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Services Held For E. R. Tate In Yoakum Friday

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, April 8, 1954

Funeral services were held for E. Roy Tate Friday, August 2 at 3 o’clock p.m. at the Buffington Chapel in Yoakum and at the Salem Church with the Rev. R. W. Porche officiating. Interment was made in the Salem Cemetery.

Mr. Tate passed away suddenly Thursday, April 1 at 8:15 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Hariman of Cuero, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Norville Tate, Byrd Martin Roy Tate, Berlin Thompson, J. [unreadable] Vick, and Willard Tate.

Musical selections during the services were composed of a number of favorite hymns of the deceased with Mrs. Dick Fawcett and Mrs. Leslie Van Rosenberg as soloists.

He was born Sept. 3, 1888 in Lavaca County to David and Caroline Tate and spent all most his entire life in Yoakum where he was employed as a car inspector for the Southern Pacific Railway until 1953 when he retired after twenty-five years service.

On September 6, 1912 he married Miss Clara Raska in Yoakum.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Tate, seven daughters, Mrs. D. C. Larson, Houston, Mrs. R. V. Morgan, Bangs, Mrs. Sibyl Taylor, Houston, Mrs. Ervin Estlinbaum, Eagle Lake, Mrs. William A.  Raska, Anahuac, Mrs. John Hartman, Cuero, Mrs. V. L. Marek, Houston and three sons, R. B. Tate and W. B. Tate of Channelview and Sgt. T. W. Tate of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and ten grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, March 31, 2009

Taylor, Eddie Ray

Eddie Ray Taylor, 92, of Sheridan passed away March 22 at Stevens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hallettsville.

He was born July 17, 1916 in Thornton to Edgar E. Taylor and Selma Rader. He was a 1936 graduate of Thornton High School. On Jan. 22, 1940 he married Alva Lois Callaway Taylor. He was a warehouse superintendent in the petroleum industry. He was a member of the Sheridan Baptist Church and a charter member of the Sheridan Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Lois, Marguerite and Mildred; and brothers, Rader and John Earl.

He is survived by sons, William David Taylor of Denver, Colo. and Phillip Ray Taylor of Silver City, N.M.; sister, Patsy Belk of Grand Prairie; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Thursday, March 26 at Sublime Baptist Church in Sublime under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. George Hayhurst officiating.

Pallbearers include Wayne Dupree, Fanklin Walker, Eddie Glen Durham, James Durham, Herman Barkley and Chris Jackson.

Submitted by Judy Talkington


Halletsville Herald, 22 Aug 1889, page 8

At Oakland, on the 8th inst, Harry Taylor, a young man, 21 years of age, met with an accident that resulted in his death. Taylor was in the employ of W. R. Nunn, who is visiting the family of S. D. Williams, of Oakland. On the morning of the 8th he rode out into the pasture to drive in some beeves, when his horse threw him violently to the ground, [striking] on his head. Taylor was picked up unconscious and remained so until his death, which occurred last Thursday evening. He was a quiet, sober and industrious young man, just starting in life, and his death is much [regretted]. He came with Mr. Nunn from Runnels county.


from an unidentified July 1953 newspaper clipping:

Rites Held For Railway Fireman Monroe Taylor

Funeral Services for J. M. (Monroe) Taylor, 70, retired railway fireman who resided recently on Route 3 Yoakum, were held here on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Buffington Chapel and Oak Grove Cemetery, the Rev. E. C. McDonald officiating and large concourse of mourners paying last respects.

Born February 19, 1883, Mr. Taylor died at Yoakum July 11. He had resided here many years before making his final runs during a long and exemplary career as a railroad man.

His pallbearers for the rites Sunday afternoon were E. J. Huebner, John Mylius, Eugene Rice, Alfred Taylor, W. R. McCoy and Dudley Garrett.

Surviving Mr. Taylor are his wife, Mrs. Ada Taylor of Yoakum; two sons, L. H. Taylor and O. C. Taylor, also of Yoakum; one daughter, Mrs. Vladik Walcik of Rosenberg; one brother, A. F. Taylor of Pharr, Texas, and five grandchildren.

They are Bobby and Billy Taylor and Brenda Taylor of Yoakum, Ronnie and Roger Walcik of Rosenberg.

Born in Gonzales, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Taylor. His father passed away when he was six weeks old. His mother, the former Miss Sally Bramham, moved with her three small sons to Yoakum in 1887. He had resided in Yoakum since that time.

He was united in marriage to Miss Ada Chandler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Clark Chandler on October 5, 1911. His mother passed away in 1924.

A brother, Will H. Taylor passed away in 1910. He went to work for the S. A. A. P. railroad when he was a young man. He retired in 1948, and since that time had followed his favorite hobby of farming at his home on Route 3.

He became a member of the First Baptist Church many years ago, and served as a very faithful member.

Contributed by Melissa Walcik



Mary W. Taylor, 88, of Yoakum, passed away Aug. 19 (2002).

She was born in Yoakum Nov. 24, 1914 to Emil H. and Erna A. Lange Buenger.  Mary graduated from Yoakum High School in 1933, attended Baldwin’s Business College and taught at Baldwin’s for two years after graduating from that school.

She was then employed by the Piggly-Wiggly grocery stores about 1935 as a bookkeeper/secretary and remained in the grocery business until she retired in 1985.  She was very active in the local Eastern Star Chapter, having served over 48 years as secretary.

She held many Eastern Star state offices and served as Mother Advisory for Yoakum Rainbow Assembly No. 2 and as the Texas Grand Advisory for the Rainbow Girls organization.  She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, James B. Taylor of Yoakum.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. at Buffington Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Gary Goodson officiating.  Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.

An Eastern Star Funeral Service was also conducted by the Yoakum Eastern Star Chapter No. 282.

Pallbearers: Robert Denson, N.V. Styler, Richard Alexander, George Roznovsky, Grady Glass and Gary Cooper.

Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Weimar Mercury, 2 Oct 1897, page 5

Halletsville New Era: Died, in this city on Friday, Sept. 24th, after an illness of several days, Mrs. A. Taylor. Deceased leaves two daughters, Miss May, who is book-keeper at Landa Bros.' store, and Miss Jessie Taylor, to mourn her loss. The New Era extends condolence to the bereaved children in this ttheir great affliction. Mrs. Taylor's remains were laid to rest in the new cemetery.

Mrs. Taylor formerly lived at Columbus, in this county. She was a lady of many estimable traits of character, and her death is deeply regretted. To the orphaned daughters the MERCURY extends its sincere condolence in their bereavement.


Shiner Gazette, 17 Aug 1898, All Over the State column

F. Teister, a farmer living near Shriner [sic.], suicided by shooting herself.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, March 26, 1903, page 3

Beaumont, Tex., March 17. —Dave Teltschick of Halletsville, Tex., aged 73 years, fell between some cars at Loeb, a station ten miles north of the city, this morning, and was instantly killed. Deceased was visiting his son, G. A Teltschick, foreman of the Texas & New Orleans bridge crew. The train was on a siding at Loeb and was standing still. Mr. Teltschick was walking along the top of the cars, and in some manner fell between them. He struck the ground in such a manner as to break his neck, causing instant death. The body was brought here and will be shipped to Hallettsville for interment. Besides the son mentioned the deceased has a son living at Hallettsville. The deceased arrived here yesterday.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Hallettsville Tribune, March 9, 1954

Mrs. L. Teltschick Expires, Rites Set For Tuesday

Funeral services have been set for 3 p.m.Tuesday, March 9 from the family residence on the Vienna Road for Mrs. Louis Teltschick who passed away in Renger Hospital at 4:45 p.m. March 7. Interment will be in the Willow Creek Cemetery.

Born in Lavaca County November 27, 1875, she was 78 years three months and 10 days of age at the time of her death. Her husband, Louis Teltschick passed away January 27, 1946.

She is survived by four sons, Felix Teltschick, Ernest Teltschick, Gus Teltschick all of Hallettsville; Herbert Teltschick of Port Arthur; five daughters, Mrs. Sam Kelly, Mrs. Allie Smith, Mrs. Rud. Sieber, Miss Johnnie Teltschick all of Hallettsville and Mrs. Keller Cheney of Ganado; one brother, Edwin Pohl of Hallettsville; eight sisters, Mrs. Victor Blumrich, Mrs. Louis Schott, Mrs. Annie Blumrich, Mrs. Alma Brown, Mrs. Agnes Fuller, Mrs. Bill Pagel, Mrs. Anton Haidusek all of Hallettsville and Mrs. Joe Gold of Yoakum; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Helena (Lena) was born November 27, 1875 and died March 7, 1954. She was the daughter of Charles Enfred Pohl and Rosina Agnes (Rother) Pohl. She married Louis (Louie) Teltschick on October 16, 1893 in the C. E. Pohl home near Hallettsville. Contributed by Ed Neubauer.


Shiner Gazette

Johannah A. Teltschick

Johannah A. “Jonnie” Teltschick, 85 years, 6 months and 14 days, of Hallettsville, died Wednesday, September 3, 1997.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 6 at Kubena Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Walt Rowell officiating.

Burial followed at Willow Creek Cemetery in Vienna, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were: Don Minear, Dr. Tim Wagner, Tim Spanhiel, Gary Brown, Matthew Henneke Jr., and Todd Vlasek.

Honorary pallbearers were: Wilbur Baber, Lloyd Smith, John Henneke, Marcus Spanhiel, Matthew Henneke, Larry Vlasak, Mark Spanhiel Jr., and Walter Millirow.

She was born February 19, 1912, in Vienna, to the late Louis and Lena Pohl Teltschick. She was a retired teacher and was a member of the Retired Teachers Organization.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Hattie Smith, December 13, 1984, Minnie Sieber, April 8, 1997, Sena Cheney and Lena Kelly; and four brothers, Herbert Teltschick, Gustav Waltor “Puch” Teltschick, Ernest Rudolph “Ott” Teltschick and Felix Teltschick.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Aug 1895, page 1

An Awful Accident.

The following telegram was received here Tuesday morning by Wm Mulker:

Kennedy, July 30

I killed my wife accidentally last night. Will bring her body home to-day.


The remains arrived here on the evening train, accompanied by Mr. Templin. His wife was the daughter of Wm Mulker, one of our most prosperous German farmers. It seems that Mrs Templin had been out of doors late in the night, and when she re-entered the house, her husband, who had been asleep, mistook her for a Mexican and fired, killing her instantly. She left two small children.

Anna Sophie Templien, 8 May 1873 – 30 Jul 1895, was interred in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, September 7, 1895 pg 1

Post Special: Oakland, Texas, August 28.—A young man by the name of Terrel and living near Sublime was visiting the family of Mr. E. Strunk last Sunday. He, in company with Mr. Strunk's son and a man by the name of Haizer, went to the large tank in Mr. Strunk's pasture for a swim. Young Terrel was taken with a cramp and drowned before relief could reach him. The sad affair is much deplored.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1927, page 7

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Tesch died Tuesday and was buried at the Geiger cemetery at Sublime Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The Herald joins a host of friends in extending sympathy to the heart broken parents in the loss of their little loved one.


Hallettsville Herald, 26 Feb 1891


We are sorry to chronicle the death of Mr. Albert Tesch, which occurred on Friday evening last.  The remains were interred on Sunday by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. 
Contributed by Regena Williamson


Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, March 22, 1974

A. G. Tesch, Sr.

A.G. Tesch Sr., 82, of Rosenberg, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 1974, in a hospital in Freeport.

He was a former resident of Sublime.

The body lay in state at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville until 1:15 p.m. Wednesday when it was taken to the Sublime Lutheran Church for funeral services at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in Geiger Cemetery.

Born Jan. 2, 1892, at Sublime, he was married to the former Selma Meyer, Dec. 13, 1927 in Cuero.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, A. G. Jr. of Sealy and Alton of Covington, La.; five daughters, Mrs. Glenn Detmore of Longview, Mrs. Elo Brandt of Pasadena, Mrs. Marvin Hutchins and Mrs. Bill Mays, both of Lake Jackson, and Mrs. Alfred Dobson of Rosenberg; two brothers, Otto of Dallas and Ernest of Sublime; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, July 8, 1966

Alfred Tesch

Alfred Tesch, 63, native of Lavaca County, died at 6 p.m. Monday in a Hallettsville hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Monday night at Kubena Funeral Home.

Mr. Tesch was a member of the Lutheran Church in the Vsetin Community.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillie Rother Tesch; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Kennedy of Houston and Mrs. Albin Woytek of Waller; six sons, Elroy and James of Houston, Benny of Victoria, Glen and Alfred, Jr. of Hallettsville and Paul Tesch, in Viet Nam; his father, August Tesch of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Mertz of Hallettsville and Mrs. Lamar Mitchell of Dallas; 8 brothers, Louis, Fred, Woodrow, Herbert, Walter, Hugo and Perry all of Hallettsville and John of Yoakum; and 22 grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


New Era Herald, Tuesday, July 21, 1931

The funeral of August Liepfred Tesch, who died at his home near Sublime Thursday morning, was held Friday afternoon, the procession leaving his late home at 3 p.m. and burial was made in the Geiger Cemetery. Rev. A. T. Klige, Lutheran pastor, officiated. The many people in attendance brought beautiful floral tributes. The pallbearers were: Paul Skolnik, Otto Sicko, Conrad Miller, Joe Zaruba, Henry Hnetek and Wm. Sonntag.

Mr. Tesch was born in Klein Schwarze, Templeburg, Germany, and came to this country with his parents at the age of two years, settling in Houston, Texas. Several years later after his mother died in Houston, he came with his father to Sublime. On Jan. 1, 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Theresa Matejka, to which union eleven children were born, seven surviving, two sons and two daughters preceded him to the grave. He also leaves 25 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. For about 10 years in the early days, Mr. Tesch was engaged in hauling merchandise from here to Houston. He was an old-time resident of this community having seen three courthouses built in Lavaca Co. He was for many years a faithful member of the Lutheran church, having been confirmed by the late Rev. C. Geiger. For the past nine months he has been afflicted with cancer which proved incurable and caused his death.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Herald, June 30, 1892

Mrs. Catherine Tesch died at her home near Sublime on Wednesday, June 29, in the 76th year of her age. Mrs. Tesch left a large connection in this county to mourn her death. She was the mother of Deputy Sheriff Adam Pelzer, and grandmother of Otto and Emil Miller.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, page 1, Wednesday, December 30, 1953


Delores Ann Tesch, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Tesch of this community died in the Renger Hospital, Wednesday, December 23, at 10:00 p.m., following a serious illness.

The deceased was born May 25, 1939, in Hallettsville, and lived in this community all her life. She was a student of Hallettsville High School. Her mother is the former Miss Martha Fojt.

Surviving are her father and mother; grandfather, August Tesch, and grandmother, Mrs. Johanna Fojt.

An older sister died in 1949. The two girls were the only children in the family.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 26, at 9:30 a.m. at the Kubena Fuenral Home, and continuing at the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Interment was in the Geiger Cemetery. Rev. A. C. Widiger officiated.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, Tuesday, 19 Jan 1993

Elvin E. Tesch

Elvin E. Tesch, 72, of Sheridan died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1993 in his home at 10:15 a.m.

He was born July 25, 1920 in Lavaca County, son of Ernest and Emilie Schumaker Tesch. He attended Honey Creek School and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He married Vernice Hunter on Dec. 6, 1941, in Rosenberg. She died Nov. 28, 1990. He married Ora Schirmer on Feb. 16, 1991, in Helotes.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Masonic Lodge No. 366 in Eagle Lake. He retired after 38 years in oil and gas production with Shell Oil Co. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime.

Surviving are his wife, Ora Tesch, his mother, Emilie Tesch of Sublime; two stepdaughters, Alice Pearish and Elaine Lewis, both of San Antonio; two sons, Bobby Tesch of Austin and Jim “Pookie” Tesch of Sheridan; two stepsons, Sonny Schirmer and Charles Schirmer, both of San Antonio; two brothers, Maxie Tesch of Sublime and Robert Tesch of Victoria; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Besides his first wife, Vernice Tesch, he was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Tesch.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at Zion Lutheran Church, Sublime. Revs. Albert Flathmann and Brent Pittman officiated.

Burial followed in the Geiger Cemetery, Sublime, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Masonic Lodge members, Norman Hooper, Bill Parks, E. I. Enloe, Mike Sonntag, W. C. Dupre and Wayne Dupre.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Death Takes Mrs. August Tesch

At the age of 59 years, Mrs. August Tesch was taken by death Saturday in the Dufner Hospital, at 2:30 a.m.

The deceased, nee Emma Johanna Sicko, was married to August Tesch, and eleven children were born to them: Fred at home; Alfred of Shiloh; Walter of Hallettsville; Herbert of Vsetin; Sgt. Hugo, now a German prisoner of war; Louis of Victoria; Woodrow of Vsetin; Perry of Camp McCoy, Wis.; John at home; Mrs. Fred (Hattie) Mertz; and Mrs. Hilmer (Isabel) Buske of California.

Survivors besides her husband and children are:  three brothers, John Sicko of Morales, Otto and Oscar Sicko of Sublime; and a half-brother, Chas. Meyer of Sublime; four sisters, Mrs. Rud. (Annie) Quitta of Vsetin; Mrs. Emil (Ida) Rabe of Weimar; Mrs. Otto Sanders of Crawford; and Mrs. Aug. (Ernestine) Riesley of Beeville; two half-sisters, Mrs. (Tillie) Schott of Sublime and Mrs. Albert (Selma) Tesch of Richmond; and 14 grandchildren.  One sister and one brother preceded her in death.

Monday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home, by Rev. Robert Nerger, Lutheran minister. Interment was held in the Geiger Cemetery.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Tribune-Herald, April 7, 1999

Lillie Tesch

Lillie M. Tesch, 95, of Hallettsville died Friday, April 2, 1999.

She was born Nov. 8, 1903 in Lavaca County to Ernest C. Sr. and Ida Klair Rother.

On Sept. 25, 1920 she married Alfred F. Tesch in Hallettsville.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hallettsville.

Survivors include two daughters, Elrose Kennedy and Emma Woytek, both of Hallettsville; six sons, Elroy Tesch of Wied, James Tesch of Blessing, Bennie Tesch of Victoria, Alfred Tesch Jr. of Yoakum, Glenn Tesch of Kathy and Paul Tesch of Waller; two brothers, Ben Rother of Hallettsville and Philip Rother of California; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred F. Tesch on July 3, 1966; one son; three sisters; two brothers; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Visitation began at 11 a.m. Monday, April 5 and continued until 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel, Hallettsville.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hallettsville. The Rev. Herb Beyer officiated.

Burial followed in the Geiger Cemetery in Sublime, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Allan Woytek, Albin Woytek Jr., Elroy Tesch Jr., Chuck Kennedy, Jimmy Tesch, Rick Tesch, Darrell Tesch, Rodnay Tesch.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hallettsville.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune – New Era Herald, Friday, December 4, 1970

Mrs. Hugo Tesch

Mrs. Hugo (Lillie) Tesch, 56, of Hallettsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 1st, at 10:20 p.m. in Renger Memorial Hospital here.

Her body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home until 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4th, when it was taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a Requiem Mass was offered at 2:30 p.m. Interment was in the Hallettsville City Cemetery, Rev. Stanley Petru officiated the last rites.

Mrs. Tesch, nee Lillie Migl, was born at Yoakum, Oct. 1, 1914. On Dec. 29, 1945, she married Hugo Tesch who survives her, along with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Migl, all of Hallettsville, three sons, Jerry Targac, Paul Targac, and Raymond Targac, all of Houston; one daughter: Mrs. Robert (Doris) Henneke of Houston; five brothers – George Migl of Yoakum, Frankie Migl of Shiner, Alfred Migl of Austin, Jerry P. Migl of Houston and Willie Joe Migl of Hallettsville; four sisters – Mrs. Raymond (Mary) Fishbeck of Moulton, Mrs. Julius (Viola) Cocek of Houston, Mrs. Joseph (Janie) Cherrier of Escondido, California and Mrs. Alex (Lorraine) Senglemann of Houston.

Rosaries were recited Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. by the parish and at 7:15 p.m. by the societies, at Kubena Funeral Home.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Victoria Advocate, Thursday, February 10, 2005

Martha L. (Fojt) Tesch - HALLETTSVILLE

HALLETTSVILLE - Martha Louise Tesch, 95, of Hallettsville, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005.

She was born June 29, 1909 in Colorado County, to the late Joseph and Johanna Tlucek Fojt. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Sublime.

Preceded in death by: husband, Herbert G. Tesch; sisters, Lillie Michalcik and Hermina Fojt; brothers, Adolph Fojt, August Fojt, Emil Fojt, Edwin Fojt, Milton Fojt, and Otto Fojt.

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

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

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

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, June 21 1977

Selma Tesch

Mrs. A. G. (Selma) Tesch, age 70, of Rosenberg, passed away in Polly Ryon Hospital in Richmond, Texas, Thursday, June 16, 1977, at 3:30 a.m.

The body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville until 8:45 a.m., Sat., June 18, when it was move to the Zion Lutheran Church at Sublime for 10 a.m. services.  Rev. C. Wm. Moseley and Rev. __ W. Fox officiated. Interment was in the Geiger Cemetery north of Sublime.

Mrs. Tesch was born in Shiner, March 5, 1907; she was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Sublime.

She is survived by two sons, A. G. Tesch, Jr. of Sealy and Alton Tesch of Covington, La.; five daughters, Mrs. Glenn Detmore of Longview, Mrs. Elo Brandt of Pasadena, Mrs. Marvin Hutchins and Mrs. Billy Mays, both of Lake Jackson, Mrs. Alfred Dobson of Richmond; one half brother, Oscar Sicko of Hallettsville; one sister, Mrs. Tina Reichle of Giddings; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, September 9, 1932

Theresa Tesch

Therese Tesch passed away at her home in Sublime at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 21 days. She had been ill off and on for two years. Her last sickness began about 2 months ago and resulted in her death on Tuesday, Sept. 6th, at 9:00 a.m. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. T. Kluge of the Lutheran Church on Wed. Sept. 7th, with interment in the Geiger Cemetery at Sublime. Pallbearers were: Melvin Tesch, Allen Tesch, Ed Tesch, Jr., Ira Schumaker, Herbert Tesch and Elvin Tesch, all grandchildren of the deceased.

Mrs. Tesch was born March 15th, 1853 in Austria, came to America at the age of 2 yrs, lost her parents in early childhood and was raised by step-parents in Bastrop Co., lived there until her marriage to Mr. Aug. Tesch in 1874, then moved to her home place here in Lavaca Co., where they resided until their death. Mr. Tesch preceded her in death a little over a year ago. To their union 11 children were born, 2 boys and 2 girls are dead. The surviving children are: Mrs. Sophie Schumake, Louise, Tex, Ed. Tesch, Sublime; Fred Tesch, Sublime; Otto Tesch, Weimar; Albert, Willie, Ernest, all of Sublime. Besides the children the deceased is survived by 23 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and one sister. The Tribune extends its most heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, November 1, 1949


HALLETTSVILLE, Oct. 31.—Miss Velma Jean Tesch, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Tesch of Vsetin, near here, died at Renger Hospital Saturday. She had been admitted to the hospital Tuesday after becoming ill while attending Vsetin school.

Funeral services were held here Sunday. Interment was in Geiger Cemetery near Sublime. Surviving besides her parents, are her sister, Delores Ann, age 10, and her grandparents, Mr. Joe Fojt and August Tesch.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe

Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 4, 1949


Funeral services for Miss Velma Jean Tesch, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Tesch who live southwest of Weimar, were held at Hallettsville Sunday afternoon, with interment in the Geiger Cemetery after further services at the Lutheran Church in Vsetin.

She succumbed at the Renger Hospital, Hallettsville, Saturday, after several months of illness that only was considered serious for a few days preceding her death. She had attended the Hallettsville High School, and was a native of that section.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her grandparents, Mrs. Joy Fojt of Bila Hora and August Tesch of Halletttsville; and one sister, Miss Delores Ann Tesch.

Pallbearers were Clarence and Edward Strauss, Raymond Melnar, Marvin Fojt, George Gummelt and Elroy Tesch.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Victoria Advocate, Thursday, January 29, 1974

Walter Tesch

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Walter Paul Tesch, 70, of Hallettsville, who died Monday night in a San Antonio hospital, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home.

The Rev. Selma Burger will officiate with burial in City Cemetery.

Mr. Tesch was born March 9, 1905 in Lavaca County, and was married to Viola Jahn Dec. 3, 1929.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Leon and Maurice, both of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Alma Criswell of Cuero and Mrs. Ann Currie of Gonzales; seven brothers, Fred, Herbert, Louis, Hugo and Woodrow, all of Hallettsville; Perry of San Antonio and Johnnie of Yoakum; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Mertz of Hallettsville and Mrs. Isabel Mitchell of Dallas; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Shiner Gazette, 7 Aug 1901

Two Deaths from Sunstroke.

Last Friday Mr John Sontag [sic.], an aged citizen, was found dead about four miles south of town. Justice Strauss held an inquest and delivered a verdict of sun stroke. Deceased was about sixty years of age and lived with his son-in-law, Mr. Thomas Hurt.

Gerhard Theilen-Gerdes, a carpenter who had worked all day at his trade, was overcome by heat about 5 o’clock last Saturday evening and died of sun-stroke about 7 o’clock. Temperature 106 in the shade at 2 p. m. Saturday. This makes the second case of sun-stroke in two days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 4 Apr 1889

Mr. Ed Thigpen, who was reported to be seriously ill in our last issue, died Friday. Mr. Thigpen was in the 21st year of his age, and leaves many warm friends to mourn his untimely taking off.


Halletsville Herald, 24 Oct 1889


Mr. Thomas died on the 10 inst., after long and intense suffering. Dr. Pressley deserves credit for his continued and faithful attention. He did all that mortal man could do, but the fiat had gone forth and medical skill could only alleviate the suffering.


Weimar Mercury, January 36, 1917

Darkey Killed.

Joe Thomas, colored, was shot and killed at his home near Hackberry Sunday night, by a person or persons so far unknown, no arrest having been made as yet. In a dying statement deceased said that just as he stepped into the door of his home a shotgun was shoved against his body and a charge of shot tore into his abdomen. He was not sure who did it, on account of the darkness. He lived two hours. Thomas was regard[sic.] as a law-abiding, hard-working man. Family troubles were evidently the cause of the tragedy.—Halletsville New Era.


Victoria Advocate, May 12, 1971

Mrs. Thompson
Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. Albina B. Thompson, 82, died at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday in a local hospital.

She was born May 23, 1888, in Praha, and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 9 a.m. Thursday, at which time it will be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for funeral services at 10 a.m. The Rev. StanleyPetru will officiate with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors Include four sons, Charlie and Joe Thompson, both of Hallettsville, Edward of Schulenburg and Henry of Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Hilmer Laqua of Hallettsville; a brother, August Zatopek of Hallettsville; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


See Charles Ward obituary.


Shiner Gazette, 12 Feb 1902


Mrs. F. Thormaehlen died last Monday night at her home near Shiner, of pneumonia.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


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

April 9, 1942

John Edward Thornell, for more than a quarter of a century a citizen of Yoakum, passed away recently. Mr. Thornell was born in Fayette County, Texas on August 14, 1870. In later years he acted as an Agent in Yoakum for some city newspapers. In 1897 he married to Miss Mathida Kettel.

Transcribed by Carla H. Ratcliff


Shiner Gazette, 14 May 1908

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Merrem were in Moulton Sunday to attend the funeral of the little child of Mr. J. D. Thornton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 6 Sep 1899


Annie Lee Thornton, the little two-years-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Thornton, living near Moulton, died last Monday of diphtheria, after a protracted illness. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

Annie Lee Thornton, 23 Jul 1897 – 4 Sep 1899, daughter of J. D. Thornton, was buried in the Moulton Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Shiner Gazette, 15 Feb 1894, Moulton Institute column

On the eve of the 10th Mr. Wm. Thornton’s child breathed its last. Aged about three and a half years. Was buried in Moulton Institute cemetery.

Shiner Gazette, 15 Feb 1894

In Memoriam.

Of little William, youngest son of Mr and Mrs. William Thornton. Aged two years, six months and four days. Thus another little bud is plucked from earth to blossom in Heaven.

He is sleeping, sweetly sleeping.
Could you wish to wake him now,
When not a trace of care or sorrow
Ere can mark his peaceful brow?

Passed away before the tempter
Had be-set his feet with snares;
Ere his heart was pierced with sadness
Or his mind disturbed with cares.

Little William sweetly sleeping,
Ere his heart was crushed with woe;
Ere the hand of disappointment
Any hope could overthrow;

Ere remorse had come to sting him
For the misspent hours now past,
Ere the frost which blights the many
O’er his lips one blight had cast.

Knowing what you know of sadness,
Knowing what you know of tears,
When memory turning, takes you back
O’er the past two years.

Would you wake him from that slumber;
Call him from that rest with God,
Back on earth to travel with you
In the path your feet have trod?

Oh, methinks not. Though ‘tis lonely.
Bow and kiss the chastening rod.
Saying: “Not as I will it
But as Thou hast, oh, my Lord.”

We a thorny path must travel.
For the living, not the dead
Keep the tears that thou would’st lavish
O’er that quiet, peaceful head.

Moulton Institute.

William Thornton, 3 Sep 1890 – 10 Feb 1894, was buried in the Moulton Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 4 Apr 1906

Death of Mr. F. Thulemeyer.

Mr. F. Thulemeyer died very suddenly at his home in this city yesterday morning, Tuesday, April 3rd. Although Mr. Thulemeyer had been in bad health for some time, his death was not expected. He was 75 years old. The funeral will take place today at 4 o’clock p. m. in the K. of P. Cemetery. A more extended notice will appear in the next issue of the Gazette.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 Dec 1897

A Sudden Death.

Frank Tichacek, a farmer living on Fitzgerald’s land, went to Gonzales Saturday with his brother-in-law, John Gallia, to pay his taxes. After attending to this they went into a barrel house and filled up on cheap whisky. Frank drank until he fell over on the floor. After a while Gallia got him in the gig and the two started for home. When about four miles from home Tichacek suddenly collapsed in the gig and died. Gallia turned around and drove back to Gonzales with the body and we understand was arrested together with several others on suspicion of foul play.

Tichacek’s remains were brought back to Shiner and buried Sunday. He was about thirty years old and leaves a wife and several children. He married one of Gallia’s daughters. [Burial place unknown.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 14 Apr 1991, page 12A


GONZALES – Emil Tichavsky, 82, of Gonzales, died Saturday, April 13, 1991.

Mr. Tichavsky was born Dec. 22, 1908.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Tichavsky; daughter, Dorris Dolezal of Gonzales; brother, Joe Tichavsky of Shiner; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Rosry 7 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home.

Services 2 p.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church, Gonzales.

Burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery, under direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Gonzales, 672-3322.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. TICHAVSKY and infant daughter

Shiner Gazette, 1 Dec 1897


A Mother and Her Baby Burned to Death.

One of the most awful accidents in the history of this community occurred at noon last Thursday at the home of Charles Tichovsky’s, five miles southwest of Shiner, by which his young wife and eighteen-month-old baby were burned to death.

On the fateful day Mr. and Mrs. Tichovsky and their two oldest children were out picking cotton and Mrs. Tichovsky went home at about 11:30 to prepare dinner, taking her little eighteen-month-old baby girl with her. There were some embers in the store and after stirring them up she put in the wood and when it would not burn she picked up a five-gallon can of coal oil and poured some of the oil on the wood. A terrible explosion followed and the burning oil was thrown over Mrs. Tichovsky and all over the room. Maddened with pain and enveloped in flames she rushed to the door and forgetting about her baby, passed through and slammed the door to behind her. Rushing to the well she attempted to draw a bucket of water but the fire with which she was enveloped soon overcome her and she sank to the ground writhing and screaming. Her cries were heard out in the field and her husband and several others ran to her with all possible speed. They were too late, however, as she was burned to a crisp. She lay writhing and turning on the ground the blood trickling from her arms, head and body, even the nails were burned from her fingers.

Meanwhile the house was afire and it required heroic efforts to save it. When finally the flames were subdued the men were horrified to find the little chubby baby girl sitting in one corner of the charred and smoking room. It had not moved after the deadly flames had reached it; the doll it had been playing with lay by its side. The flesh was nearly burned from its face and its little hands that it had held up before its face were nearly burned off. It only lived a short time after being found.

A physician was summoned, and Doctor Eidson reached the house shortly after 1 o’clock. To the writer he said: “I saw the Southern Hotel burn at St. Louis years ago; people jumped from windows and were killed on the pavements and the walls fell and buried half a dozen firemen, but the sight was not half as bad as what I saw out there at that man’s house. It was sickening, horrible and heart-rending. When I went into the room and saw that poor little baby lying there burned to death with its little doll by its side. I couldn’t restrain my tears, and although there were thirty or forty people about, most of them rough men, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd.

“I found Mrs. Tichovsky in great agony, and as her death was only a question of a few hours I could only give her hypodermic injections of morphine to lessen her pain. She presented a dreadful sight. Her eyes were swelled shut and her arms and head were swelled frightfully.

“The room where the accident occurred was burned until it was charred all over, even the ceiling was nearly burned through. Some barrels standing in the room burned to a coal. How they kept the house from burning down is a mystery to me. The coal oil can lay on the floor with both ends blown out. It was an ordinary five-gallon can like they keep in all the stores.”

The poor woman lingered in great agony until about 10 o’clock in the evening, when death came as a happy release.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 10 Mar 1897


After months of suffering, Rev. J. H. Tietjean [sic.], pastor of Missouri Synod Lutheran church of this place, passed away at 3:30 yesterday morning at his home at the parsonage, in the northern part of town. He had been ill for months and had been gradually sinking for some time past. The end was calm and peaceful.

The funeral will take place at the O. D. H. S. Cemetery this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

His young and devoted wife is nearly overcome with grief. She will return to her home at Cullman, Alabama, from whence she came not quite two years ago a happy bride.

Rev. J. H. Tietjean was a native of Brooklyn, N. Y., and was born Nov. 13, 1863; his parents still reside there. He has been in Shiner about five years and a half.

He was held in high regard by all with whom he came in contact, and his death was mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Rev. J. H. Tietjen, 10 Nov 1863 – 9 Mar 1897, ordained in 1888, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Austin Statesman, 11 Aug 1944, page 17

TIMM – Mrs. E. C. Timm, 72, Austin resident for 10 years, died Thursday night in a local hospital. Survivors are a son, O. E. Timm, Houston; three daughters, Mrs. G. D. Kaiser and Mrs. W. J. Meinert, Houston, and Mrs. C. L. Kuykendall of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. A. E. J. Steves, Houston, and Mrs. Mamie Steen, Corpus Christi; two brothers, Fred Anderson, Karnes City and Seth Anderson, Corpus Christi. The body was sent Friday to Hallettsville for funeral services by the Weed-Corley Funeral home.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 6 Mar 1942, page 6


Hallettsville, Feb. 26. – Mrs. Adolph Timm, 66, died Wednesday and was buried Thursday. Survivors are two sons, H. C. Timm, Yoakum; Prof. Tyrus Timm of Texas A. and M. College; two daughters, Miss Annye Timm, principal of the Breslau School, and Miss Alva Timm of the Hallettsville High School faculty, and one sister.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, 23 Mar 1893, page 8, column 5

Adolph Timm, the 18-year old son of Mr. August Timm, died at his home near Halletsville on Friday evening, March 17, and was buried the following day in a private graveyard in the vicinity. A briar was accidentally run in one of the young man's feet a week prior to his death, making a wound that produced blood posoning. Adolph was an exemplary young man whose death is depllored by all who knew him.

Adolph Timm, 10 Nov 1874 – 17 Mar 1893, is buried in the Pagel Settlement Cemetery.Obituary contributed by Rox Ann Johnson.


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Dec 1922

Timm – Hallettsville, Dec. 3. – August Timm died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. McNair here Friday afternoon, aged 87 years. Mr. Timm had been a resident of this county for many years. He leaves a number of relatives. Interment took place in the City Cemetery here.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 24 Jul 1925


We wish to express our most sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors who kindsness was shown us during the illness and after the death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Johana Timm. Especially do we thank all for the beautiful floral offerings; may God's richest blessings be with you all.

The Children.

Johanna Besser Timm, 21 Nov 1839 - 17 Jul 1925, is buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Austin Statesman, 25 Feb 1920, page 2


Miss Julia D. Timm, a student of the State University, and whose home was in Hallettsville, died at a local hospital Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock, just as it was believed she was about to recover from an attack of pneumonia. In fact, Tuesday had been tentatively decided upon for her to leave the hospital, go home and recuperate. She grew suddenly worse, however, and passed away at the time stated. The body was shipped to Hallettsville Wednesday for burial.

A report became current Tuesday after Miss Timm’s death that she had died of sleeping illness. This is a mistake. The young woman student of the University who is said ti [sic] be ill with that malady, is at another hospital and this morning it was stated by the attending physician that she is somewhat improved.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1920, page 3


Halletsville, Tex., Feb. 25.—The remains of Miss Julia Timm who died in Austin yesterday were brought here today and interred in the City Cemetery. Miss Timm was just 27 years of age. She had been teaching in the public schools here, and resigned some time since to attend the University at Austin where she was when taken ill. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Timm of this place and several sisters and a brother.


Weimar Mercury, 12 Feb 1943, page 6


Hallettsville, Texas, Feb. 2. – Services were held Monday for Mrs. Nannie J. Timm, 76, widow of the late W. F. Timm. Survivors include H. G. Timm, prominent merchant and tomato buyer and director of the chamber of commerce; Adam Timm, Mrs. Charles Strode and Mrs. A. J. Reinhardt, all of Hallettsville and Mrs. H. Hammers and Mrs. S. S. Chetta of Houston; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, 15 Apr 1948, page 12B

TIMM – Oscar E. Timm, Sr., 52, of 3318 Chapman, died at 12:50 a.m. Thursday at his home. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mable Lee Jones of Beaumont; two sons, Oscar E. Timm, Jr., of Houston, and Wallis V. Timm of Edna; three sisters, Mrs. Eddie Meinert of Houston, Mrs. Lee Kuykendall of Austin, and Mrs. J. D. Kaiser of Hallettsville. Services at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Kubena Funeral Home in Halletsville. Burial in Halletsville. Earthman Funerals.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 16 Oct 1897, page 6

Hallettsville, tex., Oct. 8.—In a difficulty between Bob Miller, a well-to-do farmer and stock raiser, who resides at Seclusion, twenty miles from here, and Jim Tinnan colored, yesterday, Tinnan was shot and killed. The grand jury, now in session, will investigate.

Weimar Mercury, 23 Oct 1897, page 8

Thursday morning J. H. Hartt came in from Seclusion and reported that his son-in-law, Bob Miller, had shot and killed a negro named Jim Walker, or familiarly known as Jim Tinnon. Miller surrendered to Constable Cannon. His bond was fixed at $1000, and he gave it readily, with J. H. Hartt and two of the Millers as sureties. The particulars of the killing are given in Miller's own words: "He was a bad . . . and had threatened me before. Thursday morning I was sitting on my gallery when Jim rode up and commenced to quarrel with me. I told him to leave; that I didn't want any trouble. He pulled his coat to one side and boastfully displayed a big six-shooter and said: 'You've got to take what I say unless you are a better man than I am.' I knew then that he had come to kill me. I got up and quick as a flash rushed into the room, grabbed my Winchester which was just inside, and fired on him, shooting him through the body. He fell and cried out to me to help him and get a doctor, which I did. He remarked to me that I had done right."

The doctor arrived shortly afterwards and pronounced the wound fatal, although the man was still alive Monday morning. Tinnon served a term in the penitentiary several years ago.


Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1894, page 3

Yoakum, Tex., Feb. 3.—A most remarkable funeral occurred here the other day. Felicia Tippins was a colored woman, who came here before the war. Thursday morning she died at the age of 89 years, 9 months and 14 days. The funeral was one of the largest ever seen here, there being a number of whites present.  The minister who preformed the obsequies startled the audience by declaring positively that there were present 268 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the deceased. The minister’s declaration created some surprise, but was evidently believed to be substantially correct.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Victoria Advocate, Monday, April 25, 1966

YOAKUM—Mrs. Mary Tivoda, 53, died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday in a Yoakum hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, and at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic church. Burial will be in Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are a son, Julius T. Cocek, of Galena Paark; three daughters, Mrs. Julius Hermes of Hallettsville, Miss Mary Cocek of houston; two step-sons, Ernest Tivoda of Wallace [Wallis?], Tex., and Emil Tivoda of San Antonio; three step-daughters, Mrs. Mary Parma and Mrs. Emilie Taylor, both of Yorktown, and mrs. Angela Kutac of Houston; a sister, Miss Theresa Rohan, of Yoakum; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Frankie Jurena, Rudy Jurena, Ervin Hermes, Teddy Taylor, Claud Jacobs and Bill Manning.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 6 Jul 1928, page 2


W. M. Tolleson of Halletsville Route 7, died at his home Saturday at 5 p.m.

The funeral wass held Sunday at the city cemetery, Rev. T. H. Crowder officating.

Mr. Tolleson was a quiet and unassuming man and a good husband and father. Since he had the flu some time ago he has been complaining of heart trouble, which caused his death.

Deceased is survived by his wife, eight chidlren, one brother, Monroe of Bay city and five sisters. — Hallettsville Herald.


Victoria Advocate, August 12, 2014

SWEET HOME - Wanda Tomek, age 89, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014.

She was born November 11, 1924 in Germany to Rudolph Kohlert and Hedwig Krumholz Kohlert. She came to the United States in 1956 and was proud to be an American.

She was the organist at Queen of Peace Catholic Church for over 35 years. She loved to cook and bake and loved to share generously with her beloved community. She loved animals and fed many strays. She was a member of the Republican Women of Texas.

Survivors are her dear friends and caregivers, especially Mag Laqua and Mary Ann Matusek. 

Preceded her in death, parents; husband, Laddie Tomek, and 2 sisters.

Visitation 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with wake service at 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic Church or Accolade Hospice.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, August 11, 1881, page 3


We have a report of the assassination of Mr. Isaac Townsend, in the upper portion of Lavaca county last Saturday evening at about 9 o’clock. It seems that the fiend who did the dastardly deed slipped up in the rear of the house in his sock feet, as appeared from foot-prints in a bank of ashes. Mr. T. and his young wife were sitting in the front yard. He got up and walked into the house to get a drink of water, when he was shot with a shot-gun loaded with buck-shot, thirteen balls entering the hips, passing into and through the body, from the effects of which he died in nine or ten hours. Mr. Townsend was an inoffensive man, and on his death bed declared that he had no enemies that he knew of in the world—suspicioned no one. It is to be hoped that the wretch who did the act may yet have justice meted out to him.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jan 1898, page 6

Yoakum, Tex., Jan 20.—Mrs. S. L. Townsend is lying at the point of death at her home here from the effects of forty grains of morphine taken by her. There are some little hopes of her recovery, but her condition is very critical.

in the same issue on page 8:


Post Specials: Yoakum, Texs, January 22.—Mrs. Sam Townsend was much better yesterday morning, but took a relapse yesterday evening in spite of all the efforts of attending physicians and died at 5 o'clock.

Shiner Gazette, 26 Jan 1898

Mrs. S. L. Townsend of Yoakum died Friday from the effects of an over dose of morphine, taken accidentally.

Mary Elizabeth Townsend, 15 Mar 1854-21 Jan 1898, wife of S. L. Townsend, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Yoakum.


Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1896, pg 2

Hallettsville, Texas, February 2.—Hon. M. S. Townsend died at his home here this morning after a lingering illness, aged 31 years. He will be buried tomorrow by the Knights of Pythias, in which order he was a deputy grand chancellor. Mr. Townsend was the member of the state democratic executive committee for the Eighteenth senatorial district. He served as mayor of Hallettsville an unexpired and two full terms and during his administration the excellent system of water works and the electric light plant owned by the city were constructed. He leaves a wife and three children. District court meets tomorrow and the bar, of which he had for several years been a member, will pass suitable resolutions.—Post Special

Mr. Townsend was well known to many of our citizens and had numerous relatives here. He was an upright honorable gentleman and his place will be hard to fill.

Weimar Mercury, 14 Nov 1896, page 1

LaGrange Journal: Mr. Van Nostrand left last week for Halletsville, where he will erect a fine monument at the grave of Mr. M. S. Townsend. This monument is of Scotch granite and weighs 15,000 pounds. It required three wagons and teams to convey it to the place of destination.

M. S. Townsend, 29 Apr 1864-2 Feb 1896, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Obituary transcribed by Sharon Sutton.


Weimar Mercury, 4 Sep 1897, page 5

Halletsville New Era: Died, on Wednesday evening, after only a very short illness, of the dreaded congestion, little Solon Townsend, aged 4 years and one weeek, oldest son of Mrs. Mary Townsend, relict of M. S. Townsend. The remains of what was a mother's pride were tenderly laid to rest in the city cemetery on Thursday afternoon, Rev. B. F. McManna speaking words of comfort at the grave. But time alone can heal the wounds hus suddenly, and we might say harshly, imparted. Verily the cup of bitterness seems here to be quite full.

Interred in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 8 Nov 1905, Bunjes School Notes column

The little five year old son of Mr. John Trclek [sic.] died last Saturday and was buried Monday in the Catholic cemetary [sic]. The bereaved ones have our sympathy.

Shiner Gazette, 15 Nov 1905, Wied Notes column

Wied, Nov. 12, 1905.

The 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Trcalek, who reside on Wm. Martin place near here, died last Saturday night after a few days with diptheria [sic]. We extend sincere condolence to the bereaved parents.

Shiner Gazette, 15 Nov 1905, Three Head Items column

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Trcalek near Bunjes school has been buried in the Ev. cemetery near Michna school by H. Juren.

Joseph F. Trcalek, 6 Aug 1900 – 5 Nov 1905, was buried in the Czech Moravian Brethren Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Yoakum Herald-Times, February 3-13, 1970

Mrs. J. H. ‘Mabel Holmes’ Treadwell

Mrs. J.H. Treadwell, 68, passed away Feb. 13. She was born Sep. 12, 1901, in Nocona, Texas.

Mable Treadwell, daughter of T.J. and M. Ann Holmes, was buried in the Hochheim Cemetery, DeWitt County. Her husband, Rev. J. H. Treadwell, survived her. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Shiner Gazette, 17 Feb 1983, page 4B

Ethel See Treptow Services

Mrs. Victor (Ethel Miller See) Treptow of Shiner died at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 1983 at the Shiner Hospital after a sudden illness. She attained the age of 82 years, 7 months and 1 day.

The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, until 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, when it was taken to United Dr. Martin Luther Church, Shiner, where services were held at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Paul R. Cooper officiated.

Hymns sung by the congregation included “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “Abide With Me,” accompanied by Mrs. Joyce Riske on the organ.

Burial followed in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were John Ammermann, Alfred Karnau, Jim Chotenovsky, Steve See, Louis Boethel and Vance Corrington.

Mrs. Treptow was born July 10, 1900 at Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas, a daughter of John and Mary (Huttner) Miller. She was baptized and confirmed in the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cuero.

On January 1, 1924, she was married in Shiner to Henry See by Pastor J.C.A. Pfenninger. To this union, one son, Thomas Charles See was born. They made their home in Shiner after the marriage. Mr. See died May 3, 1959 after a sudden illness.

On June 11, 1963 Ethel was united in marriage to Victor Treptow by Rev. E.J. Oehlke.

Mrs. Treptow became a member of United Dr. Martin Luther Church when moving to Shiner. For about 15 years she was a Sunday School teacher and also secretary of the Sunday School. In 1961 she assumed the duties of treasurer of the church.

During her life in Shiner, Ethel worked for a number of the business firms in Shiner, including Wolters Bros. Store.

Surviving are her husband, Victor Treptow of Shiner; a son, Thomas See, his wife and family of Seguin; three sisters, Mrs. V.E. (Carrie) Haynes of Victoria; Mrs. Thomas (Genevieve) Parks of Yoakum and Miss Mary Miller of Cuero.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Otto Miller, Oct. 5, 1962; Joseph A. Miller, Aug. 10, 1975.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 20 May 1965, pages 1, 8

Funeral for Mrs. Treptow, 89, Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Wilhelmine) Treptow, 89-year-old mother of Mrs. Louis Boethel, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Hubbard Funeral Home here. Burial will be in the Hallettsville City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Treptow died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Boethel home. She had been bedridden since breaking her hip 10 months ago but otherwise had enjoyed fairly good health until about three weeks ago.

Born July 9, 1875, at Frelsburg, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schornack, she was baptized and confirmed in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Sublime. She was married to Mr. Treptow on Dec. 6, 1893, and he died in 1917.

Mrs. Treptow had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law here for many years. She was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ.

Surviving are four sons, Victor of Shiner, Willie of Yoakum, Alfred and Bennott of Hallettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Anita) Heiman of Schulenburg and Mrs. L. C. (Helen) Boethel here; nine grandchildren; 16-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Miller of Pasadena and Mrs. Selma Sternadel of Yoakum. Two children died in infancy and one son, Charles, died in 1955.

Weimar Mercury, 27 May 1965, page 4


Pallbearers for the funeral of Mrs. John W. Treptow last week were Henry Beken Jr., George Muzny, Hugo Kahlden, Joe Hajovsky, William Hoegemeyer and Oscar Schaefer.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Tuesday, April 28, 1936 unknown newspaper clipping

Funeral of Emil Trlica

Funeral services for Emil Trlica, who passed away at Legion, Texas were held at the Kubena Home, Friday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Horak of Caldwell performed the last sad rites. A select choir of voices rendered consoling hymns. The floral offering was beautiful and profuse, completely covering the newly---made mound. Interment was made in Vsetin Cemetery. The local post America Legion attended in a body and performed their part of the services.

Pallbearers were Legionaires: Paul Fertsch, P. L. Netardus, Chas. Hrncir, E. M. Hoppe, Chas. McDonald and Jos. Fabian.

Among those from a distance who attended the funeral of Emil Trlica were: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Woytek, Mr. and Mrs. August Filla of Needville, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Trlica and son Oscar and daughter Leona and Mrs. Joe Trlica of Skidmore; Mr. and Mrs. John P. Trlica, Mrs. John Dusek; Mrs. Joe Holubec of Granger, Mr and Mrs. August Trlicaa and Mrs. Vlasta Whiteside and daughter Marilyn of Kingsville; Mr. Eddie Trlica of Sinton; Mr and Mrs. John Struska and son; Willie Struska of Garwood; Mr. and Mrs. John Mazac, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mazac of Eagle Lake; Mr. Anton Trlica and Miss Gusta Sevick of Gonzales and Miss Vlasta Zaruba of Ammansville.

Contributed by Darlene Baker


Hallettsville newspaper clipping, Friday, October 8, 1943

John F. Trlica Rites Held Friday

Funeral services for John F. Trlica, 67, of 249 16 street, resident of Port Arthur since 1918 and former employer of the Auto Glass Co., who died Thursday at 2:30 pm in St. Mary's hospital, were held Saturday at 10 am from the Clayton and Thomson Chapel.

The Rev. Clifton Woytek, pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran church of Beaumont, officiated, and he was laid to rest in the Greenlawn Cemetery.

A native of Hallettsville, Mr. Trlica came here from Yorktown, Texas. He was employed at the Gulf refinery prior to going to the Auto Glass company.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Frances Trlica of Port Arthur; a daughter, Mrs. H. R. Kubala of Port Arthur; four brothers, Frank of Skimore, Tex. , Anton of Cuero, August of Kingsville and Eddie of Corpus Chrisit; six sisters, Mrs. Willie Woytek and Mrs August Fillie of Needville, Mrs. H. Y. Ripple of Jourdanton, Miss Vlasta Trlica of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Annie Holy and Mrs. Charles Galetka of Hallettsville; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Steve Rascoe, Otto Schenkowitz, Bill Hranicky, William Harmon, T. E. Pillorm and Leo Beam.

Contributed by Darlene Baker


Colorado County Citizen, 23 Dec 1963, page 12

Joe Trojacek Sr. Of Flatonia Is Heart Attack Victim

Joe Trojacek Sr., 65, caretaker of Flatonia city cemetery, father of Joe Trojacek Jr. of Columbus, died suddenly at his home Dec. 12 after a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Dec. 14 in Flatonia, with continued services at the Lutheran church in Moulton, of which he was a member, with Rev. Julius Holms officiating.

He was born June 23, 1898, at Praha, son of Joseph and Frances Zatopek Trojacek and married Lillie Loqua Nov. 7, 1922 at the Praha Catholic church. Mr. Trojacek had lived all his adult life in Moulton, where he did farming, until 9 years ago when he moved to Flatonia and the caretaker job.

Survivors include his widow, Lillie; the son in Columbus; 3 daughters, Mrs. Vladik Barta, Mrs. James M. Shepherd and Mrs. Edwin J. Brazda of Houston; 6 sisters, Mrs. Nolan Grasshoff of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Frank Brazda of Engle, Mrs. Ed Wotipka and Mrs. Frank Mikulencak of Moulton, Mrs. Barton Weatherman of Houston, and Mrs. Miro Swoboda of Danbury; a brother, Henry Trojacek of Houston, and 8 grandchildren. A son, Harvey, and a brother died earlier.


Beaumont Enterprise, 9 Aug 2005

Darrell James Trojcak 38, of Groves, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2005 at Trinity Mother of Francis Hospital in Tyler. He was a native of and lifelong resident of Nederland and was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Nederland. He was a self employed Welder. Survivors include his parents, Marvin & Ida Trojcak of Nederland; two brothers, Gary Trojcak and wife, Angie of Nederland, Alan Trojcak of Beaumont; two nieces, Ashley and Tayler Trojcak. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-8 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church 2711 Helena Ave. in Nederland with funeral services at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Reverend Francis Schroeder officiating. Interment will follow at 4:00 pm at Vsetin Cemetery in the Vsetin Community near Hallettsville. For those desiring memorial contributions may be directed to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church 2711 Helena Ave. Nederland, TX 77627.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 23 Jan 1986

John Trojcak Funeral Services

Hallettsville - John Trojcak, 88, of Hallettsville died Monday at his home.

He was born Sept. 29, 1897, in Lavaca County, son of Frank and Frances (Svetlik) Trojcak. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the SPJST Lodge.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel in Hallettsville. The Rev. Anthony Matula officiated.

Burial followed in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Trojcak of Hallettsville; a son, Marvin Trojcak of Nederland; two sisters, James (Frances) Bures of Nada, Mrs. W. G. (Annie) Greer of Hallettsville; four brothers, Louis Trojcak of Shiner, Emil Trojcak of Hallettsville (at Wied), Charlie Trojcak of Edna, Joe Trojcak of La Ward; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Aug. 27, 1949; his mother Sept. 28, 1952; three brothers, August Nick Trojcak, Dec. 2, 1968; Frank J. Trojcak, Oct. 21, 1983; Joe Trojcak, died in infancy; and one sister, Mrs. William (Emilie) Brod, Mar. 16, 1947.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 3 Jan 2006

Marvin Trojcak, 74, of Nederland, passed away Monday, January 2, 2006 at his residence in Nederland.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland with Rev Francis Schroeder officiating. Graveside services will follow at 4:00 PM at the Vsetine Cemetery in Hallettsville under the direction of Broussard's in Nederland. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 8 PM Tuesday at the church, 2711 Helena in Nederland.

Mr. Trojcak was a native of Hallettsville and lived in Nederland since 1956. He retired from the Texaco Marine Services as the assistant supervisor in the accounting department. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Trojcak was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Trojcak, and his son, Darrell. He is survived by his wife, Ida Trojcak of Nederland; two sons, Gary Trojcak and wife Angie of Nederland, and Alan Trojcak of Beaumont; two granddaughters, Ashley and Tayler Trojcak.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2711 Helena Ave., Nederland, Texas 77627.

Contributed by Matt Cross


SPJST Vestník

Expression of Sympathy

We, the Resolution Committee of Lodge Karel Havlicek No. 4, Hallettsville on behalf of our entire membership, wish to express our deepest and sincere sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed lodge sister


who passed away on Friday September 21. 1990 in a Port Arthur nursing home at the age of 93 years. She was born May 21, 1897 in Lavaca County and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Hajek.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 25 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Royce Hughes officiated. Burial followed in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Marvin Trojcak of Nederland and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John M. Trojcak.

May our departed lodge sister rest in internal peace.

Mary Matula
Victoria Zak
Janell Chudej

Contributed by Matt Cross


See article describing killing of W. A. Stubbs. James Tucker died the next day from his injuries.


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, August 20, 1975

Anton V. Tupa
Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE – Anton V. Tupa, 68, of Hallettsville, died Tuesday at 2:30 a.m. in a local hospital.

The body will lie in state at the Kubena Funeral Home until 9 a.m. Thursday when it will be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for services at 10 a.m.  The Rev. Stanley Petru will officiate.  Burial will be in Moravia Catholic Cemetery. 

Mr. Tupa was born in Lavaca County on Jan. 17, 1907.  He married the former Matilda Breska on Oct. 31, 1927 at St. John’s.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Jerome of Houston, George of Wharton, and James of San Antonio; four daughters, Mrs. Phillip Bujnoch of Hallettsville, Mrs. Joe Pekar of Austin, Mrs. Donald Hoffer of Inez, and Mrs. Dennis Wesley of Hobbs, N.M.; three brothers, Frank of Hallettsville, Charlie of New Braunfels, and Joe of Ganado; four sisters, Mrs. Fred Breska of Weimar, Mrs. O. B. Tomlin of Conroe, Mrs. Jim Koruhlik and Mrs. Frank Okruhlik, both of Schulenburg; 20 grandchildren and a great grandchild. 

Rosaries will be recited Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. by the parish and at 7:45 by the society.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, October 11, 2012


HOUSTON - The funeral service for Mr. Henry I. Tupa, 79, of Houston, who passed away on Monday, October 8, 2012, will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Moravia Catholic Church, Moravia. Interment will be at Moravia Catholic Cemetery. 

He is survived by his his wife, Emma Tupa of Houston; sons, Raphael "Ray" Tupa of Houston, Gabriel "Gabe" Tupa of Houston, Mark Tupa (Cheryl) of Cypress, and Roger Tupa (Melissa) of Magnolia; sisters, Angie Winkler (Bob) of La Grange, Sylvia Steffek (Jimmy) of Hallettsville, and Wilma Schaefer (Richard) of San Antonio; and 11 grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister; and 1 brother. 

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, 979-743-4151.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 14 Feb 1984, page 8A

Mrs. Anton Tupa

SHINER – Mrs. Anton Tupa of Shiner, died Monday evening in a Shiner hospital.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by the parish at Buffington Funeral Home, and at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church by the KJZT Society.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the church, with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Seidenberger and Mrs. Gladys Biehunko, both of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs. Julia Freytag of La Grange and Mrs. Della Zimmerhanzel of Smithville; three brothers, Robert Psencik of Fort Worth, Victor Psencik and Emil Psencik, both of Smithville; and four grandchildren.

Hermina Tupa was born and died, 25 Sep 1906 - 13 Feb 1984. Contributed by Matt Cross

John J. Turek Sr.

 Victoria Advocate, December 1, 1979

YOAKUM – John J. Turek Sr., 71, a lifelong resident of Lavaca County, died Friday in a Hallettsville hospital after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael O’Shaughnessy officiating.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum.  A rosary was recited Friday evening at Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum.

Surviving are a son, Johnnie Turek of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Franklin Lev of Victoria, Mrs. Ray Lockstedt of Missouri City, and Mrs. Jerry Michalec of Needville; a brother, Tom Turek Jr. of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Felix Marek of Yoakum and Miss May Turek of Austin; and 15 grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

 Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Unknown Hallettsville Newspaper - July, 1954

C.C. Turk; Laid To Rest Monday P.M.

Funeral services were held from the Kubena Funeral Home Monday July 12, at 3:30 PM, for C.C. Turk, with Reverends Cloyd and Smith officiating. Interment was in the City Cemetery. Mr. Turk passed away at the Dufner Hospital on July 10 at 5:00 a.m. at the age of 88 years, four months and seven days.

Born at Hallettsville on March 3, 1866, Mr. Turk became a life long resident of this city. On October 20, 1897 he was united in marriage to Lucy Smothers who survives her husband. On Feb. 13, 1934 he joined the Methodist Church when Brother Don Dulaney was pastor.

Also surviving is one son, Farley Turk of Hallettsville and one daughter Mrs. Cedric (Grace) Seaver of Houston, Texas. One daughter preceded her father in death. One Brother, W.H. Turk, three grandchildren D.C. Dubois, Rustin, La., Farley Boyd Turk and Lummie Hunter Turk of Hallettsville, and two great grandchildren David and Gene Dubois also survive.

Mr. and Mrs. Turk also raised three other children of a sister of his. All three were able to attend the funeral, Mr. Jessie Pipkin and wife, Mrs. Maybelle Holland and daughter, Karen and Mrs. Lillian Pedigo, all of California.

C.C. was the son of William Harvey and Mary Jane May Turk.
Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Shiner Gazette, 20 Feb 1901

John Turk, who formerly lived in Lavaca county, died last week in Oklahoma Territory of pneumonia. The remains arrived inShiner [sic] last Thursday and were taken to the old home place near Shiner for burial.

Burial place unknown. Contributed by Matt Cross


Unknown Hallettsville Newspaper - April, 1955

Mrs. C.C. Turk Expires; Rites Read Monday

Mrs. C.C. Turk, age 84 years, three months and five days, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Turk Seaver, in Houston Saturday afternoon at 2:14. She had been ill since January.

Mrs. Turk was one of 10 Children born to the late John and Mary Smothers who played an active role in the history of Lavaca County. She was born on the old Smothers homestead on Smothers Creek near St. Mary's Church on January 18, 1871. She was christened Lucinda, but was affectionately known as Lucy to her many friends throughout her long life in Lavaca County.

She attended public school in Hallettsville and later moved with her parents to the Smothers Ranch near Ezzell. It was there that she met and married Columbus Turk on October 20, 1987. The Turks moved to Hallettsville and established their home. To this union three children were born, one of them, Mary, dying in childhood. Mr. Turk also preceded his wife in death. Two children survive. They are Farley Turk of here and Mrs. Grace Turk Seaver of Houston. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Maggie Karney, two grandsons, Farley Boyd Turk and Lum Hunter Turk; one step grandson, D.C. Dubois, two great grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

During her long and useful life, Mrs. Turk took an active interest in all phases of the cattle industry. No rodeo that was ever held in Hallettsville was complete without the presence of "Miss Lucy".

Mrs. Turk, by her own request, was buried in the dress that she wore at her Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration in 1947.

Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday from the Kubena Funeral Home with Rev. C.B. Cloyd and Rev. Henry Smith officiating. Interment was in the City Cemetery under a blanket of exquisite floral offerings.

Pall bearers were Alton Al(??), Theo Long, Paul Boethel, (??) Borchers, Louis Samusc(??)and Jaro Kafka.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Weimar Mercury, 25 Jan 1929, page 4

Another Answers Roll Call.

Halletsville, Texas.—William Harvey Turk died at his home in Halletsville after a brief illness. Born in Georgia January 18, 1843, he came to lavaca county in 1855. As a boy he drove an ox team from Port Lavaca to Austin, hauling freight. He served during the entire Civil War, being one of the 110 men who organized company D, 2d Texas cavalry, which was sworn in here in Halletsville and he was the last survivor of this company. After his discharge he returned to his home and for some years farmed below Halletsville, serving for a time as county tax collector. For manyyears he ws a member of the Medthodist Episcopal church South. Burial took place in the city cemetery, Tuesday afternoon, under auspices of the I.O.O.F. lodge. Surviving are his wife, four sons, C. C., E. A., W. H. Jr. and James, all of Halletsville.

Note from Nena Cook: Turk's wife was Mary Ann May. The sons were Christopher Columbus, Eugene Alphonse (Buddy), William Harvey Jr. (Billy) and James Walker Turk. He also had a daughter, Elsie Marie Turk, who married Robert Fey Smothers.

TURNER Children

Shiner Gazette, 16 Aug 1899, page 1, Additional Local News column

Mr. and Mrs. Seal Turner have had the misfortune to lose two of their children, one, a four-months old child, died Tuesday of last week and the other, about sixteen months old, died last Monday and was buried yesterday. Both children died of congestion. The stricken parents have the fullest sympathy of all. [Burial place unknown]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Dec 1978

J.J. Turner

Jessie J. Turner died Tuesday morning, Nov. 28, 1978 in Huth Memorial Hospital, Yoakum, at the age of 67 years, 11 months and 27 days.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. in the Queen of Peace Catholic Church at Sweet Home with the Rev. Al Padalecki officiating. Burial followed in Pilot Grove Cemetery.

Rosary was recited Tuesday night in Buffington Chapel at Yoakum.

Mr. Turner was born Dec. 1, 1910 in Lavaca County.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Geneva Knezek of Sweet Home, Mrs. Ora Benys and Mrs. Annie Bell Sims, both of Yoakum.

Preceding him in death were his father; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Porche Turner, Nov. 2, 1966; and a brother, John Henry Turner, Dec. 25, 1971.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 13 Apr 1911

Mrs. Turner Dead.

Mrs. Josephine Turner, widow of the late Louis Turner, and one of the city’s oldest and most respected residents, died at her home here Tuesday morning after a short illness. She had been in feeble health, however, for some time.

The funeral occurred from the Catholic church yesterday morning and was largely attended.

Mrs. Turner was a native of Germany, her maiden name being Brogger, but had lived here since early youth. She was aged 83 years and was preceded to the grave by her husband only a few years. She leaves three children: Mrs. L. Sheley; and Mrs. A. T. Devall of this city and Mrs. M. L. Eidson of San Antonio. – Halletsville New Era.

Josephine Turner, 1827-1911, was buried in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Hallettsville. Contributed by Matt Cross

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.