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Victoria Advocate, 22 Mar 1998


Mary Ann Immenhauser, 54, of Victoria, died Saturday, March 21, 1998.

She was born Dec. 18, 1943, in Yoakum to the late Edwin and Elenora Maresch Richter. She was a homemaker, volunteer at Victoria Regional Medical Center and member Holy Family Catholic Church.

Survivors: husband, Harvey Lee Immenhauser; daughter, Lori McMullen of Victoria; sons, Brandon Immenhauser and Steven Immenhauser, both of Victoria; sister, Joyce Lux of New Braunfels; brother, Raymond Richter of Yoakum; and five grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

A KJZT rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

Burial will be at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Memorials: St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Brenham Weekly Banner, Friday September 19, 1879, page 1

INDIAN POCKET was hanged at Halletsville, Lavaca county, on Friday the 12th inst. The News gives a column account of the execution. People came from every direction nd it is estimated that between 2000 and 3000 people were present. Pocket's father was a French Canadian and his mother a Sioux squaw. Pocket was brought to Texas from Dakota territory by Mr. Allen, a stock man of Lavaca county. Pocket while drunk murdered a young man named Hyde by shooting his with a pistol while they were going turkey hunting. On the scaffold he expressed the hope that he would be forgiven; but that it was whiskey that had caused him to do the deed.


From an unknown newspaper

Rites for Mrs. Adele Indorf

Mrs. John G. Indorf, nee Adele of Bolten, of Shiner entered rest at 12:25 a.m. Thursday, September 9, 1982 in the Shiner hospital at the age of 94 years, one month, and 21 days. She had been a resident at the Trinity Lutheran Home since June 27, 1977.

Funeral services were held at the United Dr. Martin Luther Church, Shiner, at 2 pm Saturday, September 11, with the Rev. Paul R. Cooper officiating.

Burial followed in the Shiner City Cemetary. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, David Indorf of Shiner, Robert Indorf of New Orleans, LA, Preston Robichaux of Mineola, David Atkins, Charles and David Hanzelka, both of Yoakum.

Hymns sung during the church service were "I know that my redeemer lives" and "Rock of Ages". Mrs. Wilma Stindt served as organist.

A prayer service, conducted by Pastor Cooper, was held at 7:30 pm Friday at the Buffington Funeral Home where the body lay in state until an hour before time for services when it was taken to the church.

Mrs. Indorf, one of ten children, was born July 18, 1888 at Millheim, Austin County, Texas, daugher of Charles and Sidonia (Kinkler) Bolten. She was baptized and confirmed in the Emanual Lutheran Church at Dryer by Pastor J.C. A. Pfenninger.

On February 12, 1912 in the home of her parents at Milheim, she was married to John G. Indorf. The couple made their home at Dreyer for one year, then seven at Hochheim. In 1920 they established their home in the Shiner Dreyer area where they resided continuously. After farming for a time her husband established his blacksmith shop business. Nine children were born to this marriage union. Her husband died July 22, 1950.

She is survived by her six sons, Alan, Bruno, and Edgar Indorf all of Shiner, Johnny Indorf of Louisiana, Marvin Indorf of California, Alfred Indorf of Yoakum; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Elnora Neubauer of Yoakum; one brother, Charles Bolten of Bellville; two sisters, Mrs. Sidonia Michaelis and Mrs. Erma Guller of Bellville; thirteen grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son Henry Indorf; a daughhter, Hilda Indorf, July 15, 1979; three sisters, Mrs. Willie A. (Edna) Schroeder, April 1, 1962; Mrs. Alfred (Isabella) Abel, February 2, 1979; Mrs. Hilda Meyer; three brothers, Herbert Bolten, February 18, 1982; Richard and Walter Bolten; one infant granddaughter, two grandsons, Anthony Charles Indorf, February 20, 1981 and an infant.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Shiner Gazette - July 19, 1979

Hilda Indorf Buried In Shiner Tuesday

Miss Hilda Indorf, age 66 years, 10 months and 14 days, passed away Sunday, July 15, 1979 at 10:50 a.m. in Huth Memorial Hospital, Yoakum, where she had been a patient sence May 17.

Miss Indorf's health began to fail some three years ago and on August 10, 1976, she underwent major surgery which appeared to have restored her health. Early in 1979 it appeared, however, that the malignancy had recurred.

The body rested in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner untill 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, when it was conveyed to the United Dr. Martin Luther Church, where services followed at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Edwin Oehlke officiating.

Mrs. Victor Stindt, organist, accompanied the congregation in the singing of thehymns, "What a friend we have in Jesus," " I know that my redeemer lives" and "Jesus, Still lead on".

Hilda Christine Indorf was born August 31, 1912 at Dreyer, Gonzales County, Texas, the daughter of John and Adela (Bolten) Indorf.

She was baptized by Rev. William Dziewas and later confirmed by Pastor J.C. A. Pfenninger, both events taking place in the Dr. Martin Luther Church in Shiner. Later she and her family became members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dreyer. After the Dreyer congregation desbanded in 1958, she again became a member of the United Dr. Martin Luther Church.

Although born with a rather serious hearing defect, she was able to acquire some ot the basics if an elementry education while attending the Dreyer Public School during her girlhood years.

Miss Indorf also developed considerable skill in doing useful handwork and sewing. A number of her needlework objects will remain in the family as treasures remembrances of her love, her diligence and her ability.

She is survived by her aged mother, Mrs. adele Indorf, a resedent at Trenity Luthern Home, Shiner; six brothers, Allen Indorf of Cuero, Bruno Indorf of Shiner, Johnnie Indorf of New Orleans, La., Marvin Indorf of Live Oak Calif., Alfred and Edgar Indorf, both of Yoakum; one sister, Mrs. Arthur (Eleanor) Neubauer of Yoakum.

She was preceded in death by her father, July 22,1950; and one brother, who died shortly after birth.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer



Shiner Gazette, July 27, 1950

John G. Indorf Lifetime Resident Buried Tuesday

Death came peacefully to John G. Indorf Saturday, July 22, at 10:15 a.m. at the family residence, following a very serious illness of months duration. Mr. Indorf had reached the age 63 years, 7 months and 15 days. He had been a patient of the local hospital for three weeks, beginning March 27 and again from July 10 to 13.

Mr. Indorf was born Dec. 7, 1886, at Baursville, near Moulton, the son of Henry and Sophie Meier Indorf. Here he was baptized in infancy and recieved his public education.

He moved to Dreyer community at the age of 19 years, where he farmed at first and then did blacksmith work for several years, operating his own business.

Mr. Indorf was married to Adele Bolton of Austin County, February 12, 1912. For a year after their marrage they made their home at Dreyer, then seven years at Hochheim and sence 1920 have resided on the same place in the Shiner-Dreyer Community.

The deceased was confirmed in the Shiner Lutheran Church by the late Rev. Wm. Dziewas. He later became and has been a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Dreyer for many years.

Surviving him beside his wife are eight children, two daughters, Miss Hilda at home, Mrs. Arthur (Elnora) Neubauer, Hallettsville; six sons, Carl at home, Alfred and Edgar Indorf, Shiner; Johnnie Indorf, Houma La.; Master Sgt. Marvin Indorf of Edwards Field, Muroc, Calif.; Allen Indorf, Cuero; A brother, Willie Indorf, Shiner; one sister, Mrs. Dietrich (Helen) Mueller, Shiner; a half-brother, Charles Fehner, Shiner and four grandchildren also survive.

Preceding him in death were one son, Henry, who died in infancy; his parents, the father having passed away Dec. 8, 1891, the mother June 24, 1931, the step-father, September 29, 1931 and three sisters and a brother, who died in infancy.

The body rested in state at the buffington Funeral Home untill 1:00p.m. Tuesday, July 25, when it was convayed to the United Dr. Martin Luther Church, where services were held at 3 p.m., with interment in the Shiner City Cenetery. The Rev. Edwin J. Oehlke conducted all religious rites and spoke a beautiful tribute to the deceased.

The Lutheran choir gave the following hymns at the church, "What a friend we have in Jesus," and "I need thee, precious Jesus," and at the graveside, "Nearer my God to thee".

Casket attendants were H. J. Neuman, Otto Remmers, Walter Wendel, Raz Moore, Otto Maeker and Walter Ladewig.

His funeral was largely attended and beautiful flowers bespoke the appreaciation and esteem in which he was held.

Another native of this county has passed on and will be greatly missed not only by his family but by neighbors and numerous friends.

He was an industrious worker all of his life and was ever a helpful and kindly neighbor and recognized as a leader in his community. Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Shiner Gazette, 9 May 1906

A Moulton Killing.

The report reached the city late Sunday morning that Kirksey Irvin, a white man, had been killed at Moulton by a negro by the name of Harley Lee. Irvin, it seems, had been drinking and was in the saloon of Constant Rehmet, when the negro Lee came in and called for a drink. Irvin objected to his drinking among white people and cursed the negro. It was also reported that he cursed the proprietor of the saloon for permitting the negro to drink. Lee left the saloon, but returned shortly carrying a moral and again called for a drink, to which Irving again objected. The negro then drew a knife and struck at Irvin. Irvin also drew a knife and both men started out of the door. As Irvin passed through the door Lee stabbed him twice, once in the back and once in the back of the head. Irvin fell to the floor mortally wounded and died in a few hours. The negro escaped and has not been apprehended up to this writing.

Weimar Mercury, 12 May 1906, page 8

Moulton, May 7. — Saturday afternoon about 3 o'clock Kirksey Irving and Harley Lee, colored, became involved in a difficulty. The negro struck him twice with a knife, one in the back, and once in the back of the head, sticking the knife up to the hilt in the brain, causing paralysis, from which Mr. Irving died. The negro is at large. Mr. Irving has been married only about one month. The feelings of the people are very hard toward the negro.

Shiner Gazette, 14 Nov 1906, page 1, Halletsville Items column

The case against Harley Lee, the negro who last summer in Moulton killed Kirksey Irvin, has been continued and bail was granted him in the sum of $500, which so far has been unable to give. It has been necessary to continue several cases, as negro witnesses can not be found. They have gone to other sections to pick cotton.

Shiner Gazette, 25 Apr 1907

Harley Lee, colored, who, in self-defense, killed Kirksey Irvin, a young white man, at Moulton last fall, was tried Friday, and after hearing the evidence, Judge Kennon instructed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.

There is a Kirk Irwin, no dates on marker, buried in the Old Moulton Cemetery. Gazette article contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, July 12, 1972

Stanley Ivicic

SHINER—Stanley Ivicic, 68, farmer and proprietor of a cafe in Shiner prior to his retirement, died at 4 a.m. Monday in a Shiner hospital following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 1, 1904 in Flatonia.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating. Burial will be in Shiner Brethren Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Emily Hurta Ivicic, of Shiner; a son, Elton, of Kenedy; a daughter, Mrs. Ruben Malina of Houston; two brothers, Rudy and Ligie Ivicic, both of Holland, Tex.; six sisters, Mrs. Bessie Balusek, Mrs. Katie Pauswang and Mrs. Lydia Baradas, of Holland; Mrs. Della Jarma of Temple, Mrs. Mary Underwood of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Vlasta Kaderka of Killeen.

Pallbearers will be Logan Pauswang, Joe Balusek Jr., Jerry Ivicic Jr., Harry Jarma, Rudy Ivicic Jr., and Douglas Baradas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

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