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Weimar Herald, February 1, 1896, pg 2

Yoakum, Tex., Jan. 28.—Bob Graves, a young  negro, is in jail here charged with the murder of Alice Hicks, a colored woman, who was shot three times last night, dying instantly. Particulars of the quarrel which led to the killing could not be learned this morning.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 30 Aug 1905, page 1

Dr. J. Y. Hicks Dead.

Dr. J. Y. Hicks, one of the oldest and best respected citizens of Lavaca county, is no more. The people of Moulton were very much grieved to learn of his death, which occurred at the family residence here at 7:15 o’clock Wednesday morning. after a two days illness. He was stricken with apoplexy early Monday morning and never regained consciousness.

Funeral services were held at the family residence at 8:30 o’clock Thursday morning and the interment took place in the Old Moulton cemetery.

Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Nations of El Paso, and Mrs. W. L. Tooley of Moulton.

Dr. Hicks was about 75 years old and has lived in Moulton ever since the town was first built. For several years past he did not practice his profession, but was engaged in the banking business until his death.

Dr. Hicks was a man greatly respected and loved by every one who knew him.

The Eagle tenders its sincere sympathy to the sorrowing survivors. – Moulton Eagle.

Dr. Josiah Young Hicks, 5 Jun 1831 – 13 Aug 1905, is buried in the Moulton City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 11 Aug 1990, page 10A

Shiner Man Hangs Self in Lavaca Jail

Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE – A Shiner man, who had been sentenced Wednesday to 99 years in prison for the murder of his wife, was found hanged in his jail cell in the Lavaca County Jail Thursday.

Lavaca County Sheriff Larry Meinkowsky said the death of Gregory Ray Hights, 25, is being classified as an “alleged suicide by hanging” pending a complete investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Meinkowsky said the screams of two other prisoners in Hights’ jail cell led to a jailer’s discovery of Hights hanging by a bedsheet tied to the frame of the cell’s shower stall at approximately 5:40 p.m. Thursday.

No suicide note was found, the sheriff said.

Hights was convicted in District Court Wednesday in Hallettsville for the March murder of his wife in Yoakum, Meikowsky said.

The body was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiners office in Austin Friday morning for an autopsy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Aug 1895

Henry Hilmer lost his little five months old baby girl last Friday morning. It had been sick about a week. The funeral took place at the Hermann Soehne Cemetery Saturday morning.

Listed as Hildigat Hilmer, 23 Feb 1895 – 26 Jul 1896 in Sammy Tise's Lavaca County, Texas Cemetery Records. The death year on the stone should be 1895.


Halletsville New Era, October 6, 1899

A Sad Death.

Last Monday the angel of death rudely snatched from the midst of a happy home and fond parents, little Marilouise Hill, aged 7 years, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Hill. Her illness was only of short duration and therefore, her death all the more unexpexcted [sic.] and depressing. The remains of the little sufferer were laid to rest Tuesday evening by tender hands tender hands [sic.], aided by kind and hopeful words from Rev. Garrett. The New Era extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents.

There is another, much longer obituary for Marilouise Hill in the October 5, 1899 issue of the Halletsville Herald.


Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1948, page 1


Cy Hill, former colored resident of Weimar, was buried this week at Yoakum, it is reported. The cause of his death and other details were not available.

Silas Hill, 9 Mar 1905-25 Jan 1948, was buried in the Yoakum vicinity. His death certificate states he died of cold and pneumonia. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


The Houston Chronicle, Sunday, August 10, 2008, page B7

PATTIE ALLINE HILLIARD, 76 years of age, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2008. Born July 14, 1932, in Yoakum, Texas. Preceded in death by husband C. T. (Jack) Hilliard, Jr. Is survived by two daughters, Sharon Kay Hoxter of Humble, Texas and Victoria Rose Hilliard of Kingwood, Texas, two grandchildren, Amanda Nicole Hoxter and Craig Justin Hoxter both of Humble, Texas, one sister, Glenda M. Millar and husband Huntly D. Millar, numerous nieces and nephews. No Visitation. Graveside Service August 12, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Brookside Cemetery, 13401 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Texas 77039 - Phone 281-449-6511.

She was the daughter of Elmo A. Thiele and Daisy Edwin Cobb. Her husband, Claburne Terrel Hilliard, Jr. preceded her in death on January 15, 2005. They resided in Humble, Harris County, Texas. Contributed by Rebecca Herder.


Shiner Gazette, 16 Aug 1905

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Hilje died last Monday and was buried yesterday, Tuesday. Mrs. Hilje was formerly Miss Emma Luedetke, and half sister to Mr. G. W. Eschenburg.

Alvina Hillje, 12 Aug 1905 – 14 Aug 1905, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Oct 1925

Ferd. Hillje

This section was shocked to learn of the death of Ferd. Hillje who died very suddenly at Brady, Texas, at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 11th., at the home of Paul Klatt.

He resided in Hallettsville and was known here in Schulenburg and throughout this entire section.

The corpse was shipped to Hallettsville where it arrived at 3:55 Tuesday morning and was moved to the family home.

The remains were laid to rest in the Hallettsville City cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3:30.

Mr. Hillje had attained the age of 60 years, 9 months and 30 days.

To the bereaved relatives the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 June 1927

Mrs. Ferd Hillje Dead at Halletsville

News was received here Sunday morning of the death of Mrs. Marguerite Hillje (nee Seydler), a widow of the late Ferd. Hillje, which occurred at halletsville that morning, after an illness extending over a period of many years, many sorrowing relatives and friends from this city being present.

Mrs. Hillje was 56 years, 8 months and 2 days old. She was born at High Hill, afterward moving to Schulenburg, thence to Halletsville, where she lived up to the time of her death. She was married to Mr. Ferd. Hillje some 37 years ago. Mr. Hillje preceded her in death several years ago. Mrs. Hillje is survived by four brothers — Geo. Seydler of East Bernard, Charles Seydler of Rosenberg, Moritz Seydler of Houston and Rudolf Seydler of San Antonio — and one sister, Mrs. Ed Strobel of Schulenburg, besides many relatives and friends thruout this section of the state.

Mrs. Hillje was a woman of lovely disposition. Although an invalid for a number of years previous to her death, she bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, with christian fortitude. She was a general favorite among a large circle of friends, and her sad death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Victoria Advocate, Thursday Jan 7, 1954

C. F. Hillmann

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Charles F. Hillmann, 73, of Edna were held at the Buffington Chapel Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Dr. Paul Bechter officiated and burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Hillmann passed away January 4 in Yoakum. He was born in Fayette County, Texas in 1880.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Edith Monroe of Pasadena; two sons, Carl Hillmann of Beaumont and Harry Hillmann of Pasadena; three sisters, Mrs. J. E. Freis of Yoakum, Mrs. G. C. Harrel of Nursery and Mrs. W. H. Stevens of Houston; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Friedrich Albert Karl Hillmann, known as Charlie, was the son of Henry Hillmann and Emma Sauer. He is buried in the Sharrock Plot in Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff.


Shiner Gazette, 9 Feb 1898


Mrs. Charlotta Hillman, aged 86 years, died at the residence of August Martens Friday night. She had only been since about two days. She was Mrs. Marten’s aunt and had been living with them about five years. She had never had any children of her own but there are a number of step-children. Her remains were taken to Schulenburg for interment.

Charlotta Hillman was the second wife of Carl Hillman. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff.


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, May 19, 1894


Yoakum, DeWitt Co., Tex., May 18.—Died in Yoakum on Thursday, May 17, at 7 o'clock p. m., Mrs. Emma Hillman.

Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff.


Hallettsville New Era-Herald, 27 Sep 1932


The remains of Fred Hillmann of Alice, aged 74 years, 6 months and 5 days, whose death occurred at La Grange Wednesday, were laid to rest in the Oak Grove Cemetery yesterday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the home of Emil Richers at LaGrange at 11: a.m.

The deceased is survived by his wife and six children, among them, a daughter in Yoakum, Mrs. Garrett Eilers ( suppose to be Gerhard Eilers); Mr. Hillmann will be remembered by many citizens of Yoakum when he resided there during which time he had charge of the Hillmann Gin. – Yoakum Times , Sept. 23

Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


Shiner Gazette, July 4, 1898


With a deep sense of personal sorrow we chronicle the death of our friend of boyhood days, Henry Hillmann, which occurred at his home in Yoakum last Friday, after a lingering illness. Mr. Hillmann grew to manhood in Fayette County and was awarm-hearted boy and friend to all. He was twice married, his first wife having died about four years ago. Four children by his first wife and his present wife survive him. He was a member of three fraternal orders, Knights of Honor, Woodmen and Sons of Hermann. His remains were given sepulcher in the cemetery at the Lutheran church near Freyburg, by the side of his wife. His surviving friends and relatives have our sympathy.- Schulenburg Sticker.

Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


clipping from Hallettsville newspaper


Funeral services were held this afternoon at 3:30 o 'clock for Mrs. Minnie Hillman, 74, who passed away at her home at Alice, Texas, at 10:15 a. m., December 21.

Mrs. Hillman was born in Austin county, Texas, and was united in marriage to Mr. Fred Hillman in 1880 at Schulenburg. They resided at Schulenburg until 1901, when they moved to Yoakum. Mr. Hillman operated the Hillman gin here until 1912, when the family moved to Jim Wells county to make their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Hillman celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1930. Mr. Hillman passed away in 1932 and was buried in the Oak Grove cemetery here.

The service for Mrs. Hillman were held at 3:30 p.m. today at the Beck Mortuary chapel, with Rev. Paul Bechter, pastor of the Holy Cross Lutheran church, officiating. Interment was made in the Oak Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Hillman is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E. Richers of La Grange, and Mrs. Gus Richers of Flatonia; three sons, Elo Hillman of Phoenix, Ariz., Will Hillman of Alice, and Fred Hillman of Aransas Pass.

Note: Minnie Hillman was born January 9, 1864 near New Ulm to John Heinsohn and Anna Meyer. She passed away December 21, 1938. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


San Antonio Express, Friday Morning July 24, 1931

CUERO, Tex., July 23.—Mrs. Sarah Belle Hillman, prominent business woman of Runge, and a former resident of this city, died at a local hospital Tuesday night, where she had been confined for several weeks. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the funeral chapel, with Rev. Rath, Lutheran minister of Nordheim, officiating. The body was carried overland to Shiner and burial was in the McMurray family burying plot.

Mrs. Hillman was born in Shiner 50 years ago. Twenty-four years ago she was united in marriage to Ed Hillman and resided in Runge. In 1917 her husband met a tragic death in a gin accident and she assumed the responsiblity of his extensive business interests.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Sam McMurray of West Columbia; six brothers, Charles McMurray of Houston, Cap McMurray of West Columbia, Sam McMurray of Cuero, Dr. Allan McMurray of Houston. Dunny and Jim McMurray of West Columbia, and two sisters, Mrs. W. C. McCaskillof Fentress and Mrs. A. C. Wilkens of Westhoff.

Sarah Belle McMurray, June 16, 1881 - July 21, 1931, married Adolph Edward Hillman, who died in 1919 and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Yoakum. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


San Antonio Express, August 22, 1936


(Special Correspondence)

YOAKUM, Tex., Aug. 21.—William Hillman, 76, died at his home on Hopkins Street yesterday after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Hillman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Hillman; by three daughters, Mrs. Emmie Ferrer and Mrs. Amelia Thompson of San Antonio and Mrs. Nellie Groins of Little Rock, Ark.; two sons, Henry W. Hillman of Edna and Ben Hillman of San Antonio.

William "Will" Hillman, born Heinrich Wilhelm Hillmann, born March 20, 1860, at Prairie Point, (Oakland) Colo. Co, Tx; died August 19, 1936 at Yoakum, TX. His wife was Anna Ripple. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


Shiner Gazette, 2 Aug 1894


The infant son of Henry Hilmer died last Wednesday night of summer complaint. The interment took place Thursday.

Heinrich Hillmer, 11 Feb 1894 – 23 Jul 1894, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 23 Jan 1908, Komensky News column

On the 6th. inst. a message was received here announcing the death of Miss Louise Hillmer of near Oak Grove.

Louise W. M. Hillmer, 13 Jun 1890 – 5 Jan 1908, was buried in the Moulton City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 25 Jul 1900


Last Saturday morning Walter F. W. Hillmer, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Hillmer, aged two years and six months. The funeral took place Sunday morning at 9 o’clock at the O. D. H. S. cemetery. The stricken parents have the sympathy of their many friends in their sad bereavement.

Walter Hillmer, 6 Apr 1898 – 22 Jul 1900, son of E. & F., was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, 18 Feb 2008

Boyce William Hilscher

BOYCE WILLIAM HILSCHER, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away February 15, 2008. He was born on February 1, 1926, in Moravia, Texas, to Willie and Emma Hilscher. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mildred H. Hilscher, his parents, and sister, Joyce Riha. He is survived by his daughter, Diane Bolt and husband, Charlie, son, Larry Hilscher, and sister, Dolores Janak. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Matt Bolt, Andrea Munding and husband, Paul, Christi Jo Hilscher, and Jessie Hilscher. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Hilscher served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He retired after 36 years from National Biscuit Company. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Polka Lovers of America, and New Generation Seniors. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 18, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church with burial following at South Park Resurrection Cemetery.

Parents were Willie and Emma Klapuch Hilscher. Preceded in death by sister, Joyce Emma Riha of Pierce, Texas on Feb 26, 2006.Wife was the former Mildred Helen Kulhanek. Enlisted in the Armed Forces on Jun 15, 1944 at Fort Sam Houston. Contributed by Rebecca Herder


unknown newspaper and date

Mrs. Emiline HINCH who had been sick for quite a while, at the home of Eugene TURK,
died there last Tuesday night May 22 1900, age 78 years. Mrs. HINCH leaves two grown sons and daughters, John W. HINCH of Edwards County; Mrs. [Mary Ann] John SMOTHERS and Mrs. [Angie Jane Hinch] NICHOLS of this county, and Lat HINCH of Karnes County.The deceased lady had been a resident of this county for many years and was loved and respected by all who knew her.

Note: Emiline Hinch was buried in the Clark Cemetery according to several who attended her funeral. Her grave has not been marked. Emiline had a twin, Angeline D., in Missouri. She was born 4 October 1821 in Pike County, Missouri to John Clark and Ann Brown. She died 22 May 1900 in Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas. Contributed by Nena Smothers


Shiner Gazette, 14 Oct 1993

Victor H. Hirsch

Victor Henry Hirsch, of Moulton, age 78 years, one month and 14 days, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1993.

A rosary service was held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Witting under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.

Pallbearers were Ernest Ehrig Jr., Ray Reyna, Lester Warzecha, Gary L. Fishbeck, Rebecca Fishbeck and Monica Gomez.

He was born Aug. 27, 1915, in Lavaca County to the late Bernard and Marguerite Maikotter Hirsch. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a self employed farmer, a member of the American Legion and a Catholic. He is survived by two daughters, Eleonora Fishbeck and Margaret Pena, both of Gonzales; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Moeller Hirsch; his father in 1943; his mother, Feb. 7, 1961; and one brother, Harry Hirsch, Oct. 22, 1980.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, December 10, 1997

Elvie Hlavac

Elvie Hlavac, 83, of Hallettsville, died in Lavaca Medical Center, Friday, Dec. 5, 1997 at 4:31 a.m.

She was born March 7, 1914, in Sublime, to Rudolf and Annie Sicko Quitta. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hallettsville.

On Oct. 27, 1937 she married John Hlavac in Hallettsville.

Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Jean Bonewald and husband, Henry Bonewald of Hallettsville; a son, Harvey B. Hlavac and wife, Susan of Hallettsville; two sisters, Lydia Muhlstein of Hallettsville and Olga Klesel of Schulenburg; a brother, Joe Quitta of Hallettsville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Hlavac on Feb. 11, 1980; a brother, Alvin Quitta; sisters, Selma Woytek, Agnes Jahn, Tillie Rother and Sophie Rehak.

Visitation began at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 and continued until 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel, Hallettsville.

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

Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hallettsville. The Rev. Herb Beyer officiated.

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

Pallbearers were Jack Bonewald, Jerry Bonewald, Gary Bonewald, Ricky Bonewald, Bobby Bonewald and Arthur Hlavac.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Victoria Advocate, March 28, 1999


MOULTON -- Virginia Kubos Hlozek, 68, of Moulton, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999.

She was born April 8, 1930, in Moravia, to the late August and Anstzia Casteka Kubos. She was retail grocery employee and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and KJZT.

Survivors: sisters, Viola Okrulik of Rosenburg and Emma Bartos of Schulenburg; and brother, Edward Kubos Sr., of Schulenburg.

Preceded in death by: husband, Edwin Hlozek; one sister; and one brother.

Visitation will begin noon Monday at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 4 Aug 1944, page 1


On Sunday, July 30, Mr. and Mrs. John Hnatek received word from the war department that their son, Staff Sgt, Edward F. Hnatek, had been killed in action on the Italian bttle front on July 8. His parents live in the Honey Creek community just over the line in Lavaca County, and their son is the twenty-ninth American soldier from that county lose his life in this war.

Sergeant Hnatek left for oversears duty last Fall and was promoted to a staff sergeant sometime this Spring. He was with the Fifth Army in Italy. In a letter received recently by the family he said he had passed through Rome along with his company. He was well known through the Weimar section and the news of his death is regretted by all.

Sgt. Hnatek was born on the family farm in the Honey Creek community on November 11, 1920. He lived and worked on the farm until his enlistement in the army. He has two brothers in the service, one now in France, the other stationed at Ft. Dix, N. J.

The brother in France, T-5 August Hnatek,was with the invasion force on D-Day, taking part in the big invasion of France.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hnatek; four sisters, Mrs. Annie Oakley of Houston, Mrs. Emelie Childs of Houston, Mrs. Stacey Banks of Alief, Mrs. Tonnie James of Houston; four brothers, Henry and Joe Hnatek of this setion, S-Sgt. John Hnatek of Ft. Dix, N. J., and T-5 August Hnatek, now in France.

The Mercury joins numerous friends of the family in extending sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1948, pg. 1

Reinterment rites Tomorrow Evening For Sgt. Hnatek

Re-Interment services for Sgt. Hnatek, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hnatek, Sr. of Honey Creek section if here, will be held from 1:30 o’clock tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, with internment at Hallettsville.

Sgt. Hnatek, who would be 28 were he still living today, lost his life in the action against the Italian enemy on July 8, 1944.

He had gone overseas in the fall of 1943, and in the spring of 1944 was promoted to sergeant rank. With the Fifth Army in Italy, his last letter to his family told that his unit has passed through Rome.

Sgt. Hanek was born on the family farm in the Honey Creek community on November 11, 1920. He stayed on the farm until his enlistment in the Army. At the time of his death two other brothers were in the service, one of them stationed in France.

Hallettsville stores announced today that they would be close in tribute to the young soldier. Veterans of Hallettsville will give him a military burial.

Survivors include his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Hnatek. Sr., four sisters, Mrs. Annie Oakley of Houston, Mrs. Emelie Childs of Houston, Mrs. Stacy Banks of Alief , Mrs. Tonnie James of Houston; four brothers Henry and Joe Hnatek of this section, John Hnatek, Jr. and August Hnatek.
Transribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 16, 1938


An immense crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends gathered at Vsetin Tuesday afternoon to pay their last respects to Joe Hnatek, who was found dead in bed at his home Monday about noon. Death was apparently due to natural causes. Mr. Hnatek would have been 75 years of age on Dec. 18. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. Kostohryz and he spoke words of consolation to the bereaved which will linger in their memories, for Mr. Hnatek was a good man, and well thought of in that community. Many beautiful floral tributes attested to that fact.

Pall bearers were: Frank, Vinc and Ed. Melnar, John Kovarik, Frank Fojt and Adolph Dusek.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Frank Vojtek; one brother, John Hnatek of Honey Creek; two sisters, Mrs. Volcik of Hallettsville and Mrs. Brhlik of Midfield; four grandchildren and other relatives. His wife passed away about 10 years ago.

It is always with regret that we chronicle the passing of these old citizens. They are the salt of the earth. Not born to shine in high places, yet, they carry on in their humble paths and carry the light of Christianity and of civilization for the stumbling feet of the succeeding generations. The subject of this sketch was one of these. He was a member of the S.P.J.S.T. and a good citizen.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to those who mourn.—Hallettsville New Era-Herald.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 28, 1955

Final Rites for John Hnatek Sr., 85, Held Sunday

Funeral services for John Hnatek Sr., 85-year-old retired farmer of the Sublime area, were held last Sunday afternoon at the family home, with burial in Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Rev. F. J. Kostohryz of Temple officiated.

Born Jan. 2, 1870, in Czechoslovakia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hnatek, he came to this country with his family in 1883. They settled in Lavaca County, and Mr. Hnatek lived there the rest of his life.

He had retired from active farming about 10 years ago, but had been in good health for his age. As the oldest resident on the Weimar-Sheridan road, he was chosen last summer to cut the ribbon when the final stretch of the route was completed and the road dedicated.

He died at Youens Hospital here at one-o'clock last Saturday morning, ending an illness of about one month.

Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Verna Pratek [Pratka, per death certificate], whom he married in 1902; three sons, Henry of Weimar, John Jr. of Houston and August of Deer Park; four daughters, Mrs. Annie Oakley and Mrs. Tom James of Houston, Mrs. Emily Childs of La Porte and Mrs. G. O. Little of Hallettsville; one sister, Mrs. Annie Volcik of Flatonia; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Two sons preceded him in death; Joe Hnatek, who died at his home near Weimar four years ago; and Sgt. Edward Hnatek, who was killed in action in Italy during World War II.

Pallbearers were Harvey Lee, J.M. Little, Ernest Tesch, J.S. Rypple, Adolph Dunsek, and Ed Shoemaker.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Tuesday, Aug 10, 1937, Hallettsville newspaper clipping

Martin Hnatek

On Sunday Aug 8, at 1:30 am on the soul of a kind and loving father, Martin Hnatek, passed on into the Great Beyond. He had been ill for about 3 months, but human skill was unavailing.

Born in Czechoslovakia March 28, 1859, he was married to Miss Rosie Sralik in 1883 and immigrated to this country 44 years ago, settling in Lavaca County. This county has been home to them ever since, and the family has won the respect of all whom they have come in contact.

Mr. Hnatek was a valued member of the SPJST Lodge and a consistent member of the Lutheran Church.

He was buried in the Vsetin Cemetery Monday Aug 9th, at 9 am after funeral services were held at the family residence east of town and at Vsetin Church. Rev. Jas. Barton of Granger conducted the services and a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives were in attendance. The floral offerinigs were beautfiul.

Pall-bearers were: Victor and Ernest Orsak, Leonard and Alred Holly, Herman Sralik and A. Mikush.

Survivors were his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Orsak and six grandchildren. Three sisters and a brother passed on before.

Contributed by Darlene Baker


Weimar Mercury, 27 Mar 1969, page 1

Funeral Thursday For Mrs. Hnatek

Funeral services will be held at Czech Moravian Brethren Church, Vsetin, at 2:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 27, for Mrs. John (Veronyka) Hnatek, 86, former resident of Lavaca County.

Mrs. Hnatek, mother of Henry Hnatek and Mrs. G. O. Little of this area, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday at Youens Memorial Hospital.

She had been making her home with a son at Deer Park.

The body will lie in state in Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, until 1 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Vsetin Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 3, 1969

Final Rites for Mrs. Hnatek, 86, Held at Vsetin

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Veronyka) Hnatek Sr., 86, were held Thursday afternoon, March 27, at Czech Moravian Brethren Church, Vsetin, with burial in the Hallettsville City Cemetery beside her late husband.

Rev. F. J. Kostohryz officiated.

Mrs. Hnatek, mother of Henry Hnatek and Mrs. G. O. Little of this area, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Youens Memorial hospital, where she had been a patient eight days. She had lived at Columbus Convalescent Home the past three years.

Born January 27, 1883, in Czechoslovakia, she was a daughter of John and Annie Pratka Hnatek [as printed in obit]. She came to this country when she was 9 years old and lived in Lavaca County until entering the convalescent home. She was married to Mr. Hnatek on April 1, 1902. He died Jan. 22, 1955.

Two sons also preceded her in death: Joe who died in 1951, and Sgt. Edward Hnatek, killed in action in Italy in World War II. Two brothers and three sisters also died before her.

Mrs. Hnatek is survived by three sons, Henry of Weimar, John Jr. of Houston and August of Deer Park; four daughters, Mrs. Annie Oakley and Mrs. Donald (Antonia) James of Houston, Mrs. E. L. (Emily) Childs of La Porte and Mrs. _ O. (Stasie) Little of Hallettsville; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and a brother and a sister, Peter Pustka and Mrs. Antonia Bohuslav, both living in Czechoslovakia.

Pallbearers were A. J. Hnatek, Lester Little, Robert Oakley, Owen Hnatek, George Little and Calvin Oakley.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 30 May 1900, page 1

Mr. and Mrs. A. Hohhertz suffered a sad bereavement last Thursday in the death of their little three months’ old twins. Both the little ones died the same day of cholera morbus. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 4 Apr 1895


Miss Emma Hohhertz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hohhertz, died Saturday morning of convulsions at the home of her parents near the Lutheran church. The deceased was in her thirteenth year. The funeral took place Sunday from the Lutheran church.

Emma Adeline Hochherz, 17 Feb 1881 – 30 Mar 1895, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1895 pg 4

Hallettsville Herald: Morris Hochwalt, who about twelve years ago married Miss Augusta Riemschneider [Riemenschneider] of Hallettsville, met with a tragic death at his home at Calvert Friday night. Mr. Hochwalt had been at a neighboring town on business. When he returned at about eleven o'clock at night and as he was in the habit of keeping-a bottle of good liquor in his office he drove there to take a drink before he went home. He found his bottle at its accustomed place and took a good drink of its contents. He then went home but he had scarcely reached his room when he was seized with pains, and the suspicion at once dawned on him that he had been poisoned. A physician was summoned in haste, but it was too late. It is thought that a large quantity of strychnine was put into the whisky during Mr. Hochwalt's absence. The affair is a mystery A small quantity of the poisoned liquor was given to a cat the next day with fatal result. A rigid investigation will be had. Mr. Hochwalt was engaged in the brokerage business and was prosperous.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Shiner Gazette, 16 Apr 1908

Little Alfred Hodanek.

Died, little Alfred Hodanek, Friday evening, April 10th., aged one year and eight months. Alfred was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hodanek and the sympathy of their friends goes out to them in their sore afflction [sic]. The interment took place Saturday in the city cemetery.

Alfred Hodanek was born and died 7 Aug 1906 – 16 Apr 1909. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 Jun 1904, page 1

The little infant child of Walter Herrick [sic.] died and was buried last Thursday. Mr. Herrick is a son-in-law of Mr. Fritz Zacharias Sr. We extend sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Shiner Gazette, 6 Jul 1904, page 1

The little child, seven months old, of Mr. Walter Hoerig, died on June 23rd and was buried in the city cemetery. The parents of the little one have our sympathy.

This infant's grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 Feb 1982

Shiner Native Ben Hoerig Dies

YOAKUM – Ben F. Hoerig of Yoakum, died at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1982 in Huth Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He attained the age of 88 years, 5 months and 27 days.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. D.I. Dolton officiating.

Burial followed in Shiner City Cemetery under direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum where the body lay in state.

Serving as pallbearers were Paul Hoerig, Bobby Heiman, Rodney, Nathan and Benjamin Felchak and Darrel Ray Brown. Honorary pallbearers named were Davis Masingill, Tom Blair and Lynnie Brown.

One of a family of nine children, Mr. Hoerig was born Aug. 15, 1893 near Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Bernhardt and Pauline (Schreider) Hoerig. His parents and other members of his immediate family immigrated to America from Liebzig, Saxony, Germany, first settling at Swiss Alp. In 1887, they moved to Lavaca County and established their home in the Midway community south of Shiner.

On December 9, 1915, he was united in marriage with Clare Glazert. couple [sic] first made their home in Shiner farming for their livelihood. About 1945 they moved to Houston, residing there 20 years. Since 1965, Yoakum had been his home The couple first made their home in Shiner farming for their livelihood. About 1945 they moved to Houston, residing there 20 years. Since 1965, Yoakum had been their home where his wife died Mar. 18, 1968.

Survivors include a son, Hilton Hoerig of Marble Falls; three daughters, Mrs. A.J. (Elvera) Brown of Marble Falls, Mrs. Albert (Bernice “Bobbie”) Heiman of Danbury and Mrs. Eddie (Esther) Felchak of Houston; a brother, Willie B. Hoerig of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Fritz (Martha) Harbers of Nordheim; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, July 23, 1895; his mother, Apr. 14, 1932; four brothers, Walter Paul Hoerig, Mar. 14, 1947; Oscar Hoerig, Nov. 28, 1948; Arthur A. Hoerig, Dec. 3, 1960; Kurt “Gus” Hoerig, Oct. 1, 1956; two sisters, Mrs. Otto (Ella) Glatzert, March 1, 1950; Mrs. Adolph (Erna) Baumann, July 21, 1959.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 25 Sep 1992, page 10A


HALLETTSVILLE - Freddie J. Hoffer Sr., 79, of Hallettsville died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1992.

He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Lavaca County to the late Leo and Minnie Huehlefeld Hoffer Sr. He formerly owned and operated the Hardware and Grocery Store in Sweet Home and was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: wife, Gladys Lauer Hoffer; daughter, Gretchen Haynes of Victoria; sons, Freddie Hoffer Jr. of Houston and Donald R. Hoffer of Inez; sisters, Lucy Kahanek of Hempstead, Elizabeth Hoffer of Victoria and Catherine Wenzel of Rosenberg; brother, Leo Hoffer of Hallettsville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Parish Rosary 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Services 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, the Rev. Eustace A. Hermes officiating.

Burial in Sweet Home Cemetery, Kubena Funeral Home, 798-3271.

Pallbearers: Charles Wenzel Jr., Charles Kahanek, Lee Hoffer, Rusty Fitch, Ronald Macha and Craig Nichols.

The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 9 a.m., at which time it will be taken to the church for services.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 27 Aug 1993, page 14A


HALLETTSVILLE - Gladys Marie Hoffer, 68, of Hallettsville died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1993.

She was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Yoakum to the late Joe and Veronica Albrecht Lauer. She married the late Freddie J. Hoffer Sr. on Feb. 16, 1943, in Yoakum. The homemaker was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Survivors: daughter, Gretchen Haynes of Victoria; sons, Freddie J. Hoffer Jr. of Houston and Donald R. Hoffer of Inez; sisters, Magdalene Nickle of Yoakum, Virginia Fitch of Kilgore, Jean Trammell of Victoria and Genevieve Knox of Cuero; brother, Joe Lauer of Yoakum; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband on Sept. 24, 1992; two sisters; and two brothers.

Visitation: Begins 10 a.m. today, Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Rosary: 7:30 p.m. today, at the funeral home.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Revs. Eustace A. Hermes and Celestino Say officiating.

Burial: Queen of Peace Cemetery in Sweet Home, Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 798-3271.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 11 Oct 1935, page 1

Mr. Stanek Hoffmann, Sublime Section, Dead

We learn that Mr. Stanek Hoffmann, well known citizen of the Sublime section, died Thursday of last week, at the age of 88 years, and that the funeral took place at the Honey Creek Cemetery the following day. The funeral was largely attended.

From the Hallettsville New Era-Herald we glean the following additional particulars: The pall bearers were Messrs. Gus Hustede, Jos. Bures, C. A. Miller, John Hnatek, John Liebicher and Ernest Tesch.

Deceased is survived by his widow, three sons and two daughters — Fred and Gus Hoffman of Markham, Frank J. Hoffmann of Bay City, Mrs. Fred Hamel of Orange Grove and Mrs. J. J. Kettl of Beaumont; one stepson, John Kock [Koch] of Bangs, Texas, and two step-daughters, Mrs. Herman Harms of Uvalde and Mrs. R. Hamel of Goose Creek, besides nine grandchildren.

Contributed by Regena Williamson. There is a grave stone for Stanek Hoffmann, 7 May 1847-3 Oct 1935, in the Keilers Cemetery.


Victoria Advocate, 4 Dec 2005

Pearl M. Hohensee

HALLETTSVILLE - Pearl M. Hohensee, 85, of Hallettsville died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005.

She was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Fayette County to the late Albert Otto and Rosalie Ehler Hohensee. She was a retired school tax collector for Hallettsville Independent School District and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She also was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Texas Retired Teachers Association and the Texas Polio Survivors Association Inc.

Survivors: sister, Virginia Zook of Floresville; brother, Calvin Hohensee of Wharton.

Visitation will be 2 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev John Peters officiating.

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

Memorials: Texas Polio Survivors Association Inc, P.O. Box 41325, Houston, Texas 77241-1325.

Contributed by Connie F. Sneed


Shiner Gazette, 24 Dec 1908, page 1, Sunset School News column


Monday evening at four o’clock the sad news reached us that Mrs. Holdt died, at the age of 50 years. Mrs. Holdt was sick for several weeks and was suffering with rheumatism. Mrs. Holdt leaves a husband and four grown children, one daughter married. The four living children are Mr. Will Holdt, Mrs. Paul Zacharias, and Misses Emma and Sophie at home. The interment took place Tuesday evening at four o’clock, in the Shiner cemetery, Rev. Wm. Dziewas holding the services at the grave. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives and friends.

Adalina Hohlt, 21 Jun 1858 – 14 Dec 1908, wife of Heinrich, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 19 Oct 1911, Sunset Letter column

Some sad news fled through this neighborhood last Tuesday morning that Mr. Henry Hohlt was dead. He is survived by four children, three daughters and one son.

Heinrich Hohlt, 9 Jun 1851 – 10 Oct 1911, husband of Adalina, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 3 Apr 1901, page 1

Death of Mrs. Annie Holchak.

Mrs. Annie Holchak, the mother of C. K. and Steve Holchak, and Mrs. C. M. Karasek, died last Saturday at the age of 78 years. Mrs. Holchak was born in Austria and came to America in 1855. They settled first at Frelsburg in Colorado county, where the family resided several years. They then moved to Austin county, where the elder Holchak died in 1861. She moved to Shiner with her daughter, Mrs. C. M. Karasek, in 1896, with whom she resided up to the time of her death.

Shiner Gazette, 10 Apr 1901

In the account given last week of the death of Mrs. Anna Holchak. the Gazette was in error as to the time of the death of her husband, Mr. Michael Holchak, instead of 1861 it was in 1863 he died.

Anna Holchak, who passed away at age 73 on April 1, 1901, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Cuero Record, Friday, April 21, 1967

Benno Holchak, 70, veteran employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, died at his home in Shiner Thursday, the victim of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist Church in Shiner Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment to follow in Shiner City Cemetery.

Holchak who lived in Cuero for six or eight years while stationed here as a telegrapher for the railroad company had been a resident of Shiner for the past 30 years. He was well known throughout South Texas having playing semi-pro baseball with the Cuero Turkey Trotters and other area teams for a period of almost 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lunis Holchak and two brothers Herbert C. Holchak of Shiner and Edwin "Red" Holchak of Kenedy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, April 16, 1904

Shiner, Tex., April 16.—Mr. Charles K. Holchak died very suddenly at 2 o'clock this morning of congestion of the brain. Mr. Holchak was 41 years old, and leaves a widow and three children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Shiner Gazette, 1 Jun 1904, Local News column

Mr. E. B. Kessler has made application as administrator of the estate of C. K. Holchak, deceased.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, August 12, 1972

Mrs. Holchak

Advocate News Service
SHINER—Mrs. Lunes Holchak, 71, died Friday in a Shiner rest home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday from the Methodist Church here with burial in Shiner City Cemetery.

She is survived by a brother, Roy Brunkenhoefer Sr. of Nordheim; several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Wednesday, May 2, 1923


SHINER, Tex., May 1.—S. J. Holchak Sr., 70, one of Shiner's oldest citizens died and was buried Tuesday morning in the City cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, six sons, S. J. Holchak Jr., Max and Edwin Holchak of Kenedy, H.C. Holchak of Kerrville, B. R. Holchak and Chas. Holchak of Runge, and two daughters, Mrs. Peck Welhausen of Shiner, and Mrs. Rudy Valenta of Memphis, Tenn.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Cuero Record, Friday, July 18, 1969

Funeral service for Mrs. Annie Lee Holec, 42, of Hallettsville will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. E. McKenna officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Holec died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a Hallettsville hospital. She was born June 9, 1927 in Lavaca County.

A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include her husband, Emil, of Hallettsville, two daughters, Betty Joe Holec of Hallettsville and Lillian Jane Squyres, of Cuero; two sons, Melvin Squyres and Joe Douglas Squyres both of Cuero; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Kellner of Yoakum and two brothers, Victor and Wallace, both of Yoakum.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, October 9, 2012


YOAKUM - Adela Lehnert Holik, age 93, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

She was born on May 10, 1919 in Lavaca County to Frank and Ida Hohman Lehnert, Sr. She was involved with the Hospital Pink Ladies, member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church Women and Golden Nuggets.

Survivors: daughter, Tina Eggemeyer; grandsons, Kenneth Eggemeyer, Jr. and Jason Eggemeyer; great-grandsons, McCannon and Jaxson Eggemeyer; nieces, Charlene Kloesel, Marlene Boone, Kathleen Holik, Carol Clinkscales, Nancy Schiller, Shannon Zabransky, Beatrice Laake and Patricia Musselman; nephews, David Holik, Larry Lehnert, Edgar Lehnert, Jr. and Victor Lehnert.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband Alfred Holik; brothers, Frank Lehnert, Jr., Edgar Lehnert, Sr., Clarence Lehnert and Leroy Lehnert; nephew, Lester Lehnert.

Family visitation on Tuesday from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Jonathan Mielke officiating. Entombment at Restland Mausoleum.

Pallbearers: Jason Eggemeyer, Kenny Eggemeyer, Jr., Emil Kloesel, Larry Lehnert, David Holik and Tom Clinkscales. Honorary Pallbearers: great-grandsons, McCannon and Jaxson Eggemeyer, Hospital Pink Ladies, Rosalie Harabis, Aileen Boening, Robert and Josephine Janak and Travis Boone.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Accolade Home Care, Accolade Hospice or donor's choice.
On-line guest book maybe signed at
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, Dec. 8, 1967

Mrs. Albert Holik Sr.

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM—Mrs. Albert (Mary) Holik Sr., 78, of Yoakum, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday in a local hospital.

Mrs. Holik was born Feb. 7, 1889, in Sweet Home, but had lived here about 30 years.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home chapel and at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. John Matocha officiating.

Surviving are the husband; two sons, Albert Jr. of Cuero and Alfred of Yoakum; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Gerlich of Yoakum, Mrs. Frank Huble of Floresville, and Miss Bessie Jirkozsky of Houston, a brother, John Jirkozsky of Shiner; and three grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Halletsville Herald, 24 Sep 1891, page 8


Laura Lenora Holland was born September 30rh, 1869, married to ?. J. Stricklin in the fall of 1885, and died in Halletsville September 10, 1891.

Deceased professed religion and joined the Methodist church south in Choctaw county, Mississippi, living a consistent Christian life until her death. She was a kind and obedient child to her parents and a true and devoted wife to her husband. She is not dead by sleepeth. Her last words were, "Saviour, more than life to me."

T. C. DePew


Shiner Gazette, 24 Jun 1903, Halletsville News column

Halletsville, Texas, June 18. – George Hallman [sic.], a student at the summer normal here, is seriously ill with an attack of appendicitis and is not expected to recover.

Shiner Gazette, 1 Jul 1903, Wied Happenings column

Wied, Texas, June 21.

(Delayed from last week.)

Thursday we received the sorrowful news of the death of Geo. Hollman, the sixteen-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hollman, of near Witting. George was attending the Halletsville normal, when he fell ill with appendicitis. He was a bright and energetic young person and loved by all those who knew him. He was buried in the Scharlottenburg cemetery [sic.]. We extend our profound sympathy to the grief stricken family.

Georg H. Hollmann, 14 May 1887 – 18 Jun 1903, has a marker in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Thursday, January 15, 1942

Schulenburg, Jan. 14.—James F. Hollub, 80, died at Moravia Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Thursday. Surviving are his widow, three daughters and four sons.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 23, 1942

Jas. E. Hollub, 80, Dies At Moravia

James E. Hollub, 80, father of Dr. Charles E. Hollub, Czechoslovakian consul at Houston, died at his home at Moravia Wednesday.

Funeral services were set for Thursday at 2 p.m. from the family residence.

Surviving are the widow; three daughters, Mrs. William Hajek and Mrs. August Pustejovsky of Schulenburg and Mrs. Anton Pustejovsky of Moulton, and four sons, James Hollub of Moravia, Ed. Hollub of Schulenburg and Doctor Hollub and William Hollub, both of Houston.

James Hollub's death certificate lists his middle initial as M. He was buried at Moravia. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, Monday, December 15, 1952

SCHULENBURG, Dec. 15.—Military funeral services were held here for James J. Hollub, 55, of Schulenburg at the Moravia cemetery by the Schulenburg American Legion.

Rev. Leo Goertz of Schulenburg, Rev. Albert Maneth of St. John, and Rev. Joseph Kunc of East Bernard officiated.

He was the brother of Dr. Charles J. Hollub of Houston, a U.S. consul to Czechoslovakia before Russia took over that country.

Other survivors are Ed G. Hollub of Schulenburg and Willie E. Hollub of Houston, brothers; and three sisters, Mrs. August Pustejovsky, Mrs. Anton Pustejovsky and Mrs. William F. Hajek, all of Schulenburg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 6, 1919


(Yoakum Herald, 27th).

John Hollub, well-to-do farmer of the Stratton community, was killed about 9 o'clock this morning. From meagre reports received, it seems Mr. Hollub was in his corn field some distance from the house when the shot was fired which caused his death.

A shotgun was used, the shot taking effect in the neck and causing instant death.

Sheriff Pence is at the Hollub home this afternoon investigating the shooting, but he would give out no statement in time for us to give details in day's paper. Neighbors of the Hollub family refused to be quoted and it is not known whether the identity of the party who did the shooting is known.

John Hollub has been a a resident of the Stratton section for many years, where he owned five or six hundred acres of land. He was in Yoakum yesterday and disposed of nine bales of cotton, the last of his year's crop, to the Edwards-Gilbert Company, little thinking no doubt that it would be his last visit to this city.

He is survived by his wife and four children.

A.P. "Pinkie" Benbow was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Sheriff John N. Pace of DeWitt County in connection with the killing of John Hollub of the Stratton section yesterday morning. Mr. Benbow was taken to Cuero by the officer where his examining trial will be held. The killing was said to have been the outgrowth of trouble the two men had had before. The Benbow family is one of the most prominent in DeWitt county, and it is not thought there will be any trouble in securing bond for the accused man.

Hollub was born and reared in Lavaca county, in the Moravia community, and was a son of the late John Hollub. He was well known by many people of the Moravia section.—Hallettsville Herald.

Galveston Daily News, Sunday, February 1, 1920

Cuero, Tex., Jan. 31.-- After consuming two days and a part of the third, the selection of twelve jurors to hear the testimony and return a verdict in the trial of A. P. Benbow, charged with murder, was completed Thursday. The young son of John Hollub, the man killed, was the first witness called, and his cross-examination continued for several hours. He was an eyewittness to the shooting in which his father lost his life.

J. A. Hollub, 1882 - 27 May 1919, was buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, Wednesday, March 12, 2008, page 8A

Lester Charles Holly of Kingsville, passed away March 8, 2008. He was 82. Lester was born April 22, 1925 in Lavaca County to Charles Holly and Annie Trlica Holly.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Elden Holly.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria K. Holly of Kingsville; sons: Arthur C. Holly (Rose) of Round Rock, Texas, Don C. Holly (Vanessa) of Corpus Chrisit and Mark K Holly (Jennifer) of Neenah, WI; sisters: Anita Hagens, Vivian Chudej and Charlene Chatham. Other survivors include his five grandchildren: Heather and April Holly, Alison, Jana and Dylan Holly.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at Kingsville Memorial Funera Home Chapel with Pastor Franke officiatiing.

Interment will follow at Chamberlain Cemetery.

Contributed by Darlene Baker


Victoria Advocate, Monday, June 26, 1972

Mrs. Rosie Holly

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Rosie Holly, 70, died at 3 p.m. Sunday in a local hospital.

Born Sept. 30, 1901 in Czechoslovakia, she was married in 1919 in Hallettsville, to August Holly, who survives her.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home, and CMP Church, with the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating. Burial will be in Vsetin Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Alfonse of Hallettsville, James of Houston and Jerome of Lake Charles, La.; a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Belicek of Hallettsville; two brothers, Joe Konarik and Steve Konarik of El Campo; one sister, Mrs. Bill Pelech of Gonzales; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 24 May 1899

Tribute of Respect.

Died at O’Possumtrot, Gonzales Co., April 5th 1899, at 2 a. m. at the residence of his son Mr. Rance Holyfield, Mr. Moses Holyfield [sic.] at a ripe old age. He was born in Wayne Parish, Miss., Dec. 29, 1825. While quite a young man he won the hand of Miss Unicy Phelps, with whom he was happily married in August 1843. During more than fifty eventful years shared the toils and conflicts, pains and pleasures, lights and shadows of earthly stay. Truly each could say with the Psalmist “Our lines have fallen unto us in pleasant places,” for after rearing their family it was a happy privilege for both to make their home among their devoted and loving children. An aged and devoted wife, four sons, Messrs. Rance, Bud, Jeff, and John Holyfield, honored citizens of Gonzales Co., and their families, also Mr. Wm. McGill, a son-in-law and three children, who will sadly miss the pleasant and happy coming of dear Grandpa, survive him. His sunny disposition and sterling qualities won for this good man many warm friends who feel sad over his sudden death. Sick only a few days still this aged christian [sic] was ready for the great change “Watching waiting” for the summons.

He was a devoted and consistent member of Moulton Institute Methodist church and resident home place and was laid to rest at the cemetery by friends and relatives. Surely everything that loving hearts and willing hands could do, was faithfully performed. Oh, Father, heal the bruised and broken heart of the wife of his youth, now so bereaved and of his loved ones help them to feel he is not dead, only waiting for them within the pearly gates, where loving hearts cannot be severed.

Fallen asleep, oh Father take him
Home thine for eternity
Ye stars bend down from Heavens
dome, watch o’er him tenderly.
Nickel, May 15, 1899.

Moses Hollyfield, 29 Dec 1825 – 5 Apr 1899, was buried in the Moulton Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, March 29, 1877, page 3

We regret to hear of the death, on Sunday last, near Oakland of the wife of Mr. Jas. W. Holman, an estimable lady, with a large circle of reltives and friends.

There was a James D. Holman, born ca 1817, and wife, Harriett G. Holman, born ca 1820, in Lavaca County enumerated in the 1870 census.


Shiner Gazette, 14 Jun 1899

There were two funerals in town last Monday from the Catholic church. Mrs. Vinc Marek and the little baby of Mr. Gus Holster. Both were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1960, page 1

2nd Stroke Fatal To Judge Holt, 83

Death came at 3:17 a.m. Sunday, March 27, to Judge Lester Holt, 83, who had served the 25th Judicial District the past 38 years and was planning to retire after his present term.

The former Weimar city attorney and Colorado County attorney, who was widely known and highly respected in court circles, died in Nix Hospital at San Antonio, where he had been taken after suffering a stroke March 19 at his Hallettsville home. An operation the following day led to hopes for his recovery, but on March 23 he had a second stroke. Another operation was performed, to no avail.

Licensed in 1900

He had been in pubic service most of the 60 years since he received his law license back in 1900, after studying only six months,and rose to become one of the most respected men in his field. A Houston Chronicle editorial this week pointed out that in his time on the district bench he had “established a record for impartiality and judicial integrity.”

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at St. James Episcopal Church in Hallettsville, with the Rev. Gerald MacAllister officiating. Burial was in the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery here.

Pallbearers were Judge W. W. Ellison of Gonzales, Dist. Atty. Paul C. Boethel of Hallettsville, Morris Hodges and C. T. Griffin of Columbus, Sam S. Devall and Hans Lunsmann of Hallettsville.

Born at Oakland, a few miles south of here, on Dec. 22, 1876, to Prof. and Mrs. J. W. Holt, and after passing his bar examination in 1900 served as Weimar’s city attorney before becoming county attorney in 1902. He held this office until 1912, when he became district attorney. In 1918 he resumed private practice of law, but four years later he re-entered public office, running on an anti-Ku Klux Klan platform to defeat Charles K. Quinn for the 25th District bench embracing Colorado, Lavaca, Gonzales and Guadalupe Counties. He had held this office continuously since that time, and a few months ago had announced he would retire when his present term ended this spring.

Judge Holt’s first wife, the former Miss Martha Boettcher, died in 1943.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Violet Holt, whom he married in 1956; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Ullrich of Wichita Falls and Mrs. Harold Crump of Houston; two brothers, Ben B. Holt of Weimar and Will Holt of Flatonia; one sister, Mrs. Bettie Hurr of Weimar; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

HOLUB Infant

Shiner Gazette, 8 Jul 1903, Local News column

The infant child of Mr. Edward Holub died last Wednesday and was buried in the Catholic cemetery.

If this child was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, it's grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 19 Oct 2000


MOULTON—Elexca Berckenhoff Holub, 98, of Moulton, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000.  She was born April 22, 1902, in Moulton, to the late Fritz and Mary Kobza Berckenhoff. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Survivors: sons, Johnnie Holub of Schulenburg, Jimmy Holub and George Holub, both of Moulton, Archie Holub of Houston and Donald Holub of Gonzales; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.  Preceded in death by: husband, Joe Holub Jr.; daughter, Milida Knezek; parents; five sisters; six brothers; and grandson, Derryl Holub.  A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.  Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, 596-4631.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Unidentified news clipping

Evelyn Vera Holub

January 31, 1935-August 22, 2008

Evelyn Vera Holub, 73, passed into eternal life Friday, August 22, 2008 in Houston. She was born in Sweet Home, Texas on January 31, 1935 to Jerome F. and Carrie E. (Matus) Patek. Mrs. Holub was a devoted, admired and respected parishioner of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and all who knew her. Visitation will be held Monday, August 25th from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be held at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held Tuesday, August 26th at 1 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister, Houston 77065. There will be an escorted cortege to Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery where she will be laid to rest immediately following the Mass.

Contributed by Regina Matus Janak


Shiner Gazette, 12 Feb 1976

Joe Holub Jr. Rites Held

Joe Holub Jr., of Moulton, passed away in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Hallettsville, Friday morning, January 30, 1976 at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 10 days.

Family rosary services were held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 30 led by Mrs. Edgar Freytag.  Another rosary was recited Saturday at 8:30 p.m., led by Rev. Robert E. Schmidt.  Members of the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph's Society stood by as honor guards.

The body lay in state at the Smith Funeral Home in Moulton until 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, when it was conveyed to the St. Joseph's Catholic Church for Requiem Mass at 2 p.m.  The pastor, Rev. Robert E. Schmidt, was celebrant of the Mass.

Altar boys were his grandsons, Glenn, George Jr. and Gregory Holub.

Mrs. Victor Schoenfeld, William Styrk and Mrs. George Jasek Sr., accompianed by Sharon Kubicek on the organ, rendered spiritual hymns throughout the Mass.

In fulfilling his special wish, the following musicians played his favorite waltz, "The Innocence Waltze" at the graveside, Henry Brosch, Leon Heinrich, George Koudelka, George Jurecka, Donnie and David Wavra, Donald Cernosek, Pete Rainosek, Leonard Darilek and Henry Kubala.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Marvin Bohuslav, Arnold Moeller, Vernon Drozd, Charles Holub Jr., George Berckenhoff and Wesley Holub.  Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons, Wayne and John Holub and nephew, Milton Holub.

Mr. Holub was born in Moulton, March 9, 1901, a son of Joseph and Mary (Mikulik) Holub.  He was married to Elexca Berckenhoff, October 17, 1922 in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton.  They settled in Moulton where they farmed and ranched.  In 1971 he was awarded a certificate of merit for outstanding accomplishment, and in 1972 as conservationalist of the year.

He was also a band member for 58 years of which most of his years he played with the Henry Brosch Orchestra.

Mr. Holub was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and St. Joseph Society.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elexca Holub of Moulton; one daughter, Mrs. Harlan (Milada) Knezek of Bryan; five sons, Johnnie Schulenburg, Jimmy and George Holub of Moulton, Archie Holub of Houston, Donald Holub of Gonzales; eighteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Julius (Annie) Drozd of Hallettsville, Mrs. Bohumil (Lillie) Bohuslav, Mrs. Emil (Carrie) Drozd, both of Moulton, Mrs. Charles (Mary) Koudelka of Ganado; and one brother, Jim Holub of Flatonia.

He was preceded in death by his father, May 17, 1969; his mother, July 19, 1957; one brother, Charles Holub Sr. and one sister, Mrs. Louis (Bessie Moeller.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 11 Jun 1996, page 12A


MOULTON – Mary Nell Holub, 62, of Moulton died Monday, June 10, 1996.

She was born May 20, 1934, in Moulton to Vlasta Migl and the late Adolf Migl. The homemaker was a member of Catholic Daughters, American Legion, VFW Auxiliary, KJZT and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: husband, Jimmy Holub; daughters, Amy Machicek of Shiner and Jeanene Demel of Austin; mother; brother, Adolph Migl Jr. of Shiner; and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Geraldine Patek.

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

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, December 29, 1976

William Holub

YOAKUM—Funeral services for William Hollub, who died Tuesday morning in a Yoakum hospital, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Yoakum.

He was 88. Hollub, of Route 3 near Yoakum, was born Oct. 25, 1888 in Lavaca County. He was a lifetime resident of the Yoakum area.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Joe Blitzner of Yoakum and Mrs. Adolph Polasek of Hallettsville; a brother, Anton Hollub of Yoakum; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Harrell of Floresville and Mrs. Mary DuBose of Brownsville; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Robert Benys, Frank Peters, William Grubert, John Chilek, John Lee and Bennie Pilzner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville newspaper
January 7,1944

Mrs. Julius Holubec Dies after Long Illness

After an illness of long duration Mrs. Julius Holubec passed peacefully into the last long sleep at her home Tuesday morning at 3:45 am. Her death left vacant a place in the hearts of her loved ones that never can be filled for she was a loving daugher, a dutiful wife, and a loyal friend, always thoughtful of others and patient in her sufferings.

Born in Moulton 33 yers ago, she grew to womanhood there as Alice von Lienen, graduating from the high school and then attending the Lutheran College at Seguin. On Feb. 2, 1936 she was married to Julius Holubec of Hallettsville, but had lived here for several years previously, having been employed in the office of the county clerk since 1929.

Besides her husband, who is stationed at Foster Field, she leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George von Lienen of Moulton; two sisters, Mrs. R. W. Meitzen of Bandera and Mrs. C. A. Lehne of Moulton; a brother, Edwin of San Antonio. One brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held from Kubena's Funeral Home on Wednesday at 3pm and burial made in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Many friends were in attendance from Moulton, Hallettsville and other cities, and floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Rev A. D. Klages officiated, pay fine tribute to her life and character. The courthouse closed during the services out of respect to her.

Pall bearers were P.L. Netardus, Tommie Timm, Lee Fehrenkamp, Joe Fabian, Adolph Dusek, and Emil Kocian.

We grieve with her loved ones that this splendid young woman was not longer spared on this earth.

Contributed by Darlene Baker


Feb 6, 1968 Hallettsville newspaper clipping, part of which is illegible

Death Notice

A blanket covers the body of Adolph C. Holy 68, who was hit by a car going 65mph and killed recently on Interstate Hwy 45 at Webster, Texas.

Adolph C Holy, 68, of Crosby, who has numerous relatives in the Hallettsville area, was struck and killed by an automobile as he was attempting to walk across the highway in Webster, Texas, near Crosby.

A resident of Crosby for the past 58 years, the deceased was a dragline operator and ??? of the Crosby ???

His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Margaret Holy of Crosby; sons, Leroy and Cirdon A. Holy of Crosby; sisters Mrs. Matilda Sebesta of Highlands, Mrs. Millie ??? Lord of Crosby, Mrs. Albina Sirocka of Crosby, Mrs. Sadie Evans of La Porte and Frances ??? , brothers: George of Pasedena, Johnny of Crosby and Authen Holy of Alba, Texas.

Contributed by Darlene Baker


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, April 2, 1967

Anton T. Holy

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Anton T. Holy, 77, of 306 Edna St., died at 3 p.m. Saturday in a local clinic.

A retired farmer, Mr. Holy was born in Lavaca County Jan. 17, 1890. He moved to Hallettsville from the Vsetin Community. He was a member of the SPJST Society.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Kubena Funeral Home.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Tracy Koncaba of Hallettsville; four half sisters, Mrs. Frank Buschermihle and Miss Emma Holy of Hallettsville, Mrs. John Sklar of Edna and Mrs. Ella Kalisek of West Point, Tex.; two brothers, Charlie and John Holy of Hallettsville and four half brothers, August, Adolph, Julius and Otto Holy of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, March 30, 1974

John Holy

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—John Holy, 82, of Hallettsville died at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

The body will lie in state at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel in Hallettsville until 1:45 p.m. Sunday when it will be taken to the Czech Moravian Brethren Church at Vsetin for 3 p.m. services.

Burial will be in the Vsetin Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Robert W. Zaruba, Larry Zaruba, David Zak, Marvin and Alvin Mikus, and Eldon F. Holy.

He was a member of the Czech Moravian Berthren Church of Vsetin, and the SPJST Lodge of Hallettsville. He was born in Lavaca County, Nov. 14, 1891, and married the former Miss Rosie Galetka, Oct. 29, 1912 in Hallettsville.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Holy; three sons, Alfred B. Holy of Hallettsville, Leonard Holy of Texarkana, Tex., and Erwin Holy of Hallettsville; six daughters, Mrs. Alvin Mikus and Mrs. John Mascheck, both of Hallettsville, Mrs. Robert Zaruba of Yoakum, Mrs. Vernon Zak of Hallettsville, Mrs. Thomas Hutzler of Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Jack Webb of Diball; one brother, Charles Holy of Hallettsville; three half brothers, Adolph, Julius and Otto Holy, all of Hallettsville; 23 grandchildren, one great grandchild; four half sisters, Mrs. John Skilar of Edna, Mrs. Ella Kolicek of West Point, Tex., Mrs. Frank Bushermihle and Miss Emma Holy of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate

Marie Voelkel Holy

HALLETTSVILLE Friday, December 17th, 2004 Marie Voelkel Holy, 86, of Hallettsville, Texas died December 15, 2004.

She was born on Appelt's Hill on April 1, 1918 to Otto and Leona Appelt Brogger, the oldest of four children. Marie was a member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas and the Women's Auxiliary - Veterans of Foreign Wars.

She enjoyed quilting, gardening, watching her soaps, listening to polka music, a really hot cup of coffee in the morning while reading her paper, a good hamburger, visiting with relatives at the annual Appelt Family Reunion, being independent, and most of all, spending time with her family and many friends.

Survivors include son Paul Voelkel and wife Theresa of Hallettsville; son Jim Voelkel and wife Cathy of Cuero; and daughter Linda Ward and husband Dave of Austin; four grandchildren, Kevin Voelkel and wife Cathy of Texarkana; Leslie Voelkel Campos and husband Paul of Yorktown; Kelly Voelkel of Austin; Jason Ward of Austin; four great grandsons, Justin, Stephen, Patrick and Jacob Voelkel of Texarkana; sister Ann Birkner of Hallettsville; and brother Otto Brogger Sr. of Rockdale.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Arthur Voelkel and Alfred "Fritz" Holy; and brother James Brogger.

Visitation will start Noon, Saturday, December 18th with a rosary held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel in Hallettsville. Mass will be held at 2:30 p.m. on December 19th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, with Father John Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Marie was a caring, giving person - one of a kind - and will be missed by many.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Maybe New Era Herald, October 22, 1909, Radhorst Column

Tom Holy of near Appelt Hill died Saturday evening at 4 p.m..  Mr. Holy had been sick some time with typhoid fever and the last time he was up he took a relapse.  His remains were laid to rest in Vsetin Cemetery.  He leaves a wife and eight children.  We can say a good hard working man has left us.  May he rest in peace. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, 14 Sep 2001


YOAKUM—Edward L. Hopkins, 56, of Yoakum, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001. He was born April 24, 1945, in Gonzales, to Geneva Pullin Hopkins of Yoakum and the late James Edward Hopkins. He was a motor man at Marine Drilling for 22 years and a Baptist.

Survivors: wife, Sharon Hagan Hopkins; daughters, Tammy Sestak of Victoria, Tracy Bujnoch of Corpus Christi and Tara Hopkins of San Marcos; mother; sisters, Linda Hairell of Yoakum and Bonnie Fitch of Houston; and two grandchildren. Preceded in death by: father. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Richard Bowden officiating. Burial will be at County Line Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333. Memorials: American Cancer Society or Hospice of South Texas.

Note that Edward L. Hopkins was interred in the County Line Cemetery located in DeWitt County. Contributed by Matt Cross.


Galveston Daily News, Sunday, August 11, 1929

Moulton, Texas., Aug. 10.—Joseph J. Horak, 48, farmer of Henkhaus, south of here, died Friday morning after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Saturday morning, with interment in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Kopp (?) officiating. He is survived by his widow and four children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, January 21, 1906

Yoakum, Tex., Jan. 20.—Jerry Horcek, a Bohemian farmer residing about eight miles from Yoakum, killed himself by a shot in the breast with a charge from a shotgun.

An inquest was held by Justice of the Peace W. W. Wimberly of Yoakum, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts above stated. Ill health is given as a cause for the act.

Victoria Advocate, January 27, 1906

Jerry Hooreck, a Bohemian, committed suicide near Yoakum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 8 Aug 2011

SHINER - Dorothy Jean Horecka, age 77, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. She was born on March 24, 1934, in Hallettsville, to Henry and Dora Koenning Mueller. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran.

Survivors: daughters, Debra Blaschke and husband Robert, and Lori Berger and husband Denis, all of Shiner; son, Gilbert Horecka and wife Ann of Louisiana; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Eugene Horecka; sister, Bernice Himmelreich; brothers, Gilbert Mueller and Paul Mueller.

Prayer service will be on Monday at 7 p.m. at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at United Evangelical Lutheran Dr. Martin Luther Church in Shiner with the Rev. Clarence Hagens officiating. Burial will be at Shiner Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Lawrence Kurtz, Harvey Zabransky, Angel Blaschke, Kevin Berger, J.D. Moeller and Ralph Robles Jr.

Memorial contributions may be given to the donor's choice.

On-line guest book may be signed at

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


El Campo Leader-News, 30 Jan 2008

Lillie Horecka

Lillie Ann Horecka, 59, of Lake Jackson, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 at a Houston hospital following a prolonged illness.

She was born Oct. 18, 1948 to Victor and Viola Konvicka of Hallettsville. She helped with her family farm and was a regular in the family's Worthing Brass Band before leaving for Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos to obtain degrees in math and science, and later, a master's degree in education from the University of Houston.

She devoted her career to teaching young people, working with children and student teachers at schools in Port Lavaca, Gonzales, Yoakum, Rice Consolidated, Bloomington, Wharton, Palacios and Lake Jackson, many of whom still kept close contact with her even after her 2004 retirement brought her 36 years in education to a close.

Mrs. Horecka was a caring wife and mother who enjoyed the outdoors and visiting the family farm as often as she could. She was a lifelong member of the Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Czech Heritage Society and was a Catholic.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, James Horecka of Lake Jackson; her mother, Viola Konvicka of Hallettsville; son, Bobby Horecka and wife, Traci of China Spring; three grandchildren, Cheyanne Mathis, Bradley Horecka and Aryn Rose Horecka all of China Spring; sister, Irene Remlinger and husband Chuck of Katy; brother-in-law, David Horecka and wife Brenda of Victoria; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 31 from 1-9 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, with a rosary recited that night at 7 p.m. Burial will follow at St. Augustin Catholic Cemetery and a reception at Blase's Hall afterward.

Memorials can be made to donor's choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 11 Feb 2004

Woman killed in house fire identified

HALLETTSVILLE - The woman killed in a house fire in the Speaks area last week has been identified as Margaret Horkin-Surman, 38, of Speaks. Officials with the Travis County Medical Examiners Office used dental records to positively identify Horkin-Surman, Micah Harmon, Lavaca County justice of the peace Precinct 1, said Tuesday.

While she was listed as the resident of the home at 841 County Road 14B, the Lavaca County Sheriff's Department withheld the name until a positive identification could be made.

Dental records had to be used because the body was burned beyond recognition in the fire, which occurred sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, Feb. 3-4, Harmon said.

The log cabin home had already burned to the ground before the fire was discovered by a neighbor and reported around 7:50 a.m. Feb. 4.

Victoria Advocate, 12 Feb 2004

Margaret Carrol Horkin Surman passed away on Tuesday, February 3, 2004.

She was born on February 10, 1965 in Austin, Texas. Margaret was a devoted daughter, loving sister, beloved aunt and special friend who will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband Rick Surman of Moulton, Texas; mother Margaret Horkin of Corpus Christi, TX; sister Theresa Leet of Corning, New York; brother Patrick Joseph Horkin III of San Antonio, TX; 2 nieces Chelsea Ann Shugard of Corpus Christi, TX, Mercedes Lynn Horkin of San Antonio, TX; 1 nephew Patrick Joseph Horkin IV of San Antonio, TX.

Funeral Services will be held at Saint Pius Catholic Church on Thursday, February 12, 2004 at 3:00 pm

Seaside Funeral Home, Corpus Christi, 361-992-9411.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Sunday, January 15, 1939

YOAKUM, Jan. 14.—Funeral services were held Friday for Mrs. Carrie Horky, 35, who died at the Shiner Hospital Wednesday. Survivors are the widower, Joseph Horky, two daughters, Vlasta and Ruby, two sisters, and seven brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brazosport Facts, Freeport, Texas, 3 Feb 1961, page 1

Angleton Man, Emil Horky, Dies

Funeral services for Emil Horky, 71, of Angleton will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Yoakum. Rosary will be said at 7 p. m. tonight at the Angleton Funeral Home Chapel.

Horky was a veteran of World War I and had lived on Phillips’ Road in Angleton for about two years. He was a retired farmer. He died suddenly Thursday night.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; one daughter, Mrs. Agnes Drury of Angleton; four sons, Raymond, Leon, Johnny, all of Angleton, and Louis Horky of Freeport; two brothers, Frank Horky of Wichita Falls and Julius Horky of Yoakum; one sister, Mrs. Mary Hanzelka of Blessing; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, June 4, 1957

YOAKUM, June 3—Funeral services for Mrs. Charlie Horky, 49, of Beeville were held at Buffington Chapel and St. Joseph Catholic Church Monday. The Rev. Edward Jansky officiated with burial in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mrs. Horky passed away May 31 in Galveston.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie Horky of Beeville; a daughter, Mrs. Ben L. Capps, Beeville; five grandchildren; three brothers, Louis Targac of Yoakum, John Targac of Waco, Joe Targac of Schulenburg, Eight sisters, Mrs. Annie Vavicka of Houston, Mrs. Frank Zamecnik, Tom Turek, John Turke, all of Yoakum, Mrs. Gus Wacker, Corpus Christi, Mrs. Jim Smejkal of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Frank Smejkal, Beeville and Mrs. Henry Turner of Sweet Home; nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, January 19, 1999


YOAKUM—John A. Horky, 86, of Yoakum, died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999.

He was born Jan. 1, 1913, in Sweet Home, to the late John and Julia Hanzelka Horky. He was a farmer and carpenter.

Survivors: stepdaughters, Delores Perry of Navasota, Barbara Sheffield and Linda Lopez, both of Cuero; stepsons, Harold Schrader of Beaumont, Roy Tyler of Lake Jackson and Leslie Tyler of Ganado; sister, Albina Kreswell of Kenedy; brother, Adolph Horky of Yoakum; 30 step grandchildren and numerous step great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Elizabeth Drue Horky; sister, Annie Thies; brothers, Ed Horky, Bill Horky, Joe Horky, Emil Horky, Charlie Horky and Jerome Horky.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home, the Rev. Bill Walden officiating.

Burial will be at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Victoria, 293-2333.

Memorials: Donor's Choice

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, April 19, 1968

SHINER—Mrs. Mary Emil [sic?] Horky, died at 8 a.m. Sunday in a Victoria nursing home.

Mrs. Horky was born Aug. 15, 1894 in Shiner.

Funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, and at 9 a.m. at Shiner Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Hanacek officiating. Burial will be in Shiner Cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Steve Matula of Edna, Mrs. James Wenglar and Miss Dolly Horky, both of Victoria; two brothers, Julius and Frank Shimek, both of Yoakum; and six grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 3 Aug 1893, page 1


Detective H. C. Horne Murdered Near Flatonia.

On the eve. of July 26th as Dr. Weddington and H. C. Horne were on their way to Flatonia to attend the performances of the Cuban Medicine company, they were overtaken by a man on horseback, who placed the muzzle of a shotgun within a few feet of Horne’s back and fired a charge of buckshot into his side just under the left shoulder. Horne lived about an hour after being shot. Sometime ago there were a series of burglaries committed in Moulton and among the buildings robbed was the post office. Horne was sent to Moulton by the United States authorities to arrest the guilty parties. For several months he has been in Moulton and the supposition is that he was close on the trail of the criminals at the time of his death. Wednesday eve, he proposed to Dr. Weddington to accompany him to Flatonia to attend the night performances of Dr. Wood’s medicine company. They left Moulton about dark in a two-horse buggy and were within about a half mile of Flatonia when the shooting occurred. A short distance behind them were Fred Jackson, son of justice T. F. Jackson of Moulton, and one or two other young men. Just before the shooting occurred a horseman, whom Mr. Jackson recognized as Sam Burkett of the vicinity of Moulton, passed them carrying a gun on his arm. Jackson accosted him and called him by name, but Burkett did not answer, but continued on after Horne and the doctor. In a few minutes young Jackson and his companions saw the flash of and heard the report of a gun and Burkett came riding back furiously and passed by them like the wind, carrying his shotgun in his hand.

Horne spake but once after being shot. He said, “Doctor, I am killed; take me to town as fast as you can!” The doctor plied the whip and drove to Flatonia as fast as his horses could carry him. Horne was taken to the office of Dr. Kaiser where he died in a few minutes. The shot was fired from behind and the charge entered the left side under the left shoulder, producing a ghastly wound. The inquest was held in Flatonia, Thursday morning and he was buried Thursday afternoon. The same afternoon a posse of officers arrested Sam Burkett in the country near Moulton and took him to Flatonia. The murder was committed in Fayette county and Burkett was taken to LaGrange and lodged in jail.

Horne had made many friends during his stay in Moulton and expressions of sorrow and indignation over the cowardly assassination were frequent and outspoken on the streets of Moulton Thursday and Friday. It is believed that the arrest of the murderer will lead to the clearing of the mystery surrounding the robberies in Moulton some time since.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, March 9, 1938

Yoakum, Tex., March 8.—Services were held Saturday for Mrs. Anna Hornicek, 78, at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Mrs. Hornicek is survived by three daughters, 16 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 22 Oct 1898

Halletsville, Tex., Oct. 17.—Jacob Hornsher [Hornshu] died in the county jail last night from morphine poisoning. He was an industrious farmer and a good man until whisky [sic.] got the upper hand of him, when his wife was compelled to institute suit for divorce, which was given to her a few days since. Saturday night he went to her home and his children arranged to care for him. He was drinking heavily and yesterday the family, becoming alarmed, called upon neighbors for assistance. Mr. J. J. Haeussler went out and brought Mr. Hornsher to town, but he had evidently already taken the morphine, of which he died soon after reaching the jail. 'Squire Hester this morning held an inquest.


Weimar Mercury, April 13, 1895 page 2

Hallettsville Herald: One of Lavaca’s oldest settlers, Mr. T. Horton, died near Gleckner Monday, aged 94 years. Mr. Horton was born 1801. He worked in the fields to within a few days of his death.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Funeral notice for Mrs. Jefferson Davis Houchin provided by Terry Houchins. Click on notice for larger view.


Houston Post, October 18, 1952

B.W. Houchins Is Dead At 78

Buhler W. Houchins, 78, descendant on both sides of his family of Texas pioneers, died at 3:40 PM Tuesday in the Veterans Administraiton Hospital.

Mr. Houchins was the father of Mrs. Lonalee H. Tasker, assistant district attorney, and Kenyon Houchins, Houston attorney. He was a native of Lavaca County, and was active there and in Houston in the Spanish-American War Veterans.

Survivors, besides his son and daughter, include his widow, Mrs. Lura Houchins; a sister, Mrs. Roma Ponish of Yoakum, and a brother, Chester Houchins of San Antonio.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Transcribed by Rebecca Herder. Photo contributed by Terry Houchins.


Weimar Mercury, December 6, 1912

J. M. Berthold returned home from Yoakum last Friday where he had gone to be at the bedside of his father-in-law, G. W. Houchins, but alas instead of that he attended his funeral. Mr. Houchins died Tuesday between eleven and twelve o’clock. Mr. Houchins served in the confederate war, and fought many a battle, if he had lived till next May he would have been 80 years old. He leaves nine children to mourn his loss, five boys and four girls, being Mesdames Frank and Al Ponish, Mrs. Clark Chandler and Mrs. J. M. Berthold of Oak Grove; Messrs. Deck, Charter, Dock and Jeff all of Yoakum, and Gene of Hallettsville, who is now Sheriff of Lavaca county. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in this sad hour.

Transcription by Judy Talkington. Photo of George W. and Sarah Rees Houchin contributed by Terry Houchins.

Yoakum Weekly Herald
November 28,1912


Again has the death angel visited out city and this time his blighting touch was laid on the brow of Mr. George Washington Houchins, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, August 4, 1900

John F. Houchins Dead

A message was received here from San Antonio yesterday stating that John F. Houchins, of Hallettsville, had died there at 4 o'clock that morning of heart failure. Mr. Houchins had been in San Antonio for some time, having placed himself under treatment of Dr. E. M. Rabb, and roomed with Henry Quota and J. W. Rees of Yoakum. On Thursday morning about 1 o'clock he seized with a fainting spell, but a doctor who was immediately called, declared him out of danger. Mr. Houchins then fell into a deep sleep, from which he awoke at 4 o'clock, when he was seized with another spell and died in a few minutes.

John F. Houchins was born on December 14, 1857, in Austin county, and consequently in the prime of his life when death cut short his career. His father moved to Lavaca county, when John was still a boy, where he has resided ever since. He served as deputy under Sheriff A. J. Smothers from 1883 to November 16, 1885, when he moved to Hallettsville and was appointed constable of precinct 1 to fill the unexpired term of Joe Campion. In 1886 he was again elected constable. In 1888 he was elected sheriff of Lavaca county, and filled his office with such a degree of fearlessness and efficiency that soon made him the terror of all evil doers; but was defeated in the 1898 election by B. G. Bennett.

Mr Houchins leaves a wife and four children, an aged father and mother, several brothers and sisters, and a large number of other relatives, to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy. His remains will arrive today on the 3 p.m. train and will be laid to rest in the city cemetery at 5 o'clock. Peace to his ashes. —Hallettsville New Era

Contributed by Deborah Smith. Photo provided by Terry Houchins.


Funeral notice provided by Terry Houchins. Click on notice for larger view.

The Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1904


The remains of K. W. Houchins who died last Thursday at Sugarland of spinal meningitis, where received here Saturday morning and given interment in the city cemetery. There were a large number of relatives and friends present and Rev. Lee Green officiated at the obsequies.

Kin Houchins was born in Lavaca County and would have been 39 years old February 29th. His life was spent here except for the past two years, and for several months he has been at Sugarland as convict guard on the state farm. He leaves an aged mother, Mrs. S. E. Houchins of Yoakum, five sisters, Mrs. Frank Ponnish, Mrs. Al Ponnish, Mrs. Weller and Mrs. Clark Chandler of Yoakum and Mrs. Berthal[sic] of Columbus and five brothers, Gene Houchins of Seclusion, Jeff Houchins of Houston, and Doc, Dick and Chester of Yoakum besides numerous other relatives.

Among the attendants at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ponnish, Mr. and Mrs. Al Ponnish, Mrs. S. E. Houchins, Clark Chandler and daughters Ada and Pinkie, George and John Chaudlet and Pede Rees, all of Yoakum. (Hallettsville Herald)

Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


Weimar Mercury, 6 Jun 1891, page 2

Died, at the home of her parents in this city, at 1:30 o'clock p. m. Monday, June 1, Maude Houchins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Houchins, aged nine months. The funeral took place from the family residence at 10 o'clock a. m. Tuesday. The New Era extends sympathy.—Halletsville New Era.

Maud Houchins, 12 Aug 1890-1 Jun 1891, daughter of Jno. F. and S. A. Houchins was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. See funeral notice provided by Terry Houchins.


Weimar Mercury, March 17, 1906

Halletsville, March 8.—The remains of Mrs. S. E. Houchins, who died in Yoakum, were brought here and interred in the city cemetery, the funeral being held from the residence of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. S. A. Houchins. Deceased was past 67 years of age. She was the mother of the late Sheriff John F. Houchins of this city.

S. E. Houchins, 20 Oct 1840-6 Mar 1906, was the wife of George W. Houchins. Contributed by Deborah Smith


Weimar Mercury, October 22, 1904

Wm. Houchins, aged abouf 70 years, who has been making his home with the family of Mrs. J. F. Houchins for many years, died quite suddenly Wednesday evening. He had been in town during the day and seemed to be in good health at the time. He was an uncle of the late J. F. Houchins. His remains were laid to rest yesterday at 4 p. m. in the city cemetery.—Halletsville New Era

Contributed by Deborah Smith. Photo provided by Terry Houchins.


Hallettsville New Era Herald, Feb 3, 1953

Death Takes W. W. House Here Sunday; Services Held

Funeral Services for Watson Ward House, aged 48 years and three months were conducted at Kubena Funeral Home, Monday, February 2, beginning at 3:00 p.m. by Paul Stevens of the Church of Christ of which he was a member.  Burial was in the Salem Cemetery. 

Mr. House died at his home Sunday, February 1 at 10:05 a.m. He was born November 1, 1904 in Lavaca County.

In 1932 he married to Mrs. Willie Flowers in LaSalle, where the family lived for one year, and then moved to Lavaca County where he spent the rest of his life. 

Mrs. House is survived by his wife, Mrs. Willie House: four sons, J.A. House, Walter, Mike and Floyd House, all of Hallettsville; one stepson, Sayton Flowers of DeWitt County, and one step daughter, Mrs. Wyvonna Walker of Oklahoma City.

Also surviving are three sisters: Mrs. W.W. Mitchell of La Blanca, Texas; Mrs. A.L. DeBord of Ezzell and Mrs. Ruby Franklin of Fowlerton; one brother, Clinton House of Victoria and four step grandchildren.

For a number of years Mr. House operated a repair shop here in Hallettsville and for the past several weeks had been in critical condition after suffering a stroke. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, Friday, November 14th, 2003

Elsie Howard

Elsie Howard, 82, was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Wednesday November 12, 2003.

She was born February 7, 1921 in Yoakum to Frank and Mary Hybner Kasparek.

In her young years, she worked at Tex Tan Leather Co. She later married Harvie L. Howard of Yoakum. She became a housewife and the mother of one daughter and one son. Elsie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a volunteer for the Yoakum Heritage Museum and a member of Yoakum Hermann Sons Lodge #90.

Elsie is survived by daughter, Delores and husband Gus Schierschwitz of Shiner, she was known as Mam Ma to her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Susan and Damon LaCour and Daniel of Liberty, Tx. and Melanie and Casey Mikes and Meagan of Yoakum. Also surviving family are sisters Hattie Lauer and Georgie Velek and Brother Fred Kasparek all of Yoakum. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Harvie L. Howard and her son, Richard L. Howard, sisters Mary Lauer and Vlasta Berger, brothers: Emil Kasparek and 2 infants.

Elsie enjoyed gardening, playing bingo and most of all doing things for her family.

A rosary will be held at 7:00 P.M. Friday November 14 at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be held Saturday November 15 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum, with Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Casey Mikes, Damon LaGour, Bennie Mikes, Robert Mikes, George Roznovsky and Gary Lauer.

Memorials: Can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 29 Dec 1897, Moulton column

The little infant of Chas. Hoyer’s, Jr., died yesterday and will be buried Tuesday evening. [Burial place unknown.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Feb 1899, Moulton Items column

Mr. George Hoyer died at his home near Moulton last Wednesday, and was buried Thursday by the Knights of Honor lodge.

Gerhard G. Hoyer, 23 Aug 1888 – 25 Jan 1899, is buried in the Moulton City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Victoria Advocate, Friday, May 20, 1966

Mrs. Mollie Hradilek

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Klimitchek Hradilek, 81, of Route 1, will be held Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Hallettsville Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary was said at the funeral home chapel Thursday night by the parish.

Mrs. Hradilek, who died Wednesday in a Schulenburg rest home, was born Aug. 26, 1884, in Lavaca County and was a member of the Catholic Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Paul Curtis of San Antonio; three sons, Ben Hradilek of Hallettsville, John Hradilek of Brownwood and Charles Hradilek of Houston; two half-sisters, Mrs. Annie Kolenovsky and Mrs. Celie Bacak of West, Tex.; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, June 10, 1967

Mrs. Frank Hrcek

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Frank (Agnes) Hrcek, 90, of Rt. 1, Moulton, died at 2:15 p.m. Friday in a Shiner hospital.

Mrs. Hrcek was born April 8, 1877, in Czechoslovakia. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a son and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 8:30 a.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Church near Hallettsville, with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating.

A Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday by the parish at the funeral home.

Surviving are two sons, Charles Hrcek of Moulton and Julius Hrcek of Schulenburg; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Novak of Moulton and Mrs. Vaclav Vana of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. John Sitak of St. Mary's and Mrs. Frances Brezik of Houston; a brother, Joe Steffek of St. Mary's; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, January 26, 1968

Anton Hrncir

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Anton Hrncir, 66, of Moravia, died Wednesday in a Weimar hospital after suffering a heart attack Friday.

Mr. Hrncir was born in June, 1901, in Lavaca County, and was married to the former Mary Svoboda.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, and at 9:30 a.m. at Moravia Catholic Church. Burial will be in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Alton Beselzny, of St. John; Monica Hrncir of Austin, and Patricia Hrncir, a U.S. Air Force nurse serving in Korea; two sons, Anthony of Houston and Patrick of Fort Polk, La.; six brothers, C. R. and L. L., both of Hallettsville, Matt of Yoakum, Ben of Galveston, Louis of San Antonio, and Richard of Rosenberg; and three grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Austin American-Statesman, June 26, 2011

Charles L. "Chuck" Hrncir

Charles L. "Chuck" Hrncir, 88, of Schulenburg, retired Vice President of Austin National Bank, passed away June 16, 2011. Chuck was born on September 25, 1922 to Charles R. & Ida Gallia Hrncir in Komensky, TX. A graduate of Hallettsville High School, Chuck attended Texas A&M in 1940. He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942. During his active duty (1942-46, 1950-51), he served as a drill instructor and as Asst. Provost Marshal of Fukuoka, Japan. A Marine "Mustang", he rose through the ranks to become an officer. On retirement from the USMCR Fleet Marine Force in 1958, he held the rank of Major. Chuck married Marilyn McGehearty on January 21, 1946 in St. Austin's Catholic Church in Austin, TX. A member of the Texas A&M Class of 1944, he received his degree in1949 and joined Sears Roebuck and Company as a management trainee. On his retirement in 1978, he was Regional Manager of the Kansas City Group and he had held management positions in Sears' stores in Austin and throughout Texas and the Midwest.

Active in civic and church organization, Chuck served as President of the Austin Chamber of Commerce (1976), Director of the Texas Retail Federation, President of the Capitol City A&M Club, President of Merchants Association of Greater Kansas City; Vice President of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and a member of the Board of Kansas Industrial Commission and on the Boards of Directors of: the Capitol Area, Council of Boy Scouts; United Way; Holy Cross Hospital, and other civic and church organizations. A Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, he was an active Catholic who participated in the founding of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Austin and the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Shawnee Mission, KS. He was a member of the KJZT and the Serra Club.

Chuck is survived by his children: Charlotte Hrncir of Washington D.C., Kathleen Hrncir of Austin, Charles "Charlie" Hrncir & wife Karen of College Station, TX; Dr. Peggy Minnich & husband Glenn of Fredericksburg, VA, and Sharon Kennedy & husband Johnny of Houston; two brothers, Wilton A. "Bill" Hrncir of Hallettsville, TX, and Col. Oran "Doc" Hrncir of Copperas Cove, TX; sister Ida Bludau of Hallettsville, TX; and seven grandchildren, Michelle Minnich, Shannon Minnich, Charles "Chase" Hrncir, Kaleb Hrncir, Jacob Hrncir, Katie Mae Kennedy, and Sean Kennedy. Chuck was preceded in death by: his wife Marilyn; parents; and daughter Marilyn Anne Hrncir.

Funeral Mass Service: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church of Moravia, Texas. Visitation: 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Memorials: Texas Czech Heritage Cultural Center, or Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church. Burial: Ascension of our Lord Catholic Cemetery. Words of comfort and guest book entry may be shared with the family at

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, November 22, 1999


MOULTON—Edith M. Hrncir, 84, of Moulton, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999.

She was born Feb. 13, 1915, in Moulton, to the late Frank K. Hrncir and Frances Rektorik.

She was a retired registered nurse in the U.S. Army, a member of retired Nursing Association, Seton Alumni and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: sisters, Sister Aline Hrncir of Schulenburg, Helen Gohlke of Victoria; brothers, Manuel J. Hrncir of San Antonio and Gene C. Hrncir of Moulton.

A rosary will be recited 9:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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

Pallbearers: nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, Jan. 10, 1964

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services were held here Saturday for James John Hrncir of Route 2, Hallettsville, who died in a Weimar hospital Jan. 2. He was 78.
Services were at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and the Moravia Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ed. C. Bartsch officiating. Burial was in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Rosaries were recited at the funeral home chapel by the K.J.T., the Knights of Columbus and the parish.

Pallbearers were K.J.T. members, Charles Halata, Jim Konvicka, Raymond Pargac, George Supak, Henry Olsovsky, Joe Halata, Joe Michalec and Ludwig Matustik.

Mr. Hrncir is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Hrncir of Hallettsville; a son, Jerome Hrncir of Victoria; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Rybak of Houston; a brother, Charles Hrncir of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. William Koehler of Hallettsville; 10 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. A daughter, Eleanora, preceded him in death in 1922 at the age of 10.

A farmer, Mr. Hrncir was born Nov. 8, 1885, in Lavaca County. He married Annie Wasek Oct. 15, 1907, and settled at Moravia. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and K.J.T. Hrncir served as a member of the Lavaca County School Board during the late Frank Schoppe's term as superintendent. He also served many years as organist of the Ascension of Our Lord Church at Moravia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Monday, December 18, 1939

SHINER, Dec. 17.—Jo Anne Hrncir, two years old, died here. Funeral was held Sunday.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Thursday, July 19, 1928

Moulton, Tex., July 18.—Joseph Hrncir, 68, died here Sunday. Burial was in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery Tuesday, with Rev. Mr. Kostoriz officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, December 30, 1975

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Hrncir, 64, of 2213 44th St., Galveston will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, Tex. Burial will be in Moulton Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Leslie Greive Smith Funeral Home in Moulton.

Mrs. Hrncir died at St. Mary's Hospital in Galveston after a lengthy illness.

She was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Moulton, Tex. She had lived in the Galveston Houston area for 40 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Vernon James of Galveston; a son, Wesley Hrncir of Texas City; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Zldek [Zidek?} of Houston, Mrs. Rosie Jobb and Mrs. Stella Reindl of Moulton; two granddaughters and two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, July 25, 1975

Ludvik Hrncir

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Ludvik L. Hrncir, 66, of Hallettsville, who was found dead of an apparent heart attack Wednesday afternoon in his car near Moravia, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alois J. Morkovsky will officiate, with burial in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state until 1 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home when it will be taken to the church.

Mr. Hrncir was born Aug. 19, 1908 in Lavaca County, the son of the late John and Josephine Morris Hrncir. He was married to the former Christine Garrett Nov. 27, 1947 in San Antonio, who survives him.

A retired teacher and accountant, he was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, KJT Society, and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, John of Fairbanks, Alaska; and five brothers, C.R. of Hallettsville, Louis of San Antonio, Matt of Yoakum, Ben of Galveston and Richard Hrncir of Rosenberg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Brazosport Facts, Monday, December 12, 1994

Services for Victor F. Hruby, 74, of Angleton, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at St. Basil's Catholic Church in Angleton with Rev. Bill Coughlin officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 P.M. at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Moulton, Texas.

Mr. Hruby passed away on Saturday, December 10, 1994, at Angleton-Danbury Hospital.

Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Monday, and rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Monday, in Palms Chapel of the Roses.

Mr. Hruby was a resident of Angleton for over 30 years, a member of St. Basil's Catholic church in Angleton, a member of Catholic Workman of Needville, and a Dow retiree.

He was preceded in death by a son, Frankie Hruby; his parents, Frank and Antonia Hruby; and a sister, Mary Thompson. Survivors include his wife, Mary Hruby of Angleton; brother and sister-in-law, Edmund and Bertha Hruby of Brazoria; sisters and brothers-in-law, Annie and Edward Pisklak of Brazoria, and Alice and Bob Hicks of Sugar Land; brother-in-law, Carl Thompson of Pasadena; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Pallbearers include nephews, Donald Pisklak, Ronald Pisklak, Greg Hruby, Billy Hicks, Downey Griffin, Jolly Hudgeons, Lonnie McLeod, and David Fike.

Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 29 Nov 1920, page 3


Shiner, Tex., Nov. 2.—George Hubbard of this place has received telegraphic advice from the War Department that the body of his son, Pvt. Thomas Hubbard, who died in the service in France, should arrive here on November 18.


Shiner Gazette, 23 Dec 1982

Mike Huber Rites Scheduled

Mike C. Huber, 71, of Shiner, died in the Shiner Hospital Monday, Dec. 20, 1982.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Pat Fidgeon officiating. Burial to follow in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.

Surviving are his wife, Ethel Ray Huber of Shiner; a son, Dan Huber of Houston; a daughter, Lillian Mannina of Houston; one brother, Joe Huber of Mount Pleasant; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Renfro, Mrs. Virginia Renfro, both of Fort Worth, Mrs. Katherine Lovell of San Angelo; five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Transcribed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 5 Dec 1906

Two Lavaca Pioneers Dead.

Halletsville, Texas, Nov. 30. – Two of Lavaca County’s old residents died this week, Thomas Hudgeons, aged 64 years, and Mrs. E. Muckleroy, wife of the late James Muckleroy. Mr. Hudgeons was a native of this county, and Mrs. Muckleroy had lived here most of her life.

Thomas H. Hudgeons, 25 Jan 1842 – 25 Nov 1906, husband of Martha A., was buried in the Provident Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jun 1917

W. R. Hudgins Dead.

Halletsville, Texas, June 23.

W. R. Hudgins, 83 years old, died at the home of his son, Justice of the Peace B. R. Hudgins, 10 miles south of Halletsville, Friday afternoon. The body was buried at Providence cemetery Saturday afternoon. Practically all of his life had been spent in Lavaca county of which his people were pioneer settlers. He served throughout the civil war in the Confederate army. He was a member of the Christian church. He is survived by one child and several grandchildren.


Shiner Gazette, 21 May 1902

Rev. Father Hudecek of Moulton was in the city last Saturday to perform the funeral service for the little son of Mr. J. H. Huebner.

Edmund Albin Huebner, 22 Dec 1900 – 16 May 1902, son of J. H. & Mary, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 31 May 1935, page 3


Halletsville, Texas, May 25. — Ernest Marberger, 27, Yoakum laborer, was in jail here Saturday night charged with the murder of Henry Huebner, 26, Halletsville farmer, at the home of Huebner's sister near Yoakum shortly before midnight Thursday.

Marberger was arrested at his home Friday night by Deputy Sheriff c. C. Buenger after he had left the scene of the shooting in an automobile and later returned.

Called from his bed where he had retired for the night, Huebner was shot to death while he stood in the front yard of the home. A bullet from a .38-caliber pistol pierced the region of his heart, and another penetrated his right side.

Gives Signed Statement.
In a signed statement Saturday afternoon, Marberger said the shooting was caused by jealousy. He declared that Huebner had been attentive to Marberger's estranged wife, who was staying at the home of Huebner's sister, according to county Attorney Paul H. Fertsch.

Immediately following the shooting, Marberger said he raced away in a car to Flatonia where he abandoned the machine and caught a freight train for hearne. After spending the day in Hearne, he returned to Yoakum on a passenger train Friday night, he said.

Marbarger was taken in custody about an hour after his arrival at home, and lodged in the Halletsville jail under a murder charge filed before Justice of the Peace H. W. Strickler.

Funeral Is Held.
County Attorney Fertsch reported that there were no eye-witnesses to the shooting. Marberger's wife and Huebner's sister were awakened by hearing someone shout for Huebner to come outside. Huebner jumped from his bed and walked outside. A few minutes later they heard two shots and then the sound of an automobile racing away, they said.

The women ran outside, Mr. Fertsch said, and found Huebner crumpled on the ground, bleeding profusely from his wounds. He died before they could summon medical aid.

Funeral services for Huebner were held Saturday afternoon.

An examining trial for Marberger will be held before Justice of the Peace Strickler probably Monday, County Attorney Fertsch said.


Shiner Gazette, 17 Dec 1902

Died at the home of her parents, Mr. and George Huebner, of Sweet Home community, their daughter Miss Lena, aged 18 years, after a protracted spell of fever. This is the second death to occur in this family in the past few weeks, which makes it a double bereavement to the parents and other relatives. The remains were laid to rest in the Sweet Home cemetery Monday, the interment being attended by a large number of friends and relatives. – Halletsville Herald.

If this burial was in the Bennett Cemetery, it appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 Jul 1900

The little child of Mr. Frank Huebner, living on the river near Dreyer, died last Saturday.

Margaretha Agnes Huebner, 19 Mar 1896 – 14 Jul 1900, daughter of Franz & Margaretha, was buried in the Czech Moravian Brethren Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

HUFF Child

Shiner Gazette, 30 May 1895

The little two and a half year old girl of Fritz Huff died Saturday morning of pneumonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 12 Mar 1908, page 1

Death of Eddie Huff.

Eddie Huff, the youngest son of Fritz and Augusta Huff, died last Monday at the family home of pneumonia and was buried in the city cemetery on Tuesday, Rev. Wolfsdorf of Yoakum officiating at the burial. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all their friends.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 24 Jul 1897

After an illness of three weeks with slow fever, Mrs. Francis P. Hughes, wife of D. Hughes, died in West Halletsville at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Deceased had reached the age of 54 years and six months. Mrs. Hughes as a Mrs. Ellis married D. Hughes on April 16, 1866. Twelve children resulted from the union, seven of whom, with the father, survive her.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 12 Feb 1891

A Good Man Gone

Such has been the universal expression of the people on hearing the announcement of the death of Mr. T.S. Hughes, which occurred at his residence near Shiner on Monday last.  The fatal disease was pneumonia, induced through an attack of the grippe contracted while in the discharge of his duties as county commissioner.  Mr. Hughes was an old an estimable citizen of Lavaca county and his loss will be severely felt.  He was about 54 years of age at the time of his death, and leaves a wife and several children besides numerous relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  He was buried yesterday with Masonic honors.
Contributed by Regena Williamson

HULL Infant

Shiner Gazette, 13 Oct 1897, Moulton Institute column

The little son of Lee Hull's is very low and has been expected to die for several days.

This may be one of two unnamed infants buried in the Old Moulton Cemetery next to E. F. Hull. Contributed by Matt Cross

HULL Child

Shiner Gazette, 22 Dec 1897, Moulton column

On Saturday the little boy of Lee Hull’s died, who suffered for several months with an abscess of the bowels. They physicians called it appendicitis and said that an operation was necessary to save the life of the child. They wanted to hold a post mortem examination to prove that their diagnosis was correct, but the parents would not approve of it.

This may be one of two unnamed infants buried in the Old Moulton Cemetery next to E. F. Hull. Contributed by Matt Cross


Gonzales Inquirer, 17 Jan 1938


Alvin Hummal [sic.]

Born Dec. 3, 1862
Died Jan. 15, 1938

Dilworth lost one of her foremost citizens Saturday morning when death came to Alvin Hummal after an extended illness at his home.

Funeral services were conducted at the family residence, mass was said at the Shiner Catholic Church and interment was made in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Alvin Hummal was born in Buren, Czechoslovakia on December 3, 1862, being 75 years, 1 month and 12 days of age at the time of his death. He came to this country in July 1885, landed at New York and later came to San Antonio, Texas. From there he moved to Flatonia and later took his naturalizations papers on October 21, 1890. He was united in marriage to Miss Martha Spieckermann and later moved to Shiner, Texas where he was employed in the Walter Brothers Store for twenty five years. He had resided in the Dilworth community for 26 year[sic.] at the time of his death. During that time he was employed at the R. A. Walshak Store.

A large concourse of friend[sic.] gathered at the familly home Monday morning to pay last fitting tribute to this just man who had been called to the Master after serving him long and well. Mr. Hummal's kind deeds were not only known to his own family but to all who knew him and he leaves a host of friends to mourn his passing.

The active pallbeares were: R. A. Walshak, Ervin Baker, Robert Foster, Ed Kuntschik, Alois Simersky and D. R. Forgotston. The O. D. S. Lodge, of which Mr. Hummal was a long time member, took a part in the services.

Surviving besides his wife, are three children, Hugo Hummal of Dilworth, Mr. G. A. Schmidt of Sinton, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Maddox of Oklahoma City. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Henry Stohl of Stockdale and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Inquirer extends deepest sympathy to the family so sorely bereft in the death of this esteemed citizen.


Weimar Mercury, 2 Mar 1934, page 1

Her Sufferings Are Over

Mrs. Annie Hummel, nee Strauss, who a number of years ago suffered a paralytic stroke, leaving her practically helpless, and who since that time has been unable to help herself, passed away at the home of her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Fietsam of this city, early Monday morning. Requiem mass was held at St. Michael's Church, this city. The remains were transported to Shiner Wednesday morning and there laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery. Relatives and many friends accompanied the remains to their last resting place.

Mrs. Hummel was born at Frelsburg, this county, and was about 62 years of age at time of death. With her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Strauss, she moved to Shiner many years ago. In April, 1893, she was united in marriage to Mr. Leopold Hummel, who died in 1896. Mrs. Hummel is survived by her aged mother, Mrs. Emelie Strauss of Halletsville; six brothers, Charles J., H. J., Leo and J. C. Strauss of Halletsville; R. J. and Otto Strauss of Shiner, and three sisters, Mrs. Jos. Kopecky of Halletsville, Mrs. C. L. Kopecky of Yoakum and Mrs. Fred J. Fietsam of this city.

Mrs. Hummel was a consecrated christian lady, and although afflicted for many years bore up under it uncomplainingly, anxious and willing to face her Creator and be united with her beloved husband. During her many years residence in Weimar she possessed the esteem of all who knew her, and in her passing all are deeply regretful.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Shiner Gazette, 23 Apr 1896, page 4

A gloom was cast over our little city Saturday morning when it became known that Leopold Hummel had during the night passed into the valley of the shadow of death. His end was calm and peaceful and unattended with pain. He die [sic] surrounded by his weeping wife and brother and friends.

Leopold had been in poor health for some time, but his illness took a serious turn some two or three months ago and he lost ground rapidly. He went to San Antonio in hopes of finding relief, but he continued to grow worse, and his friends seeing the end near had him removed home last Tuesday a week. The funeral took place Saturday eve at 3:30, the services being conducted by Rev Jos Hudecek of the Catholic church, of which Leopold was a member. The body was escorted to the cemetery by Bluecher Loge [sic] No 20, O D H S, of which he was a charter member. The interment took place at the Catholic cemetery.

Leopold was an exceedingly popular young man here and his friends were legion. He and his brother, Albin, came to America together in 1885 from Brueun Moravia, where the former was born October, 1860. Leopold married in January, 1894, Miss Annie Strauss, daughter of Jacob Strauss, of this place. Besides being a Hermann Soehns, he was a member of Yorktown Unterstuezung Verein.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, October 24, 1999


SHINER—Alfons C. Hundl, 84, of Shiner, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999 .

He was born July 18, 1915, to the late Anton Sr. and Rosie Cinadr Hundl. He was a retired farmer, rancher and a Catholic.

Survivors: sisters, Bessie H. Michalec of Shiner; and brother Anton Hundl Jr. of Wharton.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Betty Koehl, Christine Tesar, Rosie Hundl; and brothers, Jim Hundl, Tom Hundl, Charles Hundl and Louis Hundl.

A rosary and wake will be held 7:00 p.m. today at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials: St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 18 Jul 1999


SHINER—Rosie Margaret Chumchal Hundl, 69, of Shiner, died Saturday, July 17, 1999.

She was born July 13, 1930, in Dilworth, to the late John and Christina Slovacek Chumchal. She was a leather factory inspector for Tex-Tan Circle Y. She was a Catholic.

Survivors: daughters, Shirley Michalec of Shiner and Darlene Hartmann of New Braunfels; son, John Hundl of Shiner; sister, Isabella Schaefer of Shiner; brothers, Alfred Chumchal and Edwin Chumchal, both of Shiner and Felix Chumchal of Gonzales; and seven grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Johnnie Hundl; sisters, Betty Vavrecka, Genevieve Smith and Edna Peterek; and brothers, Julius Chumchal, Joe Chumchal, William Chumchal, John Chumchal, Albert Chumchal, Louis Chumchal and Richard Chumchal.

A rosary was recited 7 p.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Faith Darilek, Robert Chumchal, Adolph Schaefer Jr., Milton Chumchal, Leonard Hrncirik, Douglas Peterek, Greg Chumchal and Lonnie Chumchal.

Honorary pallbearers: Sara Hundl, Christopher Hundl, Brad Hartmann, Chad Hartmann, Jenna Hartmann, Paige Michalec and Ryah Michalec.

Memorials: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society or donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, April 28, 1972

Mrs. Hurta

SHINER -- Funeral services for Mrs. Albina Hurta, 100, who died at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in a Taylor rest home, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner.

The Rev. Henry Beseda will officiate, with burial in Shiner Brethren Cemetery.

Mrs. Hurta was born at Cat Springs, Tex., and was married to Thomas Hurta in 1896 in Nelsonville. He died March, 1944. She resided in the Vlastenec community before moving to Temple to reside with a daughter after the death of her husband.

She had lived in the Taylor rest home for the last several years. Survivors include two sons, Rudy of Bellville and Hynek of San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Hermina Kostohryz of Temple, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Lavaca County Tribune, March 24, 1944

Sudden Death Claims Shiner Man

Mr. Thomas Hurta of Shiner died suddenly at his home Wednesday, March 15, at 1:30 p.m., when he returned from a visit with his brother.

Funeral services were held Friday morning, March 17, at the family home and at the Czech Moravian Brethren Church, where Rev. H.E. Besdea of Caldwell and Rev. F.J. Kostohryz of Temple conducted the services.  The body was laid to rest in the Czech Moravian Brethren cemetery near the church.

Pallbearers were:  Frank Dusek, Adolf Pesek, Frank M. Mikeska, Joe Lala, Frank Mikeska and Louis Lukas. 

The deceased was born in Czechoslovakia on Oct. 9, 1867 and had attained the age of 76 years, 5 months and 6 days.  At the age of fourteen he came to Texas with his parents, and after living at Ellinger for some time, moved to the Shiner community.   On Nov. 15, 1896, Miss Albina Sontag became his wife and three children were born to them:  Mrs. F.J. Kostohryz of Temple, R.T. Hurta of Bellville and H.A. Hurta of San Antonio.  Two brothers, Joe Hurta of Westhoff & John Hurta of Shiner; one sister, Mrs. Louis Lukas of Westhoff and four grandchildren also survive.
Contributed by Regena Williamson


Shiner Gazette, 24 Dec 1908, page 1

Tom Hurta, Sr.

Died last Friday, Dec. 18th, Mr. Tom Hurta, Sr., about 10 o’clock was buried Saturday in Catholic cemetery.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, March 7, 1889, page 2

Herald: A sad accident occurred at Sublime a few days ago. Mr. Gust. Husemann's children were burning brush in a field when one of them, a six-year-old girl, set fire to some grass near by. Flames were soon spreading in every direction and before the others could realize what was going on the [little] girl's clothes [caught] fire and she burnt to death in a few minutes. Mr. Husemann, who was plowing near by, attempted to rescue the child and in doing so severely burnt one of his hands.

Agnes Husemann was interred in the Smoothing Iron Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 18 Feb 1982

Military Rites Accorded WW II Veteran Henry B. Huser, 63

Henry B. Huser of Shiner, age 63 years, 11 months and 17 days, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1982 at 2:30 a.m. in Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, San Antonio, after a long illness. For the past two months, he had been a resident at Four Seasons Nursing Home in San Antonio.

The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, until 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, when it was taken to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, where Holy Mass was offered at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon.

Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Mike Huser of Shiner, Bernhard Grahmann, Marvin and Ronnie Huser, all of Hallettsville, David Frels of Cuero and Kevin Bleier.

Participating in the military rites were color bearers, Emmett Blohm and Edwin Machacek; color guards, Edward J. Taurus and Henry Grossman; Sergeant-at-arms, Louis Dusek.

Ewald Erdelt folded the flag which was presented to Mrs. Huser by Chaplain George Watzlavick. After the chaplain read the committal rites, “Taps” on tape, pre-recorded by Leonard Darilek, were sounded concluding the service. Legion Comdr. Felix Hybner and members were in attendance.

The funeral services were held on the couple’s 36th wedding anniversary.

Rosary was recited at the Buffington Chapel Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. led by the Sisters from St. Ludmila Academy.

Mr. Huser, one of a family of 12 children, was born Feb. 23, 1918 at Brelsau, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Ben and Wilhelmina (Schindler) Huser, natives respectively of Germany and High Hill, Fayette County, Texas.

In 1923, the family moved to the Henkhaus community near Shiner. He was reared on the family farm and attended Charlottenburg School. He was a retired farmer and carpenter, and for 21 years was employed with Sonntag building contractors.

Mr. Huser was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and a member of the Shiner American Legion Post.

He was a World War II veteran and served with Co. E, 359 Infantry. He entered the service Mar. 20, 1942 and was honorably discharged Dec. 1, 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Of the 44 months of service, 20 months was spent in the European Theatre of Operations and with the famed 90th Infantry Division, 3rd Army. He was wounded Aug. 19, 1944 while in France and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was also awarded the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, American Theatre Campaign Medal, Victor Medal and the EAME Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars for participation in campaigns and battles at Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

On Feb. 12, 1946, he married Irene Bleier in the Shiner Catholic Church. The Rev. Leo Moczygemba performed the ceremony. The couple made their home on a farm in the Midway community where they resided continuously.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irene Huser of Shiner; a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Freddie Fishbeck of Shiner; three brothers, Ben and Joe Huser, both of Hallettsville, and Emil Huser of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs. Alfonse A. (Cecilia) Grahmann of Hallettsville, Mrs. Leroy (Margaret) Smith of Houston; three grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mar. 4, 1944; his mother, Apr. 4, 1963; three sisters, Mrs. Frank J. (Agnes) Roeder, Jan. 21, 1977; Mrs. Herman (Bertha) Frels, July 5, 1977; and an infant Marie Huser; three brothers, Charles Huser, July 26, 1979; and two infants, Frank and Herman Huser.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 21 Nov 1946, page 1

Mrs. Annie Husinecky Life Long Citizen Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Eschenburg Funeral Parlor at 9:30, continuing to Shiner Catholic Church, for Mrs. Annie Husinecky, age 55 years, 10 months and 2 days. Rosary was recited at the Funeral Parlor, Monday at 8 p.m.

The Rev. Leo Moczygemba officiated at the parlor, the church and graveside.

Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery by the side of her husband, Tom Husinecky, who preceded her to the grave seven years ago. Pallbearers were E. Kral, W. Kovalik, Anton Janik, Frank Dolezal, Frank Valis and Chas. Patek.

She is survived by an only child, a daughter, Mrs. Ann Klobedans of New Braunfels, and an only grandson, Victor James Rybak of New Braunfels.

Mrs. Husinecky, nee Annie Valis, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Valis Sr. She was born in Shiner January 15, 1891, was married to Tom Husinecky, Oct. 22, 1912, at the Shiner Catholic Church by the Rev. Kloubk. She had lived here always. Brothers and sisters are Joe and John Valis of Shiner and an only sister, Mrs. Mary Kral also of Shiner.

Deceased had been in ill health for more than two years and had been confined to her bed for the past five months. She constantly longed to recover sufficiently to join her only daughter in New Braunfels. The death angel called her into eternal rest Sunday eve at 5:50.

An affectionate mother, she was throughout her life, a loyal member of her church, a loving sister, she will be greatly missed by the brothers and sister who survive. All that was humanly possible was done to relieve her affliction but without avail.

May He who doeth all things well comfort the daughter and others who held her near and dear. We extend profound sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, August 17, 1939, page one

T. J. Husinecky Passed Away Monday

The entire Shiner community received a sad shock Monday when the news was spread that the tired, patient spirit of T. J. Husinecky has been taken to its great reward. Mr. Husinecky had been in ill health for some time and, although he suffered a great deal, the patience with which he bore the cross was remarkable. The end came quietly Monday at 10:15 o’clock. He was 49 years, 5 months and 23 days.

The deceased was born in the old country but came to America when very young. He had been a resident of Shiner for many years during which time he made a friend of everyone he occasioned to meet. Of a quiet, gentle disposition, he was a devoted husband and father and as a neighbor he was classed as the best. In his death Shiner truly looses a fine upstanding citizen who would be a credit to any community. He was a lifelong and devout member of the Catholic Church. He was united in marriage to Miss Annie Valis in 1912.

The funeral was held Wednesday morning August 16 at 9:00 o’clock in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. Requiem High Mass was said by Right Reverend Monsignor L. P. Netardus assisted by Rev. E Bily. Rt. Rev Monsignor Netardus spoke the words of consolation to the bereaved.

Casket bearers were George Valis, Joe Valis Chas. Patek, Frank Patek Chas. Wagner and Lewis Wagner.

Those left to mourn the death of Mr. Husinecky; one daughter Mrs. Ann Rybak, one grandchild, Victor James Rybak of Shiner, his father, Mr. Tom Husinecky, two sisters, Mrs. Jim Patek and Mrs. Louis Wagner.

To the bereaved we extend our most profound sympathy in their hour of sorrow. May God comfort them.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1964

Mrs. Jim Huvar

GARWOOD—Mrs. Jim Huvar, a native of Yoakum, and sister-in-law of Fred Huvar of Victoria, died Monday here.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum.

Mrs. Huvar is survived by two daughters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, March 28, 1925

VICTORIA, Tex., March 28.—W. H. Huvar, formerly of Yoakum, well known wholesale dealer of this city, died Friday of heart disease.

The young man had been in declining health since December.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, June 8, 1969

Adolph J. Hybner

SHINER—Funeral services for Adolph J. Hybner, 81, of Shiner will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday from Buffington Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. from St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church here.

Mr. Hybner was born Nov. 7, 1887 at Praha. He died at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday in a Shiner hospital.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Frances Kurtz Hybner; five daughters, Mrs. Louis (Lillie) Matula, Mrs. Otto (Annie) Sofka, Mrs. M. S. (Mary) Burton, Mrs. Claude (Janie) Pickeriing and Mrs. Frank (Martha) Kocian; four sons, Felix Hybner of Shiner, Victor Hybner of Victoria, Phil Hybner of Houston and Daniel Hybner of Lake Jackson; one brother, Leo Hybner of Shiner; one sister, Sister M. Agnes, Nazareth Convent, Victoria; and 27 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Paul D. Sofka, James Barcak, Andrew Kocian, Phil Hybner, Jr., Donald Hybner and Patrick Hybner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, April 7, 1974

Anton Hybner

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM -- Anton J. Hybner, 85, a former resident of Yoakum, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in a Goliad nursing home following a long illness.

Mr. Hybner was born Oct. 1, 1888, in Fayette County.

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

A Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edna Mainka of Goliad; two sisters, Mrs. Francis Kasparek and Mrs. Mary Simek of Nordheim, a brother, Alphonse Hybner of Mathis and a grandson, Edmund Mainka Jr. of Vanderbilt.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 5 Oct 1991, page 10A


SHINER – Felix Leo Hybner, 74, lifelong resident of Shiner, died at his residence Thursday, Oct. 3, 1991, following a sudden illness.

Mr. Hybner was born Sept. 11, 1917, in Shiner to the late Adolph and Frances Kurtz Hybner. He was manager of Spoetzl Brewery, a member of the Knight of St. Gregory, the KJT and the American Legion. He was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and a member and founder of the St. Nicholas Society. He was a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Mary Polak Hybner; daughters, Joan Honigschmidt of Austin and Janel Mikulencak of Baytown; sons, Pat Hybner of Shiner, Gene Hybner of Corpus Christi and Robert Hybner of Houston; sisters, Lillie Matula of Shiner, Annie Sofka of Houston, Mary Burton of Mathis, Janie Pickering of San Antonio and Martha Janota of Shiner; brothers, Phillip Hybner of Lufkin and Daniel Hybner of Lake Jackson; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents; first wife, Mary Mae Janecek on Nov. 8, 1972; son, Thomas Hybner; and a brother, Victor Hybner.

Rosary 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel in Shiner.

KJT and Knights of Columbus rosary 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.

Services 2 p.m. Sunday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Graveside services in Catholic Cemetery under the auspices of the American Legion.

Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 594-3352.

Memorials: St. Nicholas Society.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Monday, November 24, 1975

Mrs. Hybner

Advocate News Service
SHINER—Mrs. Josephine Hybner, 77, of Shiner, died Sunday afternoon at her home.

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

Survivors include her husband, Leo of Shiner; four sons, Bennie, Theodore and Johnny, all of Shiner, and the Rev. Joe Hybner of Floresville; two daughters, Mrs. Leo Janak and Mrs. Bernard Pustka, both of Shiner; three brothers, John Kurtz of Cuero, Rudy and Louis Kurtz, both of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Adolph Hybner and Mrs. Jim Fric of Shiner and Mrs. Lottie Konvicka of Hallettsville; 26 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, November 10, 1972

Mrs. Hybner

SHINER—Mrs. Felix Hybner, 56, died at her home at Shiner Wednesday about 4:45 p.m.

The body will remain at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner until 8:30 a.m. Friday when it will be taken to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church for requiem mass at 9:30 a.m.

Rosary was recited at the chapel Thursday evening.

Interment will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Felix Hybner of Shiner; three sons, Eugene of Corpus Christi, Robert of Houston and Patrick Hybner of Victoria; two daughters, Mrs. Joan Honigschmitt of Minneapolis, Minn. and Miss Janelle Hybner of Houston; four grandchildren; two brothers, Rudy and Laddie Janecek of San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. Della Janca of Fort Worth.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 23 Dec 1982

Victor Louis Hybner Dies

Victor Louis Hybner, 61, of 2302 N. MacArthur, Victoria, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1982 at 7:03 p.m. in a Victoria hospital following a sudden illness.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Arnold Anders and the Rev. Lawrence Matula officiating.

The body lay in state at the church from 9 a.m. to time of services Monday.

Rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 at McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home.

Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Victoria. Serving as pallbearers were Douglas Prukop, Paul Sofka, Andrew Kocian, Robert Hybner, Phil Hybner and Gary Prukop.

Mr. Hybner, one of nine children, was born July 28, 1921, son of Adolph John and Frances (Kurtz) Hybner, natives respectively of Praha and Moulton.

He had lived in Victoria for 40 years, was a barber by profession, and owned Vic’s Barber Shop in Victoria. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force, and received his formal education at St. Ludmila Academy in Shiner.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Prukop Hybner of Victoria; two daughters, Denise Marie Hybner and Debra Ann Hybner, both of Victoria; three sons, Donald, Richard and David, all of Victoria; five sisters, Mrs. Louise (Lillie) Matula of Shiner, Mrs. Otto (Annie) Sofka of Houston, Mrs. M.S. (Mary) Burton of Mathis, Mrs. Claude (Janie) Pickering of San Antonio, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Kocian of Hallettsville; three brothers, Felix Hybner of Shiner, Phillip Hybner of Houston, Daniel Hybner of Lake Jackson; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, June 4, 1969; and his mother, Apr. 24, 1982.

Contributed by Matt Cross




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