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Mrs. Wackar

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, July 15, 1975

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM – Mrs. Barbara Hedwig Wackar, 73, of Cuero, died at 7 a.m. Monday at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel in Yoakum. Burial will be in Oak Grove.

She was born Nov. 25, 1901 in Yoakum.

Surviving are a son, Lee Roy Wackar of Victoria; a  daughter, Mrs. Violet Hairell of Yoakum; four sisters, Mrs. Otelia Ingram, Mrs. Josie Appelt and Mrs. Schrade, all of Yoakum, and Mrs. Elizabeth McAllister of Cuero; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, August 12, 1946

YOAKUM, Aug. 12. —Funeral services will be held here on Wednesday morning for Ed Wackar, 45, Yoakum electrician who was instantly killed Sunday while wiring a store building.

He is survived by a widow and two children. 

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Homola.

Submitted by Matt Cross


Yoakum Herald, November 1979

Emma S. Wade

Emma S. Wade passed on at Huth Memorial Hospital shortly before noon, November 10, 1979. She was 89 years old on January 4, would have been 90 years old. She was born January 4, 1890 in the community of Industry in Austin County. At the age of 2 years she and her family moved to Yoakum, traveling in a covered wagon. Except for a brief period of time when she was about 19 years old, when she lived briefly in Cuero and San Antonio, she lived the rest of her life in Yoakum. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Neumann, had three daughters, no sons. The first daughter, named Cora, died an infant. The second daughter's name was Alice. Emma was the third and youngest daughter and her mother died at the age of 24 years, when Emma was only 6 months old. Some time later Herman married the sister of his deceased wife and they had two children, namely daughter named Annie and a son named Jesse.

During the railroad boom era in Yoakum, Emma's father, Herman Neumann, was an outstanding civic and industrial leader in Yoakum, engaging in many civic and industrial activities. For about 25 years he was a member of the DeWitt County Commissioners Court from Yoakum. For many years he was the president of the Yoakum School Board. In the Yoakum Municipal Government he was Alderman from Ward No. 1. In industrial activities he operated a brick factory, a blacksmith shop and was engaged in manufacturing furniture. Later he was engaged in production of cottonseed oil. His popularity in Yoakum was such that many people referred to him as "Mr. Yoakum". When he died at the age of 49 years about the close of 1918, a movement was underway by a group of Yoakum citizens who wanted to draft him to be the mayor of Yoakum.

On October 7, 1914, Emma was married to Leonard George Wade of Yoakum. They had two children, namely a son, Leonard G. Jr. and a daughter, Dorothy Elaine. Emma's husband, Leonard Wade, served almost 50 years with the United States Post Office Department. He also was widely known for certain views and theories of a scientific nature which he held pertaining to gravitation and the location of petroleum deposits. Leonard Wade died on January 17, 1968, at the age of 76 years.

Emma Wade for many years was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Yoakum. She was a believer in Christian principles and she believed in being of help to others whenever possible. Funeral services were held Monday, November 12, 1979, 2:00 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Justin Hemenway officiating. Pallbearers were as follows: David Braley, a great nephew from Lockhart; Caleb R. Clark from Yoakum; Ralph Mobly from Yoakum; Crockett McManus from Yoakum; Gerhard H. Mueller from Cuero; and Gerhardt H. Witte from Yoakum. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Yoakum. Emma Wade is survived by her two children, namely Leonard George (L. G.) Wade, Jr. of Yoakum and Mrs. J. C. Piland of San Antonio. Also she is survived by nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


The Victoria Advocate, 16 Feb 1973

Forrest Wade

YOAKUM-Forrest E. Wade, 83, former resident of Yoakum, died at 1 a.m. Thursday al the home of a sister, Mrs. Virginia Beard, in Houston. Mr. Wade, who was born Dec. 2, 1889 in Oakland, also had previously lived in Corpus Christi, but had resided wilh his sister for the past eight years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Joseph M. Ray officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include two other sisters. Mrs. Mildred Kelly and Mrs. Lillian Tuffly, both of Houston; three brothers, Everett and John L. Wade, both of Houston; and Aubrey Wade, of Ashevillc, N. C. Pallbearers will be John T. Beck, Henry Riemenschneider, Caleb Clark, Gerhard Witte, Joe Brown and L. A. Dyer.

Photo and obituary contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1958

Golden Locks and "better half", accompanied by Mrs. Nuddie Lessing and Miss Lillian Reese of Columbus, attended the funeral of their relative, Mrs. Rophila Wade, in Yoakum Thursday. Mrs. Wade formerly lived in the County Line community and will be remembered by all her old friends.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1901

The infant son of Mr. Tom Wadsworth died in this city, at the residence of Mrs. B. W. Payne, Wednesday morning, after an illness of several weeks, and was buried in the County Line cemetery. The baby’s mother died a few months ago, and although it had the best of care and attention, it was not for this world and quietly passed away to seek its mother in the heavenly hosts above. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1901


Since our last locals there have been two burials in County Line cemetery. On Saturday Clem, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Chandler, formerly of this place but now of Hallettsville, was buried. On Monday the little infant son of Mr. Tom Wadsworth. Our sincerely sympathy is extended to both families.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, 17 Feb 1900


Little Roy, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Wadsworth, died last Friday and was buried in County Line cemetery Saturday eve. The many friends of the family were present to witness the sad event. To the bereaved parents we extnd ourheartfelt sympathy in the loss of their little one.


Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1901

Mrs. Lizzie Wadsworth, the beloved wife of Mr. Tom Wadsworth of Shimek community, died Thursday night at the family residence, of heart disease, and was laid to rest in the County Line cemetery the folowing day. Mrs. Wadsworth was a daughter of Mrs. B. W. Payne of this city, and was a most excellent and highly estimable lady, possessing traits of character which endeared her to all who met her. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives and friends.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


The Shiner Gazette, September 19, 1957

Stroke Fatal To A.C. Wagner; Rites Sept.14

Funeral services for Arthur Charles Wagner, age 60 years, 3 months and 14 days, were held from the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Shiner, Saturday, September 14, 1957 at 2:30 p.m., with burial in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Officiating at the services was the Rev. William S. Ezell of the Methodist Church, with the choir of the church rendering, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus".

Mr. Wagner passed away at the Wagner Hospital Friday, September 13, at 2:40 a.m. He was born in Freyburg, Fayette County, May 29, 1897, the son of Charlie and Catherine Hillen Wagner, now deceased. He was married to Miss Martha Heidrich May 28, 1918, who survives him.

To this union were born five children, all of whom survive. They include two sons; Lane and Eugene Wagner, both of San Antonio; three daughters; Mrs. H.A. (Doris) Grun and Mrs. William Robert (Ruby Lee) Biehle, San Antonio; Mrs. Lee (Gladys) Sralla, Shiner; eight grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters; Mrs. Leona Merrem, Moulton; Mrs. Willie (Ella) Miller, San Antonio; one brother, Harry Wagner, Moulton.

Mr. Wagner moved to Shiner about 1913 and lived in this community until two years ago, when he moved to San Antonio. He engaged in farming and in late years was employed at the Brewery, by the railroad, in the gins and on county and city roads.

He was visiting in Shiner in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lee Sralla and family, when he suffered a stroke September 4 from which he failed to rally. He was baptized as a child in the Freyburg Methodist Church.

Pallbearers were his nephews; Harvey Hagens, Morris Voelkel, M.K. Merrem, Dennis, Kirby Lee and Nolan E. Wagner.

A brother, Lee Wagner of Moulton, preceded him to the grave August 5, 1953.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, October 9, 1976

Mrs. Wagner

SHINER—Mrs. Emily Wagner, 78, of Shiner, died Friday morning in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Shiner Catholic Church, followed by burial in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel by the parish and altar society.

Survivors include two sons, Al Wagner of Hallettsville and Edwin Wagner of Houston; two daughters, MJrs. W. R. Patton and Mrs. George Lieskovsky, both of Waco; seven brothers, Jim and Jerome Kocian of San Antonio, Willie Kocian of Ganado, John Kocian of Flatonia, Joe Kocian of Lolita, Ignac Kocian of Gonzales and August Kocian of Kerrville; 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 25 Apr 1906

Mr. Frank T. Wagner, living on the Beasley place, died last Wednesday and was buried in the city cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Vestnik, Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ludmila Wagner, age 101, of Shiner passed away on November 30, 2008.

She was born September 11, 1907, in Komensky, Texas, to the late Joseph and Milada Zalman Darilek. She moved to the Dickson School area shortly after and attended grades one through six. She then attended Moulton Catholic School for two years and went home on the weekends. She was raised on a farm with three brothers, three sisters, and was the second oldest.

On October 19, 1926, she married Frank C. Wagner from the Henkhaus community. They moved onto a farm that he purchased from his father. They lived on this same farm for their entire married life and raised three sons and one daughter. They farmed cotton, corn, tended a garden, and raised cattle and sheep. Their start in farming was done with horse-drawn equipment and by hand. They provided a good life and environment for their children.

Her husband Frank passed away on February 1, 1988. She continued to live on the farm until she was 98. In February 2007, she moved to Shady Oak Nursing Home where she lived the rest of her life.

She was a member of SPJST Lodge 184, Moulton and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas.

She is survived by sons Leroy Wagner of Shiner, Dennis Wagner of Manvel, and Eugene Wagner of Houston; sister Alice Didear of Corpus Christi; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank C. Wagner; daughter Eugenia Behlen; daughter-in-law Laverne Wagner; brothers, Armi, Adolph, and Albert Darilek; and sisters Vlasta Effenberger and Millie Sralla.

Pallbearers were David, Jonathan, Jeremy, and Andrew Behlem, and Hunter and Taylor Bartay.

Visitation began at 8 a.m. December 3 at Smith Funeral Home, Moulton. Rosary was at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 3 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton. Services were at 3 p.m. December 4 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton with burial following at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with Reverend James Nischan Officiating.

Smith Funeral Home in Moulton was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, April 2, 1987

Services For Martha Heidrich Wagner

Mrs. Martha Agnes Wagner of Shiner entered rest at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 1987 in the Shiner Hospital at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 29 days. She was a resident of Trinity Nursing Home in Shiner since Nov. 16, 1980.

One of eleven children, she was born July 27, 1899 in Gonzales County, daughter of Albin and Marie (Peters) Heidrich, natives of Gera, Germany. Most all of her life was spent in the Shiner area.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith, and was a member of the United Dr, Martin Luther Church in Shiner. She was also a member of the Shiner American Legion Auxiliary.

In 1918, She was married to Arthur Wagner in the Lutheran Church in Shiner. Five children were born to this union. They made their home on various farms in this area, and were engaged in farming most of their married lives. For about 20 years, Mrs. Wagner worked in private nursing in the San Antonio area. Her Husband died Sept. 12, 1957.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 28 at the United Dr. Martin Luther Church in Shiner with the Rev. Wymore Goldberg officiating.

Mrs. Joyce Riske played the organ prelude and recessional and the accompaniment for the hymns, "Rock Of Ages" and "Amazing Grace", sung by the congregation.

Burial followed in the Shiner City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her great-grand son, Roger Sralla of Shiner and grandsons, Philip Sralla of Shiner, Clarence Grun of Floresville, Gervase Sczepanik, Pat and Wade Wagner, all of San Antonio.

Pastor Goldberg conducted the prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 27 at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner were the body lay in state until 2 p.m. Saturday when it was taken to the church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Edwin (Gladys) Spann of Shiner, Mrs. Doris Grun of San Antonio, Mrs. Ruby Biehle of Hawthorne, Calif.; two sons, Lane Wagner, Eugene Wagner both of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. Elo (Natalie "Neddie Lee") Voelkel of Yoakum; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother, July 2, 1949; her father, Aug. 17, 1953; four brothers, Paul Heidrich Sept. 2, 1897 at the age of 9 years; Willie A. Heidrich, Jan. 4, 1954; Charles A. Heidrich, Aug. 5, 1973; Adolph H. Heidrich, May 18, 1975; five sisters, Mrs. Henry C. (Clara) Lockstedt, May 29, 1964; Mrs. Ed (Ella) Hagens, Jan. 15, 1947; Mrs. Ollie (Annie) McDavid, May 31, 1936; Mrs. Monroe (Helen) Weber, Nov. 3, 1979; Mrs. Earl (Marie) Rhodes, about 1985.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


The Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1910

Mrs. Kate Walchar, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Bila Hora died at the home or her daughter Mrs. Mat Mucala, at Hackberry. The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon in the Bila Hora cemetery in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends. She had been ill for several months and the end was not unexpected. Mrs. Walchar has a reward for a clean and useful life, full of trials and tribulations lived to an advanced age. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, December 8, 1993, page 10A


YOAKUM - Gaynell Taylor Walcik, 79, of Yoakum died Monday, Dec. 6, 1993.

She was born May 23, 1914, in Yoakum to the late Julius Monroe and Ada Chandler Taylor. She served more than four years in the Army Nursing Corps during World War II and married Vladik Walcik on May 6, 1946. Mrs. Walcik was a registered nurse with the Fort Bend County Health Department and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors: husband; sons Ronald James Walcik of Killeen and Roger Wayne Walcik of Marshall; brother Oliver C. Taylor of Yoakum; and two grandchildren.

Also preceded in death by one brother, Louis Taylor.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. W.W. Connally officiating.

Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Melissa Walcik


Thiele Cooper Funeral Home

YOAKUM: Esther Walicek, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.
She was born in Hallettsville on February 16, 1921 to Frank and Martha Boehm.  Esther was a homemaker, member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran church.
She is survived by her son, David Walicek and wife Rita of Yoakum, and her daughter, Gail Hoffmann and husband Don of Orlando, Fla., and a granddaughter, Kayla Walicek.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Werner Walicek and her brother, Alfred Boehm.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a. m. on Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran church with Rev. Jonathan Mielke officiating. Burial at Yoakum Restland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Accolade Hospice in Yoakum

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, The (TX) - Sunday, October 29, 2000

YOAKUM -- Bill Waligura, 93, of Yoakum, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000. 

He was born Oct. 15, 1907 in Lavaca County to the late Joe and Mary Roach Waligura. He was a former custodian for the Yoakum Independent School District and a Catholic. 

Survivors: wife, Gracie Heredia Waligura; nieces and great-nephew. 

Preceded in death by: parents; and three brothers, George Waligura, Julius Waligura and Robert Kashmire. 

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.  Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, the Rev. Matthew Henry Huehlefeld officiating. 

Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, TX

Submitted by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 2 Jan 1879, page 2

Mrs. E. A. Walker, consort of Dr. James Walker, died at Hallettsville on the 17th.


Shiner Gazette, 23 Jan 1901, Moulton News column

Just before going to press yesterday evening we learned with regret of the death of Mrs. Frances Walker, mother of Mr. Frank Walker of Old Moulton. For many years she lived in this community who were made very sad by her death. She was 72 years old and for some time had been living with one of her children at Wichita Falls, at which place her death occurred. She will be buried in the Old Moulton cemetery. – Eagle.

Mrs. Walker was the mother of Mrs. D. W. Hughes, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jan 1901

Mrs. Francis Walker, aged 100 years, died last Wednesday at Yoakum.

Francis Walker, 18 Oct 1802 - 7 Jan 1901, was buried at block 1, lot 2, of the Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum. Cemetery lookup by Carla Ratcliff; obituary contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1922

Rev. J. C. Wilson was called to the Bila Hora community Wednesday to officiate at the funeral of Mrs. Anna Walla, aged 84 years. The funeral was largely attended. Mrs. Walla was born May 3, 1838, in Vsetin, Moravia, and came to Texas in 1879. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Mary Konarik, Mrs. Annie Orsak and Miss Veronica. Also three brothers, John Walla of Oklahoma, and Martin and Paul Walla of Bila Hora. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Houston Chronicle, March 15, 2009

ROBERT E. WALLACE, 74, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at his residence in Cut and Shoot, Texas. He was born June 15, 1934 in Lavaca County, Texas to Cliff and Hulda Wallace. Bob served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and worked for the Houston Chronicle for 29 years until his retirement. He enjoyed going to the Trinity River Camp in Leon County to hunt and fish with his family and friends.

Bob was loved and survived by his wife of 40 years Gail Wallace; his sister Judy Owens; daughter Robin Wallace; son Robert Wallace and wife Trina; grandchildren, Darlene Bilden (Nick), Jessica Plaster, Justin Wallace and Tiffany Wallace; great-grandchild Addison Plaster; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Bob will be missed but not forgotten.

A Graveside Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Brookside Funeral Home, 13401 East Tex FRWY at Lauder Exit, Houston, Texas (281) 449-6511. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital Philanthropy, P.O. Box 20629, Houston, TX 77225. Please indicate on face of the check: In memory of Bob Wallace.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Schulenburg Argus, June 8, 1877

Died,—of Consumption. On the 4th inst. at the residence of her parents in Schulenburg, Texas, Mrs. Frank Wallace. Wife of Mr Frank Wallace, yard conductor of Columbus of the G. H. & S. A. Railway Company.

Schulenburg Argus
June 15, 1877


DIED. — in Schulenburg, Texas June 4h 1877, Mrs. Seba Wallace, Wife of Mr. F. L. Wallace aged 24 years 11 months and 25 days.

She was an only child, the only hope of parents for a home of happiness in this world. Their hearts were entwined about her as though their destiny was linked with hers; they expected her to live to bless their declining years. Parental love had used every means to fit her for a life of usefulnes[sic], and she returned their love as a dutiful daughter; but when the grim tyrant Death came to claim its own, she was prepared and willing to go. She was conscious to the last. She called her weeping friends to her side and bid them kiss her good-bye. She leaves her aged parents, a kind husband, two small children, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn her loss.

Seba Wallace is buried in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Contributed by Dorothy Wallace Albrecht


Shiner Gazette, Moulton News, 10 Mar 1897, page 1

We regret to report the news that the little baby of Mrs. Chas. Walle died yesterday. Mr. Chas. Walle, father of the child, died Saturday a week ago, la grippe being the cause.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1911

A. G. Wangemann Dead.

Conductor and Mrs. Emmett May received a message Sunday from their sister, Mrs. C. K. Wangemann, announcing the death of A. G. Wangemann at Oklahoma City Thursday of last week. Mr Wangemann had been sick but a short while, at first being attacked with paralysis and developing an attack of pneumonia. He leaves five children, Mesdames Flem Houchin of Halletsville, C. F. Pagel and W. R. King of San Antonio, and Messrs. Chas. K. Wangemann of Oklahoma City and Adolph Wangemann of Philadelphia. C. K. Wangemann and wife have been living in Oklahoma City about four months and were with their father when he died.

A. G. Wangemann was well known in Yoakum, at one time having been one of our leading merchants. He built the Wangemann building on Grand Avenue and also the J. M. Haller home on May Street. His wife who was a daughter of the lamented C. A. Kessler of Schulenburg, died here some thirteen years ago. Shortly after her death Mr. Wangemann left Yoakum and has resided in Oklahoma a good portion of the time since. — Yoakum Herald

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Shiner Gazette, 5 May 1910

E. J. Wangemann Dead.

A telegram was received in Shiner last Sunday morning that E. J. Wangemann had died at 12 o’clock Saturday night at Marlin, where he had gone for treatment for rheumatism. Several other citizens of Shiner were with him and the body was hastily embalmed, a coffin secured and the body was shipped by the first train out of Marlin, reaching Shiner on Monday as 12:50 o’clock p. m., where it was met by a number of friends and taken to his home in this city.

The funeral took place Tuesday evening at 4 o’clock, interment in the O. D. H. S. cemetery. A large crowd of relatives and friends attended, the services being conducted by Rev. Wm. Dziewas and Bluecher lodge Herman Sons, of which he was a charter member. The Shiner Mennerchor also sang some songs for the occasion.

Mr. Wangemann was one of the first citizens of Shiner, being identified with the town since it started. He was born September 14, 1862, and was therefore nearly 48 years old.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ernst, and a sister, Mrs. Alameda Holchak, both of San Antonio, and four brothers, A. G., Edward, Max and Otto Wangemann. He carried $1,000 insurance in the Hermann Sons.

Mr. Wangemann was of a social disposition, had many friends and was well liked. Peace to his ashes.

Edmund Wangemann, husband of Ida, died May 2, 1910. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 22 May 1897, page 1

Yoakum, Texas, May 16.—Ernest Wangeman, a well known fresh meat dealer of this city, was shot and killed here tonight at 8:30 by D. E. McGrew. The trouble arose in Guthrie's saloon. The ball entered the right breast and came out at the left of the spinal collumn, death resulting in a few minutes. McGrew was arrested.

Shiner Gazette, 26 May 1897

The Yoakum Herald in speaking of the funeral of Mr. Ernest Wangemann, who was killed by D. McGrew last Sunday week, says that the procession that followed the remains to their last resting place was one of the largest that was ever seen in Yoakum. Exclusive of the members of the lodges of which he was a member, 140 buggies were in the cortege.

Ernst Wangemann, 28 May 1869-16 May 1897, was buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Yoakum. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, July 7, 1980

Julius Joe Wanjura

AUSTIN — Funeral services for Julius Joe Wanjura, 74, of Austin, and a native of Hallettsville, will be conducted in St. Mary's Cathedral at 2 p. m. Monday.

Burial will be in Austin.

Mr. Wanjura died in an Austin hospital Saturday following a long illness.

He was born in Hallettsville Aug. 19, 1905, son of Joe and Antonia Henke [Hehmke] Wanjura.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Nancy Towery and Mrs. Hazel Floor of Austin; a sister, Mrs. Julia Morris of Cuero; two brothers, Oscar Wanjura and Leslie Wanjura of Cuero and three grandchildren.

Julius Wanjura died July 5, 1980. Contributed by Anna Howard.


1946 newspaper clipping

Mrs. Warburton Passes Away

Mrs. Lucinda Rolland Warburton passed from this life June 25th, 1946 about 1:15 p.m. at her home east of Hallettsville.

Mrs. Warburton was born Dec. 16, 1861 in Lavaca County near Mont. She was united with the Church of Christ at about (illegible) years of age.  In Sept. of 1880 she was married to Philip Warburton. To this union were born 4 sons, one of whom died in infancy.

She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away Jan. 3, 1934.

The deceased was laid to rest in the Fuller cemetery near her home June 26th at 4:00 p.m., with Brother Little of Hallettsville officiating.

She is survived by 3 sons, Till Warburton of Yoakum Rt. 4; Sam and L. A. Warburton of H’ville, 3 granddaughters, Mrs. H.L. Ford of Lufkin, Mrs. Arria Hairrell,  Mrs. A.G. Reeves of Yoakum, 4 grandsons, Leon and William Warburton of Houston, (illegible) Warburton of Bryan, Lester Warburton of Hallettsville and (illegible) great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Cara Canik


The Hallettsville Tribune, date Unknown

Mrs. Warburton Laid To Rest

Mrs. Matie Terrell Roberts Warburton, born Sept. 16th, 1886, quietly slipped away to her heavenly home at 2:00 a.m. June 28th,1963 in the Columbus hospital where she had been confined for the past 24 days.

Mrs. Warburton had been critically ill suffering from a stroke and emotional shock caused by the sudden death of her husband on March 20th of this year.

Mrs. Warburton was married to Till Warburton, Dec. 24th, 1909. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary Dec. 24th 1959. Her husband preceded her in death by just 3 months and 8 days. To this union 3 children were born, two of them died at birth leaving only one daughter, Mrs. A.G. Reeves. She is survived by her daughter, one granddaughter Mrs. E.J. Stancik of Columbus, one grandson Andrew Reeves Jr., 1 great-grandson, E.J. Stancik Jr.: also two sisters, Mrs. J.S. Bayless of Ft. Worth and Mrs. W.H. Northington of Ft. Worth. Mrs. Northington had been at her bedside for three weeks.

Since the recent death of her husband, Mrs. Warburton has been making her home in Glidden with her daughter where she has been continually under special treatment by Dr. J.H. Wooton of Columbus.

Mrs. Warburton has been an active member of the Baptist Church since she was a very young girl, surrendering her life to one of service to her Master in the Little Rock Springs Church in Mills County near Goldwaite, Texas, where she was born and lived until her marriage.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Yoakum for many years and for nearly 20 years was pianist for Hope Baptist Church where they lived and owned two grocery stores , thus meeting and making many friends and acquaintances.

Mr. and Mrs. Warburton were widely known in Lavaca County and surrounding countryside for their friendliness and good deeds and Christian acts of love to others.

After retirement they moved to Hallettsville where she was an active member of the First Baptist Church, serving in many ways in all church activities until the sudden death of her husband, when she became ill and unable to serve.

Her pastor, Rev. Curtis Croftton of Hallettsville and her daughter's pastor of Glidden Baptist Church, Rev. E.J. Mills of Bay City had charge of the services held at the Buffington Chapel in Yoakum, at 4 p.m., June 29, 1963. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum.

Pallbearers were Owen A. Miller of Glidden, Fred Urbish, Emil Hijek, Guy Henry, of Hallettsville, C.C. Foxell and Charles Jurena of Yoakum.

Martha Terrell Warburton was born on September 16, 1886 in Mills County, Texas and died on June 28, 1963 in Columbus, Texas. She was the daughter of Terell R. Roberts originally from Winston, Mississippi and Martha Ann Ragsdale Roberts originally from Montgomery County, Tennessee. Contributed by Ed Neubauer.


The Hallettsville Tribune, date Unknown

T. Warburton Dies At 79 Years.

Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 22nd in Yoakum for Till Warburton, 79, of Route 4, Hallettsville. Services were held at Buffington Chapel and conducted at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Warburton, a retired merchant, best known in the Hope vicinity, passed away Wednesday, March 20th, at 8:45 at his home. A native of this area, Mr. Warburton was born in Lavaca County, June 23rd, 1883. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Terrell Warburton of Hallettsville; one daughter, Mrs. Junita Reeves of Glidden, one granddaughter, Mrs. Edward Stancik of Weimar; one grandson, Andres Reeves, Jr., of Glidden; and one great-grandson, Edward Stancik, Jr. of Weimar.

Philip Till Warburton was born on June 23, 1883 and died on March 20, 1963. He was the son of Philip Warburton and Lucinda Roland Warburton. Contributed by Ed Neubauer.


Weimar Mercury, 9 Apr 1898, page 8

Moulton, Texas, April 5.—Monday morning at 11:20 a. m. the editor of the Shiner Gazette died at his home in Shiner with consumption. He will be buried Tuesday evening at 4 o'clock. He leaves a sorrowing wife and one child. He was a successful business and newspaper man, and had a great number of friends in this county, especially in Moulton and Shiner. He wrote his own farewell in his last week's paper, which was as follows:

"The five years that I have been the editor of the Shiner Gazette have been the happiest years of my life, and it is with deep regret that I close up my work and bid you, my readers, farewell. I trust that you will all remember me kindly. "Charlie Ward."

Shiner Gazette, 4 May 1898, Nickel column

The many friends here of Mr. Ward, our estimable editor and friend, lament his death and extend to the bereaved wife our deepest condolence.

Weimar Mercury, 25 Jun 1898, page 3

Halletsville New Era: Several wills have been admitted to probate in the county court this term, among the number being those of the late S. D. Peterson and Chas. Ward. Strange to say, it has developed that Chas. Ward was an assumed name, and that the real name is Thompson. The change in name was made on account of religious differences in the family.

Charley Ward, 20 Jul 1865-4 Apr 1898, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery.The April 1898 issues of the Gazette, which might have included a more complete obituary, are missing. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Victoria Advocate, 26 May 1986

Clyde V. Ward

Yoakum – Clyde V. Ward, 71, died Sunday, in a Yoakum hospital after a long illness.

He was born May 19, 1915, in Riesel to the late Thomas J. Ward and Nancy Burney Ward.

He was retired from Dow Chemical.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum.  Interment will follow in the County Line Cemetery, with the Rev. Howard MacAllister officiating. 

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Thompson Ward of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Jean Stanley of Yoakum and Mrs. Reta Sue Beaver of Angleton; a son Thomas Henry Ward of Lake Jackson; a brother Arthur Ward of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Rice of Angleton and Mrs. Margaret Mueller of Houston; and three grandchildren. 

Note that Clyde Ward was buried in the County Line Cemetery in DeWitt County. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1927, page 1


George R. Ward, who some time ago moved from the Sheridan section to make his home with his brother, John N. Ward of County Line on account of continued ill health, died late Friday evening and the remains were laid to rest in the County Line Cemetery the following day.

Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1927, page 3


We are indeed sorry to chronicle the death of Mr. Geo. Ward, which occurred Friday, April 29, at his home on the Sandies. He was a victim of that dreadful disease, tuberculosis. He was buried at the County Line Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. C. E. Bludworth officiating. He leave[sic.] to mourn his death two brothers and one sister.


Weimar Mercury, 26 Oct 1928, page 1

Aged Recluse Found Dead In His Home

An aged white man named Ward, who lived in seclusion by himself at his home several miles south of Weimar, was found dead upon his floor one day last week. The aged man had evidntly been dead for several days. He had fallen out of bed and laid there and died all alone. We understand that a party in passing the home noted the old man lying on the floor, but thought he was taking a nap and did not stop.

We know very little about the man, and could ascertain but little, although we made numerous inquiries. We were told that the man possessed considerble money and property, but preferred to live the life of a recluse, and died alone and unattended. Neighbors saw to it that he was given a decent burial.

Officers from the Oakland precinct held an inquest and determined that the man died from natural causes.

on page 3 of same issue


Death of John Ward.

Mr. John Ward, a resident of this county for many years, was found dead in his home near County Line last Friday by Oscar Addicks. He had been dead for about two days, it is believed. An inquest was held by Justice of the Peace W. O. Obenhaus of Oakland. Mr. Ward was buried in the County Line Cemetery Saturday morning. Mr. Ward had no relatives in this part of the country. We understand he had a sister living in the Rio Grande Valley, and other relatives. He was about 74 years old at the time of his death. Rev. Bludworth officated at the funeral. R.

on page 4 of the same issue


Justice of the Peace W. D. Obenhaus and Constable W. L. Scott were called to hold an inquest over the body of Mr. Ward of the Harmony section. His neighbors found him dead in his home Wednesday. The doctor pronounced his death due to natural causes. He was buried in the County Line Cemetery Thursday morning. Rev. C. E. Bludworth conducting the funeral services. He was a good man.


Shiner Gazette, 8 Aug 1900, page 1

Owing to the very threatening state of the weather, the funeral of little Lane Ward was postponed from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening, Rev. A. J. Nolen performing the burial service. At the close of the service the little grave was literally covered with flowers, the oderings [sic] of friends.

[page 5, column 2]


Died Tuesday July 31st at about 1:30 o’clock p. m., little Lane, the only child of Mrs. C. C. Ward, aged 5 years and 7 months.

Little Lane had been sick only a few days with that dread disease, membraneous croup. The services of the best physicians had been called in, but to no avail, for the angel of death came and carried off the little spirit to that “bourne from whence no traveler returns.” He was the idol of his mother’s heart, who would gladly have laid down life’s burden and trodden the unknown path which leads to eternity, hand in hand with her little loved one.

Although we cannot, with our dim sight, discern the motives of the ruler of the universe, yet we are assured that He has some purpose even in the fall of a sparrow. Believing this, we can hold dear the memory of our dead and hope that although the way now looks dark and drear, there may still be some blessings in store for us.

[page 5, column 3]

Mrs. L. M. Kokernot and Misses Alma Kokernot and Clara Littlefield, came in from Big Hill to attend the funeral of little Lane Ward.

[page 5, column 4]

Card of Thanks.

Most sincerely do I thank Dr. Eidson and my friends for their sympathy and assistance in the last hours of my baby’s life.


Richard Lane Ward, 28 Dec 1894 – 31 Jul 1900; "Only ch of C.W. & C.C.", was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express-News, 28 May 2008

Joan R. Warner, born August 18, 1933, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the age of 74. Mrs. Warner was born in Moulton, Texas and lived in San Antonio for the past 64 years. She was a longtime member of Holy Name Catholic Church. Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years Nelson A. (Jim) Warner, daughter Anne M. Warner, sons Daniel S. Warner and wife Chrissie, Joseph P. Warner and David A. Warner, grandchildren Catherine Cueva, Danny Warner, Nathan Warner, Christina Presas, Lauren Warner and Erin Rodriguez, great-grandchildren Natalia Cueva, Chloe Cueva, Arianna Araiza and Aiden Araiza. SERVICES Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. with a rosary recited at 7:00 P.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Name Catholic Church. Graveside services and interment will be held Thursday at 2:00 P.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas. For personal acknowledgment you may sign the guest book at in the obituary section. Mission Park Funeral Chapels South.

Daughter of Joseph C. Bratrich (1905-1934) and Della Brosch Bratrich (1907-1964). Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, November 11, 1941

YOAKUM, Nov. 10.—Frank Wasek, 87, prominent pioneer farmer of Route 4, Yoakum, died at his home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, with interment in the Yoakum Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors are five daughters and three sons and numerous other relatives.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, Sept. 20, 1956

Mrs. Frank Wasek

YOAKUM, Sept. 19 – Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Selma) Wasek, 69, of the Sweet Home Community were held Monday at Buffington Chapel and at the Sweet Home Catholic Church.  Rev. G. Kuratko officiated and burial was in the Sweet Home Cemetery.  Rosary was recited at the chapel on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Mrs. Wasek was born in Lavaca County in 1887 and spent most of her life in the Sweet Home community.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Wasek of Route 4, Yoakum; a son, J. C. Wasek of Pasadena; four daughters, Mrs. C. C. Donham of Houston, Mrs. A. L. Kocian of Wharton; Mrs. Hubert Kouba of Victoria and Mrs. Ervin Hermes of Point Comfort; a brother, Albert Lehman of Sweet Home; a sister, Mrs. Louis Leist ofHochheim; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 5 Jan 1898

Otto Koehler was over from Witting New Years day and brought the news of the suicide of John Wasecek [sic.] last Friday. Wasecek was a renter on the Henry Valentine land and had a large family. Friday evening he blew his head off with a double barreled shot gun. No cause assigned.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 12 Sep 1974

Mrs. Washichek

SHINER - Mrs. Ed Washichek, 68, of Shiner died in a local hospital at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating. Burial under direction of Buffington Funeral Home will be in Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Ed Washichek of Shiner; a son, Steve Kubicek of Shiner; a brother, Adolph Redecek [Rebecek] of Flatonia; five sisters, Mrs. Julia Michalec of Delhi, Calif., Mrs. Bessie Bartos, Mrs. Rosie Tousek and Mrs. Millie Wagner of Moulton, and Mrs. Annie Sulak of Waco; and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Jun 1907

Yoakum, June 2.—Bob Washington, a negro, who has been living around town here for several years, was found dead in bed at his room this morning. Justice W. W. Wimberly was notified, and after hearing the evidence tendered a verdict that deceased came to his death form natural causes, superinduced by alcoholic poisoning.


Victoria Advocate, 19 June 2008

HALLETTSVILLE - Mildred Rose Wasserbauer, 87, died June 18, 2008. 

She was born Sept. 26, 1920, in Lavaca County, to Adolph and Emilia Stanzel Haas. She married Leo David Wasserbauer on Dec. 28, 1948 in Hallettsville. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. 

Mildred is survived by her son, David Wasserbauer, and sister-in-law, Edna Haas. 

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Leo on May 12, 1987; parents; two brothers, Milton J. and Herbert A. Haas; and five sisters, Falton Haas, Natlie Brown, Emilie Schroeder, Anita Havel, and Alice Woods. 

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 9:30 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, January 3, 1889, page 3


Died in Lavaca county, near Oakland, December 27, 1888, Mrs. Mary Watson, consort of Mr. S. J. Watson, after only a few days’ illness. She leaves a husband, a little boy and girl, and an infant only four days old. In so sore a bereavement the whole community sympathises with the family.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1919

Mrs. Aug. Watzlavick, mother of R. J. Watzlavick of this city, died at the family home in Blessing Sunday, after a sickness of several weeks from dropsy.  Mrs. Watzlavick was fifty-three years of age.  Burial took place at Shiner.  

Mr. Watzlavick’s many friends extend their sympathy to him in the hour of his bereavement.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 30 Jan 1987, page 12A

H. B. Wauson

YOAKUM - Howard Bernard Wauson, 73, of Yoakum, died Wednesday in a local hospital following a long illness.

Born June 24, 1913, in Lavaca County, to the late Clarence and Elvira Moore Wauson, he had been a saddle maker before his retirement.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Burial will follow the services in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

A rosary was recited Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Bucek, Jimmy and Kenneth Mikulenka, and Gary, Dennis and Kenneth Wauson.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Judy Ponton, of Yoakum; Mrs. Sherry Hagen and Mrs. Betty Ann Darest, of Victoria; a son, Johnny Wauson, of Yoakum; two sisters, Mrs. Almarene Bucek, of Yoakum; Mrs. Audrey M. Bradford, of Victoria; two brothers, Gilbert and Fred Wauson, of Yoakum; and 11-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate news clipping

Valasta Ann Wauson

YOAKUM – Valasta Ann Wauson, 69, of Yoakum died Wednesday in a Yoakum nursing home following a long illness.

She was born Sept. 28, 1916, in DeWitt County to the late Jim and Louise Lair [Lauer] Mikulenka.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholilc Church with the Rev. Gabriel Mensah officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be David Hobbs, Tony Kouches, Kenneth Mikulenka, Jimmy Mikulenka, John Robert Darst and David G. Darst.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark S. Darst and Michael E. Darst.

Surviving are her husband, Howard Wauson of Yoakum; three daughters, Betty Ann Darst and Sherry Catherine Hagan, both of Victoria, and Judy Marie Ponton of Bloomington; a son, John Howard Wauson of Yoakum; two sisters, Emma Konency and Millie Boening, both of Yoakum; a brother, Jim Mikulenka of Yoakum; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, James Robert “Bobby” Wauson.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, June 20, 1908, page 1

From the Houston Chronicle Sunday we noted the death of Will Webber, a former resident of this section, his death occurring at Halletsville the day previous. The account, as published in the Chronicle, is as follows:
Will. Webber, 32 years old, died here at the home of his mother, Mrs. Szmeiderski, of typhoid fever. He was working on the rice farm near Eagle Lake, for several months and three weeks ago was taken sick and was brought here for treatment. Mr. Webber was married to Miss Richter of Weimar, who died about nine years ago.


The Shiner Gazette, November 8, 1979

Mrs. Weber

Mrs. Monroe Weber, a resident of Yoakum for the past 25 years, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 1979 in the Huth Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for the past several weeks. She reached the age of 86 years, 5 months and 2 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Buffington Funeral Chapel, Yoakum, with the Rev. D.I. Dolton officiating. Burial was in Moulton City Cemetery with her grandsons serving as Pallbearers.

Mrs. Weber, nee Helen Heidrich, was born May 31, 1893 in Gonzales County, daughter of Albin and Marie (Peters) Heidrich, natives of Gera, Germany.

She was first married to Theo. G. Joost in the Shiner Lutheran Church. They first farmed for a livelihood, later moving to Moulton where they owned and operated the Joost Rest Home. He died April 1, 1968.

She is survived by her husband, Monroe Weber of Yoakum; a son, Woodrow Joost of Moulton; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Margaret Bush of Sequin; three sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Martha) Wagner of San Antonio, Mrs. Earl (Mary) Rhoades of El Paso and Mrs. Elo (Neddie Lee) Voelkel of Yoakum; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her father, Aug. 17, 1953; her mother, July 3, 1949; four brothers, Adolph Heidrich, May 18, 1975; Charles A. Heidrich, Aug. 5, 1973; Willie A. Heidrich, Jan. 4,1954; Paul Heidrich, Sept. 2, 1897 at the age of nine years; three sisters, Mrs. Henry C. (Clara) Lockstedt, May 29, 1964;Mrs. Ed (Ella) Hagens, Jan. 15, 1947; and Mrs. Ollie (Annie) McDavid, May 31, 1936.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Shiner Gazette, 27 May 1909


William Wehmann, Sr., Gone to His Rest.

At about 8 o’clock Monday morning, May 24, the sad news was flashed through the town that Wm. Wehmann, Sr., had dropped dead from heart failure. He had been in the best of spirits and going about his business as usual, and did not complain of anything being wrong. Monday morning he had pulled his buggy from his residence to that of his son-in-law, Mr. Ed. Niemann, and had reached and opened the gate, when he fell dead, without uttering a word. Not seeing him come in, Mr. Niemann went to the gate to look for him and found him lying at the gate, but life was already extinct. A physician was hastily summoned, but nothing could be done, and the members of the family were sent for.

Mr. Wehmann was of a social disposition and was liked by all who knew him, and his many friends will sincerely regret his sudden taking off. Mr. Wehmann was born in Germany, but came to this country with his parents when but two years old and settled at Houston in 1842. In a few months his father and mother were stricken with yellow fever and died. The little orphan was then taken and raised by Mr. Henry Muecke, who first settled at New Ulm, but afterwards moved to Flatonia.

Mr. Wehmann was married in 1867 to Miss Bertha Lehmann and eleven children were born to them, ten of which still survive him – eight boys and two girls. The boys are George, (former county commissioner), William, Paul, Henry, Edward, Frank, Max and Albert. The girls are Mrs. F. W. Ortmannn [sic] of Lindenau and Mrs. Ed. Niemann of Shiner.

Mr. Wehmann was 68 years and 7 months old at the time of his death. The interment took place Tuesday evening at Charlottenburg, his old home, and was attended by a large crowd of relatives and sympathizing friends. After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.

Wm. Wehmann, 28 Sep 1841 – 24 May 1909, was buried in the Charlottenburg Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Victoria Advocate, February 26, 2013


 YOAKUM - E.V. "Bud" Weiser, 89 a longtime resident of Yoakum, was born on November 13, 1923 in Fedor to Selma Symank Weiser and Herman Oswald Weiser.

 Raised in Lexington, he entered college in 1941 but joined the Marine Corps the next year. Commissioned as an officer in 1944, he was posted to Guam, then Tianjin, China until 1946. Returning home, he graduated with a Bachelor's in Vocational Agriculture in 1947 from Sam Houston State Teachers College.

There he met Doris Jean Wren, and they were married in the home of her dear Aunt Nannie Yeager in August 1947. After obtaining a Master's of Arts degree from SHSU in 1949, while teaching full time; he received from the National Future Farmer's Association the Degree of Honorary American Farmer

Bud and Doris were blessed with four children, Lynnetta, Peggy, Vickie and Billy and settled in Yoakum in 1955.

After more than a decade in the Marine Corps Reserve, he was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Major in 1959.

He worked for Ralston Purina for almost 30 years and then began a 20 year self-employed career

As an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church he served on the church council & taught Sunday School for many years. The Weiser lineage has been Lutheran for almost 400 years and the Church and his faith were an important part of his daily life.

Bud died peacefully on February 24, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Lynnetta Windsor and husband Cecil Windsor, Jr. of Denver, Peggy Majors of Houston, Vickie Kinder and husband David Kinder of San Antonio; son, William "Billy" Weiser and wife Lee Anne of Lexington; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Windsor and wife Ellie, Matthew Windsor and wife Colleen, Meagan Weiser, Travis Weiser and wife Candice, Austin Blackstone, McKenna Blackstone and Katie Kinder; four great-grandchildren, Joaquin Windsor, Bodhi Windsor, Avery Weiser and Hudson Weiser; sister, Helen and her husband Gene Harmon of Katy and many beloved nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Selma Weiser; brother, George Weiser and wife Evelyn; brother-in-law, Elton Wren and wife Doris Knippa all of Lexington.

Our family wishes to thank the wonderful teams at Stevens Health Care Center and Accolade Hospice of Yoakum for all the support over the last months.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum or the charity of your choice.

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

 Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 19, 1918


Hallettsville, Texas, April 15—Joe Weis, a farmer residing near Sublime, 10 miles east of this city, cut his wife’s throat Saturday about sunset, almost severing the head from the body. Weis is in jail at Halletsville, having been arrested by Sheriff Houchins.

Weis told the officers that his father gave him a German newspaper to read and that he read in the paper where the Kaiser was going to kill him (Weis), and that he just thought he would kill himself, but before doing so he would kill his wife, so they could both go together.

The 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Koehn of New Bielau, who was visiting the Weiss home at the time, being a nephew of Mrs. Weiss, heard the threat and ran to John Weiss’ home for help, but before anyone could get there, Mrs. Weiss had been murdered.

Weis made an attempt to poison himself about ten days ago. He has been in melancholic state of mind for some time, but his condition was not considered dangerous. The family had three children, the oldest about 6 years of age. Weis will be tried on a charge of insanity.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders (No copies of the Hallettsville area newspapers for that time exist to find an obituary.)


San Antonio Light, August 28, 1924

Joe Weiss, 45, died at a local hospital at 5:45 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.  He was a native of Bohemia, but had lived in San Antonio many years.  Mr. Weiss is survived by three children.  The body will be sent to Sublime, Tex., for burial at 10:30 o’clock Thursday night, by the Porter Loringcompany.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 4 Apr 1924, page 3


Mr. Joe Weiss, Sr., aged 81 years, 5 months and 24 days, a highly respected resident of Sublime, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emlie Fernau, after a continued illness. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon with interment in the Smoothing Iron cemetery, Rev. A. D. Rode of the Lutheran church officiating.

Mr. Weiss was born Sept. 30, 1842, in Heinzendorf, Austria, Europe. In 1868 he was married to Miss Theresia Blaschke. Eight children were born in this union, three of whom died in infancy. In 1881 the family came to America, to Weimar, Texas, and the same year moved to a farm near Sublime which Mr. Weiss bought later. For the past six years the deceased and his wife have been making their home with their daughter in Sublime. Mr. and Mrs. Weiss became members of the Sublime Lutheran church in 1904. Mr. Weiss also was a member of the Sublime Hermann Son lodge.

Surviving the deceased are his sorrowing widow and five children: Mrs. Marie Koehn of New Bielau, Mrs. Emilie Fernau of Sublime, Mrs. Otto Emken of Shiner, Mrs. Joe Reinhardt of Hochheim and Joe Weiss of San Antonio. Also eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive.

The New Era joins the many friends of the deceased in offering [sympathy] to the relatives in their bereavement. — Halletsville New Era.


Hallettsville Herald, Tuesday, March 25, 1924

John Weis

John Weis a highly respected citizen of Sublime died at his home Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, aged 81 years, 5 months and 24 days.

The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from his late residence. Interment was had in the Old Smoothing Iron Cemetery east of Sublime. Rev. A. D. Rode officiating.  Pall bearers were Frank Shillab, Paul Wenzel, Joseph Woytek, Paul Skotnik, Fred Cordes and L. Kartman.

Mr. Weis is survived by his wife, Mrs. Theresia Weis, four daughters, Mrs. Marie Koehn of Weimar, Mrs. Emilie Fernau of Sublime, Mrs. Anna Emken of Shiner, Mrs. Caroline Reinhardt of Yoakum, and one son Joseph Weis of San Antonio. Mr. Weis was born in Austria, but had been a resident of this country for 43 years the most of this time being spent in Lavaca County in the Sublime section, he was a charter member of the O. D. H. S. Lodge of Sublime and for thirty years had been one of its valued members. The death of this time honored citizen closes another chapter of a useful life, making the world better by his passing this way. Grant unto him, O Lord, eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace.

To those who are left to mourn the death of their loved one the Herald extends sympathy.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Herald, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1924

Joseph Weiss

Joseph Weiss died at San Antonio, Wednesday afternoon, August 27th at 6 o’clock. Aged 45 years and 6 months.

The remains were taken to Sublime his former home from where the funeral occurred from the home of his sister, Mrs. William Fernau, Friday morning at 10 o’clock, interment was made in the Smoothing Iron Cemetery. Rev. Roth officiating. Mr. Weiss is survived by three children, two sons and one daughter, his mother Mrs. Theresia Weiss of Sublime four sisters, Mrs. William Koehn of near Weimar, Mrs. Otto Emken of Shiner, Mrs. Joe Reinhardt of Yoakum and Mrs. William Fernau of Sublime.

To the bereaved ones the Herald extends sympathy.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Herald, Friday, May 8, 1925

Mrs. Theresia Weis

Mrs. Theresia Weis (nee Miss Blaschke) was born in Heinzendorf Germany December 29th 1841 and died at Sublime, Texas, Wednesday morning May 6th, 1925 at 7:20 o’clock aged 83 years, 4 months and 7 days.

In 1881 with her husband she came to America and was met at Weimar Texas by her father and from there they went to Sublime where they settled on the farm of her father which they purchased later where they lived until April 15th 1918, when they moved to the town of Sublime to make her home with their daughter Mrs. Amelia Fernau. In March 1924 her husband passed away, after which she continued to make her home with her daughter up to the time of her death. The funeral was held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock interment was made in the Smoothing Iron cemetery, Rev. A. D. Rode conducting the last sad rites, song service was rendered by a selected choir.

Mrs. Weis leaves to mourn her death four daughters, Mrs. Amelia Fernau of Sublime, Mrs. Mary Koehn of Weimar, Mrs. Anna Emken of Shiner and Mrs. Karoline Reinhardt of Yoakum. There are eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

For twenty years Mrs. Weis was a devoted member of the Lutheran Church and lived a noble Christian life ever mindful of her duties she owed to her God, her church and humanity, her labors in this life are over, she has gone to her reward, may her soul rest in peace.

To those who are left to mourn her death we extend sympathy.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, February 23, 2000

Annie Marie Weitzel

Annie Marie Weitzel, 92 of Shiner, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000.

She was born Jan. 25, 1908, in Borden, to Anton and Emilie Haas Bannert. She was the owner of Weitzel Bar and was a Catholic.

Survivors include two daughters, Dolores Joseph of Cuero and Dorothy Cunningham of Plainview; three sons Robert J. Weitzel of Gonzales, Patrick J. Weitzel of Midland and Henry C. Weitzel Jr. of Long Beach, Calif.; one sister, Bernice Whiston of Houston, and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry C. Weitzel Sr.; her parents, and two brothers, Frank Bannert and Louis Bannert.

Rosary was recited 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Shiner.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Shiner. The Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiated.

Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Henry Weitzel Jr., Bill Cunningham Jr., Frank Bannert Jr., Patrick Weitzel Jr., John Vincik, Rusty Walls, Coy Ellis and John DeJarnett.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, February 10, 1953, page 3

Funeral Saturday For Shiner Man

Saturday funeral services were held for Bernard Herman Weitzel, 78, from the Shiner Catholic Church. He died Thurs. at his home. Born in Cologne, Germany, the deceased came to this country in 1896. Surving are his wife, and son Henry, one stepson, Frank Rannert; two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Sconyers of Ft. Worth and Mrs. E. S. Whilton of Houston; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Henry Weitzel, and one brother lives in Germany.

The Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, February 13, 1953, pages 1 and 4

Herman Weitzel Dies at Shiner

Herman Weitzel, 78, well known Shiner citizen, died Thursday, February 5th, at 9:00 a.m., at the home of his son, Henry Weitzel.

Last rites were held at the Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Saturday, February 7, at 9:15 a.m., and at the Shiner Catholic Church for Requiem High Mass at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Tom Collins officiated. Interment was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Cologne, Germany, April 18th, 1874. As a youth he served in the German Navy. In 1896, he came to the United States, landing in New York, and continued westward to settle in Shiner, where he lived for the past 33 years.

In 1900 he married Miss Alma Katherine Winters at Dreyer; she died in 1908. To this union two children were born, Mrs. J. W. (Alma) Sconyer of Fort Worth, and Henry Carl Weitzel of Shiner, both living.

At Shiner, in 1923, Mr. Weitzel married Mrs. Emelie Haas Bannert, and to this union were born one daughter, Mrs. E. S. (Bernice) Whiston of Houston.

Surviving Mr. Weitzel also are his wife; a step-daughter, Mrs. Henry (Annie) Weitzel, Shiner; a step-son, Frank J. Bannert, Shiner; 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother, Karl Weitzel, living in Germany.

Pallbearers were J. R. Stuber, Albert Kurtz, Oscar Lichey, Albert Muenich, Joe Sustr, and Henry Neuman.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Obits from May 1957-May 1969
Lavaca County Tribune, 1966

Mrs. E. Weitzel

Mrs. Emily Weitzel, 82, of Shiner, passed away Tuesday, July 12th, in the Wagner Hospital.

Funeral Services were held Friday at 9:45 a.m. from the Buffington Funeral Home, and at 10:00 a.m. at the Shiner Catholic Church.  Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Frank Bannert of Shiner, a step-son and son-in-law, Henry Weitzel of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. Henry Weitzel of Shiner, Mrs. Edmund Whiston of Houston; step-daughter, Mrs. James Walter Sconyers of Fort Worth; sister, Mrs. Frank Futschik of Weimar; seventeen grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, 1966

Henry C. Weitzel

Mr. Henry Weitzel, 64, of Shiner, passed away in the Wagner Hospital, Saturday, August 6, 1966.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9:45 a.m. from the Buffington Funeral Home and at 10:00 a.m. at the Shiner Catholic Church.  Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Henry Weitzel was born at Nordheim, DeWitt County, on July 6, 1902.  In 1926, he was married to Annie Bannert at Shiner.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Weitzel of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. Wm. D. (Dorothy Mae) Cunningham of Plainview, Mrs. Fred (Dolores) Joseph of Cuero; three sons, Henry Jr., Yeoman third Class, USN of Long Beach, Calif., Robert of Houston, Patrick Weitzel, Postal Clerk Third Class, USN of London, England; one sister, Mrs. James Walter Sconyers of Fort Worth; half sister, Mrs. Edmund Whiston of Houston; stepbrother, Frank Banner of Shiner and five grandchildren.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, 11 Aug 1889, page 2

Yesterday an engine ran over two section hands, Thomas Maher and John Welch, near the Front street crossing in Yoakum, killing Maher instantly, and lacerating Welch fearfully. Welch's right are and shoulder-blade are frightfully mangled, the bones being mashed litterally to atoms. His head is also hurt, and his spitting blood gives evidence of internal bruises. The Drs. Boyd dressed his wounds, but say he will probably died. No blame is attached to any one. Later, —John Welch died Friday evening.—Yoakum Graphic.


San Antonio Light, Saturday, October 5, 1918

Private Thomas Welfel, 32nd Company, 8th Battalion, 165th Depot Brigade, died of pneumonia in the Base Hospital, Camp Travis, Friday.  Mrs. Annie Welfel of Shiner, Texas, has been notified of his death and the body is being held at the Base Hospital pending instructions as to interment.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 26 Jan 1989, page 12A

Fred Welfl Sr.

MOULTON – Fred Welfl Sr., 65, of Moulton died at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday in a Yoakum hospital after a sudden illness.

He was born Nov. 7, 1923, in Lavaca County to the late Vaclaz Welfl and Emma Berckenhoff Welfl. Mr. Welfl was a self-employed carpenter and a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.

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

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton with Monsignor Robert Schmidt officiating.

Burial will follow in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline Welfl of Moulton; two sons, Fred Welfl Jr. and Louis Welfl, both of Houston; a sister, Agnes Kresta of Moulton; and two grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 5 Nov 1983

MOULTON - August "Gus" Welfl, 56, of Moulton, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 1983 at his home.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton with the Rev. Robert Schmidt officiating.  Full military honors were accorded him in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at the graveside.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Smith Funerl [sic] Home Chapel in Moulton where the body lay in state.

Mr. Welfl, one of six children, was born May 13, 1927 at Witting, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Vaclav and Emma (Berckenhoff) Welfl.  He was a carpenter for Mraz Lumber Co. in Shiner and an Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Krauskopf Welfl of Moulton; a daughter, Cheryl Pilat of Moulton; a son, Daryl Welfl of Moulton; a brother, Fred Welfl of Moulton; two sisters, Mrs. Henry (Agnes) Kresta of Moulton, and Mrs. Floyd (Marietta) Siegel of Shiner, and a granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mar. 5, 1975; his mother, Aug. 7, 1979; one brother, Louis Welfl, died at age 22 years; and a sister, Sophia Welfl, died in infancy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Aug 1979

Welfl Rites

Mrs. Vaclav Welfl, nee Emma Berckenhoff, of Moulton, died Tuesday, August 7, 1979 in the Shady Oak Nursing Home in Moulton at the age of 83 years and 4 days.

Services were held Thursday, August 9 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton with the Rev. Robert Schmidt offering the Holy Mass.  Burial followed in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary was recited Wednesday, August 8 at 8:30 p.m. in Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Michael Siegel of Shiner, Louis and Fred Welfl, Henry, Jimmie and Daniel Kresta, all of Houston.

She was born Aug. 3, 1896 in the Praha Community, daughter of Fritz and Annie (Kobza) Berckenhoff.  On Nov. 19, 1914, she was married to Vaclav Welfl in the St. Joseph Catholic Church at Moulton by the late Rev. Schindler.  The couple settled on a farm near Moulton, then moved to Novorhad and Witting, farming for a livelihood.  They retired in 1965 and moved to Moulton.

Mrs. Welfl had been a resident at the Shady Oak Nursing Home for the past three months.

She is survived by two sons, Fred and August Welfl, both of Moulton; two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Agnes) Kresta of Moulton, Mrs. Floyd (Marietta) Siegel of Shiner; three brothers, Liberat and Ewald Berckenhoff, both of Moulton, Ben Berckenhoff of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Alexa) Holub of Moulton, Mrs. Anton (Angeline) Koncaba of Hallettsville, Mrs. Toby (Flora) Kretchner [Kracmer] of West; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mar. 5, 1975; a son Louis Welfl, who died at the age of 22 years; a daughter, Sophia Welfl died in infancy; three brothers, Fred Berckenhoff, Feb. 26, 1956, Emil Berckenhoff, Apr. 3, 1957, Pius Berckenhoff, Jan. 23, 1969; two sisters, Mrs. Adolph A. (Jaromila) Nesrsta, Jan. 23, 1976, and Mrs. Julia B. Nesrsta, Jan. 19, 1978.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 20 Dec 2008


MOULTON - Daryl Wayne "Squeezy" Welfl, 42, of Moulton left our world to be with the Lord on Dec. 16, 2008.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Welfl; sister, Cheryl Pilat and husband Harvey; two nieces; one great-niece; and longtime friend, companion and girlfriend, Patti Smith of Deer Park.

Visitation will begin 4 p.m., Dec. 20, 2008, at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton. Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 21, 2008, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton. Services will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 22, 2008, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton with burial to follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating.

Smith Funeral Home, 404 W. Bobkat, Moulton, Texas, 361-596-4631.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 30 Oct 1908, page 7

Kills Self With Gun.


Shiner, Tex., Oct. 29. – Frank Welfl, a tenant on the Welhausen farm, committed suicide at about 10 o'clock this morning, using a double-barreled shotgun, pulling the trigger with his toe and shot nearly his whole head off. Welfl leaves a widow and two children.

Frank Welfl, 17 Nov 1876 - 29 Oct 1908, was buried in the Shiner SPJST Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Sunday, March 14, 1926

MOULTON, Tex., March 13. – Jacob Welfl, 77, died here Thursday evening.  The funeral was held from his home Friday afternoon, interment being made in Moulton Cemetery.

The deceased was a member of the S.P.J.S.T. and the Hermann Sons Lodges, members of both orders officiating at the burial.

He is survived by six children and a number of grandchildren. 

He was a native of Bohemia, coming to Texas in 1884.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 27 Feb 1996, page 12A


YOAKUM – Jerry “Jack” Frank Welfel, 61, of Yoakum died Sunday, Feb. 25, 1996.

He was born Sept. 7, 1934, in Gonzales County to the late Adolph and Petronile Tousek Welfel. Mr. Welfel was a service worker at Cooper Chevrolet.

Survivors: wife, Emma Hajek Welfel; daughters, Betty Welfel Chumchal and Linda Welfel Migl, both of Yoakum; sister, Annie Kremling of Yoakum; brothers, Jimmy Welfel of Shiner and Victor Welfel of Woodsboro; and four grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Martha Tietien and brothers, Henry Welfel Sr., Dennis Welfel and Robert Welfel.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

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

Memorials: St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, May 2, 1967

YOAKUM - John William Welfl, 60, a carpenter, died in a local nursing home at 1:40 a.m. Monday. He had resided there the past two years.

Mr. Welfl was born In Sweet Home May 7, 1900, and was a lifetime resident of that area.

A rosary was recited Monday night at Buffington Funeral Home.

Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel and from Queen of Peace Catholic Church at Sweet Home with the Rev. V. J. Blly officiating.

Burial will be in Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, J. A. of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Koy of Sealy:  Mrs. Christine Smolik of Hallettsville and Mrs. Justine Buxkemper of Sweet Home.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune, 19 Nov 1943, page 1

Louis Welfl Loses His Life in Tractor Accident

Louis Welfl, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Welfl of the Witting community, was crushed to death beneath a tractor shortly after noon Monday.

The tragic accident occurred on his father's farm. Louis was plowing with the tractor. As he was going along a branch the tractor struck a soft shoulder. The ground gave way and the machine and all rolled over and came to rest at the bottom of the branch. Louis fell off but the tractor rolled over him breaking a leg, his back and otherwise mangling him. Apparently it was the plows that went over his body the fatal injuries showed.

Louis was born at Witting where he attended school and grew to young manhood. He had been in the Army but was recently given an honorable release, probably to help his parents on the farm.

Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Moulton Catholic Church with internment in the Catholic Cemetery. Reverend Joseph Kopp officiated at the last rites.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Mar 1975

Vaclav Welfl of Moulton passed away in the Shiner Hospital Wednesday morning, March 5, 1975 following a two-day confinement.  He attained the age of 81 years, 5 months and 15 days.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Robert Schmidt officiating.  Interment was in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons, Daniel, Jim and Henry Kresta, Jr., Fred Jr. and Louis James Welfl and Michael Siegel.

Rosary was recited at the Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m.

A native of Fayette County, he was born at Praha Sept. 20, 1893, the son of John and Margaret (Cinadr) Welfl.  On November 19, 1914, he was married to Emma Berckenhoff at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton by the late Rev. Schindler.  Following their marriage, the couple settled on a farm near Moulton for a short time, then moved to Novohrad where they resided for a number of years, then to the Witting community where they settled and lived for many years.  Mr. Welfl retired from farming and in 1965 they moved to Moulton where they have made their home.  He was a resident of the Shady Oak Nursing Home in Moulton for the past two months.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Welfl of Moulton; two sons, Alfred and August Welfl, both of Moulton; two daughters, Mrs. Floyd (Marietta) Siegel of Shiner, Mrs. Henry (Agnes) Kresta of Moulton; sixteen grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Nick Welfl of Yoakum, John Welfl of Moulton; and one sister, Mrs. Edmund (Mary) Kubicek of Moulton.

He was preceded in death by son, Louis Welfl, who died at the age of 22 years; a daughter, Sophia Welfl died in infancy; three brothers, August Welfl, January 31, 1973; Michael Welfl in 1918; Adolf Welfl, died in infancy; and one sister Mrs. Jerry (Christina) Bender in April 1947; his father in 1950; and his mother in 1908.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune, 16 June 1944

Prominent Shiner Woman Died.

Mrs. C.B. Welhausen, respected Shiner resident, died at the Shiner hospital early Sunday morning, June 11, at 4:30 o’clock.

Rev. A.C. Peterson, assisted by Rev. M.T. Jenkins, conducted the funeral services at the Shiner Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a fervent member, and interment took place in the Shiner City Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Glade and Phillip Welhuasen, John Beal, George Valis, E.J. Kempe, Thomas Hughs, Emmett Busch, and Paul Otto.

The deceased, nee Henrietta Richter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Moritz Richter, was born on Nov. 17, 1877.  As a child, she moved with her parents to Shiner and attended the local schools.  On Nov. 15, 1898, she became the wife of C.B. Welhausen and three children, one daughter and two sons, blessed their happy home, the daughter dying at the age of thirteen years.

Those left to mourn her death are:  her husband; two sons, C.C. of Yoakum, and Sgt. Ray with the army in Maryland; four grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. W.R. McComas of San Antonio and two brothers, Ad Richter of Shiner and Otto Richter of Spokane, Washington.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Colorado Citizen, 13 Dec 1888, page 3


We are sorry to record the death of Mr. August Weller, Sr., whom we have known for several yearss, which occurred at his residenceon the 9th inst. He was an old resident, having settled Wellersburg, the place of his late home, and was the father of Mrs. H. J. Strunk, of this place. He leaves a host of relatives and friends to condole with the family in the death of this man, who was esteemed for his many good traits of character. Last Monday his remains were committed to the dust by the Masons of this place, at the old family rest in Lavaca.

Colorado Citizen, 20 Dec 1888, page 3


In fond memory of AUGUST WELLER, SR., who died at his home in Lavaca county, Texas, December 6th, 1888, and buried with Masonic honors, and a large host of friends in attendance, near his home. He was born at Salzufel, Prussia, Germany, February 1, 1829, came to America and Texas in 1846, and lived a short time in Colorado county; then moved to Lavaca county, on the Navidad river, where he has resided to the day of his death. Brother WELLER was a remarkable man, of energy and indomitable perserverance. He founded the town of Wellersburg, where he carried on a large business in store, gin and mill, shop and postoffice. He was the father of twelve children, eleven of whom survive him, and were all at his bedside when he died.

BROTHER WELLER was a member of Oakland Lodge, No. 238, of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and a man of great devotion and affeection for his family. A man ever ready to contribute to the needy, and to every worthy cause and enterprise. The community has lost a good friend and kind neighbor, the counties of Colorado and Lavaca one of the best citizens, and the Lodge a good member. AND

WHEREAS, The Grand Master above has removed from us our beloved brother, and we bow in humble submission to His will, imploring His blessings upon the bereaved family.

Resolved, 1. That the members of this Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, 2. That these precedings be published in the COLORADO CITIZEN, and spread upon our minute book, and a copy furnished the family of our deceased brother.

J. M. WOOLSEY, J. W. CARSON, J. H. MULLIN, Committee
Oakland, Colorado Co, Tex, Dec. 17.

August Weller, 1 Feb 1829 – 9 Dec 1888, b. Salzuffeln, Lippe Detmold, was buried in the Bock Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, October 28, 1910

Galveston News Special: Yoakum, Oct 24—After an illness of ten days, Mrs. G. A. Weller of this city died Sunday afternoon from blood poisoning. The deceased was about 47 years of age and was the mother of ten children, eight of whom are living. The malady which was the cause of Mrs. Weller's death was contracted from doctoring a milch cow which was supposedly infected with charbon[sic].

Georgia Ann Houchins was the wife of Charles H. Weller. Information and obituary contributed by Deborah Smith.


Shiner Gazette, 14 Aug 1901

Mr. Henry Weller, a former citizen of Shiner, died last Friday at Yoakum of typhoid fever, aged about 48 years.

John Henry Weller, 24 May 1853 – 8 Aug 1901, has a Woodmen of the World marker in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 18 Jul 1889

The Angel of Death

Johnnie Clark Weller

Born March 21st, 1889, died July 8th, 1889

The subject of the foregoing note was the little son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Weller, of Sublime.  The remains were interred by tender and loving hands in the Bock cemetery at Wellersberg.  Little Johnnie had been sick but a few days and his demise was sudden, and unexpected by his doting parents.  The father’s pride, the mother’s idol: he was the cheer of the household; and as that dear form lay before her eyes we should wonder not if the heart-broken mother had thought in vain whispered these touching lines:

Wake but a little, for a last, last, kiss;
    Be it the last, but warm with life,
          As this,
That through my lips I may thy
     Spirit drain,  
Suck they sweet breath, drink love
        Through every vein;
This kiss shall serve me ever in they
Since thou thyself, sweet one, art fled”
See an earlier mention of Johnnie Weller's death
Interred in the Bock Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, September 8, 1894, page 2

Halletsville New Era:
Died, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Houchins Monday evening at 5 o’clock, little Robert Weller, aged 9 months, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weller of Sublime. The funeral took place at Sublime yeserday. We extend our sympathy to the heart-stricken parents.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, August 19, 1893, page 2

Hallettsville New Era: Friday night Mr. A. Weller, a member of the grand jury, was summoned to his home in Sublime by the sad intelligence that his only son, Oscar, a boy of 12 years of age, had been killed. The little fellow had started out in the afternoon about 2 o’clock to catch a horse. It would seem he endeavored to rope the horse, having one end attached to the saddle, and at the time of throwing the rope he must have been brushed out of the saddle by an overhanging limb and in falling to the ground was caught in the loop of the lasso. His horse ran several hundred feet, dragging him against stumps and trees, bruising him terribly. Not returning at sundown, search was made for him. The horse was found with the rope tangled in the brush, with the dead body on the end of it. Mr. and Mrs. Weller have the deep sympathy of many friends.
Oscar C. Weller, 11 Jul 1881 – 11 Aug 1893, was buried in the Geiger Cemetery. Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 15 Dec 1897, page 1


A Good Citizen Departed This Life.

A. H. Wemken died Thursday night about 3 a.m. The particulars as learned from John Wemken of Valley View, who was present at his father’s death, are as follows: John had been moving a renter and was stopping all night with his parents. His father appeared to be in excellent health and spirits and ate a hearty supper, after which the family sat around the sitting room and Mr. Wemken laughed and joked with them. It was very late when they all retired and Mr. Wemken complained that he could not sleep. After lying down an hour or two he got up and dressed and laid down and asked his wife to close a door leading into another room saying that the draught was blowing on him. She closed the door and returned to her chair and sat down. At once she noticed that he was breathing heavily and going up to the bed said, “are you asleep already?” He gave no answer and being thoroughly alarmed she ran out and called John and Willie to come in. When they reached his bedside he was dead.

A. H. Wemken was seventy-two years old and had been in America twenty eight years – nineteen in Fayette county and nine here. He leaves a wife and eight children. Of his children John is living at Valley View, Henry at Henrietta, and Willie, the youngest boy, is at home. The daughters are Mrs. A. and Mrs. Rob. Herms, Mrs. Joe Koenning, and Minnie and Lillie, who are still at home.

Mr. Wemken was an excellent citizen and his loss will be severely felt by our community.

The funeral took place Saturday.

Albert H. Wemken, 10 Sep 1826 – 10 Dec 1897, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 28 Mar 1895

A Sad Bereavement.

The little baby girl of John Wemken died Thursday, March 21, and was buried here Friday eve. The complaint was measles and fever. The bereaved parents have universal sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Hilda Emilie Wemken, 7 Feb 1894 – 21 Mar 1894, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 3 Apr 1997, page 10A


YOAKUM - Clement Joseph Wendel, 81, of Warrensburg, Mo., and formerly of Yoakum, Port Lavaca, and Victoria, died Tuesday, April 1, 1997.

He was born Sept. 3, 1915, in Hochheim to the late Adam and Mathilda Brosch Wendel. He was a retired welder from Alcoa and he was a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Clemmie Jo Chanek of Victoria; sons, Donald J. Wendel of Windsor, Mo., Richard A. Wendel of Teague, Lawrence W. Wendel of Cole Camp, Mo., and Gerald L. Wendel of Greensboro, N.C.; sisters, Alice Aschenbeck and Irene Rohan, both of Cuero; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Pearl Berger Wendel.

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

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum.

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

Memorials: St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 14 May 1908, page 1

Frank Wendel.

Died at the home of his son, Mr. Richard Wendel, near Shiner on Saturday, May 9th, at 4 o’clock a. m., Mr. Frank Wendel in the 88th year of his age, after an illness of several months. The interment took place on Sunday, May 10, in the Catholic Cemetery Rev. Father Vossenkuhl officiating.

Mr. Wendel was born on February 18th, at Bingen on the Rhine, Germany. He came to Texas in the year 1854 and lived one year at New Ulm in Austin County and moved the next year to Bernard Prairie in Colorado County, where he lived with his wife until her death, twenty seven years ago, when he went to live with his son, Adolph, in DeWitt County, with whom he remained for 12 years. He then came to live with his son, Richard, near Shiner, and also spent one year with his son, Adam, at Henkhaus. He remained with his son Richard until his death last Saturday. Ten children were born to them, six of whom are still living, viz: Mrs. Paul Peiper of Westphalia, Falls Co. Mrs. John Weigel of Hochheim, DeWitt County; Mrs. Otto Henkhaus, Sr., of Shiner; Mr. Adam Wendel of Henkhaus; Mr. Richard Wendel of Shiuer [sic], and Mr. Adolf Wendel of Yoakum. Forty-nine Grand children and sixty eight great-Grand children survive them. The maiden name of Mr. Wendel’s wife was Cecilie Meyer. The funeral cortege was one of the largest ever seen in Shiner, many relatives and friends from a distance being present.

The following relatives of the deceased from a distance were present and attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Piper, Paul Piper, Jr., Mike Oko, John Stock and Mrs. Lena Kessner from Rosebud, Mr. and Mrs. John Weigel, Philip Weigel, Geo Breeden and wife, Joe Olsen and wife, Henry Olsen and wife, from Hochheim. Adolph Wendel and family, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Renken, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Kram, from Yoakum, Adam Wendel and wife from Henkhaus, Adolph Maerz and wife from Garwood and Mrs. Witte from Hochheim.

Franz Wendel, 15 Jan 1820 – 9 May 1908, was buried in SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 22 Dec 1974, page 12A

Mrs. Wendel

YOAKUM—Mrs. Mathilda Wendel, 78, of Yoakum died Saturday at 3:45 a.m. in a Cuero hospital.

She was born July 24, 1896, in Shiner. Her husband, Adam Wendel, died in 1940.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Survivors include son, Clem Wendel of Port Lavaca; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Roha and Mrs. Wilbert Aschenbeck, both of Cuero; a brother, Charlie Brosch of San Antonio; five sisters, Mrs. Richard Zerr, Mrs. Gladney Harrell of San Antonio, Mrs. Charles Stasney of Houston, Mrs. Alfred Schroeder and Mrs. George Suhr of Yoakum; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 18 Jan 1996


Pearl T. Wendel, 78, of Warsaw, Mo., and formerly of Victoria and Port Lavaca died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1996.

She was born May 31, 1917, in DeWitt County to the late Ferdinand and Ida Rollins Berger. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Victoria.

Survivors: husband, Clem J. Wendel; daughter, Clemmie Jo Chanek of Victoria; sons, Donald Wendel of Windsor, Mo., Richard Wendel of Teague, Lawrence Wendel of Warsaw, Mo., and Gerald Wendel of Greensboro, N.C.; sisters, Ella Mae Granberry of Houston and Maudie Christian of Conroe; brothers, Homer Berger of Yoakum, Roland Berger of Houston and Douglas Berger of Nacogdoches; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum.

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

Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 10 Sep 1902

Miss Lizzie Wendtland.

The entire town was shocked and pained last Wednesday morning when the sad intelligence was made known that Miss Lizzie Wendtland had died the previous night at about 11 o’clock.

Miss Lizzie had been sick but a few days and it was not generally known in the town that she was sick at all. She was first taken with a sore throat and her symptoms were not considered alarming until the very moment of her death, when of a sudden her throat became clogged, her breathing was cut off and in a few moments she was dead. The attending physician pronounced the disease as being suffocative catarrh.

So passed away in the bright spring-time of life, in the 18th year of her age, one of the brightest and sweetest girls that this community has ever known. She was beloved by all who knew her and was a general favorite among all of her young friends and associates.

But the saddest of all was the fact, but recently made known, that in a few short months she was to have become the bride of one of our most promising young men, Mr. Chas. Herder, now of Gonzales. Mr. Herder was present at the funeral and shared in the grief and sorrow with the bereaved father and mother, brothers and sisters.

The funeral took place on Thursday morning, September 4th at 10 o’clock a. m., and was attended by one of the largest processions ever seen in Shiner. The Fire Company, of which the deceased was sponsor, attended in a body and the floral offerings were many, appropriate and most beautiful.

Rev. Wm. Dziewas conducted the ceremony at the grave in a most impressive manner and several beautiful hymns were sung by the ladies and gentlemen of the town. All seemed anxious to assist in paying the last sad tribute in death to one whom they had so loved in life.

The entire community join in extending sympathy to the sorrow-stricken relatives and while it were idle to offer condolence at this hour, time, the great healer, may yet assuage their great grief.

“She is not dead – the child of our affection –
But gone unto that school
Where she no longer needs our protection.
And Christ himself doth rule.”
“Day after day, we think what she is doing
In those bright realms of air,
Year after year, her tender steps pursuing,
Behold her grown more fair.”

Shiner Gazette, 10 Sep 1902

Card of Thanks.

To the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the last sickness and death of our dear daughter and sister, Lizzie, we extend our heartfelt thanks and especially to the Firemen for their valuable services in our time of need and assuring all that we are deeply grateful.


Shiner Gazette, 10 Sep 1902

Mr. Erwin Wendtland came down from Dallas in answer to a telegram and arrived in the city Thursday morning just in time to attend his sister’s funeral.

Shiner Gazette, 10 Sep 1902

Resolutions of Respect.

At a called meeting of the Shiner Fire Company held this day, September third 1902, the following resolutions of respect to the memory of our deceased sponsor, Miss Lizzie Wendtland, were adopted:

Resolved, That it is with the deepest sorrow and regret that we, the members of the Shiner Fire Company, announce the death of our beloved sponsor, Miss Lizzie Wendtland, which occured [sic] at her home at eleven p.m., September 2, 1902.

Stricken down in the morning life, while plucking flowers from the enchanted garden of youth, just as maidenhood stood on the threshold of womanhood, she leaves large hosts of friends and relatives to mourn her untimely departure.

Resolved, That not only have the members lost a pleasing associate, but an effectual co-worker and the guardian angel of the Company. That her grief-stricken parents and the sorrowing sisters and brothers have lost a dutiful daughter and a kind and loving sister and that the community in general has lost a faithful friend.

Resolved further, That the Fire Company extends sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all the relatives, especially the bereaved family. That a copy of the above resolutions be spread on the minutes of the organization, also published in The Shiner Gazette and a copy sent to the family.


Louise A. Wendtland, 5 Feb 1884 – 2 Sep 1902; daughter of Wm. & Emilie, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Unidentified newspaper clipping

Cecilia T. Wenske

Cecilia T. Wenske, of Yoakum, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 1 day.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

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

Pallbearers were Ronald Ressler, Brian Wenske, Shane Wenske, Daniel Wenske, Graig Wenske and Nathan Wenske.

Honorary pallbearers were staff of Yoakum Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, her nieces and nephews.

She was born Oct. 15, 1919, in Gonzales County, to the late Richard and Johanna Chilek Vinklarek. She was a hand tooler for Circle Y of Yoakum, Inc. and a Catholic.

Survivors include one daughter, Janel Wenske of Ganado; two sons, Eugene Wenske of Yoakum and Charles Wenske of Inez; one sister, Janie Kurtz of Yoakum; three brothers, Richard Vinklarek of Shiner, Martin Vinklarek of Yoakum and Frankie Vinklarek of San Antonio; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Wenske, Aug. 30, 1987; her parents; one sister; three brothers; and one grandchild.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Smith Funeral Home website

Mary Margaret Novosad Wenske passed into eternal rest Thursday, February 27, 2014. Born in Shiner on February 21, 1922, to Joseph Novosad and Mary Pekar Novosad, she was the sixth of eleven children. She was a faithful member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, a member of the Christian Mothers' Society, Altar Society, a Promoter of the Miraculous Medal, and a Life Member and former Chaplain of Moulton Ladies' Auxiliary VFW Post 6971. She regularly attended Eucharistic Adoration.

Mary attended Sunset School in rural Shiner. On October 22, 1946, she married the love of her life, Roman E. Wenske, and together they raised ten children on a farm and ranch outside of Moulton. Always hardworking, she managed taking care of small children, cooking dinner, and working in the cotton field near home simultaneously. One of the greatest gifts she gave to her family was her Catholic faith which she passed on by loving example to her children and grandchildren.

Mary was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking noodle soup, homemade bread, and cinnamon rolls for her family. Her children and grandchildren's continual visits were her joy. She loved few things more than a small child in the house. She would fill them with great food and shower them with love and attention. She always looked forward to the times the whole family gathered at home, especially for Christmas, Easter, and on her and Roman's wedding anniversary. After her husband's passing she was the magnet attracting all back home to visit, eat, and tell stories about the old days, as well as what was new with the children and grandchildren.

Survivors are her children: Raymond Wenske (Jo Anne) of Victoria; Irene Wenske (Eugene) of Yoakum; Melvin Wenske (Mary) of Hallettsville; Clarence Wenske (Diana) of Hallettsville; Elizabeth DeBord (Robert) of Houston; Michael Wenske (Mary) of Victoria; Ben Wenske (Elizabeth) of Moulton; Roman, Jr. (Ann) of Moulton; Pat Wenske (Mary Ann) of Moulton; Ernest Wenske, of Houston; sister, Ann Kocian of Shiner; brothers Paul Novosad of Shiner and Bennie Novosad of Shiner; 34 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Roman Wenske, Sr., infant twin brothers Joseph Novosad and John Novosad, brothers Frank Novosad, Edward Novosad, Edwin Novosad, Adolph Novosad, and sister, Margaret Surman.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 1 at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton. The rosary will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 6:30 pm Sunday, March 2nd, and the Funeral Mass also at the church at 10:00 am Monday, Father Gabriel Maison, JCD, officiating.

The family keeps in special remembrance her devoted caregivers, Etta Williams and Felicia Alaniz. They would also like to thank Noelle Neskora, Larissa Tesch, and Ashely Dornak of Advanced Home Health, Hospice of South Texas, as well as her physicians, Dr. Maurice Wilkinson, Dr. Haresh Kumar, and Dr. Chelif Junor.

Mary Wenske will be dearly missed by family and friends, but we are comforted in our sorrow by knowing that she heard these words of God when passing from this world to the next: "Well done, my good and faithful servant, now enter into the joy of your Master's house."  Smith Funeral Home, 404 West Bobkat Drive, Moulton, Texas 77975

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, January 27, 2008


SHINER - Peggy R. Wenske, age 71, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008.

She was born on Oct. 4, 1936, in San Antonio, to Ernest R. and Ilene Fletcher Moody. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: husband of 45 years, Bennie H. Wenske; daughters, Phyllis Leonard and husband Kelvin of Shiner, Karen Molnoskey and husband James of San Marcos, Charlette Wakefield and Sharon Johnson, both of Utah; sister, Ruby Jones of Shiner; grandchildren, Kelly Burns, Jamie Petru, Vicki Suarez, and James Molnoskey Jr.; along with five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: parents; step-parents; brothers, Bobby Moody, and Richard Moody; and a grandson, Jeffery Petru.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Espinoza officiating. Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to: Jeff Petru Memorial Scholarship Fund, National Kidney Foundation, or American Heart Association.

Online guestbook may be signed at

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Cuero Record, 20 Feb 1964, page 6

Rudy Wentrcek Dies In Shiner

Rudy Wentrcek of Shiner, father of Mrs. Steve Kurtz of Cuero, died about 9 p.m. Wednesday in a Shiner hospital. He had been suffering from a heart condition for some time.

Mr. Wentrcek was a retired farmer.

His wife died a year and a half ago.

Survivors are two daughters: Mrs. Kurtz of Cuero and Mrs. Lawrence Kolar of Port Lavaca and about 10 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday followed by burial in the Shiner City Cemetery.

The body is at Buffington Funeral Home inShiner [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Jun 1911

The Gazette regrets to report the sudden death of Mrs. Wenzel, who died at Yoakum last week from a severe attack of asthma. She leaves three daughters, Mesdames Emil Remmers, Joe Remmers and Miss Ophelia Wenzel.

According to her death certificate, Sophie Wenzel 24 May 1911. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 24 Sep 1920, page 1


In an item elsewhere in this issue it is announced that John Frers and family had gone to Halletsville to see a brother of Mr. Frers who had been operated on for appendicitis and was reported in a precarious condition. From the Halletsville New Era we learn that the young man, Arthur Werner by name, was operated on at a Cuero hospital and died Sunday. The remains were brought to Halletsville and buried the following day. The young man was 20 years old, and most highly spoken of. He leaves an aged father, Herman Frers, [sic; Werner] Sr., three brothers, Gus of Halletsville and Herman and August of Shiner, and three sisters, Mrs. Frers of Weimar, Miss Ida of Cuero and Miss Frieda of Halletsville. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Arthur Werner, 10 May 1900 – 20 Sep 1920, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 Feb 1982

Edwin Werner Rites Monday

Commissioner Edwin J. Werner, 57, of Shiner died at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 1982 in the Shiner Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Burial with military services followed in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary was recited Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Erlene Kaiser Werner of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Linda) Machart and Mrs. Gary (Doris) Wauson, both of Shiner; two sons, Robert James of Arlington and Stephen of Shiner; his mother, Mrs. Agnes Mikesh Werner of Yoakum; a sister, Mrs. Adolph (Helen) Petru of Shiner; three brothers, John and Robert Werner Jr., both of Shiner and Joe C. Werner of Boerne; and 11 grandchildren.

More complete details will be published next week.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Kubena Funeral Home

Lucille Henneke Werner, 92, of Hallettsville, passed away Jan. 18, 2014.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1921 to Paul & Annie Sobotik Henneke in Lavaca County, TX. She married Carlwin G. Werner on July 10, 1941 in Hallettsville. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of Americas and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Lucille is survived by: 2 sons, Carlwin “Juno” Werner of Hallettsville, and Monte Werner & wife Arleen of Hallettsville; 2 daughters, Barbara Hemmi & husband John of San Antonio, and Beverly Blahuta & husband Guthrie of Hallettsville; 3 brothers, Paul Henneke of Pearland, Herbert Henneke of Tomball, and RogerHenneke of Canada; 10 grandchildren, Stacey Werner, Stephanie Nichols, Steven Blahuta, Kyle Hemmi, Kris Hermes, Cortney Hodge, Alison Fuld, Carl Blahuta, Nick Werner, and Kellan Werner; and 18 great grandchildren, Aaron Nichols, Blake Hermes, Aiden Nichols, Conner Blahuta, Brett Hermes, Colby Blahuta, Alex Nichols, Joshua Fuld, Kaelan Hemmi, Brock Hermes, Maculey Fuld, Karsyn Blahuta, Claire Hodge, MicahHemmi, Harper Hodge, Jake Werner, Austin Fuld, and Ava Fuld.

Lucille was preceded in death by: husband Carlwin; parents; grandson Scott Joseph Blahuta; 2 brothers, Edwin and Charles Henneke; and best friend Bernice Bates.

Funeral Mass Service: 2 pm, Monday, January 20, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. Visitation: 1 pm, Sunday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 4 pm, Sunday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiants: Rev. Michael Rother and Rev. Bryan Heyer. Memorial: Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Hospice of South Texas. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Feb 1911, page 1, Yoakum News column

The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wessel died last week.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, The (TX) - Tuesday, November 23, 1999

YOAKUM -- Pauline A. Wesselsky, 93, of Yoakum, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999. 

She was born Sept. 12, 1906, in Victoria, to the late Josef and Therese Sheppan Klos. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. 

Survivors: daughters, Betty Barbera of Pueblo, Colo. and Dorothy Card of Yoakum; a son, Rev. Msgr. Emil J. Wesselsky of San Antonio; a sister, Regina Todaro of Waco; six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Emil J. Wesselsky; son, Charles Henry Wesselsky; sisters, Josephine Schraer, MaryTrampush, Emma Klos and Sister Walburga Klos; brothers, Ed Klos, Henry Klos and Bill Klos. 

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Joseph Church in Yoakum.   Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner.  Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. 

Memorials: St. Cyril and Methodius Building Fund.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Undated news clipping

Anna Rosalie West, age 91, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2009. She was born on August 2, 1918, in Wallis, Texas to John & Bertha Polasek. She graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School.

She married Haskel Markel West, and together they traveled the United States extensively and ran the airport in Burnet, Texas. She will be deeply missed by her family.

Survivors: sisters, Mary Ward of Rockport and Genevieve Balzer of Yoakum and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by a 2 p.m. funeral mass with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers: Jim Ward, Tray Ward, John (Buddy) Grigsby, John Polasek, Randy Puente and Vernon Harris.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Downs Syndrome Association
Thiele Cooper Funeral Home -- Yoakum, Texas

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 22, 1906

Rev. Westerhoff Dead

Special to The Chronicle

Brenham, Texas, June 22, - Rev. Wm. Westerhoff, pastor of the German Lutheran church at Rehburg, in this county, died at that place on Friday, June 15. His remains were embalmed and sent to his former home in Lavaca county for interment.

Pastor Wilhelm Westerhoff, 27 Mar 1855 – 15 Jun 1906; b. Krefeld, am Rhein, Deutschland; d. Burton, TX, husband of Emilie, was buried in the Baursville Cemetery. Obituary contributed by Cathy Fitch


Shiner Gazette, December 6, 1934 

Mrs. Dora Westphal

The subject of this sketch was born Oct. 21, 1849 at Mecklenburg, Germany.  It was there she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and it was in the old country in 1870 that she was married.  In 1884 they emigrated to America first settling in Weimar.  Mr. Westphal died 32 years ago.  Surviving are 5 children:  W. Westphal of Shiner, Carl of El Campo, Mrs. Louise Kuck of Dallas, Mrs. Otto Tesch of New Bielau and Mrs. D. Brunkenhoefer with whom she made her home.  A daughter, Mrs. Emil Raabe died about 18 years ago.  Also surviving are 28 grand children and 14 great grand children.  Deceased was 85 years, 1 month and 11 days old at the time of her death early Sunday.  Funeral services were conducted form the Brunkenhoefer home.  Monday forenoon by Rev. Richard Schuetze with burial in the City Cemetery.  The Gazette extends sincere sympathy to all in their sorrow.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Victoria Advocate, 5 Feb 2007


SPRING - Emma Westphal, 89, of Spring, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at Unlimited Care in Spring. She was born Sept. 16, 1917, in Shiner, to the late Frank and Annie Hajek Novak. She was a retired factory worker with Casper Wire Works. She was a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Dody Goldmeyer of The Woodlands; sisters, Adel Henkhaus of Shiner and Edith Studeny of Houston; brother, George "Red" Novak of Houston; four grandchildren; and five great-grand-children.  Preceded in death by: husband, Milton Westphal; son, Gerald Westphal; and sister, Mildred Zaruba.

Visitation will be 5-6:30 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner. A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the chapel. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Father Bob Knippenberg officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette , March 5, 1964 

Sudden Death Of Beloved Citizen, Milton Westphal, Deplored By Many

The sudden and unexpected passing of Milton Westphal brought sorrow to many hearts. Throngs of deeply grieved friends and relatives attended the impressive services held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 28, 1964 from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, and continued at United Dr. Martin Luther Church with the Rev. F. E. Eilers officiating. His consoling words of comfort were chosen from favorite scripture passages.

Mrs. Wilma Stindt, organist, played a prelude of familiar and favorite hymns, and accompanied those in attendance as they sang "More Love To Thee" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."

Private Rosary services were held at the Buffington Chapel at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Eilers, Reverend Fathers John J. Hanacek and Alphonse Padalecki conducted the graveside rites. Named as casket attendants were Arthur Kaspar, Don Kaspar, Max Schroeder, Alphonse Jaks, Leonard Dreyer and John O. Cook.

Death came suddenly and without warning to Milton Westphal at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, 1964 at his home. He reached the age of 48 years, five months and 17 days.

He was born at Breslau, Lavaca County, July 9, 1915, son of Willie and Selma (Koenning) Westphal, natives of Germany and Breslau respectively.

During infancy, on October 17, 1915, he received the rite of Holy Baptism in St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hallettsville administered by the Rev. O. T. Kluge. He confirmed his faith in United Dr. Martin Luther Church May 27, 1928, with the Rev. J. C. A. Pfenninger as his pastor and had been a member of this church ever since.

In 1919, he moved with his family to Shiner where he grew to manhood and received his formal education. He was united in Holy Wedlock with Miss Emma Novak on November 23, 1938 in the Shiner Catholic Rectory by the late Msgr. L. P. Netardus.

They made their home in Shiner where he was employed with the Kaspar Wire Works, and where he continued working faithfully for 27 years. At the time of his death he was serving this firm as Project Supervisor and assistant Shop Superintendent and was also in charge of research engineering, creating a vacancy which will be indeed difficult to fill.

In his brief span of life, he devoted much time to worthy causes. During the last 10 years he was particularly active in Scouting. He served as Cubmaster for Pack 232, as Assistant District Commissioner of Roundtables for the Live Oak District and was serving as District Commissioner of Boy Scouts for the Live Oak District at the time of his death.

Among the large number in attendance at the final rites were the uniformed Cub Scouts of Pack 231 and 232, Boy Scouts of Troops 231 and 232, Explorer Scouts, their leaders, local and District Scout Executives. They were joined in a reserved section of the church by members of the senior class of St. Paul's High School. This entire group formed an honor guard on each side of the walk at the church entrance as the body was being moved to its final resting place.

He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Shiner Game and Fish League and was also one of the founders of the Shiner Clippers Baseball team. His interest in the sport of baseball earned for him the nickname of "Lou" by which he was affectionately known by his fellow-workers and close friends.

His untimely departure will be keenly felt, not only by his devoted family, but also by the entire community.

Survivors include his grief-stricken wife, Mrs. Emma Westphal; one daughter, Dolores, a senior at Incarnate Word College, San Antonio; one son, Gerald, a senior at St. Paul's High School; one brother, Honter Westphal of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Amanda) Freye of Yoakum, Mrs. Homer D. (Irene) Smith of Houston; step-mother, Mrs. Willie (Ida Weber) Westphal of New Braunfels; two step-sisters, Mrs. Elton Koch of New Braunfels, Mrs. Wesley Moeller of San Antonio; other relatives and a host of friends.

Mr. Westphal was known as a good neighbor and friend to all. He was a devoted husband, a kind, companionate and indulgent father, as well as a kind and generous brother.

After the last word was spoken, hands that were guided by love, placed on the grave a most beautiful bank of flowers. These were only feeble expressions of the love that lingers in the hearts of the many friends that remain and of the sympathy that is felt for the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Lavaca County Tribune, Friday, February 9, 1962

Shiner Lady Passes Away

Funeral services were held at the Buffington Chapel in Shiner on Monday, February 5th at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Selma Westphal, 77, who passed away at the Wagner Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 4:35 p.m. She had been in ill health for about a year.  The Rev. Edwin J. Oehlke of United Dr. Martin Luther Church officiated at the last rites.

Interment was in the family plot at Breslau. Serving as casket bearers were Bill Loewe, Adam and Mason Brunkenhoefer, Walter Koening, Arthur Kaspar, Louis Meinke, Gerald and Shelton Westphal and Jerome Drozd.

Mrs. Westphal, nee Selma Koenning, was born on August 11th, 1884 at Breslau, the daughter of Frederick and Caroline (Busse) Koenning. She was married to William Westphal on October 27th, 1908, at Breslau. In 1919 the family moved from Breslau to Shiner, where she was living at the time of her death.

She is survived by four children: Mrs. Robert (Amanda) Freye of Yoakum, Milton Westphal of Shiner, Honter Westphal and Mrs. Homer (Irene) Smith of Houston. Other survivors include her four grandchildren, Shelton Wayne and Karen Jo Ann Westphal of San Antonio; Dolores Ann and Gerald William Westphal of Shiner.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Yoakum Herald Times, May 30, 1912

Mrs. A. J. Wheeler Dead

After a lingering illness extending through eleven weeks, Mrs. A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Wheeler died at the family home in the northeastern portion of the city at 11 o’clock Friday night.  Mrs. Wheeler was said to have been suffering from an attack of spinal meningitis when she first became ill and for several days her life was despaired of.  But the fact that she has survived so long rather discounts that notion.

She is the widow of the late Jack Wheeler who was a resident of Yoakum for many years and who for a number of terms was Night Marshal and Deputy Sheriff.

The deceased has lived in Yoakum for the past twenty years with the exception of a few years interim spent in Cuero.  She has raised a large family of children most of whom are grown and quite a number of them are now married.

The funeral arrangements had not been made at last reports to the Herald office as some of the children had not been heard from and it was desired to have them present at the burial if they could be informed in time to get here.

Mrs. Wheeler was between fifty and fifty-five years of age at the time of her death.

Mrs. S. E. Wheeler, 25 Feb 1861 – 25 May 1912, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff            


Hallettsville Herald and Planter, 26 Dec 1877

ALL persons having claims against the Estate of LUCIEN WHITEHEAD, deceased, will present them for payment, at once, to the undersigned.

Halletsville, Dec. 24th, 1877.

and farther down the page in the same newspaper:

$100 REWARD.

ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS will be paid for the recovery of the body of Lucian Whitehead, who was drowned in the Lavaca River, near the Hinckley place, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 1877. D. B. Howerton, Esq., to be notified immediately if the body is found.

Halletsville, Dec. 2?, 1877.

Contributed by Penny Odom

Colorado Citizen, 27 Dec 1877, page 3

DROWNING.—Mr. Lucian Whitehead, son of Professor H. S. Whitehead, was drowned in the Lavaca river, while attempting to swim it on horseback on the 20th inst. Although citizens dragged the river and searched for it for several days, his body was not recovered until the 24th inst. His father left Columbus on the 21st to attend the last rites. Mr. W., was a young man about twenty five years of age, industrious, energetic and much esteemed.

Colorado Citizen, 10 Jan 1878, page 2

The body of Lucien Whitehead was found on Monday morning of last week, near the spot where he was seen to sink. A Coroner's Inquest was held, and the verdict rendered of accidental drowing.—Halletsville Herald, 2d.

Lucian Whitehead was buried in Lavaca County, but soon reinterred at the Whitehead Cemetery near Liberty Hill in Williamson County. See notes for displaced markers.


Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 18, 2008, Page B7

Martha Marie Whiteley

Martha Marie Whiteley a longtime resident of Seabrook, Texas, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2008. Mrs. Whiteley was a resident of Corpus Christi for the last seven years. She was born November 7, 1924 in Yoakum, Texas to Almott and Ethel Dill. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Bill Whiteley.

Marie, as she was known by most, owned and operated Bill And Marie's Place in Seabrook for many years. Although Marie retired and closed the doors to Bill and Maries, she continued to cherish the many memories of her friends in Seabrook. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with the Funeral Services beginning at 1:00 PM at SouthPark Funeral Home in Pearland, Texas. Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery. Please visit and sign the guest book.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1895, page 4

Yoakum Graphic: Ellery, the little nine weeks' old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thad Whitfield, died Friday afternoon at 6 o'clock. It had been sick almost ever since its birth, but the grief to the parents is none the less great at this, the loss of their first born. The burial took place from the residence at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, and the remains were followed to their last resting place by quite a crowd of sorrowing friends.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 30 Nov 1917, page 9


Sunday afternoon, about 5 o'clock, while Gilford Whitfield and Kendall Bailey were returning from a day's hunt, and when they reached the Hunter place below the old Catholic church, young Bailey, who was handling an old-time gun, seeing a bird he jmped a small ditch and as he did the gun was discharged, the whole load together with the gun wadding entered the fleshy party of Whitfield's leg just below the knee. The unfortunate young man was at once taken home from which place he was transferred to the Yoakum Hospital for treatment. Gilford is doing nicely and the chances for saving his leg are good.—Yoakum Times.

Weimar Mercury, 30 Nov 1917, page 9


Yoakum, Tex., Nov. 24.—Gilford A. Whitfield, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thad Whitfield, who was accidentally shot in the left leg last Sunday afternoon, died at the local hospital Thursday afternoon. The wound was not thought to be serious but blood poison developed. Interment was made in Oak Grove Cemetery Friday.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 12 Nov 1909

Houston Post Special: Hallettsville, Nov. 6.—While hunting deer one day last week on the ranch of Ragsdale Bros., in the lower part of this county, Mr. Sidney Whitfield died of heart failure. He with other friends had taken stands and when a large buck came by he shot and killed him. Other partiries hurried when they heard the shot and found Whitfield lying on the ground with the gun by his side with the empty shell in the barrel. It is believed that as he was of nervous temperament the shock caused his death. He was a boiler maker by trade and employed in the San Antonio and Aransas Pass shops at Yoakum, where his body was taken on the night train. He was 48 years of age.

Sidney S. Whitefield, 10 Nov 1861 – 5 Nov 1909, husband of Ella, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1938, page 2


Mrs. Charlie Whitley, 65, of Sheridan was fatally injured, and Tup Sheridan seriously injured in an automobile accident in Rock Island while rain was falling at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Sheridan car, a model T Ford without top, was driven by Lester Tesch of Sheridan. The accident occurred on the corner south of the Baptist Church, near the home of Mrs. H. F. Carter.

The car struck a trailer attached to a car driven by Oliver Wegenhoft of Columbus, turning over the Ford car, and jarring loose the trailer from the Wegenhoft car.

Both Mrs. Whitley and Sheridan were thrown from the car, Mrs. Whitley’s head striking a cement culvert projection. She died within twenty-five minutes, before medical aid could reach her.

Tup Sheridan suffered injuries to his neck, head and shoulders and is hurt internally. He was taken to the home of Bill Eaton in Rock Island, and his condition is said to be serious.

Funeral services for Mrs. Whitley, who is survived by five sons and three daughters, were held at Sheridan Wednesday.--Eagle Lake Headlight.

Mary Anderson Whitley, Jan 29, 1883 - April 19, 1938, is buried in the Willow Creek Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 26 Oct 1923

Yoakum Section Pioneer Succumbs

Yoakum, Tex., Oct. 28.—Captain James Wyatt Whittlngton, one of this section's old-timers, died Wednesday evening after a lingering illness at the age of 70. Surviving him are his wife and two daughters and a son, Mrs. H. E. Hinds of Yoakum, Mrs. A. E. Lewis of Houston and C. P. Whittington of Yoakum. Captain Whittlngton had served the state, county and city in various capacities. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon, Rev. G. B. Strickler, Presbyterian minister, San Antonio, officiating. The Knights of Pythias had charge. Burial was made in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Gonzales Inquirer, December 1978

Whittington services

Funeral services were held in Yoakum Sunday for Mrs. Minerva DeWitt Whittington, 92, who died Friday in a Yoakum hospital.

Mrs. Whittington was a direct descendant of Green DeWitt, founder of DeWitt's Colony and Gonzales. She was born and reared in Gonzales and moved to Yoakum after her marriage.

She is survived by a daughter, Nance [sic. –Nina] Vance of Houston.

Minerva Whittington was the wife of Calvin Perry Whittington, and the mother of Nina Eloise Whittington Vance. Minerva Whittington is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Yoakum, Texas. Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, October 25, 1918, page 1

Turner Whittington Dead

Elsewhere in this issue is an item from the Yoakum Times in which it is stated that Turner Whittington, youngest son of J. W. Whittington and wife of Yoakum, had been very ill with pneumonia at a training camp in Philadelphia, but was improving and that his brother, Perry, was at his bedside. Relatives here received advices Monday that Turner had died and that the remains would be brought to Yoakum for interment about the middle of the week. Turner was a very bright young man, standing deservedly high in his home community, and his death is sincerely regretted by the many friends of the family throughout this section. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 1, 1918

William Turner Whittington

The funeral of William Turner Whittington, son of Mr and Mrs. J. W. Whittington, were consigned to mother earth in the Oak Grove Cemetery yesterday afternoon. Rev. G. R. Strickler of the Presbyterian church officiating. Turner died in Philadelphia, Pa., on Wednesday, October 16, 1918, at 7:30 p.m. at the age of 32 years, 3 months and 29 days. He was born in Borden, Colorado county, Texas, June 17, 1886.

At the time of his death, he was employed by Stone & Webster, contractors in the shipbuilding yards in a clerical position and had been in the employ of the above firm for the past 18 months, first in San Antonio, from there to Waco, and about a year ago, in Philadelphia, Pa.

His parents moved from Borden to Yoakum when he was 3 years old. After finishing school here, he worked at Graves Dry Goods Co., for two years, then for the S.A. & A.P. Ry. Co., for 4 years in a clerical position, after which he went to Eagle Pass for about 6 months, from there he joined a company going to Brazil, South America, remained there 11 months and owing to the climatic conditions, he had to return to the United States. Worked again for the S.A. & A.P Ry. for about 2 years, then went to San Antonio and was employed by the Stone & Webster Co.

He is survived by a mother and father, J. W. Whittington, one brother, C. P. Whittington, two sisters, Mrs. H. E. Hinds and Miss Louie Whittington.

Turner, as he was called by his friends in Yoakum and everywhere he went was a young man that made friends with whom he came in contact with and who will bow in sorrow to learn of his death. Yoakum Times

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Shiner Gazette, 30 Mar 1898, Wied column

Mrs. Wick, an aged lady who lived near here, died Saturday afternoon and was buried Sunday at St. Mary’s graveyard near Halletsville. We extend our sincere condolence to the bereaved relatives.

Alosia Wick, 17 Jul 1845 – 26 Mar 1898, was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 12 Dec 1907, page 1

Took His Own Life.

Suicide of Henry Wick.

Justice J. C. Habermacher received a phone message about 8:30 o’clock last Monday morning to come at once to the residence of Mr. Frank Wick near Charlottenburg, stating that Henry Wick, son of Frank Wick, had committed suicide. The justice accompanied by Dr. S. F. Nave proceeded at once to the scene. Arriving there they were advised that the body of the young man lay in the pasture some three hundred yards distant from the house.

Having arrived at the ground they found the body guarded by two neighbors. The body lay stretched upon the back apparently just as he had fallen. The entire top part of the head had been blown off and the ground where the head lay was soaked with blood. The brain and portions of the skull lay near. The gun, a single barrel repeating shotgun, lay upon the body with the muzzle pointing towards the head of the deceased. In his right hand was clutched a branch about two feet long with which the trigger of the gun had been pulled and the fatal shot fired. The situation plainly pointed to suicide. They body was taken up and carried to the house.

No cause can be assigned for the rash deed save that the boy was mentally weak. He apparently lived happily with father, mother, brother and sisters and none of them can account for the desperate deed. The deceased was 19 years old. The remains were laid to rest Tuesday in the Smothers Creek cemetery, according to the rites of the Catholic church.

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1907, on page 2

Shiner December 10.—Henry Wick, 19 years old, and a son of Mr. Frank Wick, a prominent German farmer, who lives about six miles east of here, committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun at an early hour yesterday morning. Young wick was missed at the house yesterday morning and search was made for him, when his body was found a short distance from the house in the pasture. The deed was done with a shotgun, which he had placed between the eyes. His head was literally blown off, only the front part of the face being left. A few months ago a good friend of Henry committed suicide by shooting, and this matter had preyed heavy on his mind ever since, until his mind gave way and he followed his friend to the grave.

Heinrich Wick, 28 Dec 1889 – 9 Dec 1907, was buried in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, near Hallettsville. Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 30 Mar 1933

Mrs. Caroline Wiechring

The subject of this sketch was born Sept. 5, 1858, in the Pagel community settlement in Lavaca County. On Dec. 17, 1884, she was first married to Charlie Gautel, who died Dec. 9, 1904. On Dec. 6, 1905, she was married to Henry Wiechring, who also preceded her to the grave.

In 1915 she moved to Shiner. She was a faithful member of the United Dr. Martin Luther Church and also fo the Ladies Aid. Six sisters and three brothers also preceded her to the grave. Those who survive are two sisters and one brother as follows: Mrs. Frederick Sebastian of Hallettsville, Mrs. Oscar Rosse of Kingsville and Frank [Fischer] of Shiner.

Deceased was 74 years, 6 months and 19 days old. She was taking care of her aged mother, who survives at the age of 93 years.

Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Schuetze. Burial was in the community cemetery at Pagel settlement. Pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased lady: Julius and W. F. Sebastian, George Schneider, Otto Gerdes, Ad. [Schultz] and Leander Fischer. To those who mourn her loss the Gazette offers sympathy.

Note: Caroline's baptismal record states that she was born at Frelsburg in Colorado County to Friedrich Fischer and Wilhelmine Pagel. Obituary and photograph contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Shiner Gazette, 8 Aug 1906

Mr. Christian Weiting [sic.], an aged farmer living on the Hughes place, died last Saturday and was buried Sunday in the city cemetery, Rev. Wm. Dziewas conducting the burial services.

Chris. Wieting, 7 Nov 1840 – 4 Aug 1906, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Yoakum Weekly Herald, July 6, 1911

Mrs. Sallie R. Wilborne, 50, died Thursday. Her first husband, Allen Farrar, died when Yoakum was young, and then she married June Wilborne.

Mrs. Sallie Wilborn, who died 29 Jun 1911 at age 49, has a Woodmen of the World marker in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Transcribed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


Weimar Mercury, 1 Apr 1899

Shiner, Tex., March 28.—At an early hour this morning shorlty after the arrival of the mixed train on the Aransas Pass, a tragedy occurred in which Geo. Williams, colored, was shot and killed by another negro. Family trouble was the cause of the tragedy. The assailant escaped.


Halletsville Herald, 12 Oct 1893

J. E. Williams, colored, died at his home near Hackberry last Thursday, of paralysis, after a long confinement. Williams was a power in politics among the members of his race. He formerly held a place in the government service at Washington.


Weimar Mercury, 20 Apr 1928, page 2


Thursday night Joe Williams (colored) was shot and killed in a difficulty with Bishop Woodson (also colored). The difficulty occurred at the home of a negro named Mayo in the Brown Chapel section near Hackberry and there seems to be a difference of opinions of the witnesses as to what caused the trouble.

We understand that a number of shots were fired by Woodson with a Winchester rifle. When Sheriff Greer and Deputy McElroy went to the place of the shooting, Woodson had gone to the home of an uncle nearby, who came to town with him and he surendered to Deputy McCord, who placed him in jail.

Williams and Woodson, both unamarried, are said to have had a falling out over a married negro woman. Woodson several years ago took a shot at Prof. Newton, colored, while going to school at Hackberry, it will be remembered. Newton escaped unhurt.

The date of the examing trial has not been set.

The funeral of Williams was held with burial in the Brown Chapel cemetery. — Halletsville New Era.


Unidentified newspaper clipping

Died, at his home in this city March 12, John D. Williams, in the 32d year of his age. The burial took place at Mossy Grove Thursday afternoon. John was well-known and like by his many friends. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss, to whom we extend our sympathy in their great affliction.—New Era.


Weimar Mercury, December 23, 1893, page 3

Hallettsville, Texas. Dec. 20.—Last night, as Mose Williams, colored, was sitting in his house, about 7 o’clock, some one slipped up to the window and shot a load of buckshot into his body,  killing him instantly. Williams owned a good place here in town and was one of the very best negroes in the county. Although it was not dark and he had several close neighbors, no one saw the murderer, who made his escape. ‘Squire Townsend held an inquest, which developed no testimony as to the murderer. Sheriff Houchins was away from his home, and no particular effort was made to track the assassin until this morning, when Sam Kelly was arrested and jailed on suspicion, he having a few days since had some trouble with Williams.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 18 March 1927, page 2


A terrible tragedy occurred Sunday night about 10 o'clock at the home of Theo. Williams, colored, living with his family on the Rheinstrom farm three miles south of Halletsville. The incubator in the house exploded, setting the house on fire and burning to death the wife, Octavia Williams, aged 25, and a 3-months-old baby girl. No remains could be found of the baby and the woman was burned to a cisp. Williams and his 4-year-old son were also badly burned. Everything they had was lost. —Halletsville New Era.


Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1985, page 2


Funeral services for Carol Ann Williamson, 41, of Columbus, were held Monday, March 18, at 2 p.m. with Rev. H. V. Grannon and Rev. Clarence James officiating, and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Williamson was born on November 27, 1943 to Emmett Wolfsdorff and Anna Belle Miller Wolfsdorff in Hallettsville. She was married to Wayne W. Williamson on June 21, 1974.

She was a registered nurse, a member of the Eastern Star, and has lived in this area for 10 years. Survivors include her husband, Wayne W. Williamson of Columbus, her father and mother, Emmett and Anna Wolfsdorff of Sublime, two sons, Chris Gage of Dallas, and Robbie Williamson of Columbus, and one sister, Martha Lynn Maloney of North Carolina.

Pallbearers were Dr. Miguel Elsen, Joe Trojan, Ron Shifflett, Damon Tilotta, Charles Barrett, and Gordon Richter.

Interment in Geiger cemetery. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht.


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, February 5, 1967

Mrs. Williford

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Caudie Williford, 89, of Speaks, died at 2 p.m. Friday in a local hospital.

Mrs. Williford was born Sept. 19, 1877, in Sublime.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel with Brother C.L. Weigel and Brother O.V. Sevelle of the Assembly of God of Hallettsville, officiating. Burial will be City Cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. S.O. Gandy and Mrs. L. W. Layton of Rock Island, Tex. and Mrs. H.A. Cook of Speaks; three brothers, Oscar Shoemake of Hallettsville, J.E. Shoemake of Mercury, Tex. and E.C. Shoemake of Pharr; 19 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Weimar Mercury, 21 Apr 1896, page 1

After lingering at death's door for many months, Mrs. Montie Willis, consort of Tom Willis, and sister to Dr. J. R. Lay, passed quietly over to the great beyond, on Thrusday, April 5, at 11 o'clock a. m., and was interred in the city cemetery on Friday, the 6th. She leaves a sorrowing husband and six children. We extend our sincere condolence to the grief-stricken family.—Halletsvile New Era.


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

Arthur Wellington Wilmoth

Arthur Wellington Wilmoth, 77, passed away Feb 2. He was born July 27, 1863 in Beverly, West Virginia, and moved to Yoakum in 1923.

Arthur Wilmoth, son of Ben and Lydia Taylor Wilmoth, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Weimar Mercury, 8 Apr 1927


Mrs. Mary Ann Wilson was the oldest daughter of J. B. and Nancy Raines. She was born in Mississippi on July 7, 18846, and came to Texas with her parents in early childhood. she was married to Rev. G. C. Wilson in Oakland, Colorado county, Texas, on Sept. 18, 1865. To this union were born five sons and two daughtrs. Her husband died in Halletsville Oct. 3, 1894. A son, Rev. J. R. Wilson, and a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Woolsey, also preceded her to the spirit world. The surviving children are Rev. J. C. Wilson, pastor of the Methodist Church of Eagle Lake; W. K. Wilson of Texarkana; A. E. and D. J. Wilson of Edna, and Mrs. May Allen of San Antonio. There are also still living thirty-two grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. She died at the home of A. E. Wilson, near Edna, on March 28, 1927, and was buried in Halletsville beside her husband, on March 29. All of her living children, most of her grandchildren and several of her great-grandchildren, were present, as was also a number of friends of the family from Edna, Weimar and other points. Services were conducted at Edna by Rev. Walter Dibrell and at Halletsville by Rev. T. H. Crowder. Mrs. Wilson was converted in girlhood and lived a devoted christian life. She was loyal to every relationship and literally spent her long life in unselfish service to others. The tired, wasted body sleeps in "God's acre," awaiting renewal from above — "a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."


Hallettsville Herald, 07 Dec 1893

Mrs. Wilson, wife of Mr. William Wilson, died at her home hear Ezzell on Monday night last, at an advanced age. 

Mary S. Wilson, 14 Aug 1821 - 3 Dec 1893, is buried in the Salem Cemetery. Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, 14 Jan 1927


Mrs. Henry Windel of Bomarton died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Macha, in Shiner Wednesday morning. She was 69 years of age and had been in feeble health for some time. She came to Shiner several weeks ago, thinking the change would be beneficial, that being her former home. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Robert Seydler of Wichita Falls and Mrs. J. J. Macha of Shiner.

Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Shiner Friday morning. —Gonzales Inquirer.

Louise Windel, 23 Jun 1857 – 29 Dec 1926, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 22 Feb 1899, page 1

-- We are pained to learn of the serious illness of our young friend Mr. Robt. Windel, who recently went to Dallas to attend school. Mr. Henry Windel, his father, was called to Dallas to attend him last week. We hope to hear favorable news from him, and hope he may soon recover. LATER. Since the above went in type, a telegram has been received from Dallas stating that Robert Windel died at 4:30 o’clock yesterday morning of spinal meningitis. We are unable to learn whether the funeral will take place here or at Dallas. The bereaved parents have our utmost sympathy.

Shiner Gazette, 1 Mar 1899, page 1

-- The funeral of Robert Windel, who died at Dallas on Tuesday the 21st inst., took place at Shiner on Wednesday the 22d at 5 o’clock p. m., at the K. of P. cemetery. A large crowd was in attendance and the services were conducted by Rev. Richard Oertel in a very impressive manner.

[on a subsequent page]

Card of Thanks.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Windel desire to extend their heartfelt thanks to those friends and neighbors who so kindly gave aid and sympathy at the funeral and interment of their son Robert. Especially do they thank Mr. and Mrs. H. Hanke and Mr. and Mrs. P. Herksen for their many kindnesses.

Robert C. Windel, 27 Nov 1882 – 21 Feb 1899, is buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette news clipping

Edgar P. Winkenwerder

Edgar Paul Winkenwerder of Shiner died Sunday, June 10, 2001 at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 6 days.

A rosary is scheduled to be recited at 7 p.m. Wed., June 13 at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thurs., June 14 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.

Pallbearers are J.T. Winkenwerder, Jimmy Winkenwerder, Gary Winkenwerder, Billy Ray Winkenwerder, Jasen Matula and Alvin Vaclavik.

He was born Aug. 4, 1925 in Gonzales County to the late August Carl and Martha Boedeker Winkenwerder. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in the battle of Peliu Liu in the Pacific. He was a blacksmith and a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife, Emilie Valis Winkenwerder; three daughters, Doris Koons of Lyons, Carol Long of Conroe and Rosalie Matula of Cypress; four sons, Paul James Winkenwerder and Robert Michael Winkenwerder, both of Shiner, John August Winkenwerder of Victoria and Edgar Joe Winkenwerder of San Diego, CA; one sister, Isabell Clark of San Antonio; three brothers, William Winkenwerder of Midway, Allen Winkenwerder of Petersville and Marion Winkenwerder of Boling; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Roland Anthony Winkenwerder, Sept. 5, 1960; his father, Jan. 30, 1972; his mother, June 17, 1971; sisters, Edith Huber, Jan. 26, 1986 and Edna Syamken; and brothers, Rudy Winkenwerder, Oct. 28, 1992 and Victor Winkenwerder, Feb. 24, 1997.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1962, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Winthrop, 77, Held Today

Funeral services for Mrs. T. C. Winthrop, 77, who died at her home early Tuesday after a heart attack, were held this afternoon (Wednesday) at St. James Episcopal Church in Hallettsville.

Rev. James Hudson officiated. Burial was in the Hallettsville city cemetery.

She and her late husband moved to Weimar about 10 years ago from Falfurrias, to be near their daughter, Mrs. George Vogt, and her family, Mr. Winthrop died in 1956.

Born Feb. 5, 1885, in Dallas, she was the former Miss Eleanor Wilson, daughter of William and Mary Wilson. She was married to Mr. Winthrop in 1905. He was an employee of Southern Pacific Lines, and they lived at Kennedy and Hallettsville, before moving to Faufurrias[sic], where he retired as a depot agent. Mrs. Winthrop’s grandfather, George H. Wilson, was proprietor of Jackson House, Weimar’s only hotel about the time the railroad was extended here and the town was given its name.

Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. Henry Marshall Bennett of Victoria, Ms. Gates Beal Mack of Bastrop and Mrs. George O. Vogt of Weimar; 7 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. John W. Howell of Los Angeles, Calif.

Pallbearers for her funeral were Hans Lunsman, Sam Devall, Clayton Bennett, Fritz Michalke, Ernest Scott and M. D. Booth.

Eleanor W. Winthrop died 18 Sep 1962.


Weimar Mercury, 9 Mar 1956, page 1

T. C. Winthrop, 72, Retired SP Agent, Suicide

Thomas C. Winthrop, 72-year-old retired Southern Pacific station agent, was found dead at his home here Tuesday morning. He had shot himself in the head with a .22 pistol. Judge A. J. Ratliff gave a coroner's verdict of suicide.

Mr. Winthrop had been ill for about 10 years. Recently he had an operation for the removal of cataracts from his eyes.

Funeral servics were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home here. Burial was in the City Cemetery at Hallettsville.

Rev. James Hudson, pastor of the Episcopal Church at Columbus and Rev. Scott Copeland of Richmond officiated in the services.

Born July 9, 1883, in Marietta, Ohio, Mr. Winthrop was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Winthrop. He began work for the S. A. & A. P. Railroad in San Antonio at the age of 15 and continued in railroad work until 11 years ago, when ill health forced him to retire.

He married Miss Eleanor Wilson at San Antonio June 5, 1905, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversity [sic.] here last summer. They had moved here four years ago.

Mr. Winthrop was with the railroad in Kenedy for many years before he was transferred to Hallettsville, where he served for 18 years. After a year at Wharton, he then went to Falfurrias for 16 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife are [three] daughters, Mrs. George O. Vogt of Weimar, Mrs. Gates B. Mack of Bastrop and Mrs. Henry M. Bennett of Victoria; a sister, Miss Alice Winthrop of San Antonio; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were McCall Sanders, George Berger, Walter Scott, Henry H. Seifert, Oscar Schindler, F. F. Brasher, C. C. Lester, B. B. Braun Jr. and Frank Smith.

Thomas C. Winthrop died 6 Mar 1956.


Shiner Gazette, 16 Aug 1894

The Death Angel.

Grandpa Wiseman died Wednesday afternoon, August 8th, at his home about a mile west of town. He had only been ill about three days. He attended services at the M. E. Church in Shiner, August 3 and on his return home was ill and sank rapidly until death came to his relief. Deceased was born in Miss., seventy-four years ago the 9th day of next December and came to Texas when he was but four years old and has resided in the state ever since. He was twice married and his second wife survives him. By his first wife he had two children; Robert, proprietor of the Wiseman house here and one daughter. By his second wife he has had three sons and two daughters. Of the sons, Henry is at Fort Davis engaged in the cattle business, while John and Will have been living at home. The daughters are Mrs. Caldwell Smith and Mrs. Jackson. Grandpa Wiseman was one of the pillars in the church and was honored and revered by all who knew him. His remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of people, the interment taking place at the K P cemetery Thursday, August 9th. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. I. R. Waller, Father Wiseman’s pastor.

C. C. Wiseman, 9 Dec 1820 – 8 Aug 1894, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 12 Sep 1900

Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Wiseman buried another one of their children in Shiner last Thursday, little Freddie, aged five years. Just one week ago they buried their little babe. They have the deepest sympathy of all their friends in Shiner.

Friedrich A. Wiseman, 3 Apr 1895 – 4 Sep 1900, child of Robert and Minna Wiseman, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 5 Sep 1900, page 1


Robert Hermine Wiseman, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wiseman, died last Wednesday at their home near Moulton and was buried Thursday morning in the Shiner cemetery.

The burial party from Moulton was met at the cemetery by friends from Shiner. The burial service was performed by Rev. F. J. Perrin. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Shiner Gazette, 19 Sep 1900

Wiseman – Robert Hermien,

Daughter of Robert and Minnie Wiseman, was born in Shiner, Tex., June 26, 1899, died near Moulton, Tex., Aug. 28, 1900.

Friedrich Ashby, son of Robert and Minnie Wiseman, was born in Shiner, Tex. April 3, 1895, died near Moulton, Tex., Sept. 4, 1900.

Oh, how much of heart-breaking is contained in the above few words. How vain are human words of consolation. But all we can do is offer our sympathy and point the bereaved parents to the blessed premises of our Heavenly Father. While we know you miss the sweet presence and deplore the sad vacancy their departure has left in the home, rejoice in the thought that, untouched by sin they have gone to a home where suffering never comes. Though their stay was so short in this world, yet the fragrance of their sweet little lives will linger to refine and purify the lives of loved ones left behind.

We would say to the brothers and sisters, live so that when death comes it will only be a transplanting from this to a better world.

May God in his great mercy bless the stricken father and mother and enable them to say with the Psalmist “I know, oh Lord, that thy judgements are right and that thou in thy faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.”


Robert H. Wiseman, 26 Jun 1899 – 28 Aug 1900, child of Robert and Minna, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Halletsville Herald, Feb 22, 1900

An infant of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wishert's was buried at the Chapel Thursday.


Victoria Advocate, 10 Jan 1969, page 8A

Woman, 48, Found Dead Of Gunshot

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM – Mrs. Edmund G. Withrow, 48, was found dead at her home in the rural community of Hope late Thursday afternoon.

Justice of the Peace John Wurm of Hope ruled death due to self-inflicted gunshot wound. Wurm said a pistol was found near the body.

Wurm said he was summoned to the home at 4:30 p.m. by a neighbor. He said the body had been found only a short time before by the husband, who had returned from a trip to Houston.

Wurm said the body was on a bed.

He said the couple had lived at Hope only several months. The residence is about 11 miles from Yoakum on the Edna highway, State 111.

The couple formerly lived in Katy, near Houston.

Wurm said the husband reported Mrs. Withrow had been in poor health several months.

Among the survivors are the husband and a son, Mike Withrow, a student at Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches.

The body was taken to Buffington Funeral Home.

Contributed by Matt Cross



Yoakum – Frances Louise Witte, 83, of Yoakum died Sunday, July 30, 1995.

She was born Nov. 21, 1911 in Ripley, Tenn.

Survivors: husband, Gerhardt Witte; daughters, Dorothy Alves of San Antonio and Barbara Burns of Dripping Springs; step daughter, Lillian Witte of Conroe; stepson, Jim Witte of Yoakum; brothers, Sterlyn Byrn and Walter Byrn, both of Corpus Christi, and J.P. Byrn of Beaumont; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. today, Sunset Funeral Home chapel in San Antonio.

Burial: Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Sunset Funeral Funeral Home, San Antonio, (210) 828-2811.

Memorials: Blue Bonnet Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 90, Yoakum, 77995.
Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Shiner Gazette, 12 Dec 1907, Yoakum Notes column

Philipe Witte, the son of Philipe, died last Tuesday in Tarrant county and was sent to his father in Yoakum. He was buried last Thursday. Many of his friends and relatives attended his funeral.

Philip F. Witte, 22 Oct 1885 – 3 Dec 1907, has a Woodsmen of the World marker in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 Jul 1909, page 1

Suicide of P. R. Witte.

YOAKUM, TEXAS, July 26. – P. R. Witte, representing the Yoakum precinct of DeWitt County as commissioner, was discovered by a young son this morning suspended from a small oak tree, a few hundred yards from the house, cold in death. Mr. Witte was in Yoakum Sunday, and at that time nothing in his actions intimated that he contemplated self-destruction. He arose some time during the night and procuring a rope committed the rash act, the body being found about 7 o’clock. Mr. Witte was about 57 years of age, was quite well fixed financially and was serving his first term as commissioner. No cause, other than grief over the death of two sons, which occurred within a short while of each other several months ago, can be assigned. He is survived by a wife and five children.

Philipp R. Witte, Sr., 1 Jun 1861 – 25 Jul 1909, has a Woodmen of the World marker in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, October 18, 2012


YOAKUM - George Gilbert Wood passed from this earth peacefully, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at the age of 90.

He was born to Sidney and Anastasia "Stacy" Kneblick Wood in Edgar, Texas on December 3, 1921. He was a 1941 Yoakum High School Graduate. He joined the Army Air Corps and served in the 317 carrier group in Asiatic Pacific Campaign Theater of operations from July 1942 to October 1945, earning Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars.

Arriving back in Yoakum, he purchased a service station on the corner of Front & May which he operated for 16 years (when gas was less than 25 cents a gallon); worked 25 years for Yoakum TX Dept of Transportation. Upon retirement he focused on his love of family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren first. "PoPo" was always ready with a story or wood working project & juicy fruit gum. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and refinishing antiques for friends and family. He always had time visiting with friends (never met a stranger), riding in the country, camping at the lake or traveling the U.S.A.

He loved to play dominos. He was a loyal member of Sweet Home American Legion.

Survivors: wife, Eunice Meyer Wood; daughter, Susie (Bob) Harbers; grandchildren, Roberta (John) Bittick and Brenda (Nathan) Cooper; great-granddaughters, Christine & Rebecca Bittick and Kelcey & Clara Cooper and sister-in-law, Sophie Wood.

Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Henry, Walker and Archie Wood; sister, Carrie; sisters-in-law, Louise and Mickey Wood and grandson-in-law, Mike Hahn.

Family visitation on Friday from 5:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home with Deacon Harper and Rev. Jim Franz officiating. Burial at Restland Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Nathan Cooper, John Bittick, Gene Valenta, Emil Kloesel, Pat Kacir, Cliff Hartnett, Andy Bordovsky and Carl Bordovsky.

Special Thank-You to Stevens nurses for their compassionate care and thoughtfulness, Dr. Watson, and all the medical staff.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Joseph School Library, Yoakum Food Pantry or the donor's choice.

On-line guest book may be signed at

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 30 Mar 1898

His Injuries Were Fatal.

Yoakum, Texas, March 26. – Mr. T. P. Woodhouse, who was run over by a passenger train here last Sunday, died Thursday morning from the effects of his injuries. Deceased had been in bad health for some time, and after the injured limb had been amputated gangrene set in, necessitating another amputation. This was done Wednesday by Drs. Jones, Youngkin and Nichols. He never fully rallied from the operation.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 5 Jul 1935, page 2


The many relatives and friends of Arthur Wesley Woolsey were shocked to hear of his sudden death early on Monday morning when it was announce that he had passed away at 2:00 a.m., at his home, 207 Davis Avenue.

He attended the Union revival services in the big tent Sunday night. However, he had not been in the best of health for the past several years and about 2:00 o'clock his wife was awakened by his heavy breathing. She at once notified his brother, J. M. Woolsey, who resides nearby, and by the time Mr. Woolsey arrived the man had already passed away.

Mr. Woolsey was born in Oakland, Colorado county, moving to Gillett, where he resided for several years, and about 25 years ago he moved to Yoakum and embarked in the grocery business, associated with his father, J. P. Woolsey, and later on went into business for himself, which he continued up to the time of his death. He was 54 years, 3 months and 16 days of age.

During his residence in Yoakum and on account of his fairness and honesty in all business matters he made many friends who will be sorry to hear of his death. He was liked by all classes of people. He was a member of the Masonic and W. O. W. orders.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Woolsey, one son, Wallace Woolsey of Edinburg, his father, J. P. Woolsey of Beaumont, four brothers, Herman Woolsey of Yoakum, Clifton Woolsey of Houston, Justin Woolsey of Galveston, three sisters, Mrs. J. J. Brooks of Waco, Mrs. R. S. Lacy of Beaumont, and Mrs. J. B. Samuel of Brownsville. — Yoakum Times.

Arthur W. Woolsey, 8 Mar 1881 – 24 Jun 1935, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, May 4, 1923



APRIL 20. Mrs. Bettie C. Woolsey, nee Morris, beloved wife of John P. Woolsey of Yoakum— both former highly respected residents of Oakland, this county—died at the family home in Yoakum on Friday, April 20. after long illness. Mrs. Woolsey was a native of Guadalupe county, was highly thought of by a large circle of friends throughout Colorado county, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Internal cancer was the cause of her death, we understand. Speaking of Mrs. Woolsey, an article in the last issue of the Yoakum Times says:

Mrs. Woolsey, who before her marriage was Miss Bettie C. Morris, was a native of Guadalupe county. After reaching young womanhood she came to the Old Covey-Thomas School at Concrete, DeWitt county, to finish her education. While there she met and married one of the teachers of that institution, Mr. J. P. Woolsey. They together continued as teachers in that noted school for some time and later decided to start work on their own account. Accordingly, they founded and for several years operated what they named Diamond Grove Academy in Colorado county, of which institution they made a marked success. Later they sold out the interests in this Academy and Mr. Woolsey engaged in the mercantile business at Oakland, where he remained for several years.

In the late "nineties" they went to Karnes county and Mr. Woolsey became a member of and later President of the Home Circle Society of Texas. In the work of this organization Mrs. Woolsey was the constant companion and helper in the office work. These duties called them to Waco, where for a half dozen years they resided, and later moved back to Yoakum, where they have since remained.

Mrs. Woolsey had passed her 63rd birthday. She leaves besides her husband to mourn her going away, nine children, five boys and four girls. The sons, Arthur, Morris and Clifton, live in Yoakum, Herbert at Gillette and Justin at Beaumont. Of the daughters Mrs. J. F. Clayton lives in Yoakum, Mrs. J. J. Brooks lives at Waco, Mrs. J. B. Samuel lives at Harlingen, and Mrs. Ray F. Lacy lives at Beaumont. They were all at her bedside at the time of their mother's death except Mrs. Brooks, who was on her way from Waco, when the sad event came.

Mrs. Woolsey was preceded to the grave by three children, an infant son many years ago and two married daughters in more recent years.

Bettie Woolsey was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Obituary contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1913

White Man and Three Negroes Victims in Duel

Cuero, Texas, Nov. 17.—When Cleveland Woolsey, a widely known young man of this county, early this afternoon told four negroes to get out of his father's pasture, their answer was a volley from shotguns. And, then a one-sided, yet terrific duel began. All of the negroes were armed with guns, while Woolsey had only a pistol. As a result Woolsey is expected to die almost any minute, two of the negroes will die, a third is seriously wounded and scores of men are searching through the country for the fourth man.

Woolsey was brought here this afternoon for treatment. That he was not killed instantly is remarkable. There are shot wounds in the back of his head, in his back and both arms, and also in the abdomen. Three of the charges of small shot fired at him found their mark.

Riding through his father's pasture he found the four negroes threshing pecan trees. He ordered them to quit and get out. The negroes opened fire on him. He emptied his pistol, having only four cartridges, and this is what he did:
Shot John Roach through the intestines; will die.
Shot Dave Kuykendall through the lungs; will die.
Shot Marshall Beverly through the lung; may recover.

A brother-in-law of Woolsey heard the shooting some distance from the scene and rushing in the direction from which the sound came, was not long in locating the bloody battleground. Young Woolsey he found bleeding from a score of wounds. He saw that the negroes, lying elsewhere would be unable to escape and returning to the residence of Sydney Woolsey, his father-in-law, at once got assistance.

As soon as Woolsey received temporary treatment he was rushed to Cuero in the hope that an operation might save his life, which tonight is hanging in the balance.

Two of the seriously wounded negroes were removed to Yoakum, two and a half miles away, and placed in a hospital under guard. The third negro was put in the jail. Officers and others at once began a search for the fourth negro. They have a good description of him and it is not believed he has much of a chance to escape.

Woolsey Dies of Wounds.

Cuero, Texas, Nov. 17.—Cleveland Woolsey, the young white man wounded by negroes Sunday afternoon, died today in the hospital here, where he had been brought for treatment. Two negroes were killed by him in the exchange of shots and one is arrested; five, it is alleged being implicated.

Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1914

Buddie Smith Trial.

The jury in the murder trial of Buddie Smith was finally filled yesterday afternoon and is composed of the following members: J. H. Piper, Ernest Richter, Oscar Schlinke, Gus Wassermann, Chas. Fischer, Gus Dietze, C. J. .Sager, W. H. Dunn, W. R. Schultz, O. W. Turk, O. A. Gohmert and E. A. Luddecke.

Taking testimony began this morning and very good progress was made in disposing of the state witnesses. Tate Pierce, a brother of Mr. Woolsey' widow was the first witness called and for more than one hour opposing council questioned him closely. His account of what he saw and what be found on the ground remained unshaken. He was at the home of Mr. Woolsey when the trouble occurred and and was the first to reach his side, closely followed by Mrs. Woolsey, both of whom ran to the scene, when the firing was heard.

W. S. Woolsey, father of the deceased, was the second witness called and by him it was shown that the pasture in which the trouble occurred belonged to him and was in charge of his son, who had been instructed to allow no hunting in the pasture.

The council for the defense did not offer to cross question.

Mrs. G. C. Woolsey, widow of the late G. C. Woolsey, was the third witness called to the stand. According to her testimony, her husband and she were preparing to go to church, when they learned that trespassers were hunting in the pasture and her husband went bareheaded and unarmed to send them out of the pasture. Shortly afterward her husband returned to the house, secured his hat and pistol and went back into the pasture horseback. The firing of a number of shots, induced Mrs. Woolsey and Tate Pierce to hasten toward the scene of the firing, her brother being several yards in advance.

As Mrs. Woolsey came from around a clump of live oak trees she saw her husband lying upon the ground beside his horse and her brother, who had arrived more quickly than she, was taking the bridle reins, which the wounded man still held. As she reached his side Mrs. Woolsey asked who had shot her husband, and he answered "a heavy-set black crippled handed negro and a tall yellow one." She told the counsel that her husband told her he had been shot by the negroes before using his own weapon, and that the shot had penetrated his bowels. She did not want to talk much because he was in such pain.

Continuing her testimony Mrs. Woolsey said her husband was taken to their home and shortly after 12 o'clock was carried to Yoakum, where he was put on a train and brought to a hospital in Cuero, she accompanying him. His death occurred at the hospital about 2:30 the following morning.

Dr. Walker, of Yoakum, was the last witness called before noon and his testimony related to the location of the wounds and the service he had rendered in a professional way.

In order to expedite and make better headway with the criminal docket. Judge Green has instructed the opposing counsel to have their cases ready for night sessions, beginning with tonight.—Cuero Record.

Negro Is Sentenced to Die.

Cuero, Tex., Jan. 31.—The jury in the Marshal Beverly case brought in a verdict at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, finding the defendant guilty of murder as charged and assessing his punishment at death.

Marshal Beverly was a member of a party of five negroes charged with killing G. C. Woolsey, a young white farmer, near Yoakum, Sunday, Nov. 16, when he ordered them from his pasture, where they were hunting with firearms. In the melee two negroes, John Roach and Dave Kuykendall were killed and Marshal Beverly wounded.

Marshal Beverly, Sam Lawson and Buddie Smith gave themselves up to the officers at Yoakum the afternoon of the shooting, and were brought to Cuero and placed in jail.

The Buddie Smith trial was consummated Friday night, Jan. 23, and on Saturday night the jury returned a verdict of guilty and assessed the penalty at ninety-nine years in the penitentiary.

G. Cleveland Woolsey was the son of Martha Elizabeth Rees and William Sidney Woolsey. He's buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Yoakum. Photo from tombstone and articles contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, 5 Oct 1901, page 1

Mr. R. T. Woolsey left today for Sweet Home to see his father, Mr. J. M. Woolsey an old citizen and Texan, who is seriously ill and not expected to recover__Gonzales Inquirer.

Elsewhere on same page:

Yoakum Times: "Capt. J. M. Woolsey is reported critically ill at the home of W. A. Nichols at Sweet Home. We wish him a speedy recovery to health." Wiley and Ed Woolsey and Mrs. Eason have gone to the bedside of their father, who it is reported can not recover.—Floresville Chronicle.

J. M. Woolsey died 30 Sep 1901.


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

April 9, 1942

Deaths:  John Parsons Woolsey, born in Georgia on August 30, 1852 passed away April 2. With his parents he moved to Texas when he was just a small boy, the family settling in Colorado County, near Oakland. His education was obtained at Concrete College, DeWitt County, under the tutelage of Professors Covey & Thomas, founders and operators of this school. Mr. Woolsey later taught in this school. Returning to Oakland, after his marriage to Miss Bettie Morris, he engaged in the mercantile business and remained there several years. He then went to Gillette, in Wilson County and near the turn of the century he came to Yoakum for a few years sojourn. From Yoakum he moved to Waco where was engaged for a few years in a Life Insurance venture. Returning to Yoakum he joined with his sons and operated a Grocery store for a number of years.

Transcribed by Carla H. Ratcliff


Colorado Citizen, November 30, 1882

Oakland Notes

It was with feelings of the deepest regret we learned of the death of Mrs. Wiley Woolsey in Weimar yesterday morning, who was for many years a resident of this community. She was a most estimable Christian lady, a devoted wife, an affectionate and painstaking mother, one whose purity of thought pervaded her every action, and was reflected in the character of her children. She was interred in County Line Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday. Services at the grave by Capt. J. M. Woolsey. She leaves a husband and seven children and a host of friends to mourn her loss.

Colorado Citizen, November 30, 1882

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. Wiley Woolsey, of this place, died Sunday morning at 2 o’clock a.m., of Typho-Malarial fever. Mr. Woolsey had recently moved to our town from the county line neighborhood. Mrs. W. was quite sick when they came--was confined to her bed soon after the family’s arrival. She began to sink from the beginning of her illness, and never rallied. She had the most skilled medical attention, but to no avail. This is a terrible stroke upon Mr. Woolsey and his family of seven children, the eldest fourteen, the youngest one year old. Sad, indeed, is it to see the strong man give way to this great affliction, and to hear the little children weep for the dear one who has gone. May God’s mercy sustain them in this hour of bereavement.


Colorado Citizen, Jan 1899

Oakland Newsy Notes

It is with much regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. M. A. Woolsey, consort of Capt. J. M. Woolsey, which occurred at this place on Wednesday, January 11, at 7:25 A.m. of acute uremia. She was in an unconscious state for several hours before final dissolution set in, breathing out her last quietly. There were present at the time at her bedside, Capt. J. M. Woolsey, Mrs. J. W. Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Eason, Mr. Wiley Woolsey and friends that had gathered in. Mrs. Woolsey was born in Georgia July 21, 1824, was married to Capt. J. M. Woolsey January 7, 1840, and came to Texas with her husband in 1858, remained one year at Independence and moved to Colorado county locating near County Line, in 1859, until a few years ago when they moved to Oakland. Since their marriage of fifty nine years, they have been blessed with fourteen children, ninety two grand-children and forty two great grandchildren. Out of this one hundred and fifty three children, twenty three grandchildren and ten great grandchildren have died. In early life the deceased committed herself to the Methodist Episcopal church south and lived a devoted Christian life. Thursday last her remains were conducted by sorrowing relatives, sad friends who witnessed the last sad rites as the body was laid to rest in the family burying ground. Her loss will be much felt by her companion in this life, who still survives her at a ripe old age. Friends of this community, with the Colorado Citizen, sympathize and condole with him in his bereavement.

Matilda Woolsey is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Submitted by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, 11 Aug 1961, page 1

Mrs. Woolsey, 93, Former Weimar Resident, Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. George Monroe Woolsey, 93, of Yoakum, were held at Buffinton Chapel there Tuesday, with the Rev. R. B. Lear officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery of that area.

Mrs. Woolsey died Sunday at 5 p. m. at Huth Memorial Hospital in Yoakum.

She had lived in or near Yoakum since 1902. The former Miss Willie Elizabeth Frazer, she was born in Fayette County Jan. 14, 1868. She was married to Mr. Woolsey here Dec. 22, 1886, and they moved to Yoakum 16 years later to engage in dairying and farming. Later Mr. Woolsey operated a garage, then was employed by the city of Yoakum. He died in April 1959 at the age of 84.

Mrs. Woolsey's survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Vera Scruggs of Yoakum, Mrs. S. M. Harvey of Austin, Mrs. George E. Cullen and Mrs. John Dolsen of Houston, Mrs. Z. W. Scott and Miss Lela Woolsey, both of Yoakum; one son, W. W. Woolsey of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Walter Frazer of Sealy; and one sister, Mrs. Jesse Green of Weimar.


Moulton Eagle, 22 Feb 1924

Death of Miss Wotipka

Miss Agnes Alberta Wotipka, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Wotipka, residing about three and one-half miles north of Moulton, died at 9:10 o'clock Saturday morning, February 16, following a two and one-half years' illness.

The funeral was held from her late home the following day at 12 o'clock.  Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery at Moulton, Rev. Father Joseph Kopp officiating at the home and at the grave.

The pall bearers were F. A. Machac, F. M. Novak, Frank Miculka, Paul Dierschke, August Oehl, Bohumir Machac and Frank Picha.

The deceased was born August 30, 1890, and attained the age of 33 years, 5 months and 16 days.

Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, R. F. Wotipka of Flatonia, Ed. A. Wotipka of Moulton, and five sisters, Mrs. F. A. Machac of Flatonia, Mrs. F. M. Novak, Mrs. Frank Miculka, Mrs. Paul Dierschke of Moulton and Sister Mary Hilltrude, nee Annie Wotipka, of Arkansas.

The Eagle tenders its sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 12 Mar 1981

Mrs. Wotipka

Mrs. Edward A. Wotipka of Moulton died Saturday, Feb. 28, 1981 in the Shiner Hospital after a lengthy illness reaching the age of 79 years, 3 months and 16 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 2 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moulton, with the Rev. Robert Schmidt officiating. Burial followed in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary was recited Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Moulton, where the body lay in state.

Mrs. Wotipka, nee Augustina Trojacek, was born Nov. 12, 1901, in Lavaca County, daughter of Joe F. and Frances (Zatopek) Trojacek.

Nov. 7, 1922, she was married to Edward Wotipka in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Following their marriage, the couple settled in the Moulton area where they farmed for a livelihood until Mr. Wotipka retired and they moved to town.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Laddie (Evelyn) Okrulik of Flatonia, Mrs. Frank (Gladys) Vackar of Cuero; two sons, Edwin and Eugene Wotipka, both of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Miro (Nellie) Svoboda of Danbury, Mrs. Agnes Weatherman of Houston, Mrs. Nolan (Della) Grasshoff of Eagle Lake; and 11 grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, July 14, 1977; her parents; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Annie) Mikulencak, Mar. 8, 1974, Mrs. Frank J. (Mary Josephine) Brazda, Jan. 6, 1979; three brothers, Henry, Joe and Eddie Trojacek.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, 25 Apr 1947

Mrs. Wotipka Buried Here on April 15

Mrs. Barbara Wotipka passed away Monday April 14, at 12:30 A.M. at the home of her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miculka.

The funeral was held from the Miculka home Tuesday morning, April 15, at 9 o'clock with services in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Internment took place in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Hubert Janak officiating.

Mrs. Wotipka, nee Filipp, reached the advanced age of 86 years, five months and 10 days. She was born in Czechoslavakia and when quite young came to this country with her parents, locating in Praha. In 1880 she was married to Mr. Roman Wotipka. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary 17 years ago. Mr. Wotipka passed away six years ago and five children also preceded their mother in death.

Mrs. Wotipka had been and invalid for the last six years and was lovingly cared for by her devoted daughter Mrs. Frank Miculka. She bore her afflictions patiently and uncomplainingly.

Pallbearers were the following grandsons, Bohumil Machac, Frankie Miculka, Jim Fishbeck, Bennie Novak, Edwin Wotipka, and Anthony Miculka.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank Machac, Houston, Mrs. Bertha Novak, San Antonio, Sister M. Hiltrude, Lady of the Lake Convent, San Antonio, Mrs. Frank Miculka, Moulton, one son, Ed. A. Wotipka, Moulton, 31 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 28 Jul 1977

Edward Wotipka Services Held

Edward A. Wotipka, a life-time resident of the Moulton area, passed away at the Shady Oak Nursing Home in Moulton, Thursday, July 14, 1977 at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 13 days. He was a resident of the Nursing Home for the past two and one-half years.

He was born in Moulton, February 1, 1892, the son of Roman and Barbara (Filipp) Wotipka.

On November 7, 1922, he was married to Augustina Trojacek at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Following their marriage, the couple settled in the Moulton community where they farmed for a livelihood until his retirement when they moved to town.

He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Moulton American Legion.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, at the Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, with Father Fred Gallagher of Shiner officiating. Interment was in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Bob and Donald Wotipka, Michael, Mark and Gerald Vackar and Gregg Robinson.

Surviving are two sons, Edwin and Gene Wotipka, both of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Laddie (Evelyn) Okruhlik of Flatonia and Mrs. Frank (Gladys) Vackar of Cuero; eleven grandchildren; one sister, Sister Mary Hiltrude of Our Lady of the Lake, San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his father, Nov. 10, 1940; his mother, April 14, 1947; three brothers, Roman Wotipka Jr., Oct. 19, 1928 and twins in infancy; five sisters, Mrs. Frank (Bettie) Wotipka, Dec. 24, 1966, Mrs. Frank (Bertha) Novak, Mar. 19, 1956, Mrs. Frank (Justina) Machac, Nov. 27, 1947, Mrs. Mary Fishbeck-Dierschke, Feb. 27, 1938, and Miss Agnes Wotipka, Feb. 16, 1924.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Undated newspaper clipping

Sister Mary Hiltrude Wotipka, age 94, died Tuesday, April 4, 1978 after a long illness.

She was the daughter of Roman Wotipka and Barbara Filipp Wotipka.

Being a native of the Moulton-Flatonia area she visited friends and relatives here frequently.

She took her vows as a Sister of Divine Providence in Our Lady of the Lake Convent, San Antonio, Texas sixty-four years ago.

A Rosary was recited Wednesday evening and funeral services were conducted Thursday at Our Lady of the Lake Convent Chapel.

She is survived by one sister-in-law, Mrs. Edward Wotipka of Moulton, and many neices [sic] and nephews.

Attending from this area were Mr. and Mrs. Russel McAnaugh, Mrs. E. J. Machac, Mrs. Lillian Novak and Mr. and Mrs. Laddie Okruhlik.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, 15 Nov 1940

Pioneer Resident Buried Here Tuesday

Roman Wotipka, a resident of this community for more than half a century, passed away at his home near Moulton at 5:00 PM Sunday, November 10 after an illness of one week.

The funeral was held from the family residence Tuesday morning with services in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rev Joseph Kopp officiating. Internment took place in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery

Six grandsons served as pallbearers: Benjamin Miculka, Roman Miculka, Edwin Wotipka, George Novak, Roman Dierschke, and Engelbert Machac.

The deceased was born at Cat Spring, Texas, and attained an age of 84 years, 3 months and one day. He was married to Miss Barbara Filipp, lived in Praha five years and removed to near Moulton where he lived 57 years on the same place.

Surviving him are five children, Mrs. F. A. Machac of Houston, Mrs. Frank Novak of Flatonia, Sister Hiltrude of the Congregation of Sisters of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Mrs. Frank Miculka of Shiner and Eddie Wotipka of Moulton; 35 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Three children, Roman Wotipka Jr., Mrs. Marie Dierschke and Miss Agnes Wotipka preceded him in death.

Mr. Wotipka was a good man and had many friends throughout this section where he lived for such a long time.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Friday, Dec. 12, 1969

HALLETTSVILLE – Adolph Woytek, 69, native of Lavaca County, died at 2:55 a.m. Thursday in a Hallettsville hospital.

Mr. Woytek was born Sept. 3, 1900.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until noon Friday, at which time it will be taken to VsetinCzech Moravian Brethren Church for funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. F. J. Kostohryz will officiate, with burial in Vsetin Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, the former Emilie Balusek, of Vsetin; a son, Edward, of Hallettsville; a daughter, Mrs. Erwin Holy of Hallettsville; two brothers, Joe and Leonard, both of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. John Zak and Mrs. Anton Trlica, both of Hallettsville; and nine grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brethren Journal, November 2003

Edward Frank Woytek, age 91 and a member of the Vsetin C.M.B. Church, died August 21, 2003 in Hallettsville, Texas.

He was born on March 18, 1912 in Lavaca County, Texas and married the former Elsie Vasek Vavrusa.

Mr. Woytek is survived by two stepsisters, two sisters, and several stepchildren.

Services were on August 23, 2003 from the Vsetin Church with burial that church's cemetery.  Minister:  Henry Beseda.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 12 Mar 1970, page 1

Brothers, 16 and 19, Die in Sheridan Crash

Two teenage Hallettsville area brothers, only children of Mr. and Mrs. Hilmer Woytek, were killed at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday when their car went out of control on Hwy. 90A a mile west of Sheridan and slammed into a tree.

Pronounced dead at the scene by Columbus Peace Justice Richard Schmidt were Hilmer Woytek Jr., 19, a sophomore at Victoria Junior College, and Travis Woytek, 16, who attended Sheridan High.

The two boys were returning home from Sheridan, where they had been to get help with school work from one of Travis's teachers, Mr. De Shazo.

The accident occurred during a heavy rain. The car was demolished and had to be cut away to get the bodies out.

The boys' father, a former constable, is a candidate for sheriff in Lavaca County, a post left vacant by the shooting death of the late Ronnie Dodds.

Survivors in addition to their parents are their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Woytek and Mrs. Agnes Woytek, all of Hallettsville routes.

The bodies are lying in state at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sublime Lutheran Church, and burial will be in Hallettsville City Cemetery.


Kubena Funeral Home

Ivey Brown Woytek, 96, of Hallettsville, died Nov. 20, 2008. She was born on July 21, 1912 to Andrew & Alma Pohl Brown in Lavaca County, Texas. She married Rudolph J. Woytek on Nov. 8, 1933 in Hallettsville. She was a member of S.P.J.S.T. and the Catholic faith.

Ivey is survived by: daughter Janice Maricle & husband Rick of Hallettsville; 3 sons, Alton Woytek & wife Pat of Alvin, Andrew “Butch” Woytek & wife Linda of Dickenson, and Glen Woytek of Hallettsville; 2 sisters, Frances Cordova of Pasadena, Texas, and Eloise Pugh of Houston; 19 grandchildren, Joey, Sharon, Rudy, Michael, Jeffery, Amanda, Jennifer, Michael, Tina, Karen, Melba, Tonya, Melissa, Dion, Wesley, Glen Jr., Jason, Candace, and Meagan; 31 great grandchildren; and 8 great great grandchildren.. 

Ivey was preceded in death by: her husband Rudolph on May 28, 1994; daughter Ruth Ann Fitch; 3 sons, Dennis, Royce, and James Woytek; and brother Andrew Forrest Brown. 

Service: 10 am, Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville. Visitation: 1 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Carl Fitch, Rick Maricle, Daniel Hilt, Rudy Woytek, Sharon Woytek, and Joey Woytek. Honorary Pallbearers: all grandchildren.Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Burial: Hallettsville City Cemetery.
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Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, June 5, 1906

Sublime, Tex., June 4. – Mr. Joe Woytek, aged 46 years, died yesterday evening from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy.  He died in his wagon while on his way home with his wife and son, August, from a visit to a friend.  His premature death is much regretted, for he was a man of great influence and progressiveness.

He leaves a wife and eight children and a host of friends.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 19 Dec 1903

Sublime, Dec. 7.—John Woytek, a prosperous farmer living five miles west of here, committed suicide last night by taking strychnine. No cause is known for the rash act.


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Lester James Woytek, 69, of Hallettsville, passed away Feb. 17, 2012. He was born on Nov. 1, 1942 to Paul & Selma Quitta Woytek in Lavaca County, Texas. He married Bernice Brown on June 15, 1963 in Hallettsville. He was a member of the Murchison Masonic Lodge #80, S.P.J.S.T., and Czech Moravian Brethren Church of Vestin. 

Lester is survived by: his wife Bernice; 3 sons, Kevin D. Woytek, Randy Woytek & wife Tammy, and Mike Woytek & wife Tanya, of Hallettsville; 2 brothers, Albin “Sonny” Woytek & wife Emma Jean, and Harvey Woytek & Betty of Hallettsville; and 8 grandchildren, Brandon, Dusty, Tiffani, Carley, Randall, Courtney, Tait, and Shaye Woytek. 

Lester was preceded in death by: his parents; and 2 brothers, Marvin and Paulie Woytek. 

Funeral Service: 10 am, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Czech Moravian Brethren Church of Vestin. Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Prayer Service: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Dr. Mark Labaj. Memorials: Czech Moravian Brethren Church, Arabia Shrine Hospital Benefit, or Donor’s Choice. Burial: Vestin Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


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Lillie Chaloupka Woytek, 77, of Hallettsville, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. She was born in Sweet Home on Sept. 14, 1935 to Frank & Annie Chaloupka. On May 14, 1957, she married Edward V. Woytek.

Lillie is survived by: her husband Edward; 2 sons, Frank Woytek of Hallettsville, and Harold Woytek & wife Beverly of Yoakum; 4 daughters, Janet Mayo & husband Greg of Hallettsville, Shirley Bonewald & husband Gary of Wharton, Frances Woytek of Hallettsville, and Joyce Farley & husband Brad of Yoakum; grandchildren, Dustin Mayo & wife Nicole, Mark Mayo & wife Sarah, Krystal & Devin Woytek, Bradley & Brenda Bonewald, Cody Cheyenne & Brooklynn Farley; 1 great grandchild, Trevor Mayo; brother Johnny Chaloupka; and soon to be baby, Zalarie..

Lillie was preceded in death by: her parents; 3 sisters, Annie Janak, Irene Janak, and Mary Tupa; and 5 brothers, Frank, Samuel, Phillip, George, and Charles Chaloupka.

Funeral Service: 10 am, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Monday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Monday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. AlbertJanak. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross 


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Marvin Edmund Woytek, 77, of Hallettsville, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2008 at Warm Springs in Victoria, after suffering respiratory complications. 

He was born the third son of Paul and Selma (Quitta) Woytek on March 21, 1931 in the Vsetin Community. He earned his living by farming, ranching and working at various construction jobs. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. In retirement he found great joy in raising a garden and enjoyed reminiscing about his days hunting and fishing. Marvin was an active member in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6382 and the American Legion Post, and a member of SPJST. 
He attended the Vsetin School until the 8th grade. His family farmed, mostly cotton, in the 1930s and 1940s. They also kept a sizable garden and orchard and raised livestock. 

Marvin was a self-taught musician. In the early 1950s, he and his brothers, Sonny and Paulie, plus a couple of local friends formed a band called “The Texas Hillbillies.” Marvin sang lead & played guitar. 

It was at the age of 21 that he answered the call of his country and entered the US Army in October 1952. After completing basic training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he was stationed in Seoul, Korea with the 8th Army, 7th Division, 49th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War. For his service, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Korean Commemorative Medal, Korean Defense Commemorative Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. In 2000 the Korean Government awarded him with the Republic of Korea War Service Medal (50 years later). He was honorably discharged in August of 1954. 

After his discharge from the Army, he attended carpentry and agricultural classes sponsored by the US Government for military veterans. During one of the classes, he constructed an impressive cedar desk from trees he cut down by himself. Over the years, he used the skills he learned to make various improvements to the family home. His mathematical skills were very evident in the work he did. 
In early 1956 Marvin married Kennette McKennon and together they raised four children: Darrell Woytek of Victoria, Celeste Bajunaid of Denton, and Raenell Rodriguez and Kendra Slaughter, both of San Antonio. He was a grandfather to 6 granddaughters: Kristie, Tonya, Lauren, Sarah, Sofia, and Kassandra; and 3 grandsons: Austin, Mark, and Malik as well as a great-grandson, David, and great-granddaughter, Rhianna. Besides his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Marvin is survived by his brothers, Sonny, Lester & Harvey Woytek of Hallettsville. His brother, Paulie, passed away in 1995. Marvin also leaves behind 5 nephews and 5 nieces. 

There are memories of hard work farming vegetables and of making sausage after the yearly deer hunting trip made with his extended family. Marvin loved to fish, so the family enjoyed meals of shrimp, flounder & red fish. 
Marvin enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren with gold coins at Christmas and always had plenty of candy and ice cream for their visits. He took them on rides in the ‘old truck’ through the branch and out in the pasture. They also enjoyed fireworks with Grandpa. 

Service: 10 am, Thursday, June 19, 2008 at Kubena Funeral Home. Visitation: 12 noon, Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Herb Beyer. Pallbearers: Allan Woytek, Albin Woytek Jr., Kevin Woytek, Randy Woytek, Michael Woytek, Karim Bajunaid, Xavier Rodriguez, and Shane Slaughter. Burial: Vsetin Cemetery.Memorials: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6382 and the American Legion Post.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, February 28, 1996

Selma Woytek

Selma Woytek, 91, of Hallettsville, died in Stevens Convalescent Center, Monday, Feb. 19, 1996 at 4:30 p.m.

She was born July 29, 1904 in Lavaca County to Rudolph and Annie Sicko Quitta.

On Nov. 11, 1924, she married Paul W. Woytek. She was a member of the SPJST Lodge and the Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church.

Survivors include four sons, Albin L. Woytek, Marvin E. Woytek, Lester J. Woytek and Harvey W. Woytek, all of Hallettsville; three sisters, Elvie Hlavac of Hallettsville, Olga Klesel of Schulenburg, Lydia Muhlstein of Hallettsville; a brother, Joe Quitta of Hallettsville; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul W. Woytek Sr. on April 6, 1976; a son, Paul W. Woytek Jr.; three sisters, Agnes Jahn, Tillie Rother and Sophie Rehak, and a brother, Alvin Quitta.

Visitation began at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 and continued until 8:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 22 at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Prayer service was conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church, with the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

Burial followed in the Vsetin Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Darrel Woytek, Allan Woytek, Albin Woytek Jr., Kevin Woytek, Michael Woytek, Randy Woytek.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 10 Jun 1909

Death of Fritz Wunderlich, Sr.

Mr. Fritz Wunderlich, Sr., died last Monday after a lingering illness of cancer, and was buried Tuesday in the Scharlottenburg cemetery. He is survived by his wife and ten children, five boys and five girls. He was 71 years and 8 months old at his death. A more extended notice will appear in our next issue.

Shiner Gazette, 17 Jun 1909

Death of Fritz Wunderlich, Sr.

Wied, Texas, June 13. – Died here last Monday morning at 6 o’clock, Fritz Wunderlich, Sr., of cancer of the throat, aged 71 years, 10 months and 8 days. He had been troubled with this dread disease for the past few years, though it has been severe the past six months, during this time he suffered greatly. He was buried the following day at the Charlottenburg cemetery, Rev. K. Konzak officiating at the grave. He is survived by his wife and ten grown children. The children are Mrs. Gus Vogt of Uvalde, Mrs. Wm. Morgenroth of Floresville, Mrs. Emil Fiedler of Witting, Fritz, Otto, and Mrs. O. W. Miller Clements and Reinhardt Fretsch of Wied. One son, Gustav, preceded him to the grave a few years ago. He is also survived by one half-brother who resides in Austin county. Peace to his ashes.

F. W. Wunderlich was born and died 27 Sep 1837 – 7 Jun 1909. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Jun 1904, page 1

Death of Mrs. Helene Wunderlich.

Mrs. Helene Wunderlich, wife of Mr. Fritz Wunderlich, died very suddenly on Tuesday morning, May 24th, at her home on Ponton’s creek. Mrs. Wunderlich had been sick but a few days and her death was unexpected. She was about 34 years old and leaves a husband and three children and numerous relatives to mourn her loss. The funeral took place last Thursday morning from the family residence and the remains were interred in the Scharlottenburg [sic.] cemetery, attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, among whom were Mrs. A. Plentel, mother of Mrs. Wunderlich, and several of her brothers. Mrs. Vogt of Port Lavaca, a sister of Mrs. Wunderlich, was also present at the funeral.

Mr. Wunderlich and family resided in Shiner for about ten years and were well liked by all, and a goodly number of Shiner people attended the funeral, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wagener, Mr. and Mrs. Rud. Valenta, Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Jaeggli, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Huebner, and Mesdames W. Wendtland, A. Hummel, Emil Gold and Miss Hillie Wendtland.

The GAZETTE joins their many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.

Helene Plentl Wunderlich, 12 Feb 1869 – 24 May 1904, was buried in the Charlottenburg Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 6 Mar 1901, Moulton Siftings column

Mr. S. Wurzinger, a prosperous German farmer, living two miles north of town, committed suicide yesterday evening by blowing the side of his head off with a shotgun. No cause is known for the rash act. He leaves a wife and several stepchildren.

Sebastian Wurzinger, who died 27 Feb 1901 at 53 years old, was buried in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Moulton. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 23 Jul 1991, page 12A

Woman dies from gunshot in Yoakum

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM – A 35-year-old Yoakum woman died Sunday in a Yoakum hospital allegedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Lavaca County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Mickey Weiser pronounced Denise Wyatt dead at 9:54 p.m. at a Yoakum hospital and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

According to the Lavaca County Sheriff’s Department, the victim’s husband Allan Wyatt found his wife at about 7 p.m. Saturday lying in the front yard of their home with a .22-caliber handgun nearby.

Rescue personnel were called and the victim was taken to the hospital.

A report filed by Lavaca County Deputy W.O. Williamson indicated that immediately before the incident, the couple was doing yardwork in their back yard.

The couple lived at a residence located off of County Road 318, about 1.8 miles west of Sweet Home.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 25 Feb 1903, page 1


Offense Was An Effort To Protect His Daughters.

Halletsville, Texas, February 19. – Oliver Wyatt, an aged negro living in the lower portion of the county, near Hope, has been missing from his home about a month. Nobody thought of his having been murdered until a clew [sic.] led to the finding of his body yesterday in the river bottom near his home. Three negroes have been arrested for the crime. Their examining trials were held yesterday and it developed that Wyatt had forbade the coming of the three negroes, under threat of killing them, to his home, where he had several daughters. The old man was induced to go on a coon hunt, and while on this hunt was murdered. They tried to burn his body, but were only partly successful. Two of those now in jail have confessed to the killing, but they attempt to justify their act by saying they did it because the old man had threatened to kill them. The officers were led to where the body was found by a young negro who gave the clew that led to the discovery. The body was identified by members of the family.

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.