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Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1920, page 6


Former Resident of Weimar Section Dies Near Halletsville.

It is with regret that the New Era chronicles the deth of one of our most respected ldies, Mrs. Frank Laake, who died Monday night at her home four miles west of town after being quite sick the past two weeks. The funeral occurred Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Catholic church with interment in the Catholic cemetery, Rev. A. Mathis officiating.

Mrs. Laake at the time of her death was aged 60 years, 2 months and 4 days. She was born in Landeck, Silesia, Germany; came to Texas in 1881 and was married the same year at Frelsburg to Mr. Frank Laake. her maiden name was Miss Agnes Nendvet. This couple lived at Frelsburg several years, then moved to near Weimar and 20 years ago moved to the farm near here, where both died, Mr. Laake passing into the Great Beyond a year ago.

The following children mourn the departed: Frank Laake of Pagel Settlement; Mrs. Stanley Skalla of Parkersville, Kansas; Ed and Wm. Laake of Moravia; Mrs. Gus Lorke, who with her husband reside on the homestead; Mrs. Paul Malik and Miss Bertha Laake of Yoakum. One brother of Mrs. Laake also survives and lives in Germany. —Hallettsville New Era.


Colorado Citizen, 14 Mar 1919, page 3


The funeral of Mr. Frank Laake, Sr., occurred Friday morning in the Catholic cemetery, Rev. A. Mathis officiating. A large number of sorrowing friends and relatives were in attendance and many beautiful flowers were placed on the grave.

Mr. Laake was born Europe, Wahrmsdorf, Silessia [sic.], a little over 64 years ago and came to Texas in 1879 settling at Frelsburg, in Colorado County. Two years later he was married at Columbus County, to Miss Alice Neuvig, they moving to a farm near Weimar. In 1901 they moved to Lavaca county, four miles west of Halletsville, where Mr. Laake died last Wednesday afternoon. He is survived by his widow and seven children. 

Peace to his ashes.—Hallettsville New Era

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 26 Aug 1938, page 2


News has reached us of the tragic death of Miss Lucille Laake, daughter of Mrs. Eddie Laake of south of town Monday morning at about 11 o'clock. Her body was found in a pool in the Lavaca River by her brother just a short while after they had had a morning lunch together. Cotton picking was in progress and she sat in the car while the others picked, but when they went back to the car she was gone. Her brother, Milton, found her lifeless body in the river not far from the field and Dr. Dufner was called, but she had been in the water too long to be resuscitated. The water in the stream was not more than waist deep, but the banks were high and it is thought that was was stunned in falling.

Miss Laake was only 21 years of age, but had been in poor health for some time, and unless her death was purely accidental, this might account for the tragedy. She was an only daughter and she and her brother, Milton, were the only children. Her father died several years ago. — Halletsville New Era-Herald.


Weimar Mercury, 5 Sep 1954, page 10

Mrs. Emma Laas, 80, [Funeral] Monday at Hallettsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Laas, 80, sister of Mrs. Minnie Treptow of Weimar, were held Monday afternoon at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Hallettsville, with burial in the cemetery there.

Rev. George Krueger officiated.

Mrs. Laas died at her home on Hallettsville Route 3 last Sunday, after a heart attack.

A native of Lavaca County, she was the widow of Henry Laas, who died in 1948.

Surviving are two sons, Herbert and Leon, both of Hallettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Walter Mertz and Mrs. Edwin Reinhart, both of Hallettsvillle; five sisters, Mrs. Treptow of here, Mrs. Ida Mertz, Mrs. Augusta Laas and Mrs. Gus Miller, all of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Selma Sternadel of Yoakum.


Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1907, Local News column

Mr. G. Laas an old and respected citizen of Lavaca county died last Monday at his home at Ponton’s Creek of Bright’s disaease [sic], aged 70 years. The remains were interred yesterday at the Scharlottenburg [sic.] cemetery.

Gottlieb Laas, 29 Apr 1837 – 28 Jan 1907, was buried in the Charlottenburg Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Apr 1909

Halletsville Herald – The Herald regrets to chronicle the death of Mr. Henry Laas, Sr., which occurred at his home near Kinkler at 5:45 p. m., last Wednesday evening. Mr. Laas had reached the ripe old age of 70 years and was one of Lavaca county’s most worthy citizens and his many friends throughout the county will be pained to learn of his demise. His remains will be laid to rest in the city cemetery this afternoon at 1 o’clock. Peace to his ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Friday, July 11, 1975

Herbert Laas

HALLETTSVILLE – Herbert Henry Laas, 86, of Hallettsville, died unexpectedly at his residence at 1 a.m. Thursday.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 3 p.m. Friday when it will be taken to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for services at 4 p.m.

The Rev. Harvey Bongers will officiate.

Burial will be in City Cemetery.

Mr. Laas was born in Lavaca county July 9, 1895. He married the former Elsie Spies on Dec. 12, 1916. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and was a retired farmer.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Hemmi of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Mertz and Mrs. Edwin Reinhart, both of Hallettsville.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, November 5, 1977

YOAKUM—Felix H. Lacina, 58, of 109 Hutchinson St., in Yoakum , died at 11:30 a.m. Friday in a Cuero hospital.

He was born Sept. 11, 1919 in Lavaca County.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bullington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum, with the Rev. Frank Holland officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bernice Lacina of Yoakum; a son, Artur Lacina of Yoakum; a daughter, Mrs. Janie Earline of Yoakum; two sisters, Mrs. C. E. Bennetsen and Mrs. Otto Bennetsen of Yoakum, and a brother Walter Lacina of Victoria.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Cuero Record, Wed., May 21, 1969

YOAKUM—James Lacina, 67, life-time resident of the Yoakum area, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday in a local hospital.

Born March 30, 1902 in Lavaca Co., he was a retired butcher, and had been a part-time maintenance employe of First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. W.W. Connally Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Addie Lacina of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Olan Arnold of Yoakum and Mrs. Jon Cheek of Lubbock; a brother, Johnnie of Yoakum, a sister, Mrs. Emma Lee Little of Bellaire, and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1968

Miss Olga Lacina

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Miss Olga Lacina, 59, who died at 10 a.m. Monday at her home on Route 4, Yoakum, will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Matocha will officiate and burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of this area, Miss Lacina was born Dec. 28, 1908 in Lavaca County.

Survivors include three brothers, Felix of Yoakum and Louis and Walter Lacina of Victoria; three sisters, Mrs. Rosie Mohyla, Mrs. C.E. Bennetsen and Mrs. Otto Bennetsen, all of Yoakum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 13 Feb 1942


Hallettsville, Feb. 5 – Ferd Lacy, 51, long prominent in banking and real estate in this region, died Wednesday night from injuries sustained in a recent fall. Services will be Friday afternoon.

He was a charter member of the Hallettsville Rotary Club, a director of the First National Bank and president of Peoples Abstract Co.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Lacy; a daughter, Mrs. J. E. Loupot of College Station; two brothers and two sisters.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Dec 1977, page 6

Lahodny Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Anton Lahodny, nee Annie Adamek, former resident of Shiner, died Monday, Nov. 28, 1977 in Victoria at the age of 75 years, 1 month and 12 days.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church near Yoakum. Burial was in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffington Chapel, Yoakum.

Survivors include five sons, Joe Lahodny of Hochheim, James J. Lahodny of Yoakum, Frank B. Lahodny of Katy, Edwin F. Lahodny of Houston, Tonie Lahodny of Victoria; two daughters, Mrs. Edward Opella Miss Marie Lahodny, both of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Louise) Bartos, Mrs. Jane Goodson, both of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Joe Adamek of Shiner, Johnny Adamek of San Antonio and Charley Adamek of Kerrville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 5 Oct 1893

Hanged Himself.

Charles Lanca, who lived on the farm of John Drozd, situated near Kinkler, committed suicide Monday night by hanging himself from a joist in his abode. The body was discovered Tuesday afternoon by two young men who went to the house. Lanca was a bachelor about 25 years old.


Weimar Mercury
25 April 1903, page 2

Frank Lanca was accidentally killed Monday morning by Cyril Knebel, aged 20. Both lived near Moravia at the home of Mrs. Lanca, a sister-in-law of the deceased. In accordance with a Bohemian Easter custom they had risen very early to wash themselves. Knebel asked Lanca whether he had washed, who answered that he had not. Knebel said "I'll wash you," at the same time, in a joking way, pointing a shot gun at him. The gun went off and a load of shot struck Lanca in the face, killing him instantly. Knebel sayd he did not know the gun was loaded. Lanca was aged about 30, and was unmarried. — Halletsville New Era.


Colorado Citizen, 17 Feb 1881, page 3


Mr. Landman departed his life last week after a very short illness. He was engaged one evening in fixing up his horses, took a chill and died before morning.

. . . Hallettsville Herald.


Weimar Mercury, 2 Apr 1898, page 3

Shiner, Texas, March 23.—Mrs. Lange, wife of William Lange, died here at 10 o'clock this morning of consumption, aged 35 years. She leaves a husband and five small children.


The Galveston News, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1959

Mrs. Raymond F. Lanik, 77, of Sweet Home, Texas, mother of Mrs. Margaret Harbich of Galveston, died Friday in Czech Catholic Home, Hillje, Texas.

Other survivors include her husband, Raymond F. Lanik of Sweet Home; a son, Charles Lanik of Victoria; two daughters, Mrs. Albina Kutac of Yoakum, Texas, and Mrs. Mary Vrana of Jourdanton, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Sophie Lanik of El Campo; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday in Kubena funeral home, Hallettsville, hence to Sweet Home Catholic Church, the Rev. E.b. Kolodzie officiating.

Burial was in St. Joseph cemetery, Yoakum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury
June 15, 1895, pg 4

Hallettsville Herald: Several weeks ago F. A. Larkin, an industrious    farmer on Mr. Wilson Tarkington's place died of meningitis. Only four days before his infant child had died. Yesterday morning the only hope of the grief-burdened widow, her nine-year-old son, died after a brief attack of meningitis. This is but another verification of the old adage that sorrow never comes single-handed.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 10 Oct 1900

Mrs. Lastavicka [sic.], of Dreyer, aged 58 years, mother-in-law of Mr. Louis Becha, died last week and was buried Wednesday in the Shiner cemetery.

Frantiska Lastovica, 1 Dec 1839 – 2 Sep 1900, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Aug 1900, page 1

Annie, the little child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lau, died last Saturday night and was buried Sunday evening. The little one was only a few days past two years old. [Burial place unknown.]

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. LAU

Shiner Gazette, 27 Jul 1893

As the Gazette goes to the press Mrs. Lau is reported dying. Later: - Mrs. Lau died at 4 oclock wednesnay [sic] eve.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 13 Jun 1968

For Emil R. Lauer

Emil R. Lauer of Yoakum, 67 years, 4 months and 22 days, died at 1:42 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 1968 in Huth Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 27 at 9 a.m. from the Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, and at 9:15 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Requiem Mass offered by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Matocha. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral home chapel.

A lifetime resident of Yoakum, Mr. Lauer was born there January 12, 1901, son of John and Teresa (Benys) Lauer.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Laur [sic] of Yoakum, nee Kasparek; four sisters, Mrs. Leo (Mary) Horky of Angleton, Mrs. Rudolph (Albina) Olshovsky of Danbury, Mrs. Jim (Louise) Mikulenka and Mrs. John J. (Emma) Orsak, both of Yoakum.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son; two brothers, John Paul Lauer, who died March 16, 1962, Joe Laurer [sic]; and a sister, Mrs. Ben (Mathilda) Janca, who died October 20, 1965.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 4 Jan 1994, page 10A


YOAKUM - Frank Lauer, 64, of Yoakum died Monday, Jan. 3, 1994.

He was born Oct. 4, 1929, to Hattie Kasparek Lauer of Yoakum and the late John Lauer. He attended Morris Community School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was owner and operator of Lauer Dozer Service. Mr. Lauer was a member of Sweet Home American Legion, Shiner Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. Joseph Catholic Church

Survivors: wife, Barbara Brietschopf Lauer; daughters, Mary Vaclavik and Vicki Pate, both of Yoakum; sons, Gary Lauer, Kenneth Lauer and Darryl Lauer, all of Yoakum, Randy Lauer of Dallas, Michael Lauer of Aubrey and Ronnie Lauer of Hobbs, N.M.; mother; sister, Ella Mae Roznovsky of Yoakum; and 10 grandchildren.

Rosary services: 7 p.m. today, Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Fred Krenek officiating.

Burial: St. Joseph Mausoleum, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Pallbearers: sons.

Honorary pallbearers: grandchildren.

Memorials: St. Joseph School Endowment Fund or American Diabetes Association.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 16 Feb 2004, page 11


YOAKUM—Hattie H. Lauer, 93, of Yoakum, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004.

She was born in Yoakum to the late Frank and Mary Hybner Kasparek. She was a seamstress and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughter, Ella Mae Roznovsky; sister, Georgie Velek of Yoakum; brother, Fred Kasparek of Yoakum; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, John Lauer; son, Frank Lauer; sisters, Mary Lauer; Elsie Howard and Vlasta Berger; and brother, Emil Kasparek.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.

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

Memorials: St. Joseph Catholic Church or donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 Mar 1962

John Paul Lauer

Funeral services were held in Yoakum Saturday, March 17, 1962 at 9:30 a.m. for John Paul Lauer, Jr., of Yoakum, Rev. Father Edward J. Jansky officiating at Buffington Chapel, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

A carpenter of the local area, Mr. Lauer was a lifetime resident of this community. He was born in Lavaca County June 29, 1904. Time of his death was listed 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 16 at the Huth Memorial Hospital where he had spent five days, after an illness of about one year’s duration became more serious.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hattie Lauer; a daughter, Mrs. George Roznovsky; a son, Frank Lauer; and a brother, Emil Lauer, all of Yoakum; five sisters, Mrs. Emma Orsak, Mrs. Ben Janca and Mrs. Jim Mikulenka, all of Yoakum, Mrs. Mary Horky and Mrs. Rudolph Olsovsky, both of Angleton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 23 Jul 1959

Joe A. Lauer

YOAKUM - Funeral services for Joe A. Lauer, 62, of West Hochheim, Yoakum, were held Tuesday July 21, 8:45 a.m., the Rev. E. J. Jansky officiating at Buffington Chapel, St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Cemetery in Yoakum.

Rosary was recited at Buffington Chapel Monday 7:45 p.m.

A lifetime resident of this area, Mr. Lauer was born at Yoakum Nov. 17, 1896. He died at the local hospital Sunday July 19.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Lauer of Sweet Home, Joseph Lauer of Edinburg and Barney Lauer of Fort Worth; seven daughters, Mrs. George Shimek, Mrs. Alice Macha and Mrs. Norman Nickle, all of Yoakum, Mrs. Freddie Hoffer of Hallettsville, Mrs. Travis Fitch of Kilgore, Mrs. Vernon Knox of Cuero and Mrs. Seth Trammell of Bay City; 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Emil and John Lauer of Yoakum; five sisters, Mrs. Emma Orsak, Mrs. Ben Janca, Mrs. Jim Mikulenka and Mrs. Mary Horky, all of Yoakum, and Mrs. Adolph Olschjasky [Rudolph Olshovsky] of Angleton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


undated Shiner Gazette news clipping

Mary M. Lauer

Mary M. Lauer, age 92 years, 2 months and 16 days of Yoakum died Saturday, March 15, 1997.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Mar. 17 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Bill Lambe officiating.

Burial was at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

The pallbearers were Henry Hirsch, Lee Brown, Kenneth Lauer, Gus Schierschwitz and George Roznovsky.

She was born Dec. 29, 1904 in Shiner to the late Frank and Mary Hybner Kasparek. She was a retired meat processor for Yoakum Packing Co. and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She is survived by three sisters, Hattie Lauer, Elsie Howard and Georgia Velek, all of Yoakum; and one brother, Fred Kasparek.

Mrs. Lauer was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Lauer, May 25, 1968; and infant son; her father, Nov. 1, 1964; her mother, Dec. 21, 1973; two sisters including Mrs. Wiley (Vlasta) Felps, Mar. 19, 1971 and three brothers.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era Herald, 8 Jul 1966, page 1

Robert L. Lauer, 43, Sweet Home, Dies of Burns Received Friday

Robert L. Lauer, 43, Sweet Home, died in the Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio at 3:40 am Monday from burns he received while at work in Yoakum Friday morning.

Lauer was burned in a fire at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kulos of Yoakum shortly before 11 am Friday when fumes from glue he and a young carpenter, Louis Pekar, were using while installing formica on a cabinet top in the kitchen became ignited from a pilot light. The flash fire ignited Lauer's clothing causing third degree burns over most of his body. The blaze also spread to part of the house causing several hundred dollars worth of damage before being extinguished by the Yoakum Fire Department.

Lauer was first taken to Yoakum Hospital for emergency treatment and then transferred to Brooke Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio by a turbo jet Army Helicopter.

Lauer, a ranchman and carpenter, was born in Yoakum, October 14, 1922.

Funeral services were held at Buffington Funeral Chapel in Yoakum at 9:15 am Thursday and at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 9:30. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Thelma Lauer two brothers, Joseph A. of Victoria and Berney E. of Abilene, seven sisters, Mrs. Roberta Simek and Mrs. Lorine Macha, Yoakum, Mrs. Gladys Hoffer of Hallettsville, Mrs. Madeline Nichols of Yoakum, Mrs. Virginia Fitch of Kilgore, Mrs. Genevie Knox of Cuero and Mrs. Jean Tramell of Bay City and a number of nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Undated newspaper clipping, 1949

In Memoriam

In loving memory of our dear mother, Theresa Lauer, who was called to her Heavenly home on November 3, 1948.

One year ago since you left us Dearest Mother, the one we loved was called away. God took her home; it was his will, but our life with sorrow he did fill. Dearest Mother, you were taken so suddenly it was hard to believe it was true. We all loved you so dearly; now it is so lonely without you. We were thinking how hard it would be to see your vacant place, for you dear mother have passed away; but our love for one who sleeps beneath will never fade away. You were such a good and kind mother.

A mother so faithful and true, you were an honest friend to everyone you knew. In our hearts our memory lingers always tender, kind, and true. There is not a day Dearest Mother that we do not think of you.

So farewell dearest one, sweet be thy rest; our darling mother we loved best.

The Children

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 17 Feb 1881, page 3

DEATHS . . .

The wife of Cam Lawrence died on Monday last after a protracted illness. She leaves three small children and a husband to mourn their inseparable loss.—Hallettsville Herald.


Weimar Mercury
Sept. 26, 1896, pg 7

Post Special: Austin, Texas, September 28.—Henry Lawrence, a pupil at the State blind institute, from Ezell, Lavaca county, fell over the railing of the musical and literary building, last night, a distance of 10 feet, and died this morning of concussion of the brain.  Lawrence was subject to epileptic fits and it was an attack of epilepsy which caused him to fall, with the above related fatal results.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 16 Oct 1897, page 4


The funeral of Mr. Joseph Lawrence at Andrews' Chappel Sunday afternoon, condcted by the Masonic lodge fraternity of this place, of which he was a member, was largely attended. Mr. Lawrence was 97 years of age, an old citizen of Lavaca county, and well known and highly respected by all.

on page 7 of same issue:


Messrs. J. T., W. T. and Robt. Little, Jno. Wadsworth, L. Wade and C. A. Allen and wife attended the funeral Sunday of "Grandpa" Lawrence, who died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Smith, near Hackberry. He had passed his ninety-seventh birthday, and was for many years a member of the Masonic lodge at Oakland. He was buried At Andrew' Chappel with Masonic honors.

Joseph Lawrence 15 Jun 1800-9 Oct 1897, was a veteran of San Jacinto.


Hallettsville Herald, 5 Feb 1891

We regret to report the death of Mrs. J. Lawrence, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Morrow, who died at Shiner Friday night.  She was interred at the Andrew’s chapel cemetery Sunday by the side of her brothers and sisters who have gone to the golden city before her.  The whole community sympathizes with the heart-broken parents and husband.  
I. B. Lawrence, 13 Jan 1865-31 Jan 1891, was married to A. J. Lawrence. Obituary contributed by Regena Williamson.


Weimar Mercury, 3 Sep 1898, page 6

At nine o'clock last Thursday morning, August 11, 1898, Mrs. Emildred M. Lay died at her residence in this city, in her 70th year.

She was born in Tennessee and came to Colorado county in '51, and the following year came to Lavaca county and settled on the Navidad.

In '62 her husband died at Brownsville, (supposedly of yellow fever) while on his way to Mexico.

Twnety years ago Mrs. Lay and her family moved to Halletsville, where they have resided continuously since.—Halletsville New Era.

Burial place unknown


Weimar Mercury, Nov 9, 1951, page 1

Cpl. Howard Layton, Korean War Victim, Buried, Hallettsville

Yoakum's second known victim of the Korean War–Cpl. Howard J. Layton, brother of Mrs. Rubin Dahse of Weimar–was buried with military honors in the City Cemetery at Hallettsville Sunday afternoon after services in Yoakum.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Layton of Yoakum, the 23-year-old paratrooper was killed in Korea March 28, soon after his arrival there. His remains were recently returned to the United States and arrived Saturday afternoon in Flatonia, from where they were taken by an ambulance to Yoakum.

Born near Hallettsville June 21, 1928, he moved in 1923 to Cuero and then to Yoakum, with his family. He had resigned his job with a geophysical company to enlist in the paratroopers, at the age of 20.

Surviving in addition to his sister here are his parents, of Yoakum; two brothers, James and Donald of Yoakum; and two other sisters, Miss Margie Layton of Yoakum and Mrs. Pershing Hiller of Cuero.


Halletsvile Herald, 6 Sep 1900

The Herald is grieved to record the death of Rebecca Matilda, the little two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Layton, which occurred last Saturday night. The little one had been seriously sick with membraneous croup but it had rallied and was considered out of danger but it suffered a relapse with fatal results developing pneumonia. The Herald extends sincerest sympathy to the bereaved parents.


Weimar Mercury, August 12, 1893, page 2

Two tramps Wm Cane and H. Leary walking through F. Klacyck’s field, a few miles south of Shiner, saw a barrel filled with water, from which they partook. The water had cotton poison in it. The result was the death of Leary. Both men were intoxicated. Cane did not drink enough to affect him.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 8 Jan 1942, page 1

Mrs. Dietrich Leck Passes On

The Grim Reaper who surely comes and comes when no one knows the day or the hour, has come into the Leck home and took the dear mother to enter unto her heavenly home where pain and sorrow are not, but joy and gladness reign forevermore.

Mrs. Dietrich Leck, nee Emily Winkler, after being seriously ill since last February, died Sunday, December 28, 1941, at 8:45 a. m. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was done, but all to no avail. She reached the age of 65 years, 1 month and 7 days.

Mrs. Leck was born in High Hill, Fayette county. She was married to Mr. Leck in 1897, to which union 11 children were born. An infant daughter preceded her to the grave. The family lived in the Dreyer and Shiner communities, and in 1901 bought a farm at Sunset where the deceased lived until her death. She is survived by her husband, 10 children, one stepson, and 19 grandchildren. The children are as follows: Henry of Shiner, Alvin of Stamford, Rudie of Del Rio, Elo of Cuero, Edmund at home, Willie (step-son) of Yorktown, Mrs. Henry (Elsie) Flessner of Cuero, Mrs. Chas. (Louise) Flessner of Cuero, Mrs. Gus (Annie) Rippen of New Braunfels, Mrs. Wilbert (Emma) Jares of New Braunfels, and Mrs. Louis (Della) Gawlik of Cuero; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Ullmann of Cheapside and Mrs. John Schroeder of Westhoff also survive.

The deceased lady was laid to rest in the Shiner City Cemetery Monday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the United Dr. Martin Luther Church at 2 p. m., Rev. R. Schuetze officiating.

Pallbearers were: Chas. Krueger, Chas. Balusek, Paul Zacharias, Rud. Filip, Arthur Hoerig and Joe Baros.

The Gazette extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

The following from a distance attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ullmann and son Henry, Mrs. Emil Stoeltje of Cheapside; Mrs. John Schroeder, Mrs. Albert Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Boethel and son of Westhoff; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Jahn and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Claus, sons and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Aschenbeck, Mrs. Ben Laake, Mrs. Joyce Harris, Miss Dessie Bedget, Cuero; Wiley and Adolph Ullmann, Mrs. Emil Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. John Muenich, Yoakum; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hagemeister, Gus Rippen, New Braunfels; Mrs. Jack Albers, Nebraska; Mrs. Charlei Findeisen, Moulton; Mr. Henizeh, Yorktown.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 2 Dec 1893, page 2

Post Specials: Hallettsville, Tex., November 28.—Mrs. Ledbetter, wife of Dr. A. A. Ledbetter, a prominent physician here, died suddenly in their home this morning. She has been in bad health for some time, but was improving, and her death was quite unexpected. The funeral will be postponed until two of her children, who are at school, one at the Sam Houston Normal can come home. Dr. Ledbetter is the mayor pro tem, and Mayor Townsend and the city officers will act as pall bearers.

Mrs. J. G. Ledbetter, 2 Jul 1852-28 Nov 1893, was buried in the Hallettsvillle City Cemetery. Obituary transcribed by Sharon Sutton.


Weimar Mercury, 27 June 1919


Halletsville, Texas, June 25. —Dr. Abbie A. Ledbetter died in a local hospital Tuesday after an illness of several weeks and was buried in the City cemetery at 4 p.m. Wednesday under the auspices of the Masonic order. Dr. Ledbetter was born in Tallapoosa county, Ala., May 21, 1844, but grew to manhood in Scott county, Miss. At the young age of 17 he volunteered fo service in the confederate army and for three years served under Generals Joseph E. Johnston and Hood and under Lieutenant Collonel[sic.] Van Dorn. He was wounded three times. At the close of the war he entered Tulane university, New Orleans, was graduated from the medical department in 1867, married Miss Julia G. Denson, daughter of Dr. J. C. Denson of Ludlow, Miss, and in 1868 came to Vienna, Lavaca county, Texas, since which time he had continuously resided in this county, removing to Halletsville in 1898 with the advent of the railroad, the first to be built in the county. During his 51 years here he engaged actively in the practice of medicine and always had all he could do. He also was interested in the drug business and in farming, and at the time of his death owned one of the finest farms in Vienna, his old home. His first wife died in 1893, and surviving are three childre, Dr. F. W. Ledbetter of Yoakum, Captain R. D. Ledbetter, with the army of occupation in Germany, and Mrs. S. D. Guimiran of Sterling City. In 1897 he married Mrs. Annie Strunk James of colorado county, who survives him. No children born to them. For 40 years he was a member of the Christian church; was a Royal Arch Mason and member of the blue lodge, and belonged to other secret orders. He was ever a staunch democrat, and did much for his party, but would never accept any office except that of county chariman, though he served Halletsville as alderman and as health officer.

Dr. A. A. Ledbetter, 21 May 1844-24 Jun 1919, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 24 Jan 1903, page 1

Post Specials: Halletsville, Jan. 17. — Dr. A. A. Ledbetter, Jr., of Sweet Home, son of Dr. A. A. Ledbetter of this place, died at his home last night. He was 27 years and 9 months of age and had a bright future. He was born and reared in this county, where he had a host of friends. His remains will be laid to rest this afternoon in the City cemetery here by the Masonic fraternity.

Abbe A. Ledbetter, 1875-1903, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 25 Feb 1903, page 1

Halletsville, Feb. 17. – Mrs. Alice Ledbetter, wife of Dr. F. W. Ledbetter, died at her home yesterday after an illness of four months. She was born and reared in this town, and had many friends. She was just 23 years 11 months and 26 days of age. Her mother, father and several brothers and sisters survive her.

Alice A. Ledbetter, 22 Feb 1879 – 16 Feb 1903, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Funeral Notice.


On Saturday, June 27, at 11:45 p. m., 1908, at Cameron, Texas,

Miss Cassie Ledbetter,

Aged 24 years and 4 months.

The funeral will take place from the residence of her father, Dr. A. A. Ledbetter, Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Burial in City Cemetery.

Friends of the family are invited to attend.

Hallettsville, Texas, June 28, 1908.

Contributed by Nena Smothers


Shiner Gazette, 7 Jun 1899, page 1

Killing at Halletsville!

Charles Ledbetter Shot and Killed by Charles McMurray.

News reached the city late Monday evening of a shooting at Halletsville, in which Chas. Ledbetter was shot and killed by Chas. McMurray. The shooting occured [sic] on the public square of Halletsville, three shots were fired by McMurray with a Winchester rifle, only one of which took effect and caused instant death.

Mr. Ledbetter was walking along the street near the bank, when McMurray advanced on him with his Winchester levelled. McMurray called out, “Look out!” and as Ledbetter turned he (McMurray) fired. The ball struck Ledbetter in the right side, and came out in the region of the heart on the left side. Ledbetter fell to the ground and died in a few moments. McMurray advanced and fired two more shots, neither of which took effect.

The officers appeared upon the scene at once, and McMurray gave up his gun and surrendered. The whole affair is to be greatly deplored and is a result of the recent killing by Chas. Ledbetter, of Sam McMurray, father of young Chas. McMurray.

Weimar Mercury, 10 Jun 1899

PROF. CHARLEY LEDBETTER was shot dead in a street of Halletsville Monday. Charles McMurray, a young man about grown, was charged with doing the shooting with a winchester, and was arrested and jailed. Ledbetter was indicted and under bond for killing young McMurray's father, Sam McMurray, several months ago on account of some school difficulty.

Schulenburg Sticker, 22 June 1899

Chas. Ledbetter, who was killed at Halletsville last week, was to have been married in two weeks. – Shiner Gazette.

Charles Ledbetter's burial place is unknown, but Sam F. McMurrey, 21 Jul 1849 – 11 Mar 1899; P – W.M. & Sarah Bell, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Gazette obituary contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 14 Dec 1904


At 2 o’clock Tuesday morning, Louise Webb, the infant child of Rev. and Mrs. E. P. Ledbetter. The funeral will take place today, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10 a. m. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all in their deep affliction.

Shiner Gazette, 21 Dec 1904


LEDBETTER – The death angel has visited the home of Rev. and Sister E. P. Ledbetter and claimed for his own, little Louise Webb Ledbetter. Born at Mathis, Texas Jan. 4, 1904, and departed this life Dec. 13, 1904, at the parsonage in the town of Shiner, Texas; age 11 months and 9 days. Truly her little life budded on earth to blossom in heaven; and today while the broken-hearted parents mourn their loss, her little spirit basks in the sunshine of God’s love. A sad hour indeed to Bro and Sister Ledbetter to see the little life fade so soon; but our Heavenly Father knows what is best, for it is He who doeth all things well, and it was He that said: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven? Bereft, weep not as those who have no hope, for some sweet day you will meet in triumphant Kingdom of God where the reunion will be complete; all tears will be wiped away and no sorrow came there; but one eternal peace and bliss forever and ever more. May the grace of God sustain you in this sad affliction is the humble prayer of your sympathizing brother in Christ.


Shiner Gazette, 21 Dec 1904, page 1

A Card of Thanks.

We wish to offer our sincere thanks to the good people of Shiner for their untiring efforts to help and comfort us during the illness and death of our little daughter, Louise.

We trust that during our ministry among you that the kind hand of providence will spare you from such sorrow as ours, and that He may keep you in the hollow of his great hand, and over-shadow you with his great protecting wings.

Your servants in Christ,

Louise Webb Ledbetter was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 14 Feb 1891

James Lee died here about 1 o'clock Thursday morning. He had been confined to his bed for several months and his death was not unexpected. His remains were shipped to Halletsville, his old home, for interment Thursday morning. His sister Mrs. Jenkins and Jas. Townsend accompanied the corpse to Halletsville. —Luling Herald.

J. W. Lee, 25 Apr 1852-5 Feb 1891, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 15 Oct 1898

Halletsville Herald: Drs. A. F. Newbury, J. E. Lay and T. J. Hill performed a very delicate and successful operation for appendicitis upon the person of Prof. claud Leggett, son of Riley Leggett, at Ezzell, last week. Mr. Leggett had been suffering for several weeks with an irritation in the lower right side of the abdomen. The pain became more acute and doctors diabnosed the case as appendicitis and told the sufferer he had only two or three days longer to live. He cheerfully consented to an operation. An incision was made and the diagnosis was confirmed. The vermiform appendix had already become gangrenous and death would have resulted in a few days. The appendix was carefully removed, the intestines sewed with antiseptic cat-gut ligament and the wound dressed. Mr. Leffett did well up to last Friday, but we learn that then perforation of the bowels dook place unexpectedly and, we regret to say, he is beyond human aid, if he is not already dead.


Shiner Gazette, 31 Mar 1910, page 1, Ponton Creek Items column

The sad news was spread over the country yesterday that Bruno Lehmann died at his home on the Wehmann place Sunday night. He leaves a brother, sister and a number of friends to mourn his death. He was 69 years, 4 months and 3 days old at the time of his death. He was laid to rest in the Charlottenburg cemetery Tuesday, Rev. Carl Konzack officiating.

Shiner Gazette, 31 Mar 1910, Local News column

Mr. Bruno Lehmann died on Monday, March 21, and was buried Tuesday at Sharlottenburg Lutheran church. He was about 65 years old and was a brother of Mrs. Wm. Wehmann of Shiner. We extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Bruner Lehmann was born 18 Nov 1840. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Jan 15, 2004

Yoakum: Evelyn Koch Lehnert passed away January 13, 2004 in Yoakum at the age of 78.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always made you smile and joked with people and loved the outdoors. To her friends and relatives she was known as "Evie."

Evelyn was born November 12, 1925 in Moulton, Texas, Lavaca County to Henry Koch and Hulda Schoenvogel Koch Hermann. On April 11, 1926 she was baptized in Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton. She was confirmed on May 5, 1940 in Witting Lutheran Church in Witting, Texas where she grew up.
On October 2, 1946 she was united in marriage to Frank Oscar Lehnert in Zion Lutheran Church. They were blessed with three children.

In October 1957 the Lehnert family moved to Yoakum and became members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Evelyn was employed at Tex Tan Leather Company for 15 years. In 1978 Evelyn was employed at Circle Y. Evelyn worked there until she retired on April 10, 2001.

Evelyn is survived by two daughters, Charlene Hulda Kloesel and husband Emil of Sweet Home, Texas and Marlene Ida Boone and husband Travis "Tutor" of Yoakum. One son, Larry James Lehnert and wife Darlene of Yoakum, and one brother Milton Koch and wife Tillie of Pleasanton, Texas.

She has four grandchildren: Darren Kloesel and wife Laura of Sugarland, Texas, Brittney Kloesel of Sweet Home, Christopher Lehnert and wife Angela of Greenville, Ohio and Jennifer Lehnert of Yoakum. She has one great-grandson, Jonathan Lehnert of Greenville.

Evelyn is also survived by sister-in-laws, Adela Holik of Yoakum, Alma Koch of Witting, Elenora Koch of San Antonio and Martha Lehnert of Yoakum. Also, friend and close cousin, Allyne Fisbeck and husband Francis of Moulton. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents and husband Frank Lehnert, one grandson, Jeffrey Kloesel, three brothers, Arnold, Helmuth and Herman Koch and one sister, Leona Teltick Suddarth.

There will be a prayer service on Thursday at 7:30 P.M. at the Buffington Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 3:00 P.M. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Gary Goodson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are by Buffington Funeral Home, 361-293-2333.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, November 20, 1987

Hit-And-Run Death At Weimar Sat.

Mrs. Jane Leihardt, 84, of Weimar was fatally injured here Saturday evening in what Police Chief Joey Targac is investigating as a hit-and-run accident.

She was struck by a vehicle at 6:50 p.m. as she crossed North Center Street from a point between St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the rectory after attending mass at the church.

Suffering multiple fractures and other injuries, she was pronounced dead on arrival at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Chief Targac is calling the accident hit-and-run on the basis of statements given by two witnesses who said they saw a dark-colored pickup truck, headed south, hit the victim and saw her thrown over the cab of the truck into the path of another southbound vehicle.

The witnesses said they then saw the second vehicle, a light-colored car, stop, but that the pickup kept going.

The police chief said there was physical evidence that the car, driven by a young woman whose name was not released, also may have hit the body before it fell into the roadway. There was slight damage to the car’s driver-side headlight and a small hole was found in the windshield on that side.

Officer Emil Martinez made the initial investigation, reporting it was a common auto-pedestrian accident, but witnesses sought out Chief Targac Monday after hearing a radio news account, saying they had seen the pickup preceding the car. Two witnesses said they saw the impact; a third one said he saw the dark-colored pickup but did not see the actual contact.

The accident happened just as the church service was ending and apparently there were a few people outside the church at the time. Chief Targac is hoping that any others who may have seen the accident or at least seen the pickup will come forward with information.

Sgt. Gilbert Kiel of the Department of Public Safety has been assisting the chief in the investigation, which is continuing.

Funeral services for Mrs. Leihardt were held Monday, Nov. 16, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Father Charles Carolan and Father Gerard Cernoch officiating. Burial was in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Born November 25, 1902, at Moravia, Fayette County, she was a daughter of Frank R. and Veronica (Kresta) Olsovsky. She was married to William J. Leihardt on April 24, 1922 at Moravia, and they moved to Weimar soon afterward. Her husband died Feb. 19, 1978.

Mrs. Leihardt was a member of the KJZT and Christian Mothers of St. Michael’s.

Surviving her are two daughters, Margaret Gallo of Austin and Veronica Morrow of Nederland; two sons, Rufus and Marvin F. Leihardt of Weimar; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters Aloysia Halata, who resides in a La Grange nursing home, Frances Janak, Mary Dreitner and Willie Jo Neiser, all of Weimar, and one brother, Henry Olsovsky of Moravia. Four brothers, Alphonse, George, August, and Julius Olsovsky, and a sister, Millie Vrana, preceded her in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Jim Morrow, Albert Gallo, Tim Leihardt, Carl Leihardt, Darrell Kubesch and Mark T. Rogers. Named honorary pallbearers were Joe Morrow, Leonard Richter, Phil Spreen, and Jack Holley.—Weimar Mercury

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, March 2, 1978

Wm. Leihardt Service Held Here Feb. 20

Funeral services for William J. Leihardt, 78, of Weimar, were held Monday, Feb. 20 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Leihardt, who had retired a number of years ago as a salesman for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., died at 12:20 a.m. Feb. 19 in Youens Hospital.

Concelebrants for the funeral mass were Father Charles Carolan of St. Michael’s, Weimar; Father Benton Thurmond of St. John; and nephews of the deceased, officiating, Father  Wm. Halata of Hostyn and Fathers George and James Olsovsky of Hitchcock and Houston.

Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Tim Leihardt, Patrick Gallo, Albert Gallo and Jimmy Morrow, and nephews James H. Janak and William Neiser.  Altar boys were Carl Leihardt, a grandson, Paul Rerich, Billy Adamcik and Robert Fischer.

Mr. Leihardt was born Oct. 29, 1899, at Moravia, Texas, a son of Ludwig and Frances (Gaidusek) Leihardt. He married Jane Olsovsky there on April 24, 1922. They moved to Weimar and had lived here since.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Rufus and Marvin; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Gallo of Austin and Mrs. Veronica Morrow of Nederland; 14 grandchildren, Tim, Janice, Anita, Cindy, Diane, Lisa and Carl Leihardt, Albert, Pat and Janie Gallo, Janie, Jimmy, Mary Jo and Joe Morrow; one brother, Jerry Leihardt of Moravia; and three sisters, Frances Leihardt of Moravia, Mary Mayer of San Antonio, and Josephine Vrana of El Campo. A brother, Ludwig Leihardt Jr., preceded him in death.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Church, the KJT, and the Knights of Columbus.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 23 Jun 1966

Yoakum Rites for Mrs. Oscar Leist

Funeral services for Mrs. Oscar (Albina) Leist of Yoakum were held Wednesday, June 8, 1966 at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. D. I. Dolton officiating.  Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Yoakum.

Mrs. Leist passed away at the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville, Monday, June 6 at 7:14 p.m.  She had reached the age of 60 years, 7 months and 18 days.

Mrs. Leist, nee Albina Maresch, was born October 18, 1905 at Shiner.

Survivors are her husband, Oscar Leist of Yoakum; three sons, Herbert Leist of Victoria, Ralph Leist of Point Comfort, Ernest Leist of Lake Jackson; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Adolph Maresch of Yoakum; five sisters, Mrs. Willie Leist, Mrs. H. W. Petering, Mrs. Edwin Richter, Mrs. Edwin Regner, all of Yoakum and Mrs. Arthur Schumacher of Cuero.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 6 Jul 1992


YOAKUM - Services for Alvin W. Leist, 67, of Yoakum, who died Saturday, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Revs. Leonard Diekhoff and W.W. Connally officiating.

Burial in Hermann Sons Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Mr. Leist was born Sept. 22, 1924, in DeWitt County, son of Willie Frederick Leist and the late Annie Mary Maresch Leist. He was employed as a meat cutter. Mr. Leist was a member of the Yoakum Rotary Club, Sons of Hermann and Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He was also director of Country Music USA in Yoakum. He married Annie Louise Frieda Blank Nov. 7, 1944.

Survivors: wife, Annie Leist; father; daughters, Betty Taylor of Yoakum, Lois Melcher of Rockdale, Dolores Taylor of Okinawa, Japan; sons, James W. and Milton Leist, both of Yoakum, Lt. Commander Larry W. Leist of Singapore; Glenn Leist of Shiner; sisters, Lorene Prause of Weimar, and Margie Wenske of Shiner; and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Wilfred.

Memorials: Texas A&M Mother's Club, c/o Janet Barre, P.O. Box 390, Yoakum, Texas.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 6 Feb 2007

Annie Lou Leist

YOAKUM - Annie Lou Leist, age 89, passed away Feb. 5, 2007. She was born Dec. 4, 1917, in Yoakum, to Louis and Freida Boening Blank. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran.

Survivors: daughters, Betty Taylor and husband Robert of Yoakum, Lois Melcher and Nelson Costin of Houston, Dolores Taylor and husband Jim of Wichita, Kan.; sons, James Leist and wife Judy of Yoakum, Glenn Leist and wife Linda of Shiner, Milton Leist and wife Carolyn of Bulverde; daughter-in-law, Lita Leist of Virginia Beach, Va.; sisters, Martha Welker of Arkansas, Mabel Glaze and Lena Leist, both of Cuero; brothers, August Blank of Victoria; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Alvin Leist; son, Larry Leist; brothers, George Blank and Gerhard Blank; and sister, Edna Mae Prause.

Visitation will be tonight at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Gary Goodson and Rev. Dale Turner officiating. Burial will be at Hermann Son's Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Joe Wayne Buethe, Steven Leist, Lt. Col. Chris Leist, Brad Leist, John Melcher, Morgan Leist and Mason Leist.

Honorary pallbearers: Natalie Saenz, Randy Taylor, Cory Leist, Joseph Melcher, Ashley Taylor, Angie Lara, David Leist, Russell Leist, and Erin Young.

Memorials may be given to Accolade Hospice of Yoakum, Holy Cross Lutheran Church Building Fund or Austin St. Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Undated Shiner Gazette news clipping

Mrs. Annie Leist Services Held

YOAKUM - Mrs. Annie Leist of Yoakum died Thursday afternoon, Mar 18. 1982 at Stevens Nursing Home in Yoakum where she had been a resident since Jan. 11, 1982.  She attained the age of 80 years, 2 months and 26 days.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Mar. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Halpin officiating.

Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum.  Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Glenn Leist, Mark Wenske, Robert Mikes, all of Shiner, James Leist of Yoakum, Allen Leist of Yorktown, Darryl Leist of Cuero, Dr. Alvin Prause of College Station and John Rouse of Bryan.

A rosary was recited Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel where the body lay in state.

Mrs. Leist, one of seven children, was born Dec. 22, 1901 in Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of Frank and Mary (Brosch) Maresch.  During her early childhood, the family moved to the St. Ann's community west of Yoakum.

On Nov. 7, 1922, she was married to Willie Leist in St. Ann's Catholic Church.  The couple made their home on a farm in the Yoakum area until they retired and moved to Yoakum.

Surviving are her husband, Willie Leist of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Alvin (Lorene) Prause of Weimar, Mrs. Larry (Margie) Wenske of Shiner; a son, Alvin Leist of Yoakum; four sisters, Mrs. H.W. (Mary) Petering (Annie's twin) of Yoakum, Mrs. Arthur (Elsie) Schumacher of Cuero, Mrs. Edwin (eleanora "Ella") Richter and Mrs. Edwin (Cora) Regner, both of Yoakum.

She was preceded in death by her father, Mar. 10, 1952; her mother, July 8, 1942; a son, Wilfred Leist, Aug. 1, 1979; one brother, Adolph Maresch, June 14, 1978; and a sister, Mrs. Oscar (Albina) Leist, June 6, 1966.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 29 Mar 2004

Herbert W. Leist

YOAKUM - Herbert William Leist, 75, of Yoakum and formerly of Austin, died Sunday, March 28, 2004.

He was born March 19, 1929, in DeWitt County, to the late Oscar and Albina Maresch Leist. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and an automobile appraiser.

Survivors: wife, Loyce Wilkins Leist; daughters, Linda Gregg of Hicks, La., Marylin Davis of Blanco, Debbie Tucker of Michigan, Sharon Bodie of Taylor, and Diana Denniston of Austin; sons, Herbert William Leist Jr. and Earl Joseph Leist, both of San Antonio; brothers, Ralph Leist and Ernest Leist, both of Yoakum; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: Hospice of South Texas.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Dec 1978

Oscar Leist

Oscar Leist, 80 years, 1 month and 19 days of Route 3, Yoakum, died at 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 1978 in a Cuero nursing home following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, with the Rev. Ellis Epps officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Yoakum.

Pallbearers were Alvin, Winfred and Ray Leist, Raymond Richter and Marvin Schumacher.

A retired farmer and rancher, Mr. Leist was born Oct. 13, 1898, in DeWitt County, son of William and Annie (Herder) Leist. He was a life-long resident of DeWitt County.

He was married to Albina Maresch, who preceded him in death June 6, 1966.

Surviving are three sons, Ralph Leist of Yoakum, Herbert Leist of Austin, Ernest Leist of Lake Jackson; three sisters, Mrs. Tate (Lillie) Pierce, Mrs. Alvin (Ida) Turner, Mrs. Paul Pilzner and a brother, Willie Liest, all of Yoakum; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Fritz Leist, May 26, 1977.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Yoakum Herald-Times, Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Vallie Leist

Vallie Leist, previously of Yoakum, passed away in Angleton, where she had lived for the past 12 years.

Born in Greenvine on Feb. 14, 1908 to John Woodson Turner and Mary Emma Hurrman Turner. She was married to the late Fritz Leist for 50 years. She was a homemaker and previously worked for Swift and Co. and the Yoakum School District Food Service. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by two sisters Fay Petering of Yoakum; May Buesing of Yorktown; and five brothers, Leonard Turner of Sweet Home, Olive Turner of Bronte, Nolan Turner of Edinburgh and Alvin Turner of Yoakum.

She is survived by two sons, Roy Leist and wife Jennie and Jerry Leist and wife Frances all of Angleton. She leaves four grandchildren, Valerie Leist Holder and husband Keith of Jones Creek, Danny Leist and wife Donna of Lake Jackson, Gretchen Leist Sanders and husband Kelly of Blanco and Rachel Leist Cook and husband David of Angleton; two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She is also survived by sister in law, Rose Turner of Edinburg and numberous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Ray Pilsner, Troy Knight, Danny Leist, Ernest Leist, Ralph Leist, Keith Holder, David Cook and Kelly Sanders.

Graveside services were held Saturday, March 19, at 11 AM at Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Clarence Hagens officiating.

According to SSDI, death occurred on March 19, 2005. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Victoria Advocate, 4 Dec 1993


YOAKUM - William Fred Leist, 92, of Yoakum died Friday, Dec. 3, 1993.

He was born March 3, 1901, in Yoakum to the late Willie F. and Annie Herder Leist Sr. He was a salesclerk for Yoakum Gin and Feed Co. He was a member of Sons of Hermann Lodge 90 and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Margie Wenske of Shiner and Lorene Prause of Weimar; 15 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Also preceded in death by: wife, Annie Leist; sons, Alvin Leist and Wilfred Leist; sisters, Annie Pilzner, Lillie Pierce and Ida Turner; and brothers, Oscar Leist, Fritz Leist and Emmett Leist.

Rosary service: 7 p.m. today, Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services: 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating.

Burial: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Pallbearers: Dr. Alvin H. Prause, James Leist, Glenn Leist, Mark Wenske, Allen Ray Leist and Darryl Leist.

Memorials: donor's choice.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Yoakum – Former Yoakum resident James Elo Leister, 83, of Carrollton, died Wednesday morning (April 22, 1987) in a Carrollton nursing home following a long illness.

He was born Nov. 29, 1903, in Lavaca County, to the late Armin and Pearl Manning Leister.  Mr. Leister was retired from the Tex Tan Leather Company and was the former owner/operator of the Concrete Cotton Gin.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Gabriel Mensah officiating.

Burial will follow the services in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Ima Baylor of Yoakum; Mrs. Ethel Jones of Gonzales; Mrs. Henrietta Reader of Kenedy; and a brother, Ernest “Buddy” Leister, Sr. of Yoakum.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Kuchler; and a brother, Emil Leister.

Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Yoakum – Leona Lorene Leister, age 91, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born Aug. 16, 1919 in Yoakum to Elo A. and Linda Richter Buenger.

She was baptized on March 21, 1920 by Pastor Wolfsdorf and was confirmed on Sept. 10, 1933 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church by Pastor Paul Bechter.

Lorene graduated from Yoakum High School in 1936.  She worked for TexTan, Elwood Gaus (Attorney), Pietch’s Packing Company and Texas Highway Department; was a member of the Order of Eastern Star No. 282 and Hermann Sons Lodge No. 90 for many years; a member of Friends of the Library and American Legion Auxiliary; served as a “Pink Lady” at Yoakum Community Hospital for 20 years; lifelong member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, having served as a member of the Church Council, a Sunday School teacher, president of Women of the Church and as a choir member.

Survivors: daughters, Linda Moore (Rex) and Delores “Dede” Huffmaster (Eddie), both of Victoria; son, Clarence “Bubba” Coldewey (Donna) of Hallettsville; nephews, Elo Buenger III (Carolyn) of Angleton and Karl H. Buenger (Connie) of League City; niece, Charlene Ehlers of Seguin; grandchildren, Debbie Barley (Mike) of Houston, Julie Thigpen (Jay), Linda Dentler (Bryan), Laura Thigpen (Jason), all of Victoria, John Coldewey (Liza) of Austin, and Kurt Coldewey (Rachael) of Sealy.

Preceded in death by: parents, first husband, Clarence Coldewey (1948); second husband, Ernest “Buddy” Leister (2001); a brother, Elo A. Buenger, Jr. (2006); and a sister, Lillie Evelyn Buenger (1996).

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Pastor J. W. Mielke officiating.  Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of South Texas, Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, 361-293-5656.
Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Herald Highlights from Yoakum Daily Herald, Feb 2-14, 1941

Miss Mattie Leslie

Miss Mattie Leslie, 68, passed away Jan 31. She was born in Lavaca County, April 8, 1872.

Mattie Leslie, daughter of A. C. Leslie and Ellen Ponton, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Shiner Gazette, 7 Jul 1983, page 4B

Frank C. Lev Funeral Rites

MOULTON – Frank C. Lev of Moulton, 77, died at his home at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 1983 following a sudden illness. He was a retired farmer.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton where the body lay in state.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moulton. Burial followed in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Benton A. Thurmond officiated.

Mr. Lev was born Oct. 6, 1905, in Praha, son of Emil and Mary (Veselka) Lev.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Vana Lev of Moulton, a son Franklin Lev of Victoria; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Brosch of Victoria, Mrs. Marietta Woytek of Katy; three sisters, Sister Regina Lev, Mrs. Mary Vahalik, both of Victoria, and Miss Lucy Lev of San Angelo; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 February 1923


Mrs. Helen Levey, of whose death this paper in its last issue stated details would follow; was born in Kempen, Germany. She came to this country with her parents when quite young. Before her marriage she was Miss Helen Pepper. She was married to M.C. Levey in Hallettsville. To this union five children were born, her husband and one daughter preceded her in death, Mr. Levey passing away seven years ago. The family lived here in Schulen burg for many years. While living here, Mr. Levey was one of our leading merchants and for a long time was Mayor of our city, which office he held until he resigned. Our present City Hall was built when he was Mayor. After his death in Hallettsville, Mrs. Levey made her home here with her daughter, Mrs. Ike Lippman, where she resided until her death last Wednesday afternoon April 17th, 1930. She had been in ill health for a year. She was born Aug. 14, 1850.

Deceased was an excellent mother, a kind, friendly neighbor, she was a member of the old school, who considered it a pleasure to labor and make the pathway of life easier for mankind. Her kind of folks are rapidly thinning out and with each passing the world is truly a poorer place.

The body was conveyed to Hallettsville Thursday where it was laid to rest in the Jewish Cemetery. Rabbi Colish of Houston officiated. The funeral was a very large one and the flower offerings were very numerous.

She is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Margolius of Houston, Mrs. Julius Frosh of Weslaco and Mrs. Ike Lippman of this city; one brother, Leo Levey of Houston, and six grandchlildren and three great grandchildren.


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 February 1923


M.C. Levey died Sunday, February 25, 1923. He was 87 years old. Born in Strassbourg, Alsace-Lorraine (which is on the France Germany border) on January 15, 1836. He received his education, including college, in France and sailed for America to New York in 1857. A year later he went to Galveston and, in time, to Hallettsville where he started a grocery in the settlement known as Sweet Home. This was in 1860 and on February 26, 1871, he married Miss Helena Pepper of Hallettsville. After a few months at Sweet Home, they moved to Hallettsville, where Mr. Levey entered the employ of the firm of Pepper and August. Then the Civil War was started and Mr. Levey enrolled for the Confederate Cause and served during the entire period of the war. In 1879 the family moved to Flatonia where he again entered the grocery business. In 1880 they took up residence in Schulenburg where they stayed until 1913, returning to Hallettsville for the remained of his life. He served as mayor of Schulenburg for several terms.

M. C. Levey was buried in the Hallettsville Jewish Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 4 Sep 1901, page 1

Negro Killed at Witting.

On Wednesday night about 8:30 o’clock, J. J. Smith, the ginner at Witting, shot and instantly killed a negro named Josh -----. The tragedy occurred in front of Buske and Brunkenhoefer’s saloon, the negro being shot in the right breast with a 45 caliber pistol. Deceased had worked for Mr. Smith several months and leaves a wife and two children who live at Weimar. The cause of the shooting could not be ascertained and we understand that Chas. Roth, Sr., is the only eye witness.

Sheriff Bennett, Deputy Sheriff H. A. Vollentine and Squire S. J. Townsend left that night at 11 o’clock for Witting to investigate the case and returned with Mr. Smith, who was placed in jail to await the examining trial which occurs today. – Halletsville New Era.

LATER. – Joe Smith had his examining trial and has been allowed bond in the sum of $2,000, which was readily given.

Shiner Gazette, 16 Oct 1901

Joe Smith was indicted for the murder of Josh Levy, and gave bond in the sum of $5000 with Emil Appelt, F. Ladewig, Wm. Pundt, J. J. Haeussler and F. Hillje as sureties.

Contributed by Matt Cross



Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, 19 Apr 1977

Otto Lewandowski Laid To Rest After Tragic Accident

Funeral services for Otto Lewandowski, 63, were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 16th at Moravia Catholic Church, following his tragic death in a tractor accident.

Interment was in the Family Cemetery on the Lewandowski farm.

The body lay in state until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16th, at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel in Hallettsville. Rev. Benton Thurmond officiated.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home by the Moravia Parish.

Mr. Lewandowski was a semi-retired farmer. He was a member of the Ascension Catholic Church in Moravia. He was born Jan. 14, 1914, in Colorado County.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Loyd West of Victoria, Mrs. Doris Chambers of Trenton, Missouri; a son, Otto Lewandowski Jr. of Beeville, stationed in the Naval Air Corps; a sister, Mrs. Adele Lumpkin, and a half-sister, Miss Charlotte Rowand, both of Victoria; a brother, Daniel Lewandowski of East Bernard; and seven grandchildren.

The body of Mr. Lewandowski was found early Wednesday night, April 13th, about 24 hours after he was seen on his tractor Tuesday, April 12th, at about 4:45 p.m. The tractor topped over the edge of an old sand pit on his farm and fell in a depth that officers said was between 25 and 30 feet.

Late Wednesday, Mrs. Lewandowski, who is ill at home, notified her daughter at Victoria of the father's absence. The Sheriff's Dept. at Hallettsville was notified and sheriff's department officers found the body in the pit after their search.

Inquest was held by Justice of the Peace Wilton Hrncir of Hallettsville, whose verdict was still pending at this report.

The first report received from official sources stated that Mr. Lewandowski had probably gotten on his tractor late Tuesday to ride into the pasture to check some cattle.

However, later investigation indicates now that he was plowing a garden when his tractor went over the pit which is located about 600 feet from the house.

The pit was made some time ago when sand rock was moved from the Lewandowski farm by the Texas Highway Dept. for use in road construction.

The latest report received stated that the accident occurred sometime between 4:30 p.m. and probably after dark, Tuesday. Mrs. Lewandowski was at home at the time, but did not know the accident occurred. She became disturbed late Tuesday when her husband had not returned home but had not notified anyone. She spent part of Tuesday night and all day Wednesday looking for her husband and finally contacted her daughter, Mrs. Loyd West of Victoria, who then asked the Lavaca Co. Sheriff's Dept. to make the search.

The Lewandowski farm is located about eight or nine miles north of Hallettsville just north of FM Road 532, one half mile west of Highway 77.


Hallettsville Herald, 27 Oct 1892

Fatally Burned.

The dwelling house of Alex Lewis, colored, situated on Yellow Banks, was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon, and one of his children, a boy two or three years old, was so badly burned that it died Tuesday night.

Alex and his wife went to the field after dinner, leaving their four children in the house. After a short time their attention was drawn to the burning building. They arrived on the spot just in time to snatch the deceased child from contact with the flames. The other three had fled after fruitless efforts to drag it from the burning building. One side of the face and neck were bdly burned.

The house and its contents were a total loss.

Hallettsville Herald, 3 Nov 1892


Last week Tuesday the home of Alex Lewis, col., caught fire and burned down while the parents were at work in the field. They had left a little five months old infant in the house. The baby was burned very severe and died a few hours afterward.

LEWIS Child (2)

Shiner Gazette, 28 Dec 1893, Moulton Institute column

Mr. Lee Lewis lost an infant babe Monday, buried Tuesday.

There is a grave for Emma Lewis, 1888-1894, buried next to Lee Lewis, 1867-1903, in the Old Moulton Cemetery. However, this child would be five or six years old, not an infant. Contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. Lee LEWIS

Shiner Gazette, 11 Jan 1894, page 1, Moulton column

Mrs. Lee Lewis died January 4 and was buried in the Methodist burying grounds at Moulton institute.

Sammy Tise listed a grave for Emma Lewis, 1888-1894, buried next to Lee Lewis, 1867-1903, in the Old Moulton Cemetery. Could her tombstone have been ready incorrectly?


Hallettsville Herald, 16 May 1907, page 2


Levenia Burk Lewis, aged 78 years, 5 months; died April 29 at Ezzell; cause catarrh of the stomach.


See newspaper account of shootout that resulted in the deaths of Will Lewis and Whit Bosworth.


Victoria Advocate, June 12, 1999

HALLETTSVILLE—Julia Genevieve Liberda, 98, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, June 10, 1999.

She was born Dec. 6, 1900, in Moravia, to the late Frank and Agnes Gallia Janak. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: daughter, Dorothy Bedford of Giddings; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Peter Paul Liberda; son, Dan Liberda; daughter, Dolores Eugenia Liberda; two brothers; and two sisters.

Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. today until 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, November 10, 1900, page 2

Shiner, November 5.—Ben Liermann, a butcher employed by I. W. Griffith, while rounding up cattle in Green's pasture, was fatally injured by his horse falling with him yesterday evening. His skull is fractured; no hopes are entertained for his recovery.

[Bernard Lierman actually died on November 4, 1900 and was buried in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.]

Shiner, November 4.—Ben Liermann, reported fatally injured in yesterday's paper by falling with his horse, died at 4 o'clock this morning. He leaves a wife and five little girls. The funeral took place at 4 o'clock this afternoon.


Shiner Gazette, 2 Jul 1902

Death of Mrs. Liermann.

Died, at about 9 o’clock a. m., Monday, June 30th Mrs. Sophie Liermann, of typhoid fever. Mrs. Liermann had been sick for several weeks. She had the best of medical attention, and the ladies of the town gave her tender care and nursing, but all to no avail, death came and took her hence. She leaves six small children to fight the battle of life alone, without a mother’s watchful care.

Sophia Lierman, 18 Jul 1873 – 30 Jun 1902, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 30 Oct 1897, page 8


Post Special: Yoakum, Texas October 24.—Died at 5 o'clock p. m., October 23, T. A. Ligon, an honored citizen of this place. His death was caused by injuries received from a fall. The funeral will occur at 4 p.m. today.


Shiner Gazette, 21 May 1902


Who Was Killed in The Philippines – Last Tribute of Respect Paid at His Halletsville Home.

Halletsville, Lavaca Co., Tex., May 15. – The remains of Charles A. Lindenberg were buried here last evening by the local lodge Ancient Order United Workmen, the Halletsville Fire Department and the Silver Cornet Band, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He enlisted here in 1889 in Company H, Thirty-third United States Volunteer Infantry, was killed in the battle of Norvican, Phillippine [sic] Islands, October, 24, 1900. He was the only son of Mr. Fritz Lindenberg of this place, himself a gallant Terry Ranger. The remains arrived here yesterday.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 1902, page 1

The remains of Charley Lindenberg, who was killed in the Philippines two years ago, were received Wednesday and given interment in the city cemetery. Young Lindenberg was the only Halletsville boy killed in the Spanish-American war. He was a member of General Hare's famous 33rd regiment and lost his life in a skirmish in the island of Luzon. It has been two years since his death and hopes had been given up of receiving his remains, though the government had notified relatives here that they would be shipped as soon as possible. A telegram received last week stated that they had arrived at San Francisco aboard a transport and would be shipped immediately to this point. Halletsville Herald.

Charles August Lindenberg was born 25 Nov 1867. His grave marker reads: “He gave his life in defence [sic] of his country and fell in the Phillipine [sic] Islands.” Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury
12 May 1906, page 8

Halletsville, May 8. — Hon. Fritz Lindenberg died at the home of his son-in-law, H. J. Braunig, last night, and as per his request, was this afternoon buried by the members of Ark Lodge No. 59, I. O. O. F., of which he had long been a member. For years Mr. Lindenberg had been one of the best and mosst prominent citizens of this place, serving as county commissioner and as mayor.

As a mere boy he volunteered in defense of the Confederacy and saw plenty of service as a member of Terry Rangers company, and his old comrades in arms will sorrow to know he is no more. For some forty years he kept the Lindenberg hotel here, retiring from business when his wife died some two years ago. Charlie, his only son, was killed in bttle in the Philippines while a sergeant in the United States army. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. H. J. Braunig of this place, Mrs. D. J. Shall of Yoakum, and Miss Lizzie Lindenberg.


Yoakum – Lillian Linder, 81, of Yoakum, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998.

She was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Yoakum, to the late Alfred and Anna Koehler Steinmann.  She was owner of Linder’s Seed Store.  She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and was a former Sunday School teacher.  She was a sponsor of the Luther League, was active in PTA and Yoakum Garden Gate Club.  She was a charter member of Pilot Club and was a former member and director of the Yoakum Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors: daughter, Shirley J. Bland of Yoakum; sons, Oscar Ray Linder of Yoakum and Dr. Donald E. Linder of Ponca City, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Oscar W. Linder; sister, Alfreda Petering; and brother, Leroy Steinmann.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Rev. Tim Van Antwerp officiating.

Burial will be at County Line Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.

Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore



HALLETTSVILLE - Selma (Sis) Linhart, 103, formerly of Hallettsville, passed away Dec. 8, 2009. She was born on Sept. 2, 1906 to John and Mary Schott Rees in Sublime. She married Otto Linhart on May 2, 1932 in Hallettsville. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Hallettsville Volunteer Fire Department, and Altar Society of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Sis is survived by daughter, Betty Isbell; two granddaughters, Teresa (Terri) McDaniel and husband Patrick, and Patricia (Trish) Smilgin and Michael Bertani; and two great grandchildren, Ryan Patrick McDaniel and Kelly Brianne McDaniel, all of San Antonio.

Sis was preceded in death by her husband, Otto; son at infancy; parents; and seven brothers, Leonard, Percy, Will, Robert, Flem, J.H., and Marion Rees.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with Funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. John Peters. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials (in lieu of flowers): the Alzheimer's Research.

Words of comfort maybe shared with the family at

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Shiner Gazette, 14 Oct 1993

Sarah M. Little

Sarah Mae Little, age 98 years, 5 months and 6 days of Shiner died Monday, Oct. 4, 1993.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.

She was born May 28, 1895, in Fayburg to the late Augusta and Helen Thetis Thompson Myrich. She married the late Samuel David Little on July 12, 1924. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is survived by a son, David A. Little of Shiner; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sept. 9, 1951; two sisters; and six brothers.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 5 Oct 1893

Judge Livergood Dead.

Judge J. H. Livergood died at his home near Mossy Grove, several miles south of Halletsville, on Tuesday night about 9 o'clock and the remains were interred in Mossy Grove burying ground at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. A concourse of friends and neighbors attended. The deceased was 7? years old.

And thus ended a long, honorable and somewhat eventful career. Judge Livergood was a Texas veteran, and annually attended the reunions of his comrades of the year 1836. He was also a member of the 176 Meir prisoners who drew beans in that historical lottery of life and death which devoted 17 of them to execution. From October 1850 to July 1852, he was chief justice of Lavaca county, since when he was not filled public office.

At noon yesterday the county court was adjourned until this morning, as a mark of respect to the deceased.


Halletsville Herald, 13 Sep 1900

Mrs. Lee Livergood, aged 19 years, died Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at her residence about 4 miles below Ezzell, of child-bed fever. [It] was a very sad death, she having been married not quite a year. A husband and infant child survive her. The HERALD extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Maggie Livergood, 14 Aug 1881-11 Sep 1900, wife of R. L. Livergood, was buried in the Salem Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, October 19, 1907 page 4

The many friends of the Allen family throughout this section were deeply pained Monday to learn of the death of Mrs. Howard Livington (nee Miss Nellie Allen) which occurred the day previous at her home at Globe, Arizona after a brief illness of typhoid fever. Mrs. Livington has been married only a few brief years. In this section, where she formerly resided she was regarded as a sweet, winsome lady, one whose presence lent cheer to every gathering, and who numbered her friends by her list of acquaintances. The remains were brought here Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, from the home of her brother, Mr. Chas. Allen, near Shlmek, were laid to rest in the family burying ground, there to await the coming of the loved ones left behind. Rev. J. E. Buck, pastor  of the Methodist Church, performed the burial service. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy goes to the bereaved family in their sorrow.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 25 Jan 1899

J. A. Llewellen, about 80 years old, dropped dead on a street at Yoakum.

Burial place unknown. Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 25 Nov 1896

Releasd [sic] from Suffering.

After a long and painful illness Mrs. J. B. Lockman departed this life Sunday night at 10 o’clock. Her end was calm and peaceful and free from pain, although her sufferings had been great during the last weeks of her illness. The complaint was consumption.

Mr. J. B. Lockman died Nov. 16th, 1890.

Mrs. Lockman leaves seven children, three girls and four boys. They are Emile, John, Emma, Josephine, Adolph, Martha and Oscar. The youngest, Oscar, is about three years old. The eldest, Emile, is past twenty-one. Mr. and Mrs. Lockman moved here from Gonzales county in 1881, and bought a fine farm about three miles west of Shiner.

Anna C. Lockman, born 2 Aug 1857, is buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Her death date is listed there as 6 Dec 1896, which is after the issue of the newspaper in which her obituary appeared. Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, 9 March 2000


Anna Marie Lockstedt, 86, of Hallettsville, formerly of Moulton, died March 6, 2000.

She was born in Moulton on Dec. 3, 1913 to Ignac and Hedwig Kubena Jalufka.

On Jan. 5, 1930 she married Carl Albin Lockstedt at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Survivors include two daughters, Rose Ritter of Houston and Jo Ann Hermes of Victoria; five sons, Jeff Lockstedt, Mike Lockstedt, Ronnie Lockstedt, Ben Lockstedt, all of Houston and Ray Lockstedt of Missouri City; 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 15, 1987; infant son, John Lockstedt; father, Aug. 4, 1967; mother, Nov. 14, 1952; two brothers, Joseph Jalufka and Emil Jalufka, March 1, 1990; two grandsons, Anthony Lockstedt and Terry Hermes, Oct. 1, 1986.

Visitation began at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary will also be recited at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at Sacred Heart Church, Hallettsville.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church. Rev. John Peters will officiate.

Graveside services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton.

Pall bearers will be grandsons.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe


The Shiner Gazette – April, 1956

 Moulton – Bruno Lockstedt, a former resident of the Moulton community, died at his home in Gonzales Saturday Afternoon, April 7, at the age of 64 years. He has been in retirement in Gonzales for the last year and a half, after devoting himself to farming in the Moulton and Nickel communities.

Mr. Lockstedt had undergone an operation four years ago and since then had been in poor health.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 9 by the Rev. Julius Holm of Zion Lutheran Church in the Smith Funeral Home in Moulton. Interment was made in the Moulton City Cemetery.

Members if the American Legion were pallbearers. At the close of the committal service at the grave, they presented Mrs. Lockstedt with the United States flag which had draped the casket of her husband.

Bruno Lockstedt was born September 25, 1891 in Comal County, the son of Henry Lockstedt and his wife, Minna, nee Jahn.

He was married to Minnie Zimmerman of Moulton December 16, 1919. To them were born four children; George, Wilma, William and Bruno Jr.

Mr. Lockstedt joined the Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton in 1920, being baptized and confirmed by the Rev. H. A. Henneke.

 He is survived by his widow; three sons, George Lockstedt of Gonzales, William and Bruno Jr. of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Joe Shulak of Moulton; four brothers: Henry Lockstedt of Yoakum, Fred of Gonzales, August of Poteet, and Otto of Fredericksburg; one sister, Mrs. Cora Hilscher of Gonzales; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


The Shiner Gazette, June 4, 1964

Mrs. H. Lockstedt Saturday, May 30

Impressive last rites for Mrs. Henry C. Lockstedt were held Saturday, May 30, 1964 at 4:00 p.m. at the Buffington Chapel in Yoakum with the Rev. D.I. Dolton officiating. Internment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Norbert Nollkamper, James Fait, Eldon Harbers, Edgar Proschko, Wm. Woehler and Victor Harbers.

Mrs. Lockstedt passed away at 3:00a.m., Friday, May 29 at the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital in Shiner. At the time of her death she had reached the age of 78 years, 2 months and 9 days.

Clara Lockstedt was born in Gera, Germany, March 20, 1886 the daughter of Albin and Marie (Peters) Heidrich. At the age of five years she came to America and the family settled in Gonzales County.

On October 19, 1907, she was united in marriage to Henry C. Lockstedt in Shiner. They made their home in the Moulton Community until 1946 when they moved to Yoakum. For the past 11 months Mr. and Mrs. Lockstedt have been residing at the Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner.

Survivors include her husband, Henry C. Lockstedt of Shiner; three sons, Carl Lockstedt of Moulton; Calvin and Lloyd Lockstedt of Yoakum; two daughters, Miss Ada Lockstedt and Mrs. Lillian Shows, both of Yoakum; 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Adolph and Charles Heidrich of Shiner and four sisters, Mrs. Neddie Voelkel and Mrs. Monroe (Helen) Weber, both of Yoakum; Mrs. Martha Wagner of San Antonio and Mrs. Earl (Marie) Rhodes of Tularosa, New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the father passed away August 17, 1953 and the mother died July 3, 1949; two sisters, Mrs. Ed (Ella) Hagens of Shiner, who passed away January 15, 1947 and Mrs. Ollie (Annie) McDavid died May 31, 1936; two brothers Willie Heidrich, who passed away January 4, 1954 and Paul Heidrich, who died September 2, 1897 at the age of 10 years.

Throughout her life she proved an indulgent wife, mother and sister, a kind and helpful neighbor. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful, and her funeral was largely attended which evidenced the love and esteem in which she was held.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Yoakum Herald Times, date unknown

Henry Carl Lockstedt

Mr. Henry C. Lockstedt, a resident of Yoakum for over 19 years, passed away in the Huth Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, March 31st, at 6:30 p.m. at the age of 82 years. He is the father of Calvin Lockstedt, who is employed on the Yoakum Herald Times Staff newspaper.

The deceased, who was born on June 23, 1882 in Hays County, Texas, was a retired farmer. He was married to the former Clara Heidrich, who preceded him in death on May 29, 1964.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 2nd at 2:00p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Chapel. Rev. D. I. Dolton will officiate and interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Surviving are three sons: Calvin of Yoakum, Carl of Pasadena and Lloyd of Victoria; two daughters: Miss Ada Lockstedt and Mrs. Lillian Showsboth of Yoakum; 21 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren: 1 brother, Otto Lockstedt of Fredricksburg and one sister, Mrs. Fr. Hilscher of Gonzales. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Weimar Mercury, 29 Nov 1918, page 4

Miss Ella Lorfing of Hackberry, died Tuesday afternoon in the auto while waiting for the delayed passenger train which was to take her to a San Antonio hospital. An attack of appendicitis of a few days duration suddenly developed into acute appendicities and death came within a few minutes. The funeral servicies were held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, burial in the Shiloh cemetery. — Schulenburg Sticker.


San Antonio Express, 19 Nov 1954, page 6B

LONG – Mrs. E.T. Long, 1201 Highland Blvd., died Wednesday evening, Nov. 17, 1954, at a local hospital at the age of 76. Survivors: Son, T.I. Long Sr., San Antonio; daughter, Mrs. T.R. Deborah, Runge, Texas; two grandchildren, T.I. Long Jr., Barbara Jean Deborah, Runge, Texas; one great-grandchild, Dana Kay Long, San Antonio; two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services Friday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m. at Hallettsville, Texas.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 24 Oct 1889


. . . Two shrouds were bought at Hope Sunday. One for Mr. Rob Long, an old and [well] known citizen. The other for a child of Mr. Tilman Smith.


The Hondo Anvil Herald, Hondo, Medina Co., Texas, 9 Dec 1932

Rev. J.W. Long Dead

Rev. J. W. Long was born in Lavaca County, Texas, Oct. 26, 1868.

His father died when he was six years old and his mother when he was eleven.

He then made his home with his uncle, R.B. Allen. He graduated from Southwestern University in 1894, and that fall was received into the Methodist itinerancy as a preacher on trial. Brother Long was ordained a Deacon in 1896 and an Elder in 1898. On Dec. 21, 1899, he was married to Emma Lou King of Hondo. One child was born to them, Eva Eleanor, who with her mother survive. Also one sister, Mrs. (Callie) H.L. Beagle of Magdalena, New Mexico and other relatives survive him. A host of friends throughout the Conference join them in their sorrow. After receiving his appointment in the fall of 1894 and being sent to Skidmore circuit there followed a consistent itinerancy of thirty-eight years as a Methodist preacher. He served the following charges: Skidmore circuit; Port Lavaca; Hondo circuit; Edna; Lavernia; Buda; Hamilton, Montana; Paint Rock; South Austin Church, Austin; Devine and Lytle; Cotulla; Hondo; Pearsall; Elgin; Alamo Heights, San Antonio; Nixon; and his last charge, Waelder, where just two weeks before he died he preached his last sermon from the text, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. Seven and a half years of his ministry were spent at Hondo. During the ministry of this good man many hundreds of souls were added to the Church, and the cause of Christ forwarded in many ways. It was while pastor in Austin that the lots were purchased for the construction of the Fred Allen Memorial Church. Two splendid educational buildings stand today to carry on the program of the church as a result of his efforts, one at Elgin and the other at his last charge, Waelder. The Methodist congregation at Port Lavaca still worship in the church that was constructed during his pastorate there. Bro. Long assisted many of his churches in paying off their church indebtedness. He was always particularly interested in the young peoples work, and organized a score or more Leagues. Bro. Long died Sunday, December 4, 1932 after some twelve days in the Santa Rosa Hospital, following an operation. Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church at Hondo. Bro. Alexander officiating assisted by Pastor P.E. Lancaster, and a number of his brethren, Dr. T.F. Sessions, Dr. K.P. Barton, W.M. Rader, A.M. Foster, W.P. Carmichael, W.L. Hightower and E. W. Dechert. Pallbearers were D.H. Fly, O.A. Fly, R.S. Harper, O.E. Lacy, Chas. E. Odell of San Antonio and S.H. Vaughan of Waelder, Texas.

Honorary Pallbearers were W.H. Baldridge, Wm. Hanke, Lewis Taylor, C.C. Alexander, R.J. Griffin and G.C. Vaughan, all of Waelder. Interment was made in Oakwood Cemetery, Monday afternoon Dec. 5, 1932. By P.E. Lancaster.

Rev. Walter Long, his wife, Emma King Long, and daughter, are all buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Hondo, Medina County. Rev. Long's parents were Martha E. "Mattie" Allen and Henry Long of Lavaca County. Contributed by Patti Overturf. Photo contributed by Charles Sherman.


Yoakum Herald Times - February 20, 2006

YOAKUM - James S. Loos, 83, of Yoakum, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006.

He was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Hallettsville, to the late Louie L. and Annie Hoffer Loos. He retired from the Texas Highway Department after 25 years and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors: wife, Albina Gold Loos; daughters, Ruby Zander of Alice, Edna Mae Evans and Nelda Williams, both of Yoakum, and Susan High of Vardaman, Miss.; sons, Johnny Wayne Loos of Moulton and Daniel Ray Loos of Shiner; sister, Pearl Davenport of Edna; brother, Paul Loos of Cuero; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: daughter, Debra Jo Dupree; sisters, Ethel Gold and Margaret Wick; brother, Eugene Loos; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Koerth, the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Weimar Mercury, 26 Nov 1898, page 8

Halletsville, Tex., Nov. 22.—Mr. O. B. Haynes, a deputy sheriff, came to town this morning and surrendered to constable F. W. Miller, stating that he, last evening, had shot and killed a man by the name of Love, some eighteen miles below here. Mr. Haynes says that he was assisting in branding cattle on the Smothers -Kelly ranch when information was brought that five of their yearlings had been stolen and were tied out in the woods in a certain neighborhood, and he, accompanied by Kelly, went to investigate the matter. Finding a yearling ties, they secreted themselves to watch to see who would come to it. finally about sundown a man rode up and got off his horse, having a gun in his hand, which he leaned up against a bush. Haynes drew his pistol and demanded that he surrender, whereupon the man grabbed and tried to use his gun, when Haynes fired, killing him instantly. Haynes did not know the man, having never before seen him, but learned that he resided in the neighborhood, was named Love and had a family.

Sheriff Bennett, who qualified yesterday afternoon, has gone to investigate, and Haynes will have an examining trial tomorrow.

LOVEL Infant

Shiner Gazette, 23 Feb 1911, page 1, Boundary Line School column

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Lovel died suddenly Thursday night and was laid to rest Friday in the city cemetery. May the little one rest in peace.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, 20 Jan 1960

Mrs. P. G. (Margaret Dickey) Lovenskiold, Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away in a local hospital Monday, Jan. 18, 1960, at the age of 80 years. Survivors: Husband, Dr. Perry G. Lovenskiold; 2 nieces and 2 nephews; 20 grandnieces and nephews. The remains will be taken overland to Hallettsville, Texas, for funeral services in the Hallettsville Cemetery, Friday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 5 Jan 1898

Mrs. Rob. Loewe

Mrs. Robert Loewe died in San Antonio at an early hour Saturday morning and her remains were brought to Shiner Saturday evening by her husband and taken to his home about four miles from town. The funeral took place Sunday from the family residence and was attended by a large concourse of people. The deceased had been in poor health a long time and had undergone a number of operations at San Antonio, where she was being treated. She was born Nov. 6th, 1855, and was therefore 42 years old. Mr. and Mrs. Loewe had been married 20 years and have four children, three boys and one girl.

Emilie Lowe, 6 Nov 1855 – 1 Jan 1898, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 23 Jan 1908, Three Head Items column

Mrs. F. Losak died at her home near Lone Tree school, last Saturday morning after a lingering illness, and was buried Sunday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery. She leaves a husband and two daughters.

Shiner Gazette, 23 Jan 1908, Local News column

Mrs. Frank Losak died last Saturday after several months illness. The funeral took place on Sunday and was attended by a large crowd of relatives and friends. The interment was in the Catholic cemetery.

Shiner Gazette, 23 Jan 1908, Lone Tree Cullings column

Mrs. F. Losak of near here died yesterday morning, and the funeral took place this morning at the Shiner Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Losak was suffering for nearly four months; and everything good was done for her but all in vain. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing family.

Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1908, page 1, Sun Set School News column

Will Berckenhoff and wife attended the burial of Mrs. Frank Losak on Sunday, the 19th.

Theresia Losak, 5 Oct 1858 – 18 Jan 1908, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Aug 1899

THE GAZETTE regrets to have to announce the death of little Ferdie, the bright and intelligent little son of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Luck. The child had been sick about a week, and died last Sunday evening at seven o’clock. The funeral took place Monday evening at five o’clock at the O. D. H. S. cemetery. The sympathy of all who know them, goes out to the sorrowing parents.

Card of Thanks.

To the many kind friends and neighbors who assisted us during the last illness of our little boy Ferdie, we extend our most heartfelt thanks. Their sympathy and help will ever be held in kind remembrance. We also desire to thank Dr. J. M. Ruess of Cuero, for his faithful and unremitting attention.


Ferdie Luck, 10 Sep 1896 – 6 Aug 1899, is buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 May 1907, page 1

A Sad Death

Harry, the little 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Luck died last Saturday night after a lingering illness, of stomach trouble. It was thought during the day Saturday, that the child was improving, but a turn for the worse came about 7 o’clock in the evening and the little one passed quietly away at about 11 o’clock Saturday night. The funeral took place at 1 o’clock on Tuesday in the city cemetery. This is the third child lost by Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Luck, neither of which lived to be over three years old. The stricken parents have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends and neighbors.

Harry Luck, 23 Feb 1905 – 11 May 1907, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. The third child was Irma Luck, 22 Jun 1898 - 12 Jun 1900, who is buried with the others. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 21 Jun 1899

The little six-year-old son of Mr. John Luckas met with a fatal accident about a week ago at his home near Shiner. The little fellow was climbing a China tree when he slipped and fell, his foot being caught between two limbs and he hung suspended head down for some time. When released, he did not seem to be much injured, but he gradually grew worse until Saturday, when death relieved his sufferings. The deeply afflicted parents have the full sympathy of all their neighbors and friends.

Burial place unknown. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Aug 1900

Mrs. John Luedecke died at Breslau last Monday and was buried yesterday in the Shiner cemetery. Mrs. Luedecke had been sick for some time, and her death was not unexpected.

Mrs. Luedecke's grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 30 Sep 1903, page 1

Death of Oscar Luedteke [sic.].

The sad intelligence was received in the city last Sunday of the death of little Oscar Lockmann-Luedteke in Burnet county where he had been living with his brother, Emil Lockmann. His death was caused by a rising in the head or ear. The child had been treated for this affliction some years ago, and it was thought he was cured, but a second rising broke out, which resulted fatally.

The remains of the little one were brought to Shiner and interred in the city cemetery last Monday. The many friends of the bereaved ones extend the fullest sympathy.

Oscar H. Luedtke, 15 Nov 1892 – 26 Sep 1903, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 28 Aug 1901, page 1, Eagle Flights column

Mesdames Henry and Fred Niemeyer, of Shiner, came up Monday to attend the funeral of little Eda Lueke. They returned Tuesday evening.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Sep 1903

Death of William Lueke, at Moulton.

Moulton, Texas, September 3. – Mr. William Lueke, aged 68 years died this morning. He leaves a wife and seven children – three girls and four boys. Mr. Lueke came to this country from Germany when 8 years old. He was an ex-Confederate and has lived in Lavaca county twenty-two years. He died of congestion of the liver; was sick only two days; will be buried at Baursville tomorrow morning.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 5 Jul 1894


Ed Luerssen died Saturday eve about sundown. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Luerssen, of this place, and was in his twentieth year. He was taken ill in Schulenburg Sunday, 22nd, and hastened home. When the physician called he found his temperature about one hundred and six, and he grew rapidly worse until Saturday evening, when death came to his relief. He was an industrious, exemplary young man and the sympathy of the whole community go out to the bereaved parents. The interment took place Sunday evening at the O D H S cemetery. Mrs. Luerssen is also quite sick, but is improving at this writing.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 3 Dec 1902

We regret to report the sudden death last Thursday night of Mr. Joseph Lukas, Sr. Mr. Lukas had been in town during the day, trading and returned home in the evening, put up his team, and was sitting at the table eating supper when of a sudden he fell over and expired. He was seventy years of age.

Josef Lukas, 26 Aug 1833 – 26 Nov1902; born at Roustcena, Moravia, died at Shiner, TX, was buried in the Czech Moravian Brethren Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, August 21, 2000

MOULTON—Jimmie Luksovsky Sr., 81, of Moulton, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000.

He was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Moulton, to the late Frank and Catherine Zemlicka Luksovsky Sr. He was owner and operator of Western Auto Store in Moulton and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of VFW.

Survivors: daughters, Leonita Moreno of Corpus Christi, Annette Berckenhoff of Moulton and Janet Cretors of Yoakum; sons, Jimmie Luksovsky Jr. of Schulenburg and Stanley Luksovsky of Moulton; sister, Rosa Lee Erickson of Stafford; and eight grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Edith Pavlas Luksovsky; parents; sisters, Katy Hirsch, Mary Harle, Annie Witckoske and Frances Lo Bue; brothers, Joe Luksovsky, Frank Luksovsky Jr. and Charles Luksovsky.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 8 tonight at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, (361) 596-4631.

Memorials: donor's choice

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Gonzales Inquirer, May 31, 1941

Mrs. Annie Lupanec

SHINER—Many hearts were saddened Sunday morning when the news spread that Mrs. Annie Lupanec had passed away sometime during the night. Mrs. Lupanec, who had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Rudie Stefka was found in a pool of water, 6 feet deep about 500 feet from the home Sunday morning. Life was extinct. An inquest was held by Justice of Peace E. E. Kloesel, Dr. R. W. Williams and Const. L. Mladenka. A verdict of suicide was rendered. Mrs. Lupanec had been ill for about 2 months. She was last seen late Saturday evening and had retired for the night. She had reached the age of 69 years and 13 days.

Funeral services were arranged for Tuesday, but were postponed until Wednesday as word was received that her son, who is with the army in New Jersey, was enroute. Services were held from the G.W. Eschenburg Funeral Parlor, thence to the Catholic Church, where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. E. J. Biley. Burial was made in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Many beautiful flowers covered the newly-made mound.

Pall-bearers were: Albert Migl, Ludwig Caka, Joe Simper, Jim Machart, Victor and Joe Pulkrabek.
Mrs. Lupanec, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Olivik was born in Czechoslovakia and came to this county with her parents at the age of ten, settling near Flatonia. About 43 years ago she was married to Joe Lupanec in the Shiner Catholic Church. They lived in Gonzales County until 3 years ago, when she came to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Stefka. Her husband passed away in 1932.

The following children survive: Joe of Kokernot, Jim of Mayersville, Miss., Louis of El Campo, Victor of Sugarland, Jerry, with the Army in New Jersey, Mrs. Louis (Annie) Vanek, Three Rivers, Mrs. Joe (Mary) Koranek of El Campo and Mrs. Rudie (Pauline) Stefka of near Michna School.

Deceased was a devoted mother and a true friend and neighbor, her tragic end is deeply deplored by a large circle of friends.

Contributed by Veronica Sue Camarillo


Colorado Citizen, 20 Aug 1891, page 2

Hallettsville Herald: Mr. Ad. Lynch fell dead in the office of Dr. Gaedeke in this city about half past 11 o'clock Tuesday morning. Mr. Lynch entered the office a few minutes previous to his decease and seated himself in a chair. He had been there but a few minutes when he swooned and expired almost instantly. Dr. Lay was at his side in a short time and pronounced the cause of his death heart failure. Mr. Lynch lived a few miles west of town on Rocky creek. He had attained the age of 74 years, and was a Texas veteran. He was buried last Wednesday.

There are over 4,000 obituaries of Central Texans with Czech roots at Steve Alvarez's TXBHS web site. These include many people from Lavaca County and some with German surnames.