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San Antonio Express, Friday, October 3, 1930

MOULTON, Tex., Oct. 2.—Mrs. Barbora Cimrhanzel, 83, died Monday at the home of her son, J.C. Cimrhanzel.

Burial took place in Moulton Catholic Cemetery Tuesday morning. Rev. Joseph Kopp conducting the funeral services.

Mrs. Cimrhanzel was a native of Czechoslovakia, coming to Texas in 1890. Besides her son, she leaves eight grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mary Stainocher [Steinocher], 89 years old.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, March 1989 compiled and written by Angeline Sedimeyer

Military Rites for Frank Cimrhanzel

Frank L. Cimrhanzel Sr. of Shiner died at 2:55 am, Friday March 10, 1989 in the Yoakum Community Hospital at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 7 days. He was born October 3, 1919 near Flatonia, Fayette County, Texas, son of Jacob and Ottillie (Ziegelbauer) Cimrhanzel, natives respectively of Austria and Praha, Texas. He grew to manhood in Shiner and attended Shiner public schools.

Cimrhanzel was a retired asbestos worker and former member of the Asbestos Workers’ Local No. 22 based in Pasadena. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus of Shiner and the Shiner Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a WWII veteran.

On December 5, 1943 he was married to Mary DeFranco in Flemington, New Jersey while he was in the US Army. He entered the service in April 1941 and served until October 1945 when he received his honorable discharge. They remained in New Jersey until 1946, when they came to Texas. In November 1948 they went back to New Jersey. Since January 1954 they had made their home in Houston. In February 1984 they moved to Shiner, after he retired.

A rosary service was held at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12 by the parish, led by the Rev. Sean Donohue and at 10:30 a.m. Monday by the Knights of Columbus in church, led by Bill Vesely.

Funeral services were held at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner at 11 a.m. Monday March 13, with Father Sean Donohue officiating.  Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pall bearers were Dana Cimrhanzel, David Wegener, both of Shiner, Larry Peterson of Sugarland, Donald CImrhanzel of Manvel, Pat Kahanek of Houston and Johnny Huckaby of Shiner.

Fellow members of the Shiner Veterans of Foreign Wars served as honor guards at the church and conducted the military graveside rites. Participating were Cmdr. Rudy Chilek as squad leader; color bearers and guards were B.J. Machart, Otto Zimmermann, Emil Chumchal and Edward Machacek. Chaplain Ewald Erdelt read the committal rites. The sounding of “Taps” pre-recorded by Adolph Seidenberger concluded the military rites.

Cimrhanzel served overseas in the European Theatre of Operations and participated in several battles and campaigns. He was awarded several commendations and medals.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Cimrhanzel of Shiner; two sons, Frank Cimrhanzel Jr. and Robert Cimrhanzel Sr, both of Pasadena; two brothers, Edwin Cimrhanzel, Julius Cimrhanzel, both of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Emil “Pete” (Emma) Kahanek of Shiner and Mrs. W.J. (Bessie) Baumgarten of San Antonio; four grandchildren, two great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, December 1, 1952; his father, March 6, 1953; three brothers, Jacob (Jake) Cimrhanzel, May 7, 1964; George M. Cimrhanzel, April 20, 1988; James E. (Jimmie) Cimrhanzel, September 18, 1985.

Contributed by Charlotte Moore


Shiner Gazette, March 12, 1953

J. Cimrhanzel Rites Held Monday, March 9

The remains of Jacob P. Cimrhanzel were placed at rest in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery Monday, March 9.

Mr. Cimrhanzel had been ill in Houston about a month and passed away in the Jefferson Davis Hospital were he had been a patient for two weeks. He had resided in Houston for the past 10 years. He followed the occupation of Chef. The body rested in state in the Roeder Funeral Home, Shiner, following his death Friday, March 6 at 4:30 a.m.

Rosary was recited at the funeral home Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Following a brief service in the funeral home Monday, the body was conveyed to Shiner Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. for requiem High Mass, the Rev. Thomas Collins officiating.

Deceased was born October 23, 1883 in Krelenc, Austria, coming to America in 1890 and settling at Flatonia. He was married to Otillie Ziegelbauer at Taylor in 1910.

Survivors included two daughters, Mrs., Emil (Emma) Kahanek, Shiner; Mrs. W.J. (Bessie) Baumgarten, San Antonio; six sons, Jake Cimrhanzel, San Antonio; George, Edwin and Julius of Houston; Frank of Patterson, New Jersey;  James of Shiner; 13 grand children.

He was preceded in death by Mrs. Cimrhanzel, December 1, 1952, his parents, Mr & Mrs. Matt and Barbara Cimrhanzel. At the time of his death he had reached the age of 69 years, 4 months and 8 days.

Casket bearers were Joe Pulkrabek, Louis Matula, Ben Stluka, Frank Nestrsta, Felix Hybner, L.M. Roeder.
Contributed by Charlotte Moore


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, September 26, 1985

Military Rites for WWII Veteran, Retired Restaurateur J. Cimrhanzel

James E. Cimrhanzel of Shiner entered into rest at the Shiner Hospital Wednesday, September 18, 1985 at 10:30 p.m. after a sudden brief illness. He attained the age of 67 years, 8 months and 20 days.

The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner until 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 20, 1985, when it was moved to the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where a Holy Mass was concelebrated at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon and the Rev. Al Padalecki of Sweet Home. Special hymns were sung by the St. Paul choir with Lynette Novosad as organist. Sister M. George served as lector.

Military graveside services were conducted by members of the Shiner Veterans Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts. Participating as squad leader was David Pavlas; color bearers were Jerry Mikes, Emil Chumchal and Rudy Chiek Jr, color guards were Edward Machacek and Edward Tauras. Adolph Seidwnberger served as Sergeant at Arms. Also participating were VFW Cmdr. Paul Mueller and Legion Cmdr. Emmett Blohm. Chaplain George Watzlavick read the graveside ritualistic rites and presented the flag to the son, Dana Cimrhanzel. The sounding of “Taps” pre-recorded on tape concluded the military rites.

Serving as pall bearers were Don Kaspar, Richard Williford, Billie Gene Goetz, Billy Ray Winkenwerder, J. Jack Cloutier and Billy Turek. Named as honorable pall bearers were Dr. Robert J. Wanger, George “Buddy” Minear and Gilbert Kaspar.

Rosary was recited at the Buffington Chapel, Thursday. September 19, at 7:30 p.m., led by Father Fidgeon.

Jimmie Cimrhanzel, one of eight, was born December 28, 1917 near Flatonia, Fayette County, son of Jacob and Otillie (Ziegelbauer) CImrhanzel, natives respectively of Austria and Praha, Texas. He was a restaurant owner and operator of the Post Café in Shiner for some 30 years, retiring May 1, 1981.

On October 7, 1942, he was married at Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, to Ethelyn L. Kuhn, daughter of Peter and Emilie (Appelt) Kuhn. After he completed his military service in 1946, the couple resided in Shiner and shortly after moved to Austin for six months where he attended barber school. In 1950, the couple took over the Post Café business. His wife died suddenly April 26, 1966. Two children were born to this marriage union.

On July 1, 1974, he was married to Rubye Marie Pulkrabek Miculka in the Shiner Catholic Church and the couple continued to operate the Post Café. Her untimely death occurred November 6, 1979.

During World War II, Cimrhanzel served some 3 1/2 years with the 275th Infantry Regiment, US Army, from April 20, 1942 until October 31, 1945. His foreign services were in the European African Middle Eastern Theatre. He participated in battles in the Rhineland and Central Europe. His commendations included the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Shiner Catholic Church, Shiner, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Shiner American Legion.

Surviving are a daughter and son in law, Linda and David Wegener; a son, Dana Cimrhanzel, all of Shiner. Two sisters, Mrs. Emil (Emma) Kahanek of Shiner, Mrs. W.J. (Bessie) Baumgarten of San Antonio, four brothers, Frank Cimrhanzel of Shiner; George Cimrhanzel of Seguin; Edwin (Eddie) Cimrhanzel and Julius Cimrhanzel, both of Houston; two step sons, Michael Miculka of Houston, Jimmie Miculka of Yoakum and Mrs. Mary Jo Renken of Victoria; three grand children, 11 step grand children, numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his two wives, he was preceded in death by his father, March 6, 1953; his mother, December 1, 1952; and a brother Jake George Cimrhanzel, May 7. 1964.

Contributed by Charlotte Moore


Shiner Gazette, December 1952

Mrs. Cimrhanzel Placed At Rest

Death came as a kindly messenger to Mrs. Jake P. Cimrhanzel, Monday December 1, at 9:07 a.m., at the local hospital where she had sought relief from intense suffering that baffled medical skill.

Funeral services are announced for this morning, Thursday December 4, from the Roeder Funeral Home at 8:30 a.m., thence to Shiner Catholic Church for Solemn Requiem High mass at 9:00 a.m. Officiating at the religious rites will be the Rev. J.J. Hanacek, the Rev. Thomas Collins and the Rev. Staff of San Antonio. Rosary was recited at the funeral home on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Mrs. Otillie Julia Ziegelbauer Cimrhanzel was born February 18, 1885 at Cistern, Fayette County. She was married to Jake P. Cimrhanzel on September 20, 1910 in Taylor.

Survivors include her husband, two daughters and six sons, Mrs. Pete (Emma) Kahanek, Shiner; Mrs, W.J. (Bessie) Baumgarten, San Antonio; Jake Cimrhanzel, San Antonio; James Cimrhanzel, Shiner; Frank Cimrhanzel, Patterson, New Jersey; George, Edwin and Julius Cimrhanzel, Houston; 13 grand children; also three sisters, Mrs. Mary Janacek, Shiner; Mrs. Victoria Payne and Mrs. Agnes Jez, Fort. Worth.

Preceding her to the grave were her parents, Mat Jacob and Anna Kasparek Ziegelbauer, two sisters, Annie Nesrsta, Emilie Wright and Frank Ziegelbaier.

Mrs. Cimrhanzel was a loyal faithful and devout member of the Catholic Church and held membership in the KJZT Society.

Her genial, cordial disposition surrounded her with numerous friends who deeply mourn her passing. She came to Shiner in 1929.

Internment will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery, the following nephews serving as casket attendants; Charles Nesrsta, Felix Hybner, Rudy Janecek, Laddie Janecek, Edward Wright, Thomas Payne.
Contributed by Charlotte Moore


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Moulton – Alice Cinadr, 87, of Moulton, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 26, 2012.  Alice was born on October 8, 1924 in Moulton to the late Adolph Sr. and Marie Pesek, and was the youngest of 8 children.

She lived in Moulton all her life and was married to George Cinadr for sixty-seven years.

She is survived by her husband, George Cinadr; son, Donald Cinadr of Moulton; daughter, Janelle Thompson and husband Clayton of Houston; two grandchildren, Christian Thompson of Houston, and Cheryl Wargetz and husband Nick of Cypress; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Gibson Wargetz of Cypress.

Alice graduated from Komensky School in 1941, never missed a day of school.  She was a devoted wife and mother who will be missed.  She enjoyed her life on the farm with all the animals, especially her loyal dogs.  She loved tending to the flowers around her house and listening to polka music.  She looked forward to spending time with her family.  When in better health she loved to travel.  Also, she was an American Legion Auxiliary member for twenty years.

Visitation will be begin at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton.  A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

The family would also like to thank the Moulton Home Health Services and the doctors and nurses at Lavaca Medical Center. 

Contributed by Ann Mozisek

Mrs. Frank CINADR

San Antonio Express, Sunday, March 19, 1933

MOULTON, Tex., March 18.—Mrs. Frank Cinadr, 78, died at her home about five miles southeast of here Wednesday night after a lingering illness.

Burial took place Friday morning, Rev. Joseph Kopp.

Surviving are her husband and four children, Mrs. Frank Jilek Jr., Mrs. John Hofner, Kasper Cinadr and Mrs. Charles Tykal; also one grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, May 25, 1974

HALLETTSVILLE—Johnnie A. Cinadr Jr., 59, of Hallettsville, died at 11 p.m. Thursday in a San Antonio hospital following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church near Hallettsville with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state until 2 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel.

Rosaries were recited Friday night by the parish and the KJT Society at the funeral home chapel.

A farmer, Mr. Cinadr was born July 1, 1914, in Lavaca County. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Irene Holub Cinadr of Hallettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Janak of Victoria and Mrs. Norrell Schulte of Liberty; a son, Marvin J. Cinadr of Hallettsville; five sisters, Mrs. Adolph Jansky and Mrs. Tom Kanak of Hallettsville and Mrs. Ernest Herman, Mrs. Jerome Janak and Mrs. Pete Mach of Houston and two brothers, Edward Cinadr of Hallettsville and Joe Cinadr of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, September 22, 1971

SHINER—Funeral services for Ludwig E. Cizek, 72, former Shiner resident who died Monday in a Jourdanton hospital, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner.

Survivors include his wife, of Campbellton; a brother and a sister.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hallettsville – Carl Richard Clark, 73, of Hallettsville, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012.  He was born in Speaks, Texas, on September 19, 1938, to the late James Richard and Linnie Cook Clark.

After retirement he partnered with his brother and started the C and C Cattle Company.  He managed the company and oversaw the day to day running of the business.

Carl is survived by his sons, Richard O’Brien Clark, and Grady Fitzgerald Clark; sister, Margaret Heath; brother, Douglas Clark; and grandchildren, Clayton and Lindsey Clark.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Friday, February 17, 2012, 5-7 p.m., at Oaklawn Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Oaklawn Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Speaks Cemetery.  Reverend Robert Krause will be officiating.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Clark, Jack Heath, Jimmy Koerth, Aaron Heath, Raymond Roberts, Charles Fenner, Koley Karl, and Darrell Cihal.  Honorary pallbearers are Major Barnes, Eugene Koerth, Gary Bushman, Robert Mann, and Charles Koerth, Jr.

Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486.

Contributed by Ann Mozisek


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, February 25, 2009

Claudie M. Clark, 92, of Hallettsville, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 in Hallettsville.

Visitation began at 10 a.m. and continued until 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Eastside Church of God in Hallettsville.

Funeral Services followed at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastside Church of God.

Interment followed in the Breslau Cemetery, under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


San Antonio Express, 23 Aug 1941, page A5

CLARK – Died in this city Aug. 22, Curtis Allen Clark, in his 37th year. Survived by his widow, Mrs. Florence Clark; sister, Mrs. Mamie Rae Fitch; brothers, Oscar B. and Clay W. Clark. Shipment will be made Saturday at 10:40 p. m. to Hallettsville, Tex., with interment in that city Sunday at 3 p. m. Arrangements by Hagy-McCollum-Murray, Funeral Directors.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, 17 Jul 1941, page A7

CLARK – John Howard Clark, age 42 years, of Somerset, Tex., died at his residence Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fannie Mae Clark; son, Leonard Howard Clark; brothers, Oscar B., Curtis A., Clay W. Clark; and one sister, Mrs. Mamie Fitch. The body was sent to Hallettsville, Tex., Wednesday evening for services and interment in that city Thursday afternoon. Arrangements by Porter Loring, mortician.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 18 Oct 1940, page 1


Mrs. J. B. Clark of Hallettsville, who was critically injured in a three-way automobile accident between Weimar and Columbus Saturday nite [sic], Oct. 5 died in a Columbus hospital Saturday night at 9:10.

Mrs. Clark was a native of Hallettsville, where she was born June 25, 1879. She was first married to W. H. Bennett in Hallettsville; he expired in 1922. Three years later she married J. B. Clark who died Dec. 26, 1926.

Survivors include a son, Clayton (Ducky) Bennett of Hallettsville; her father, Joseph H. Clayton of Ganado; a brother, Jay Clayton of Ganado; three sisters, Mrs. Hugh Lay and Mrs. Ed Engbrock of Houston, Miss Kate Clayton of Ganado; two stepsons, Dr. W. R. Bennett of Goliad and Clay Clark of Hallettsville and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Minnie Fitch of Yoakum.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 14, from the family home, with the Rev. A. Guyon, Methodist pastor, officiating.

The Mercury extends sympathy to survivors.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 3 May 2005

Sylvia K. Clark—MOULTON

SPEAKS—Sylvia K. Clark, 82, of Moulton, died Sunday, May 1, 2005.

She was born March 29, 1923, in Moulton, to the late Anton and Adela Barta Kubenka. She was a homemaker.

Survivors: daughters, Brenda Joyce Little of Inez and Becky Polasek of Speaks; sons, T.L. "Tim" Clark Jr. of Lubbock and Richard John "Rick" Clark III of Grants Pass, Ore.; sisters, Virginia Gerald of Edna and Lony Popp of Sommerville; brother, Tony Kubenka of Edna; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Thomas Lamar Clark Sr.

Visitation will be tonight at Slavik Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, the Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating.

Burial will be at Speaks Cemetery. Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 361-782-2152.

Memorials: Hospice of South Texas, Hallettsville office, Speaks Community Center, or Speaks Cemetery Association.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 4 Jan 1995, page 8A


SPEAKS - Thomas Lamar Clark Sr., 76, of Speaks died Monday, Jan. 2, 1995.

Mr. Clark was born April 15, 1918, in Seclusion to the late Richard Jones Clark Jr. and Ruby Bishop. He married the former Sylvia Kubenka, Oct. 14, 1940, in Ganado. He was a former resident of Corpus Christi for 47 years. He was active in scouting for many years and a mechanic for Corpus Christi Army Depot and a Baptist.

Survivors: wife; daughters, Brenda Clark Little of Inez and Becky Clark of Louise; sons, Richard John Clark of Boerne and Thomas L. Clark Jr. of Lubbock; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Slavik Funeral Home, the Rev. Jim Gilbert officiating.

Burial: Speaks Cemetery, Speaks, Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 782-2152.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Howard James "Butch" Houck Jr., Glen Jamerson, John Clark IV, Tom Clark, David Houck, Ricky Boone and Scott Turk.

Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Rouchy Shenouds, M.O. "Butch" Houck Sr., William Guy Horton, Douglas Clark, Anthony Gerald, Jimmy Garner, Andrea Boone, Vicki Jamerson, Beth Ann Turk, Joyce Clark, JuJu Polasek and Becky Horton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 Mar 1909, Nickel News column

On Sunday, February 28, the writer was summoned to the bedside of a dying friend, Mrs. Sarada Clark, wife of Mr. Thos. Clark, long a resident of old Moulton, who had been seriously ill with pneumonia for twelve days. At 6:10 p.m., just as the shade of night began to hover over the west, her gentle spirit was borne by angels above to heaven, there to dwell and rest in the arms of Jesus. She is survived by a devoted husband, an aged father and veteran of two wars, Grandpa Jesse Sanders, who makes his home with this family and who is quite feeble, being 92 years of age; three daughters, Miss Kennie, Mrs. W. G. Leazer of old Moulton and Mrs. Lee Hively of Ainsworth, Neb.; one son, Frank Clark of Alpine, Tex.; one sister, Mrs. Jessie Harshberger of Manhattan, Kan.; a brother, Colat Sanders of Plainview, Tex.; and several grand children. This Christian lady was born January 28, 1841, and died February 28, 1909, aged 69 years and one month. A devoted and loving companion, she traveled the journey of life with him; now he is left alone. She has gone on before and is beckoning loved ones to come up higher. A true Christian, loving and sacrificing mother! Oh, what consecrated memories hang now over that lonely home, that will never more be the same, for mother dear is gone from us; that tender sweet voice is hushed by death; the vacant chair, the absent form, all tell us dear mother is gone!

A procession of sorrowing friends followed the remains to old Moulton cemetery, where the last rites were held by Rev. Chapman of the Methodist church of which she was a long time member. Many of the loving friends and neighbors with tear dimmed eyes witnessed the lowing casket that held the form of a dear companion, never more to be seen on earth. Our parting is only a period of patient waiting, when at the close of this life we will meet in heaven, there to share the joys of eternity.

Her name is spelled Zaradah on her tombstone. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Jun 1907

Halletsville, Mau 29.—At Ezzell, twelve miles south of here, a negro named Dean, early this morning is charged with having shot and killed another negro named Henry Clay, using a shotgun.

Both are young negroes, Dean was the driver of a freight wagon for Garner Bros., merchants, of Ezzell.

Sheriff N[?] and Justice of the Peace Peterson went at once to Ezzell when notified of the illing and held an inquest.


Weimar Mercury, 25 Apr 1889, page 2

Not until yesterday have we been able to learn the particulars in regard to the recent hanging at Dreyer's or [Charlottenburg]. It is a story of unrequited loved. Rob't Clein was an industrious young man and a renter on Mr. Dreyer's farm. Clein was in love with the daughter of another farmer in the same neighborhood and made known his feelings to both the young lady and her parents. The young lady, however, did not reciprocate the affection of her ardent young admirer and informed him of the fact; but nothing daunted and the parents promised Clein their daughter's hand. Upon seeing that the young lady persisted in rejecting his advances, Clein became despondent, and going to the crib he sought solace in death by ranging himself to a rafter.—Hallettsville Herald.


Victoria Advocate, 10 Feb 2007


SHINER - J. Jack Cloutier, 84, of Shiner, died Feb. 8, 2007. He was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Natchitoches, La., to the late L. Philip Cloutier and

Cecile Prudhomme Cloutier. He was an Architect and a member of the Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Madlyn Hajek Cloutier of 56 years; son, J. Madison Cloutier of Costa Rica; daughters, Jacquelyn Glomb of Buda and Mona McKinnerney of Sugar Land; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 1930; his father in 1983; his sister Marie Greene in 1982; his step-mother Geneva Burns Cloutier in 1997; and his brother L. P. Cloutier in 1999.

He graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Natchitoches, La. and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas in 1950. He married Madlyn Hajek on June 17, 1950. They moved to Baton Rouge, La. where Jack worked for J. Roy Haase - Architect. Jack later joined Walker and Walker Architects where he was an associate and moved to Shiner in 1960 to open his own Architectural office.

Jack was a member of the Texas Society of Architects, a member and past president of the Chamber of Commerce, Shiner Rotary Club, Shiner Gaslight Theatre, and Dewitt-Lavaca-Gonzales Texas Exes Club. He served as Trustee and past president of the Shiner ISD, director of the Shiner Hospital Foundation, a Friend of the Shiner Public Library, and was a life member of the American Legion. He was active in Boy and Girl scouting and Little League. He was the first Rotary Bulletin editor and first chairman of the Rotary Art and Hobby Show. In the Chamber of Commerce, he re-activated the parade float and had it enlarged and redecorated for the bicentennial in 1976.

Jack served on the original planning committee for the Wolters Museum and directed the relocation and conversion of the old Texaco Building into the Old General Store and developed the master plan for the Green Dickson City Park, including the layout for the baseball fields, designed the original dam, and assisted in planning and development of the Comanche Football. His contribution to the Shiner Veterans Memorial included recommendations for the platform with fossil tiles, selection of the site and design for the foundation for the monument.

Local buildings he designed included the First United Methodist Church and Parsonage, St. Paul High School, Shiner Hospital, Gonzales County Savings and Loan (Guaranty) now the City of Shiner building, Williford Drug (now privately owned), First National Bank - expansion and renovations, additions to Trinity Lutheran Home, American Legion expansion and Dining Hall and numerous residences.

His art work included the bicentennial commemorative coin, Shiner centennial logo, cover picture for the Shiner History Book, Rotary Bulletin logo, and Pilot Club of Shiner logo. He designed award patches, medals, sun-catchers, and t-shirts for the Shiner Half Moon Walkers and Volkswalks in Buda. He sketched five drawings of historical sites in the Buda area for the Buda Friends of the Library Historical calendar. He received the Rotary Roll of Fame honor in 1977, the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 1999, retired in January 2001 - Member Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects, and was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for dedicated service to Shiner C of C in 2000.

Jack served four years and ten months in the Army Air Corps during World War II with the 5th Air Force in the Southwest Pacific in Australia, New Guinea, Biak Island, and the Philippines.

Visitation will begin after 7 a.m., Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapesl. The family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. A rosary will be recited 3 p.m. Sunday at the chapel.

There will be private graveside services.

Pallbearers are Steve Glomb, Rick McKinnerney, Dustin Cloutier, Michael McKinner-ney, Matthew McKinnerney, Dennis Mraz, Bill Bradfield, and Gus Kubecka.

Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 9 Mar 1907

Phyllis Coats, typical colored "mammy" of slavery times, liked and respected by both white and black, died here yesterday morning, aged about 78 years. She came with her master's family from Tennessee to Colorado county, Tex., in the latter forties and with the exception of the last fifteen years, had lived there ever since. The original slave bill of sale in which she is transferred to her last master, T. C. Coats, is still in possession of her son, Jim Coats, and reads as follows: "Received of Caswell Coats five hundred & 25 dollars, it being in full payment for a certain negro woman named Phyllis about 18 years old. The said negro woman I warrant sound both in body and mind and slave for life. I also warrant the claim to said negro against all persons. Feb. 13, 1848." This is signd by William A. Moore. The "slave for life" clause is especialy unique, since it failed to come true by far. —Halletsville New Era.


Victoria Advocate, June 22, 2003

Mary A. Cocek

YOAKUM - Mary A. Cocek, 92, of Yoakum, died Friday, June 20, 2003.

She was born June 15, 1911, in Hallettsville, to the late Frank and Mary Jurena Cocek. She was a retired clerk for City Drug Store and a Catholic.

Survivors: sister, Vera Cocek of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by: parents; sister, Annie Hermes; and brothers, Joe Cocek and Julius Cocek.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

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

Memorials: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, March 5, 2004

Vera E. Cocek

YOAKUM—Vera E. Cocek, 87, of Yoakum, died Thursday, March 4, 2004.

She was born Jan. 22, 1917, in Hallettsville, to the late Frank and Mary Jurena Cocek. She was a housekeeper and a Catholic.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Mary A. Cocek and Annie Hermes; and brothers, Joe Cocek and Julius Cocek.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 2 Nov 1895

Mrs. Ellen Cocke, wife of Mr. N. H. Cocke of Yoakum, died at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James Malone, at San Marcos, on Oct. 18th, 1895. Mr. N. B. Cocke was one of Weimar’s merchants in the early days of that city and many friends and acquaintances will be pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Cocke. Deceased leaves a husband and four children, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.—Schulenberg Stickler

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


From Yoakum newspaper


Mrs. Annie Cockroft, 84, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, 11 Sep 1973, in Cuero Community Hospital. A Yoakum resident, she was born Oct 22, 1888 in Lavaca County.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with W. J. Pennington and Barry Pennington of the Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with grandsons as pallbearers.

Surviving are one son, James Ray [should be James Albert] Cockroft of Corpus Christi; two daughters, Mrs. Viola McDonnell of Yoakum and Mrs. Della Fahning of Cuero; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Debra Cockroft Koerth


From Yoakum newspaper


Funeral services for William Thomas Cockroft, age 63, who died at his home on Kenedy St. Thursday, Sept. 21, 1944, were held at the Buffington Chapel at 4 p.m. Sept. 22 with Bill McCown, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Cockroft was born in Lavaca County on March 12, 1881 and spent his entire life there. He was a farmer all his life and had retired only a few months ago due to ill health. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Annie Cockroft; three sons, Frank of Yoakum, Albert, of the U.S. Army, William, of the U.S. Army; two daughters, Mrs. J. J. McDonald (should be McDonnell) of San Antonio, and Mrs. J. T. Drake of Yoakum; and three brothers.

Contributed by Debra Cockroft Koerth


Unidentified news clipping

Hallettsville – Clara Windel Coldewey, 97, of Hallettsville, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday (Dec. 26, 1986) in a Hallettsville nursing home.

She was born Nov. 4, 1889 in Lavaca County to the late Christopher and Doretta Feldmann Windel.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Hallettsville and the ALCW.

A prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville.

The body will lie in state until 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, when it will be taken to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Hallettsville for services.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Herb. Beyer officiating.  Burial will be in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Surviving is a daughter, Leona Appelt of Hallettsville; a son, Elroy Coldewey of Yoakum; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, three sisters and three brothers.
Contributed by Rex Moore


Yoakum – Gearline “Dean” Capper Coldewey, 78, of Yoakum, died Friday, April 3, 1998.

She was born May 29, 1919, in Cuero to the late Riley and Pearl Bennett Capper.  She was a homemaker and Methodist.

Survivors: husband, Elroy Coldewey; niece, Iris Strey of Dallas; and nephew, Russell Capper of Houston.

Preceded in death by: brother, Barney Capper

Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bernard Ritchea officiating.

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

Memorials: Warm Springs Rehabilitation System or donor’s choice.

Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Shiner Gazette, 25 Jul 1900

Death of Mrs. Ed. Coleman.

The report comes from Weimar that Mrs. Coleman, wife of our townsman Mr. Ed. Coleman, died in that city on Friday the 13th inst. She had come from Eagle Lake in the wagon, and was taken ill at Weimar and took refuge in a vacant house, where she died before her condition became known to the people of Weimar. She was buried on Saturday the 14th inst. Mrs. Coleman was formerly the widow Rhodes.

Burial place unknown. Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 3 Oct 1971, page 37A


Frank R., 505 South Brighton. Survived by son, Ralph M. Coleman, Irving; daughter, Mrs. Ritha Butler, St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Mrs. W. F. McKennon, Schulenburg, Texas; two grandchildren, Donna Coleman, Irving, Russell Coleman, Irving. Services 4 p.m. Monday, Lamar & Smith Chapel. Graveside services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Halletsville, Texas.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 31 May 1935, page 3


Yoakum, Texas, May 26. — Otto Colle, 50, married rancher, stockman, farmer and rodeo promoter, was assassinated this morning at 3:45 at his home while asleep beside his wife. A small caliber bullet had entered his left breast, lodging in the back, causing instant death. Coroner A. Whitckey pronounced death by gunshot wound by an unknown person. His pistol and money from Saturday's rodeo were in the room untouched. The motive has not been ascertained.


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Jan 1899

An old and much respected citizen, J. R. Conner, died on Monday, December 26, 1898, of Brights disease, after an illness of six months.

He was born in 1828, moved to Mississippi in 1840, was married to Miss Nancy Harbour in 1852. They came to Texas in 1855, settled in Lavaca county. They had twelve children born to them, eight of whom, with his life long companion and a large number of grand children, survive him and mourn their loss. – Hallettsville Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 12 Nov 1902

A Killing at Yoakum.

A most deplorable shooting affray occurred at Yoakum last Friday night. The Gazette has not been able to learn any of the particulars of the affair save that Reese Connor, a farmer living near Shiner, was shot and killed. J. A. Richardson, W. J. Richardson, Mathew Culpepper and Fred Connor, all of the same community, were arrested and sent to the Cuero jail charged with the killing. The tragedy grew out of a quarrel over an old law suit. We understand that an examining trial was held at Cuero on Monday in order to secure bail for the parties held.

Contributed by Matt Cross



Shiner Gazette, 27 Mar 1901

Miss Lee Conrad, a beautiful young lady who at one time taught school in Shiner and was quite well known in Yoakum, having visited her sister, Miss Amelia Conrad, when the latter was a teacher in the Yoakum school, was instantly killed by being run over by a street car in St. Louis a few days since. The car was running at a rapid speed when it struck the unfortunate young lady and she was horribly mangled. The news of her tragic death comes as a shock to those of our citizens who knew and loved her. – Yoakum Times. [Burial place unknown]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Sep 1894

The eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Coons died last Wednesday. He was sick about a week.

One death since my last writing: little Collier, eldest child of Mr and Mrs Wm Coons, died suddenly of paralysis, Sept. 12, 1 o’clock a. m., after a brief illness. Death saddens our hearts but enriches heaven, so it was when it came suddenly and took the first born from this household. The Lord has transplanted this little flower from earth to bloom in heaven. Little Collier was a sweet, bright, promising little boy, the light of his fond mother and the joy of his father, the idol of his dear and nearest relatives. Although his absence causes deep sorrow in your hearts, yet there is a sweet fragrance of his young life that will never fade. Weep not, for your dear treasure is at rest in the bright world above where sickness never enters. One sweet thought comes to all, “we will meet him” where kindred ties are never broken. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved parents.

Collier H. Coons, 12 Sep 1887 – 12 Sep 1894, was interred in the Moulton Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 2 May 1895


Miss Lou Cooper, who has been ill for some time, died Tuesday morning at five o’clock. The burial took place at Moulton Institute. The News extends to her friends it’s [sic] deepest sympathy in their sad loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 22 Sept 1892

We are informed that Miss Laura Copeland is very low at this writing.  We hope to report her better next time.

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Copeland was buried at the Antioch Cemetery the 10th inst.  Weep not dear parents for of such is the kingdom of Heaven. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Hallettsville Herald, 8 Dec 1892

We are sorry to note the death of Mrs. Morelda Copeland, which occurred at her home near Antioch on the 29th.  Her remains were buried on the 30th at the Antioch cemetery.  Deceased was 71 years old.  She leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss.  Weep not, dear relatives and friends, for our loss here on earth is only her gain in heaven. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, Monday, February 20, 2012

Yoakum - Paul Coronado, 54, of Yoakum, passed away Friday, February 17, 2012.

He was born on July 10, 1957, in Yoakum to Guillermo and Antonia Dominguez Coronado.  He was the Plant Operations Manager at Cuero Community Hospital and an ordained pastor and was a Baptist.

Survivors:  mother, Antonia Coronado of Shiner; daughters, Lisa Ramirez and husband Robert of Palacios, Yvonne Coronado of Austin, and Emily Ann Coronado of Missouri; son, Paul Anthony Coronado of Yoakum; grandchildren, Amber Ramirez; beloved family pets, Brodie, Bailie, and Princess; sisters, Cecila Coronado, Janie Gonzales, Pauline Maldonado, and Cindy Coronado; brothers, Raymond Coronado, Willie Coronado, and Johnny Coronado; and the mother of his children Esther Jimenez of Beeville.

Preceded in death by his father, Guillermo Coronado.

A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the funeral home.  Funeral service on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at New Life Baptist Church with Pastor Fernando Charles II officiating.  Burial at Restland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Accolade Hospice or Cancer Treatment Center of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center.

Contributed by Ann Mozisek


Moulton News, 4 Jul 1895


One of Moulton’s stirring young business men is Mr B H Cordes, proprietor of Cordes’ saloon. Mr Cordes is a familiar figure to all visitors to Moulton and is deservedly popular with everybody. He was born in the little Principality of Oldenburg in Germany in the year of 1858. He is a fellow countryman of John C Blohm, mayor of Shiner. He came to America in the spring of 1873 with his half brother, John Krueger, and came to Freyburg, Fayette county. After remaining there a short time he came to Lavaca county and worked for C M Kotzebue off and on for about two years. From here he went to Warrenton and from there he went to Freyburg, where he remained two years. He then came back to Lavaca county and rented land of Berry Crane, living there about a year when he bought a farm about a mile east of Moulton. He was married twice; the first time in 1879 at Warrenton to Augusta Guest, who died in 1887. By this union four children were born, two of whom died before their mother. He married again late in 1888 to Carrie Niebuhr in Lee county. By this second marriage there is one child, a bright little girl three years old. In 1894 Mr Cordes bought his present business of F J Helweg and is doing a good business.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Dec 17 1964

Mrs. Ella Cordes Buried in Shiner

Funeral services for Mrs. Ed. (Ella) Cordes, age 80 years, 6 months and 23 days, of Westhoff who died in a Yorktown rest home at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 1964 were held at 2:00 p.m. in Freund Chapel in Cuero with the Rev. F. E. Eilers of the United Dr. Martin Luther Church of Shiner officiating. Burial was in the Shiner City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Clyde Whitehead of Westhoff; her grandson, Billy Cordes of Abilene; her nephews, Emmett Busch of Hallettsville, Roy Hewig, Melvin Ahrens and George W. Herder, all of Shiner.

Mrs. Cordes was a native of Fayette County born there May 15, 1884. She was a daughter of William and Theresia (Nitschmann) Herder, natives respectively of Fayette County, Texas and Hermitz, Austria. On November 14, 1905, she was married to Ed. Cordes at Yoakum. With the exception of two years at Da Costa, Victoria, the family were residents of the Shiner community for 38 years, 34 years having been spent on the same home place when Mr. Cordes died August 12, 1947. Some time later Mrs. Cordes went to make her home at Westhoff where her son, and only child, resided with his family. She had been in the rest home for several weeks where she died.

Surviving are a son, Marvin J. Cordes of Westhoff; a brother, Walter Herder of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Ed. (Adeline) Busch and Mrs. Emil (Annie) Ahrens of Shiner, and Mrs. Hettye Hewig of Kirby; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother on July 28, 1940 and her father on December 22, 1940; two brothers, Edmund Herder died December 20, 1952, and George Herder died September 15, 1956.

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

Contributed by Rebecca Herder


Weimar Mercury, 3 Nov 1911

Fritz Cordes, one of Sublime’s oldest citizens, died last Sunday evening. Mr. Cordes had been in bad health for a long time. He was laid to rest in the Smoothing Iron cemetery, Monday evening at four o’clock. Mr. Cordes leaves, to mourn his loss, a wife, several children and a host of friends.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Tribune Herald, July 8, 1949

Julius F. Cordes Taken by Death

At the age of 69 years, 5 mos. and 2 days, Julius Fritz Cordes of Sublime passes away, Saturday, July 2nd, at 5:00 a.m., in the Dufner Hospital here. Death followed a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home, Tuesday, at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment in the Smoothing Iron Cemetery east of Sublime. Rev. Zimmermann of Orange Grove conducted the last rites.

The deceased was born at Sublime and made his living during his lifetime as a farmer. As a young man he married; his wife passing away in 1919.

Surviving are one son, Delmar Cordes of the Sublime community; one brother, Fritz Cordes of Bay City, and one sister Mrs. Anna Proctor of Houston.

Pallbearers were: Raymond Johnson, John Menke, Victori Muenster, William Cordes, Manley Fisher and Arthur Weber.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, 25 Nov 1987, page 8A

Louise Cordes

SHINER – Miss Louise Cordes, 101, of Shiner, died Monday at 5:55 p.m. in a Cuero hospital.

Born March 14, 1886, in Travis County to Dietrich and Ida Zetzman Cordes, she was a retired nurse. Miss Cordes was a member of the United Dr. Martin Luther Church of Shiner.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the United Dr. Martin Luther Church with the Rev. Paul Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiner City Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 7 Jan 1874, page 2

We learn that a Mr. Cox was dangerously and he is supposed fatally wounded by Mr. Webb at or near the residence of Mrs. Williams in the lower part of the county three days since. Of the origin of the difficulty which resulted thus the . . . or the circumstances . . . we have learned nothing. Mr. Webb has not yet, we learn been arrested—though the active and vigilant officers of Precinct No. 4 are making every effort to . . . that end.—Hallettsville Herald, 31st.


Colorado County Citizen, May 18, 1944

Funeral Services Held Saturday for Mrs. Rebecca Cox

Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca J. Cox, 83, were held here Saturday with interment in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. L. M. Chapman officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cox died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. B. Beck Friday after a long illness. She was born in Lavaca county on February 10, 1861, a daughter of George and Martha Bell. The family later moved to Hayes county where she was reared and where she was married in 1881 to W. A. Cox. Mr. Cox died in 1922.

Mrs. Cox had been a member of the Baptist church for 50 years. She had lived with her children in Columbus for the past nine years.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Beck and Mrs. W. M. Hill of this place and Mrs. J. W. Edwards of Hempstead; two sons, H. A. and J. T. Cox, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and one sister Mrs. Tom Ford of San Antonio. Fifteen grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive. Two sons and a daughter preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Fred Woodard, J. V. Frnka, W. G. Clayton, W. H. Hargrove and R. R. Hadden.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


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

Babe Crane, son of Berry Crane, is lying at death’s door at this writing.

LATER – He died Sunday at one o’clock and was buried Monday at the Old Moulton cemetery.

William A., son of C. B. and Susan Crane, died 4 Nov 1894. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, December 9, 1970

Mrs. Anna Culak

Advocate News Service
MOULTON—Mrs. Anna Culak, 90, died Monday in a Shiner hospital.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Joe Kolar of Moulton, Mrs. Ben Marcak of Shiner, Mrs. Julius Hajek of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Herman Darilek and Mrs. Elo Mraz of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Rudolph Janisch of Corpus Christi; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Jan 23, 1920, page 7


Former Resident of This Section Dies Near Moulton.

Mrs. Mary Culak, nee Mlynar, died at her home near Nickel Friday afternoon, January 9, following a several days' illness.

Interment was made in the S. P. J. S. T. cemetery west of Moulton Saturday afternoon. The pall bearers were: Ignac Vita, John Jirkovsky, Frank Klozik, Alois Stavinoha, Joe Kolar and Herman Rarilek.

The decedent was born in Tycha, Moravia, Austria, February 2, 1845, and was at the time of her death 74 years, 11 months and 7 days old. She was married to Mr. John Culak in 1871 and came to Texas in 1873; located at Weimar and removed to this section in 1881. Mr. Culak died fifteen years ago.

Surviving are eight children — Frank Culak of Moulton, John Culak of Dixon School, Joe Culak of Moulton, Anton Culak of Nickel, Mrs. Anton Svoboda of Nickel, Mrs. Mary Cernoch of Weimar, Mrs. Charles Welfl of Moulton and Mrs. Andrew Taraba of Baursville.

The Eagle tenders its sympathy to the bereaved survivors. —Moulton Eagle.


Weimar Mercury
June 13, 1896, page 2

Hallettsville New Era: Last night at about 9 o’clock, Tax Collector B. F. Culpeper [sic.], committed suicide by shooting himself with a 45 caliber revolver. He had just returned from Sublime, and after eating his supper retired to the front porch. His family shortly afterwards heard the report of a pistol and ran to investigate, finding him sitting in a rocking chair with his brains blown out. He was killed instantly. Cause unknown.

Weimar Mercury, 26 Sep 1896, page 2

Hallettsville New Era: Mrs. Johnnie Culpepper received last week a check for $2,000 from the Woodmen of the World in payment of the policy of her late husband, B. F. Culpepper.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 28 Feb 1900

The little child of Mr. Louis Culpepper died last Wednesday and was buried in the Shiner cemetery Thursday evening. The sorrowing parents have the full sympathy of all their friends in their sad bereavement.

Shiner Gazette, 7 Mar 1900


DIED – On February 22, 1900, little Durand Culpepper, infant son of T. L. and L. A. Culpepper, after a lingering illness of forty-three days. Little Durand was called from this world of sin and sorrow to sweetly rest with Jesus forever. Everything that a loving mother and father could do, together with medical aid, was done, but when God calls we must obey.

“Dearest baby thou hast left us.
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But ‘tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.”


Durand Lavo, son of Louis and Laura Culpepper, 10 Apr 1899 – 21 Feb 1900, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 28 Oct 1903

Francis G. Culpepper

Francis G. Culpepper died at his home near Old Sweet Home Oct. 21st, at the advanced age of 99 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was buried in the old family burying grounds near Mount Olive church Oct. 22nd.

Mr. Culpepper was born in Edgefield, District, S. C., Jan. 31st, 1804. There he grew to manhood and was married at the age of 18 years to Miss Martha Bales, who was thrown from a horse and fatally injured 19 months later. In 1825 Mr. Culpepper was again married, this time to Miss Eglantine Langley by whom he had 16 children. His second marriage took place in Georgia in 1823.

In 1884 he removed with his family to Alabama where he resided until 1846. Then he moved to Fayette county, Mississippi.

In 1851 he moved to Texas, settling at his present place of residence in 1852. His wife died in 1878 and he has since resided with his youngest daughter, Mrs. B. F. Burke.

Of the 16 children 8 are still living. They are William R., Mrs. Martha Guthrie, James S., Mrs. Matilda Mauldin, Mrs. Amanda Guthrie, Mrs. Melvina Morris, Mrs. Salina Guthrie and Mrs. Georgia Burke.

Mr. Culpepper had 309 children, grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren, 279 of whom are living.

Mr. Culpepper participated in the “Creek War” in Alabama. His grandmother was a sister to Gen. Oglethorpe, and several of the family bear that name.

He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church since 1837, being baptized by the Rev. Benjamin Lloyd, pastor of Sardis church, Chambers county, Alabama.

Had Mr. Culpepper lived until Jan. 31st next he would have been 100 years old. His numerous relatives and friends mourn his death.

Francis G. Culpepper, 31 Jan 1804 – 21 Oct 1903, was buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 6 Aug 1902


One of The Oldest Citizens of Lavaca County Passes Away.

Mr. Thomas Culpepper, familiarly known as “Uncle Tom,” one of the oldest citizens of this county, died at his home about five miles east of Shiner, last Friday morning at about 5 o’clock, aged 75 years. Mr. Culpepper had been twice married and was the father of 22 children, 20 of whom survive him. His wife and father also survive him, his father being in his 99th year. Mr. Culpepper moved to this county in 1850, was a member of Terry’s Texas Rangers and served throughout the civil war. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was buried with Masonic honors. The interment took place in the old home burying ground at Mount Olive church and was attended by a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. Uncle Tom died as he had lived, loved and respected by all who knew him. His wife and children will miss his kind and loving care and his friends mourn the loss of a true and upright gentleman.

“No further seek his merits to disclose,
Or draw his frailties from their dread abode,
There they alike in trembling hope repose,
In the bosom of his father and his God.”

J.T.J. Culpepper, 9 Aug 1827 – 1 Aug 1902, husband of Cynthia Culpepper, has a Masonic marker in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Shiner Gazette, 7 Apr 1897

As the GAZETTE goes to press the condition of Frank Culpepper’s little seven-month-old boy is critical, and his death may occur at any time. He has been sick several weeks.

Robert Ray Culpepper, 6 Sep 1896 – 9 Apr 1897, was buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 22 Apr 1903, page 1


Died at Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas, on April 14, 1903, little Wheela Culpepper, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T.J. Culpepper, the former deceased. The little one was aged only two years, ten months and nine days. He was born in Lavaca county near Shiner, where he lived until the family moved to Floresville last October. Little Wheela was dearly loved by all who knew him. He was sick only a few days and his death was caused by membraneous croup. He suffered intensely until a few minutes before his death, when he sweetly passed [illegible] to give him up, but we know he is in angel land where suffering can no more come.

M. K.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 27 Jun 1919, page 5


Shiner, Texas, June 22.—The body of Anthony Cunningham, Jr., negro, a member of company C, 47th infantry, who died of wounds received at Juarez in a clash with Villa troops, arrived here Friday and was interred in the negro cemetery. Cunningham, whose parents reside here joined the army from this county. He served on the Mexican border, being stationed at Columbus and Demning, N. M., most of the time. Cosby Cunningham, a cousin of the dead soldier and a member of the same company accompanied the remains here.

Anthony Cunningham, aged 25, was buried in the Bluebonnet Hill Memory Garden.


Galveston Daily News, 14 Jan 1884


Herald: One day last week the daughter of John Cunningham was burned to death at the school-house of Brushy. It seems she had been sweeping the house, the scholars and teacher having gone away, and her dress took fire from the stove and she, becoming frightened, rushed through the woods. Her burns were found to be fatal.


Weimar Mercury, 18 Jan 1929, page 2

Confederate Veteran Dead.

Moulton, Texas. Jan. 11.—John Curry, 88, was buried in the Thompson cemetery, west of here. Wednesday afternoon under the auspices of Moulton Lodge No. 298. A. F. & A. M. He had been a member of the Masonic lodge for 58 years. Curry was a Confederate veteran and the Confederate monument in the city of Gonzales was draped on the day of his death in his memory. He is survived by three sons and four daughters.

Curry is buried in the Stonewall Cemetery in Gonzales County.


Colorado Citizen, Page 1, July 6, 1876

"MURDER MOST FOUL, STRANGE AND UNNATURAL."—Many of our readers will remember to have heard that some two or three weeks since, Sallie Curry left the home of her mother, near this village, in company with Tucker Campbell. A few days after Tucker Campbell reappeared but without his companion. Perhaps the day after his reappearance, others arrived from Flatonia with warrants for his arrest for the offenses of seduction under promise of marriage, and theft of a horse. He was taken to Flatonia, where he had left the unfortunate companion of his flight, friendless and penniless, and an hour set for the hearing of his case before Mr. F[illegible], magistrate of that precinct. A short time before the case against Campbell was called, Sallie Curry, mounted behind Wm. McElroy, left town, and failed to appear before the magistrate to substantiate the chargs she had made against Campbell. The latter was, however, bound over to await the action of the Grand Jury. A day or two afterwards Campbell and McElroy returned to this neighborhood stating that Sallie Curry had gone to Galveston. On Sunday the skeleton of a girl was found on Peach Creek, some ten miles from Flatonia. It was much decayed and partially destroyed, but suspicion was aroused that it was the body of the unfortunate girl whose failure to return home or communicate with her friends excited apprehension that she had been foully dealt with. Mrs. Jane Curry was sent for and completely identified the remains of her daughter. A complaint was made and warrants were issued for the arrest of Tucker Campbell, Stuart Campbell and Wm. McElroy. The two former are in jail the latter is still at large. Upon the case we do not intend to make estended comment. Our community is already sufficiently aroused upon the subject. We are patient and law abiding people, but we are men born of women and a cruel murder done upon the humblest, most obscure who bears the form of woman will meet with a punishment as certain and complete as though it had been done upon the highest and most influential in the land.—Hallettsville Herald and Planter.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht

Caballero - Chumchal

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Cimrhanzel - Curry


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