Unidentified Photos


Pannewitz, Shiner

Gustav A. Pannewitz was born in Germany in 1862 and immigrated in 1870. He was part of the Tauch & Pannewitz photography studio in Schulenburg, beginning in about 1886. He was married to William Tauch's sister, Agnes. Her brother, Henry Tauch, was also a photographer in Fayetteville. In the late 1880s, Pannewitz had a "photographer's tent" of wooden doors covered with a tarp in Shiner. At the time the photographer, Frank Heimann, also had a tent in Shiner, moved there from Half Moon. Pannewitz later owned a more permanent studio in Shiner, located on Avenue D, facing north next to the Seydler and Eschenburg store. [See more unidentified photos by Tauch & Pannewitz, Schulenburg.]
Haynes, David. Catching Shadows. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993.
Fayette County Texas Heritage. Curtis Media, Inc., 1996.
Goertz, Dorothy Blohm. After Half Moon, A History of Shiner, Texas, 1887-1975.

The three unidentified photos below were contributed by Sharon Johnson. The photos may be friends or relatives of the Edgar Hoffmann family. Please contact Sharon if you can identifiy any of these photos.
The photo below was contributed by Jan Jackson and the family are believed to be a relatives of the Mehrens family. Please contact Jan if you can help her identify it.

The photo below was contributed by Ann Graham and the family are believed to be Emma Vogt Schmidts Aunt Zimmerman. Please contact Ann if you can help her identify it.

Montgomery, Yoakum & Victoria

James F. Montgomery was born in Texas in 1874. He had a photography studio in Yoakum by about 1896 and also worked in Victoria and Eagle Lake.

The three unidentified photos on the top row and the photo above were contributed by Rox Ann Johnson. The photos may be friends or relatives of the Hillmann family.

This photo belonged to the John Williams Family. Is this possibly Mary C. Williams of Sweet Home?
Photo contributed by Janet Saylor
This man is probably a member of the May family, possibly a son of Benedikt May.
Photo contributed by Lyn Schofield
Photo contributed by Charles Sherman

Raab Studios, Moulton

Moulton Eagle
17 Apr 1959

Local Photographer Oscar Raab, 47, Passes Away in Vet Hospital Tuesday

Following a lengthy illness, death came to local photographer Oscar F. Raab at the VA Hospital in Houston Tuesday morning, April 14th at 6:00 o'clock, taking from life one of Moulton's businessmen and lifelong citizens.

Born in Moulton on August 16, 1911, he was the son of Mr. Frank P. Raab and the late Mrs. Emma Elster Raab. He grew to manhood here, attending the Moullton Public Schools from which he graduated in 1928, later attending and graduating from the Byrne Business College in Houston. Following graduation he was employed with his father in the Raab Barber Shop here until 1942, when Oscar voluntarily joined the United States Army. He spent three years and nine months in the Army, of which nine were sered in Japan; receiving his discharge in 1946.

Mr. Raab returned to Moulton, later attending the Houston School of Photography. After graduation, he began his career of Photography here, serving many in local and neighboring communities. On April 7th, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Sanders in Houston, and the couple made therir home here where they continued to operate their business. Four years ago Mr. and Mrs. Raab built a new modern studio in the northern part of town, which enabled them to serve more people quickly and efficiently.

Active in civic matter, Mr. Raab was a member and an officer of the Moulton VFW Post and the Moulton American Legion Post, being officer in charge of the Firing Squad for many years. He was also a honorary member of the Moulton Volunteer Fire Department.

Becoming ill last year, he entered the VA Hospital in Houston September, 1958. Foloowing a four-month confinement there, he was released and returned home. In Januaru, 1959, Oscar became ill suddenly and was rushed to the VA Hoospital where his condition remained critical until his death. He attained the age of 47 years, 7 months and 28 days.

The remains were conveyed to the Smith Funeral Home Tuesday evening, where relatives and a large host of friends paid their final respects. Rosary was recited Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock.

Funeral services will begin at the Smith Funeral Home Cahpel Thursday morning, April 16th at 9:15 o'clock and will continue at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 9:30 with the Rev. Bernard Goebel officiating. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery, with graveside services under the auspices of the Moulton American Legion and VFW Posts.

Immediate survivors include his wife, Mrs. Oscar Raab of Moulton; his father, Mr. Frank P. Raab of Moulton; and one brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Erwart Raab of Houston; and eight nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Frank P. Raab, who passed away in 1955.

Pallbearers will be Emil Jalufka, Nolan Wagner, Arthur Schodde, Edgar Raab, Hubert Heinrich and Herbert Pieper. Serving as honorary pallbeares will be Jimmy Jaeggli, Vincent Rehmet, Pete Etlinger, Erwin Oehl, Budie Jaeggli, Oscar Heinrich, Otto Heinrich and Joe Petrek.

Janet Absher found these three Raab Studios photographs in an antique shop.
Please contact her if you can identify any of the people in the photos.

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