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Victoria Advocate, January 13, 2012


YOAKUM- Felix M. Sandelovic, 83, of Yoakum entered eternal rest on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 .

He was born on June 9, 1928 in Pilot Grove to John and Albina Rohan Sandelovic. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He served his country during the Korean Conflict as a member of the U. S. Army. Less than a month after his honorable discharge, he married the former Janie Springfield, at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Nov. 11, 1952. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1988 after 40 years of service. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janie Sandelovic; children, James Sandelovic of Yoakum, Linda Sandelovic of Victoria, William "Bill" Sandelovic of Shiner, Catherine Brown of Richmond, Elizabeth Lemke and husband Dayle of Victoria and Michael Sandelovic and wife Deanna of Hallettsville. He was blessed with five grandchildren: Joshua Brown, Clayton Brown and wife Brooke, Ky Sandelovic, Nathan Sandelovic, and Natalie Sandelovic; and brother, Adolph Sandelovic of Leander.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Antonia Cretors, Julia McKay, Annie Heiman, Mary Zissa, Albina Sandelovic and brothers, Rudy Sandelovic and Emil Sandelovic.

Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. with rosary at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at the funeral home with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Bill Sandelovic, Dayle Lemke, Michael Sandelovic, Joshua Brown, Clayton Brown and Ky Sandelovic.

Memorials may be given to the American Legion, Parkinson's Foundation, St. Joseph School Endowment or the donor's choice.
Online guest book may be signed at
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 12 May 1900

An infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Sartin of Harmony community was buried at County Line cemetery Sunday morning.


Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1955, page 1

Mrs. John Satsky; 55 Buried Monday At Hallettsville

Funeral services for Mrs. John Satsky, 58, who died Saturday after a long illness, were held Monday at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

Rev. A. J. Morkovsky officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Satsky was born Jan. 7, 1897, at La Grange, the granddaughter of the late Henry and Agnes Lichnovsky Janda. She was married to Mr. Satsky Sept. 16, 1919, at Hostyn, and they settled near Hallettsville.

Survivors include her two sons, Leo Satsky of Sugar Land and Johnny Satsky of Hallettsville; four brothers, Joe Janda of San Antonio, Alvin and Paul Janda of El Campo, and Louis Janda of Weimar: five sisters,  Mrs. Annie Trlicek and Mrs. Frances Cernosek of El Campo, Mrs. Cinderla Brugger of La Grange, Mrs. Martha (Willie) Kobersky of Weimar,  and Mrs. Georgie Nietschke of San Antonio: and one grandchild.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Victoria Advocate, October 27, 1978

Mrs. SatskY

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. Julia Satsky, 86, of Austin, a native of Praha, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in an Austin hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church near Hallettsville at 3 p.m. with the rev. Henry Psencik officiating. The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 1:45 p.m. when it will be taken to the church for services.

A rosary was recited at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Born in Praha, Aug. 17, 1892, she was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She married Anton G. Satsky, Sept. 10, 1911.

She is survived by her husband of Austin; two sons, Tony Satsky and B. J. Satsky, both of Austin; three daughters, Mrs. Rudy Opela of Hallettsville, Mrs. Charles Buck of Killeen and Mrs. Melvin Webb of Andrews, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 14 Nov 1906, page 1, Dryer Dustings column

Dryer is considered by all that have had an opportunity to see it, to the be the garden spot of Texas and almost the garden of Eden, but yet we are not exempt from sickness and death. Within the last two months we have lost two of our best citizens by that dreadful disease consumption. John Maeker Sr., died some two months ago, the report of which has already appeared in the Gazette. On last Thursday Mr. John Sauer, one of our best neighbors and citizens, was laid to rest in the Shiner cemetery. Mr. Sauer had been in bad health for a long time and finally the end came and relieved him of his suffering.

He leaves a wife and several small children, to battle through life without the protection of a husband and father. May God’s richest blessing rest upon them in the hours of their trouble.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Nov 1901


A Little Girl Sets Her Clothes on Fire And Burns to Death.

Yoakum, Texas, November 13. – The little 5-year-old daughter of Mrs. Matilda Sawer was accidentally burned to death, this afternoon. The child, while alone in the yard, struck a match; her clothing became ignited and before assistance arrived she was so badly but that she died in about one hour.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 9 Nov 2006


SHINER - Anna Janek Schacherl, 93, of Shiner, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006.

She was born Nov. 4, 1913, in Praha, to the late Frank and Matilda Grieve Janek. She was a nurse and member of SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughter, Cynthia Chumchal of Yoakum; sons, Andrew Schacherl and Earl Schacherl, both of Shiner, and Ralph Schacherl of Victoria; sisters, Victoria Lev of Schulenburg and Bridget Lev of Flatonia; brother, Ernest Janek of Schulenburg; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by; husband, Emil Schacherl; sisters, Millie Halata and Olga Masek; and brothers, Louis Janek, Henry Janek, and Emil Janek.

Visitation will be noon to 9 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Brent Schacherl, Bradley Schacherl, L.J. Chumchal, Steven Chumchal, Ronnie Masek, Arnold Bohuslav.

Honorary Pallbearers: Calli Schacherl, Kyla Schacherl, Kristen Schacherl, Madison Schacherl, Mallory Schacherl, Courtney Schacherl, Kelsey Schacherl, Rileigh Filip.

Memorials: donor's choice.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Aug 1908, Kuehne’s Grove Items column

We are sorry to report the death of Mrs. John Schachel of Oak Grove, who died suddenly by jumping into a well last Friday, August 14, and was buried the next day in the Moulton Catholic cemetery. She was the daughter of Mrs. Ad. Ullmann and was about 23 years old. She leaves one daughter about four years old. A very large crowd attended the burial. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing ones.

[adjacent column]

—Word reached the city last Friday that a Mrs. Sachel, living near Oak Grove, had committed suicide by jumping in a well. Mrs. Sachel was weak minded and it had been decided to send her to the asylum as soon as room could be made for her.

Mari Ullmann was born8 Sep 1882. Contributed by Matt Cross


1970 Victoria Advocate newspaper clipping

Mrs. Frank Schaefer

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Frank A. Schaefer, 82, a life long resident of Lavaca County, died in a local hospital at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Mrs. Schaefer, who was preceded in death by her husband in 1952, was born Oct. 24, 1889 in Lavaca County.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a. m. Monday at the Kubena Funeral Home after which the body will be moved to Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a Mass will be said at 10 a. m. by the Rev. Stanley Petru.

Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

A Rosary will be said at 7 p. m. by the parish and at 7:15 by the societies at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include seven sons, Hilton, Harry and Weldon Schaefer, all of Hallettsville; Hilmer Schaefer of Houston; Lester Schaefer of Praha; Eldon Schaefer of El Campo and Calvin Schaefer of Runge; three daughters, Mrs. Paul Jansky of Hallettsville; Mrs. Elo Pagel of Yoakum and Mrs. Ben Hermes of San Antonio; two sisters, Miss Mary Hehmke of San Antonio and Mrs. Gussie Menning of La Marque; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Anna Howard


Shiner Gazette, 19 Jan 1911, page 1, Green’s Community column

We are sorry to report the death of Mr. August Scheafer, which occurred at his home Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. His remains were committed to earth in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Joseph Hudecek conducting the last sad rites. Mr. Scheafer was, at the time of his demise, 28 years of age. He is survived by his wife and one child. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved ones.

August Schaefer, 3 Aug 1883 – 10 Jan 1911, was buried at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 24 Mar 1931, page 1


Ernest Schultz, 18, of Hallettsville, whose skull was fractured in a motorcycle accident near this city Sunday night and who is under treatment at the DeTar Hospital here, was reported improved today and is fully conscious at [illegible].

Benjamin Schaefer, 15, also of Hallettsville, injured in the same accident died two hours later at the hospital.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 27 Jul 1966

Mrs. Emil Schaefer Placed At Rest

Another beloved wife and mother was called to eternal rest, when Mrs. Emil Schaefer closed her eyes in gentle sleep Wednesday, July 20, 1966 at 3:15 a.m. at her home near Witting. She attained the age of 69 years, 4 months and 3 days.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m. from the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville and continued at 10:00 a.m. with a sung Requiem Mass in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at Witting. The Rev. Henry Psencik officiated at the last rites and burial in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her nephews Leroy, Melvin and Roy Lee Perrard, Paul Spies, James L. Harrison and Harvey Schreiber, all of Houston.

Rosaries were recited at the funeral home chapel Thursday at 7:30 p.m. by the parish and at 8:00 p.m. by the Altar Society of which she was a member.

Mrs. Schaefer, nee Elizabeth Spies, was born March 17, 1897 in Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of Gustav and Mary (Koehler) Spies, and lived in this county all of her life. On July 30, 1918 she was united in marriage with Emil Schaefer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church just west of Hallettsville. Following their marriage they made their home on a farm near Witting, adjacent to her parents, where they had resided since, with the exception of one year when they lived in the Boundary Line section on the former Schaefer homestead.

Surviving besides her grief-stricken husband are one son, Alvin, of Houston; two daughters, Miss Evelyn Schaefer at home and Mrs. Wm. (Hilda) Albrecht of San Antonio; one brother, Henry Spies of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Edmund (Lena) Perrard of Weimar and Mrs. Willie (Hattie) Schreiber of Shiner; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father on July 21, 1948 and her mother passed away February 2, 1957. A brother, Albert Spies, died October 22, 1901 at the age of 8 years.

May those who held her near and dear be sustained in their hour of separation and farewell and may the Holy Comforter breathe into their hearts peace and cheerful resignation.

Among those from Shiner who attended the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Willie Schreiber, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Kloesel and Mr. and Mrs. Millard Sonntag.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 17 Jan 1986

Harry H. Schaefer

HALLETTSVILLE — Harry H. Schaefer, 70, of Hallettsville, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at a Victoria hospital.

He was born April 13, 1915, in Lavaca County to the late Frank and Annie Hehmke Schaefer.

She [he] was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

The body will lie in state until 9 a.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Chapel of Hallettsvile.

Rosaries will be recited at 7 p. m. Friday at the Kubena Funeral Chapel and at 9:30 a. m. Saturday at the Sacred heart Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Celestino Say officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery of Hallettsville.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Jansky of Hallettsville, Mrs. Elenora Hermes of San Antonio and Mrs. Paula Pagel of Yoakum; and six brothers, Hilton Schaefer, Weldon Schaefer and Calvin Schaefer, all of Hallettsvillle, Elden Schaefer of El Campo, Lester Schaefer of Praha and Hilmer Schaefer of Houston.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Harry Schaefer died January 16, 1986. Contributed by Anna Howard.


Weimar Mercury, 12 Mar 1970, page 10

Oscar Schaefer's Brother Buried

Herbert Schaefer, 58, of Hallettsville, brother of Oscar Schaefer of Weimar, died Saturday morning, March 7, at Renger Memorial Hospital and was buried Monday in Old Kinkler Cemetery.

Mr. Schaefer was a lifelong resident of Lavaca County, son of Anton and Annie Appelt Schaefer.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Annie Schaefer of Hallettsville; one brother, Mr. Schaefer here; and four sisters, Mrs. Edmund Fertsch, Mrs. James Overgoner, and Miss Lillie Schaefer, all of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Philip Heiman of Victoria.


Shiner Gazette, 8 Jan 1942, page 1

Mrs. Rosalia Schaefer Answers Final Call

Once more we are faced with the sad duty of chronicling the news of the death of one of our beloved old mothers. Mrs. Rosalia Schaefer passed to the Great Beyond Friday, January 2, 1942, at 9:30 p. m. at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. F. J. Kloesel, with whom she had made her home for the past 23 years. Mrs. Schaefer became ill about two months ago. Everything in the power of human hands was done for her; every care was tenderly lavished upon her by her doting children and grandchildren in a desperate effort to nurse their beloved one back to health; but all in vain. Her advanced years took their toll and she was summoned to her heavenly reward. She was 85 years, 10 months and 14 days of age.

Mrs. Rosalia Schaefer was born as Rosalia Winkler in Austria on Feb. 18, 1856. In 1886 she came to America with her aged mother, Mrs. Andreas Winkler, settling near Hallettsville with the late Joe Stanzel. In 1889 she was united in marriage to Mr. Edward Schaefer. Ever since her immigration to America which is 55 years ago, the deceased had lived in Lavaca county. She was a loving Christian mother, always patient and ready to offer consolation to those in distress. By her noble life she set a shining example for her children to follow, for to live in Godliness was ever her effort and her hope.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9, from the residence of F. J. Kloesel. Requiem High Mass was said in the Shiner Catholic church by Rev. E. Bily, who also conducted the burial services. A consoling sermon in English was delivered by Mons. Netardus. Interment was in the Shiner Catholic cemetery.

Pallbearers were: J. R. Kloesel, Chas. Wagner, Chas. Kram, Wm. Zappe, Herbert Discher, and Edwin Wolters.

The attendance at the funeral was large and, together with the lovely floral tributes expressed the love and esteem in which the deceased was held, at the same time breathing fragrant messages of sympathy to the bereaved.

Mrs. Schaefer is survived by the following children: Mrs. F. J. (Rosa) Kloesel of near Shiner, Mrs. Henry (Minnie) Spies of Yoakum, Mrs. Adolph B. (Pauline) Halfmann of Rowena and Emil Schaefer of Witting. There are also the following step-children: Mrs. Pius (Adelheid) Albrecht of Yoakum and Henry Schaefer of Eola, 17 grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. One step-son, Ed Schaefer Jr., preceded her to the grave in October, 1938. A sister, Mrs. Theresa Heinzel and a brother, Anton Winkler also preceded her in death. Mrs. Schaefer was the last member of her immediate family.

In the passing of this good lady, many friends join in the grief of the family, and with these the Gazette wishes to extend sympathy to the grief-stricken ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 7 Apr 2008


HALLETTSVILLE - On Saturday, April 5, 2008, Weldon Schaefer left us to be with his heavenly Father at the age of 80 years. He was born July 11, 1927, to Frank and Annie Hehmke Schaefer in Lavaca County. When he was of age he joined the service and was a World War II veteran. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

On Nov. 24, 1947, he and Evelyn Machart were married in New Taiton Catholic Church near El Campo.

Weldon's life long career was a bulldozer operator. He owned his own business since the 1960's until he retired October 2005. He kept busy with his cattle & tractor since then and always enjoyed being outdoors. And most recently his greatest joy was watching and playing with his great-granddaughter, Raegan.

Weldon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn; one daughter, Diane and son-in-law Tommy Kainer; one granddaughter, Robin and husband Chuch Koncaba; and one great-granddaughter, Raegan Olivie Koncaba. He is also survived by a sister, Sarah Jansky of Hallettsville; two brothers, Calvin and wife Eleanora of Hallettsville, and Elden and wife Margaret of El Campo; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Frank and Annie Schaefer; seven brothers, Victor, Hilton, Harry, Lester, Hilmer, William, and one infant; and three sisters, Earline Schaefer, Eleanor Hermes, and Paula Pagel.

Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home. Another rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. with the funeral to begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or Sacred Heart Catholic Church or School.

Words of comfort and guest book entry may be shared with the family at

Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Contributed by Matt Cross

SCHENK Children

Weimar Mercury, 24 Apr 1897, page 5

The oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Schenk of Halletsville died Monday night after an illness of only a few hours. Congestion, we understand was the cause of her death. She was up in town Monday afternoon, went home, and at 4 o'clock was suddenly taken very sick. A physician was summoned at once, and although he exhausted every means for saving the little girl's life, it proved of no avail and she died at 11:30 o'clock that night. Mr. and Mrs. Schenk formerly resided in this city, where they have many friends, and all join us in extending sincere sympathy to the grief-stricken parents in their sad misfortune.

Weimar Mercury, 1 May 1897, page 5

Halletsville New Era: Again has there a dangerous disease invaded our city limits. The family of Mr. Jos. Schenk has been sorely attacked, two children have died, one as reported last week and the other died on last Sunday. There was at first some doubt as to its being diphtheria, but after being investigated by City Health Physican Newberry and county Health Physician Rabb, it is conceded to be this most dangerous of all diseases. Mayor Rees and the members of the city council decided to put a guard out at the Schenk residence to prevent contagion if possible. Anton Sikora is now on duty. So far we have not heard of any new cases, and the two surviving children of Mr. Schenk are, it is thought, improving and out of danger.

on page 8 of same newspaper

Post Specials: Halletsville, Tex., April 26.—One week ago today the 5-year-old daughter of Joseph Schenk died of diphtheria. Saturday his little boy was attacked and today he is dead. His other two children are down and not expected to live. The house has been quarantined. The attending physicians pronounce it genuine diphtheria.

These may be the three graves marked only as Schenk in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Also, see Josef Schenk note below.


Shiner Gazette, 14 Nov 1906, Local News column

—Joseph Schenk, an old citizen of Lavaca county, died last week at Halletsville, aged 45 years.

There is a marker Josef J. Schenk, no dates. The names of Elsa and Harold Schenk and Robert Schoenbusch are all on the same marker. Contributed by Matt Cross.Tise, Vol. II, Hallettsville City Cemetery, SCHENK, Josef, J., no dates; same marker as Elsa and Harold Schenk and Robert Schoenbusch]


Victoria Advocate, Monday, Aug. 19, 1968

John R. Schilhab

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE— John R. Schilhab, 71, a retired machinist and part owner of Drozd-Schilhab Garage, died at 1 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital.

He was born Jan. 7, 1897 in Fayette County and was married to Albina Kalmus on Nov. 10, 1918.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kubena Funeral home, with services following at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan of Sacred Heart Church, and the Rev. William Gunkel of First Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Charles of Sealy, Tex.; three brothers, Louis and Herbert, both of Houston, and Martin Schilhab of Schulenburg; two sisters, Miss Ida Schilhab and Mrs. Elsie Haas, both of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, Tuesday, January 19, 1993

Ruth E. Schilhab

Ruth E. Schilhab, 75, of Hallettsville died Friday, Jan. 15, 1993, in the Lavaca Medical Center, Hallettsville, at 9:08 a.m.

She was born Oct. 11, 1917, in Lexington, daughter of John P. and Ruth E. Fielder Jones. She married Charles W. Schilhab on April 5, 1954, in Bay City. She was a member of Women Aglow and the Yoakum Assembly of God Church.

Surviving her are three daughters, Patricia Hanak of Brazoria, Jean Burger of Houston and Jo Ann Walker of Richmond, two brothers, Lynn W. Jones of Cat Springs and Richard W. Jones of Huntsville, Ala; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John P. and Ruth Jones; a brother and one grandchild.

Visitation took place from 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 until Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17 at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Services were conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, at the Yoakum Assembly of God Church. Rev. Jerry E. Wise officiated.

Pallbearers were Mark David Janak, Richard K. Ward, Charles E. Cowling, Byron Wagner, Donald Vanicek and Keith Proctor.

Honorary pallbearers were Gilbert Drozd, Richard Burger, Travis Elliott, Jason McWhorter, Shawn Mullins, Mike Jones, Glenn Belote, and Bryan Janak.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Victoria Advocate, Thursday September 19, 1996

Louise Schiller

Yoakum – Louise “Billye” Schiller, 75, of Yoakum died Wednesday, Spet. 18, 1996.

She was born April 6, 1921, in Yoakum to the late Vince C. and Nell Hughes Schiller.  She was an employment interviewer at Texas Employment Commission.  She was a Presbyterian.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Will Menn officiating.

Burial will be held at Restland Memorial Cemetery.  Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Memorials: Alzheimer’s Support Group
Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate news clipping


VICTORIA - Alvin T. Schindler, 94, of Victoria passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012. He was born November 25, 1918, in Hallettsville to the late Emil A. and Effie Brown Schindler. Alvin served his country in the United States Army with the 755th Tank Battalion during World War II, and saw 700 days in combat in North Africa and Italy. He was a charter member of Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Alvin was a self employed contractor who enjoyed salt water fishing and playing poker. He was also a volunteer driver for the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital, a member of the Pecan Growers Association and VFW Post 4146.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Havel Schindler of Victoria; daughter, Valerie Edwards and husband, Patrick of San Antonio; sisters, Lucille Rybak of Victoria and Josie Zappe of Hallettsville; a grandson, Hunter Stephen Edwards of San Antonio.

Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Monday, December 17, 2012, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. A Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Funeral mass will celebrated at 10 am Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Burial with full military honors will follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Rybak, Gary Rybak, Douglas Zappe, Robert Zappe, Joe Zappe, Michael Schindler, Kenneth Schindler, Mark Patterson and Donnie Patterson.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Vu and Lighthouse Hospice for their compassion and tender care.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4401 Lilac, Victoria, Texas, 77901.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1925, page 3


Mrs. Anna Schindler, who resided in the Shiloh Section, was found dead in bed in her home last Thursday. Deceased lived all alone and had attained the age of 67 years. Death is thought to have been due to heart failure. Deceased was in good health the night she retired. She did all her own work the day before, even milked the cow that night.

An investigation made afterwards disclosed the deceased had $500 dollars in paper and $80 dollars in gold money sewed up in her petticoat. This was only found by accident. A man who was handling the garments heard something rattle when he cast this garment aside. He investigated and found this money.

Deceased left an estate valued at around $4,000 dollars. She had no children, her husband died in 1916. She was born in Europe, coming to this country in 1887, settling near Schulenburg  where she lived ever since. —Schulenburg Sticker.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Victoria Advocate, Friday, November 10, 1972

Emil A. Schindler

Emil A. Schindler, 84, of Victoria, died Thursday at 3:45 a.m. in a Victoria hospital.

The body will remain at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville until Saturday at 9 a.m. when it will be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 10 a.m. services. The Rev. Terence Nolan will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Michael Schindler, Eugene Rybak, Douglas Zappe, Kenneth Schindler, Gary Rybak and Donald Patterson.

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Victoria, the KJT society, and was a retired paperhanger. He was born in Lavaca County June 15, 1888.

Mr. Schindler was married to Miss Effie Brown on Nov. 18, 1913 in the Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Alvin T. of Victoria and Carl E. Schindler of Yoakum; three daughters, Mrs. Victor (Lucille) Rybak of Victoria, Mrs. Elsie Patterson of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Joe P. (Josie) Zappe of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Matilda Phillips of Houston and Mrs. Frank (Hattie) Kafron of Damon, Tex.; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday by the parish and at 7:45 by KJT.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Yoakum – Walter Schindler, 84, of Yoakum, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002.

He was born Sept. 22, 1917, in DeWitt County, to the late Charles Joseph and Norm Smith Schindler.  He was a retired operator for Shell Oil Company and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  He was a veteran of World War II in the United States Army.

Survivors: sons, Paul Schindler and Dick Schindler, both of Austin; sisters, Vivian Clark and Doris McCord, both of Yoakum and Margaret Cochran of Houston; brother, Les Schindler of Yoakum; and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Margie Douglass Schindler; infant daughter, Sharon Schindler; sisters, Lydia Warren Kirkland and Mildred Clark; and parents.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Gary Goodson officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery.  Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.
Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Victoria Advocate, 2 Dec 2008


SHINER - Edward H. Schlenker, age 85, died on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. He was born on July 17, 1923, in Petersville, to Henry and Emma Rathkamp Schlenker.

He owned and operated Schlenker Dry Cleaning and Schlenker Cedar Post business for over 50 years; was a rancher; former Shiner ISD School Board member; and a Lutheran. He was a 50-year member of the Shiner Masonic Lodge.

Survivors: wife, Agnes Patek Schlenker; sons, Garland Schlenker and wife Michelle and Darrell Schlenker and wife Patricia, all of Shiner; and grandchildren, Derek Schlenker, Russell Schlenker, Julie Schlenker, Justin Schlenker, and Brady Schlenker.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Hertha Schroeder and Veiona Bishop; and brothers, Norman Schlenker and Theodore Schlenker.

Public visitation will start at 8 a.m. Friday, with family visitation from 6 to 8 p.m., at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at United Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Elaine Gomulka officiating. Masonic graveside services will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Derek Schlenker, Justin Schlenker, Russell Schlenker, Vaughn Paul Smith, Alan Kloesel, and David Norsdstrand.

Honorary pallbearers: Julie Schlenker and Brady Schlenker.

Memorial contributions may be given to Shiner ISD Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1446, Shiner, TX 77984, Shiner Volunteer Fire Department, or United Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

Online guest book may be signed at

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 27 Sep 1899, Local News column

Aug. Schmidt’s little child, about two years old, is very seriously ill.

Shiner Gazette, 4 Oct 1899


Adeline, the little child of Mr. and Mrs. August Schmidt, died on Tuesday evening of last week, after a protracted illness. The burial took place Wednesday evening at the O. D. H. S. cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all their friends and neighbors. [Burial place unknown.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Jun 1910, page 1


Death of Mrs. Caroline Schmidt – Memorial Exercises – Personals.

Hallettsville, Tex., June 6. – Mrs. Caroline Schmidt, wife of Joseph Schmidt, died yesterday after an illness of several months. She was 59 years of age and leaves surviving her husband and four children, namely: Mrs. Richard Strauss, Miss Annie Schmidt, Fritz and Joe Schmidt. Her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery this morning.

Caroline Schmidt, 7 Apr 1851 – 5 Jun 1910, was buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Nov 1906

Sudden Death of Mr. C. H. Schmidt.

The sad news was received by telephone last Thursday about noon of the sudden death of Mr. Chas. H. Schmidt at Bay City.

Mr. Schmidt had not been ill and was feeling better than usual. He ate a hearty dinner at the Commercial hotel and after eating went to the livery stable to feed his horses. On leaving the stable he began spitting blood and continued to do so until he died, which was only fifteen minutes from the time he was first taken. Mr. E. F. McDonald a Baptist preacher and Mr. Box the proprietor of the stable were with him when he died. A physician was summoned any everything possible was done for him, but to no avail.

It was seen by the badge he wore, that he was a member of the order of the Woodmen; and the Camp of Bay City at once took charge of the body and shipped it to Shiner by the first train. The remains remains [sic] reached Yoakum Thursday night on the Davy Crockett and was brought from there by private conveyance. The funeral took place and was conducted by the Woodmen order of Shiner. A large crowd attended the funeral, and the beautiful service of the Woodmen was well rendered, assisted by the ladies and gentlemen in the singing.

The GAZETTE extends sympathy to the bereaved wife and children of the deceased.

Chas. Schmidt, 27 May 1856 – 1 Nov 1906, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 3 Oct 1907

Christian Schmidt.

Mr. Christian Schmidt, the father of Mr. August Schmidt, died last Sunday evening about 6 o’clock p. m. after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Schmidt was nearly 89 years old and had been living in Shiner about ten years. He leaves two children, August Schmidt and a daughter living at La Grange besides numerous grand children to mourn his loss. The funeral took place Monday evening at 4 o’clock and was in charge of Rev. Wm. Dziewas. May he rest in peace.

Christian Schmidt, 27 Nov 1817 – 29 Sep 1907, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 8 Nov 1894, page 1, Moulton column

Ben Schneider, aged about fifty years, died last week at his home near Baursville of typhoid fever. Deceased came here from Frailsburg [Frelsburg] about a year ago and rented land of Mrs. Jaeggli. He leaves a wife and several children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 6 Jan 1897

Passed Away.

The heartfelt sympathies of the entire community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schneider, in the loss of their sweet little baby girl, Emilie Louisa, which occurred Dec. 23d. She was a victim of that dread destroyer, Membraneous Croup, and had only been ill a short time. Before many of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Schneider knew that their little girl was seriously ill, she was dead and on her way to Houston for interment. The funeral took place from the residence of Capt. E. B. Schneider, father of Mr. Fred Schneider, and the bereaved parents returned to Shiner Sunday. Dec. 27th. Little Emilie was thirteen months and thirteen days old. Mr. Schneider has requested us to tender his thanks to his friends here in Shiner for their kindness, and assistance during little Emilie’s last illness.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, August 11, 2010


SHINER - Friedrich "Fred" Carl Schneider, age 89, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. He was born on Oct. 3, 1920 in Witting, Lavaca County, to George and Wilhelmine Sebastian Schneider.

He was a farmer, and served on the Board of Directors for Hochheim Prairie Insurance, Board of Directors for Farm Bureau in Lavaca County, and as a deacon and church councilman for United Dr. Martin Luther Church.

Survivors: wife, Olga Emma Schreiber Schneider; three sisters-in-law; three nephews; one niece; one great-nephew; and two great-nieces.

Preceded in death by: parents; a sister, Emily Albert; and grandparents, Alvin and Margaretta Schneider.

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at United Dr. Martin Luther Church with Rev. Elaine Gomulka officiating. Burial will follow at Shiner Cemetery.

Online guest book may be signed at

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


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, March 31, 1976

SHINER—Mrs. Julia Schneider, 68, of Shiner, died Tuesday afternoon in a Shiner hospital.

Rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday by the societies, and at 8 p.m. by the parish at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Erwin Schneider; three brothers, Rudy and Ed Chumchal, both of Yoakum, and Emil Chumchal of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Rudy Puhl and Mrs. Frances Petras, both of Houston, and Mrs. Laddie Baros of Port Lavaca.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, July 5, 2011

FLATONIA—Mrs. Patricia Caka Schneider of Flatonia passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, at the age of 49. She was born Sept. 27, 1961, in Shiner, to Edward and Betty Luco Caka. Patricia was a music teacher and worked for Flatonia I.S.D for 12 years. She was a member of Texas Music Educators Association.

She is survived by her parents; husband, Raymond Allen Schneider of Flatonia; two sons, Jacob Schneider and Nathan Schneider, both of Flatonia; one daughter, Rebecca Schneider of Flatonia; two brothers, James Caka of Yoakum and Mark Caka of Round Rock; two sisters, Diana Wenske of Shiner and Elaine Rawlings of El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, both maternal and paternal.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, July 4, 2011, at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton with the Rev. J.R. Westerfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Schneider, Thomas Schneider, Peter Schneider, Todd Wenske, John Twardowski and Daniel Twardowski.

Honorary pallbearers will be Patricia's nieces and nephews.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Smith Funeral Home, 128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, Texas 78941; 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 2 Nov 1893, Moulton column

Mr. Henry Schadde has since the 5th day of September lost four children, their death being caused by diptheria [sic]. The family have a sore trial to undergo and through it all have borne themselves up with that manifestation of fortitude which is very commendable and praiseworthy and they too have for weeks borne themselves up physically as was hardly to be expected, through unceasing and untiring watching, waiting and nursing and that without a murmur. The disease being a very contagious one, the neighbors though willing to do every work and favor without coming in close contact with the sickness could not aid in nursing personally and it all devolved upon the father and mother, who stimulated as nothing save a parental love, interest and feeling can stimulate and support bore through it all heroically. They have the heartfelt sympathy and condolence of the entire community. We wish a cessation of hostilities toward them by the so far unrelenting malady.

The following Schodde children were buried in the Moulton City Cemetery in the fall of 1893: Heinrich D., 28 Nov 1888 – 24 Oct 1893; Emil W., 13 Jan 1884 – 20 Oct 1893; Otto H., 21 Feb 1890 – 6 Sep 1893; Adolph D., 15 Jan 1886 – 26 Oct 1893. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1910

Yoakum, March 23.—Frank Schoenberg and wife and infant child, while en route for this city on a S&P train to visit Mr. Schoenberg's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Schoenberg, lost their baby by death. The baby was brought here and interred in the Catholic Cemetery this afternoon.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, 30 March 1923, page 1


From our exchanges we note that Charles Schoenbusch, a former resident of this city, died at Houston Wednesday of last week, aged 58 years. The remains were sent to Halletsvile, his home after removing from Weimar, for burial, Rev. J. D. McWhorter, Methodist minister, officiating. Decedent was born in Germany and came to this city with his parents, where they resided for a number of years, afterward moving to Halletsville. He had never married. He had lived in Houston the past few years.


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Apr 1899, page 1

Mr. Robt. Schoenbusch died at his home in Halletsville at 5:30 p. m. Saturday, aged 63 years, 10 months and 16 days. The burial took place at the city cemetery at five o’clock Sunday afternoon. Mr. Schoenbusch had been ill for years with consumption. A wife and several children survive him. – Hallettsville Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 18 Jun 1943, page 2

Hallettsville. – Funeral services for John Schornack, 59, lifelong resident Lavaca County were held here with burial in Hallettsville cemetery, Rev. A. D. Klages officiating. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lillie B. Schornack of Sublime; two brothers, Henry J. Schornack of Sublime and Willie A. Schornack of Hallettsville; seven sisters, Mrs. Annie Schaefer, Mrs. Henry Laas, Mrs. Willie Laas, Mrs. Louis Mertz, and Mrs. Gus Miller, all of Hallettsville, Mrs. Minnie Treptow of Weimar, and Mrs. Selma Sternadel of Oakland.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston News, 1 Feb 1958, page 5

Mrs. F. V. Schott

Funeral services for Mrs. F. V. Schott, 76, who died at 6:45 a. m. Thursday will be held at 10 a. m. Saturday from the Kubena funeral home in Hallettsville, Texas.

The Rev. M. W. Bulgerin of First Lutheran Church, Galveston, will officiate. Burial will be in City cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, L. E. Schott and M. A. Schott, of Galveston and C. F. Schott of Bellville, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. G. A. (Josephine) Booth and Mrs. Harold (Ann) Stephens; nine grandchildren, five brothers and two sisters.

Pall bearers will be: J. W. Schott, Erwin Mertz, John H. Schott, R. S. Zorn Jr., G. A. Booth and Fredrick Keller.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 16 Aug 1889, page 3

Death entered the family of our neighbor, Wm. Schott, and took from them his little boy, Willie, 11 years old. He was down in Lavaca county with his father and sister at her new home, had a congestive chill Sunday evening and died Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The family was summonsed from here, but did not reach there in time to see him alive. He belonged to the Union Sabbath here.

Willie Schott was interred in the Geiger Cemetery.


Halletsville Herald, 15 Aug 1889, page 8

We regret to report the death of Wm. Schott, Jr., which occurred at the house of his parents Sunday. William was 10 years old and was an industrious youth. His death resulted from perniscious fever.

Colorado County Citizen
17 August 1889

Oakland Remarks

Death entered the family of our neighbor John William Schott, and took from them his little boy, Willie 11 years old. He was down in Lavaca County with his father and sister at her new home, had a congestive chill Sunday evening and died Monday morning at 10:00 o'clock. THe family summoned from here, but did not reach there in time to see him alive. He belonged to the Union Sabbath School here.

Anton W. Schott, 24 March 1879 - 12 August 1889, was buried in the Geiger Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson.


Weimar Mercury, 4 Mar 1927


Ms. Bertha Schott, 80 years, died at 10:50 p.m. Sunday at her residence in Humble. She is survived by three sons, A. O. Schott of Humble, F. V. Schott of Barlettsville, H. J. Schott of Oakland; three daughters, Mrs. F. A. Strunk of Yoakum, Mrs. H. B. McCance of Galveston and Miss Elizabeth Schott of Yoakum. The body will be sent to Sublime, Texas, by the Oliver Lewis Company at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday for burial. —Houston chronicle.

Many old time residents of this section will remember Mrs. Schott. Out heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, 11 Mar 1927, page 3


The funeral of Mrs. Bertha Schott, whose death occurred at Humble Feb. 27, was held from the Sublime Lutheran church Tuesday, with burial in Geiger cemetery. A selected choir sang appropriate songs and Rev. and Mrs. A. D. Rode sang sweetly, "Thy Will Be Done." The pallbearers were: Lester Schott, G. F. Schott, L. W. Schott, Wm. Fahrenthold, O. V. and V. D. Strunk. —Halletsville New Era.

Weimar Mercury, 11 Mar 1927, page 5


Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Val. Schott at Sublime last Wednesday. Mrs. Schott was 80 years of age at the time of her death, and had made her home with her son, Otto Schott, at Humble since the death of her husband, the late Mr. Val. Schoot. Mrs. Schott was a fine woman, who possessed the friendship and respect of all who knew her. Her health had been failing for some time, and her death, for one of her age, was not unexpected. She has gone to be with the loved ones who have gone on before.


Hallettsville Herald, 10 Jan 1913

Mrs. Emilie Schott.

On Tuesday evening December 24th, at 7:35 o'clock, at her home in this city occurred the death of one of our county's pioneer residents, Mrs. Emilie Schott, beloved wife of Wm. Schott, her demise resulting from a several weeks illness of paralysis of the right side.

The funeral was held Thursday Dec. 26, at 2 p. m., interment in City cemetery, Rev. R. Becker, pastor of Lutheran church, assisted by the ladies choir of that church, conducting the services at the home and the grave, a large number of friends and relatives from over the county and elsewhere attending, despite the cold, blustery weather, evidencing the esteem with which this good lady, was held by all who had been fortunate to possess her acquaintance and friendship

Mrs. Schott was born in Kettenhagen [Kortenhagen], Pomeran, Germany, in 1848, and at the time of her death had reached the age of 64 years, 8 months and 18 days. Her maiden name was Pagel, and when a small child came to America with her parents, who first settled in Austin [Fayette] county, later moving to Lavaca county, in the early '60s, making their home a few miles southeast of the city in what is now known as the Pagel Settlement neighborhood.

She grew to womanhood here, and was married to William Appelt, the union being blessed with a family of dutiful children, who have become prominent and respected citizens of our county and state, inheriting those traits of character and possessing that energy and shrewdness which placed their parents among the most successful and highly respected people of our county. Mr. Appelt died in May, 1905, and about three years ago Mrs. Appelt was wedded to Wm. Schott, a prominent farmer citizen of the Mertz Mill neighborhood, who together with other relatives is left to mourn her demise. Mr. and Mrs. Schott have made their home in this city since their marriage.

Mrs. Schott was a member of the Lutheran church and her life was filled with deeds of kindness and charity; in her home she always had a cordial greeting for visitors, friends and relatives.

Mrs. Schott leaves the following children: Mrs Steve AIblinger, and Mrs. C. J. Elstner of Route 1, Hallettsville, W. Emil Appelt, Julius H. Appelt, Mrs. W. J. Miller, Mrs. R. D. Ragsdale. Frank and William Appelt of this city, and Oscar Appelt of Sonora, Sutton county.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, 15 July 1938


Hallettsville, Texas, July 6. – Mrs. G. V. Schott of Yoakum, 62, formerly of this city, died at the Renger Hospital Monday, and was buried here Tuesday afternoon. Survivors are her husband, her aged father, Louis Mertz, Sr., of Pleasant Grove; two sons, Lawrence of Beeville and John of Yoakum; a daughter, Mrs. H. R. Bresel of Yoakum; five brothers, Louis Mertz, Jr., of Hallettsville, Ernest, Ed and Marcus Mertz of Pleasant Grove, and Emil Mertz of Yoakum; and three sisters, Mrs. F. V. Schott of Hallettsville, Mrs. Otto Schultz and Miss Tonie Mertz of Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Sept 28, 1934

Henry Lawrence Schott, aged 90 years, 3 months and 20 days, a highly respected citizen of Sublime, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Aug. Meyer, Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. The funeral services will take place at the Meyer home Friday at 2 o'clock p.m., followed by interment in the Sublime Cemetery.

Henry Schott is buried in the Smoothing Iron Cemetery near Sublime. Contributed by Regena Williamson.


Weimar Mercury, December 25, 1908

Hallettsville New Era

We have just learned of the death of Mrs. Henry Schott, one of Sublime's oldest and most beloved residents, which occurred Monday after a short illness from heart disease. Besides her sorrowing husband the following children survive her, the two first named being from her first husband: August Ziegler of Floresville, Rbt. Ziegler, Valetin and Ernst Schott, Mrs. Tom Rees and Mrs. August Meyer, all of Sublime. The funeral occurred at Sublime Tuesday, the large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends showing the esteem in which she was generally held.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, Mercury, Dec 5, 1941, page 1

Final Rites for Mrs. Leona Schott Held at Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Leona Schott, 66, life-long resident of the Oakland community, were held Friday, Nov. 28, from the Homer Koliba residence in Columbus, with the Rev. C. L. Boone conducting the rites. Mrs. Schott died at the Koliba home Wednesday after an illness of two months duration. Interment was made in the Sublime Cemetery.

Mrs. Schott was born at Oakland May 11, 1875, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Mayes. She spent her entire life in that section, only recently going to Columbus to stay with her relatives. Her husband, the late Henry Schott, preceded her in death a number of years ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Miss Mary Joe Mayes, Oakland; and Mrs. I. A. Smith, East Bernard; and three brothers, E. B. Mayes, Columbus; J. D. Mayes, Oakland; and J. W. Mayes, Columbus.

The Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ther Mercury extends heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing survivors.


Galveston News, 31 May 1957

Valentin F. Schott Services Here Today

Funeral services for Valentin Frederick (Fritz) Schott, 79, a resident of Galveston the past 18 years, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday from J. Levy & Bro. funeral home, the Rev. Melton W. Bulgerin officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Halletsville, Texas.

Mr. Schott died at 1:40 a.m. Thursday in John Sealy hospital. He resided at 2228 28th street and was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Sons of Hermann Lodge.

Born Feb. 28, 1878, in Oakland, Texas, Mr. Schott retired from farming about 1949.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Anne Schott of Galveston; three sons, Lester E. and Melvin A. of Galveston and Carl F. of Bellville, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. B. A. Booth of League City and Mrs. Harold Stevens of Galveston; a brother, A. A. Schott of Humble, Texas, and nine grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 June 1932, Oakland News Notes

Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Strunk and Mr. Henry Schott attended the funeral of Mr. Wm. Schott at Halletsville last Friday. Mr. Schott at one time was a resident of Oakland, and was a brother of the late Mr. Valentine Schott. He lived to a wonderful age, being ninety years old at time of death. His friends sympathize with his children in the loss of their beloved father.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, October 8, 2002


Shiner - Emma A. Schovajsa, 95, of Shiner, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002.

She was born Dec. 9, 1906, in Shiner, to the late Otto Sr. and Fredericka Neubauer Granz. She was a teacher and charter member of Teacher Retirement System. She was a member and ladies aid at United Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

Survivors: three nieces; and two nephews.

Preceded in death by: husband, Frank Schovajsa; parents; sisters, Dora Gerdes and Sydonia "Tony" Mikeska; and brother, Otto Granz Jr.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel the Rev. Charles Eckert officiating. Burial will be at Shiner Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352.

Memorials: Donor's choice.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


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

Miss Marie Schpiezenberger, a young lady well known in this vicinity, died at Shiner Thursday night, her remains being brought here and interred in the Catholic cemetery Friday. Her death was caused from blood poison, she having stepped on a rake about a week ago. The Eagle extends sympathy to the bereaved.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 18 July 1889

A gloom was cast over Yoakum Saturday by the death of Albert Schrade, son-in-law of J.R. Nagle, of Cuero, and manager of Nagel’s hardware store at Yoakum.  His death was caused by and attack of billious fever.  Mr. Schrade was in the 30th year of his age and leaves a wife and one child.  He was one of the most popular business men of Yoakum.  His remains were interred at Cuero. 
Transcribed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Gimlet, 6 August 1887

Recently, Mrs. Schrader was shot in the head and killed at her home at Sweet Home, Lavaca county. It seems that she had retired for the night, as she was in her night dress when shot. Her husband, Fred Schrader, was charged with doing the murder, and was arrested and jailed. Jealousy is said to have been the cause, if the husband is guilty, and the circumstances point strongly to his guilt, though he says some unknown party shot through the window.


Shiner Gazette, 24 Feb 1983, page 6B

Impressive Services Held For Annie Mae Kral Schreiber

Mrs. Harvey Schreiber, nee Annie Mae Kral, of Houston, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1983 in M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston after a prolonged illness. She reached the age of 44 years, 8 months and 16 days.

A prayer service was held at Heights Funeral Home Chapel in Houston at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The body arrived in Shiner at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 17 and lay in state at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where Holy Mass was concelebrated at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon, pastor of Shiner and the Rev. Eugene Janson of Schulenburg. Mrs. Marilyn Mraz was the organist.

Rosary was recited at the church at 1:30 p.m. Thursday by the Shiner KJZT Society of which she was a member.

Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her nephews, Kenny Schreiber of Austin, Tim Schreiber of San Antonio, Darren Picha of Pasadena, Terry Vogt of Kingwood, David Content of Houston and Kevin Kral of Stafford.

Mrs. Schreiber, one of seven children, was born May 29, 1938 at Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of Ernest and Annie (Simper) Kral, both natives of Shiner. She was reared on the family farm near Shiner and attended St. Ludmila Academy, graduating with the class of ’56, then attended Baldwin Business College in Yoakum.

On Nov. 24, 1958, she was married to Harvey Schreiber in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner with the Rev. John J. Hanacek performing the ceremony. The couple made their home in Houston, where her husband has a position in the post office. For a time she was employed with United Gas Co. and also worked for an accounting firm.

Surviving are her husband, Harvey Schreiber of Houston; a daughter, Laura Ann Schreiber, 18, of Houston; two sons, Mike Schreiber, 20, and Paul Schreiber, 12, both of Houston; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kral Sr. of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Ron (Angie) Paramore of Houston, Mrs. James R. (Georgie) Vogt of Kingwood and Mrs. Adolph (Jan) Cerny of Katy; three brothers, Joe Kral of Shiner and Ernest Jr. and Jim Kral, both of Stafford.

Heights Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Thiele Cooper Funeral Home, Yoakum, Texas:

Albina Agnes Schroeder, age 98, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2009. She was born in Sweet Home, TX, on March 12, 1911, to Edward Joseph and Frances Steffek Kutac.

She was an LVN at Yoakum Hospital for 25 years and 20 years at Yoakum Nursing Home.

Survivors: daughter, Joyce Ann Giddens and husband Mel of Kingsbury; son, Edward Joseph Schroeder and wife Marsha of Seguin; grandchildren, Erika Brown, Marshal Schroeder and Suzanne Vickery and great-grandchild, Sydney Ann Vickery.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Edwin Schroeder, and sister Lillie Zapalac.

Rosary was at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral mass was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph School Endowment Fund or St. Joseph Building Fund

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 3 Sep 1981

YOAKUM - Funeral services for Alfred W. "Pop" Schroeder, a Yoakum resident who died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1981 in Huth Memorial Hospital in Yoakum, were held Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald Ruppert officiating.

Burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum.

Rosary was recited Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Serving as pallbearers were Benjamin Erdelt, Franklin Erdelt, Edmund Suhr, Larry Wenske, Hugo Schriefer and Francis Marrou.

Mr. Schroeder, a retired custodian for the Yoakum Independent School District, reached the age of 75 years, 3 months and 10 days.

Mr. Schroeder, one of seven children, was born May 16, 1906, at Cheapside, son of Max Charles and Mathilda (Boedecker) Schroeder, natives respectively of Fayette County and Witting, Lavaca, County, Texas. He was married to Elizabeth Brosch.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Schroeder of Yoakum; a son, Sylvester Schroeder of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Tillie) Marrou of Gonzales, Mrs. August (Ann) Gerlich and Mrs. George (Lena) Edwards, both of Houston; a brother, Oscar Schroeder of Inez and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jan. 25, 1972; his mother, Nov. 13, 1972; one son, Kenneth Schroeder, was killed in a car accident in 1954; a sister, Erna Schroeder, about 1921 at age 14 months; one brother, Max C. Schroeder Jr., Dec. 10, 1964.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune Herald, 22 Jun 1990

Elizabeth Bertha Schroeder, 85, of Yoakum, died Tuesday, June 19, 1990, at 9:15 p.m. in the Yoakum Community Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum with the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating.

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

Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at Buffington Funeral Home.

She was born March 24, 1905 in Shiner to the late Joseph and Elenora Berkenhoff Brosch.

Surviving are a son, Sylvester "Bud" Schroeder of Houston; two sisters, Isabella Stasny of Houston and Helen Hairell of Yoakum; a brother, Charles Brosch of San Antonio; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Schroeder; a son, Kenneth Ray Schroeder; and six daughters.

Contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the Yoakum Community Hospital.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era Herald, Fri., 19 Nov 1954, page 1

Crash Kills Yoakum Boy, Injures Two

Kenneth Schroeder, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Schroeder of Yoakum, was killed in a car wreck at 11:16 pm Monday near the northeast city limits.

Two other youths were injured in the same car which skidded on some loose gravel and went through a bridge railing at Supply Jack Creek on Lavaca Street.  They were returning from a basketball game at Shiner in which young Schroeder was on to the players.  Schroeder was a junior at St. Joseph's high School and an employee of the Yoakum Herald Times.

The driver of the totally wrecked car was Bill Johnson, 16, also a junior at Saint Josephs High, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Johnson of Yoakum.  He was treated for head and face cuts.  The third youth in the car was Charles Hercheck of Yoakum, classmate of the other two at SJ H, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hercheck of Yoakum, was treated for facial cuts.

Young Schroeder suffered a broken neck and was thrown out of the car as it fell from the bridge into the shallow creek bed.

Funeral services were held at 9:15 Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home, thence to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Reverends Edward Jansky, Henry Rolf and William Halata officiating.  Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum.  Rosary was recited Wednesday night at the funeral home.

He is survived by his parents, one brother, Sylvester Schroeder of Yoakum, college student at Victoria College, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Schroeder of Cheapside.

Yoakum Herald Times news clipping

Throngs Pay Final Respects at Rites For Kenny Schroeder

Here to pay last respects at funeral services for Kenny Ray Schroeder Thursday were visitors from Cuero, Victoria, Yorktown, Floresville, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Hallettsville, Schulenburg, Houston, Beaumont, Sweet Home, Port Lavaca, Edna and Hostyn. They joined with a vast throng of local people in paying tribute to a splendid youth with whom it had been the privilege of the local newspaper staff to work during some six years of his industrious part-time activity.

Young Schroeder’s attainments were reviewed by Rev. Halata in a sermon at the Requiem Mass. Parishioners recalled that Kenny Ray started attending St. Joseph’s School at the age of 5 years and was absent only two days during his entire career there. He was an altar boy, for whom no time of the morning was too early to rise and fulfill a duty to his church and school.

In school, he was active in all projects of the Sodality, the Music Department, basketball teams, Cub Scouts and later the Boy Scouts with whom he reached the rank of an Explorer Scout. His musical talent won him the place of trumpet player with the Elo Muhlstein Orchestra of Moulton. He was ready at all times to sound Taps when called upon, his career making it highly appropriate for the large number of uniformed Scouts to pay last respects in a body.

At the SJH music department he had earned the reputation of becoming the best performer in whatever field he wished to enter, his attainments being a credit to the department and to his own willingness to work and to pass up all opportunities for idleness or leisure.

Pallbearers at the funeral, at which tribute was paid to a youth whose full career became an enshrined memory, were Ben Mikes, David Pulkrabek, Roger Immenhauser, Johnny McKnight, Clemmie Leopold and Frankie Raska.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 27 Dec 1960, page 1

Hallettsville Child Hit, Killed by Car

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE – A five-year-old child, visiting her grandparents near Hallettsville, was struck and killed instantly Monday when she started across busy Highway 77 to greet relatives who had just arrived.
Sherry Lynn Schroeder, who had impatiently waited for three cars to pass, stepped into the path of the fourth, driven by Frances Pilat of Shiner, at 2:35 p.m., Highway Patrolmen Wilbur Horstman and Richard Hurst said.

Site of the accident was about one-half mile north of this city.

Highway Patrolmen reported that no charges will be filed in the case.

Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schroeder Jr. of Hallettsville; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Tolbert of Hallettsville; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schroeder Sr. of Hallettsville; and a brother, David Schroeder.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. from the Kubena Funeral Chapel and at 2 p.m. in the Hallettsville Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Smith officiating. Interment will be in Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Dec 1894, page 2

Halletsville New Era:
A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Schulte, accidentally fell from a [cral?] last Wednesday night, from which it sustained a dangerous wound in the head. Medical attendance was of no avail and the child died Thursday night. It was about eight months old. We extend sympathy to the bereaved parents in the sad loss of their little one.


Weimar Mercury, 13 Nov 1935, page 1


Mr. Fritz Schultz, well known member of the Masonic fraternity and citizen of the Hackberry community, died Thursday of last week and the funeral was held, with Masonic honors, at the Old Kinkler Cemetery last Friday. He is survived by his widow and one son, Mr. Chas. Schultz of the Hackberry community.

Mr. Schultz, 77 years old, was highly regarded by his hundreds of friends throughout this section. He was related to the Breitkreuz family of this city.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, 19 Jan 1895 on page 2.

Post Special: Hallettsville, Texas January 15. Mr.  Joseph Schultz, a well to do young farmer, living about twelve miles south of here, came to town yesterday, sold cotton , bought a load of lumber and started for the home. En route he fell in with some friends; looking back and laughing and talking he did not notice his team, which ran the wagon against some obstacle in the road. The jar threw him out and he fell in such a position as to get caught under the wheel, which crushed his stomach so badly as to cause his death in a few minutes. He was buried from the Catholic Church today.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 13 Jan 1894, page 2

Hallettsville New Era: As we were about to go to press, news came in that Mr. Julius Schultz, a prosperous farmer of Witting had been fatally stabbed by Charles Brudendick. Sheriff Houchin, Esquire Townsend and County Attorney Ellis went to investigate.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1894, page 4.

Hallettsville New Era: Last Wednesday Mrs. Julius Schultz of Witting whose husband was killed there last fall, was before the court as a witness. The next day she gave birth to a child and died a few hours afterward.  Thus one disaster seems to have ultimately brought on the other. A number of orphan children mourn the loss of both parents. Sad indeed.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 25 Jun 1908

Wm. Shultz.

Died very suddenly last Saturday evening at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Chas. Pfeil, Mr. Wm. Shultz, aged 73 years. The funeral took place Monday evening in the Shiner cemetery. Mr. Shultz’s former home was in DeWitt County, where two sons survive him. Mrs. Chas. Pfeil was the only daughter. The funeral was largely attended.

Shiner Gazette, 25 Jun 1908, page 1

Card of Thanks.

We desire to express out heartfelt thanks to all who assisted us in the burial services of our dear father, Wm. Shulz, and especially do we thank the ladies, Rev. Wm. Dziewas and the Shiner Maennerchor for their beautiful songs.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Pfeil.

Shiner Gazette, 2 Jul 1908

—The GAZETTE was misinformed last week as to the number of children surviving Mr. Wm. Shultz. There are four sons and three daughters, one of whom is Mrs. Chas. Pfeil of Shiner.

Wm. C. Schultz, 5 Oct 1835 – 21 Jun 1908, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 11 Aug 1897



Mr. Schumacher, the Deceased, Was Well Known About Moulton.

Lying on the back in the barnyard, with his face turned toward to the blazing August sun, broiling, yet unconscious from the effects of morphine poisoning – such was the condition in which Eilert G. Schumacher, a supposedly prosperous and contented farmer of the Hochheim prairie, was found by his family on Tuesday about 1 p.m. A pill box labeled “Morphine,” almost empty, but still containing a little of the deadly powder, was found near him and told the story of his death. Medical attention was summoned at once and everything possible done, but the suicide died just twenty-four hours after he was found in the condition described. His funeral takes place at 4 p.m. to-day, the interment being the Hochheim Prairie burying ground. The sermon will be preached by Rev. William Waldorf, the German Evangelical Lutheran pastor of this city, of whose church the deceased was a member.

The unfortunate victim of his own despondency was fifty-three years of age and leaves a widow and large family of children, several of whom are grown. All live in the [“h” is upside-down] immediate neighborhood or at home. One daughter, Mrs. John Keopke, is married. Two of the elder sons, John and Herman, are well known in this city, as was their father.

About 11 o’clock Tuesday, Schumacher went out to the barnyard and when the family assembled for dinner he did not appear. After calling for him, all sat down thinking that he would soon come in. The meal was eaten in quiet and contentment, no one suspecting the awful scene that was soon to confront them, and it was not until dinner was over that search was made for the missing husband and father. Dr. A. H. Ross, of Hochheim, was at once sent for, and arrived at 3 p.m. Dr. W. T. Jones, of this city, was summoned later, and arrived at 8 p.m. Both physicians worked faithfully with the patient up to the time of his death, but their efforts were unavailing, owing to the fact that the drug was taken on an empty stomach and at least four or five hours elapsed before the arrival of the first physician. The unfortunate man never regained consciousness nor spoke a word. He left no letter or explanation of his deed.

Schumacher came here in 1888 from Bauer P. O., eight miles this side of Flatonia, and bought the farm on which he lived up to the time of his death, the old Philip R. Witte place, of 200 acres, seven miles from Yoakum and three from Hochheim, on one part of which stands the well known “Schuetzen Hall” on the road between this place and Hochheim, and erected a fine residence upon it. Like most Germans he occasionally drank a glass of beer, but he was not addicted to dridk [sic] and his reputation for sobriety was excellent. The only occasion on which he is known to have drank enough to make it perceptible, was on a visit to this city last Saturday. His relations with his family are also said to have been of the best and happiest character. He was considered prosperous by merchants of this city and was thoroughly honest. None suspected that he had financial troubles that were of a pressing character, and his credit was always good, even for large amounts. The cause of his suicide is therefore a matter of much speculation, but it seems to be conceded by those best informed that it was undue fear of inability to meet obligations. His farm bought about eight or ten years ago with only a small cash payment, the bolance [sic] being in a form of a vendor’s lien notes. It is asserted that these notes have never been paid, at least not in full, and it is known that at times he spoke of his fear of inability to meet interest on them. This year his crop, like that of his neighbors on the Hochheim prairie, is almost a total failure, owing to the ravages of cotton lice and cut worms, and it is believed that worry over this misfortune is what incited him to his rash deed. – Yoakum Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1901

Mrs. Emma Schuhmann.

One of the saddest events that has occurred in Shiner for a number of years was the sudden death, last Saturday night, of Mrs. Emma Schuhmann, wife of Mr. Theo. Schuhmann. Mrs. Schuhmann had been seriously ill for several weeks, but was thought to be better. She suffered a relapse Saturday morning, but it was not thought to be serious. The end came however Saturday night about nine o’clock when she suddenly expired without warning. She leaves a little baby boy about six weeks old.

The funeral took place Monday evening at 3 o’clock and was attended by one of the largest crowds ever seen in Shiner on a similar occasion. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. H. Rowland, and several beautiful songs were sung. The bereaved husband, mother and sisters have the deepest sympathy of all friends and acquaintances.

[another page in same issue]

The following persons were down from Flatonia to attend the funeral of Mrs. Emma Schuhmann: Mesdames C. F. Woods, W. A. Thatcher, M. L. Wilkins, Woodsmansee, F. P. Yeager and Miss Millie Goode; Messrs. F. P. Yeager, W. A. Thatcher, Abe Goode and Rev. H. M. Rowland.

Mrs. Schuhmann and son of Walhalla, Texas, mother and brother of Mr. Theo. Schuhmann, were here Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Emma Schuhmann.

Emma Mueller Schuhmann, 17 Jul 1875 – 26 Jan 1901, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Ceemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 1 Oct 1896

The Angel of Death.

Again it becomes the painful duty of the GAZETTE to chronicle a sad death, that of Mrs. Theodore Schuhmann, which took place Thursday eve. Her end was sudden and unexpected, and as the news spread over the town it created universal sorrow and regret. She left a baby but four months old. Mr. Schuhmann entered the employ of Wolters Bros. here two years ago. During the Christmas holidays, 1894, he was married and brought his young bride to Shiner and commenced housekeeping. Of a free-hearted, sociable disposition, he has made many friends, who extend to him their heart-felt sympathy in his sad loss. He had a lovely little home and was prepared to enjoy life with his young wife and little one, but now all is changed. the Angel of Death has desolated his home.

The interment took place at the O.D.H.S. cemetery at 4 o’clock Friday eve.

Johanne Schuhmann, 13 Mar 1874 - 24 Sep 1896, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Shiner Gazette, 24 Dec 1908, page 1, Dryer News column

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schumacher were in Yoakum Wednesday to attend the funeral of their little nephew, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schumacher, who died at the home of his parents in Yoakum on Tuesday. The interment took place in the O. D. H. S. cemetery in the Hochheim prairie. We sympathize with the bereaved parents in their deep sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 1 Jun 1928, page 2


Moulton, Texas, May 28. — Mr. Rosalie Schumann, 88 who died here Friday morning after a two weeks' illness, was buried in the Catholic cemetery Saturday morning with Rev. Kostorz of Flatonia officiating. She was a native of Germany and came to Texas in 1883, 10 years after her marriage. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Schumann, Sr., two sons, Andrew Schumann, Jr., of Gonzales, and Paul Schumann of Eric, Pa., 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Shiner Gazette, 19 Jul 1899

The six day’s-old baby of Mr. A. Schvab, died last Thursday and was buried Friday. The parents of the little one have our deepest sympathy.
Burial place unknown. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Apr 1897


Mrs. Annie Schwab died Saturday morning at eight o’clock. The interment took place Saturday evening at the O. D. H. S. cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Schwab came to Texas about a year ago from New York city in hopes that a change of climate would benefit Mrs. Schwab, who had then been in poor health some time. They settled at LaGrange, but moved to Shiner a short time ago. Mrs. Schwab’s health grew rapidly worse after they came to Shiner and the end was not unexpected.

Anna Schvab, 12 Jan 1870 – 3 Apr 1897, is buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 10 Aug 1895, page 1

Hallettsville New Era:
Died, at his home in this city, on July 29th, at 1:45 p. m., Mr. A. Schwartz, aged 54 years, 5 months and 15 days. He was buried in the Jewish cemetery on July 30th. Deceased was a native of Germany and had lived in Halletsville ever since before the war. He leaves a wife and five grown children and other relatives, to mourn his loss. He was a member of the A. O. U. W. and I. O. O. F. lodges, both of which turned out to escort him to his last resting place.


Shiner Gazette, 19 Jun 1901

A Shooting Affray.

Jim Schwartz Shot by John Vivial

An unfortunate and possibly fatal shooting affray occured [sic] here last Sunday evening at F. W. Hillmer’s saloon between Jim Schwartz and John Vivial. The quarrel arose over some slighting remarks made by Vivial about Schwartz’s wife, from whom he (Schwartz) had been separated for some time. Schwartz resented the remarks and knocked Vivial down. Vivial left the saloon but returned later in the evening and renewed the quarrel with Schwartz. Some blows were passed when Vivial suddenly drew a pistol and fired, the bullet entering Schwartz’s left side, striking a rib and passing, it is thought, into the bowls. Schwartz was taken to a room in the City Hotel and Dr. S. F. Nave was called to attend him, who probed the wound to find the bullet, but so far has been unable to locate it. The condition of the injured man is serious and his recovery doubtful.

Vivial surrendered to the officers and was at once conveyed to the county jail at Halletsville.

Mr. Schwartz died Monday night at 9 o’clock from the effects of the wound received and was buried Tuesday evening at 4 p. m. in the city cemetery by the Woodmen of the World, in which order he had a policy for $2000.

Weimar Mercury, 22 Jun 1901, page 2

Shiner, June 17. — Mr. James Schwartz, a young married man, was shot last night by John Vivial. Schwartz and Vivial had a difficulty early in the afternoon, which was renewed at night with the above result. Schwartz was dangerously wounded, being shot in the stomach with a 38-caliber Colts' pistol. Vivial surrendered right after the shooting to the local officers and was at once taken to Halletsvillle and put in jail. Schwartz died later.

J. E. Schwartz, 27 Jul 1872 – 17 Jun 1901, has a Woodmen of the World marker in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 19 Sep 1895

Mr Swartz died Sunday and was buried Monday morning.

Moulton News, 19 Sep 1895


Sunday morning about 9 o’clock John Kubana and Mathias Meitzenslager found Joseph Swartz lying in the road near Ed Balhorn’s house. Picking him up they carried him into Balhorn’s stable and laid him down and went on, thinking he would get all right in a little while. At noon Mr Balhorn went to his stable and was horrified to find Mr Swartz cold in death. He immediately gave the alarm, but Swartz was beyond all aid.

The deceased was 65 years old and leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss. His death was caused by the terrible heat of Sunday. The inquest was held by Squire Helweg, who rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

Joseph Schwarz, 1830 – 15 Sep 1895, was interred at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Moulton. Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 4 Apr 1895


In memory of little Mack Franklin Scovill only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Scovill died of tonsilitis near Moulton Inst. Nov. 18, 1894, aged 4 years, 6 months and 2 days. Death came with friendly care and claimed for its victim this precious treasure who was the joy and sunshine of home. Sick only a short time and all that loving hands could do to relieve his suffering was done. But God saw fit to pluck this young life from this sinful earth to bloom in eternity. it was so hard for the loving mother and devoted father brothers and sisters to give up this promising child, but he has gained heaven. His footsteps are no longer heart, the prattle the merry laughter and sweet voice that once sent a thrill of gladness through our hearts is still in death. The vacant chair around the fireside all bespeak the absence of this cherished idol bringing sadness and tears. Weep not “God knows best” where your treasures are you heart will be also. Lift your hearts Heavenward and meet little Mack on that Beautiful shore where he is watching and waiting at the gate to welcome you where parting is no more; one sweet thought where kindred ties are never broke and sorrow is unknown.

Jesus loves the little children
He has borne Mack o’er the flood
And has laid your treasure safely
In the bosom of our God.
To your heart take this comfort
Unto you in honor given
Blessed is that earthly parent
Who can claim a child in Heaven.

Written by a friend, March 25, 95

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 9 Oct 2002

Wayne H. Seale

AUSTIN - Wayne Howard Seale, 49, of Austin, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002.

He was born Feb. 23, 1953, in Shiner, to Lonnie Ray and Dorothy Louise Sembera Seale of Shiner. He was a ranch manager and a Baptist.

Survivors: daughter, Shea Seale of Austin; son, Matthew Seale of Buda; parents; and sister, Lea Kelly of Orlando.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Kenneth Hibbs officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 30 Oct 1890, page 3

Hallettsville New Era: Monday morning at 5 a. m. the spirit of Ollie S. Searcy, the 14-year-old son of District Clerk, O. C. Searcy, winged its flight to a better land. The little fellow was sick but a few days and his death was a great shock to the family.

Oliver S. Searcy, 1876-1890, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Colorado Citizen, 20 Jan 1881, page 2

The Hallettsville Herald and Planter of yesterday announces the death of three citizens of that county—W. W. Searcey, Esq., Mrs. Nathan Avant and Mrs. Mayfield.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Lavaca County Tribune, 24 Dec 1943

Aged Resident Dies Wednesday

Mrs. Emilie Sebastian, aged 82 years, 3 months and 16 days died at her home on Route 5, Wednesday mornng at 8 a. m. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Kubena Funeral Home by Rev. Windecker, Lutheran Minister. Interment was in the City Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Colorado Co. on September 6, 1861 and 59 years ago she married Frederich Sebastian, who died in 1933.

She is survived by 3 sons, Fritz of Waco, Julius of Witting and William of Breslau and 3 daughters, Mrs. Minnie Schneider of Witting, Miss Louise Sebastian of San Antonio and Miss Emilie Sebastian of Breslau (at home). Others who survive are one sister, Mrs. Oscar Rosse of Kingsville, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Kubena Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Victoria Advocate, Feb 5, 2005

YOAKUM—Joyce Rosemary Seekamp, 87, of Yoakum, died Feb. 2, 2005. She was born Dec. 22, 1917, in Moulton, to the late Joseph and Christine Jilek Kopecky. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors: sons, Charles Herman Seekamp of Yoakum, John Frank Seekamp of Corpus Christi, Joe Ray Seekamp of San Antonio, and Craig Morgan Seekamp; sisters, Eunice Christy Kopecky of Corpus Christi and June Rose Hill of Dallas; nine grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Charles Seekamp; brother, Alvin Joe Kopecky.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, Dr. Thomas Loftin officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Steven Seekamp, Morgan Seekamp, Trevor Seekamp, Nicholas Seekamp, Shelton Buenger, and Lupe Gonzales.

Memorials: Yoakum Heritage Museum or donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, 20 Aug 1904, page 8

Halletsville, Aug. 16. — Late yesterday afternoon, at his home, about two miles west of town, Christian Sefeck committed suicide by taking strychnine. No cause is assigned for the act unless he was temporarily insane. He was a man of middle age.


Victoria Advocate, 12 May 2004

Larry E. Seifert

MOULTON - Larry E. Seifert, 58, of Moulton, died Monday, May 10, 2004.

He was born Feb. 12, 1946, in Moulton, to the late Elo E. and Helen Brom Seifert. He was vice president of Lone Star Bank and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion, Hermann Sons, Moulton Chamber of Commerce, and Moulton Junior Livestock Association.

Survivors: wife, Gladys Branecky Seifert; sons, Steven Seifert and Dale Seifert, both of Moulton; and sisters, LaNell Rauschuber and Sylvia Clutter, both of San Antonio.

Preceded in death by: daughter, Melissa Seifert; and brother, Stanley Seifert.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


undated Victoria Advocate clipping

BAY CITY - Mildred Tolbert Seifert, 90, of Bay City, Texas passed away Monday, February 27, 2012 at Emeritus in Sugar Land, Texas.

Mildred was born November 23, 1921 in Luling, Texas to Jesse A and Mary Agnes Tolbert. Mildred was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family was blessed with her unconditional love. Mildred was an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Altar Society. She was active in the Garden Club, where she held numerous offices and judged flower shows around the area. She loved playing Bridge with several bridge clubs in town. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Mildred is survived by a son, Kenneth Seifert and wife Debbie Seifert of Pasadena, Texas; and two daughters, Kathy Griffith of Houston, Texas; and Ann Heil and husband Rick Heil of Richmond, Texas 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin "Buck" Seifert and her parents and two brothers, Arthur A. Tolbert, Jesse A Tolbert, and four sisters, Leatrice Schuessler, Beatrice Kuykendall, Agnes "Pally" Dixon and Dorothy Lee Harnden.

Family will receive friends from 4:00pm until 6:00pm on Friday, March 2, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with Rosary services at 6:30pm. Funeral services will be 10:00am Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City. Interment will be 3:00pm at St.Joseph's Cemetery in Yoakum, Texas. Pallbearers will be Lance Griffith, Dirk Griffith, Ryan Seifert, Josh Heil, Spencer Seifert and Jonathan Aigner. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Mass intentions be made in her honor at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 22 Nov 1918, page 6


Mr. and Mrs Otto Seiko of near Sublime mourn the loss of their little daughter, Herta Anna Wilhemina, aged 10 months, who died of pneumonia on Nov. 12. She was born Dec. 24, 1917. The funeral occurred Wednesday aternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the family home, with interment in the Geiger cemetery near Sublime, Rev. M. Heinrichs of the Halletsville Lutheran church officiating. — Halletsville New Era.


Shiner Gazette, 13 Apr 1911

Card of Thanks.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors who so kindly rendered their assistance during the illness, death and burial of our little baby. We assure them we shall ever remember their many kindnesses.

Mr. and Mrs. Gus Seims.

Wesley Otto Seim, 1 Dec 1910 – 9 Apr 1911, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Cuero Record, Monday, June 9, 1969

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Mrs. Angelina Seitz, long-time resident who died in a Tulsa, Okla., hospital Saturday, were to be held at 4 p.m. today at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

The Rev. D. I. Dolton was to officiate with burial to be in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

A resident of Yoakum for 30 years, Mrs. Seitz had resided in a Tulsa rest home since March.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Logan of Tulsa; three brothers, Frank and John Mikeska of Shiner, and J.E. Mikeska of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Elsik of Victoria and Mrs. Mary Migl of Inez, and nine grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jul 1908, Local News column

Mr. Joe Seitz of near Sweet Home died last Monday. Joe had been sick since July 4th, when he attended the barbecue at Yoakum.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 25 Oct 1894, page 5

Sublime Locals

Sublime was treated to a little excitement the other day by the news that Frank Morris had killed George Selph. It was not a surprise to many and everybody said "I expected that a long time ago." Selph had been rather intimate at Morris' home, which resulted in the killing. A man that helped to dress the corpse said that Selph received at least 40 buckshot in his breast, neck, and head. This is the 2d man killed at Morris' home. About 2 years ago George Kinstlow [Kincheloe?] was shot and killed by George Selph in the presence of Mrs. Morris. We hope that Frank may have peace hereafter. He is now under a $200 bond, to appear before the next grand jury of Colorado county.


Weimar Mercury
May 2, 1908, page 10

Cullings from Cheetham.

We are pained indeed to chronicle the death of Mr. Toff[sic] Overstreet Selph, which sad event occurred Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Mr. Selph's health began to fail four or five months ago. Eminent physicians were consulted and everything that medical skill and loving kindness could do was done,but to no avail. He was unable to lie down, and sat up in a rocking chair for six weeks before his death. Mr. Selph was in his 53rd year. He was twice married and a wife and four children survive him. Although he suffered greatly, he bore his affliction meekly and never complained. His remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Geiger cemetery two miles north of Sublime last Monday eve. Ye scribe tenders his heart-felt condolence to the bereaved family.

[The obituary says Selph was interred at the Geiger Cemetery, yet his marker is located at the Cheatham Cemetery in Colorado County. Was he reinterred?]
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, March 4, 1916

Sheridan News Column

April 10.—The death angel again visited this vicinity and the tired sprirt of Mr. Deek Selph, who has been suffering with a severe attack of asthma for the past six weeks, was carried back to God who gave it, last Thursday morning shortly before the rising of the sin. Mr. Selph had lived in this community for years and was well known and liked for his many noble traits of character. One of his brothers, Mr. Mack Selph, is our respected barber and milk tester. We extend the bereaved family our heartfeld sympathy.

Deak Selph was buried in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Shiner Gazette, 18 Oct 1905, Henkhaus column

In our last letter we reported that Mrs. Joe Selzer of Victoria, who was here by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fehler, for the benefit of her health, and that there was hope for her recovery, but since then the angel of death claimed its victim, it being the fourth death in Mr. Fehler’s family inside of 9 months.

Last winter three of their children, and only son and two daughters, died of typhoid fever within three weeks, and now Mrs. Joe Selzer, their last daughter. Mrs. Selzer had been in bad health for quite a while. First she contracted a lung trouble, of which she got cured, but being weakened through this, her heart suffered, which caused her death. She had recently been taken to San Antonio by her parents for treatment. After being there awhile she came back home to her parents, her health having improved some, but her trouble had gone beyond human help.

Last Thursday morning, Oct. 12, she felt a little worse than usual, and she asked to her parents to phone to her husband to come, as she wished to see him. Mr. Fehler at once phoned Mr. Selzer to come, although it was not expected that she would die so soon, but by 11 o’clock Thursday morning she closed her eyes to the world, its sorrow and pain. Her death was sudden. Her husband arrived about 10 hours after her death.

Deceased was but 25 years, 10 months and 21 days of age. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two little children, (a girl of 4 years and a boy of about 2 years,) besides her parents and four sisters, numerous other relatives and friends to mourn her early demise.

She was buried at the Shiner cemetery Saturday evening.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved.

Bertha Selzer, 21 Nov 1879 – 12 Oct 1905, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Apr 1897

Mrs. J. Selzer, wife of a farmer living several miles from town, died Friday while her husband was here in town on business. She had been in poor health for some time.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 17 Jun 2005

Carroll Sembera - SHINER

SHINER - Carroll Sembera, 63, of Shiner, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005.

He was born July 26, 1941, in Shiner, to the late Adolf and Wilma Stepan Sembera. He played professional baseball for the Astros, Expos, and Cardinals (1962-1973), was a baseball scout for the Seattle Mariners, and a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Margaret "Margie" Sofka Sembera; daughters, Sonya Lovejoy of Burleson, Jacqueline Witte of Yoakum, Michelle Schuette of Shiner, and Lea Ann Flynn of Yoakum; son, Michael Sembera of Weimar; sister, Dorothy Seale of Shiner; and 10 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brother, Clarence A. Sembera.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert E. Knippenberg officiating.

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

Memorial: Donor's Choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross
See Victoria Advocate newspaper article


Shiner Gazette, 25 Oct 1905

Mrs. Mary Sembera, wife of Rud. Sembera of Shiner, died last Monday of consumption, and was buried Tuesday in the Catholic cemetery. The Gazette extends sympathy.

Shiner Gazette, 15 Nov 1905

In the notice of the death of Mrs. Mary Sembera, published in the Gazette recently, an error was made in stating the deceased was the wife of Rud. Sembera. We should have said Wm. Sembera.

Mary Sembera, 1880-1905, was buried in Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 14 Mar 1901

A Sad Accident.

Mr. Adolph Senftenberg Accidentally Shoots Himself With His Pistol.


Large Number Attended Funeral At City Cemetery.

Sunday morning about 7 o'clock, Mr. Adolph Senftenberg, who intended to take his family out for a picnic that morning, was standing on the gallery of his residence engaged in cleaning his pistol—a thirty-eight calibre Smith and Wesson, when the weapon was accidentally discharged, the bullet striking him in the forehead near the base of the nose, penetrating the skull, upward and to the rear, the missile being afterward found in his cap. He fell backward and died almost instantly.

Mr. Reinecke and Mr. Braunig, two near neighbors, on hearing the shot and the outcry, at once rushed over to the residence. Mr. Senftenberg was then dead, or nearly so. He was fully dressed in his hunting suit, near by was his shot gun, recently cleaned and oiled and several articles ready prepared for lunch, he having the evening before bought fishing tackle and employed a colored boy to go along as waiter. Mrs. Senftenberg, when the horrible accident took place, was only a few feet away preparing breakfast, the other members of the family, Messrs. Charley and Henry Senftenberg and little Misses Blanche and Feney were busily preparing for the days outing.

The theory of the accident is, that in cleaning the pistol, which had been loaded for some time, Mr. Senftenberg first soaked the weapon in oil and then took out all of the shells but one, which stuck; this one he tried to get out with a small wooden rod he had, with a rag on it, and that in doing so he turned the muzzle up and looked down it while trying to push out the shell, his finger may have slipped or the pistol gone off at half cock.

Squire S. J. Townsend, was called in as coroner and after viewing the body gave in the cause of death as a gun shot wound accidentally inflicted.

The burial took place from the family residence Sunday evening at 5:30 under the auspices of Murchison Lodge No. 80 A. F. & A. M. A large number attended the interment.

Mr. Senftenberg was born and raised at Baden, Germany, and at his death was 53 years seven months and twelve days old. He came to America about thirty-five years ago and first made his home in Kentucky. He moved from that State to Texas, settling at Columbus, where twenty-five years ago, he married Miss Mena Merseburger. Shortly after he entered the employ of the G. H. & S. A. Ry., with which he remained for sometime, holding positions of prominence and trust.

Afterwards he went into the merchantile [sic.] business and was for years one of the leading merchants of Columbus and LaGrange. About a [sic.] three years ago he moved to Halletsville where he has since made his home.

Mr. Senftenberg was a member of Columbus Blue Lodge A. F. & A. M. and of Boyce Chapter, R. A. M. No. 186 of Halletsville. He was also a member of the following benevolent orders and insured:
Sons of Herman . . . $$1,000
A.O. F. W. ... 2,000
K. of P's ... 3,000
K. of H. ... 2,000
He had just returned from a trip to Houston and Galveston and expected to take the road for a leading house of the latter city in a short time.

To know Adolph Senftenberg, was to like him. Always a perfect gentleman, genial, full of life and vitality, he numbered his friends by legion and if he had an enemy we never heard of it. Life to him seemed made up of a desire to be pleasant to others and to ever lend the hand of assistance where it was needed. He has gone over the dark river but ife[?] the mystic boatman reached the shore from whose sand feet that have pressed it never return, he could but have felt the glow of good friendship that always enveloped his passenger. "If within that distant aden" friends shall meet, he doubtless will be one among the throng of "other friends who have flown before: to welcome us.

A good man and true is gone, rest to his soul. To his sorrowring [sic.] wife and family the HERALD extends its utmost sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Shiner Gazette, 13 Mar 1901, page 1


Accidentally Kills Himself While Cleaning His Pistol.

Halletsville, Texas, March 10 – Mr. A. Seftenberg was accidentally killed this morning at 7 o’clock at his residence while attempting to clean a 47-calibre pistol. He was making arrangements to go fishing and had gone out on the back gallery to clean his pistol. All the cartridges had been removed but one, and it is thought that in attempting to remove this one it exploded, striking the deceased on the forehead, passing through the head. The deceased moved to this place from Columbus several years ago. He was 53 years of age and leaves a wife and five children to mourn his death. He was buried at 5:30 today by the Masonic fraternity.

Adolph Senftenberg, 28 Aug 1845 – 10 Mar 1901, was buried in the Hallettsville Jewish Cemetery. Gazette obituary contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Dec 1905, page 1

Chronicle Specials: Halletsville, Dec. 22.—Charles Senftenberg, aged 27 years, died last night of consumption. Deceased resided in Houston until three months ago, since when he went to El Paso for his health, finally returning here, his old home, to await final dissolution. He will be interred here tomorrow.


From an unidentified news clipping

Lorraine Migl Sengelmann, 79, of Hallettsville, passed away July 30, 2009. She was born on January 27, 1930 to Frank A. & Paulina Raindl Migl in Lavaca County, Texas. She married Alex C. Sengelmann Jr. on June 1, 1968 in Schulenburg. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. Lorraine was a compassionate individual. She spent much of her time caring for her father and her brother, Willie Joe. In the later years, she nurtured her pet cat, Tiger. She loved the performer Elvis along with the television shows, Matlock, Cops, In the Heat of the Night, and Street Patrol. Aunt Lorraine was also a very talented at needlework and was generous at sharing her beautifully finished pieces. She will always be remembered for her kindness and sincerity.

Lorraine is survived by: 2 brothers, Frankie A. Migl of Shiner, and Jerry Paul Migl of Hallettsville; sister Mary Fishbeck of Moulton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by: her husband Alex; parents; 3 brothers, William “Willie Joe” Migl, George Migl, and Alfred Migl; and 3 sisters, Viola Cocek, Janie Irene Charrier, and Lillie Marie Tesch

Funeral Mass: 11:30 am, Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation: 3:30 pm, Sunday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Michael Rother. Pallbearers: Ed Biehunko Jr., Daniel “D.J.” Doran, George Migl Jr., David Targac, Donnie Targac, and Scott Targac. Honorary Pallbearers: all the nieces and nephews. Burial: Hallettsville City Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, TX

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, December 18, 1906

Shiner, Tex., Dec. 17.—A deplorable accident occurred yesterday a few miles from here, whereby one man lost his life.

Adam Zavoda and Jacob Sostak[sic.] were hunting, when in some manner Zavoda's gun was accidentally discharged and the whole load of shot struck Sostak in the head. He lived a few hours, but never regained consciousness.

Sostak was about 30 years of age and unmarried.

Jakub Sestak, 9 May 1887 - 15 Dec 1906, was buried in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 28 Feb 1900


Last Wednesday at her home on the Dr. S. F. Nave farm, near Shiner, Mrs. Hugo Setzmann. The funeral took place on Thursday at the Shiner cemetery and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends, quite a number being present from Engle, the former home of the deceased. The bereaved husband and children have the sympathy of all who know them, in their great and sudden affliction. There are eight little children, the eldest being only thirteen years old. [Burial place unknown.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Eagle Lake Headlight, December 31, 1981

Ben Sevier Rites Held in Yoakum

Friends and relatives were saddened to learn of the death of Ben Louis Sevier of Yoakum, nephew of Mrs. Grace Kucherka of Eagle Lake.  He passed away Thursday November 12.

When he failed to appear for lunch, his mother found him succumbed in his garden.

The late Mr. Sevier was born Feb. 7, 1929.  His parents were Walter and Luranie Sevier of Sheridan.

Funeral services were held from Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum Nov. 14th with interment following in the Restland Cemetery in Yoakum.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Pleas Holster; a half-sister, Mrs. Betty Cresta, a half brother, Junior Holster, all of Yoakum: and other relatives and friends.

His father, Walter Sevier, preceded him in death on January 29, 1929.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Shiner Gazette, 20 Jun 1895, page 1


I wish to thank my friends for their assistance and kind ministrations during the last illness of my baby boy, Fred.


Shiner Gazette, 20 Jun 1895


Mr and Mrs R G Seydler’s little baby boy, Fred, died Sunday of cholera infantum. He had been ill just a week. He was 9 months old. The funeral took place Monday evening at four o’clock at the Hermann Soehne cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in this, their sad bereavement.

Fred Seydler, 31 Aug 1894 – 16 Jun 1895, appears to have been buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 2 Feb 1934, Page 2


Gonzales, Texas, Jan. 27. — Mrs. Louise Seydler, 66, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. G. Blohm, of Schulenburg Saturday. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. O. G. Blohm of Schulenburg, with whom she had been making her home, and two sons, Julius R. Seydler of Baytown and George Seydler of this city. Funeral services will be held in Shiner Sunday. — San Antonio Express News Special.

Mrs. Louis Seydler, widow of the late Richard Seydler and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fahrenthold, Sr., of this city, was well and favorable known to many of our people. With her family she lived here for a number of years after her marriage to Mr. Seydler, the family afterward moving to Shiner. Mrs. Seydler was a woman of many kindly, admirable traits, ever proving herself a devoted wife and mother, a splendid neighbor and friend, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by many old time friends of the family. She was a sister of Mrs. B. B. Hefner and Mrs. John Schindler, Jr., and Mr. Chas. Fahrenthold of this city. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Shiner Gazette, 28 Mar 1900


Marguerite, the little 11 months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Seydler, died last Friday morning and was buried in the O. D. H. S. cemetery. The many friends of the bereaved parents extend to them their heartfelt sympathy. Time alone can assuage their deep grief.

Marguerite Seydler, 28 Apr 1899 – 23 Mar 1900, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Apr 1902


I desire to express my heartfelt thanks to my neighbors and friends also the O. D. H. S. and A. O. U. W. lodges for their kind care and attention during the last illness of my husband. I also wish to specially thank the members of the band for their services so freely extended at the funeral.


Shiner Gazette, 7 May 1902

Mrs. Louise Seydler has received the appointment of postmistress of Shiner, to fill the unexpired term of her deceased husband Mr. R. G. Seydler.

R. G. Seydler, 26 Aug 1865 – 31 Mar 1902, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. There is no existing 2 Apr 1902 Gazette that might have included his obituary. Contributed by Matt Cross


[no obituary available]


The relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral of 

Mrs. Annie Sharrock

Aged 70 years, 5 months and 20 days, whose death occurred at her home on Route 1, at 12:15 a. m., Saturday, May 6, 1933. The funeral will leave the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Frels on East Gonzales Street at 9:30 tomorrow (Sunday) morning for the Catholic Church where services will be conducted at 10 o'clock. Interment will take place in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Yoakum, Texas, May 6, 1933.

Additional Information: Annie Manning is the daughter of Benedict Manning of Yoakum, Texas. She was born November 1863, Perry Co. Missouri. Annie is the second wife of Henry Hillmann. After Henry’s death, she married D.L.( David Lawton) Sharrock in Yoakum, Tx. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


Victoria Advocate, 16 Feb 1995, page 10A


MOULTON - Claude W. "Buck" Sherry, 78, of Moulton, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1995.

He was born Oct. 29, 1916, in Delhi to the late James S. and Evelyn Parker Sherry. He was a house painter. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Disabled Army Veterans.

Survivors: daughter, Cornelia Pohler of Moulton; son, Claude D. Sherry of Moulton; sisters, Gladys Wood of Schertz and Margie Eddlemann of Victoria; brothers, Clyde Meyer and Robert Meyer, both of Houston, and Harry Meyer of Moulton; and four grandchildren.

Preceded in death by one sister.

Services: 1 p.m. today, Smith Funeral home chapel, the Rev. Warren Baker officiating.

Burial: Old Moulton Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, 596-4631.

Pallbearers: Claude D. Sherry, Rebecca Sherry, Jason Pohler, Johnny Meisetschleager, Bennie Polasek, and Kenneth A. Schultz.

Memorials: Moulton Fire Department, Moulton E.M.S., or donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 02/13/1931

Annie Shimek Claimed by Death

Although desperately ill for sometime before her death and her life despaired of yet when news of her death was flashed from home to home, Mrs. Annie Shimek's many friends were deeply grieved. her death occurerd at the family home in the Shimek community at 8 o'clock Sunday night. Funeral took place in the Bila Hora burying ground Tuesday afternoon, a number of relatives and friends from this city and vicinity attending same. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister.

Mrs Annie Shimek was born March 3, 1880, at Bila Hora, Texas. Making her age at time of death—Feb. 8, 1931—50 years, 11 months and 24 days. Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Henry Hnatek, three brothers, Mr. Frank Shimek of Hallettsville, Mr. John Shimek of Weimar and Mr. W.J. Shimek of Shimek, and two sisters, Mrs. J.F. Holubec of Granger and Mrs. H.M. Little of Harlingen: also a number of nieces and nephews. Her father and mother, one brother and one sister preceded her in death a number of years ago.

She was an affectionate and loving mother, a kind and considerate sister adn daughter, a helpful neighbor, ever putting the needs of others before her own interests or wishes and a sweet, good, christian character in every respect. Wherever known she was greatly beloved, and in her passing all mourn the loss of a sweet, good woman.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Dallas Morning News, August 1, 1931

Yoakum, Texas, July 31.—Funeral services were held Wednesday afternooon for Mrs. Julius Shimek, 35, who died Tuesday at her home near Sweet Home.

She is survived by her husband and four sons.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 7, 1948

Frank Shimek Rites Held Last Sunday At Hallettsville

Funeral services for Frank Shimek, 76, of Hallettsville, brother of W. J. Shimek of Weimar, were held Sunday afternoon, May 2, from Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, Rev. A. D. Klages officiating. The Masonic Lodge assisted in the rites. Mr. Shimek died at his home Fridaty morning about 10:30 o’clock, after a lingering illness.

Born in Washington County December 16, 1871, he went to Hallettsville as a young man and there was owner of a dry goods store for many years. Later he represented an insurance firm. His wife was the former Miss Verna Faros, whom he married at Shiner.

Surviving are his widow; one son, Fritz K. Shimek of San Antonio; one daughter, Mrs. Alfred Pruch of Little Rock, Arkansas; two brothers, John Shimek of Santa Rosa and W. J. Shimek of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Holubec of Granger and Mrs. Homer Little of Santa Rosa; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Dr. C. T. Dufner, J. E. Timm, William Pillar, Jack Goode, W. L. Roberts and Jim Davis Goode.

Submitted at Rosemary Ermis


Undated newspaper clipping

Saturday Rites For Geo. Shimek, 53

Funeral services were held here Saturday, Feb. 27th, 10:45 a. m. for George Shimek, 53, of Yoakum Route 3, the Rev. E. J. Jansky officiating at Buffington Chapel, St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Cemetery.

Mr. Shimek, native of the Sweet Home area, was born December 4, 1906. He died at Huth Memorial Hospital here Thursday 10:30 p. m., following an illness of about one year and a recent operation.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Roberta Shimek of Yoakum; two sons, George Shimek Jr., and Robert Shimek, both of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Dennis Wick and Miss Sheri Shimek, both of Yoakum; 2 grandchildren; three brothers, William Shimek of Shiner, Julius and Frank Shimek of Yoakum; one sister Mrs. Mary Horky of Edna; nieces and nephews.
Rosary was recited at Buffington Chapel Friday night at 8 p. m.

Among those from out-of-town attending the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Emil Horky and sons Ray and Johnny of Angleton, who came for the funeral services for their niece's husband.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune

George Travis Shimek

George Travis Shimek, 54, of Sweet Home, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1993.

He was born Aug. 11, 1939, in DeWitt County, son of the late George Travis and Roberta Lauer Shimek and was a leather worker with Double J Saddlery and a former employee of Dresser Atlas Company. He married Peggy Brown on Feb. 18, 1974, and was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Sweet Home.

Survivors his wife, Peggy Brown Shimek; six daughters, Marie Patterson, Michele Moore and Valerie Moore, all of Yoakum and Margaret Stueber, Jennifer Shimek and Desiree Shimek, all of Sweet Home; two sisters, Janet Wick of San Antonio and Cheri Hart of Sweet Home; a brother, Robert Shimek of Sweet Home; and nine grandchildren.
Christian wake service was conducted 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Sweet Home. The Rev. Charles Sonnier officiated.

Burial followed in the Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Sweet Home, under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

Pallbearers were Tommy Kaye, Bobby Cliffe, Ray D'Spain, Edward Jemelka, Joe Roller and Weldon Turner.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of South Texas, Yoakum Branch.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1914, page 1

Thomas Shimek, the aged father of our townsman, J. F. and John Shimek, died at the family residence at Shimek, a few miles south of Weimar, Friday morning and was buried the following day. Mr. Shimek was about 72 years old at the time of his death. He was ever regarded as being one of our best and most substantial citizen. Quiet of demeanor, of frugel[sic] habits, honest and straightforward in his dealings with his fellow-man, he possessed the friendship and esteem of all his neighbors and acquaintances. He was regarded by all as a splendid, good citizen, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Thomas Shimek, 1842-1 May 1914, is buried in the Bila Hora Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 8 Aug 1913

T. B. Shoemake at Sublime

Sublime Tex., July 23. —The body of Terrell Burl Shoemake, 81 years old, a confederate veteran, was buried here yesterday. He served throughout the civil war in a Texas regiment. Mr. Shoemake had lived on the same farm for forty-two years and held the highest of all who knew him. He leaves a wife and thirteen children, all residing in Texas. Mr. Shoemake had been an invalid for eight years.

Deborah Smith has provided information that Ferrell Burrell Shoemake's name was written incorrectly in the obituary above and that he was buried in the Geiger Cemetery.


August 1968 Hallettsville newspaper clipping

J. F. Shoemake

On Thursday of last week Mr. Oscar Shoemake of Hallettsville was notified of the death of his brother, J. F. (Boss) Shoemake of San Saba. He, along with E. C. Shoemake, went to Brownwood to attend the funeral Friday. Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Cook of Speaks, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Grunewald of Sublime.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Victoria Advocate, Friday, June 18, 1971, Page 8A

Mrs. Oscar Shoemake (Leona Harms)

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Oscar H. Shoemake, 79, of Hallettsville, died at 7:25 a.m. Thursday in a local hospital after a lingering illness.

Her husband, Oscar H. Shoemake, former Justice of the Peace, died June 4 and was buried June 7. She was born Dec. 21, 1891, in Sublime. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hallettsville.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Holbrook officiating. Burial will be in Geiger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Louis and Oscar Harms, William and Oscar Einkauf, Leon Gregory and Victor Einkauf.

Named as honorary pallbearers are Gus Applet, Oscar Manning, Howard Streich, B.O. Vibrock, L.J. Rains, Rudy Flato Jr. and Ollie Clements.

Surviving are a son, Travis Shoemake of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. H.A. Poppe of Sublime, and Mrs. Erna Richter of Houston; a granddaughter, Mrs. Darline Jordan of Port O'Prince, Trinidad, West Indies and two great grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Victoria Advocate, Monday, June 7, 1971, Page 9A

Oscar Shoemake

HALLETTSVILLE—Oscar Shoemake, 84, of Hallettsville, retired Justice of the Peace of Pct. 1, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday in a local rest home.

Mr. Shoemake was born Jan. 5, 1887, in Sublime. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the rev. Dwight Reagan and the Rev. Robert Holbrook officiating. Burial will be in Geiger Cemetery under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until time fo the services.

Pallbearers will be Oscar and William Einkauf, Leon Gregory, Howard Brooks, Ben Rother and Halton Buchanek.

All deacons of First Baptist Church are named as honorary pallbearers.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Leona Harms Shoemake of Hallettsville, a son, Travis Shoemake of Houston; a brother, E.C. Shoemake of Pharr; a granddaughter, Mrs. Darlene Jordan of Trinidad, West Indies, and two great grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Shiner Gazette, 13 Oct 1910, page 1, Lone Tree Cullings column

(Delayed from last week.)
Oct. 2, 1910.

The sad message reached our little community this morning of the unexpected death of Joe Shulak Sr. of Boundary Prairie.

Shiner Gazette, 13 Oct 1910, page 1, Mount Olive Dots column

Sorry to report the death of Mr. Joe Shulak Sr. of near here who died last Saturday.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, July 29, 1947

Mrs. Emma Anna Sicko Passes Away

A well known lady of Hallettsville route 1, Mrs. Emma Anna Sicko, age 53 years, 6 months and 9 days, died Friday, July 25, at her home. Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m, at the residence at Sublime, with interment in the Geiger Cemetery.

The deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church. She was born at Breslau in the year 1894, and before her marriage was Miss Emma Anna Backhaus. In 1914 the deceased was married to Otto Sicko, and the couple lived at Sublime all but one year since then, spending that short period at Hochheim.

Surviving are the following children: seven daughters, Mrs. C. H. (Hilda) Massey of Michigan; Mrs. C. D. (Anita) Patterson of Molden Missouri; Miss Hilda Sicko of Cuero; Miss Kathryn, Miss Lorine; Miss Pearlie Ann, and Miss Hollie, all at home; sons: Harry F. of La Grange; Fritz of El Campo; Lester at home. Two daughters preceded her in death. One brother and two sisters survive: Willie Backhaus of Roscoe, Tennessee; Mrs. Kurt Pfuhl of Shiner and Mrs. Hulda Eschenbeck of Shiner; and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, Wednesday, November 6, 1996

Fritz G. Sicko

Fritz G. Sicko, 75, of Hallettsville formerly of Port Lavaca died Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996.

He was born Aug. 1, 1921 in Sublime to Otto and Emma Backhaus Sicko. He was a laborer and a Lutheran.

Survivors include six sisters, Hulda Sicko of Cuero, Kathryn Sikes of Port Lavaca, Anita Patterson of San Antonio, Hallie Eiland of Rockdale, Pearlie Naumana of LaGrange and Lorene Schumacker of Ocean Springs, Miss.; two brothers, Harry Sicko and Lester Sicko, both of Hallettsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

Graveside services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Geiger Cemetery, Hallettsville. The Rev. Herb Beyer officiated.

Pallbearers were cousins and nephews.

Richardson Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders




Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, October 21, 1966

John A. Sicko, Sr.

John A. Sicko Sr., 74, of Cordele, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 1966, at 4:00 a.m. Mr. Sicko was born Oct. 30, 1892 in Lavaca County.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Yoakum with the Rev. G. B. Gohlson, and the Rev. W. M. Connally officiating. Burial will be in the Geiger Cemetery near Sublime, under the direction of the Buffington Funeral Home.

Mr. Sicko lived on a farm on the Navidad River between Edna and Cordele.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rosie Sicko; four sons: Clarence of Sugarland, John Jr. of Cordele, Halton of Morales and Fred Sicko of Yoakum; four daughters: Mrs. Wilhemina Appelt of Appelt of Hallettsville, Mrs. Leroy Lemke of Sugarland, Mrs. Alton Anthony of Yoakum and Mrs. William Fitch of El Campo; one brother, Oscar Sicko; and a step-brother, Charles Meyer of Sublime; four sisters: Mrs. Ida Raab of Weimar, Mrs. Betty Sanders of Clifton, Mrs. Tina Riley of Houston and Mrs. Telma Tesch of Rosenberg; 23 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Wilhemina Appelt owns Appelt’s Café in Hallettsville.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Herald-Tribune, page 11A, Wednesday, October 14, 1998

Oscar Sicko

Oscar Sicko, 99, of Hallettsville, died in Stevens Convalescent Center, Hallettsville, Monday, Oct. 5, 1998.

He was born Feb. 2, 1899, in Rabb Switch to John and Wilhemina Reimers Sicko.

On July 26, 1921 he married Hertna Schultz in Hallettsville.

He was also an avid raccoon hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include four daughters, Irene Rutledge of Hallettsville, Velma Sargent of San Antonio, Gladys Peterson of Houston and Cymbeline Mayer of Franklin, LA; a son, Myron D. Sicko of Baytown; 27 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hertna Sicko; a son Velbert Sicko; a daughter, Dorothy Hallowich; eight sisters and four brothers.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel, Hallettsville. The Rev. Terry Horton officiated.

Burial in the City Cemetery in Hallettsville, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ron Sicko, Randy Kline, Eugene Meyer Jr., Scott Peterson, David Sicko, Allen Rutledge, Todd Peterson.

Honorary pallbearers were Roy Sicko, Travis Rutledge, Vance Peterson.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, August 19, 1947

Otto Sicko Follows Wife in Death

Otto Karl Dietrich Sicko, age 53 years and 5 days, died Thursday, August 14, at 5:30 p.m., just three weeks after the death of his wife. The deceased had been in ill health for some time, and the death of his wife was too much for him to bear. The Kubena Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Otto Sicko was born in Germany, August 9, 1890 and came to this country with his parents as a boy. During his life in this country he made his living as a farmer and stockman. In 1914 he married Miss Emma Anna Backhaus, and the couple lived at Sublime all but one year, which they spent at Hochheim.

Surviving are the following children: seven daughters, Mrs. C. H. (Hilda) Massey of Michigan; Mrs. C. D. (Anita) Paterson of Molden Missouri; Miss Hilda Sicko of Cuero; Miss Kathryn, Miss Lorine; Miss Pearlie Ann, and Miss Hollie, all at home; sons: Harry F. of La Grange; Fritz of El Campo; Lester at home. Two daughters preceded him in death.

Also surviving are two brothers: John Sicko of Garwood and Oscar Sicko of Sublime.

Funeral services were held at the family home at Sublime, Monday, August 18, at 3:00 p.m., and interment was in the Geiger Cemetery.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Halletsville Herald, 18 Nov 1897, page 1


Wiley Ceco [Sicko], a young man about twenty years, who lived on the Rabb farm, died on Wednesday and was buried on Thursday at the German church.

Willie Sicko, 1876-1897, was buried in the Geiger Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 27 Jan 1966, page 1

Funeral Services Held Jan. 10 For Mrs. Ralph Sidener

Funeral services for Mrs. Ralph Sidener of 3522 Topeka St., Corpus Christi, were held Monday, January 10, 1966 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Route 4, Hallettsville with the Rev. Father Henry Psencik officiating. Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited for the deceased Sunday, January 9.

She passed away Saturday, January 8 at the Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi at the age of 44 years, one month and 27 days.

Mrs. Sidener, nee Clara Neumann, was born November 11, 1921 at Ganado.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Sidener; one son, David Sidener, one daughter, Karen Lee Sidener, all of Corpus Christi; six sisters, Mrs. Christine Hubenak of Ganado, Mrs. Lela Burchers of Kingsville, Mrs. Oscar (Rose Lee) Kasparek of Shiner; Mrs. Gerry Johnson of Houston, Mrs. Chris (Elenora) Havens of Runge, Mrs. Jim (Betty) Kent of Channelview; three brothers, Joe Neumann of Ganado, Jimmie Neumann of Edna and Steven Neumann of Vanderbilt.

Sympathy to all in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune undated news clipping

Rosie A. Siecko

Rosie A. Siecko, 90 of Yoakum passed away April 1, 2002 in Yoakum.

She was born Sept. 30, 1911 in Lavaca County to Joe and Julia Gold.

Mrs. Siecko had been a resident of Yoakum since 1987. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Jo Lemke of Sugar Land, Oretha Pennock and husband, Norman of San Antonio, and Rose Fitch and husband, William of Edna, a son, Fred James Siecko and wife, Nelda of Yoakum, two sisters, Alice Long of Pearland and Albina Loos of Yoakum; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John A. Siecko, three sons, Johnnie Siecko, Clarence Siecko, and Halton Siecko, one daughter Billie Kolos, four brothers and sisters.

The family received visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Yoakum.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Yoakum Mr. Terry Starling officiated.

Burial followed at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Geiger Cemetery near Sublime.

Pallbearers were Joseph Lemke, Melvin Siecko, Randy Fitch, Jerry Fougerat, Bill Benoit and Ralph McClendon, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were all other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Texas, Yoakum Nursing and Rehabilitation Family Council or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Victoria Advocate, 3 Nov 1991, page 14A


SHINER – Florence “Floyd” J. Siegel, 58, lifelong resident of Shiner, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 1991, in Lavaca County, after a sudden illness.

He was born March 15, 1933, in Gonzales County, to the late August J. and Agnes Polasek Siegel. He was a truck driver. He was a an [sic] American Legion member and a Catholic. He was an Army veteran.

Survivors: daughters, Mrs. Virginia Henke and Mrs. Darlene Henke of Hallettsville and Mrs. Beatrice Krejci of Moulton; son, Michael “Mike” Siegel of Seguin; brother, Laddie Siegel of Shiner; and 11 grandchildren.

Rosary 7 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services 10 a.m. Monday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Burial with American Legion graveside services at Shiner Catholic Cemetery, under direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 594-3352.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 25 Feb 1988, page 10A

Marietta Siegel

SHINER – Marietta Siegel, 53, died Wednesday in a Shiner hospital following a long illness.

She was born June 13, 1934, in Lavaca County to the late Vaclav and Emma Berckenhoff Welfl.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church of Shiner. Burial will follow in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner.

Surviving are her husband, Floyd Siegel of Shiner; three daughters, Mrs. Ronald Henke and Mrs. Tim Henke, both of Hallettsville and Mrs. Wayne Krejci of Moulton; a son, Michael Siegel of Seguin; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Kresta of Moulton; a brother, Fred Welfl of Moulton; and nine grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, Apr 7, 2004

Forrest J. Siems

FORREST J. SIEMS passed away on April 4, 2004 at the age of 78.

He was born November 30, 1925 in Shiner, Texas to the late Herbert and Lilly (Pavlicek) Siems.

Mr. Siems had been very involved in Candlelight Plaza Civic Club, was a longtime member of All Saints Catholic Church, and was retired from Southern Pacific Railroad. Since retiring he had enjoyed traveling and attending reunions.

Survivors include his loving wife Mary (Beams) Siems whom he married on March 15, 1949; two daughters, Shelly (Siems) Narciso and her husband John, Syd (Siems) Motal; three granddaughters, Nicole, Kassidy, and Kendall.

A rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at Pat H. Foley & Co. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday April 7, 2004 at All Saints Catholic Church, 215 W. 10th with Rev. Msgr. Adam S. McClosky officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 P.M. in Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Oct 1898

Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Levey were called to the bedside of Mr. Theo. Silber at Halletsville Tuerday [sic], who was seriously ill and died the same day. Messrs. Dr. M. T. Everton, Chas. Sengelmann, C. Margolious and Max Schwartz attended the funeral which took place Wednesday.

Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Oct 1898

After a lingering illness of dropsy Theodore Silber died at his home in the western part of this city at 8.40 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Silber had been confined to bed for month, and his death was not unexpected. The funeral took place at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, the Odd Fellows and Herman Sons turning out in regalia. The Odd Fellows officiated at the grave, and the ceremonies were impressive. The funeral was largely attended. Mr. Silber was 55 years, 11 mo. and 18 days old, and leaves a wife and six children mourn his departure, and to them the Herald tenders condolence. He was a member of good standing of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Honor and Herman Sons lodges leaves an inheritance of $5000 to his family, thus demonstrating that he was a duitful [sic] husband and devoted father. – Halletsville Herald.

Theo. Silber, 21 Oct 1842 – 4 Oct 1898, was interred in the New Jewish Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Eagle Lake Headlight, 24 Jul 1958

Mrs. Paul Simcik Placed At Rest On July 7th

Mrs. Paul Simcik passed away Saturday, July 5, at 10 a.m. in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank (Bertha) Broach Jr., after a long illness of 8 years. She had reached the age of 93 years, 2 months, and 11 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 7, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, with Rev. O. Kalich officiating.

Those left to mourn her passing are: One son, Jim Simcik of Eagle Lake; five daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Albina) Gast of Gonzales, Mrs. Anton (Mary) Pulkrabek Sr. of Moulton, Mrs. Annie Gast, Mrs. Willie (Millie) Brosch, and Mrs. Frank (Bertha) Brosch Jr., all of Flatonia; 34 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandcildren [sic].

Her husband preceded her in death in 1950, and three sons, Emil in 1914, Frank, 1918, and Edward, 1954.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, January 7, 1927

Yoakum, Lavaca Co., Texas, Jan. 6.-- The funeral of Miss Mary Simek, 36 years old, was held from the Yoakum Catholic Church with burial in the Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. P. J. Kieffer conducting the services.

Miss Simke died monday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Simek.

She is survived by her parents, six brothers and four sisters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1900


The sad news of Mrs. Maggie Simmons death at Yoakum last Thursday was received here Sunday. She was a daughter of J. M. Woolsey and for several years resided in our community. She leaves a father, husband, five children and a number of relatives to mourn her loss. May God comfort the bereaved in the loss of their loved one!

Yoakum, Texas, March 16.—At her home near the city at 4 o'clock yesterday Mrs. J. W. Simmons breathed her last at the age of 42 years. Mrs. Simmons was [the] daughter of Captain Woolsey of Oakland, and the sister of Mrs. W. A. Nichols of Sweet Home, Mrs. Alice Grove, Mrs. J. W. Reese, Messrs. W. S. Woolsey and George Woolsey of Yoakum, Tom Woolsey of Gonzales. She also had a brother at Riddleville, Karnes county, and one near Floresville. A husband and five children survive her. Her remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery at 3 o'clock this afternoon in the presence of a large assemblage of relatives and friends.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Shiner Gazette, 15 Oct 1953, page 1

Albert Simper’s Sudden Death Shocks City

A shock to the entire community was the announcement of the sudden death of Albert A. Simper, which occurred at 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, October 12. Mr. Simper sufferer [sic] a heart attack and died instantly.

Funeral services were held from the family residence Wednesday, October 14, at 8:45 a.m., thence to Shiner Catholic Church for Requiem High Mass at 9:00 a.m., with the Rev. J. J. Hanacek officiating, giving the Czech sermon, with the Rev. Thomas J. Collins delivering the sermon in English. The rites were largely attended.

Rosary was recited at the family home Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

Roeder Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements, with interment in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Albert August Simper was born August 28, 1912 in Shiner and all of his life had been spent in this community.

He was married to Miss Annie Valis October 6, 1936 in Shiner.

Survivors include his wife, his parents, Joe and Emily (Becka) Simper; two sisters, two brothers, Mrs. Johnnie (Annie) Jemelka, Port Lavaca; Mrs. Bohumil (Adel) Machart, Shiner; Louis Simper of Yoakum, Alphonse Simper, Shiner.

Mr. Simper was a member of the Catholic Church, K.J.T. Lodge No. 10 and Shiner Volunteer Fire Department.

He attended Dickson, Moulton and Michna Schools. After his marriage they resided in the Vlastenec section from 1936 to 1942.

He and his wife then moved to Shiner where Mr. Simper worked for Joe Patek. In 1944 he bought the Joe Hartl Produce, which he operated for five years. His last employment was with the C. B. Welhausen & Co. Hardware.

He joined the Volunteer Fire Department in March 1946.

As a mark of respect the Shiner Volunteer Fire Department and the Firemen’s Auxiliary, also the K.J.T. Lodge attended in a body.

From the church to the cemetery the Shiner Fire Department gave honorable escort.

The firm of C. B. Welhausen & Co. closed for the services.

Casket attendants were Johnnie Valis IV, Bennie Simper, Frank Janik, August Kubecka Jr., Steve Pokluda, Johnnie A. Siegel.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 15 Sep 1910

Mr. Frank Simper, Sr., died last Friday after a protracted illness, aged 62 years. The funeral took place Saturday in the Catholic cemetery. He leaves a wife and a large family to mourn his death.

Frantisek Simper, 29 Sep 1849 – 10 Sep 1910, husband of Anna, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 25 Nov 1967, page 11

Isidor Simper Sr.

SHINER – Isidor Simper Sr., 89, of Shiner, died at 1:55 p.m. Thursday in a Shiner nursing home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. at Shiner Catholic Church. Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Rosie Marcak, Mrs. Ernest Kral and Mrs. Jerry Havel; two sons, Adolph and Isidor L. Simper Jr.; a sister, Mrs. Julia Chulupa, all of Shiner; three brothers, Joe Simper of Shiner, Willie R. Simper of Moulton and Albert Simper of Port Lavaca; 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 23 Nov 2003

Rudy D. Simper Jr.

MOULTON - Rudy D. Simper Jr., 60, of Moulton, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003.

He was born July 8, 1943, in Moulton, to Rudy Simper Sr. of Moulton and to the late Irene Kubenka Simper. He operated the Shoe Repair Shop for 39 years and was a member of the Moulton Fire Department for 20 years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, American Legion and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Charlene Holub Simper; daughters, Jackie Mitchon of Moulton and Kristie Ebner of Angleton; son, Dwayne Simper of Moulton; sisters, Carol Marko of Angleton, Dolly Boehm of Shiner, Donna Patek of Hallettsville and Rose Kristek of Moulton; brothers, Daryl Simper of Moulton and J.A. Simper of Houston; and five grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brother, Johnnie Simper.

A rosary was recited 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Services were 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial was at the Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, 361-596-4631.

Pallbearers were: Tim Pustejovsky, Bobby Pilat, Allen Simper, Rudy Roznovsky, Bennie Mitchon, Dennis Barta, Tim Koncaba and Quenton Raab.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 14 May 1904, page 8.

Oakland News

Mrs. D. B.  Simpson of Hackberry died in her home Thursday, the 5th. Mrs. Simpson was very old, and had been confined to her bed for quite a while. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the family graveyard Friday, Rev. A. Raab performing the last sad rites. Peace to her memory.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Eagle Lake Headlight, March 30, 1923


The death of Friench Simpson, which occurred Saturday morning at 11:30 o'clock at the family home came as a shock to relatives and friends. Mr. Simpson being up and in town Saturday afternoon.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock under auspices of the local masonic lodge, Rev. J. D. McWorter, pastor of the Methodist church also conducting a service at the home. The funeral cortage was one of the largest witnessed here. Interment was given in the City Cemetery.

Pall bearers were active: H. K. William, G. A. Young, H. L. Stulken, Steve Bennett; honorary, A. Meyerhoff, S. G. Tarkington, Sam K. Seymour, Louie Cohn, Geo. W. Tyler, Fred Hillje, Chas. Pillar Sam Reichones, Ferd Lacy, Jos. Stanzel, J. W. Ragsdale, I. Rheinstrom, John Tanner, R. D. Ragsdale, Frank C. Jones, W. T. Bagby, D. A. Paulus, A. Finkelstein.

Mr. Simpson had held membership in the Masonic order for half century and had during this time held various positions of trust in the Order. Always taking active interest in its affairs. He was a Shriner holding membership in Ei Nina Temple, Shriners, Galveston.

Mr. Simpson had been a resident of our city for almost 35 years, and was active in its development and business interest. He was for many years, banker, lawyer, real estate dealer and insurance agent, and held positions of public trust during his life time The following from the History Who's Who in Texas gives a brief resume of his life.

Frienoh Simpson was born in Bull Run, Fairfax Co., Virginia, Feb. 13, 1848, a son of James Hendley Simpson and Emily Dye Simpson. He was educated at Leesburg, Va. academy and common schools Colorado Co., Texas: admitted to the bar 1877,
married Miss Jennie Harbert at Columbus, Texas, Feb. 11, 1877. Private in Co. A, 13th Texas Infantry under command of Captain Cooke 1865, farmer 1866-1873, banker from 1888, organized Lavaca Co. National Bank, name later changed to First National Bank of Hallettsville and was cashier of the same for 25 years; with Texas State Geological Survey 1874-7S, Mayor of Columbus 1884, member of Texas State Senate 1893-1897, Methodist; Director Masonic Orphans Home, Fort Worth 1890-1900; Author; A study of Nature 1900; A Paraphase of Quartrains of Omar Khayan 1909; Chairman Local Selective Board, Lavaca Co. 1917-19.

Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife and four grown children: Dr. Friench Simpson, of the Public Health Service, Washington, D.C.; S. H. Simpson, of Hallettsville; Mrs A. H. Watts, San Antonio; J. H. Simpson, Hallettsville, three sisters Mrs. Hattie McCormick, Weimar, Texas; Mrs. Helen Tomlinson, Bellville, Texas; Mrs. Fannie Johnson, Mannassas, Va., and other relatives.

Out of town relatives and friends here for the funeral included Mr. & Mrs. H. Tomlinson, Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Thomlinson, Belleville, Steve McCormick, Elliot Hubbard, Weimar, C. R. Grobe, A. P. Hinton, Mr. & Mrs. S. K. Seymour, Mr. & Mrs. S. A. Harbert, Mrs. Daisy Middlebrooks of Columbus, Robert Hughes and family, Oakland, Capt. J. K. Fowlkes, Hackberry, Robert Little, Bill Hora, Louis Cohn, Houston, Mrs. P. H. Watts, San Antonio, Mrs. Hattie McCormick, Weimar. —Hallettsville Herald

Mr. Simpson was for many years closely identified with the business fraternity of Colorado County and lived at Columbus, Texas. He was a business partner with Mr. Carey Shaw and together they owned and conducted a private banking business, known as the Simpson Bank at Columbus. He enjoyed a wide acquaintance of friends all ever this county and throughout this entire part of the State.

Colorado Citizen, 30 Mar 1923, page 1

Friench Simpson Dies Suddenly Saturday at Hallettsville Home

Was First Lavaca County Banker and Prominent Mason.

Word was received here Saturday of the death of Friench Simpson at 1:30 o'clock that morning at his home in Hallettsville and a number of his Columbus friends attended the funeral at Hallettsville Sunday Afternoon at 2 P.M. The cause of Mr. Simpson's death was heart failure, a malady from which he had suffered for some time. He was apparently as well as ever all day Friday but awoke suffering an attack just a few minutes before his death Saturday morning. He was 75 years 1 month and eleven days old, at the time of his death.

The funeral was held from the family residence, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the City Cemetery. Rev. J. D. McWorter, Methodist Pastor conducted the services at the home and at the grave. The Masonic Lodge of which Mr. Simpson was a prominent was in charge of the funeral. The Cortege was said to be one of the largest ever seen at Hallettsville.

The following is from the Hallettsville Now Era:

Mr. Simpson was in the banking business here for many years, having had charge of the first bank organized here known as the Lavaca County National Bank. Now known as the First National Bank.

Mr. Simpson was born on Bull Run, Fairfax County, Va., February 13, 1848, son of James Hendley and Emily Dye Simpson. He was educated in Leesburg, Va. Academy and the common schools of Colorado County. He was admitted to the bar in 1877 and was married to Miss Jennie Harbert of Columbus, February 11, 1877. During the Civil War he served the Confederacy in a most efficient manner being a member of Co. A, 13th Texas Infantry until 1865. He was a farmer from 1866 to 1873; a banker from 1888 in Hallettsville, being Cashier of the bank most of the time; He was with the State Geological Survey 1874-1875; Mayor of Columbus 1884; Member of the Texas Senate from Lavaca Co, from 1893 to 1897.

Mr. Simpson was a prominent member Masonic Order, being Grand Treasurer of the order in 1900. He was on the State finance committee 25 years and on the Masonic Orphan's Home Board for 10 years. He was a Shriner and had attended practically all the grand lodge meetings in Texas for the past 50 years.

Mr. Simpson was an author and a poet among his works being "A Study of Nature", 1900, a paraphrase of Quantrams of Omar Khayyam, 1907. He was a man who was respected and loved by all with whom he came in contact and had a large circle of friends.

He is survived by his wife and four children, S. H. & J. H. Simpson of Hallettsville, Mrs. P. H. Watts of San Antonio, Friench Simpson Jr. of Washington, D.C. The latter who is with the public health department could not arrive in time for the funeral, but came later. Also three sisters survive – Mrs. Fannie Johnson of Manassas, Va., Mrs. Helen Tomlinson of Belleville and Mrs. Hattie McCormick of Weimar. There were also eight grandchildren.

Among those who attended the funeral from Columbus were, Mr. & Mrs. S. K. Seymour, Mrs. Daisy Middlebrooks, C. R. Grobe, A. P. Hinton, Mr. & Mrs. S. A. Harbert & children.


Weimar Mercury, 31 May 1935, page 1


Many friends throughout old Colorado county regretted to learn of the death of that estimable lady, Mrs. Jennie Harbert Simpson, which occurred in Halletsville early Monday morning of last week, at the age of 83 years. The funeral took place Friday from the residence of her son, J. Hendley Simpson, with Rev. Guyon officiating.

Mrs. Simpson was born in Tunica county, Miss., May 19, 1852, and came with her parents to Texas at an early age. The family settled in Colorado county and Mrs. Simpson's life was spent therein up to some twenty-one years ago when she and ehr husband and children moved from Columbus to Halletsville. Mrs. Simpson was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Harbert, well known to many people of our county. She was united in marriage to Mr. Friench Simpson in Columbus in 1877. There they made their home until they moved to Halletsville. Mr. Simpson preceded her in death March 24, 1923. Four children blessed this union, as follows: Dr. Friench Simpson of the United States Public Health Service, located at Fortress Monroe, Va.; Messrs. Stephen Harbert and J. Hendley Simpson of Halletsville and Mrs. Vera Watts of San Antonio. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emma Johnson of Fort Worth and Mrs. Susie Zuber of Eagle Lake and nine grandchildren. Her father, the late Mr. Stephen Harbert, passed away in 1910 at the advanced age of 100 years and 11 months.

Mrs. Simpson was a wonderful wife, mother, neighbor and friend, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by many old time friends of the family in Colorado county, as well as elsewhere. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Weimar Herald, May 2, 1896, pg 1

Hallettsville Herald: About 7:30 last night Tom Sims was stabbed to death by Will Attwood, in a deep ravine used for gambling down near the old ice-factory lot.

Nathan Austin, an eye witness, gives these particulars: "We were all on a rock in the ravine. Attwood owed Sims some money. Sims asked him for it, but he refused to pay it. Sims then Grabbed Attwood's hat and said he would keep it till he got his money. To this Attwood   replied: 'Give me my hat g-----d d----n you, or I'll cut you,' and at the same time cut Sims. As soon as he was cut Sims grabbed Attwood and threw him to the ground and as he bent over him Attwood reached up and cut him as often as he could reach him. Sims walked about a hundred steps, blood pouring from his wounds, sank on his knees and with the exclamation, "Oh, Lawdy!" died. Both are colored and came here from Sublime. Atwood is an ex-convict of Wharton County. He had been working in Hallettsville's street gang. Sheriff Houchins started on his trail with the hounds shortly after the killing and the dogs took the trail yelping at every jump.

The wound that killed Sims was in the right side of the neck, about four inches long and severed the jugular vein.    Attwood   came in and surrendered at about 10 o’clock. Justice Townsend held the inquest last   night. Sims was cut   five times.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, November 30, 1972

Mrs. Joe F. Sitka Rites In Cuero

Mrs. Joe F. Sitka, 67 years, 11 months and 23 days, of Cuero, died at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, November 19, 1972, in a Victoria hospital.

The body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 21 at which time it was taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for services at 10:00 a.m.

Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sitka, nee Emma Kocian was born November 29, 1904 in Lavaca County, daughter of Frank and Antonia (Mikulenka) Kocian. She was married to Joe F. Sitka January 26, 1923 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Sitka moved from Hallettsville to Cuero a number of years ago.

Survivors include he husband, Joe F. Sitka of Cuero; two sons, William J. Sitka of Sugar Land, Julius E. Sitka of Pittsfield, Pa.; three daughters, Mrs. Alton (Virginia) Fellers of Cuero, Mrs. Reinhardt (Helen) Schoener of Victoria, Mrs. James (Tonie) Brooks of Point Comfort; two brothers, Frank Kocian of Hallettsville, Ben G. Kocian of Shiner, Emmanuel and Gus Kocian, both of Wharton; two sisters, Mrs. Pete (Albina) Bujnoch of Shiner, Mrs. Tony Watts of Houston; 17grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her father, February 9, 1956; her mother, April 1, 1956; and a sister, Mrs. Rudolph (Rosa) Bujnoch, September 14, 1964.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Tribune Herald, 16 June 1944

Corporal John J. Sitka Killed in Action in Italy May 20th, Parents Notified

“Washington, June 13, 1944.  The secretary of war desires me to express his deepest regret that your son, Corporal John J. Sitka, was killed in action May 20th in Italy.  Letter follows.  The Adjutant General.”

This brief message was full of sorrow for the good parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sitka of St. Mary’s, and the rest of the family, when received Tuesday afternoon.  The last letter from the son was of May 7th.  They don’t know but believe he met his death on the Anzio front. 

He was in the 85th division, in service since May 1942, first in Mississippi, then Louisiana, California and New Jersey.  From there to Ireland.  Then he saw fighting in Africa, Sicily and finally in Italy, where he laid down his life for his country.

Besides his parents he leaves to mourn him, his brothers, Alfons of Wharton, Louis and Leon at home; also three sisters, Mrs. Alfons (Mary ) Bujnoch and Mrs. Malvin (Sibyl) Janak, whose husband is also in Italy and Miss ( Leona) at home.

The fallen soldier was born at St. Mary’s Dec. 4. 1914, being not fully thirty years old, when his young life was cut down by war.

Mass will be offered at St. Mary’s Church, 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 17, for the late Cpl. John J. Sitka who is reported killed in action in Italy on May 20. Immediately after the Mass the Rev. Father Henry F. Psencik will hold appropriate memorial services.  A Requiem High Mass will be offered for the deceased Cpl. John J. Sitka at a later date.

Contributed by Regena Williamson.


The Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1969

SHINER—Funeral services for Mrs. Tom (Mary) Sitka of Route 3, Shiner, will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from Shiner Buffington Funeral Home, and at 9:15 a.m. from Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Sitka was born Aug. 19, 1910, in Lavaca County. She died Monday at 7:55 p.m. in a Shiner hospital.

Surviving are her husband, Tom Sitka of Shiner;a a son, Tom J. Sitka of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald Treptow of Victoria; her mother, Mrs. Joseph Hajek of Shiner; three brothers, Tom Hajek of Shiner, John Hajek of San Antonio and Joe Hajek of New Braunfels; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Marek of Waelder and Mrs. Bill Vaclazik of Louise; and four grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 14 Sep 1898

A large funeral procession passed through the city last Saturday, bearing to its last resting place the remains of Frank Skalitzky [sic.], Jr., who died of consumption at his home near Shiner. He was called away in the prime of life, being only 35 years old.

Frank (Frantisek) Skalicky, 24 Feb 1864 - 8 Sep 1898, was buried in Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery in Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross


Odessa American, Tuesday, May 15, 1979

BIG SPRING - Rosary for Louis Skalicky, 82, of Big Spring, brother of Mrs. Bessie Haines of Odessa, will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today in the Nalley-Pickle Funeral Home Rosewood Chapel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in teh Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial with military graveside rites will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner.

Skalicky died Monday morning in a Big Spring hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident April 28.

He was born June 20, 1896, in Shiner and moved to Big Spring in 1905. He retired as engineer for the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1947 and moved back to Shiner. In 1960, Skalicky returned to Big Spring.

He married Julia Vrazel Dec. 31, 1928, in Shiner. She died April 6, 1950. Skalicky was a member of Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Woodmen of the World. He was a World War I veteran.

Survivors also include two other sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.



March 3, 2006 newspaper clipping:

BERTHA SKELTON - HALLETTSVILLE - Bertha Clay Skelton, 93, of Hallettsville died Wednesday, March 1, 2006. She was born Sept. 6, 1912, in Hallettsville to the late Eva Kelly and William Calhoun Nolen. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a Pink Lady for the Lavaca Medical Center and a volunteer driver for cancer victims.

Survivors: daughter, Peggy Kubicek of Hallettsville; son, William Skelton of Austin; two grandchildren

Preceded in death by: husband, Donald Farrell Skelton; daughter, Nita Eileen Skelton

Visitation will be 5 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Lundy Hooten officiating. Burial will follow in Hallettsville City Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, 361-798-3271.

Contributed by Nena Smothers


Shiner Gazette, 2 Aug 1899

The funeral of Joe Scopik [sic.], took place last Saturday from the Catholic church. He died at the residence of his brother-in-law, John Mladenka, last Friday of consumption, at the age of 30 years.

J.C. Skopik, 3 Jul 1867 – 28 Jul 1899, is buried in SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Weimar Mercury, 30 Jan 1959, page 1

Mrs. P. Skotnik, 67, Buried at Vsetin Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Paul (Frances) Skotnick, 67, of Hallettsville, mother of Mrs. George Muzny of Weimar, were held Thrusday, Jan. 22, at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, and Czech Moravian Brethren Church, Vsetin.

Interment was in the church cemetery, Rev. F. J. Kostohryz of Temple officiated.

Mrs. Skotnik died Jan. 21 in Renger Hospital, Hallettsville, where she had been a patient for 5 days, after a stroke.

Born Nov. 16, 1891, on a farm near Hallettsville, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Woytek. She was married to Mr. Skotnik Oct. 8, 1912, at Hallettsville.

Surviving are her husband, Paul Skotnik of Hallettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Geo. (Olivia) Muzny of here and Mrs. Ernest (Miladie) Rother of Hallettsville; 11 grandhildren and one great grandchild; 2 brothers and 4 sisters. One brother did in 1929.

Pallbeares were Howard and Melvin Rother, Clarence Strauss, and Hilmer, Marvin and Paul Woytek, Jr.


The Weimar Mercury, August 3, 1972

Funeral for Paul Skotnik, 85, at Vsetin

Funeral services for Paul Skotnik, 85, of Hallettsville, were held Monday, July 31, with burial in the Vsetin Cemetery. Rev. Henry E. Beseda of Caldwell officiated.

Mr. Skotnik, father of Mrs. George (Olivia) Muzny of Weimar, died at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Colonial Nursing Home, of a stroke. He had been bedridden since April.

Born December 21, 1886, in Czechoslovakia, he was a son of John and Theresa Stanek Stotnik. He married Frances Woytek at Hallettsville on Oct. 3, 1912. A farmer until retiring, he was treasurer of the Hermans Sons Lodge of his area and had been treasurer of the Brethren Church at Vsetin for many years. His wife died in 1959.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Muzny are another daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Miladie) Rother of Hallettsville; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Five brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were George Muzny Jr., Howard and Melvin Rother, Larry and Ronald Rother, all grandsons; and Reggie Paul Rother of Houston, a great-grandson.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, October 2, 1946

Mrs. Clara, age 68, passed away local hospital Monday.

Survived by one daughter, Mrs. G. G. Mixon; four sons, Clarence, M. H., Herbert and Leon Sladek; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.

Remains forwarded to Yoakum, Texas, for services an interments.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1980, Page 2

Funeral services for Joseph Smahlik were held Sunday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner.  Interment was at Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery in Shiner [sic.].

The Rev. Patrick Fiegeon, Msgr. Alois Morkovsky and The Rev. Jensen officiated.

Mr. Smahlik died Saturday at Shiner Hospital at the age of 99.  He was a retired farmer and rancher.

He was born Jan. 31. 1881 in Fayette County, the son of Frank and Antonia Smahlik.  He wife, the former Mary Jurach, preceded him in death in 1940.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. C.A.(Frances) Schobel of Columbus, Mrs. Henry (Marie) Heger and Mrs. Adolph (Henrietta) Seidenberger, both of Shiner; two sons, Alois J. Smahlik of Pasco, Wash. and I. A. Smahlik of Columbus; 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


Telegraph and Texas Register, 19 Aug 1837

DIED. At Columbia, on the morning of the 13th inst., in the 71st year of his age, Mr. WM. SMEATHERS, who was one of the earliest pioneers of this country, having resided in Texas nearly 17 years, subject to all the privations of a new, and then wild, uncultivated country, and bravely maintaining himself single handed on a frontier against the assaults of numerous hordes of predatory savages, in many a hard fought fray. But his course has finished and he has gone to his final audit. In his death his country has lost a bold and hardy defender, and his family a kind parent.

Smeathers settled a league of land in Dewitt Colony around 1828. He was married to Mary Winters of Tennessee who had died sometime around 1810, probably in Tennessee. Contributed by Nena Smothers


Moulton News, 7 Nov 1895

Grandma Smith died at the home of Mrs Isaac York Saturday morning. The deceased was in her 89th year and had been in this state twenty years, coming here in 1875 from Mississippi. The funeral took place at the Moulton Institute cemetery Sunday. Grandma Smith was loved and respected by all who knew her and her remains were followed to her last resting place by a large concourse of people. As the crowd was breaking up after the funeral a serious runaway took place. J C Johnson was driving his hack containing nine persons. When he got in one of the horses jerked the reins out of his hands and succeeded in breaking the swingletree. Both horses then began to plunge and finally upset the hack, throwing out all who had not jumped. Mrs. Scovil was considerably hurt in the side and several other members of the party were cut and bruised. It was almost a miracle that some one was not killed.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 Oct 1899

A Farmer Assassinated.

A farmer named Smith, who resided about twelve miles from Shiner, was assassinated about 300 yards distant from his house at 2 o’clock this afternoon. The particulars have not yet been learned. Messengers sent here for the bloodhounds have returned to the scene of the murder with the dogs to trail the assassin.

LATER – Since the above was written Deputy Sheriff Swift returned with a neighbor of deceased and complaint was lodged against him charging him with the murder. Such a charge is a surprise to everyone. The neighbor is one of the oldest families of the county.

Deceased was over 50 years of age and leaves a wife, but no children.

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.


Victoria Advocate, 13 Apr 1987, page 14A

Pair Killed When Truck Strikes Tree

Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE – A Yoakum man and a Hallettsville woman were killed early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Farm Road 2616 3.2 miles from Hallettsville.

Timothy Douglas Smith, 26, was driving his pickup truck south on 2616 when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree, according to a spokesman at the Lavaca County Sheriff’s Department.

Brenda Kay Smith, 18, was a passenger in the pickup.

Neither was wearing seat belts, according to the spokeswoman.

The accident was investigated by Department of Public Safety trooper Ron Snow, who was assisted by trooper Brian Vaughan.

Funeral services for Miss Smith will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Gabriel Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral  Home and at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Funeral services for Smith will be held at 3 p.m.  Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home, with the Rev. W.W. Connally officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park in Yoakum.

Miss Smith was born July 24, 1968, in Houston to Joe W. Smith and the late Georgia Mae Rainosek Smith. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

She is survived by her father, Joe W. Smith of Hallettsville; a sister, Terry Lynn Smith of Hallettsville; a brother, Scott Anthony Smith of Hallettsville; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roman Rainosek of Hallettsville; and paternal grandfather, Milner Smith of Yoakum.

Smith was born April 11, 1961, in Hammond, Ind.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor V. Smith Sr. of Yoakum; six sisters, Cynthia Smith of Portrade, Ind., Charlotte Hartmann of Hallettsville and Pam Kaiser, Maggie Smith, Jodi Smith and Lori Smith, all of Yoakum; a brother, Victor V. Smith Jr. of Yoakum; and his grandmother, Mary Spear of Valporaiso [sic], Ind.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 22 March 1973

Mrs. Joe F. Smith

Mrs. Joe F. Smith, nee Hilda Buesing, of Yoakum died in Stevens Nursing Home, Yoakum, at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 1973 at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 17 days.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. F. 0. Beck and the Rev. Henry Roff officiating.

Burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Britt Jenkins, Paul Jenkins, Jerry Richardson, Chris Smith, Jim Wilson and Lynn Porter.

Rosary was recited Friday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Yoakum, where the body lay in state.

Mrs. Smith, the youngest of 14 children, was born August 27, 1891, on the Buesing family farm about 5 miles east of Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, daughter of Charles and Kathrena (Bargmann) Buesing, natives of the Province of Oldenburg, Germany.

She was married to Joe F. Smith, native of Witting, and since 1913 was a resident of Yoakum, where her husband was operator of Yoakum Gin and Feed Mill. He died August 23, 1964.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs Turner (Earline) Jenkins of Yoakurn; one son, J. W. Tommy Smith of, Kingsville; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and, besides her husband, was preceded in death by a son Stanley Smith; her mother, January 24, 1921; her father. August 30, 1932; four brothers, Oscar died in infancy, Louis H. Buesing, April 5, 1934; Emil Buesing, August 12, 1924; and Will Buesing; nine sisters, Louisa and - another girl died in infancy, Mrs Lm (Lena) Guthrie, October 31, 1961; Mrs. L. B. (Elfrieda) Richter, September 2, 1966; Mrs. A. H "'Buddy" (Minnie) Ludwig, March 13, 1965; Mrs. William (Hattie) Schornack, May 1, 1967; Mrs. Forest (Clara) Largen, Mrs. Will (Annie) Hinrichs, and Mrs. Charles J. (Emma) Koerth.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Halletsville Tribune, 8 May 1942


We are sorry to report the death of Lt. Joseph S. Smith who was killed.


Victoria Advocate, 16 Dec 1991, page 12A


HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. Lela Smith, 91, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 1991, in a local nursing home.

She was born July 9, 1900, in Hallettsville, to the late William Richard and Mary Fink McCutchan, and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

Survivors: son, Francis X. Smith of Victoria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank X. Smith, Aug. 5, 1974. She was also preceded by three sisters, a half-sister, and a half-brother.

Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kubena Funeral Home.

Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, St. James Episcopal Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. Bill Dugat Jr. officiating.

Burial in City Cemetery, Hallettsville, Kubena Funeral Home, 798-3271.

Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, June 21, 2012


VICTORIA - Lois Gerlich Smith, age 79, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012. She was born February 27, 1933 in Hallettsville to the late Adolph and Adele Stanzel Gerlich. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Altar Society, and Catholic Daughters of America Court of St. Ann.

She retired from VISD in 1993, and was a member of the Victoria County Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of AARP and Senior Circle.

Lois "liked to GO" and always enjoyed going to the family farm in Hallettsville, and spending time with her sisters and their families. She was always ready to play a good game of dominoes, especially 42. She was very dear to her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sisters, Earlene Gerlich Sari and husband Joseph of Conroe, and Estelle Barta and husband, Alvin of East Bernard; her nieces and nephews and their families: Susan , Cindy, David, Patricia, Robert, Sharon, and Ronald.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husbands, Charlie Pantel and George Smith.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, and a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Thursday. The Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 am Friday, June 22, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Knippenberg officiating. Entombment services will be held 1:30 pm Friday in Hallettsville at the Sacred Heart Cemetery Mausoleum.

Serving as pallbearers will be Lindsay Clark, Jim Heffner, Ronald Barta, Ronald Janicek, David Barta and Joseph Sari. Honorary pallbearers are Alvin Barta and Robert Barta.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Altar Society, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, or donor's choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 14 Dec 1917, page 6

Oscar A. Smith, a soldier boy from Schulenburg, died of pneumonia at Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, the first of the week, and the remains were brought home for interment.

Weimar Mercury, 21 Dec 1917, page 9


Schulenburg, Tex., Dec. 14.—The remains of Private Oscar A. Smith, 26 years of age, of Supply company of the 143rd Infantry, who was the first soldier from this place to died at Camp Bowie, was buried at Andrews Chapel Cemetery, south of Schulenburg, Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Smith was drafted in October. He leaves a wife and two children. Rev. O. C. Raeke, of the Methodist Church conducted the funeral services. Mr. Gibson of the same company, accompanied the remains to Schulenburg. The deceased had taken out insurance to the amount of $10,000 and the beneficiary is his wife.


Shiner Gazette, 17 Apr 1901, page 1

Death of P. D. Smith.

John Rule, known to all the old settlers of this section as P. D. Smith, and one of the pioneer citizens of this part of Texas is no more. The end came Tuesday evening at about 5 o’clock, after years of illness and suffering. P. D. Smith, as he was known by all who possessed acquaintance with him, came to Texas soon after the close of the war and engaged in the stock business. By industry, economy and close attention to the details of the business he made money and at the time of his death it is reported that his holdings, mostly money and notes, amount to something like 25 or 30 thousand dollars in value. He was single and had no relatives in this section, but lived with various families here and elsewhere in this part of the state. At the time of his death he was boarding at the Aransas Pass Hotel. A few days ago he called in Attorney H. B. Leonard and had his will made over, having decided to have certain changes made in the former one. In this instrument he wills his holdings to various brothers, sisters and nephews living in Kansas, Illinois and Texas.

About the time of the break up of the war Mr. Rule, it is said, became involved in a difficulty in which it is claimed he killed a man, and it is for this reason that he came to Texas and after arriving here assumed the name of Smith. Whether or not the killing was a justifiable one we do not have the right to say, but at any rate his life since that time has been lived in peace and he employed all of his time in attending to his business affairs and allowing others to do the same. He had the reputation of being rigidly honest and at the same time was a close and careful trader, never overlooking a good thing. The remains were placed in a neat casket and laid to rest in the City Cemetery at 4:30 o’clock p.m. yesterday, Rev. W. J. Johnson performing the last sad rites. Mr. W. L. Martin, the well known Sweet Home stockman, who was an intimate friend of Mr. Rule, is named as executor of the estate. – Yoakum Times.

The grave of John Rule, AKA P. D. Smith, appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 31 Jul 1897, page 5

The Cheapside correspondent of the Cuero Bulletin has the following to say of the death of Mrs. Geo Smith, a former resident of Sublime: "Mrs. Smith leaves her husband and father to mourn her loss. Her mother died at Osage, [Colorado County], Tex., when she was only three years of age; her sister, Mrs. Dan Baker, took care of her until she was six years of age, and died at West Point [Fayette County], Texas; then Rosa was cast out into the world among strangers for about six years, when Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Weller took her into their home and cared for her as one of their own children until she was married the 25th of last November. Mrs. Smith was a remarkably handsome woman and had a noble disposition, was a generous, constant friend, an affectionate daughter and devoted and loving wife. Those who knew her best loved her most. She goes to join her mother, brother and sister who have long waited her coming on the shores of the bright hereafter."

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Shiner Gazette, 26 Oct 1898, page 1


Died, at his home near Nickel, Texas, Oct. 7, 1898, at 8 o’clock, a. m., Mr. Rufus N. Smith, age 64 years. He had been a sufferer for a number of years, and during all this long time he bore his afflictions with patience and fortitude, receiving from the Great Comforter that consolations that sustains and consoles the heart of man as he passes through great affliction and death’s dark vale.

Mr. Smith was no member of any church, but was a good and honored citizen who always tried to live peaceably with all men, and a kind and indulgent father. He was buried at Stonewall cemetery [just inside Gonzales County] with Masonic honors of which order he had been a member for a number of years. A large concourse of friends also followed his remains to its last resting place.

Mr. Smith was a confederate soldier in the civil war. He leaves five daughters and an only brother, Mr. J. D. Smith, of Dilworth, to mourn his death, besides his numerous friends who will miss his wise counsel. I can say nothing to the bereaved family to console them in their grief but to point them to our Savior who can heal our deeply wounded spirits, wipe away our tears and soothe our sorrows, if we only trust him. “Only Trust Him.”

Contributed by Matt Cross


See newspaper account of accident in which Timothy Smith and Brenda Kay Smith died.


Victoria Advocate, April 13, 1978

Anton Smolik

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM – Anton E. Smolik, 74, of 120 Clark St. died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in a local hospital.

A retired automobile mechanic and a life long resident of the Yoakum area, Mr. Smolik was born Sept. 12, 1903, in Lavaca County. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Lou White officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Cecil Maresch of Yoakum, Mrs. Robert Boudreaux of Port Lavaca, Mrs. Earl Nordloh of San Antonio and Mrs. R. J. McElroy of Angleton; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 20 Oct 1921

Funeral at Worthing of Private August Smolik

The funeral of Private August Smolik, company G., Thirtieth Infantry, U. S. Army, who died overseas, October 1918, took place from St. Augustine Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 19, with burial in the Worthing cemetery.

The body arrived here Saturday afternoon on the 3:09 p.m. train, accompanied by Private Rafeal Lara, Company F, Forty sixth Infantry, Fort Sam Houston.

The funeral of August Smolik will be in charge of Hudgeons Post No. 230, American Legion, of Hallettsville.

A number of the Shiner Legion boys are in attendance, including the firing squad, which will be in command of Mr. Henry Rogge.


The Victoria Advocate, Saturday, June 11, 1966

HALLETTSVILLE—Emil V. Smolik, 74, a retired farmer and Lavaca County native, died at 2:45 p.m. Friday after an extended illness.

Rosary Saturday evening will be by the CDA, KJT-KJZT of Koerth and by the parish.

Funeral services will be at _:45 p.m. Sunday from Kubena Funeral Home and at 2 p.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in Koerth Cemetery.

Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Wilhemina Smolik; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph J. Jansky of Hallettsville; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Rainosek of Sweet Home, Mrs. Frank Jurena of Edna, and Mrs. Victoria Fajkus of Victoria, and five grandchildren.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Dallas Morning News, December 19, 1893

Lavaca County—Today at noon at the residence of Lebesdo [sic.], Frank Smolek [sic.], a bohemian, aged about 50 years, shot himself twice with a pistol and died instantly from the wounds, one bullet entering in the left breast and passing entirely through his body. Smolek was in bad health and despondent because his wife who was much younger than he, had quit him.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Halletsville Herald, 21 Dec 1893

Suicide of Frank Smolik.

Frank Smolik, a Bohemian who lived on Smothers creek, committed suicide last Sunday morning at the residence of Jan Lliberda, near the railway depot.

While Liberda and wife were absent from home Smolik procured a pistol and shot a ball into his right side. The ball passed through the body and lodged in an article of house furniture. He then made his way to the front portico and there put the pistol to his forehead and fired again, the ball penetrating and coming out on the opposite [side] of the head.

Smolik was about 40 years of age and was quite well to do in the way of property. Recently he had been in declining health and his wife had separated from him, and the two things combined, it is supposed, preyed upon his mind until it became unbalanced. On the Saturday before his suicide he went to the saloon of Anton Hradecny and conducted himself in an eccentric manner.


The Brookshire Times, Thursday, January 17, 1963

John Joseph Smolik, age 65 years, four months and 21 days passed away in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Hallettsville, at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 1963 following a long period of illness.

Funeral services were held from the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, at 9:45 a.m. and at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 9th. Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, west of Hallettsville.

Rt. Rev. a. J. Morkovsky offered a Requiem High Mass at the church and officiated at the graveside rites.

Mr. Smolik was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Isidore Society. His life's occupation was that of a painter and paper hanger.

Mr. Smolik was born at Sweet Home June 15, 1897, son of the late Joseph and Emily (Haverland) Smolik. In 1927, he was married to Miss Lillie Bender at St. Mary's and the couple made their home in Hallettsville.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lilie (Bender) Smolik of Hallettsville; two sons, Julius Smolik of New Gulf and Johnnie G. Smolik of Barker, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. James (Doris) Kilpatrick of Benghazi, Lybia; three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Mary) Nevlud of Hallettsville, Mrs. James (Lucy) Prasek of Houston, and Mrs. Henry (Agnes) Strauss of Austin; and 13 grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Frank A. (Annie) Nevlud of Shiner, who died May 30, 1960 and a brother, L. L. Smolik, of Victoria, who died January 25, 1961.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Hallettsville Herald, 14 March 1889

Sublime Column

Frederick Smooke

Sunday morning Fred Smooke was found dead in his bed by his son-in-law, Wm. Seager.  Mr. Smooke had been suffering from heart disease for some time and it is supposed this was the cause of death.  He was about 70 years of age.

Buried at Smoothing Iron Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Shiner Gazette, 23 May 1906, page 1, Halletsville News column

The remains of A. J. Smothers, who died in Gonzales, were this afternoon laid to rest in the city cemetery here. Mr. Smothers was for some years sheriff of Lavaca county and later city marshall of of [sic] Halletsville, moving from here to Gonzales.

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1906, page 6

Later developments in the death of A. J. Smothers, whose remains were found in a barn in the rear of his residence yesterday, point strongly to suicide. While Judge W. B. Green has not yet concluded holding the inquest the verdict, the Inquirer is informed, will be substantually as follows: "Deceased came to his death by a dose of strychnine self administered." This verdict was brought about partly by the fact that a bottle containing some strychnine was found in a stove in the barn near the body of the dead man.

The remains were carried to Halletsville today for interment. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Smothers and Mr. John Smothers, of Page. — Gonzales Inquirer.

Archibald Smothers, Co A, 12 TX Inf, CSA, is buried next to Charlotte V. Brown Smothers, 14 Feb 1838 – 5 Feb 1923, in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Gazette article contributed by Matt Cross


[newspaper name and date unknown]

Elsie Smothers

Elsie Marie Turk Smothers, 91, of Wharton, died at her home, Sunday, June 15, 1997 at 12:55 p.m. She was born May 20, 1906, in Hallettsville, to William H. Sr. and Willie E. Barnes Turk. May 18, 1927 she married Robert Fey Smothers in Hallettsvile. She was a retired school teacher, having taught 37 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, Daughters of American Revolution, Retired Teacher’s Association and Wharton Historical Society. Survivors include a son, William Robert Smothers of Bloomington; a brother, William H. Turk Jr. of Tyler, four grand-children and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four sisters, Willie Turk, Marion Turk, Frankie Biggs and Nell Greer, and a brother, Alfred Turk.

Visitation began at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel, Hallettsville.

Services were conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Stephen Smothers [son of Leon Smothers] officiating. Burial followed in the Hallettsville City Cemetery, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Contributed by Nena Smothers


Shiner Gazette, 1 Nov 1894

Mr. J. W. Smothers, a well known young cattle man of Lavaca County, died here yesterday morning after a lingering illness and his remains were last evening laid to rest.

Weimar Mercury, 3 Nov 1894, page 2

Died, at the home of Mrs. Emeline Hinch in Halletsville, at 7:30 a. m., Sunday, Oct. 28th, after a lingering illness, John W. Smothers, Jr., at the age of 33 years and 9 months. The burial took place in Fairview Cemetery at 5 p. m. Sunday afternoon. Mr. Smothers recently took the precaution to insure his life for $10,000.

John Wesley Smothers was married to Cora Belle Kelly. Contributed by Nena Smothers


Shiner Gazette, 27 Jul 1893

—Mrs. Mary Smothers, one of the oldest settlers in Lavaca county, passed away, Friday, at her home near Halletsville, of cancer of the mouth. Mrs. Smothers was nearly 80 years old and had resided in Lavaca county for more than sixty years. She was a sister of Mrs. Bracher who owns in the neighborhood of fifteen thousand acres of land in Gonzales county.

Mary H. Smothers, 8 Sep 1815 – 21 Jul 1893, was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery near Hallettsville. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, Tuesday April 6, 1926

It is with sadness that we again chronicle tht the Death Angel has visited our community and called to her reward another one of our good ladies. Mrs. Mary A. Smothers [nee Mary Ann Elizabeth HINCH] passed away at her home Sunday afternoon ad 4:45 o'clock, interment was made in the City Cemetery, the body being laid to rest beside her husband [John Bate SMOTHERS, Jr.] who preceded her in death August 1913. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the grave by Rev. J.D. McWHORTER, pastor of the Methodist Church. Song service was rendered by a selected choir. The floral offering was pretty, showing the love and esteem in which she was held by all who knew her.

Pallbearers were 6 grandsons: Garland MCELROY, Freddie TURK, Hewitt KELLY, Farley TURK, Robert Fey SMOTHERS, and Oscar KARNEY, Jr.

Mrs. Smothers whose maiden name was Miss Mary A. HINCH was a native of County, being born on Rocky Creek near Hallettsville. On October 13th 1859, she was married to John Smothers, Jr. To this union 11 children were born, eight of whom survive her as follows: Mrs. Lizzie [Smothers] MCELROY, George, Robert, and Henry SMOTHERS of Hallettsville, Rt. 5; Mrs. [Virginia Smothers] C.B. KELLY, Mrs. [Lucinda Smothers] C.C. TURK, and Mrs. [Frances Smothers] E.A. TURK of Hallettsville and Mrs. [Maggie Smothers] Oscar KARNEY of Koerth. There are 30 children and 9 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Smothers suffered an injury in a fall about 4 years ago from which she never recovered causing her to be an invalid which confined her to her room all of the time.

She bore her affliction with a christian fortifude and was ready to answer the call of her Master when the summons came that called her home. She lived the christian life, thereby carrying out the duties of God assigned her in her home as a neighbor and a friend. The usefulness of her long life spent here is now ended and the spirit has gone to rest with the God who gave it, in that beautiful home above.

To the loved ones she has left to mourn her death we extend our sympathy.

Among the relatives from a distance that attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary Smothers Monday were, Mr. and Mrs. Garland McELROY, Mrs. J.M. MYERS, Mrs. J. BUSH, Fred TURK and Corbett McELROY of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Kelly SMOTHERS and children of Schulenburg; Mrs. Vernon WOFFORD of Yoakum and Ed SMOTHERS of Morales.

Obituary and photo believed to be Mary Hinch Smothers contributed by Nena Smothers


San Antonio Express, Sunday, March 8, 1936

YOAKUM, Tex., March 7.—Funeral services for Miss Justine Rosie Smykal, 33, were held here today at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev. F. O. Beck.

She leaves her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Smykal; three sisters, Sister Mary Cecilia of Victoria, Mrs. A. C. Sweeney of Dallas, and Mrs. Frank Pingenot of Del Rio; two brothers, Bennie J. Smykal of Austin and Louis Smykal of Yoakum and her grandmother, Mrs. Anna Jakubik of Yoakum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1909

Galveston News Special: Yoakum, July 17—Mrs. Ada Snell, aged 33 years, died in this city last night of cancer. Mrs. Snell was the widow of the late Charles Snell, an engineer on the S&P road [sic.], who was killed on his engine near Kerrville in 1907. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Woolsey and leaves a host of relatives and friends and also two small daughters to mourn her death. Funeral services will be held this evening at 5 o'clock from the Methodist church, of which she was a member.

Contributed by Deborah Smith




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.