Warnken of La Grange, at 11:50 a.m., Wednesday. Chas. had complained to his friends that he wasn’t feeling well, and Tuesday night suffered a heart attack.

Chas. Warnken was born in La Grange, a son of the late Aug. Warnken, and Mrs. Fannie Warnken, nee Holster [Holsten], April 17, 1882, and at the hour of his death was 56 years, 7 months and 13 days old. He is survived by two children, a son John Paul Warnken, San Antonio; and a daughter Miss Lorane Warnken, at Cleveland.

Graduated in law, he practiced his profession at Houston for several years, later returning to La Grange. He was an ex-service veteran and a member of H. J. Ehlers Post, American Legion of La Grange.

As this is written funeral arrangements have not been made. The Legion will conduct their burial services, and pay honor to their departed Buddy.

La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 8, 1938

Chas. Aug. Warnken

Funeral services for Chas. Aug. Warnken, aged 56 years, 7 months and 12 days, were held at the Reichert Funeral Home, Saturday morning, conducted by H. J. Ehlers Post, No. 102, American Legion; Chaplain G. E. Hermes offered a short prayer, and followed with a reading of the tribute:

Buddy Warnken was born in La Grange, Texas, April 18, 1882, a son of August Warnken and Mrs. Fannie Warnken, nee Holster. He grew to his majority in La Grange, graduated from our high schools and later attended the Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tennessee.

After receiving his certificate of graduation in the law school, he located in Houston, Texas, and successfully practiced law. He was united in marriage with Miss Laura Meerscheidt of San Antonio, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Meerscheidt, nee Frede. Four children blessed this union, two daughters preceded him to the grave. Mrs. Warnken, one son, John Paul Warnken of San Antonio and Miss Loraine, a daughter, at Cleveland, survive.

Buddy Warnken, patriot at all times, enlisted in the service of his country, in the world war, and at its conclusion, returned to La Grange, where he continued to reside until the Supreme Commander called him hence.

He was a valuable member of H. J. Ehlers Post No. 102, American Legion, of La Grange, ever interested in its work and its progress, ever willing to assist in what need he was called.

We bed him to rest today, in obeisance to the edict from which no appeal is granted; and to his loved ones, and his friends, we extend our sympathy and point out to them, that the road to higher and better life will not be closed to them; at some future time, when peace is real and the glorious hour is proclaimed, all will be serene.

Buddy Warnken, we bid you to rest in peace!

Interment was made in the new cemetery, in the Warnken plot. Commander F. J. Willmann and Chaplain G. E. Hermes, in charge of the ritualistic burial ceremonies, committed their Buddy to the last rest; Buddy Otto Witt, as silence prevailed, blew taps, the flag that draped the casket was folded by Buddies Theo. W. Lueders and Hy. Wessels, and placed in the lap of the daughter.

Buddy Warnken, last member of the Warnken family, was preceded to the grave by two daughters, one a victim of and accident, the other from natural causes. Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Laura Meerscheidt, one son, John Paul Warnken of San Antonio, one daughter, Miss Loraine Warnken, of Cleveland, Texas. Buddy Warnken died suddenly, Wednesday, Nov. 30, following a heart attack.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 19, 1965

Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Warnken

Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Mae Hall Warnken, 70, were held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday afternoon at the Koenig Funeral Home. Rev. Ben L. Stohler officiated and burial was in the La Grange city cemetery.

Mrs. Warnken, a forty-three year resident of La Grange, passed away in the Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg Saturday.

She was born in Calbert on January 11, 1895, the daughter of Jack and Nettie Jewel Christian Hall. She was married to Earl Birdwell and later to Aug. Warnken. Both preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Frank D. Harrell, Jr., of Elgin, Mrs. Henry Kana of Weimar, and Mrs. C. W. Schmitker of Dennison; one son, Earl A. Birdwell of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Pauline Cook of Houston; thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one niece.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 4, 1926

Died From Exposure

Edwin R. Warnken, second son of Alderman August Warnken of La Grange, died from exposure last Friday evening, exposure following an explosion on W. L. Moody’s motor boat that had been used by a party of friends, enroute from Galveston to Lake Surprise from a hunt. The explosion occurred when the motor boat ceased to operate and gasoline was being put into the carburator. Following the explosion, the flames spread rapidly, causing all aboard to jump into the bay. Four of the men who jumped overboard, Mayor Holcombe of Houston and his brother-in-law, B. W. Steele of Houston, and C. J. Lilley, the editor of the Houston Press, and Edwin Warnken, remained in the water for over two hours, clinging to a floating mattress, and this extremely cold water is responsible for the exhaustion that followed.

Edwin died shortly after being pulled aboard the motor boat Joy of League City. Captain John with a party of hunters, bound for another camp came upon the scene and effected the rescue of the men in the water. Mr. Warnken of La Grange was promptly notified and left at once for Galveston, returning with the body Saturday night, and having it taken to the Warnken home on the hill north of town. Sunday afternoon the funeral was held and the remains taken to the new cemetery for interment, Rev. Tenney of the Presbyterian church officiating. The Handel Club sang several hymns and beautiful flowers, banked high, completely hid the mound.

Edwin Warnken, the son of August and Fannie Warnken, was born in La Grange, January 1, 1889, and grew to manhood here. Early in life as a young man, he gave it as his desire to study law, and after completing his studies in La Grange at the local schools, entered the State University and was also a student at the A. & M. College, and then entered the Cumberland Law School, Lebanon, Tennessee, where he took up the study of law. Completing his course there he returned to Texas and for a while resided in Austin. He was united in marriage with Louise Walton of Austin and to them one daughter was born. The widow, the daughter, the father and one brother survive. There are many other relatives.

Edwin was successful in his practice of law and later, after removing to Houston, accepted the position of assistant district attorney for the Houston District, United States of America, and the Southern District. From 1921 until the close of the past year he held that position , handling all the principal cases dealing with the important liquor law violations in his district. After resigning his position he removed to Galveston and became the law partner of A. Y. Bryan, Jr. He was associated with Mr. Bryan at the time of his death, and was general attorney for the American National Insurance Company of Galveston.

We refer to his passing with sincere regret, and to those who shall miss him and were close to him by ties of blood, we offer our sincere sympathy.

A detailed account of the explosion aboard the Anico and the subsequent two hours of floating about in the bay was given by Mayor Holcombe, as follows:

“I had just looked at my watch, while efforts were being made to start the engine, and said, ‘Well, boys, it’s 5:20, so we won’t have time for any hunting tonight.’ There was some joking regarding what would happen if the boat were to blow up, and Warnken said, ‘Well, if she blows up I’m going overboard. I’d rather drown than burn.’ It was only a few minutes after this remark that the engine backfired and a sheet of flame covered the cockpit.

“We all jumped overboard and Lilley and I clung to a small mattress that had been thrown overboard by someone when we jumped. Steele was hanging on to a suitcase, which bobbled up and down like a cork. We finally worked our mattress over to him and got hold of him. He was pretty weak by this time.

“Warnken was holding on another small cushion or mattress and was some distance from us. We called to him to work over toward us, but he couldn’t make it. We could hear him calling to us in reply to our shouts for about an hour, after which we heard nothing more. Heavy rubber boots and a hunting vest worn by him probably wore him out and weakened him.

“Lilley, who has been a pretty good swimmer, tried to get over to the Anico after Huddleston, Lyons, Moody and Anderson had put the flames out, but the cold water had weakened him so that he was forced to return. We then tried to work the mattress over toward the boat, but met with indifferent success.

“When we sighted the Joy we all shouted will those aboard the Anico fired their shotguns. We were afraid for a time that the Joy hadn’t seen us, as we saw her sheer away, but she turned our way a few moments later and picked us all up. If the Joy hadn’t come along then, we could not have lasted more than ten minutes longer, as we were all pretty weak.”

When Warnken was taken aboard the boat, he was in a semiconscious condition. Efforts were made to revive him by Dr. Huddleston, but he died a few minutes after.

The Joy brought the party to Galveston, where they were met by two ambulances of F. P. Malloy & Son. The three Houstonians were taken to the John Sealy Hospital, where they were bundled up in warm woolen blankets, while the others were taken to their homes.

The Anico was towed into port early yesterday evening. Captain Charles Anderson remained with the Anico when the remainder of the party was picked up in the launch Joy. Sunday morning the Anico was discovered and towed to the wharf near Lake Surprise by Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Boney, keepers at W. L. Moody Jr.’s hunting lodge. Mr. Boney used a motorboat which was given to him earlier in the winter by a man whose life he saved when the man was stranded on an oyster reef in the vicinity of Lake Surprise. T. C. Mather and Paul Purdy went to Galveston in the latter’s launch and towed the Anico home, Captain Anderson returned with them.

The Anico was found not to have been as badly damaged as was at first thought. The fire fed altogether on gasoline, and inflicted practically no serious damage on the machinery or the hull of the boat.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 25, 1918

Died At Temple

Death Separates Devoted Couple After Years of Married Life

When the news was flashed to relations here and friends were informed that the grim reaper had claimed Mrs. Fannie Warnken, wife of Aug. Warnken, there were genuine expressions of regret. Few knew that she had gone to Temple to receive surgical attention, and still fewer knew that her condition had become so very critical so very suddenly. The husband, the two sons, Chas. A., and Erwin R., located at Houston, and the sisters, Mesdames Wm. Hermes, Sr., and H. F. Juergens, have the sympathy of the entire community.

The remains of Mrs. Warnken were brought to La Grange Saturday afternoon, and from the family residence the next morning at ten o’clock the funeral was held, Rev. Arnold officiating. Many friends gathered, and with the large number of relatives paid their last respects.

Mr. and Mrs. Warnken were united in marriage nearly thirty-six years ago, and theirs has been one uninterrupted honeymoon. A couple truly devoted to each other, and who were ever pleased to call citizens of all La Grange their friends. A separation as this can leave none other than bitter pangs, which we truly hope the great Master above will seek to relieve.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 25, 1894

Died - - At La Grange, October 17th, 1894, Mrs. Helena Frederica Warnken, aged 75 years.

The deceased was the wife of Mr. John H. Warnken, Sr., an old and highly esteemed citizen. Besides her husband Mrs. Warnken left six children, all grown, to mourn her death. These are Mr. August Warnken and Mrs. Wilken of this city; Mrs. Geo. Huebner of Bluff; Mr. Wm. Warnken of Weimar; Mrs. Kahlden, of Yoakum and Mr. John H. Warnken of Cuero. She was a kind and dutiable wife and mother, a good neighbor and withal possessed great charity for all who were in want. Her death is lamented by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her remains were interred in the city cemetery and were followed to their last resting place by one of the largest funeral corteges ever seen in La Grange.

The funeral services both at the residence and grave were performed by Rev. Wm. Wimberby, and were impressive.

The JOURNAL extends to the bereaved family its sincere condolence.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 27, 1928

News of the death of Henry Warnken of the Freyburg section came as a great shock to his many friends throughout this entire county, for it came so suddenly and unexpected.

This good man had enjoyed good health and had gone about his work up until a short time before his death Monday afternoon at his home about seven o’clock.

Mr. Warnken was suddenly stricken late Monday evening and within a short time the life that had been so useful was closed to the world, and the soul crossed over into that great unknown. Thus we are brought to realize more thoroughly that in the midst of life we are in death. He was an honorable, upright man, honest in all his dealings with his fellow men, a good, kind and loving husband and father, thus nothing better could be said of man.

Mr. Warnken was fifty-seven years old at the time of his death, born and reared in the Freyburg section, where he spent his entire life, and we have never heard an ill word spoken of him. He was industrious and accumulated a large sum of this world’s goods, being a large land owner in the Freyburg section, and raised an honorable family of boys and girls.

He is survived by his wife and six children, three sons, Henry and Edwin of Lubbock, and Herbert at home; three daughters, Mrs. Alfred Jochen of Freyburg, Mrs. Herbert Hertel of Bryan, and Miss Viola at home; three brothers, Willie of Freyburg, August of Poth, and Ben of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. Willie Umlang of Freyburg, Mrs. Emil Kiesling of O’Quinn, and Mrs. E. B. Miller of Schulenburg; besides many other relatives and friends who deeply mourn the untimely passing of this splendid man.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at ten o’clock, Rev. Kleinknecht, Methodist pastor, conducting the services. Hundreds were present to pay their last respects and the grave was banked high with beautiful flowers, all attesting to theesteem in which this man was held.

The entire community extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones. Schulenburg Sticker.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, December 15, 1988

Herbert Warnken Last Rites Held

Herbert Ben Warnken of 1006 Summit in Schulenburg passed away on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 a.m. at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar. He died after a 1-year illness at the age of 80 years, 7 months, 19 days.

The funeral was held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Judy Seewald officiating. Interment took place in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Kervin Warnken, Max Hengst Jr., Earl Hengst, Virgene Hengst, Edwin Guettermann and Frank Krischle. Vernon Warnken was named as an honorary pallbearer.

Mr. Warnken was born Apr. 13, 1908 in Freyburg to Max E. and Annie (Olle) Hengst [Warnken]. He attended school in Freyburg and Schulenburg. He married Alice Hengst on Oct. 15, 1930 at the Freyburg Methodist Church. A lifetime resident of the Schulenburg area, Mr. Warnken was a farmer and clerk. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Sons of Hermann.

Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Dinah A. Prosperi of The Woodlands; and a son, Bert J. Warnken of Houston; a sister, Hilda Hertel of Bryan; and a brother, Edwin Warnken of Poth; and four grandchildren, Randy, Danny, Roger and Rachel.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna (Warnken) Jochen and Violet Warnken; and a brother, Henry O. Warnken.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 17, 1913

John Hermann Warnken

Tuesday morning, one of our oldest citizens, passed to his reward; John Henry Warnken, who has made his home in this city with H. W. F. Meyer and his family for several years.

Mr. Warnken was born in Germany, February 23rd, 1823, came with his wife, whose maiden name was Miss Helen Friedricke Zimmermann, to Texas in 1848, landing in Galveston where they remained for one year, and then made the trip by ox-team to La Grange, where they lived until the summons came. To the family were born eight children, three of whom have passed away. Mrs. Warnken preceded her husband in death twenty years. Those living are Mrs. Helen Thiesen, Mrs. Geo. Huebner and August Warnken, La Grange; John Hermann Warnken, Yoakum; Wm. Warnken, Lampasas; the dead, two infants, a boy and a girl, and Mrs. Sarah Kahlden.

Mr. Warnken, despite his age, up to two years ago, remained in full possession of his faculties and engaged actively in daily labor. For the last two weeks, however, he had been on the decline. The funeral was held yesterday morning from the residence of Mr. Meyer, and the remains were interred in the old cemetery.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 26, 1926

John H. Warnken Dies at Yoakum

August Warnken returned last Wednesday from Yoakum where he attended the obsequies of his brother, John H. Warnken, who died at his home in that city on Monday of last week. Deceased was seventy-six years of age at the time of his demise, and is survived by his wife and several children. Up to within a few years preceding his death Mr. Warnken farmed near Yoakum, retiring on account of his age and failing health.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 12, 1965

Local Lady Loses Life in Car Accident

Mrs. Julia K. Warnken, wife of Vernon H. Warnken of La Grange, lost her life in an auto accident in West Texas near Fort Stockton last Wednesday evening.

Also fatally injured in the accident was Harold Eichhorn of San Antonio, who, with his wife, were accompanying the Warnkens on a trip to New Mexico.

Mr. Warnken suffered severe bruises and shock and Mrs. Eichhorn was seriously injured.

A pick-up was reported to have been coming on the left side of the pavement toward the Warnkens’ 1957 Ford station wagon. Mr. Warnken swerved his car to the left in trying to avoid a collison, when the other driver was said to have cut to his right.

Funeral services for Mrs. Warnken were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 3:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon. Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated and burial was in the La Grange city cemetery.

The deceased, 54, was born in La Grange, the daughter of the late August W. and Mrs. Emma Reichert Koening on July 28, 1911. She was a lifelong La Grange resident and longtime primary teacher in the St. Paul Lutheran Sunday school. She also served the department as superintendent for a number of years and was active in the women’s organizations of the church.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Miss Noma Lou Warnken of Houston; son, Lloyd of Tallahassee, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Minna A. Witt of Austin and Mrs. Wilbert Jaster of La Grange; brother, Gilbert A. Koenig of La Grange; and four grandchildren.

 Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Funeral services for Manfred (Shank) Warnken, 95, of La Grange, were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange with Pastor Sid Roden officiating. Interment followed in the La Grange City Cemetery.

He died Friday, April 13 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.

He was born Nov. 8, 1911, in La Grange, the son of Benjamin J. and Lottie (Nollkamper) Warnken. He married Mildred Lucille Reichle on Dec. 27, 1938 in La Grange. A lifetime resident of the La Grange area, he farmed and worked as a carpenter in his early years. He worked as a rock crusher for the gravel pit until his retirement in 1972. After retirement, he maintained the Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church grounds for many years.

He was a member of Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Men in Mission. He was a member of the Sons of Hermann Lodge and was a member of several dance clubs in La Grange and Swiss Alp.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vernon Warnken and wife Julia; and Atlin Warnken and wife Laura; brother-in-law, Paul Wolff; and nephew, Scott Wolff.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years; one daughter, Connie Vogt of Yoakum; three grandchildren, John Vogt of Nuess, Germany; Rachel Walden and husband Chris of Dallas, and Laura Beth Townsend and husband Brad of Austin; one great-granddaughter, Avery Anne Walden and their father, Tom Vogt of La Grange; sister-in-law, Iva Wolff of La Grange; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Reichle and wife Wilma of New Ulm.

Memorials may be made to the Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church building fund.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, January 25, 1979

Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Mary Warnken

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Warnken, 96, longtime resident of the Freyburg community, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, from the Freyburg United Methodist Church with Rev. G. Douglas Beasley officiating.

Pallbearers were Glen, Kervin and Maynard Warnken, all grandsons; and Herbert Warnken, Bennie Niesner and Alfred Ohnheiser, all nephews.

Mrs. Warnken passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar. She had been ill for two years.

She was born Nov. 5, 1882, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ohnheiser at Dobischwald, Austria, and came to this country in 1889. On Nov. 14, 1905, she married Willie F. Warnken at High Hill and they settled at Freyburg.

Mrs. Warnken was a member of the Freyburg Methodist Church and served for more than 20 years as president of the Women’s Society for Christian Service.

Survivors include two sons, Alvin and Wallace Warnken, both of Schulenburg, and three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1900

Warnken, Minetta

Mrs. Minette Warnken, the beloved wife of Mr. Wm. Warnken, and mother of Mesdames Ed Seydler and Hugo Richter, died at the family residence three miles south of this city last Sunday afternoon, after a brief illness. Her remains were laid to rest in the [Weimar] Odd Fellows' cemetery at 4 o'clock the following afternoon. She was indeed a good estimable lady. Of generous, kindly disposition, thoughtful of the wants of others, all who knew her prized her friendship. She leaves a husband, two daughters and one son, to whom in this dark hour of sorrow the kindliest thoughts and sympathies of all our people are extended.

La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 1, 1900

Mrs. Wm. Warnken, living near Weimar and well known here, died Monday morning after a brief illness of malaria.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, January 25, 1990

Wallace Warnken Interred Jan. 14

Funeral services for Wallace Edward Warnken of Freyburg were held Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Freyburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Hahn officiating. Interment was in the Freyburg United Methodist Cemetery.

Mr. Warnken died of a massive stroke on Friday, Jan. 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Colorado Fayette Medical Center after an illness of 2 1/2 months. He had reached the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 28 days.

Pallbearers included Kervin Warnken, Maynard Warnken, Herman Loth, Lawrence Friedrich, Frank Krischke, and Wilbert Kaase.

Mr. Warnken was born Jan. 15, 1913 in Freyburg to Willie and Mary (Ohnheiser) Warnken. He attended Freyburg School. On June 8, 1954 he married Alice Klaevemann in the Freyburg United Methodist Church. A lifetime resident of Fayette County, he was a farmer. He was affiliated with the Freyburg Unite Methodist Church, serving as treasurer and chairman of the church.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; and one son, Glen Warnken of Schulenburg.

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

Memorial contributions can be mad to the Freyburg United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 26, 1928

Died at Waco

Wm. Warnken, brother of our townsman Aug. Warnken, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. A. Rabel at Waco, Wednesday morning.

Deceased was born and reared in Fayette county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Warnken, and was married to Miss Minetta Kahlden, also of this county, and later removed to Weimar, Colorado county. His wife preceded him in death twenty-eight years. He continued to live near Weimar until about a year ago when his health began to fail, since then he lived with his children.

At the time of his death Mr. Warnken resided with his daughter Mrs. A. Rabel, who nursed him faithfully until the end. He had reached the age of about seventy-three years, and leaves to mourn his demise, two daughters and two sons, sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, a brother and other relatives.

His remains arrived here Thursday afternoon and were taken to the home of Louis Huebner. Friday friends and relatives joined in following the remains to their last resting place at Weimar, beside those of his wife. Rev. Paul Piepenbrock officiated.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, November 21, 1974

Funeral services for Mrs. Ann Wassermann of 543 E. Lafayette St., La Grange, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3 at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Wassermann, wife of Edwin Wassermann, passed away Saturday morning November 2, 1974 at Retama Manor. She attained the age of 52 years, 9 months and 12 days.

She was born January 20, 1922 at Wied, Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of Isidor J. and Christina (Bujnoch) Jalufka, and married Mr. Wassermann at Hallettsville on December 19, 1961. They had been La Grange residents for the past eight years.

Surviving are her husband, Edwin Wassermann of La Grange; five sisters, Mrs. Theodore (Monica) Sedlar, of La Grange, Mrs. James (Christina) Wheeler of Highlands, Mrs. Emil (Jane) Kolar of Fairbanks, Mrs. Edgar (Frances) Lehnert of Nursery, Mrs. Henry (Leonita) Welfel of Shiner; three brothers, Frank J. Jalufka of Shiner, Fred Jalufka of Nursery, Isidor Jalufka Jr. of Garwood.

She was preceded in death by her mother, June 21, 1964; her father, April 20, 1974; two brothers, Jimmie Jalufka, March 1926 at the age of 2 years; Gus Jalufka, February 14, 1964; one sister, Mrs. Joseph A. (Agnes) Sedlar, May 28, 1972.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brethren Journal, January-February 2000

Edwin A. Wassermann, age 79 and a lifetime member of the Brethren Church, died August 27, 1999 in LaGrange, Texas.

He was born December 13, 1919 in New Ulm, Texas, and married Ann Jalufka on December 19, 1961.

He is survived by one son, one sister, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were on August 30, 1999 from the Koenig-Peel-Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange with burial in the city cemetery. Minister: Henry Beseda.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, March 31, 1903

This morning Anton Wasut died at his home near here and was buried this evening at the Catholic Cemetery at Live Oak Hill, Rev. Chlapick officiating.

He was the son of John Wasut, one of the early Bohemian settlers here. He was only 15 years old and died of typhoid pneumonia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, December 1, 1966

Schulenburg. — Funeral services for Eddie Watzlavick, owner of Watzlavick’s Food Store, were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel on Thursday, November 17, 1966 at 9:15 a.m. with continued services at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Eugene Nee officiated at the Requiem Mass and graveside services with interment in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery at Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Frank Edward and Donald Kocurek, grandsons, Willie Schindler, Albert Watzlavick, Dr. A. J. Watzlavick, Vastine Hilscher, Jerome Tengler, Sidney Cernosek and Oscar Bucek, nephews.

Mr. Watzlavick was born on November 21, 1902 in Nada, son of the late August and Aloisa (Peterek) Watzlavick. On September 11 , 1923 he was united in marriage to Miss Edna Vacek at Ammannsville and the young couple settled in Schulenburg where he went into business for himself on July I, 1948. He was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, Catholic Workman, National Federation of Independent Businessmen and the Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Watzlavick, who had reached the age of 63 years, 11 months and 23 days, passed away suddenly at the family residence Monday, November 14, 1966, just a week before his 64th birthday.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Edna Watzlavick of Schulenburg; a son, George E. Watzlavick of Shiner; a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Edith) Kocurek of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Mary Renger of Pontiac, Mich.; an adopted brother, George Henzler of Slaton and six grandchildren.

Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 24, 1967

Last Rites for Mrs. Watzlavick, 86, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Watzlavick, widow of R. J. Watzlavick, were held Saturday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with interment in St. Rose Cemetery.

Rev. Hubert Janak officiated, assisted by Rev. Alphons Padalocki and Rev. Marcus Valenta.

Mrs. Watzlavick, whose health had been failing the past two years, died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, August 17, in Youens Memorial Hospital.

She was a lifelong resident of the Schulenburg-Weimar area and had lived in Schulenburg since 1919.

Had Drug Store Here

Born April 28, 1881, at Ammannsville, she was the daughter of Joseph Kneitz Sr. and Mary Peter Kneitz. She was married to Raymond Jacob Watzlavick Oct. 22, 1912, at Dubina and they settled first at Yoakum, then lived at Schulenburg a year or two. In 1917 they moved to Oakland, where Mr. Watzlavick established a drug store and operated it for two years. In 1919 he opened his drug store at Schulenburg and they moved there. From 1927 to 1949 they also owned a drug store here. Mr. Watzlavick died in 1956.

CDA Member Here

Mrs. Watzlavick was a member of St. Rose Church, KJZT, CDA (one of the early members of the Weimar court), CKA, and Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Hilbert (Mary) Boeer of Pasadena; two sons, Joe D. Watzlavick of Bellaire and Dr. August J. A. Watzlavick of Schulenburg; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and one sister Mrs. Joe (Frances) Lebeda of Weimar.

A son, Raymond, died in a traffic accident in 1930. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Louis, and Frank Kneitz, and two sisters, Mrs. Jim (Agnes) Huvar and Mrs. Frank (Mary) Macha.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Steve, Louis and Joe Kneitz Jr. of Needville; August and Joe Macha of Hungerford, Frank Lebeda of Weimar and George Watzlavick of Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, 10 Jun 1876


. . . At La Grange, a few days since, Little Jonas Rosenthal, only eight years of age, in company with his playmates, was bathing in the river; he got beyond his dephth and was drowned . . .Silas Weaver, colored, six years old, in company with other boys, who were fishing, fell into the river about the same time, and was also drowned.


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Webb: Died at Fayetteville, 3-8-04 of consumption, Edgar Webb aged 49 years and 5 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 June 1922

Harold Webb

Flatonia, Tex., June 18. – Harold Webb, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Webb, died at the Moulton Hospital last night after a month’s illness.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Houston Daily Post, March 11, 1902


His Remains Were interred in the Cemetery at La Grange.

La Grange, Texas. March 10.—General William G. Webb, who died at Austin of paralysis yesterday, was buried in this city today. General Webb was 78 years of age having been born in Troop county, Georgia, on January 11, 1825. He came to La Grange, Texas, in 1844, and practised law successfully at this place until 1860 when he bought out the "Houston Telegraph," which paper he conducted for about eight years. He then practiced law in Houston for several years with a Mr. Crank, but on account of bad health was forced to go in a different climate. He then located in San Bernardino county, California, where he practiced law for six years and then returning to La Grange took up the practice of law again, but on account of failing health was forced to abandon it after a few months. General Webb was in the battle of Monterey and also saw service as captain in the Confederate army.

Contributed by the Grand Lodge IOOF of Texas


La Grange Journal, 18 Jun 1942


Albert F. Weber, Sr. died at his home in La Grange, Saturday, June 12, 1942, aged 77 years, 1 month and 28 days. Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Rev. J. E. Roth officiating. Interment was in the new city cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Surviving are his two sons, George H. and Albert F. Jr. of La Grange and four daughters; Mrs. Louise Schaefer, Miss Marie Weber, and Mrs. Richard (Laura) Rehmet of La Grange, and Mrs. Robert L. (Amelia) Zapp of Palestine, Texas. There are nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Weber was born at Galveston April 14, 1865, a son of Daniel H. and Mrs. Louise Margarite (Hagemann) Weber. His father was one of the early educators of the county and champion of the movement to pension teachers after they had retired. Mrs. Weber, his wife, preceded him to the grave four years ago.

Since 1903 Mr. Weber has resided in La Grange coming to this city from Ellinger and conducting the office of cotton merchant.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


Brenham Weekly Banner, 25 Apr 1879, page 1

—August Weber, who lived near Rount Top, Fayette county, accidently shot and killed himself while out hunting a few days ago.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 25, 1940

Fred Weber, Sr.

Fred Weber, Sr., of Round Top, died in La Grange last Friday; had he lived until Saturday he would have completed the 64th year of life.  He was born at Haw Creek, April 20, 1876, and had lived in the county all of his life.  Farming was his occupation, occasionally engaging in carpentering.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, April 21, at 2:30 o’clock, interment was made in the New Nassau cemetery, Kroll Funeral Home and Ernest von Minden of Round Top in charge.  Rev. Bosshard conducted the religious services at the home and the cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Weber, nee Siebert; five sons:  Rawlin, Landus, Fred, Jr., Floyd and Curvey Weber of Round Top; six daughters:  Mrs. Louis (Viola) Muske, Burton; Mrs. Dennis (Delia) Sacks and Mrs. Joe (Sadie) Knutzen of Round Top; Mrs. Ernst (Luetta) Menn of Burton; Misses Evelyn and Lore Weber of Round Top; two sisters:  Mrs. Hermann Muske and Mrs. Franz Kristan of Round Top; brothers:  Henry and William Weber of Round Top.  There are four grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, October 7, 1915

After a Short Illness.

Ferdinand Weber, a tenant upon the Brown farm near LaGrange, died early Monday morning after a very brief illness. Deceased was in the city Thursday of last week, slightly indisposed but not believed to be seriously ill. The remains were brought to LaGrange Monday afternoon and interred in the new cemetery, a very large concourse of friends and his relatives following.

Deceased was about forty-two years of age and had resided at and near the Holman valley the greater part of his life. He was a good man, and very well liked. He leaves a widow and two children, to whom we offer our sympathy.


Weimar Mercury, 7 Nov 1891, page 3

Geo. Weber, an old citizen of the Round Top vicinage, committed suicide Tuesday morning about ten o'clock by taking a dose of strychnine, with suicidal intent. Justic C. H. Schiege held an inquest over the body of deceased, and rendered his verdict in accordance with the above facts. —Democrat.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 15, 1943

Mrs. Louise Weber

Mrs. Louise Minner Weber died at La Grange, Monday, July 12, aged 63 years, 1 month and 1 day; funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10:00 o’clock in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, Rev. R. Heise officiating. Interment was made in the new city cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased had been in failing health for the past year; she was bereft of her husband in 1917, and is survived by her son Clinton G. Weber of Houston, and daughter, Mrs. Gus (Erna) Tiemann of La Grange; two grandchildren, Harold Tiemann and Mrs. Guy (Dolores Tiemann) McCraw, and one great-grandchild; Mrs. Sam H. Zapp, a sister at San Antonio and three brothers; Paul Sacks of Austin, Willie and Otto Sacks of Round Top.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Undated newspaper article

Round Top Sergeant is Killed on Okinawa

Special to The Chronicle.

La Grange, May 25. – S/Sgt. Rawlin F. Weber, 30, son of Mrs. Fred Weber of Round Top, was killed in action on Okinawa April 9. He previously had been listed as missing in action.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, are his wife of Dickinson; six sisters, Mrs. Joe E. Kuntzen [Knutzen] of Round Top, Mrs. Louis Muske, Mrs. Ernst Menn of Burton, Mrs. Warren Fricke of Round Top, Mrs. Harry Muske of Fayetteville, Mrs. Dennis Sacks of Round Top; four brothers, Sgt. Landus A. Weber of Orlando, Fla., Pvt. Floyd Weber of Camp Hood, Fred and Curvey Weber of Round Top.

Bronze Star Is Awarded to Rawlin F. Weber

"I have the honor to inform you that, by direction of the president, the Bronze Star Medal has been posthumously awarded to your husband, Technician Third-Grade Rawlin F. Weber, medical department. The citation is as follows:

The war department, under date of Nov. 30, 1945, through Edward F. Witsell, major general and acting adjutant general, wrote Mrs. Weber of Dickinson, as follows:

Dickinson, Tex., Feb. 2. The Bronze Star was posthumously awarded to Technician Third-Grade Rawlin F. Weber Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. at Ellington Field. Mrs. Mary Emmite Weber received her husband's award from Maj. Royalty.

"For heroic service in connection with military operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa Island, on April 9, 1945, Technician Third-Grade Weber was acting as an emergency aid man with rifle company which was making an attack under heavy enemy fire. He worked courageously and efficiently for hours giving aid where needed and inspiring confidence in the infantrymen who were dependent upon him for medical treatment. Late in the afternoon he attempted to reach a wounded soldier who was in a depression beyond a small ridge. As he dashed across the ridge, he was instantly killed by enemy machine gun fire. Technician Third-Grade Weber's exemplary actions, cool courage and profound devotion to comrades and duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service."

Technician Third-Grade Weber's mother, Mrs. Fred Weber of Round Top, and Mrs. J. E. Knutzen, also of Round Top, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Menn and Mrs. Louis Muske, all of Burton, sisters and brother-in-law, also attended the ceremonies at Ellington Field. Mrs. Weber remained for a visit with her daughter-in-law, returning to her home on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Menn, Mrs. Muske and Mrs. Knutzen returned home on Wednesday.

Weber photograph and newspaper articles contributed by Curvey and Jean Weber
See photo of grave at WWII Memorials page


Shiner Gazette, 13 Mar 1901

Mr. Henry Wehmeyer, an old and respected citizen of Fayette county, living near Flatonia, died last Friday and was buried Saturday at Flatonia. He was 64 years old. His son-in-law, Mr. Wm. Ehlers, and Mr. F. W. Hillmer attended the funeral. The Gazette extends sympathy to the bereaved family in their time of trial.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1957

Gust. Wehrmeister dies at Nechanitz

Gustav J. Wehrmeister, 88, died at his home in Nechanitz last Wednesday.  Mr. Wehrmeister was born on July 24, 1868 in Germany.

Last rites were conducted for the deceased Friday at 3:30 in the afternoon from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Waldeck cemetery, Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated.

Mr. Wehrmeister had been a resident of the Nechanitz community since the age of 19 and was a farmer.  On December 29, 1895, he married the former Christine Kruse at Green Creek Church.

Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. H. A. (Adelee) Wilke of Damon; one son, Enno of Nechanitz; three grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, Ocotber 7, 1981


Jack Herman Welge, 66, of 3313 Big Bend Drive, Austin, died Monday, Sept. 21. Services were held at 10:00 am. Thursday, Sept. 24, at University United Methodist Church in Austin. Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm. Thursday at La Grange City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Regina H. Welge, of Austin and one son, Jack H. Welge, Jr. of Longview.

Mr. Welge was a retired Naval Officer and at the time of his death was associated with the Texas Employment [Commission]. He was the son-in-law of the late Frederick William Hunger of La Grange.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund. Weed-Corley Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Austin American-Statesman, Friday, February 17, 2006

Regina Victoria Hunger Welge

Regina Victoria Hunger Welge, 89, died Monday, February 13, 2006 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born to Fred W. Hunger and Frances Richers Hunger in LaGrange, Texas on November 21, 1916. She met her future husband, Jack Herman Welge while at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas (then, Southwest Texas College) and was married shortly after graduation in 1936. After marriage, the couple moved to Austin, Texas where Jack went to work for the Texas Employment Commission and Regina began a teaching career that would span almost 5 decades. World War II saw Jack become a Naval Officer after Midshipman's School at Columbia University in New York City and Regina become a homemaker assisting her husband. After World War II, both returned to Austin to begin a family and resume their lives. A life long teacher and resident of Austin, Texas until her untimely illness, Regina Welge continued teaching moving from Austin High School to Travis High School where she taught Office Practice, Shorthand, and Bookkeeping, and on to Crockett High School where she began the Vocational Office Program ("VOE"). She continued teaching VOE at Crockett High School only retiring following her husband's death in 1981. A caregiver from birth, Regina had cared for her parents in her home since the onset of the father's illness in 1962. Following both her Father's and her husband's deaths, she continued caring for her mother, Frances Richers Hunger, in her home until her mother's death in 1987. Regina was a life long member of the University United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas where she and her husband transferred their memberships shortly after the war. Prior to her illness, she was very active in the Inquirers Class and served as a lay Eucharistic minister taking communion to those unable to attend Church Services. Regina Welge was a life member of the American Association of University Women ("AAUW"), and The Heritage Society of Austin, She was a member of the Austin Symphony League, the Tri'L Club, Southwest Texas State University Alumni Association, Texas Vocational Technical Association, American Vocational Association, Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, The American Heart Association, Naval Reserve Association, National Association of Uniformed Services, and the Texas Ex-Students Association. Following her retirement from classroom instruction and until the onset of her illness, she built and ran Mid Texas Management, a real estate holding company and leasing firm. She leaves as a legacy her boundless energy, love of life and family, and love of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Regina was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Herman Welge and her parents, Fred W. Hunger and Frances Richers Hunger. She is survived by her son, Jack H. Welge, Jr., and his wife, Ava Avent Welge, and two granddaughters, Kirsten Welge and Kathleen Welge. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2006 in the New City Cemetery of LaGrange, Texas with the Reverend Carol Petty officiating under direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at Rader Funeral Home, 1617 Judson Rd. Memorials may be made to the University United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas or to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, July 7, 1951

Mrs. Clara Weikel Rites Held Sunday

Funeral services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel here Sunday at 4 PM for Mrs. Clara Weikel, 78, of San Antonio. Rev. H., T. Flachmeier officiated and internment was in the New City Cemetery.

Mrs. Weikel passed away at San Antonio Saturday.

The deceased, nee Speckels was born at Warrenton on Dec. 4, 1872. She was united in marriage with (Joe) Theophil Weikel, and for the past 21 years they had been living in San Antonio. Prior to that, they lived in Cuero.

She leaves her widower; two daughters. Mrs. Herman Thieme of San Antonio and Mrs. A.H. Barnes of Port Isabel; six sons, Grover and Kermit of Los Fresnos, Cleo of Port Isabel, Harvey of Corpus Christi, Clarence and Atlan of San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. J.C. carter of Houston; four brothers, John, Atlan and Gus of San Antonio, and Alvin Speckels of Austin; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Clara Weikel died June 2, 1951. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, February 19, 1982

Funeral services for Elmer Charles Weikel, 88, of 762 E. Walnut, La Grange were held Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 pm, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Weikel passed away February 7 at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born December 15, 1893 in Walhalla, he was the son of Charles and Mary Neese Weikel. He married Irene Oelschlegel on May 31, 1924 in Brenham. A shoe repair store owner, Mr. Weikel was a lifelong Fayette County resident, a member of the American Legion and a World War I veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irene Weikel of La Grange; one daughter, Joyce Burrows of Houston; one son, Elmer Weikel Jr. of Houston; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Fayette County Record, June 7, 1911, page 8

Last week there passed into the great beyond the soul of one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens, Geo. Anton Weikel, at his home in Roznov. He was born at that place in the year 1876 and lived there continually until the time of his death.

In 1897 he was maried to Miss Hedwig Schulz, and to them was born five children, three boys and two girls, the youngest of which died last September.

Beside his children Mr. Weikel leaves quite a number of relatives, among whom is Mrs. A. F. Weber, of La Grange, a sister, and to whom The Record extends most sincere condolence.

"Death loves a shining mark" and in this instance, in his search he placed his icy fingers upon the brow of a good man and he was no more.

To the bereaved wife and children, and other relatives, The Record extends most sincere condolence and will say that their loss is great and hard to bear, but it is a gain of the departed.


La Grange Journal, October 9, 1952

Joe T. Weikel, 80 Dies At San Antonio

Joe Theophil Weikel, 80 passed away at San Antonio early Wednesday, morning.

Mr. Weikel, a native of Warrenton, was born Jan. 18, 1872. As a young man he was united [in] marriage with Miss Clara Speckels, who passed away on June 2, 1951. He had been a resident of San Antonio since 1933.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 PM at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating, and burial will be in the New City Cemetery.

He leaves two daughters; Mrs. Herman Thieme of San Antonio and Mrs. A. H. Barnes of Port Isabel; six sons, Grove (C J.) and Kermit O. of Los Fresnos, Cleo C. of Port Isabel, Harvey C. of Corpus Christi, Clarence of Temple and Etlan C. Weikel of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. Rudolph Spacek of Deanville; a half-sister, Mrs. Arthur Neibur of Austin; 19 grandchildren and two-great grandchildren

Contributed by Kathy Carter


The Weimar Mercury, 25 Oct 1918


Schulenburg, Texas, Oct. 19.—The funeral of E. Mendel [sic.], age 22, who died in Camp Travis, San Antonio, of influenza and pneumonia, was held this morning at his parents' home, Mr. and Mrs. Fred. Mendel. This was the third grown son to pass away the past year. One son was killed in an auto accident and Fred Mendel, Jr., died last winter of meningitis at Camp Travis, whil in training there.

Edmund Weis was actually a nephew of Ferdinand Mendel and lived with his family.


Shiner Gazette, 16 Feb 1898, page 1


Ignaz Weiss of Flatonia committed suicide Thursday night of last week by hanging. He was a baker by trade and was about fifty years old. He left a wife.

LATER – A reportsent [sic] out from Flatonia Saturday is as follows:

Considerable excitement exists here over the Weiss case on account of the strong circumstantial evidence which does not point to suicide, but to murder. The evidence is so strong that Justice of the Peace Beckham postponed the inquest and had a baker placed under arrest to await the decision of the coroner. When interviewed by the reporter Mrs. Weiss, wife of the dead man, said, through an interpreter:

“Ignatz, my husband, has been drinking heavily of late and has been almost helpless from intoxication for over a week. Monday he experienced a slight attack of delirium tremens, but soon recovered, and yesterday, the day of his death, he went to the cash drawer and took out some small change and spent it for drink. I reprimanded him and he seemed very much affected and the remainder of the evening he did little else but prowl about the house muttering and expostulating on his lot in life.

“About 5:30 o’clock he disappeared, but I was not alarmed till about 6 o’clock, when I went to hunt him. Upon entering a room in the extreme rear end of the furnace house. I found Ignatz it seemed standing with his back to me, with a large cord which was tight about his neck tied to the joist. I exclaimed: ‘Good God, Ignatz, what are you doing?’ He did not answer and I then realized he was dead. I cut the cord with a knife which I had with me. His body fell forward on the face, coming in contact with the corner of a box, which cut a gash above the left eye. He fell on his face. I screamed for help and Albert Siegel came to me. With his assistance I turned the body over. About this time I thought I detected signs of life. I sent Albert for more help. A number of men came in, among them Mr. Luck, the deputy sheriff. Mr. Luck also thought life was not extinct and called Dr. F. W. Kaiser.

“All efforts to resuscitate him were unrewarded by signs of life. Ignatz left no note or word indicating the reason for such a rash act. This is all I know.”

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 July 1908, page 1


Died at LaGrange, June 8, Michael Weller, aged 72 years, of paralysis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, August 27, 1936 pg. 5

Herman Wendler Ledbetter Farmer Dies At La Grange

Death came to Herman Wendler at the La Grange Hospital, Sunday morning, after having been ill for one week. Previous illness, however, has undermined his constitution to a non-resisting ebb. He grew weaker despite all efforts to stay the progress of disease, and calmly drifted hence, Sunday, August 23.

Deceased, a farmer of the Ledbetter section, was born in Germany, coming with his parents to Fayette County when about eight years old. The family settled near Ledbetter where deceased grew to manhood and followed the occupation of a farmer. He was born March 5, 1876, and at his death was 60 years, 5 months and 18 days old.

Mr. Wendler was united in marriage with Miss Emma Miller, in December 1904, at Ledbetter; his widow, two sons, and three daughters survive; these are: Arno and Hubert Wendler of Houston; Mrs. Minna Albers of Brenham and Misses Zita and Auralee Wendler, Ledbetter.

Tuesday morning services were held at the family home near Ledbetter, with interment in the family cemetery nearby. Rev. Carl Baer, for more than four decades a friend, officiated, and touchingly spoke in eulogy of his friend. Many were present to assist in the last rites.

Surviving also are his four brothers: Carl, Paul and Louis Wendler of Ledbetter and Geogre Wendler of Houston

—A Friend

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Wentzel: Diedat [sic] Rutersville, Sept 18-03, of Typhoid fever, Mrs. Lena Wentzel, aged 25 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Sep 1901


The funeral of Emil R. Werth, who died in Fort Worth on the night of the 16th occurred at the city cemetery at Schulenburg Thursday afternoon Sept. 19th, the last sad rites having been conducted under the auspices of the Hermann Son’s of which deceased had for years been a member. Many prominent members of the fraternity from a distance were present while the Schulenburg lodge was out in full force. Mr. Werth was universally esteemed. His bereaved wife and child, with whom everyone sincerely sympathizes, are temporarily with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Keuper sr.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 26, 1973

Last Rites Held Sunday for Mrs. Wessels

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Oltmann Wessels, 86, of Austin were held Sunday, July 22, at 4:00 P.M. at the Prairie Valley Lutheran Church with Rev. Clarence Oestreich of La Grange officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home of Smithville.

Mrs. Wessels, wife of the late Henry Wessels, passed away Saturday in a convalescent home in Austin.

She was born in La Grange and was a member of the Prairie Valley Lutheran Church where she served in the woman’s organization for 30 years. She was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary, La Grange, and had served in all official capacities of the church. She was a lifelong resident of West Point but had lived in Austin the past five years.

Survivors include four nieces, Mrs. Emil Troup of West Point, Mrs. Mildred Creel and Mrs. Katherine Moerbe, both of Austin, and Mrs. Ruth Duty of Houston; and four nephews, Elton Oltmann of Needville, Fred Null of Corpus Christi, Douglas Null of Dallas, and Mark Null of Houston.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, February 15, 1934


Hermann Wessels, Sr., one of the older citizens of the county, residing at Prairie Valley near West Point, died at the farm home Monday morning. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock at the home, and interment was had at the Prairie Valley cemetery, Rev. R. Heise, officiating.

Mr. Wessels enjoyed the respect and esteem of his neighbors and those who had the pleasure of this acquaintance. This was attested to when the funeral was held, the attendance being exceptionally large. From the neighborhood, from La Grange and sections East from La Grange friends came to pay their last respects.

Hermann Dietrich Wessels was born March 3, 1858 in Mentzhausen, Oldenburg, Germany, and received the rites of baptism in the Lutheran Church in Jade; he received the rites of confirmation March 24, 1872. After serving in the military Army of his country, he was united in Marriage with Miss Meta Oeltjen, May 30, 1884, and had he lived until next May, the family would have celebrated the golden wedding anniversary.

In 1885 the family bid farewell to their birthplace and emigrated to Texas, locating in Fayette County. There was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wessels, 10 children of whom the father and husband, and four have journeyed hence; Willie, one of the four died three years ago. The widow and six children survive, these are: Henry Wessels, Gerhard, and Hermann Wessels Jr., of Prairie Valley; Mrs. Johnny (Alma) Giese of West Point; Mrs. Louis (Emma) Meinen of Prairie Valley and Mrs. Hugo (Else) Bode of Muldoon. There are 16 grandchildren, one brother Gerhard Wessels of Prairie Valley and one sister Mrs. John (Amalia) Krueger of Smithville. There are other relatives and many friends who will mourn his departure.

Mr. Wessels was a charter member of the Lutheran community (Gemeinede) of Prairie Valley, which was founded more than 30 years ago, and remained steadfast through all the years. In 1900 the present house of worship was built.

The sympathy of the Journal is offered to the surviving relatives; the county has lost a good citizen, honest, upright and sincere. May the sod rest lightly on his body.

La Grange Journal, March 8, 1934, page 3

Deaths Reported

Died at Prairie Valley, February 12, of Asthma; D. Hermann Wessels, aged 76 years, 11 months, and 9 days.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1909


Died near LaGrange, Dec. 27, Gerhardt Westje, age 76 years and 5 months of Lagrippe.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, September 10, 1896

Mr. George Weyand, an old and highly respected citizen of Round Top vicinage, died, Wednesday of last week. His death will be lamented by a large number of warm friends.
George Weyand, 11 June 1825 - 2 September 1896, is buried in the Weyand Cemetery near Round Top. Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Nov 1912


Henry Weyand, age 78 years, 1 month 16 days, near Round Top, obstruction of the bowels.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 June 1912


John Weyand, age 59 years, 9 mo. 3 days, Intussnsception [sic], Walhalla.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, November 15, 1906


Died at Round Top, October 15, Justine Becker Weyand, aged 76 years, 4 months and 2 days of anorexia exhaustion. Interment was in the Weyand cemetery at Nassau.
Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Weimar Mercury, 5 Feb 1926, page 7


Flatonia, Texas, Jan. 29.—W. H. Wheeler, 85, died at his family residence near here Wednesday morning after a few weeks illness. He was one of the pioneer citizens of this place and county. Funeral services were held at the residence of his son, Dr. L. A. Wheeler, at 4 p.m., Thursday, Rev. S. D. Lambert officiating.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 13, 1883

Died – Sunday night December 9, 1883, FANNIE COOK, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Blackstone White. Little FANNIE COOK had been sick for several weeks and her death was not unexpected. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1908, Nickel column

The many friends of Mr. Hamp White, the founder of this gin here, and Whose son, W. A. White, successor, all regret to learn of his death which occurred at his home in Flatonia on the 17, ult., of pneumonia, aged 78 years. We deeply sympathize with his bereaved wife and children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 17 Nov 1900

LaGrange, Nov. 13.—Helen May, the little 7 1/2 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John White, died of diphtheria last night and was buried to-day.

Little Bessie, the only remaining child of Mr. and Mrs. John White, is very low with diphtheria and a rigid quarantine has been established over the premises.

On account of the proximity of the residence of Mr. John White to the public school building, the school has been closed until all danger of contagion is past.


Dallas Morning News, 3 July 1896

Foul Air Victim

LaGrange, Fayette Co., Tex., July 2—Mr. John W. White of LaGrange, the oldest and most prominent citizen, came to his death very suddenly this morning. Mr. White had an old underground cistern, which he had converted into a silo to keep sugarcane. He went into the cistern to put cane down, but he soon called to a negro hand to pull him out. When nearly to the top his strength failed him and he fell back into the cistern. It is presumed that the cistern contained foul air. It was an hour before the body was finally taken out of the cistern. There was hay and cane at the bottom and no apparent injury was caused from the fall.

The history of the deceased is part of the history of LaGrange. Fifty years ago he came here and by frugality and industry amassed a fortune. For thirty years he was the senior member of the firm of White & Bradshaw, and when the firm failed he gave up all his property to his creditors. He leaves a large family of children to mourn his death.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Weimar Mercury, 10 May 1918

Death of Little Girl

Schulenburg, May 3.—Schulenburg was made sad Wednesday when they heard that little Margret White had passed away. She was 10 years of age and had been ill all her young life. She passed away in the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Theo. Wolters, where she was born. She is survived by her father, J. E. White, and her grandmother, Mrs. Theo. Wolters. Services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Baumgarten. The body was laid to rest in the City Cemetery by the side of her mother and little brother, who preceded her in death. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were J. E. White, Mrs. C. Gebert, Miss Louise Baumgarten, San Antonio; Mrs. J. F. Wolters and Walace Wolters, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Wolters, Lane City; Mrs. Louise Horner, Seguin; Mr. and Mrs. E. Wink and family, Glidden.

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