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Yoakum – Agnes Abernathy, 93, of Yoakum, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002.

She was born Aug. 7, 1908, to the late Robert H. and Em Robertson Abernathy.  She graduated from University of Texas and was a schoolteacher for Yoakum ISD, retiring after 50 years of service.  She was a member of Texas Ex Teacher Association, Philomathic Club, La Mancha Bridge Club, Friday’s Bridge Club and Holy Communion Episcopal Church.

Survivors: brother, Joe Abernathy of Burnett.

Preceded in death by: parents.

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

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Oak Grove Cemetery, the Rev. Gary Gooch officiating.  Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.
Contributed by Rex Moore


Weimar Mercury, December 14, 1895, page 1

Yoakum Graphic: About 12:30 today out on L. B. Green's place, near Hochheim, the clothing of Minnie, the sweet little 3-year-old daughter of Mr. Zeak Ables, caught fire and the little girl was so badly burned that she is likely dead ere this writing. She was standing in front of a fire-place with her back to the fire, when a puff of wind blew her dress into a flame and nearly all her clothing was burned off before the flames were extinguished. Dr. Jones went out to render what assistance he could, but has not yet returned.

[elsewhere on same page]

Minnie, the little daughter of Mr. Zeak Ables, who was badly burned out near Hochheim yesterday,  died of her injuries a few hours after the accident. The sufferings of the poor little unfortunate were beyond description, and it was a merciful act of Providence that her young spirit was taken back to the Father who gave it.—Yoakum Graphic.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Victoria Advocate, 1 Feb 2008

YOAKUM - Jefferey Weyman Adamek, age 43, formerly of Yoakum, died in Rockwall. He was born in Victoria on Nov. 6, 1964, to Weyman Frank and Delphine Jendry Adamek, (mother now deceased). He was a computer software engineer for Rash Tax Company in Dallas.

Survivors: father, Weyman Adamek and wife Janet of Yoakum; sisters, Carole Adamek of San Antonio, Mariah Raz and husband Jason of Victoria; brothers, Gabe Adamek and wife Jen of Yoakum, Joseph Adamek of Corpus Christi; nieces and nephews, Cheyenne Adamek and Corey Patteson of San Antonio, Luke, Aidan and Samantha Adamek of Yoakum and Zachary Raz of Victoria.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Ann's Cemetery. Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday before the funeral at the church.

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

Online guest book may be signed at

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

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Victoria Advocate, 15 Oct 2008

YOAKUM - Weyman Frank Adamek, age 66, died on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. He was born on Dec. 11, 1941, in Yoakum, to Frank Emil and Mary Josephine Peters Adamek.

He was a farmer and owner of Adamek Orchards, past president of Yoakum Rotary, member of the Yoakum Hospital Board, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, past member of Economic Development Board, and past president of DeWitt Pecan Growers Association.

Survivors: wife, Janet Elizabeth Adamek; daughters, Carole Adamek of San Antonio and Mariah Raz and husband Jason of Victoria; sons, Gabriel Adamek and wife Jennifer of Yoakum and Joseph Weyman Adamek of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Cheyenne Adamek, Lukas Adamek, Aidan Adamek, Samantha Adamek, and Zachary Raz; and great-grandson, Corey Patteson. Preceded in death by: parents; first wife, Delphine Marie Adamek; son, Jefferey Weyman Adamek; and brother, Donald Joseph Adamek.

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

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial will be at St. Ann's Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph School Endowment Fund. Online guest book may be signed at

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

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Weimar Mercury, March 9, 1895, page 4

Yoakum Graphic: There was a very sad death in the city Sunday morning, that of a four month old child of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Adams, out in the eastern part of the city. The parents rose early in the morning leaving the little child in bed. After attending to her household duties the mother went to take up her babe. It was supposed the little thing was smothered to death during the night as nothing was the matter with it the evening before. Its remains were taken to Runge Sunday evening for interment.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 25 Feb 1905, page 1

News Special: Halletsville, Feb. 20. – Guy C. Adams died this morning at 11:30 o’clock at Flatonia, after an extended illness from consumption. Deceased was 29 years 7 months and 15 days old. He was stricken with hemorrhages several months since, while working in Houston with John Foley as bookkeeper, and though carried to San Antonio and Marfa, it was of no avail. Mr. Adams was born and raised in Halletsville, and was a young man of brilliant attainments and lovable qualities. The funeral will be held this afternoon at the City cemetery.

Guy T. Adams, was born 3 Jul 1875 and died 20 Feb 1905. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Aug 1891, page 1

Jim Adams was shot and killed by Wesley Goode, about four miles southwest of Halletsville, yesterday morning at 8 o'clock. The parties are colored. —Halletsville Herald.


Colorado County Citizen, 5 July 1984


Final services for Mrs. Lillie M. Adams were held June 30 at the First Baptist Church of Sheridan, with Rev. Robert Hessong officiating. Graveside services and interment in the City Cemetery, Halletsville, Texas. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Adams was born Dec. 31, 1897 near Oakland, Texas to Louise [sic.] and Sophie Majecka Botard. She has lived in Eagle Lake for the past two years. She was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Adams, and her parents, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. Survivors include: Stepson, Allen P. Adams and wife Ina of Haverhill, Mass.; Stepgrandson and wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Adams of Derry, New Hampshire, 3 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a hostof loved ones.


Weimar Mercury
15 Jun 1945, page 1

Louis Addicks, 47, Former Weimar Man, Shoots Self

Louis Addicks, 47, of Yoakum, but formerly of Weimar, and a veteran of World War I, committed suicide at his home in Yoakum Satruday night, June 9, by shooting himself with a .22 caliber rifle. It is said he had been despondent since receiving word of the death of his son, Cpl. Leroy L. Addicks who was killed recently in Germany.

Mr. Addicks was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Addicks, and was born in this [Colorado] county. Up until October of last year he was engaged in farming north of Weimar. Last Fall he sold off his farming equipment and moved to Yoakum where he had secured employment. He was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Kenerka, and to this union five children were born.

Funeral services were held at Yoakum on Thursday afternoon at e o'clock, and interment made there.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Minnie Addicks; three daughters; Mrs. Mary Knox of Virginia, Misses Irene and Ruby Addicks of Yoakum, one son, Alvin Addicks in the U. S. Navy. One son was killed in Germany about May 1 this year.

Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Donnie Pagel, Mrs. H. J. McMillan of Weimar; four brothers, Robert Addicks of Columbus, Oscar Addicks of the Osage community, Fred Addicks of Eagle Lke and Bennie Addicks, who was discharged from the service last year.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence.


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, July 27, 1977

YOAKUM—Mrs. Audrey Afflerbach, 54, a longtime resident of Yoakum, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Lou White officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Afflerbach was born in Lavaca County, Oct. 2, 1922.

She is survived by her husband Raymond E. of Yoakum; two sons, Michael of Corpus Christi and Walter of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. R. M. Kirby of Seguin, and Mrs. Dan Barry of San Antonio; her mother, Mrs. Frank Dvorak of Yoakum, one brother, John Dvorak of Yoakum; 3 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be John McQuillen, Tom Afflerbach, Fred Afflerbach, David Afflerbach, Charles Afflerbach, John Yemma, Mark Yemma, and Andy Yemma.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette news clipping

Final Rites Held For Emil Ahrens

Surrounded by his loved ones who were his joy in life, the gentle, quiet soul of Emil Ahrens, passed into everlasting rest and peace, on Thursday, March 30, at 9 a.m. Death occurred at the local hospital where loving hands ministered and every effort was made to restore him to his former health.

Peacefully and quietly he slipped away to the bosom of God only a few months, weeks or days ahead of us, who are following on in the earthly path.

Emil Johann Albert Ahrens, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ahrens Sr., was born on June 12, 1884 in Breslau, Lavaca county. Reared in a christian [sic] home he was baptized July 13, 1890 in the Lutheran faith and received the rite of Confirmation March 31, 1901.

On Nov. 28, 1907 he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Mary Herder to which union two sons were born, Avery who is at home and Melvin who is with the armed forces since Feb. 1942, stationed somewhere in England.

Survivors are, his wife, two sons, one sister, Mrs. Edwin E. Albrecht of Yoakum and two brothers, Henry H. of Hallettsville and Anton of Wilson.

One sister, Ebba, aged 11 months preceded him in death.

The body lay in state at the Eschenburg Funeral Parlor until Saturday at one o’clock, when it was taken to the United Dr. Martin Luther church. At 2:30 p.m. Rev. Schuetze conducted the final rites, witnessed by a very large gathering of mourning relatives and friends, where heavy hearts and tears mingled in mutual sympathy. The floral pieces were beautiful and profuse.

A mixed choir rendered sweet hymns. Following the church service the long procession wended its way to the city cemetery where the committal rites were concluded by Rev. Schuetze.

Casket bearers were: Otto Remmers, Henry Neumann, Robert Dreyer, R. L. Allert, Hugo Mueller and Albert Baros.

In the death of Mr. Ahrens this community has suffered a keen loss. His high ideals of life; his sense of honor and justice; his kindly disposition and many other admirable traits of character are left as a rich heritage to his family.

May a gracious Father take you unto His own-awaiting a time when loved ones and friends will join you in “The Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.”

Joining a host of friends, the Gazette offers its deepest sympathy to those whose hearts are heavy with sorrow in the passing of their loved one.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 10 Dec 1902, Local News column

Marvin Airhart died Friday at Hope, Texas, of typhoid fever. The entire family, eight in number, are sick with the same disease. The mother died a few days before the son.

These graves appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 19 Mar 1908

Mrs. Alaniz, wife of John Alaniz, one of our Mexican citizens died last Sunday night of consumption and was buried Monday in the Catholic cemetery. The deceased leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, November 29, 1888

Oakland Notes

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Albert died at their residence here last Sunday evening, after a short illness, and is at home with the Father.

Auguste Regine Albert, Nov 6, 1888 – Nov 25, 1888, is buried in Geiger Cemetery in Lavaca County.Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Victoria Advocate, 21 Mar 2003

Dorothy H. Albert

HALLETTSVILLE—Dorothy Hemmi Albert, 77, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, March 20, 2003.

She was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Lavaca County, to the late Herbert and Elsie Spies Laas. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Survivors: husband, Herbert Albert.

Preceded in death by: first husband, Herbert C. Hemmi; son, Roy Allen Hemmi; and parents.

Visitation will begin 2 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

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

Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville, Texas.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, October 29, 1885


On the 25th instant, at 10 a.m., suddenly died, at the residence of his son, (Mr. Anton Albert, of Sublime, Lavaca county,) Mr. Frederick Henry Charles Albert, father of Mr. Gustav Albert and Mrs. Wm. Schott, of this place, aged eighty-seven.

Frederick Henry Charles Albert, Jul 5, 1798 – Oct 25, 1885, is buried in Smoothing Iron Cemetery in Lavaca County. Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 26 Aug 1921, page 6


Gustav Albert, aged 75 years, died at his home in Oakland last Tuesday, after suffering for some time with paralysis. The funeral occurred in the Geiger cemetery three miles north of Sublime, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. M. Heinrich of the Lutheran church officiating. A large number of sorrowing relatives and friends attended the funeral.

Mr. Albert has been a resident of the Oakland section since early manhood. He leaves to mourn his death his widow of Oakland and two children, Willie and Miss Lula Albert, of Galveston; also two sisters and one brother; Mrs. C. Fernau, Mrs. Mary Obelgoner and Anton Albert of Sublime.

Our condolence is extended to the bereaved relatives. — Halletsville New Era.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1942 on page 1.

Memorial Rites Held For Airplane Victim

Hallettsville, Feb 16.—Memorial services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday for Cpl. Kenneth Albert, 21, Hallettsville’s first victim of the war, who was killed in the crash of a bomber at Natal, Brazil, Feb. 7.

Rev. L. A. McDaniel officiated.

Young Albert was an expert gunner. His body will not be brought back to the states until after the close of the war.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Albert and two half sisters, LaVerne and Ava June Albert.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Lavaca County Tribune
14 Dec 1943

Stephen Alblinger, sr., died at his home Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10:50 p.m. after being ill for quite some time. He was 84 years, 3 months, and 8 days at the time of his death.

The deceased was born in Baden, Germany, and came to America at the age of 3 years. On May 1st, 1889 he married Miss Tonie Appelt, who survives. On may 1, the couple would have been married 55 years.

Four sons and five daughters also survive him: Steve of San Marcos, Alois, Frank of San Antonio, and Joseph, in the Army at Matagorda Island; Miss Ida Alblinger, at home, Mrs. Theresa [Fater] of San Antonio, Mrs. Zita [Dingel] of San Antonio, Mrs. Gertrude [Blum] of Vernon, and Teckla Alblinger of San Antonio. He has two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Murphy and Miss Mary Alblinger of here, and one brother, Mr. Joseph B. Alblinger of Beeville.

Two sons preceded him in death, one in infancy and the other, William, died in 1932.

Services were held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., in the Catholic Church; Kubena Funeral Home was in charge of [arrangements]. He was buried at the Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Austin American-Statesman, 22 Apr 1994

ALBLINGER, Mary Johnson, 87, of San Marcos died Thursday.  Rosary 7 p.m. today, Smith Funeral Home, Moulton.  Mass 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moulton.  Burial Moulton City Cemetery.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


January 1918 in an unidentified newspaper clipping

Elona Albrecht

Elona Marie Albrecht, the sweet little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Albrecht was born May 30, 1917 at Yoakum, Texas, De Witt Co and died Feb. 1st, a little before 6 o’clock p.m.

This tender little bud was therefore, only 8 mos. and 1 day old at the time of her demise. She was an unusually vigorous child full of life and pleasantness. She was the center of pleasure in the home. She left her parents; two little brother [sic.], grand parents and a large number of relatives.

Last summer she had summer complaint. Ten days prior to her death she was taken by pneumonia which ended her life. She was buried in the Pagel cemetery near Willow Springs. The many friends of the estimable family contributed a rich profusion of flowers with which the little hill under which the precious little darling rests in peace, was entirely covered.

Rev. Boshard of Warrenton conducted the funeral services. He spoke such kind and tender words of consolation, as will comfort the bereaved family with the hope of once meeting their little darling in a better world.

Mr. Willie Albrecht is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Albrecht of this place. He is engaged as a jeweler at Yoakum. A Friend

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 1, 1920

Accidentally Killed

It is with sorrow that we are called upon to chronicle the death of Mr. Fritz Albrecht, Sr., who accidentally shot and killed himself on his farm at Witting Sunday morning between 11 and 12 o’clock. It seems that Mr. Albrecht took his shot gun to kill some crows that were bothering his crops and in going through a wire fence the gun was in some way discharged, a load of No. 6 shot taking effect in his heart. Mrs. Albrecht was the first to find the body which at the time was in flames from powder burns, whereupon his wife fainted away. Others were soon at the scene and extinguished the clothing  Justice Oscar Shoemake was immediately summoned, who with Sheriff Houchins and Dr. Renger held the inquest.

Mr. Albrecht was 58 years and leaves to mourn his death besides his wife, two sons and one daughter, Fritz, Jr. and Hugo Albrecht and Mrs. Julius Sebastian, all of Witting; also one sister Mrs. Wm. Holwag of Victoria. He was a good man and very well liked by all who knew him, being exceptionally cheerful just prior to this sad incident.  Halletsville New Era


Shiner Gazette, 2 Feb 1961


Yoakum.—Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 31, 1961 at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. W. C. (Hattie) Albrecht, 71, Rev. D. I. Dolton and Rev. Dr. Paul Bechter officiating at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Oak Grove Cemetery, Yoakum.

Mrs. Albrecht, prominent businesswoman in Yoakum since 1911, died at the Yoakum hospital Sunday, January 29 at 12:15 a.m. Suffering a stroke December 28, she had been confined to the hospital since that time. Active in community affairs, Mrs. Albrecht was a former P-TA president, member of the Yoakum Lutheran Church and Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, W. C. Albrecht, Sr., preceded her in death in 1952. Date of her birth was listed August 31, 1889, at Welcome, Texas, in Austin County.

Her survivors include two sons, W. C. Albrecht, Jr., and Bob Albrecht, partners in the Albrecht Jewelry Company in Yoakum; four brothers, Arthur Pflughaupt of San Antonio, Egon Pflughaupt of Dallas, Edmund Pflughaupt of Fayetteville and Louis Pflughaupt of Houston; two grandchildren, Robert Seale Albrecht and Judy Lynn Albrecht of Yoakum.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Victoria Advocate – Sunday – February 12, 2012

Shiner – Lester Albrecht, 88, of Shiner, Texas, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012.  He was born in Witting, Texas on March 18, 1923 to the late Fritz and Emma (Schreiber) Albrecht.

Mr. Albrecht was an Army veteran and served in WWII from March of 1943 to March of 1946.  He was married to Allyne (Brunkenhoefer) Albrecht and was employed by Kaspar Wire Works.

Lester is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, William Albrecht.

He is survived by his wife, Allyne of Shiner; his son, Curtis and wife Nancy Albrecht of Shiner; sister, Irene Berkenhoff of Moravia; 1 grandchild; 6 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held at Buffington Funeral Home on Saturday, February 11, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at United Dr. Martin Luther Church in Shiner.  Burial will follow in the Shiner Cemetery.

Contributed by Ann Mozisek


Yoakum Weekly Herald, 16 Apr 1931

Robert Constant Albrecht Buried in Moulton

Robert Constant Albrecht, aged two months and 21 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Albrecht, was laid to rest in Moulton Mon. morning. Robert Constant expired at the home of his parents 719 Edgar street, at 2:15 a. m. Sunday morning, after a lingering illness.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Mon. morning by

Rev. F. O. Beck of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, after which the funeral cortege left for Moulton where services were held in the Moulton Catholic Church by Rev. Joseph Kopp. Interment was made in Moulton Catholic cemetery.

The little fellow had been afflicted by illness for sometime. Physicians here an in San Antonio tried all possible medical aid to save his life, but all were of no avail.

Pallbearers were: Billie Browning, Sammy Jaeggli, Emmet Gillum and Billie Hendrix.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Shiner Gazette, 19 Sep 1900

The sad news reached the city last Saturday of the death of Mr. Rud. Albrecht, of Moulton. His death was sudden and was caused by blood poisoning. He was buried Sunday by the Hermann Sons. A large crowd attended the funeral.

Shiner Gazette, 26 Sep 1900


Mr. Rudolph Albrecht, who died at Moulton on Saturday September 15th of blood poisoning , was a member of the Sons of Hermann, Knights of Honor, Home Forum and Woodmen of the World, and carried $1000 insurance in each of the first named three and $500 in the Woodmen of the world.

The remains were interred in the Baursville cemetery Sunday evening at 4 o’clock and the procession that followed the remains was over a mile in length. At the grave Rev. Koelps made a short talk, after which the body was turned over to the Herman Sons who conducted the burial service.

He leaves a wife and four small children besides a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely demise, to whom the Eagle extends condolence. – Moulton Eagle.

Rudolph Albrecht, 10 Jan 1864 – 15 Sep 1900, appears to be buried instead in the Moulton City Cemetery according to Sammy Tise's Lavaca County, Texas Cemetery Records, Vol. III. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Shiner Gazette, 4 Sep 1952

Albrecht Rites Held at Yoakum

W. C. Albrecht, prominent jeweler in Yoakum for the past 40 years, died suddenly at his home Sunday.

Funeral services here held at 10 AM Wednesday at the Buffington Chapel, Yoakum, with Dr. Paul Bechter, pastor of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum.

Mr. Albrecht was born in Fayette County October 5, 1885 and reached the age of 66 years, 10 months and 26 days.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hattie Albrecht; two sons, W. C. and A. B., both of Yoakum; three brothers, Dr. E. E. of Yoakum, O. W. of Fayetteville, and Robert of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. [Lillie] Schmidt of Fayetteville.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, February 15, 1902

Ray Eason was over from County Line on Sunday, and reported the death on that day of the little six weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Allen, and also the death of little Otto, the five-year-old son of Mr. and Ms. W. T. Eason, which occurred the Sunday before. Whooping cough was the cause of both their deaths. To the bereaved parents we tender our sincere condolence. — Hackberry cor. Halletsville Herald.

Burial place unknown


Shiner Gazette, Thurs., 19 Feb 1976

Alton C. Allen

Alton C. Allen, 70, an attorney and rancher in Hallettsville, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday, Feb. 14, 1976 at 5:45 p.m. in the Weimar hospital after being stricken a short time previously.

Services were held Monday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, with the Rev. Calvin Peterson, the Rev. Alton Rudolph and the Rev. John Hanacek officiating.

Burial followed in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Lewis Allen Jr., William E. Allen, Charles N. Allen, Raymond S. Allen, Hal B. Allen and Wilbur H. Baber, Jr.

Mr. Allen was born in Lavaca County Oct. 1, 1905, son of Raymond B. and Lula (Moore) Allen. He was married to Gaye McElroy on Sept. 12, 1931 in Lake Charles, La. The couple made their home in Hallettsville.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, and a veteran of World War II. He was also a member of the American Legion, the VFW, Masonic Lodge,Rotary Club and American and Texas bar associations.

One of three founders of the State Championship High School Rodeo Association, Mr. Allen was also a past director of the National High School Rodeo Association. He was an honorary life-time member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, and chairman of the board of the Raymond Dickson Foundation.

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Gaye Allen of Hallettsville; a brother, William W. Allen of Hallettsville; and a sister, Mrs. Eloise A. Suttle of SHelby [sic], N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Colorado Citizen, 31 May 1888, page 3


OAKLAND LODGE, NO 258, A. F. & A. M., OAKLAND, TEXAS, MAY 22, 1888.

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Grand Master of the Universe to remove from our midst our beloved Brother, C. M. ALLEN, like as a shadow thrown softly and sweetly from a passing cloud, death fell upon him the 22d day of May, 1888, at his residence in Lavaca county.

Brother Allen was born in Monroe county, Ga., March 5, 1849, moved to Texas when quite a youth, to about five miles south of Oakland, where he has resided ever since. From a youth up he has been a consistent member of the M. E. Church, in which he died a member, holding the office of stewart [sic.]. He served as Justice of the Peace in Precinct No. 8, in Lavaca county, for a term of nearly eight years. He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in 1870, in the above named Lodge, of which he has been a faithful and beloved member. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and six children, and a large family of relations and friends. We therefore recommend the following resolutions:

Resolved, 1. While we deeply deplore the loss of our Brother, we bow in humble submission to the will of God and feel that our loss is his eternal gain.

2. That in the death of Brother C. M. Allen, Oakland Lodge, No. 258, A. F. & A. M., has lost one of its most faithful members, one of its earnest devotees, the community a noble and generous citizen, the wife a truly devoted husband, the children a fond and indulgent father, and suffering humanity one of its deepest sympathizers.

3. That we tender the family our deep feelings of sympathy and condolence in their sad bereavement and implore the blessings of Almighty God to rest upon them.

4. That a copy of these resolutions be filed in the lodge, a copy delivered to the family, and copies be furnished for publication to the COLORADO CITIZEN and Halletsville Herald, and that Oakland Lodge be draped in mourning, and that the members wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.

J. M. WOOLSEY, J. T. EASON, J. H. MULLIN, Committee.

ALLEN Infant

Weimar Mercury, February 14, 1903, page 6

County Line Cullings

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Allen died last Wednesday and was buried at County Line cemetery Thursday afternoon.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Victoria Advocate

SHINER - Josephine Anders, 89, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013. 

She was born on January 16, 1924 in Weid, Texas to Joseph and Philomena Kubena. 

She was a loving mother, grandmother & great-grandmother. She and her husband owned & operated a country store in Glaze City. She was a housewife, a Catholic and member of Catholic Daughters of Americas. 

Survivors: daughter, Betty Hermes and husband Leo of Yoakum; grandchildren, Kim Fikac and husband Roman, John Anders and Jesse Anders and wife Jana along with 4 great-grandchildren. 

Preceded in death by: husband, Robert "Red" Anders; son, Bobby Anders along with several sisters and brothers. 

Rosary will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral mass on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. 

On-line guest book may be signed at  Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home 361-293-5656.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis 


Shiner Gazette, 3 Aug 1898


A Wealthy Man Ended His Physical Misery.

Halletsville, Texas, July 31. – The remains of Anton Apelt [Appelt] were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at 9 o’clock this morning.

Yesterday at noon he went into a room at his residence, gave orders that no one was to enter and locked the door, and in a few moments a pistol shot was heard. When the room was entered through a window he was found dead upon the floor, the rocking chair in which he had seated himself before the shot was fired having turned over on him. The bullet passed entirely through the head and was found on the floor. He had snapped two cartridges before one went off.

He was 51 years old and had spent his life in this county, where his father, now residing in Austria, was a pioneer settler. He was among the wealthy citizens of the town, having several years since retired from business on account of rheumatism which affected his legs, and this is supposed to be the reason he suicided. He had told his wife that he intended to kill her and then himself, but he made no effort to take her life. – Houston Post.

Contributed by Matt Cross



New Era Herald, 16 Feb 1973

Mrs. L. B. Allen

Mrs. Lewis B. Allen, 80, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1973, Hallettsville, died at 12:48 A.M. at Renger Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Allen was born Sept. 29, 1893 in Hallettsville. She was married to Lewis Allen Dec. 16, 1917, who died Aug 1967.

She was a member of Saint Peter Lutheran Church.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Wolf officiating. Burial was in Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, William E., of Houston and Lewis B. Allen Jr. of Hallettsville, a sister, Mrs. Lillie Johnson of Wharton and one grandson.

Pallbearers were Alton, William and Charles Allen, Witt Baber Jr, Howard McMillan, Raymond S. Allen and Arthur Milner. G. F. R. Heye

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Colorado Citizen, 25 Oct 1888, page 3


Ira Bird Allen, eldest son of the late Cornelius Allen, departed this life on the evening of the 20th, at his mother's residence, near county line, with congestion of the brain. He was a bright and intelligent youth of 13 summers and a pupil of Prof. J. W. Holt's school at the time of his death. We sincerely condole with the mother and family in the loss of so noble a boy. They should remember that

"There is no death. An angel form
Walks o'er the earth with silent tread.
He bears our best loved things away,
And then we call them "dead;"
And when he sees a smile too bright
Or hearts too pure for taint and vice
He bears it to the the world of light
To dwell in Paradise."


Colorado Citizen, December 18, 1890, page 3


We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. John Allen, which occurred last Saturday morning at the residence of Mr. R. B. Allen of county line. He fell a victim to that dread disease, consumption. Mr. Allen had just returned, the day before his death, from Atascosa county, where he had gone a few months before in the hope of improving his health. The CITIZEN extends condolence to the many relatives and friends of the deceased.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1890


Died, at his old home some five miles below here, on the night of December 12, Mr. John F. Allen, aged 26 years. Mr. Allen was a single man, and has been in very bad health for a number of years. He went out west some time ago, thinking the dry climate out there would be beneficial to him, but got no better, and hastened home to live but two days after arrival. The bereaved family and relatives have my sincere sympathy.

John F. Allen was buried in the Allen Cemetery. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 16 Nov 1907, page 4

In the death of Mrs. Martha T. Allen, which occurred last Monday morning at the residence of her son, Mr. Chas. A. Allen, of the Shimek community, after a long illness, Colorado County lost one of its most respected, best and muchly beloved personages.  Mrs. Allen was a native of Georgia, moving to this state in 1859, and, we believe, spent practically the remainder of her life upon the Allen homestead a few miles south of Weimar. She was 75 years and 7 months old at the time of her death. The remains were committed to mother earth at the family burying ground near Shimek Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Pledger, Methodist minister at Waelder performing the burial service. Mrs. Allen was the mother of Messrs. Chas. and Monroe Allen of Shimek, Milton Allen of Magdalena, N.M., and Mrs. Minnie Barnette of Globe, Arizona. One daughter, Mrs. Nellie Livington, died at Livington, Arizona, just a short while before the mother’s death. Mrs. Allen was a good, christian woman, possessing a sweetness of disposition, sympathetic nature, cheerfulness and thoughtfulness of the comfort of others which endeared her to a large circle of friends. The latter part of her life was marred by ill health, but she bore up uncomplaining to the last, passing to the eternal rest so longed for by the true christian with a smile of sweet resignation upon her lips. The death of such a good woman, so universally beloved by all, is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heart felt sympathy goes to the bereaved relatives and friends.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton. Photo contributed by Charles Sherman.


Colorado Citizen, September 29, 1881, page 3


Mr. M. R. Allen, an old and respected citizen of this county, who lived near Weller’s mill, died on the 26th inst.

Colorado Citizen, November 17, 1881

In Memoriam

“O world! So few the years we live,
Would that the life which thou dost give
Were life indeed!
Alas! Thy sorrows fall so fast,
Our happiest hour is when at last
The soul is freed.”

Mathew R. Allen was born in Macon, Georgia, the 10th of February 1827, died at his home near Oakland, Colorado county, Texas, September 26, 1881, buried with Masonic honors by Oakland Lodge No. 258 of which he was a member. The deceased lived a consistant [sic] member of the Methodist Church.

WHEREAS, The great Creator having been pleased out of his mercy to remove our Brother from the cares and troubles of a transitory existence, to a state of eternal duration, and thereby to weaken the chain by which we are united man to man; may we who survive him, employ our time in reciprocal intercourse of kind and friendly acts, mutually promote the welfare and happiness of each other.

Resolved, That the members of the Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, that this resolution be spread on our minutes, and that a copy be furnished to the family of the deceased Brother.
J. M. Woolsey
H. J. Strunk Committee
J. H. Mullin
Oakland, Texas, October 26, 1881

M. R. Allen is buried in the Allen Cemetery. Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Victoria Advocate - December 26, 2008

Patsy (Heidrich) Allen of Houston passed away December 15, 2008 at the age of 61. She was born in Hallettsville, TX to William and Doris Heidrich on October 13, 1947, and raised in Bay City.  Patsy is a 1966 graduate of Bay City High and has been a resident of Houston for 34 years.

Patsy is survived by David Allen her husband of 39 years and daughters Joyce Allen and Mary Sutton and husband Mike. Granddaughters Kristi Sutton, Amanda Allen and Samantha Allen. Sisters Bonnie Jones of El Campo, Peggy Vaculin and husband Emil of Blessing, Arlene Koch and husband Carl (Cookie) of Van Vleck, Grace Lowery and husband Cliffton of Van Vleck, Jane Cole and husband Randy of Midland. Her brother Glen Heidrich and wife Betty of Bay City also survive her.

Her parents precede Patsy in death. Patsy loved gardening when able and spending time with her granddaughters. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of San Jacinto Memorial Park Funeral Home in Houston.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Colorado Citizen, Sep 22, 1892, page 2

New Era: The news of the death of Prof. M. A. Allis has reached this city. He died Sunday morning at 2 o'clock. He has been ill; for some time at his home, Moulton Institute.


Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1893, page 4

Death of Mrs. Mary Amsler.

Mrs Mary Amsler, aged 93 years, died at Hempstead Thursday, February 20th. The deceased lady with her husband, the late C C Amsler, Sr., came to Texas from Switzerland in 1834 and knew all the early prominent citizens of the state and often rehearsed the stirring times of the early days of Texas, when the settlers combated with Indians and Mexicans. The lady had always up to a few days ago enjoyed good health, and had four generations of her family living under the same roof. Her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Welhausen, accompanied by C. B. Welhausen, left here Thursday to attend the funeral.

Contributed by Matt Cross


From a January 1973 newspaper clipping:


Mrs. Mary Anders passed away Sat., January 6, at 3:45 a.m. in the Shady Oak Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness.

The body lay in state at the Smith Funeral Home until 2 p.m. Sunday.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton. Rev. Robert Schmidt conducted services. Interment was in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

She was born July 10, 1888 [see note below] in the St. John community and was united in marriage to Adolf Anders October 20, 1909.

Surviving are: her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Otto (Adella) Fisbeck of Moulton and Mrs. Lee Roy (Alice) Meisetschlaeger of Helotes; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry Butschek of Moulton. An infant son preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Hugo Fisbeck, Edgar Butschek, Alfonse Klesel, Willie Hlavac, Leroy Kubenka and Wayne Rudolph.

NOTE: This date is incorrect as the year of her birth was 1887. Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Hallettsville Tribune Herald, May 24, 1983 

Frank J. Anders

Frank J. Anders, 91, of Hallettsville, died Saturday morning, May 21, 1983, in the Stevens Convalescent Center here.

He was born Feb 2, 1892, in Lavaca County to the late Leopold and Mary Haas Anders. He was a member of Mossy Grove Methodist Church. On April 6, 1949, he married Ora Lee O’Neal in Edna. She preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 1965.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Monday, May 23, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Langston officiating. Burial followed in Mossy Grove Cemetery.

Surviving is a brother Edward H. Anders of Hallettsville.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Halletsville Herald, 11 Apr 1889

DIED—At her home near Providence church, on the 7th inst., Mrs. Ann Anderson, wife of R. J. Anderson. Mrs. Anderson was in the 80th year of her age and her death was the result of nervous debility, or old age. The remains were interred in Halletsville cemetery at 2 o'clock Monday evening.


Shiner Gazette, 14 Jul 1960, page 1

Joe Antrich Rites Monday

Funeral services were held Monday, July 11, 1960 at 8:30 a.m. from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, continuing to the Shiner Catholic Church for Joe Antrich of Houston. The Rev. Father John J. Hanacek officiated at the last rites and Requiem High Mass. Burial took place in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Casket attendants were H. L. Brannan, Tom Livanec, John Hargrove, Millert and Herbert Antrich and Ewald Stock, all of Houston.

Rosary was recited at the funeral home Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The remains arrived in Shiner about noon Sunday.

Mr. Antrich passed away Friday, July 8 at the State Hospital in Austin where he had been a patient for two months. He was born February 27, 1893 at Komensky, Lavaca County, son of the late Leonard and Annie (Reinhardt) Antrich. He was married to Theresa Proschko in 1912 at Shiner and the couple continued to make their home in this community until 1934 when the couple moved to El Campo. About five years later they moved to Houston and continued to reside there. His main occupation in life was carpentering. At the time of his death he reached the age of 67 years, 4 months and 11 days. His wife passed away March 22, 1947.

He is survived by four sons: Herbert and Millert Antrich of Houston, Leroy Antrich, Louisiana, Jerry Antrich in Germany; four daughters, Mrs. Fred (Vera) Luna, Mrs. Tom (Irene) Livanec, Mrs. H. L. (Angeline) Brannan, Mrs. John (Roberta) Hargrove, all of Houston; one brother, Willie Antrich of Hallettsville; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Pilsner of Nordheim, Mrs. Rosie Wild of Dallas, Mrs. Theresa Wood of San Antonio; also 17 grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother, John and two sisters, Katie and Annie.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 24 Oct 1889, page 10

A child of Mr. E. W. Appelt, who resides on Mixon creek, died Thursday.


The Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, June 15, 1971

HALLETTSVILLE—Alvin M. Appelt, 71, of Rt. 1, Hallettsville, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday at his residence.

Mr. Appelt was born Aug. 7, 1899, in Lavaca County, He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the KJT.

His first wife, the former Miss Julie Sobotik, died April 10, 1937. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a son, a brother and a sister.

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel until 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Norbert Sobotik, David Smolik, C.C. Rouse, James Appelt, Frank Pustka and H. W. Klimitchek.

Rosaries were recited Monday evening at the funeral home chapel by the parish and the society.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Capak Appelt of Hallettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph A. Hartman of Cuero and Mrs. Albert J. Love of Winnie; a sister, Mrs. John L. Smolik, two brothers, Frankie and Ferdie Appelt and a half-brother, E.F. Appelt, all of Hallettsville, and six grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Lavaca County Tribune, 19 Feb 1957

Mrs. Emil Appelt Dies At 87 Yrs.

Mrs. Emil Appelt, 87, died at the Renger Hospital here, Sunday, Feb. 17th, at 7:35 p. m. She had been cared for at the Renger Hospital for the past several years.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p. m. at the Kubena Funeral Home, and at 3:00 p. m. at the Lutheran Church here Tuesday, Feb. 19th. Burial will be in the City Cemetery here, with Rev. Edmond Heye officiating.

Pallbearers will be Alton and William Allen, Ben Appelt, Clem Appelt, Willie Heye and Gerhart Heye.

Mrs. Appelt lived all her life in Hallettsville, having been born here August 1, 1869. As a young woman he married Emil Appelt In Hallettsvllle and they settled here. Mr. Appelt died Feb. 17, 1943.

Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Lewis Allen of here, and Mrs. Marshall Johnson of Wharton; one brother, August Speary of Runge; four sisters, Martha and Elizabeth Speary of Hallettsvllle, and Mrs. Minnie Mollert of Hallettsvllle, and Mrs. Lena Heye of San Antonio; two grandchildren, Wim Allen of Houston and Lewis Allen, Jr., of here, and one great-grandchild, Ronnie Wm. Allen of Houston.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


unidentified news clipping

Hallettsville – Ben F. Appelt, 91, of Hallettsville, died Monday, June 29, 1998.

He was born May 3, 1907, in Hallettsville, to the late Paul and Mary Heinsohn Appelt.  He was a real estate broker for 45 years.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rotary Club, Church Council, City Cemetery Association and director of Domino Hall of Fame.

Survivors: wife, Leona Coldewey Appelt; daughter, Charline Ehlers of Sequin; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brother, Edgar Appelt.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

The body will be at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Wednesday, then will be taken to St. Peter Lutheran Church for services at 10 a.m., the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

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

Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church memorial fund and American Heart Association.


unidentified news clipping

Hallettsville – Services for Ben F. Appelt, 91, of Hallettsville, who died Monday, will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Lloyd Zippe, Rick Ehlers, Zach Ehlers, Collin Ehlers, Wilbur Baber and Laddie Bucek.

Honorary pallbearers: Jodie Mikulenka, Eldo Spies and Hubert Etzler.

Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church memorial fund or American Heart Association.

Contributed by Rex Moore


The Victoria Advocate, October 11, 2011


HALLETTSVILLE - Bobbie Jean Appelt, 52, of Hallettsville, passed away Oct. 8, 2011. She was born on March 12, 1959 to Alton A. & Imogene Castleman Pohl in Cleveland, Texas. She married to Edward A. Appelt on Aug. 13, 1977 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Bobbie is survived by: her husband Edward; son Jared Appelt & wife Katherine of Hallettsville; two daughters, Shannon Johnson & husband Nick of Keller, and Angela Opela & husband Kelly of East Bernard; five brothers, David, Terry, Johnny, Alton Jr., and Daniel Pohl; three sisters, Jacqueline Hons of Hallettsville, Betty Sims of Victoria, and Sandra Foster of Hallettsville; and four grandchildren, Addison & Alyssa Opela, Bryce Johnson, and Lorelai Appelt.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at the families request there will not be a Wake Service. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville, Rev. Charles Sonnier will officiate. Burial will be at Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Randall Pohl, Jacob Sims, Brandon Pohl, Eric Pohl, Robert Appelt and Chris Burger.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Austin Pohl, Preston Pohl, Matthews Pohl, Lance Reese and Colton Foster.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Weimar Mercury, 26 Jan 1934, page 1


Halletsville, Texas, Jan. 20. — Carl Louis Appelt, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. August Appelt of the Appelts Hill section, died in Renger's hospital here Thursday following a brief illness. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Henneke of this city, with interment being made in the local Catholic cemetery. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Appelt and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Appelt, and his great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Appelt, of this section.


Victoria Advocate, 1 Nov 2009


HALLETTSVILLE - Dennis D. Appelt, 72, of Hallettsville, passed away Oct. 30, 2009. He was born on Aug. 28, 1937 to Clemens and Gertrude Eichblatt Appelt in Houston. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1964. He married Margarete Sprenger Appelt on Aug. 28, 2004 in Hallettsville. He was a member of the American Legion and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Dennis is survived by wife, Margarete; sons, Garry Dornak and Jack Kehoe; son-in-laws, Christopher Shadden and Billy Knochel; daughters, Emilie Shadden, Margaret Garcia, Carla Garza, Mary Jane Garcia, Dot Kehoe, and Geraldine Dornak; cousin, Charles "Poochie" Appelt; sister, Lelia Hermes; grandchildren, Emilie Sprenger, Joaquin Garza, Michael Garza, Alexander Knochel, Lena Lugo, Holly Dornak, Cortney Dornak, and Ashley Dornak; and numerous friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Ruben Garza.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Kubena Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial will be at Geiger Cemetery in Sublime.

Pallbearers: Michael Garza, Jack Kehoe, Garry Dornak, Joseph Bujnoch, Michael Appelt, Steven Garza, Marlin Galloway, and Tim Morrow.

Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Justin Powell, Lavaca County EMS & Staff, and Frank Rocha.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Words of comfort maybe shared with the family at

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 15 Feb 2011

Dolores M. Appelt

HALLETTSVILLE - Dolores M. Appelt, 75, of Hallettsville, passed away Feb. 13, 2011. She was born on Aug. 12, 1935 to Alex R. and Josephine Greer Vana in Lavaca County. She married Charles "Poochie" Appelt on June 30, 1954. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. She enjoyed her volunteer work at L.A.M.B. (Lavaca Assistance Ministry Body).

Dolores is survived by: her husband Poochie; six children, Michael Appelt, Darrell Appelt and wife Jean, Roxanne Chapman and husband Steve, Lisa Pessarra and husband John, Amy Appelt, and Eric Appelt and wife Tobi; brother, Alex Lee Vana; sister, Joann Vana Hartman; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Kubena Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville, the Rev. John Peters officiating. Interment will be at Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jason Appelt, Steve Chapman, John Pessarra, Damien DuFour, Allen Vasquez, and Joaquin Garza.

Memorials: L.A.M.B. or Hospice of South Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


Victoria Advocate, 19 Nov 2013

ALVIN - Dorothy Ann Appelt, 86, of Alvin & Hallettsville, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 17, 2013. 

She was born on October 31, 1927 in Hallettsville, Texas to parents Frank & Cecelia Maresh. She married Marvin Appelt on June 15, 1953 in Moravia, Texas. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin, brothers Victor Maresh & Daniel Maresh, and sister Evelyn O'Brien. 

Dorothy is survived by her son, Ronald Appelt, daughter, Terry Coates & husband James, and daughter Pat Appelt; her three granddaughters, Dorrie Dansereau & husband Roland, Kendra Behrens & husband Josh, and Jamie Coates; and many other relatives and friends. 

After graduating from San Marcos with a teaching degree, she taught school in Moravia, Breslau, Whiting, and other small communities around Hallettsville. After marrying Marvin, they settled in the Alvin area and raised their family. Dorothy worked for Alvin ISD in the food service for 25 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for over 60 years and was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court #2073 for 40 years.

Dorothy was known for her beautiful flowers, her canning skills, and her love of animals. She especially loved cooking Sunday dinners for her whole family. Dorothy held a special place in her heart for her 3 granddaughters and her cat Itsy. 

A visitation will be held at Scott Funeral Home in Alvin, Texas on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M., followed by a rosary at 7:00 P.M.  A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 1:00 P.M., in Moravia, Texas at the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Ascension of Our Lord Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request that you consider a donation to the Catholic Daughters, Court 2073, or the Brazoria County Humane Society in Manvel, Texas located at 6219 FM 1128. 

Arrangements under the direction of the Scott Family, 1421 East Hwy. 6, Alvin, Texas, 77511, 281-585-1000.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis











The Lavaca County Tribune, Tuesday, November 3, 1942, page 1

Life-Long Appelt’s Hill Resident Dies

After protracted illness, Edward Appelt, Sr., of Appelt’s Hill, passed into eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11:00 a.m. His long and useful life as a prominent farmer in the Appelt’s Hill community thus came to an end. He had reached the age of 61 years, and during his life had held the respect of everyone who knew him.

Edward Appelt was born October 9, 1881 at Appelt’s Hill, in this community he lived during his entire life. On October 9, 1906, he was married to Frances Stanzel in the Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, by Father Henderson, then pastor here. The community of Appelt’s Hill was named after his father, August Appelt, who died at the early age of 33 years in the year 1887. His mother died in 1937. Edward Appelt was a member of the local Council of the Knights of Columbus.

The deceased is survived by his widow and six children, five sons and one daughter, namely, Alton, Edward, Jr., Alphonse, Hilmer and James, all of Appelt’s Hill, and Mrs. Eddie Zbranek of Hallettsville; one grandchild, Lillian Zbranek; one brother, Adolph Appelt of Appelt’s Hill, two step-brothers, Fritz Zappe, Henry Zappe of Appelt’s Hill; one step-sister, Mrs. Louis Butschek of Hallettsville.

Funeral services were held this morning, Monday, at the home of the deceased at Appelt’s Hill and at the Sacred Heart Church here at 10:00 a.m. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery here. Rev. Alois Morkovsky, assisted by Rev. Victor Schmidtzinsky, conducted the last rites.

The pallbearers are as follows:  J.G. Konvicka, P.J. Liberda, John L. Smolik, T. J. Pesek, Julius J. Mikulenka, and Louis F. Mikulenka.

The Kubena Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, 19 Feb 1943

This Community Loses Respected Member

Just a year ago last. December Emil Appelt with his beloved wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The whole community in spirit joined the family and their friends in this tribute. For the venerable couple belonged to the most respected members of this community. That unity was broken. Emil Appelt is no more. He died at Houston Wednesday night. Death came after a several months illness. Yet, the news was received with sadness by all who knew the generous heart now stilled.

His life spanned almost three fourths of this county's history, being born here 76 years ago, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Appelt. 51 years ago he married Miss Annie Speary and their union was blessed by two daughters, Mrs. Louis (Elma) Allen and Mrs. Marshall (Lillie) Johnson of Cordele, Jackson Co. All his life was devoted to farming and ranching in which he Prospered. The Appelts were among the first German settlers and builders of this county.

There are two brothers living, William of Victoria, Oscar of Sonora; four sisters also survive – Mrs. Robert Ragsdale of San Antonio, Mrs. Steve [Alblinger], Mrs. Chas. Elstner, and Mrs. Bertha Miller of here. Two brothers preceded him in death, Julius and Frank.

The funeral services were held from the Lutheran church to which he belonged. He was also a member of the Masonic lodge, May he rest in peace and our heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


The Victoria Advocate, October 17, 2000


HALLETTSVILLE -- Gertrude Mae Appelt, 92, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000.

She was born July 14, 1908 in Lampasas to the late Ernest A. and Philomena Dudek Eichblatt. She was a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell for almost 30 years. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America and Sacred Heart Church. She served on the Altar and Rosary Societies in Houston.   

Survivors: son, Dennis Appelt of Hallettsville.   

Preceded in death by: husband, Clemens Julius Appelt; and parents.   

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.   

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the chapel and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Park Lawndale chapel in Houston.   

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church, Houston, Rev. Miller officiating.   

Burial will be at Forest Park Lawndale, Houston. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 789-3271.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, 1 Sep 1911, page 1

Hallettsville Herald:
Joseph Appelt, one of Halletsville's best known citizens and business men, died suddenly at his home here Saturday night at [?]:30. Mr. Appelt was apparently in the best of health and at the time of his death was sitting on the gallery of his home conversing with his family. He was occupying his customary seat and when the attack came he merely reclined back in his chair as if sleeping. Thinking it strange he should have fallen asleep so quickly Mrs. Appelt, who was near, told her little son, Joseph, to go awaken his father. The young fellow approached his father and as if by instinct cried out he was dead. Mrs. Appelt rushed to the side of her husband, and realizing something was wrong, summoned other members of the family. A physician was hastily called, but life was already extinct.

Shiner Gazette, 31 Aug 1911

Joe Appelt Dead.

Joe Appelt died very suddenly at his home at Halletsville Saturday night. He had not been ill at all and was sitting on a chair at home when without any warning at all he fell over dead.

He had been engaged in the saloon business at that place for the past twenty or more years.

Shiner Gazette, 31 Aug 1911, page 1, Local News and Personal Mention column

Mr. Paulie Appelt, the accommodating young clerk at A. B. Jungbecker’s, has returned to Halletsville, called there by the death of his father.

Joseph Appelt, 25 Jan 1862 – 19 Aug 1911, husband of Theresa, was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery #1. Gazette articles contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 27 Nov 1980

Services For Lillie Appelt

Mrs. Albert E. Appelt Sr., nee Lillie Wangemann, of Hallettsville, died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1980 in a Victoria hospital reaching the age of 90 years, 11 months and 3 days.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Pat Marron officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Mike, Larry and Richard Appelt, Charles Strode, Douglas Zappe and Jerome Drozd Jr.

Rosaries were recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, by the parish at Kubena Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. Friday by the societies.

Mrs. Appelt was born Dec. 16, 1889 in Lavaca County, the daughter of the late Ernest and Mollie Ulbig) Wangemann.

She was married to Albert Appelt Sr. on January 12, 1912 in Hallettsville. He died Dec. 29, 1967.

Surviving are a son, Albert E. “Bud” Appelt Jr. of Hallettsville; a daughter, Mrs. Bernice “Sis” Strode of Hallettsville; a brother, Otto Wangemann of Martinburg, W. Va., seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era, Friday, September 29, 1905, Page 3

Louis Frank, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Appelt, died Wednesday morning at 1 o’clock, aged one year and 7 months. The funeral occurred from the Catholic church Wednesday at 4 p.m. The little sufferer had been in bad health for several months, the end being hastened by congestion of the brain. To the bereaved parents THE NEW ERA, in company with many friends, extends its heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing parents.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders




Weimar Mercury, 5 Dec 1947


Funeral services for Mrs. Paul Appelt, 61, sister of Leonard Heinsohn of the Weimar area, were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, at Hallettsville, the Rev. A. D. Klages officiating.

Her husband had preceded her in death only last June.

A native of Lavaca County, she was married to Paul Appelt in 1904.

Surviving are two sons, Ben and Edgar Appelt of Hallettsville; two brothers, Anton Heinsohn of Hallettsville and Leonard Heinsohn of Weimar; four sisters, Mrs. Chas. Hermes of Yoakum, Mrs. Emma [Riemenschneider] of Hallettsville, Mrs. Max Appelt of Tivoli, and Mrs. J. S. Boyce of New Bloomvillle, Mo. Four granddchildren also survive.

Marie Appelt was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Unidentifed news clilpping

Hallettsville – Millie Appelt, 95, of Hallettsville, died Friday, March 9, 2001.

She was born Sept. 25, 1905, in Hallettsville, to the late Charles and Helene Elstner.  She was a retired school teacher after 45 years for Lavaca County.  She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Retired Teachers Association and Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: daughters, Nellie Cullen of Plano and Donna Gail Coldewey of Eagle Lake; son, Poochie Appelt of Hallettsville; brother, Hilton Elstner of Hallettsville; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: husband, Edgar Appelt; sisters, Nettie Rothschmidt, Gertrude Elstner, Margurite Zappe, Della Sommer, Dolores Toland, Helen Pohl, Lillie George, Hilda Poth and Mary Lee Strauss; and brothers, Carl Elstner and William Elstner.

Visitation was held 4 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary was recited 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the chapel and will be recited 1:30 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

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

Pall bearers: Michael Appelt, Darrel Appelt, Eric Appelt, Jim Cullen, Patrick Cullen, Sean Cullen, John Coldewey and Kurt Coldewey.

Memorials: L.A.M.B. – Expansion Fund, Lavaca Assistance Ministry Body, 418 South Ridge Street, Hallettsville, TX 77964.
Contributed by Rex Moore


Hallettsville Herald, 10 Dec 1909


On Wednesday, December 8th, at 8:00 p.m., Mrs. Nathalie Helena Appelt, wife of Mr. Julius Appelt at the age of 24 years, 5 months and 12 days.

Deceased had been sick only a short time and her death was unexpected. Burial took place at the Breslau Cemetery yesterday at 3 p.m. followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The Herald extends condolence to the bereaved.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Hallettsville New-Era Herald, Tuesday, November 15, 1960, Page 4

Mrs. A. C. Appelt To Be Buried Tuesday Morning

Funeral services for Mrs. A. C. Appelt of Schulenburg have been announced for Tuesday morning beginning at the Schwenke-Baumgarten funeral home in Schulenburg at 8:45 and continuing at St. Rose Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. with the Rev. Eustace Hermes officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hallettsville at about 10:30 a.m.

Mrs. Appelt died in the Youen’s Hospital in Weimar Sunday morning, Nov. 13, at the age of 62 years.

She is survived by her husband, A. C. Appelt, Sr., Schulenburg furniture store owner, one son, A. C. Appelt Jr., of Austin, one daughter, Mrs. Alfred Reinhardt of Victoria, one sister, Mrs. Joseph Woytek of Hallettsville and five grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at the funeral home in Schulenburg tonight (Monday) at 7:30.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Hallettsville Herald, 11 May 1905

Death of William Appelt.

A message flashed over the wire Sunday morning from Dr. M. S. Kahn at New Orleans stating that Mr. William Appelt was dying. At noon, another message was received announcing his death which occured at 11:30 o'clock. Thus passes fom the stage of life one of the most prominent citizens of Lavaca county and probably the wealthiest one.

Mr. Appelt's demise was expected; nevertheless it was a great shock to loving relatives and friends. He had been ill for two months past and his trouble was finally diagnosed by his local physicians as cancer of the stomach. He was prevailed on to go to New Orleans for treatment at the Tylane Infirmary, leaving two weeks ago, accompanied by Dr. M. S. Kahn. At the Infirmary his trouble was also diagnosed as cancer of the stomach and an operation could afford the only relief. He consented to the operation and his wife, daughter Mrs. W. J. Miller, and son Emil, left to be at his bedside. The operation was performed Thursday morning and he withstood the shock exceedingly well. His relief was only temporary, for exhausted nature gave up the battle and Death clasped [its] own to her marble bosom.

The remains were embalmed and shipped to this city for interment, reaching here Monday at 3:45 p.m. on a special train. They were carried to W. J. Miller's residence, where loved ones gazed their last on their dear departed. Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock interment was given in the Catholic Cemetery, a large cortege of friends and acquaintances attending.

Mr. Appelt was 61 years, 4 months, and 1 day old. He had lived in Lavaca county since a mere lad, and had by his enormous energy, native shrewdness, and clear brain amassed a handsome fortune. He made a success in every venture, merchant, cattleman and farmer. He never knew what it was to be tired for a constitution of iron backed his business career. He was a man of strong traits of character, true to his friends and fearless of his enemies. In his death Lavaca county loses a staunch citizen and a good man.

Surviving him is an aged mother, wife, and nine children: Mesdames Steve Alblinger, C. F. Elstner, W. J. Miller and Miss Augusta Appelt, and Emil, Julius, Oscar, Frank and William Appelt.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Weimar Mercury, 3 Dec 1898, page 7

Mr. Wm. Appelt, Sr., one of the oldest settlers of the Mixon creek community, died last Thursday, aged 74 years. He was a good citizen and leaves many relatives and friends.—Halletsville Herald.


Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1986

Services For Mrs. Leona Apts, 67

Mrs. George D. Apts, nee Leona Schneider, of Shiner died of an apparent heart attack at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1986 at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 22 days.

The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1986, when it was taken to the United Dr. Martin Luther Church where services were held at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. D. Paul Cooper officiated assisted by Vicar Melanie Featherston.

Hymns sung by the congregation included “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by organist Mrs. Wilma Stindt.

Burial followed in the Witting Lutheran Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Gary Marburger, Julius Marburger, Milton Behrens, Edmund Koch, Herbert Schneider and Elson Roy Schreiber, Jr.

A prayer service, conducted by Pastor Cooper, was held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Buffington Chapel.

Mrs. Apts was born Dec. 24, 1918 at Witting, daughter of Emil and Ida (Koch) Schneider, natives respectively of Witting and St. Mary’s, Lavaca County, Texas. She was baptized and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith on Dec. 4, 1945.

On December 4, 1945, she was married to George D. Apts in the Witting Lutheran Church with the Rev. K. Windecker officiating. The couple made their home continuously on their farm at Witting. Her husband died Nov. 4, 1975. Shortly thereafter she bought a home in the Mraz addition in 1976 where she had since resided.

She was faithful a member of the United Dr. Martin Luther Church and the American Legion Auxiliary in Shiner.

Surviving are one uncle, two aunts, two nephews, two nieces and numerous cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Aug. 8, 1959; her mother, Dec. 21, 1972; and a sister shortly after birth in 1922.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Nov 1918, page 6


Halletsville, Texas, Nov. 3.—The relatives of Gus J. Arlitt, who live about ten miles south of here in this county, have received a telegram from the war department that he was killed on the battle front in France. He leaves a wife and one child.


Shiner Gazette, 30 Sep 1903

A. Arnim died yesterday at 2:30 p. m. at his home in this city, aged 79 years. He was one of the county’s oldest and most prominent citizens. He had been ill with a bowel trouble for several weeks and the end had been expected for some time. His funeral occurs today at 4 p. m. in the city cemetery. A wife, three sons and six daughters, all grown, survive him. – Halletsville New Era.

Albert B. Arnim, 14 Jan 1824 – 24 Sep 1903, husband of Louise C., was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, 22 Jun 1923, page 17

ARNIM – Died, June 21, at a local hospital, Henry G. Arnim, having been in San Antonio only a week, coming here from the City of Mexico for medical treatment. The body will be shipped to Hallettsville, Texas, over S. A. & A. P. Railway at 9 a. m. Friday morning by Hagy & McCollum, undertakers. Mr. B. F. Arnim will accompany the body. Funeral will be held in Hallettsville, Texas, Friday afternoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Sep 1908, page 1

Request [sic.] to Cemetery Association.

Hallettsville, Tex. – The will of Mrs. Louise Arnim, who died here last Sunday, after residing in the county for forty-six years, has been filed for probate. She made a bequest of $200 to the Ladies’ Cemetery Association.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, November 24, 1894, page 4

There develops upon the Herald this week the sad duty of chronicling the death of one of Hallettsville’s best citizens, one of its most public spirited and open hearted businessmen—Sam Aronsohn. Although Mr. Aronsohn had been in ill health for years and had been recently been compelled to go to his bed and remain there his death was not expected so soon. His death occurred at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning and his remains were interred by the Masonic Lodge at 4 o’clock that afternoon. Mr. Aronsohn’s death was caused by chronic kidney trouble. About two years ago he was at death’s door with the same malady, when the removal of one of his kidneys relieved him. Since then he has never been in really good health. In the death of Mr. Aronsohn Hallettsville sustains a severe loss. What church entertainment, what public enterprise, what undertaking for the good of the town or county can be recalled to which he did not contribute liberally! Not one. It was not an uncommon thing for him to hand the lady solicitors for some church enterprise a ten dollar bill when others had contributed only 50 cents. He recently contributed a large amount of clothing and valuable merchandise to the Buckner Orphan Home. Such men cannot be spared from any community without leaving an aching void and many are the friends who join the Herald in an expression of sincere regret at Mr. Aronsohn’s demise. His life was an eventful one—his cup of sorrow having often been filled to overflowing. May he rest in peace. Hallettsville Herald

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette - September 17, 1970 

E. W. Aschenbeck Rites Held Sept. 9

Elton W. Aschenbeck of Von Ormy Passed away Friday, September 4, 1970 in a San Antonio Hospital at the age of 45years, 3 months and 16 days.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 9 at 10a.m. in the Alamo Chapels, San Antonio, with the Rev. George Schwanenberg officiating. Burial was in Fort Sam Houston Cemetery with full military honors.

He was born May 18, 1925, in Hallettsville, son of John F. and Mildred (Gray) Aschenbeck.

Mr. Aschenbeck served his country during World War II and had received 5 Bronze stars and a purple heart.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mildred Aschenbeck of Von Ormy; one daughter, Mrs. James D. (Patricia Ann) Kelso of Gonzales; one son, Wayne Aschenbeck of Gonzales; 2 grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. (Mildred) Aschenbeck of San Antonio; four sisters, Mrs. Ray (Norma) Schneider, Mrs. Wilbert (Edna) Werner, Mrs. Vernel (Loyse) Schroeder, all of San Antonio, Mrs. Alton (Erla) Krueger of Seguin; three brothers, Arnold Aschenbeck of Seguin, Marvin and Lester Aschenbeck, both of San Antonio.

His father preceded him in death November 14, 1949.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Victoria Advocate, 21 Oct 1993, page 12A


CUERO – Wilbert J. Aschenbeck, 67, of Cuero died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1993.

He was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Shiner to the late Willie and Hedwig Jahn Aschenbeck. He was manager of Cage Turkey Hatchery in Cuero. He was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Aschenbeck was a charter member of Rawhide Riders of Cuero and a sound truck officer for many years. He was a member of American Legion Dinter Post No. 3, Knights of Columbus and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cuero.

Survivors: wife, Alice Wendel Aschenbeck; daughters, Laura Kocurek and Diane Jones, both of Cuero, and Paula Fromme of Goliad; and three grandchildren.

Rosary: 7 p.m. today, Freund Funeral Home chapel.

Services: 10 a.m. Friday, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Carolan officiating.

Burial: St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum, Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 275-2343.

Memorials: St. Michael’s Building Fund or Endowment Fund.

Sammy Tise's Lavaca County, Texas Cemetery Records, Volumes IV and VI, list him in both St. Joseph's and also the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jan 1901

Death of Mrs. E. S. Askey.

At 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, all that was mortal of Mrs. E. S. Askey was laid to rest in the Shiner cemetery.

Mrs. Askey had been a sufferer for the past ten or fifteen years, and she bore on bravely through it all, but at last her poor weak frame succumbed to the inevitable, and at 5 o’clock Monday morning Jan. 14th, surrounded by her family, the death angel came and closed her weary, tired eyes, and wafted her away to the haven of eternal rest. She leaves a husband, three children, a mother, three sisters and three brothers to mourn her loss.

Requiescat in pace.

Elizabeth S. Askey, 19 Jul 1850 – 14 Jan 1901, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, December 14, 1893

Hope Column
December 11

Grandpa Atkinson, who is near 88 years old, is very ill. B. Atkinson and wife of Yoakum are over to see him.

Hallettsville Herald
21 Dec 1893

Hope Column
December 18

It is with sadness that we report the death of D. Atkinson, which occurerd at his son John Atkinson's on the night of December 16, at 1- o'clock. He was born in Virginia March 22, 1804. Grandpa Atkinson was 87 years, 8 months and 25 days old. He was a consecrated man and went home to live with the angels. May his sons and daughters serve the God he served and make his home their home. Rev. W.J. Sims conducted the burial sermon Sunday evening and preached us a good sermon Sunday night.

B. Atkinson and wife have been out waiting on their sick father.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Hallettsville Herald, 5 Jan 1893
Hope Column

December 20, the Death Angel visited our neighborhood and took from our midst Mrs. W. P. Atkinson. She was a noble Christian woman, a devoted wife and mother, a friend to the sick and a great sufferer for many months, but her sufferings are over now, and she has gone to join the general assembly of the first born with her robes washed white in the blood of the Lamb. Mr. Atkinson and his family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Gimlet, September 3, 1885

Died.—On Wednesday morning of the second inst, at her late residence near county line church Mrs. Blach[sic] Austin, in her fifty-sixth year. Her remains were interred in the family graveyard. Deceased was a loving wife and a devoted mother, and we sympathies deeply with the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, September 3, 1885

Oakland Notes

We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Blanche E. Austin, sister of Captain J. M. Woolsey, which occurred at her late residence in Lavaca county at five minutes past 9 o’clock Tuesday, 1st inst. aged 56 years, 10 months and 5 days. Blanche Elizabeth Woolsey was born in Monroe county, Ga., October 27, 1828, came to Texas in March, 1845; was married to Wm. Aussin[sic] December 23, 1845, whom she survived 8 years and 11 months. She became a member of the Baptist Church in 1846, and remained in full communion till her death. She bore her heavy affliction with Christian fortitude. She was a lady of many kindly and amiable qualities of head and heart, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her demise. OAKLAND

Blanche Austin is buried in the Austin Cemetery. Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1889


Died, at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Pat Muckleroy, near SweetHome, Lavaca county, on the 16th instant, Mr. Chas. Austin. The death of Mr. Austin was a shock to this community--so sudden and unexpected. He had lived here all his life, and his family, relatives and friends were greatly distressed at his demise. What can we say of the heartbroken wife? Just one month a bride and then a widow! God pity her in her great affliction and distress. Such a sad burial by moon and torchlight, the corpse not arriving at the grave until dark.

Charles T. Austin is buried in the Austin Cemetery. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Colorado Citizen, 20 Jan 1881, page 2

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

Leah Rachel Avant, 1837-1881, was buried in the Mossy Grove Cemetery. Obituary transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht.


Shiner Gazette, 2 Dec 1903

Death of N. Avant.

Halletsville, Texas, Nov. 25. – Nathan Avant died at his home here Monday night, after a lingering illness, and was buried this afternoon by the Masonic fraternity, of which he had been a member for more than thirty years. Born in Tennessee July 19, 1835, he in early manhood came to Texas and settled in Lavaca county, where he has resided for about forty-five years. Having acquired a competency, he eight years ago left his farm and came to town. He leaves a wife and five children long since grown and married, besides several stepchildren, one of whom is Senator D. A. Paulus. Sheriff Avant of Atascosa county is a nephew.

N. Avant, 19 Jul 1835 – 23 Nov 1903, is buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

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