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Weimar Mercury, 15 Mar 1890, page 2


We had a sudden death to occur near here last Sunday, that of Uncle Adam Eason, a freedman, who has lived in the neighborhood for over thirty years. He was taken sick Saturday morning and died Sunday morning. He was about sixty years old. A large concourse of his friends escorted his body to its final resting place, where the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. G. W. Brothers, pastor in charge of the Methodist church of which deceased was a member.


Weimar Mercury
April 18, 1889


Died, at the residence of her father, Mr. Jas. R. Eason, on last Monday, Miss Mollie Eason. She was buried on Wednesday at the County Line church graveyard.


Halletsville Herald, 15 Aug 1889, page 8

It is with feelling of deep regret that we chronicle the death of Dr. N. W. Eason, which occurred at his home at Sublime at 4 o'clock a. m. last Friday. Dr. Eason was a good and useful man and was in the 48th year of his age. To the bereaved family that has been bereft of its protector we extend sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury
August 17, 1889

Died, at his home in Sublime, Lavaca County, on the 9th Inst., Doctor Needham Eason, and was buried at County Line church, Elder Blackmore officiating. The doctor had lived in this neighborhood for over twenty years. He was a good, christian man, a scholar, and a fine writer. He left a wife and children.

Submitted by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury
February 1, 1902

The Oakland correspondent of the Citizen reports the death on Sunday night of a little son of our friends, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Eason of Shimek. We tender sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents in the loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury
February 15, 1902

Ray Eason was over from county Line on Sunday, and reported the death on that day of the little six weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Allen, and also the death of little Otto, the five-year-old son of Mr. and Ms. W. T. Eason, which occurred the Sunday before. Whooping cough was the cause of both their deaths. To the bereaved parents we tender our sincere condolence. — Hackberry cor. Halletsville Herald.


Yoakum Herald-Times Wednesday, December 22, 1999, page 5

Viola Poth Eason

Private graveside services were held for Mrs. Viola Poth Eason who died Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Rev. Bernard Ritchea officiating.

She was born Feb 24, 1908 in the Hochheim Community, DeWitt County, to the late Richard Poth and Anna Margaret Menke Poth. She was a bookkeeper employed by Elkins Variety Store and was also a Methodist.

Survivors: daughter, Patricia Bostick of Moulton; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Colorado Citizen, June 2, 1887


Mr. W. T. Eason, formerly a citizen of this place, died at his home near county line, the 25th ult. We sympathize with the bereaved family.


Halletsville Herald, 14 Sep 1893

Mrs. East Dead.

Relatives in Halletsville of Mrs. Elizabeth H. East on Friday morning last received a telegram bringing the sad intelligence of her death, which occurred in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto county, on Thursday night, September 7. Mr. I. G. East, who was in the southern part of the county, was informed of the fact and left here on Sunday for Mineral Wells.

Mrs. East was the widow of Dr. W. A. East, a well known physician who died here in December, 1886. The Halletsville relatives of an immediate degree are I. G. and O. T. East, sons, and O. C. Searcy, a brother. There are many friends here of the deceased who received the announcement of her death with sorrow.


Weimar Mercury, 23 Apr 1937


Halletsville, Texas, April 15. – Oliver P. East, 76, was buried here Wednesday. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Adolph Miller. East served as deputy sheriff and city marshal for fifty years, retiring only about two years ago.

Oliver T. East., 22 Oct 1860 – 13 Apr 1937, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 16 Mar 1977

Eugene Ebner

YOAKUM - Eugene Ebner Sr., 51, lifetime resident of the Yoakum area, died at 8:26 a.m. Tuesday in a local hospital.

Born Nov. 1, 1925 in Koerth, he was a former longtime employe of the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Knights of Columbus, and at 8 p.m. by the parish.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Elenora; three sons, Eugene Jr. of Blessing, Paul and Darren Ebner, both of Yoakum; his mother, Mrs. Leo Ebner Sr. of Yoakum; a brother, Leo Jr. of Koerth; two sisters, Mrs. D. O. Whilley of Yoakum and Mrs. Jack Thompson of Splendora.

Pallbearers will be Robert Kaiser, Vernon Bruns, Sam Sykora, Gene Jirkovsky, Glen Mikesh and Allen Dieringer.

The family has requested that in lieu of the usual remembrances, that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, November 19, 1874, page 2

In Lavaca county, near Oakland, Texas, the 27th of October, 1874, WM. WEBSTER EDWARDS, son of N. G. and S. A. Edwards, aged 3 years, 9 months and 17 days. The little sleeper leaves a large circle of devoted relatives to mourn his loss.
Our sweet little darling
We hardly can bear,
For him to go and leave us here
In sorrow and despair.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Victoria Advocate, 10 Feb 2003

Earline Effenberger

EDNA - Earline Effenberger, 90, of Edna, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003.

She was born Oct. 9, 1912, in Shiner, to the late Albert and Augusta Eschenburg Berckenhoff. She was a retired teacher and a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Edna.

Survivors: daughters, Sara Doerning of Alexandria, Va. and Cynthia Mosley of San Antonio; and son, Michael Effenberger of Houston.

Preceded in death by: husband, Ewald Effenberger; parents; sisters, Florine Berckenhoff (twin) and Cora Maker.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Msgr. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating.

Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Oaklawn Funeral Home, Edna, 361-782-2221.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 18 Mar 1993, page 8A


EDNA – Ewald Joseph Effenberger, 79, of Edna died Tuesday, March 16, 1993.

He was born July 3, 1913, in Shiner to the late Frank and Bertha Hubner Effenberger. He retired in 1976 as a resident engineer for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1936 and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was past president of the Edna Rotary Club and Rotarian of the Year. He was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society and was active in Boy Scouts and F.E.M.A. He was a past grand knight, lecturer, past Parish Council member and extraordinary minister in the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.

Survivors include: wife, Earline Effenberger; daughters, Sarah Jane Doerning of Alexandria, Va., and Cynthia Effenberger of San Antonio; son, Michael Effenberger of Houston; half-sister, Carmen Haynes of Pipe Creek; half-brother, Lep Effenberger of El Paso; and stepbrother, Elvin Svoboda of Baton Rouge.

Rosaries: 7 p.m. today at Slavik Funeral Chapel and 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church.

Services: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Rev. Michael O’Shaughnessy officiating.

Graveside services: 3 p.m. Friday at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 782-2152.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 18 Apr 1908, page 6

Shiner, April 6.—Miss Bertha Eggert, daughter of D. E. Eggert, died Sunday morning after a lingering illness, the immediate cause of death being lockjaw. Miss Eggert was 20 years old.

Bertha Helene Eggert, 24 Nov 1880-5 Apr 1908, born in Hamburg, is buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Transcribed by Sharon Sutton.


Shiner Gazette, 10 Sep 1902, Wied Items column

The little 18-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Eggert, residing near Breslau, died last Wednesday and was buried at the Charlottenburg cemetery the following day. Rev. G. Stock spoke consoling words at the grave.

Olga Eggert, 1 Jan 1901 – 3 Sep 1902, was buried in the Charlottenburg Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Oct 1910

Amalie Ernstine Ehlers, Nee May.

Born Dec. 21st, 1830, in Belmsdorf, near Bischofswerde in Koenigreich, Sachsen. On Jan. 27, 1857, she was married to Heinrich Christian Ehlers from Oldenburg, at Frelsburg, Colorado Co., Texas.

The following children are still living: Mrs. Fehler, Gust. Ehlers, William Ehlers, Ben Ehlers, and Mrs. Eggert.

She died at the home of her youngest daughter Bertha, wife of Herm. Eggert, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1910, at 4:15, so arrived at the age of 79 yrs., 9 mos. and 20 days.

The only living sister is Mrs. Clara Prietschke of High Hill, Fayette Co., Tex.

Amalia E. Ehlers, nee May, 21 Dec 1830 – 11 Oct 1910, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Herald-Times Highlights from pages of The Herald-Times, Yoakum Daily Herald and The Yoakum Weekly Herald.

March 9-14, 1941

Deaths: Mrs. Anna Ehlers, 63, passed away at Wied March 10.
Transcribed by Carla H. Ratcliff


Shiner Gazette, 23 Dec 1909

Death of Mrs. Fritz Ehlers

The sad news was wired from San Antonio last Friday of the death of Mrs. Anna Margretta Ehlers, wife of Mr. Fritz Ehlers. Mrs. Ehlers had been taken to San Antonio for the purpose of an operation, and which resulted in her death. The remains were brought to Shiner, Friday, on the 3 o’clock train and taken to her home near Shiner.

The funeral took place Saturday evening at 2 o’clock, the interment was in the O. D. H. S. cemetery, Rev. Konzak performing the ceremony. Mrs. Ehlers was but 29 years of age at the time of her death, and leaves a husband and three small children to mourn her sudden death. She was a daughter of Mr. Joseph Kram, one of Shiners most prominent farmers. The many friends of both families extend their heartfelt sympathy.

Anna Margeretha Ehlers, 29 Feb 1880 – 16 Dec 1909, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 26 Sep 1895

Wm. [sic.] Ehlers, aged about 70 years, died at his home on Ponton’s creek Sunday. He had been in the United States some 50 years.

Heinrich C. Ehlers, 17 Mar 1825 – 22 Sep 1895, was interred at Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Died, on Friday, Oct. 16th, Mr. J. F. Ehlers, at his home near Shiner. Mr. Ehlers’s death was sudden, he had been in Shiner the day previous attending to business. His death was attributed to heart failure. The funeral took place on Saturday and was in charge of the O. D. H. S. order, of which he was a member.

J. F. Ehlers, 15 Sep 1848 – 16 Oct 1908, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Oct 1937

Miss Augusta Eilers, 63-year-old sister of Wm. Eilers of Austin and Fritz Eilers of Crosby, died at the family home in Hallettsville first of the week.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 2 Jan 1901

Hubert, the little 2 years-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Eilers, died at Halletsville on Christmas morning, after only a few day’s illness. The stricken parents have our sympathy in their deep affliction.

Hubert Eilers burial place appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 12 Oct 1895, page 2

Post Specials: Yoakum, Texas, Oct. 8.—Willie Eilers, the 12-year-old son of Mr. G. Eilers of this city, fell from a pecan tree yesterday, a distance of about 35 feet, crushing his skull so badly that he can hardly recover.

William Eilers, 31 Oct 1883-12 Oct 1895, was the son of Gerhard and Caroline Hillmann Eilers. He is buried in the family plot in the Oak Grove Cemetery.


Lavaca County Tribune, 18 Feb 1944, page 1

John W. Einkauf Taken By Death

John W. Einkauf, aged 78 years, 5 months, and 14 days, died at his home Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 9:55 a.m.

Rev. J. Roth performed the sad rites at the family residence and at the Baptist church Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16th, at 3:00 o'clock. Interment was in the City Cemetery, where the remains of John W. Einkauf were laid to everlasting rest.

The deceased was born on Aug. 31, 1865 at Pagel Settlement, and on July 24, 1910, he was married to Miss Annie Fuller at the bride's home.

Survivors are: his wife, and twelve children, Johnnie of Fordtran; Alvin of El Campo, Eugene W. of Ellington Field, Houston; Mrs. Ben Novak of Beaumont; Mrs. Casper Roddy of El Campo; Mrs. A. J. Hensley of here; Mrs. Bun Rucker of here; Mrs. Martha Chivers of Yoakum; Mrs. L. A. Warburton of here; Mrs. D. M. Johnson of Alvin; and Mrs. Bill Hanmon of Fordtran. Three daughters and one son preceded him in death. THere are three brothers, George of Houston, Henry of Victoria, and J. R. of Rock Island; and three sisters, Mrs. Lula Halmoton of Luling, Mrs. Henry Pagel of San Antonio, and Mrs. Pheobia Greer of Houston. Three sisters preceded him in death, Mrs. Charlie (Mary) Brown, Mrs. Webb (Emma) Brooks, and Mrs. Rufus (Annie) Rutledge. Besides therse, there are 31 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

The Tribune extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved in their hour of sorrow.


The Lavaca County Tribune, 1962

Julius R. Einkauf Is Buried Here

Julius Robert Einkauf, 89, well known Hallettsville area retired rancher, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Burnett Jones, April 9th, at 9:30 a.m.

Mr. Einkauf was born at Hallettsville, December 19th, 1872. In November of 1895 he was united in marriage with Sophie Quitta who preceded him in death November 17th 1953.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, with Rev. Ramsey of Yoakum and Rev. Curtis Crofton of the First Baptist Church of Hallettsville officiating. Burial was in the Sheridan Cemetery.

Pallbearers were G. P. Wenekens, Rudolph Sieber, Frank Sieber, Joe Bennett, Oscar Einkauf, Burnett Jones, W. C. Evans and H. H. Morgan.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Burnett (Sophie) Jones of Ezzell and five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One son, Robert, also preceded his father in death.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury
19 Feb 1932, page1

Aged Lady Dies In Osage Community

Mrs. Mary Lizzie Einkauf, aged 91 years, mother of Mrs. John Miller of Osage, died in that community last Friday morning. and the remains were taken to the Pagel Settlement Cemetery Saturday afternoon for interment. Appoplexy was the cause of her death.

Mrs. Einkauf was a native of Tennessee, born Nov. 8. 1840. She had lived in Lavaca county, we are told, for many years. With her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, she moved to Osage about a month ago. and the family has been living on the John Michalcik farm since that time.

Although comparative strangers in this section, the sympathy of all our people goes out to the bereaved family In the loss sustained.

Weimar Mercury
19 Feb 1932, Page 8


Tuesday's issue of the Halletsville New Era-Herald has the following further particulars regarding the life of the late Mrs. Mary Einkauf. who died Friday in the Osage community and was buried Saturday near Halletsville:

Mrs. Einkauf whose maiden name was Miss Mary Elizabeth Powers. was born in Tennessee, coming to Texas when 16 years of age with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Powers (both deceased).

The family settled in Lavaca county a few miles north of Halletsville and since this time Mrs. Einkauf had been a valued citizen of this section. Seventy-one years ago she was united in marriage to Julius Einkauf, who died on Aug. 18, 1921, at the family home south of Halletsville.

Early in life she united with the Baptist church and was up until her passing a true member of this faith. She was always considerate of others and her many kind and charitable deeds will long be remembered by her scores of friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Einkauf underwent many hardships in the early days of this county. They were blessed with ten children, two of whom, Mrs. Webb Brooks and Mrs. Annie Rutledge have passed away.

The surviving children are: Four sons, John Einkauf of near Halletsville, Geo. Einkauf of Belivilie, Julius Einkauf of Sheridan. and Henry Einkauf of Kerrville; and four daughters. Mrs. C. T. Brown, Sr. of Branon, Mrs. L. C. Hamilton, Sr., of Luling. Mrs. E. H. Pagel of Kerrville and Mrs. John W. Miller of Osage. There are also 16 grandchildren, 148 great- grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Houston Post, 27 Jul 1964, section 3, page 13

MRS MARTHA LOUIS EISSLER, 69, 912 Heights Boulevard, died 12:15 PM Sunday in a local hospital. Native of Hallettsville, resident of Houston for seven years. Member of the First Evangelical United Church of Christ. Survivors: Daughter, Miss Marjorie Ray Eissler; son, William Eugene Eissler; sister, Miss Hertha Pieper; three brothers, Henry Pieper, William Pieper, Herbert Pieper; daughter-in-law, Veda Maw Eissler; granddaughter, Miss Veda Alicia Eissler, all of Houston; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Services 10 AM Monday at Sam H. Green Funeral Chapel, Rev Calvin Schumacher officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Post, 21 Jul 1964, section 3, page 14

WILLIAM ERNEST EISSLER, 68, of 912 Heights Blvd, died 10 AM Monday. Native of Hallettsville, resident of Houston for seven years. Survivors, Wife, Mrs Martha P. Eissler; son, William Eugene Eissler; daughter Miss Marjorie Rae Eissler; one granddaughter, Miss Veda Alicia Eissler, all of Houston; sister, Mrs Elsie Biehunko, Beeville; brothers, Carl Eissler, Yoakum, Henry Eissler, Raymond Eissler, both of Beeville; number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Services 10 AM Wednesday, Sam H. Green Funeral Chapel, Pastor A. R. Detwiler of the First Evangelical Church of Christ. Pallbearers: Frank Graham, Dr J. M. Kahn, Walter Othold, Eddy Giebel, Paul Janke, Lee Creb Jr. Remains overland to Hallettsville for services 3 PM Wednesday. SAM H. GREEN FUNERAL HOME, UNderwood 4-2632.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 1, 1943

J. K. Elkins

The local Elkins Store was closed last Saturday, the news having been received by the manager, Jul. Holubec, that the owner of the store and a number of other stores in the neighboring cities, had died at Yoakum at the age of 82 years.

Funeral services for Mr. Elkins were held Saturday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock at the Yoakum Methodist church by Rev. Leonard Rae; interment was in the Oak Grove cemetery.  The burial service of the Masonic Lodge was spoken at the open grave.

Deceased located at Yoakum in 1907, engaged in business ------------- time of his death, together with his son Ernest, owned and operated ten variety stores.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, 30 Jun 1910, Route No. 2 Pointers column

We are sorry to report that the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Elsik Jr. died last Thursday. This was their first born. We extend our sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 8 Oct 1892

Death of C. B. Elstner

Mr. C. B. Elstner died at his residence in this city on Tuesday, October 1 at 1:30 o'clock a. m., and the remains were interred in the city cemetery in the afternoon, the funeral procession leaving the Catholic church at 5 o'clock. The deceased had attained the age of 35 years, 5 months, and 12 days.

The announcement of this sudden death was heard on the streets of halletsville Tueaday morning with universal regret; for in that solemn moment one's houghts are only of the virtues of the deceased. He was cordial in companionship and generous in his social and business intercourse with his fellows, attributes of character which wom for him many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Meininger and Carter of Galveston, relatives of the deceased, came up to attend the funeral.


Weimar Mercury, 22 Oct 1892, page 2

Halletsville Herald.

Frank Elstner died at the family residence in this city Sturday afternoon and his remains were buried from the Catholic church on Sunday afternoon. He was in his eighteenth year.

Few person[s] in this city were aware of his illness and the announcement of his dath came with startling suddenness. His death was caused from intassusception of the bowels. The physicians in charge, realizing the gravity of the case, proposed an operation, but members of the family would not consent in the absence of Mr. J. F. Elstner, who was in Columbus. He was advised by telegraph of the condition of his son, but before he could reach home the patient passed away.


Lavaca County Tribune, July 14, 1944

Miss Elstner Dies At Parents Home.

Miss Gertrude Elstner, aged 45 years died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Elstner of Route 5 Hallettsville, Tuesday afternoon July 11th. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and interment was in the Catholic Cemetery.

The deceased was born on Oct. 5, 1899, at Hallettsville where she spent all her life.

Survivors are: besides her parents, eight sisters, Mrs. Edgar (Millie) Appelt, Mrs. Henry (Margaret) Zappe of here, Mrs. Herbert (Helen) Pohi of Houston, Mrs. Gus (Mary Lee) Strauss and Mrs. Bevel (Lillian Ann) George of Austin, Mrs. Jim (Hilda) Poole of Salina, Kansas, Mrs. Henry (Della) Soinmer of San Antonio and Mrs. John (Dolores) Toland of Los Angeles, Cal., and three brothers, Hilton at home, Carl of Victoria and Will of Kansas City, Mo. One sister Mrs. Nettle Rothschmidt, preceded her in death 20 years ago.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mrs. Jim Berger and son, Mrs. Lawrence Seifert and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Pohi of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Strauss, Mrs. Bevel George and Mrs. R. L. Martin of Austin and Mrs. H. P. Sommer of San Antonio.

Kubena Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Hallettsville – Hilda Sobotik Elstner, 86, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004.

She was born Feb. 17, 1918, in Hallettsville, to the late Joseph A. and Pauline Leopold Grahmann.  She was a member of Christian Mothers and Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: daughters, Marge Becker, Dolores Janak, and Christie Wheelock, all of Hallettsville and Barbara Quinn of Houston; stepdaughter, Mary Joy Huckvale of Austin; sons, Patrick Sobotik of Yoakum and Robert Sobotik of Hallettsville; sisters, Pauline Huser and Eleanor Huser, both of Hallettsville; brother, Sylvester Grahmann of Hallettsville; 14 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: first husband, William “Bill” Sobotik; second husband, Hilton Elstner; son, William Joseph Sobotik; sister, Josephine Rainosek; and brothers, Robert Joseph Grahmann and Fred Grahmann.

Visitation will begin 3 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church of Hallettsville, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: Sacred Heart Church or School.
Contributed by Rex Moore


The Shiner Gazette, Thursday, October 25, 1951

Passing of O. W. Emken Is Mourned

Otto W. Emken, a long-time citizen of this vicinity passed away at the local hospital Tuesday.

Mr. Emken was born July 26, 1876, in Oldenburg, Germany, the son of Henry and Lena Onken Emken.

In his native country he was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran church. When six years of age, in 1882, he came to America with his parents. They settled in the Weimar community, where the children attended public school.  Mr. Emken also learned the work which qualified him as an efficient and successful farmer. While residing in Weimar he became a member of the Lutheran church.

He was married to Miss Anna Weiss of Sublime, December 20, 1900, in Sublime.

Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Emken first resided in the Dreyer community. After two years of residence at Dreyer, they lived three years in Henkhaus, twenty years in the Green School community and the past 26 years in Shiner.

Surviving are his devoted life companion of fifty-one years, his son, Oscar Emken of Houston; one brother, Henry Emken of Tulare, California; three sisters, Mrs. Henry (Bertha) Koehn of Hallettsville; Mrs. Minnie Bungers of San Antonio; Mrs. Ella Pargmann of Yoakum; one half-sister, Mrs. Adele Schroeder of Oldenburg, Germany. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death, namely, Edward and Hugo Emken, Mrs. Emma Schmidt and Mrs. Lena Oltmann.

Mr. Emken suffered a hart ailment in 1925, which forced his retirement and he came to Shiner and purchased a home. He suffered a severe attack in 1927. While never regaining his good health, he improved greatly and attacks became less frequent, until the critical attack of Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15. Monday his survival was more serious due to complications of pneumonia. He was removed from his home to the local hospital Tuesday morning, where despite the best of care and skilled nursing, he passed away at 1:45 p.m. October 16, having attained the age of 75 years, 2 months and 20 days.

His pastor, the Rev. Edwin Oehlke, conducted impressive funeral services from the family residence at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18.

The Lutheran choir rendered, “Come Ye Disconsolate” and “Jesus Lover of My Soul,” at the home and “Abide With Me,” at the graveside.

Roeder Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Pallbearers were Arthur Emken, Alfred Koehn, Hilmer and Ervin Reinhardt, Otto Gloor, Erwin Stratman, Paul Michaelis and Adolf Sembera.

Burial was in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Over a period of 23 years Mr. Emken had been a resident of Shiner.

His quiet, unassuming ways drew the respect of many sincere friends.

Due to his health he lived a very quiet life, but he was always most neighborly, kind and helpful. We extend sympathy.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 20 Sep 1899

The sad news reached the city this morning of the death of Leona C., the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Engleking, which took place yesterday at Peters, Austin county, where Mrs. Engleking, accompanied by the children, was visiting her parents. The death of the little child was caused in a singular manner. Its grandfather had dug some holes in the yard to destroy some ant beds. In one of these holes, which was about ten feet deep and very narrow, the child fell head first, and before she could be gotten out smothered to death. The deceased was six years old, and was a very bright and prepossessing little girl. The remains were shipped here for interment, the funeral taking place yesterday evening at 4 o’clock from the family residence. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community in the loss of their loved one. – Halletsville Herald.

Leona C., 19 Dec 1893 – 12 Sep 1899, daughter of Wm. and Antonie Engelking, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, May 20, 2010

Francis English Services Held On May 13

Frances English, 70, of Edna, passed away May 9.

She was born on June 30, 1939 in Rajyoselo, Yugoslavia, to George and Mary Magjarevich.

During the unrest and wars of the time, the family left their home in 1942 heading for Germany, trying to escape the carnage of the Communists over running the country.

Their Journey took them many places until finding sanctuary in the American controlled zone in Austria from 1945 to 1948.

The family’s journey continues on the USS Stewart, now dry docked at Sea Wolf Park on Galveston Island, bound for New York for immigrant processing.

From there the family continued on the Stewart a week later, encountering many storms while bound for New Orleans.

They and many other families waited for sponsors; who would provide them with living accommodations and employment allowing the families a new life in a new land.

After arriving in Bastrop for farming interests, it was discovered that Frances’ father was a Master Baker.

With his ability to speak Italian he learned of a bakery in Schulenburg and the family relocated there.

Her father worked for the Schwart’s Bakery in Schulenburg for many years.

She, as a young woman of 15, visited local social dances where she met 17-year old Richard English and fell in love.

They were married six months later in a time when people grew up early and honored their commitments, that was August 21, 1954.

They moved to the Victoria area in 1957 and then, throughout Texas settling in Edna, in their retirement.

They enjoyed the coast and their love of fishing together.

After 51 years of marriage, Frances lost her one true love, her husband Richard, to cancer in December of 2005.

Their love created six children; Mary Hughes, Lucy Buffington, Diane Mahaffey, Richard Fleming English II (Deceased 1975); James English, and Emelie Fanning.

Barbara Blevins came later into their lives and as a daughter they could have asked for no better.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, son Richard Fleming English II, her parents, sisters Annie Vargas and Lucy Sakach and brother Emil Magjarevich.

She has two surviving brothers Dan Magjarevich and Anton Magjarevich.

Frances has 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren to her credit spread throughout Texas and Georgia.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, May 13 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Edna with Rev. Paul M. Kaiser officiating.

Graveside Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 13, at Andrew’s Chapel Cemetery in Lavaca County.

Contributed by Joyce Stancik


Yoakum Herald, November 30, 1920


Mrs. Sarah English, age 91 years, 10 months and 26 days, died last night at 8 o'clock in the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. L. Wade, on Hugo Street. The funeral was held this afternoon at the residence by Rev. Barr of the Methodist church. Interment took place in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Colorado Citizen, August 24, 1882

Texas Items

Wm. English, sheriff of Lavaca county, died at his home in Hallettsville last Saturday of inflammation of the stomach. The deceased was a good officer and his death is sincerely deplored by the people of his county. — Schulenburg Enterprise.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, 17 May 1918

White Shop Men Lower Flag to Half Mast as an Honor to Negro Workman

Yoakum, Texas, May 10.—If the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" were here yesterday, she would send for an oculist to have her eyes tested. The large United States Flag on the 100-foot pole in the Sn Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway shop yards is at half mast.

Wes Ephrim is dead. Wes is a negro. He has worked with the white men in the San Antonio & Aransas Pass boiler shops for a number of years.

Wes dropped dead at the side of a coach Wednesday at 2:20 and his requiem was the sound of hissing steam, grinding wheels, jangling bells and the rattle of air hammers.

White men took off their hats as they bore the remains of Wes away.

Wes helped to erect the flgpole. Wes contriubted a quarter to pay for the flag, all the negroes in the shops did (some of the white men did not, but they are not working at the shops now.)

So the flag is at half mast for Wes Ephrim, negro, in a Southern State.

The flag could not be any more "half mast" for the president of the road than it is for Wes Ephrim, negro, in the San Antonio & Aransas Pass shops at Yoakum.


Victoria Advocate, 15 Dec 1998

Benjamin J. Erdelt

Yoakum - Benjamin J. Erdelt, 82, of Yoakum, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998. He was born May 13, 1916, in Yoakum to the late Joseph John and Elenora Brosch Erdelt. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army, and a member of Yoakum American Legion Post No. 395. Survivors: sister, Margaret Kroeger of Yoakum and brother Franklin Erdelt of Yoakum. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Revs. Don Ruppert and Bill Lambe officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 11 Sep 1966, page 11A

Mrs. Joseph Erdelt

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM -- Mrs. Joseph Erdelt, 80, resident of Yoakum for the past 56 years, died Friday at her home on Rt. 3. She was born in Shiner on April 19, 1886.

Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. at Buffington Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Alton Rudolph officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Chapel.

Survivors are her husband, Joseph J. Erdelt of Yoakum; two sons, Franklin of Yoakum and Benjamin of Katy; a daughter, Mrs. James Kroeger of San Antonio; a brother, Charlie Brosch of San Antonio; seven sisters, Mrs. Richard Zerr and Mrs. Gladney Harrell of San Antonio, Mrs. Charles Stasny of Houston, and Mrs. Englehard Baros, Mrs. Alfred Schroeder, Mrs. Mitilda Wendel and Mrs. Thersa Suhr, all of Yoakum; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 22 Nov 2003

Franklin L. Erdelt

YOAKUM - Franklin L. Erdelt, 87, of Yoakum, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2003.

He was born May 13, 1916, in DeWitt County, to the late Joseph John and Elenora Brosch Erdelt. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and received the Bronze Star. He was a carpenter, rancher and a Catholic.

Survivors: sister, Margaret Kroeger of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by: brother, Benjamin Joseph Erdelt.

A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, May 23, 1958

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Rudolph Erdelt, 73, lifelong Yoakum resident, will be held at 3:45 p.m. Thursday from Buffington Chapel, and at 4 p.m. from St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Matocha officiating. A Rosary was recited Wednesday night at the chapel.

Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery.

Mr. Erdelt was born April 15, 1895 in DeWitt County. He died at 8 p.m. Tuesday in a Yoakum nursing home.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. John Friedel and Mrs. Emil Friedel, both of Yoakum, and Mrs. Rosie Kram of Shiner; and two brothers, Joe of Yoakum and Louis of Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 31 Jul 1999, page 7A


SHINER -- Sidonia "Sadie" Erdelt, 72, of Shiner, died Friday, July 30, 1999.

She was born June 23, 1927, in Shiner, to the late Frank and Elizabeth Dlouhy Kubicek. She was a receptionist at Wagner Clinic. She was Catholic and was a member of VFW, American Legion and DAV Auxiliaries and was a member of Catholic Daughters and Altar Society.

Survivors: husband, Ewald L. Erdelt; sister, Henrietta Kubicek of Shiner and Frank Kubicek of Shiner.

A rosary/wake will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Revs. Tim Kosler and Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, (361) 594-3352.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, March 22, 1972

SHINER—Funeral services for Mrs. Peter Ermis, 81, of Shiner, were held Friday morning at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.

Burial was in Shiner Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

A Rosary was recited Thursday night at the funeral home chapel.

Mrs. Ermis died Wednesday in a Shiner rest home. She was born Aug. 12, 1890, in Lavaca County.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Rudey Chumchal and Mrs. Frank Kunetka of Sweet Home and Mrs. Elsie Canfield of San Antonio; two sons, Freddie F. Ermis of Shiner and Ervin E. Ermis of Houston; two grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, January 13, 2000


MOULTON—Mary Ermis, 88, of Schulenburg and Moulton, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000.

She was born Dec. 9, 1911, in Moulton, to the late Peter and Marie Pilat Krejci. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton and St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Survivors: daughter, Eugenia Reeves of Schulenburg; sister, Annie Gold of Moulton; one grandson; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Eugene Ermis; granddaughter, Lisa Kay Reeves; great-grandson, Jay Reeves.

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

Services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 6 Sep 1912, page 5

Death of Chas. Ernst.

Halletsville, Texas, August 30. Charles Ernst died Suddenly at his home here last night. Yesterday afternoon he was apparently well. When a physician was called last night Mr. Ernst was unconscious. He died soon after. He came here several months ago from New Ulm. He leaves surviving a widow and daughter, besides a number of other relatives. — Houston Post.

Mr. Ernst was a half brother of R. A. Wolters of Schulenburg and a cousin of the Mercury editor.


Shiner Gazette, 29 Aug 1900


The sad intelligence was spread over the city last Friday of the death of Mr. G. C. Eschenburg.

Gus, as he was called by his numerous friends, had been sick for several weeks, but owing to his robust and vigorous constitution, no one expected the sickness to result fatally, until within a few days preceeding [sic] the end. The best medical skill was in attendance. Dr. Sam F. Nave of Shiner had the case in charge and Drs. Walker of Schulenburg and Ruess of Cuero, were called in consultation, but all to no purpose, the fell destroyer came and the husband and father was compelled to lay down the burden of life and respond to the dread summons.

The funeral which took place at 10 a. m., Saturday was conducted under the auspices of the order of Woodmen of the World, of which the deceased was a faithful and efficient member and was the largest ever seen in Shiner. Deceased was also a member of the Shiner Fire Co., and both the Firemen and the Woodmen turned out in a body as escorts to the funeral cortege. The services at the grave were performed by the Woodmen, led by Mr. J. B. Moore of Guadalupe Lodge Gonzales and were beautiful and impressive.

The following relatives and friends from other points were in attendance on the funeral: Mesdames Emil and Fritz Herder and Mr. Wm. Quast and family of Yoakum. Messrs. Henry and Fritz Graf and Mesdames Anna Seydler and Alwine Herder of Schulenburg, Mr. Wm. Billefield of Cost, Mr. Emil Tauch of Flatonia and Messrs. John Stulting, W. E. Foster and Dr. W. H. Minton of Dilworth.

Shiner Gazette, 5 Sep 1900


“’Tis but a path that must be trod
If man would ever pass to God.”

When it was learned Friday morning that Gus C. Eschenburg was lingering between life and death, regret, mingled with hopes that he might surmount the crisis, filled every heart, but when, a few hours later he breathed his last, a gloom of sadness pervaded the entire community. Surrounded by numerous relatives and a host of friends, Gus Eschenburg died at his home at 9 o’clock in the morning Aug. 24, after a brief illness of 10 days.

The deceased was born near the picturesque little village of High Hill, Feb. 27, 1875, where the Eschenburg family resided for many years, until they removed to Shiner in 1888. He was therefore 25 years, 6 months and 27 days of age. In 1897 he was united in marriage to Miss Alma Biellefelt, and two bright and loving children have blessed their union. He had just arranged to enter upon a prosperous business career, when the icy hand of Death stilled the beatings of his heart forever. One of the largest funeral corteges ever seen here followed his remains to the O. D. H. S. cemetery.

His untimely death was caused by malarial remittent fever. How much he suffered during the last days of his illness, none can tell, as never a word of complaint, or a cry of pain escaped his lips. He bore his sufferings quietly and patiently, until his spirit passed from earth to –

“The undiscovered land, from whose bourne no traveler returneth.”

My pen falters in attempting to pay a tribute to his memory. “Ottie,” as he was familiarly called, was my warm personal friend – a friend as staunch and true as it has been my fortune to possess. That friendship began long ago and ripened as years rolled by; and never for a single moment was it in the least degree strained. Once his tutor, I was enabled to judge of and appreciate those noble qualities in him, which often lie dormant in the human heart. He was a young man of the noblest impulses, and purest, and everybody had the highest regard and respect for him. Honest, diligent, fair and square in his dealings with others, he was slow to censure and blame and ever ready to forgive and to forget. He had the inestimable virtue of looking only at the bright side of things. His death is not only the severest blow to his wife and children, but it is a shock and an irreparable loss to the whole community, who will revere his memory for all time to come.

As fireman, Ottie had no peer. He was brave, fearless, unassuming and all his comrades loved him. Amongst the first to respond to the roll call and ever ready and alert to obey the summons of the bell. As the boys filed singly around the grave and gazed for the last time upon the remains of their fellow companion, many an eye grew dim and many a silent tear fell upon the coffin.

When a man has passed the threescore years and ten allotted to him, death is but a kindly summons from the life that is to the life that is to come; but to be cut off in the flower of manhood, just at the dawn of a future as promising and bright as the brightest of rainbow hues, is the saddest of earthly spectacles. Words can not depict the anguish of the young widowed heart, nor fathom the grief and sorrow of a mother, a sister, a brother. Father time alone can heal such wounds.

“Rest from thy labor, rest,
Soul of the just set free,
Blest be thy memory, and blest
Thy bright example be.”

Shiner, Tex., Sept. 1, 1900.

Gustav C. Eschenburg, 27 Feb 1875 – 24 Aug 1900, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 22 Dec 1897, Moulton column

The little two-year-old daughter of Henry Etlinger’s, who was sick for some time, died last Thursday night and was buried Friday evening. The day before her death, on Wednesday night, a little girl was born to take her place in the hearts of the sorrowing parents. We extend our deepest sympathy.

Bertha May Etlinger, 29 Jul 1895 – 17 Dec 1897, was buried in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Moulton. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, February 25, 2009


Lexie Kurtz Etlinger, 92, of Moulton, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.

She was born Aug. 30, 1915, in Lavaca County, to Jacob Kurtz and Mary Darilek Kurtz.

Lexie graduated from Shiner High School in 1934.

On April 21, 1936, she married August Sr. “Buster” Etlinger.

Since her children were her priority in life, she was a homemaker.  Later in life, she helped her husband as a bookkeeper in the meat market business and then became tax assessor-collector for the Moulton Independent School District for 16 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and Hermann Sons.

She resided at Shady Oak Nursing & Rehabilitation in Moulton since April 2004.  She enjoyed playing dominoes and the piano.  She loved singing with the services for the Catholics, Lutherans, and Baptists.

Survivors include her children: Lexie Marie Rothbauer and husband, Gene of El Campo, Gussie Orts Machalec and August “Boyce” Etlinger and wife, Sharon of Moulton.

At the time of her death, she had eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years; her parents; her sons-in-law, Dr. Richard J. Orts and Paul R. Machalec; a step-great-grandson, Zachary London; two brothers, Herman and Charles Kurtz, and a sister, Elsie Seidenberger.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Maison and Monsignor Dennis Darilek officiating.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Bruce Rothbauer, Gina Rothbauer, Neil Rothbauer, Scott Orts, Dean Orts, Karl Orts, Angela Rabel, and Amanda Turlington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Moulton Clinic and the Moulton Fire Department. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Moulton.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Moulton News, 21 Oct 1896, page 1

The little child of Richard Etlinger died last Friday and was buried Saturday.

Margaretha, 21 Jun 1896 - 15 Oct 1896, infant daughter of Richard A. and Lillie Etlinger, was buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Moulton. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, June 15, 1975

Alfred Etzler

HALLETTSVILLE – Alfred Etzler, 84, died at 3:20 A.m. Saturday in a local hospital.

He was born Oct. 23, 1890. He married Marie Christ, who died Oct 4, 1918. He later married Anna Christ, who died Oct. 5. 1942.

Surviving are four sons, Joe, Herman, Henry and Herbert, all of Hallettsville; five daughters, Miss Annie Etzler and Mrs. Anton Bujnoch, both of Hallettsville, Mrs. Hilbert Henke of Komensky and Mrs. Werner Anders and Mrs. Daniel Wagner, both of Schulenburg; and 50 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, December 1, 1966, Page 16A

Mrs. Etzler

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Theodore (Agnes) Etzler, 63, of Rt. 4, Hallettsville, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at her home.

Mrs. Etzler was born June 29, 1903, in Lavaca County, to the late Carl and Anna Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died Oct. 18, 1938.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9:15 a.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred heart Catholic Church with Msgr. Alois Morkovsky officiating.

Surviviing are three daughters, Mrs. Paul Dworsky and Miss Lucille Etzler of Hallettsville and Sister Serena of Shiner; three sons, Ervin Etzler of Hallettsville and Hubert and Alphonse Etzler of Victoria; a sister, Miss Emilie Christ of High Hill, a brother, Henry Etzler of Hallettsville; and eleven grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Victoria Advocate, November 26, 2006


HALLETTSVILLE - Henry Frank Etzler Sr., 86, of Hallettsville, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006.

He was born Aug. 14, 1920, in Hallettsville, to the late Alfred George and Anna Christ Etzler. He worked for Pearl Distributor and was a carpenter. He was a WWII veteran, serving as PFC in Company A, 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion, was awarded the American Theater Campaign Medal, four bronze Campaign Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, one Service stripe, and three Overseas Service bars. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Survivors: wife Annie Henke Etzler; daughters, Mary Ann Berger of Shiner, Charlene Miller, Dolores Ludwig, Anita Hermes, all of Hallettsville; sons, Henry Etzler Jr. of Port Lavaca, Robert Etzler, Daniel Etzler, Kenneth Etzler, Michael Etzler, all of Hallettsville; sisters, Emma Bujnoch of Hallettsville, Josephine Anders and Victoria Wagner, both of Schulenburg; brother, Herbert Etzler of Hallettsville; 23 grandchildren and one stepgrandchild; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Mary Henke and Annie Etzler; brothers, Joe Etzler and Herman Etzler.

Visitation will be noon today at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettville.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. tonight at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hallettsville.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, with the Rev. David Berger and the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hallettsville. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Pallbearers: Jimmy Berger, Ernest Berger Jr., Thomas Berger, Jeffrey Miller, Ryan Etzler, Jason Etzler.

Honorary Pallbearers: Grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials: Hospice of South Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Hallettsville Herald, 5 Feb 1891

News of a foul murder reached the city from Ezzell Sunday.  Mr. Allen Evans, a farmer who resided in that community, left home Thursday of last week to go on some errand in the neighborhood.  He failed to come home that night and his family became apprehensive.  Friday morning search was begun, but not until 3 o’clock this evening were the fears of the anxious family sustained.  Messrs Theo. Andrews and Geo. Stroman found Evans’ body in the woods near the road from Mr. Tom Livergood’s to Antioch Church.  Evans was lying with his face downward with 3 pistol-shot wounds in the head and one under his arm.  His pistol was found in his scabbard with all the chambers loaded.  The remains of the unfortunate were taken home, where a wife and 8 helpless children wept bitter tears of anguish over all that was left of their protector, husband, and father.  The burial took place at Salem church Sunday.  No arrests yet have been made, but suspicion points to certain persons, who will no doubt be dealt with according to law if their guilt is proven.
Contributed by Regena Williamson

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