Gonzales County, Texas

Obituaries and Death Notices


San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 13 --Three violent deaths were reported in the vicinity of San Antonio during the past twenty-four hours. At Beeville Jas. Cockrill, a farmer, was found in a field with his throat cut.  Two strangers are under arrest pending further investigation.
    W. G. Swarth sent his daughter from their home at Smiley and fired a charge of buckshot in his side. He was in ill health and despondent over the recent death of his wife.
    Douglas Mahon, aged 2 years, fell down while playing at his home in Gonzales and bit his tongue. The child bled to death.  The Macon Daily Telegraph (Macon, GA), December 14 1910

Died, at her home in Gonzales, on Sunday, December 29, 1901, at 2 o'clock p.m., Mrs. Martha Adams, aged 57 years, 3 months and 26 days.
     Her death was due to pneumonia resulting from the grippe. She was sick a little over a week. The remains were interred in the Public cemetery this morning at 10 o'clock. Besides her husband she leaves several grown sons and daughters besides other relatives to mourn her loss. Numerous friends in the city and east of town where they formerly resided, will symbolize with the family in their sorrow. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Dec. 30, 1901 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Died In Houston
Mrs. Pearl Adams, wife of Mr. Bert Adams, died Tuesday morning in Houston at about 9 o,clock. She was about 22 years of age and had been sick about two weeks. Mrs. Adams went to Houston about two months ago. Her death was due to bowel trouble. Previous to this departure for Houston, Mr. Adams was employed at the store of Mr. Mistrot for sometime. The mother leaves one child. The remains will arrive this evening at 4 o'clock on the Aransas Pass and will be taken from the depot to the Public cemetery, where the interment will take place. Many friends of the young couple will sympathize with the bereaved husband and relatives in their sorrow. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Dec. 23, 1903 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Died Suddenly
Mr. W. D. Adams Died This Morning After Brief Illness
Mr. W. D. Adams died this morning at 6 o'clock at his home in the western part of the city. He had been sick only a day or two and he did not think he was so seriously ill. The remains will be interred in the Public Cemetery this evening, though the time has not been decided on. Mr. Adams was an old citizen of this county. He was born in Madison county, Kentucky, and has been a resident of this state about 20 years. Mrs. Adams died in this city about a year ago. He leaves four sons and two daughters. Many friends will sympathize with the bereaved family in the sorrow that has fallen so suddenly. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex.,Nov. 29, 1902 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 27, from the First Untied Methodist church for Carl Adlof, who died in Memorial Hospital Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
     The Rev. Warren Hornung, Pastor of the First United Methodist church, and the Rev. Rob McGill of the Monthalia United Methodist church, officiated at the services with burial in the City cemetery. Seydler Hill Funeral Home as in charge of arrangements.
     Serving as pallberaers were Eugene Adlof, Erwin Froehner, Elroy Adlof, Alton Pagel, C. B. Nagel and Bill Mercer. Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Traeger, Bill Boothe, Helmuth Ehrig, Hugo Ehrig, Dr. W. B. Denman, Ernest Hornung, Ruben Neitsch, Raymond Neitsch. J. R. Tinsley, Upton Ruddock and Gerald Shanklin. Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist church.
     Mr. Adlof was born in Lexington on June 14, 1892, the son of Carl Traugott and Caroline Hornung Adlof, natives of Austria and Germany. He was married to Selma Lillge on December 27, 1916. They moved in 1956 to 1405 St. Joseph St. and lived there until 1977 at which time they moved to the Cartwheel Nursing Home.
     He was a member of the First United Methodist church, but was confirmed in the German Methodist church by Rev. William Sievers in 1908. He was a past chairman of the board of the German Methodist church, and worked for 36 years after the unification of the two churches, serving as both steward and board of trustees member for many years in the local Methodist church. He was also a member of the Germania Mutual Co. since March 6, 1917, and several as treasurer for Gonzales Local No. 60 many years.
     Survivors include his wife; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Arthur (Viola) Adlof of Three Rivers, and M rs. Paul (Hulda) Adlof of California; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Oct. 27, 1986 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Many Honor Memory Of Carl T. Adlof
Numerous relatives and friends of the family were assembled at the Adlof residence in this city Sunday afternoon to honor the memory of Varl T. Aflof, one of the highly esteemed resident whose remains were consigned to their last resting place appropriate ceremonies.
    His pastor, Rev. O. C. Racke of the German Methodist Church had charge of the printable service hey sis did by Rev. F. Bohmfalk, and Rev. Andrew Treager of Minthalia and Rev. Riley of Schulenburg.
    Rev. Mr. Bohmfalks conducted the service at the residence, paying Mr. Adlof a fine tribute as a friend and Christen. Rev. Mr. Racke had charge of the principal service conducted at the City Cemetery, where interment was made, and in the talk on his life, pronounced and elegant eulogy on his record as a citizen and a Christian, The place he occupied in the church which he had been an officer during the long years of his residence here.
    Many beautiful floral tributes decked the last resting place, expressions of the wide a steam in which he was held, and of sincere sympathy for those who mourn the passing of your beloved husband, father and brother.
Among the special offerings was one from the men's Bible class of the German Methodist Church in which he belonged and there was a beautiful tribute from the sons and daughters with the word "Gather".
    Acting pallbearers were D. W. and F. H. Heye, F. C. And F. R. Nagel, Otto Ehrig E. C. Pagel.
    Members of the family from a distance were all here including his son Max Adlof of Houston and daughter Miss Lula Adlof of Dan Antonio, and only sister Mrs Turck of Cuero.
    The funeral was under the direction of Kline Brothers.
    "Blessed are the that which die in the Lord, and their works do follow the. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Mar. 28, 1927, pg 1 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Laid To Rest
The remains of Mrs. C Adlof who died Monday night at 12 p.m., were laid to rest in the City Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
    Impressive funeral services were conducted at the residence in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends who had assembled to pay their parting tribute to her memory.
    The service was conducted by Rev. John Streit, pastor of the German Methodist church, and Rev. F. Bohmfalk, the latter having charge of the services at the residence, making an impressive talk.
    After the service was concluded, the acting pallbearers, Fred Ebel, A. H. Ebel, F. J. Lang, Otto Ehrig, E. C. Pagel and F. C. Nagel, conveyed the casket to the hearse, and the procession formed, moving to the cemetery.
    A short service was held beside the open grave, Rev. Mr. Streit making a talk.
    A profusion of beautiful floral offerings attested to the esteem in which Mrs. Adlof was held and breathed a fragrant message of sympathy to the bereaved loved ones. Among the lovely emblems was a handsome anchor of white roses, a tribute from the German Methodist Aid society of which she was a member. A large wreath was the offering from the German Epworth League.
    The funeral was very largely attended, numbers of friends from over the county being present. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., April 19, 1917 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday from the Seydler-Hill Funeral Home for Hulda Adlof, who died at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jul 8, in a long Beach, Ca., hospital.
     The Rev. Dennis Adlof and Rev. Warren Hornung, the latter pastor of the First United Methodist church, will conduct the services with burial in the City cemetery.
     Mrs. Adlof a resident of California at the time of her death, was a former resident of Gonzales. She was born august 29, 1895, in Willow Springs, and was married on May 6, 1914, to Paul William Adlof. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1955.
     Surviving her are two sons, Eugene R. Adlof of Buena Park Ca., and Elroy A. Adlof of Bellaire; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Selma Adlof, Mrs. Lieschen Landbeck and Miss Meta Nagel, all of Gonzales, and a brother, Rudolph Nagel, also of Gonzales. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., July 13, 1987 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mrs. Ida Adlof Passes Away In Oklahoma
Mrs. Ida Adlof, former esteemed resident of the city passed away at Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Wednesday, December 4 following a week's illness of pneumonia.
     Mrs. Adlof was 73 years of age.
     Surviving her are two sisters living in Oklahoma with whom she had made her home for the past three years and for stepsons Paul, Chac., Max and Arthur Adlof and three stepdaughters Meadames Otto Freshner, Ella Pagel, and Miss Lula Adlof.
     The remains will arrive in the city tomorrow Sunday afternoon at 2:20 over the Southern Pacific and will be escorted to the Methodist Episcobal church where funeral services will be conducted followed by interment in the City Cemetery under the direction of Robertson and Seydler funeral directors. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Dec. 6, 1930 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Services Here
Graveside services will be held here Saturday at 2 p.m. at the City Cemetery for Mrs. Mary Adlof, widow of Max J. Adlof, who died in 1961 in Houston this morning.
     The services here will follow rites held at the Boulevard Funeral home in Houston Saturday at 10 a.m.
     The Rev. M. D. Lowry, pastor of the First Methodist church, will officiate at the local rites with Seydler Funeral home in charge of arrangements. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Feb. 25, 1965 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Funeral Services Set Wednesday For Max Adlof
     Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel of the Boulevard funeral home in Houston for Max John Adlof, that city, who died there at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.
     The body will be brought to Gonzales where final rites will be held from the First Methodist church with the Rev. Roy May, former pastor here, officiating. Burial is to follow in the family plot under the direction of the Masonic lodge.
     The deceased was born October 13, 1898, at Cookspoint. At the time of his death he was president and owner of Adlof Memorials Houston.
     A member of the Methodist church, he was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of the Houston Optimist club, the Knights of Pythias, the Sons of Hermann and Order of Eagles.
     In his profession he was recognized nationally as a materialist, having created some of the outstanding memorial works in the southwest. He was a member of the Monument Builders of America and the Monument Builders of the Southwest, both of which he served for many years.
     Survivors include his wife, Mary Helen; two sisters; Mrs. Ella Pagel and Mrs. Emilie Froehner; two brothers, Charles Adlof of Gonzales; and Arthur Adlof of Three Rivers.
     He was preceded in death by his only son, Carlyle; who died in a accident on June 22, 1941. - (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Jun. 20, 1961 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Paul Adlof Rites Here on Saturday
    Funeral services for Paul William Adlof of San Antonio will be held from the Seydler Funeral home Saturday at 10 a.m. with interment to follow in the City Cemetery. The Rev. Ross Welch, the Rev. Reeves and the Rev. Roy May, pastor of the First Methodist church, will be in charge of the sevices.
    Adlof died in the St. Benedict hospital in San Antonio at 3 p.m. Thursday following a stroke suffered at the Straak family reunion Sunday in Fredericksburg.
    He was born on February 8, 1891, in Lee County to Carl Caroline Hornung Adlof, natives of Germany, and was married to the former Hulda Lillge. He was a member of the Paint Heights Methodist church of San Antonio.
    Survivors include his wife, two sons, Eugene Adlof of Long Beach, Calif; and Elroy Adlof of Galveston; three brothers, Charles of Gonzales; Max of Houston; and Arthur Adlof of Three Rivers; three sisters, Mrs. E. W. Pagel, Gonzales; and Miss Lulu Adlof of San Antonio; and five grandchildren.
    The nephews of the deceased will act as pall bearers. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Jun. 10 1955 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Selma Adlof Services are Tuesday
     Funeral services for Selma Dorothea Adlof, who died on Saturday in a local nursing home, will be held on Tuesday, Aug, 28, at 3 p. m. at Seydler-Hill Chapel. Rev. Millford Zirkel will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Howard McAllister and the Rev. Dennis Adolf. Interment will be in the City cemetery.
     Mrs. Adlof was born in Rock House, near Fayeteville, on Feb. 26, 1897, the second daughter of Reinhold and Wilhelmine Straach Lillge, both natives of Germany. She was baptized on March 25, 1897, by the Rev. John C. Groth at Industry Methodist church.
     Her father died when she was young and on Nov. 14, 1897 her mother married Ernest Nagel, and the family lived near Oak Forest. Mr. Nagel built the first Monthalia Methodist church and was one of its charter members.
     Selma took catechism instruction and was confirmed in the Methodist church as a young girl.
     She was married to Carl Gustav Adlof on Dec. 25, 1916, a cold and cloudy day, at the family home by the Rev. John Streit, pastor of the Gonzales German Methodist church.
     They lived on a farm north of Gonzales until they retired from farm work in 1956 and moved to a home on St. Joseph Street. The couple moved to a local nursing home in 1977, where he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1986.
     They were members of the Gonzales German Methodist church, where she was a Sunday School teacher of younger children for many years. They continued attending church services regularly after the consolidation with the First Methodist church.
     She was a life member of the Women's Society of Christian services, now the United Methodist Women and was a member of the Ladies Aid of the German Methodist church in earlier years.
     She is survived by a brother, Rudolph Nagel of Waco; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Arthur (Viola) Adlof of Three Rivers and Mrs. Hilmer (Mildred) Nagel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and a brother. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Aug. 27, 1990 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Anna Ahrens Services Set In Stockdale
Last rites will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. From the Myers chapel in Stockdale for Anna Ahrens, 61, of San Antonio, who died there Sunday.
     The Stockdale rites will be followed by local graveside rites in the City Cemetery at 4 p.m. With Seydlr-Hill funeral home in charge of local arrangements. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., July 7, 1975 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Funeral Saturday For O. G. Ahrens
Final rites scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. For Otto George Ahrens, Route 2, Gonzales, who died at the home of his daughter in San Antonio Thursday at 6:45 p.m.
     The services will be held from the Sydler Funeral home with the Rev. Roy H. May, pastor of the First Methodist church, and the Rev. Murray O. Johnson, in charge. Burial will take place in the city cemetery.
Mr. Ahrens was born March 2, 1886, in Fayetteville County, the son of Annie Schtleben and Henryn Ahrens, Germany. He was married on July 29, 1908, to Miss Minnie G. Sauer, who preceded him in death on February 25 of this year.
Survivors include one, son, Otis C. Ahrens of San Antonio; three daughters , Mrs. A. F. (Delores) Koehler, Gonzales; Miss Annie Ahrens, San Antonio; and Mrs. A. M. (Diane) Mays, Jr., of Atlanta, Texas; three grandchildren; one brother, Henry Ahrens of Charlotte; two sisters, Mrs. Olga Wolters, and Mrs. Helen Ollie of Schulenburg.
     Pallbearers will be Werner Ahrens, Elo Ahrens, Johnny Ahrens, Victor Ahrens, Charles Sauser and Raymond Sauer. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Oct. 4, 1957 pg 1 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Eddie Albrecht Services Friday
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday for Eddie A. Albrecht, Sr., who died Tuesday in a Port Lavaca nursing home. Rev. Allen Collins will officiate at the services in the Seydler-Hill Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in the City Cemetery.
      Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Edwin Parkie of Gonzales, three sons Welton of Port Lavaca, Darrell of Midland and Jack Albrecht of Angleton, six grandchildren. one great-grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. Wanda Voight of New Braunfels, Mrs. Olga Kerchott of Runge and one brother, Herbert Albrecht of San Antonio.
     Mr. Albrecht was a farmer and rancher and was a life long resident of Gonzales county. He was born Sep. 22, 1892 in the county. He served in World War I and was a member of the Luling American Legion Post No. 177 and the Gonzales V.F.W. Post No. 4817. He was precede in death by his wife in 1947.
     Pallbearers will be the Luling American Legion Post members. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Aug. 29, 1974 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Last Tribute Of respect Paid To The Memory Of Dr. Carl Aldenhoven
   A large assemblage of friends and relatives were gathered at the family resident Tuesday afternoon to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of Dr. Carl Aldenhoven whose remains were laid to rest with appropriate ceremonies.
   Impressive services were conducted by Rev. J. W. A. Witt, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of this city. The pall bearers, William Oerter, Jim Wood, Fred Lang, Albert Spahn, G. R. Kluge and F. C. Nagel, then took charge of the casket, bearing it to the hearse, after which the long procession formed, moving to the Woodmen Cemetery on Est Avenue, where with the beautiful burial service of the Woodmen order the local camp consigned the remains of their deceased brother to a final resting place.
   A profusion of handsome floral offerings were in evidence, completely mantling the new-made grave, attesting to the wide esteem in which Dr. Aldenhoven was held by friends far and near, and eloquently expressive of deep sympathy for the bereaved widow.
   Among the special tributes were beautiful offerings from the William Tell Lodge, Hermann Sons, the Guadalupe Camp W.O.W., and the Woodmen Circle, to which orders he had belonged, the Gonzales county Medical Society, of which he was also a member, and a pretty offering from the Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal church.
   Beautiful emblems from out of town friends were also among them, including tributes from William Mohrmann and family, Mrs. Verhein, Mr. and Mrs. McNerney and Mrs. C. Arno of San Antonio, contributing toward the exquisite array of flowers that banked the casket during the service at the home. A number of telegrams of condolence were also received by Mrs. Aldenhoven from friends over the State.
   Mrs. McNeary of San Antonio was in attendance at the funeral, as were many friends of the decedent from Shiner, Maurin, Ottine and other parts of the county. The members of the Hermann Sons order attended the funeral in a body.
   Before ill health laid low, Dr. Aldenhoven was among the most progressive and active physicians in this section and was for a number of years city health officer, taking a great interest in his power to fulfill his obligations to the public in this capacity, leaving nothing undone to safeguard the health of the population. as long as possible after he was confined to home he practiced his profession, patients coming to him for consultation and treatment. While his sufferings are over and he has gone to his reward, his memory will be kept green in the hearts of many old friends and former patients. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., July 28, 1920 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mrs. E. Aldenhoven Funeral Services Held Thursday
Last rites were held Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Emma Ray Aldenhoven who passed away Monday October 8, at 11:45 following a short illness in a Fort Worth hospital. At the time of her death she was visiting her son at Fort Worth. She was 72 years, 8 months and 7 days of age.
    Funeral services were held at __ o'clock from the Robertson and Seydler Funeral Home with Rev. W. Wolf pastor of the Lutheran church, of which Mrs. Aldenhoven was a member, officiating.
    Services were opened with the lovley old hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross" followed by a song by the choir, "Soul With All Thine Anguish."
    The scripture lesson and prayer were followed by a sermon by Rev. Wolf, who took as his text Matthew 25: 31-46, answering the question, :where will you spend Eternity?" The last hymn was "My Faith Looks up to Thee.
    Interment was in the City cemetery with hymn, "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" closing the services. Pall bearers were Horare Wood, Will T. Johnson, Tex Wilson, Fred Meisenhekier, Paul Wenske and Charles Holmes.
    At both the chapel and the cemetery the profusion of flowers attested to the love and high esteem with which Mrs. Aldenhoven was regarded by her many friend and acquaintances.
    Mrs. Aldenhoven was born February 2, 1867 in Maysville Illinois. Here she spent her girlhood days and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
    When she was 24 she was united in marriage with Dr. Carl Herbert Aldenhoven, a graduate of Chicago University. They were married on June 14 in Quincy Illinois. Five years later they came to Texas and made their home in Gonzales.
    Dr. Aldenhoven preceded his wife in death July 3, 1920. Surviving Mrs. Aldenhoven are one son, Carl John Aldenhoven of Fort Worth; one sister Miss. Bertha Ray of St Louis; and one brother Peter Ray of St. Paul, Minnesota.
    Mrs. Aldenhoven was a loving unselfish , humble Christian woman, and her passing is a great loss, not only her friends and relatives but in Gonzales and everyone with whom she came in contact. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex.,  Oct. 13, 1939 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mrs. Addie Aldis Passes Away At Houston
Relatives here receive the sad news Sunday of the death of Mrs. Addie Aldis of this city who passed away at Houston Sunday, January 2 at 10 AM.
    A message received a little earlier in the day called relatives to her bedside stating that she was sinking fast. This was the first news receive that she was ill hence she left here several weeks ago to visit relatives there, as the last letter received from her stated that she was well and enjoyed her visit.
    Surviving her or one son, Barnry Aldis of Cuero, five daughters, Mts. Annie Mills and Mrs. Louis Miller of this city, Mrs. Jackson of Palacios, Mrs. R. R. Glassco of Smiley and a young daughter, Flossie, of this city. She also leaves a brother and two sisters living at Houston, and a half brother and half-sister living here besides another half-sister residing in Missouri.
    She was a native of Spencer County Indiana and came to Texas in 1875 settling in Gonzales County which has been her home continuously up to her death she was 50 years and 6 months of age. Mrs. Aldis was a member of the Methodist Church with which she untied years ago after making a profession of her faith. For several years she had been afflicted with blindness.
    The remains arrived here this afternoon at 2:30 via the Southern Pacific and we're taking to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louis Miller from where the funeral will be held this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock after which interment will be made in the city Cemetery.
    The Inquirer joins the friends of the family and offering sympathy in there beratement. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Jan. 3, 1921 pg 2 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mrs. Addie Allen Died At Monthalia
Mrs. Addie Allen, one of the highly esteemed residence of the Monthalia section, died at her home there Friday afternoon, following a brief illness. Surviving her are her husband, two sons and two daughters, all grown. The funeral will be held this afternoon with interment in the City Cemetery here at 4 o'clock.
     In their bereavement the family will have the sincere sympathy of their friends. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., June 21, 1921 pg 4 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Remains Of Mrs. Addie Allen Laid To Rest
Final tribute was paid the memory of Mrs. Addie Allen of Monthalia Saturday afternoon when her remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery in Gonzales, a large number of relatives and friends from Monthalia and this city assembling in her honor.
    Rev. F. B. Buchanan, pastor of the First Methodist Church, conducted the impressive funeral services at the cemetery and the choir sang the sweet old hymns, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and
Nearer My God to Thee." Many lovely floral tributes decked her last resting place indicating the wide esteem in which she was held, and expressive of warm sympathy for the sorrowing ones. The acting pallbearers were W. W. Griffin, Arnold Siepman, Carl Pape, H. Kerchoff, Walter Dullnig and L. B. Leazer.
    Mrs. Allen was the wife of A. R. Allen and was 49 years old. She was a native of Bastrop, but had lived in the Monjthalia section for years. Her maiden name was Addie Huddleston. Surviving her, besides her husband, are four children, Mrs. Clifton Gatlin of this city, Richard, Myrtle and Alvie Allen, all of Monthalia, and her mother, Mrs. Mason of Caldwell, who did not reach here until Sunday. She also leaves an own sister, Mrs. J. R. Crawford of Luling, who was at her bedside when the end came, two half sisters, Mrs. D. D. Buris of Monthalia and Mrs. Ed Helms of Arizone, and four half brothers, Willie Mason of Weatherford, Jesse and Jim Mason of Zephur, and John Mason, who is with a crew building a pipe line, but who reached here in time to attend the funeral.
    Mrs. Allen had been a professing Christian for years, and belonged to the Methodist church at Leesville. She was held in the highest esteem by friends and neighbors, and was a noble Christian wife and mother. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., June 23, pg 1 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

The remains of Paul Allen who died here Wednesday, January 1st, about noon, were laid to rest in the city cemetery this morning at 10 o'clock, Rev.W. K. Penrod conducted the funeral services.
     Mr. Allen's death was due to pneumonia. He was some thirsty years of age and leaves a wife and four children to mourn him several brothers, two living at Belmont and one at Dilworth survive him.
     Mr. Allen was a comparative newcomer here, having moved in from Lockhart recently to farm near Dilworth.
     Kleine brothers extends sympathy to the bereaved and other loved ones. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Jan. 2, 1919 pg 3 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mrs. Sarah Anderson Passes Away Today
Mrs. Sarah Belle Anderson, widow of James Anderson, passed away this morning at her home in the eastern part of the city, the end coming at 9 o'clock. Mrs. Anderson had been an invalid for some time.
     Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. Arvilla Ivy of Gonzales, Mrs. Lula Flournoy of Portland, and Mrs. Ozora Dawe of England; one son, Louis Anderson of Gonzales three step daughters, and 22 grandchildren.
     Mrs. Anderson was 77 years, 10 months and 26 days of age.
     She was a member of the First Baptist church.
     In their loss the family will have the sincere sympathy of many friends.
     The funeral will be held Friday morning, tomorrow, at 10 o'clock with interment in the City Cemetery under the direction of Robertson and Seydler, funeral directors.
     Rev. Roy A. Caeley who has arrived from Kentucky to supply the pulpit for Rev. D. L. Griffith, pastor of the First Baptist church will conduct the funeral service. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Aug. 30, 1934 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Infant Son Of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anderwalt
Thomas Bernard, the infant son, of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anderwalt, died this morning, Saturday October 4, at 1:30 o'clock.
    Little babe was only two and a half months old, and had been ill practically all of its life.
The funeral had been set for 4:30 o'clock this afternoon and interment will be in the City cemetery.
    While the fond parents were privileged to claim it for but a fleeting time it is with sore hearts that they relinquished it although realizing it was best thus.
    Their many friends will join the Inquirer in extending sympathy. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Oct. 4, 1913 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Infant Dies
George, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ara, died Monday night.
   The funeral was held this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock from St. James Catholic Church,, the pastor, Rev. Dr. A. A. Huebsch conducting the service.
   Interment was made in the City cemetery. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., April. 24, 1917 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mrs. Ara Dies Suddenly At Hospital Here
Mrs. Mike Ara of North St. Peter Street, a resident of Gonzales for 39 years, died suddenly at Holmes Hospital, early Sunday morning. She was in her 58th year.
    She was the daughter of Shakri and Minnie Macron and was born at Tahle Syria, on April 15, 1891, coming to the United States as a young women.
    In February, 1927 she was married at Gonzales to Mike Ara, whose death occurred several years ago.
    The funeral will take place Tuesday morning from the Baker Chapel with a requiem mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. James church. Burial will be at the family plot in the City Cemetery.
     Surviving are her sons, J.M. and George Ara, both of Gonzales and Jamie M. of Luling and four daughters; Mrs. William Scott of San Antonio; Mrs. Lewis Ara of Victoria; and Mrs. H.I. Johnson and Miss Margaret Ara of Gonzales.
     She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Mike Anter of Cleveland who will arrive here by plan accompanied by her husband and daughter. Mrs. Philip Atal, also of Cleveland, in time for the funeral. Another daughter, Mrs. Michael Fatoush lives in Beiryu, Labanon. There are seven surviving grandchildren.
     Pallbearers att he funersal will include; William Beall, Frank Wilson, Jr., Wesley Howard, A.G. Ainsworth, Fred Droupy, Clarence Traeher, John Shuler and Grady Johnson, Jr. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Sep. 13, 1948 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mike Ara Passes
Funeral of Well Known Syrian Merchant This Afternoon
Mike Ara, one of Gonzales well known Syrian merchants, passed away at his home here Sunday morning at 3 o'clock. He had been ill with kidney trouble for some time.
    Mr. Ara was 63 years, 8 months and 18 days of age. Surviving him are his wife, the following sons, George, James, and Jimmie Ara of Gonzales and Richard and Sarnes Ara, living in Syria and five daughters, Isabel, Selma and Margaret Ara of this city, Helena Ara, living in Syria, and a married daughter, Mary, living in San Antonio. He also leaves two brothers, H. Ara of Victoria and Charles W. Ara of California and one sister, Mrs. mike Zahow of Ontario Canada.
Mr. Ara was born in Tyrro, Syria. He had been a resident of Gonzales for the past sixteen or eighteen years. He was a son of Joseph Ara.
    The funeral has been set for 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, when services will be held from the St. James Catholic church, after which interment will be in the City Cemetery.
    Mr. Ara was a kind husband and father and was respected by all who knew him. The family have many friends who will sympathize with them in their loss.
    Kleine Bros. have charge of the funeral. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Feb. 21, 1927 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Many Honor Memory of Mike Ara
Many relatives and friends from various parts of Southwest Texas gathered here Monday to join with Gonzales friends of the decedent in honoring the memory of Mike Ara, well known Syrian merchant, whose remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon.
    The funeral services were conducted at 3 o'clock that afternoon at St. James Catholic Church by Rev. Geo. Aziz, pastor of St. Georges church, San Antonio, who was assisted by Rev. John Toujas, pastor of the local church. The funeral sermon was in the Syrian language.
    Assisting Mrs. W. M. Cole in the choir was Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ganem.
    It was a long procession that followed the remains to the City Cemetery where the final rites were performed.
    The acting pall bearers were Robt., Moses, John Plainos, Isaac Dick, John Steffan and Mike and John Joseph.
Many beautiful floral offerings mantled his lady resting place, among them tributes from relatives and friends from a distance.
   Has in Ara, a brother, and family of Victoria, were among out of town relatives in attendance; Frank and Louis Ara, nephews; Mrs. Max Bernhardt, Mrs. M. Hamberg, and Misses Alma and Elizabeth Ata, all nieces, from Victoria, and Nick Ara, a nephew, of California, we're here.
    A member of friends among the Syrian residents of this section of the state were also here for the funeral. (Gonzales Inquier, Gonzales, Tex., Feb. 22, 1927 - submitted by Cindy Munson)

Ashenhurst Rites to be held here Sunday
Funeral services for Curtis Dickel Ashenhurst, who passed away Friday afternoon will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Seydler Funeral Home with Rev. T. Frank George officiating. Ashenhurst was 78 at the time of his death.
     He is survived by his wife, the former Emma Mittendorf, three children, Miss Allene Ashenhurst of Gonzales, Mrs. John Garrison of Wichita, Kan.; and Curtis Dee Ashenhurst of Kingfisher, Okla., and three grandchildren.
     Ashenhurst was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masona, and was a Shiner. He was manager of the Pinca City Milling Co., Okla. and a sales manager of Landa Flour Mills in New Braunfels for six years.
    Pallbearers will be M.S. Spooner, Otis Moore, Alfred Lindeman, Vernon Holmes, A.T. Buckner, L.H. Kronig, B. Duncan Davis, and John Mohrmann.
    The family request that no flowers be sent. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Aug. 1953 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Martin, Wednesday, July 21, 1915, at 2:10 a.m., Mrs. Lunch Viola Autry aged 68 years, 4 months and 6 days. Funeral services will be held at the residence this afternoon at 5 o'clock after which the procession will form and move to the City cemetery where interment will take place.
    Mrs. Autry was born in Louisiana in 1847. Her father, W. H. Hollan, was a Baptist minister, and one of the first settlers in Texas. With him she came to Texas when only two years of age and located in DeWitt county where she resided until she was nineteen years of age. In 1865 she was married to Joseph E. Autry and resided in Lavaca and DeWitt counties until May 1901, when she came to Gonzales to make her home. She had been a widow 21 years.
    She professed religion at the age of 16 and has been a member of the Methodist church ever since. She was the mother of eleven children, of whom only the four following survive her: John H. Autry of Kerrville, L. K. Autry of Richmond, Mrs. J. F. Garner of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Frank Martin of Gonzales.
    Mrs. Autry had been an invalid for the past eight months and bore her suffering with the greatest possible patienc. She was a devoted and faithful mother, ever ready to administer to the pleasure and welfare of her family and neighbors.
    Pallbearers active-Albert Moeller, G. W. Wade, Ernest Menking, Shaw Todd, L. C. Brenner and Frank Smith.
    Honorary-Willie Voges, Tom Skinner, Dr. Harrell, Dr. Parr, Dr. Maness, John DuBose Jr., R. S. Dilworth, G. E. Once, W. H. Clark, Harry Gurinsky, W. M. Fly, N. W. Hampton, R. Neighbors, Frank Fly, W. J. Bright.
    Mrs. Lucy Viola Autry (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex July 21, 1915 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Death of a Young Man
Mr. Lester Bacon, a young man about 20 years of age, died last night at about 9:00 o'clock at the home of his mother in the northern part of the city. He returned home about one week ago in a sick condition to his bed. The cause of his death was diabetes. He was an industrious young man and was well thought of by those who knew him. His father was absent from home, being employed in the oil fields of East Texas. The interment will take place this afternoon at the City cemetery. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex.,  Feb. 1905 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Former Resident of Denton Creek Section Dies in Oklahoma, Funeral Here
Relatives received a message today conveying the sad tidings that J. A. Baker, a former prominent resident of the Denton Creek section, passed away Tuesday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Carr, at Okmulgee, Oklahoma, at the age of 75 years.
    Mr. Baker was one of the pioneer citizens of the county and was held in the highest esteem by everyone who knew him. For many years he was one of the leading farmers of the Denton Creek section, leaving here about twenty years ago, since which time he lived with his daughter, Mrs. J. O. Holbrook, at Humble.
    His wife, who was a sister of Mrs. N. J. Christian, died over thirty years ago. Surviving him are nine children, three sons, Otho Baker of Marlin, Whit Baker of Sour Lake, and Jim Baker of Mexia; six daughters, Mesdames Joe Ford of Lindale, Frank B. Morey of Smiley, J. O. Holbrook of Humble, John Carr of Okmulgee, J. V. Harrison of Beaumont, and a daughter, Gladys, of San Augustine, whose married name could not be learned. He also leaves two brothers, Ben Baker of Roswell, N.M., and William Baker of Medina, and two sisters, Mrs. W. D. Lowe of Denton Creek and Mrs. O. W. McBride of Medina.
    The remains will be brought back here to his old home and will be interrred in the City Cemetery beside those of his wife. While no definite announcement as to the time of the funeral has been made, the remains were expected to arrive in Gonzales Thursday at 2:10 p.m. via the Southern Pacific. (The above was taken from a clipping out of the Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., and the date of his death was 12 September 1922. - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Jesse Baker Dies Wednesday Night; Services Friday
Jesse A. Baker, resident of Gonzales since 1936, died at his home on St. Joseph Street at 10 p.m. Wednesday. He had been in ill health for sometime. Services are to be held from the First Methodist church at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. William A. Cox, pastor, and the Rev. C.M. Campbell, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Yorktown to be in charge of the last rites. Interment is to take place in the city cemetery.
    The deceased was born in Georgetown on November 26, 1885, 26, 1885, and his parents were the Rev. Robert Baker and Mary Nancy Woods Baker, both natives of Alabama, and both deceased. He was a member of the First Methodist church, becoming a member when quite young.
    When he and his family first moved to Gonzales he was associated in business with the Tadlock Funeral home as a mortician, later establishing his own business in the old Fly residence on St. Joseph street, where his death occurred.
    He took part in many civic affaires of the town, serving as steward in his church, was on the American Red Cross board, acting as its chairman for some eight years, and also headed many fund drives during the past war. He was a former student of Southwestern University in his native town of Georgetown, and had been a mortician since 1908.
He married to the former Norma Burleson, who survives him, Also surviving are three children, Doris and Mary Martha Baker, Gonzales; and Jesse A. Baker Jr., Corpus Christi; one grandson Bruce Baker, Corpus Christi; two brothers, Jim of Granger, and Elliott of Shallowater; and a Sister, Mrs. Rebecca Cpoe, Boston, Mass.
    Pallbearers are A.O Baird, W.H. Howard, Jack Howard, Morris Moore, n.O. Simmons of Corpus Christi, N.H. Deats and Arthur Baker of Austin. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. T.D. Crews, Dr. W.L. Crews and Dr. K. B. Urban. Honorary pallbearers from Methodist list of stewards are Frank Fly, J.W. Vernor, Otto Ehrig, R.W. Mints and F.J. Spacek. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Aug. 1936 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Died-At her home on Denton's Creek on Saturday night, February 6, 1892, at about 12 o'clock p.m., Mrs. J. A. Baker. She was buried Monday morning at 11 o'clock in the Public cemetery, and leaves quite a family bereft of a mother. (Gonzales Inquirer Feb. 11, 1892 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

To my brother J. A. Baker on the death of his wife.

Laura's not dead, only her time had come
To join our loved ones who have gone before,
Time's flying fast; we all will soon go home
To be united there for ever more.

Rouse thee, and bravely bear they heavy cross,
For the sake of those who need thy Father's care,
Thank God there is no death, nor any loss
To those who go to him, through faith in prayer.

When the dividing wall has been laid low
By death's kind hand, revealing to our siglft,
The eternal shore, its crystal rivers flow
And fields elysian bathed in dazzling light,

We'll know the reason for our woes and cares
And all life's mysteries be made plain;
What now seems indifference to our earnest prayers
Prove for our good and seeming loss prove gain.

I'll bid thee grieve not, thou wilt thou must
No Fathers heart with Fathers instinct yet
E'eryoelded a loved companion back to duet
Without keen anguish and deep regret.

When told his friend was dead, our Savior went
And blames us not that tears of sorrow flow,
When from our arms our cherished ones are swept,
And by deaths keen withering blast laid low.

But grieve not, dear, as those who have no hope
Who cling to the dark faith of lingersoll;
That at the foot of life's declining slope
Deep sleep eternal sleep awaits us all.

We know that our Redeemer lives, that we
Need no more to fear to cross Deaths chilling tide,
But when earth and all its woes set free
We'll meet our loved ones on the other side.

Sarah A, Thorne,
Fredonia, Mason county, Texas (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex.,  Mar. 3, 1892 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Death from Spinal Menigitis
Mr. J. A. Ball of Slayden called at this office Saturday and informed us that the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Barfield died that morning at 7 o'clock of a malady very much like spinal meningitis, following an attack of la grippe. The burial took place at the City cemetery in Gonzales Sunday morning. The Inquirer extends sympathy to the bereaved parents. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Feb. 14, 1910 pg 3 - submitted by Cindy Munson)

Old Resident Of Stieren Section Passes Away In Death Of Peter Barsch
Peter Barsch, one of the old and esteemed residents of this immediate section, passed away at his home at Stiren Wednesday, August 14, 1924, at 3 a.m. at the ripe age of 83 years, 4 months and 23 days.
    Surviving him are a large family connection, gen children, _8 grandchildren. The children are: Mrs. Emilie Kochler of Lockhart, Mrs. Louise Siefer, of Maxwell, Mrs. Maria Bartis, of Stieren, August Barsch of Niederwald, Otto Barsch of Woodsboro, Gustaf Barsch of Gatesville, Paul Barsch of New Braunfels, Mrs. Hilda Boemling of Harwood, and Max Barsch of Stieren.
    Mr. Barsch was born March 20, 1841, in Langenweddein, nearMadgeburg, Germany. When but 9 years of age he was orphaned and was reared by strangers, with whom he lived until 22 years of age. He was a veteran of two wars, having served in the war with Austria in 1866 and also in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 and 1871.
    In October, 1866, he married Miss Dorothea Scheumann, and to this union ten children were born, three of whom died in infancy.
    In 1891 he came to this country with his family, settling near Lockheart. His wife passed away in 1896, and the same year he moved to this county, settling at Stieren, where he resided until his death, being one of the highly respected farmers of the community.
    On August 12, 1897, he married Miss Eva Nedergall of New Branufels, and to this union were born three children, two sons and one daughter.
    Mr. Barsch was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church when still a lad and was a member of the local church at the time of his death.
    His remains were laid to rest in the City cemetery Wednesday afternoon, August 13, at 5 o'clock, with appropriate services. A brief service was held at the family residence at Stieren, Rev. R. A. Schmidt, pastor of the Gonzales Lutheran church, officiating. It was a group of grandsons who acted as the pall bearers. His funeral was well attended and a number of pretty floral offerings marked his last resting place.
    In their bereavement the family have the sincere sympathy of numerous friends throughout this section. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex.,  Aug. 16, 1924 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Last Rites for Mrs. Bartels
Mrs. Marie Bartels died at her home at 1227 St Joseph street here in Gonzales Saturday afternoon at 1:40 o'clock.
Services were held Sunday at 5 p.m. from the Lutheran church with the Rev. William Loeske, pastor, in charge. Burial followed in the City Cemetery.
    Mrs. Bartels was born on October 16, 1870, in Germany to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Barsch, that country. She was married to August Bartels who preceded her in death in 1939.
    A member of the First Evangelical Lutheran church she is survived by two sons, Otto and Walter Bartels of Steiren; four daughter, Miss Frieda Bartels, Mrs. J.M. (Edith) Wade, Mrs. Albert (Lucy) Wroblesky, all of Gonzales; and Mrs. Otto (Nannie) Braune of Three Rivers.
    Also surviving are eight grandchildren 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Otto Barsch, Corpus Christ; Gus Barsch, Gatesville; two half brothers Barsch, Max Barsch, San Antonio; and Paul Barsch of New Braunfels; and a half sister, Mrs. Hula Baumling Luling.
    Pallbearers were Hubert Voges, Alfred Spoohler, Jr., Vestine Franke, John A. Bartels, Coke Braune and A.C. DuBose. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Aug. 1957 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mrs. Ernest Bartsch, aged about 25 years, died this morning shortly before 11:00 o'clock at the family residence in the Cotten mills addition. She was the wife of Mr. Ernest Bartsch, night watchman at the mills, and has been a resident of Gonzales for about five years. While she had been ill for about five weeks, news of her death was received with much surprise by her friends. She was popular with all who knew her and the friends of the family will deeply sympathize with the husband in his bereavement. She leaves no children. Interment will take place tomorrow in the City cemetery. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex.,  Mar. 3 1905 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Mr. Ernest Bartsch Dead
Mr. Ernest Bartsch, formerly of this city, but for the past two years a resident of Maurin, died this morning at his home after a lingering illness. He leaves a family consisting of several children, his wife having died in this city several years ago. Mr. Bartsch' death was due to dropsy. The remains will be brought to this city, where services will be held in the Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock. The interment will taken place in the City cemetery. Mr. Bartsch was well known in Gonzales county and but a short time before his departures from this city was employed as watchman at the cotton mill. (Gonzales Inquirer July 26, 1906 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

One of the saddest tasks which has fallen to our lot during our journalistic career is to chronicle the death of Dr. D Beach. He passed peacefully away at 5:30 o'clock Saturday evening, surrounded by all his family save his two younger children. On Sunday evening he was buried, an unusually lengthy funeral cortege followed his remains to the cemetery. He was conscious during most of his sickness, and many incidents indicate that he was fully aware of his approaching dissolution, and prepared to meet it. Other members of his family were sick, and his anxiety for devotion to them induced him to leave his couch and minister to them when he needed nursing himself. This self-abnegation no doubt aggravated his disease and hastened his demise. Dr. Beach was our personal friend, and we knew him quit well. He was pleasant and kindhearted, and a reader and thinker, preferring to blaze out his own path rather than to follow the tracks beaten out by others. We sympathize deeply with his loved ones in their great loss. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Oct. 1885 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Death of William A. Beach
Tuesday morning our community was sorrow-stricken to hear of the death of one of our oldest and most highly respected and esteemed citizens, Mr. W. A. Beach, who passed away at 10:20 o'clock at his home, surrounded by the members of his family and relatives, after an illness extending over six weeks.
    Deceased reached the ripe old age of 71 years 8 months and ten days.
    There is no language at our command by which we can fittingly portray the sincerity of this man's Christian character; and in the experience of a lifetime, the writer thereof can say, he never met one who seemed to more nearly walk hand in hand with God. Conscience guided every act. He was a model of mental industry in the efforts to entertain and educate his people. He was strictly honest in the service he rendered. In short, he was not only a model Christian, but he was an honorable gentlman, in the highest sense that term implies. He commanded the respect of all sects and classes of people as the large attendance at his funeral fully verified. It was so perfectly natural for him to do right. We did not fully appreciate his true worth, until after the thread of life was severed.
His survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Lola Beach, and four sisters, Dr. Mary B. Morey and Mrs. Dora Colley, of Smiley, Mrs. E. Krause of El Paso, and Mrs. Sarah Miesenhelder of this city.
    He was born in Vincennes, Indiana, and came with his parents from Illnois to Texas, settling here in Gonzales about 1871.
    Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. B. Davidson, pastor of the Methodist Church, at the home at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, after which the remains were conveyed to the City Cemetery and gently laid to rest in the family plot in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives.
    An abundance of floral offerings decorated the mound.
    The active pallbearers were: Messrs. W. L. Gardien, W. F. Robertson, W. M. Fly, Wm. Mohrmano, W. C. Kleaine, and J. S. Douglas.
    Honorary: Messrs. H. W. Mathews, H. C. Davis, L. C. Brenner, W. J. Bright, R. C. Botts, G. H. King, Dr. Theodore Dorsett, J. D. Jones, J. S. Tate, P. S. Dilworth, W. H. Clark,..... (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., 1913 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Died-At the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Beall, one mile ____ of the city on Mr. Monkhouse's place , last night, William F., aged 1 year and 5 months.
    The remains will be interred in the ___ Grove cemetery this evening. The child had been seriously sick for several days. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., June 18, 1902 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Rites Friday For Mrs. Beasley
The Buffington funeral chapel for Mrs. Grace Annalyn Beasley, who died in Holmes Community Hospital at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday.
    The Rev. Wayne Gehman pastor of the First Presbyterian church will officiate at the services with burial to take place in the City cemetery.
    Mrs. Beasley was born in Joplin, Mo., on September 24, 1892, the daughter of Millie Engerham and Philip Lisch of Illinois.
    She was married to J. F. Beasley in 1910 and had lived in and near Gonzales for some 57 years. For 30 years she had served as manager of the local bus station here and in Bryan, retiring and returning to Gonzales in 1962.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian church and of the Woman's Auxiliary of the American Legion.
    Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Johanna Komoll, of San Antonio; three grandchildren, Mrs. Johannalyn Mincey of San Antonio, Aline Floyd Heins and William Nelson Komoll, Gonzales; one great-grandson, Allen David Mincey, San Antonio; one brother, Philip Lisch and one sister, Mrs. Sue French of Carthage, Mo.
    She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles, and a sister, Mrs. Irma Walters.
    Those who desire to do so, may make contributions to the Gonzales Chapter, American Heart association. (Gonzales Inquirer Jan. 13, 1971 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Eloquent Tribute Paid Memory of John Beasley
Eloquent and beautiful, attesting to the universal esteem in which he was held, was the tribute paid the memory of the lamented John F. Beasley on Tuesday afternoon when his remains were committed to their final resting place in the City Cemetery.
    The impressive funeral services were conducted at the First Presbyterian church at 4 o'clock following a brief service with prayer at the family residence by Rev. J. J. Wester witnessed by the family and intimate friends, Rev. Mr. Wester, pastor of the church was assisted in the service by Rev. J. T. King, pastor of the First Methodist church and Rev. D. L. Griffith, pastor of the First Baptist church.
    A throng of sorrowing friends filled the church which was beautiful decked in a wealth of lovely floral tributes. The members of the Gonzales Fire Department of which he was a prominent and much loved member attended in a body wearing full uniform and occupied seats reserved for them near the front and the members of the K. P. Lodge to which he had belonged for years also attended in a body occupying seats reserved for them.
    As the flower decked casket was born into the church the sweet strains of "Lead Kindley Light" were played as a procession by the organist, Mrs. Nina Eastland.
    The service opened with the singing of "Rock of Ages" sweetly rendered by the choir after which Rev. Mr. King offered a beautiful prayer carrying the bereaved family to the throne of grace.
   The scripture reading was given by Rev. Griffith including the 23rd Psalm and part of the 11th chapter of Johns gospel bringing their lessons o eternal life and divine comfort.
    The beautiful old hymn, "Abide With Me" was then sung by the choir after which Rev. Mr. Wester gave a sketch of his life paying his memory warm tribute, them bringing a comforting message from the scriptures with their promise of eternal life, basing his message on the 32nd Psalm and part of the 14th chapter of John's Gospel.
    At the conclusion of the service the casket was opened and the large congregation filed silently by taking a last look at the peaceful face of a friend held dear through the years. The family were then left with their precious dead for a last farewell.
    The active pallbearers, R. A. Remschel, N. D. Cone, C. E. Ince, W. S. Denman, L. B. Davis, F. B. Meisenhelder, Arthur Dawe and J. B. Wells these took charge of the casket which was borne to the waiting hearse and the long procession formed moving to the City cemetery where his remains were committed to their last resting place with a brief service.
    Leading the procession just in advance of the hearse was Upper No. One of the Gonzales Fire Department of which Mr. Beasley had been foreman for several years.
    Marking the committal services were a scripture reading from the 15th chapter of First Corinthians followed by a prayer and benediction pronounced by Rev. Mr. Wester.
    The floral tributes were very numerous and especially beautiful, transforming his last resting place into a bower of magnificent bloom formed of the choicest of hot house blossoms. They came not only from scores of friends here in his home town, eager to express in this beautiful way some measure of the love and este in which they held Mr. Beasley and the deep sympathy felt for the devoted wife and young daughters, and other loved ones, in their sad loss, but from many friends and relatives at a distance as well, including Yoakum , Cheri, San Antonio and neighboring communities.
    Numbers of handsome special tributes came from various organizations expressing their love and sympathy. The Gonzales Fire Department f which he was a very popular member and the Gonzales K. P. ___ (The rest is faded and hard to read) (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Jan. 4, 1933 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Kennon Beasley Accidentally Killed
On Tuesday evening, June 1, 1920, news was received in Junction that Kennon Beasley had been accidentally killed by a horse falling with him, at the Beasley ranch. 
      As if by magic our happy little city was thrown into sorrow for only a few short hours had elapsed since he was in town greeting his friends in his usual way, and to hear of his death so soon seemed unreasonable.
      As soon as the accident occurred aid was summoned at once, but without avail, for his spirit had returned to its giver in that home where it rests in peace.
      It had not been the pleasure of the writer to know this young man, but from what we have learned of him since his death we feel like we have missed a rare privilege and a worthy friend, for to know him was but to love and reverence him, for he had lived an exemplary life, and his untimely going will be sorely felt by those who have had the pleasure of his friendship and acquaintance.
      Kennon, as he was called by those who know and love  him best, was 23 years of age, and was born in Gonzales county, Texas, having come to this county while yet a child.
      His boyhood days were spent in about 200 yards of the place where the fatal accident occurred.
      He receive his education at the little country school near his home, and at Whites in Austin, Texas.
      He had been successful in a business way and had a good ranch well stocked.
      He is survived by his mother, father, six brothers and five sisters, all of whom are residents of Kimble county.
      In his passing we can only say that “among the most worthy citizens those who are most dear to the hearts of men are not of the class the economist might call the richest, but a still higher class in the love and estimation of mankind are the character builders, who leave an indelible impression upon his associates for good, such was Kennon Beasley, for we are reminded “That lives go good men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.|
      We join the many friends of the deceased in extending our most heartfelt sympathy.
      He was laid to rest in the Junction Cemetery under the auspices of A. F. & A. M. No 548 on Wednesday evening, June 2nd, 1920.  (The Junction Eagle, Junction, Tex, June 4, 1920 – vm)

A.J. Behlen Dies In Houston Today
Albert John Behlen, age 52, died at the Methodist Hospital in Houston Tuesday, September 1, at p.m. following major surgery performed there several days ago. Services will be held from the Lutheran church Thursday at 3 p.m. with the pastor, the Rev. William Loeske in charge. Interment will take place in the City cemetery. seydler funeral home in charge of arrangements.
   Behlen a resident of Cost, was born July 27, 1901, at Cost, and was married to the former Trene Boysen on October 8, 1924. His parents are Gerhard and Rosa Gloor Behlen, natives of Germany and Shiner, and now residents of the Cost community.
    He was employed as an electrician for the local Guadalupe Valley Electric Co. and was a life member of the Lutheran church where he served as member of the church council; a member of the American Legion Band, and president of brance 4 of the Hocheim Prairie Insurance company.
    Surviving him are his wife, his parents, four brothers, Arthur, Harry, Gerhard Jr., all of Cost, an Walter of San Antonio; and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Knadel of Cost, and Mrs. Bennie Knadel of San Antonio. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., 1953 - submitted by Cindy Munson)

Bernard Behlen Dies Sunday Morn, Funeral Monday
Funeral services were scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. at the Seydler Funeral home for Gerard Behlen, who died at the Holmes Memorial hospital at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
   The Rev. L. G. Hanneman, pastor of the First Evagelical Lutheran church, officiated at the final rites with burial taking place in the City Cemetery.
   A proficient farmer of the Cost community, Mr. Behlen was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on October 2, 1879, to John and Ann Muchler Behlen, natives of Germany.
   When he was six months of age he came to this county with his parents, the family settling first near Weimar where he attended the schools there. He later attended the Lutheran college in Brenham.
   On November 27, 1900, he and Miss Rosa Gloor were married in Shiner. As an infant, he was baptized in the Lutheran church while in Germany, later being confirmed into a small Lutheran church near Weimar.
   For a time he followed the teaching profession; holding positions in small schools near Weimar.
   He later moved to Gonzales and settled near Cost where most of his life was spent.
   Survivors include his wife; four sons, Arthur of Gonzales; Harry of Leesville; G. O. Behlen of Cost; and Walter of San Antonio; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Hertha) Knandel, Cost; and Mrs. Bennie (Frieda) Knandel of San Antonio.
   Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Charles (Anna) Flemner of Moulton; 15 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will include his grandsons, Ronnie Behlen, James Knandel, David Behlen, Carlos Wright, Bill Tabor and Fred Horlen. (Gonzales Inquirer Aug. 8, 1960 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

News was received Tuesday evening that Mrs. W. G. Bell formerly of this place but now of Gonzales had died that day. She was a sister of Mrs. J. F. Dockery, and had many friends here who regret to learn of her death.
     She leaves a husband and five children besides a host of friends to mourn her loss to whom The Eagle extends condolence. -Moulton Eagle (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Sep. 20, 1900 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Died, at the home of her grandson, Mr. A. H. Planck, on North College Street, at 9:05 o'clock on Saturday night, September 28, Mrs. M. C. Blassingame, aged 75 years, 1 month and 10 days. The interment occurred yesterday afternoon at 6:30 o'clock in the zcity cemetery, Rev. J. T. B. Anderson, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. The death of this estimable lady was a painful shock to her many friends and acquaintances throughout this section, where she had resided for so many years. While she had been in feeble health. It was not until the past few days that grave fears were entertained for her recovery.
    As the hour for the services at the home drew nigh a large concourse of friends assembled to pay their last respects to the departed, who was a friend to them in life and whose memory they will ever hold dear. At the conclusion of the services at the home, the procession moved to the City cemetery, where the interment occurred. The pall bearers were:
    Active-M. T. Haynes, J. S. Lowery, Geo. Ewing, J. H. McCaleb, Ed Scheske and Stuart Johnson.
    Honorary-J. M. Johnson, O. Staff, W. S. Bunton, Henry Qualls, G. N. Dilworth, Jon. S. Conway, Claude O'Neall, W. B. Cavett, K. K. Jones, Tom Thompson, Jon. C. Bell.
    The newly made mound bore many evidences of the love and esteem in which the deceased was held by those who knew her, for there were many beautiful floral offerings laid upon the grave.
    Mrs. Blassingame had been a resident of Gonzales county about 53 years and enjoyed the love and esteem of all who knew her. She was a member of the Baptist church and her life was a beautiful example of Christian duty, for she was ever faithful to the cause of her Master and was ever ready to bear testimony to His mercy and goodness. Truly, her life has wielded an influence for the up building of humanity and for the furtherance of His kingdom.
    Mrs. Blassingame left to mourn her death three daughters, Mrs. W. B. Harrison of Fort Worth, Mrs. Stanford Collier of Phoenix, Arizona, and Mrs. J. W. Williamson of Gonzales, besides seven grandchildren and a large number of relatives throughout the county and state. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Sep. 30, 1907 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Little Baby is Laid to Rest
All that was mortal of Richard, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Bonner, was tenderly laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in the City Cemetery following funeral services conducted at 3 o'clock in the chapel of Robertson and Seydler, funeral directors.
    Conducting the services was Rev. D. L. Griffith, pastor of the First Baptist church, who brought a message o sweet comfort and consolation. Several hymns were rendered by the choir.
    Beautiful autumn flowers decked the last resting place of the precious little one.
    The only out of town relatives in attendance at the funeral was a brother.
    Mr. Bonner and Mrs. Bonner have been living here only about ten days and they will have the sincere sympathy of the community in the loss they have sustained. May the great Comforter minister to them in their sorrow. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Nov. 30, 1932 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

In a street duel at Gonzales, Tex., Tom Booth was instantly killed and Dr. J. Houston and his son were fatally wounded. Full fifty shots from Winchesters were fired by the combatants. (The Grenada Sentinel (Grenada, MS), September 2, 1899, page 2 - transcribed by Robin Line)

Clyde Boothe Rites Set For Sunday
Last rites will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. for Clyde Boothe of 610 Cross Timbers, Houston, who died Friday about 3 p.m. while enroute to work.
     The body will arrive in Gonzales Saturday afternoon and will be taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. A.V. Lowry, until time for the services Sunday and taken to Seydler's one hour before the services.
Boothe born on July 7, 1909, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Boothe of Gonzales, and is a former resident of the Dryer community. Other survivors of here include sisters Mrs. Lowry, Mrs. O.S. DeWeese, Mrs. Gabe Nelson, and a brother, Rudy. Also surviving is a wife the former Helen Pruett, whom he married in November, 1933.
He was a member of the Melrose Baptist Church in Houston, and at the time of his death was working as a brakeman on the MK&T railway. In World War II he served with the Navy in the Seabees, and military honors will be accorded by the National Guard.
     Dr. Foy Valentine pastor of the First Baptist church, and the Rev. M.T. Jenkins of the Eastside Baptist church, will be in charge of the services with interment in the City Cemetery. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., 1951 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Died-At his home in Gonzales,on Saturday, February 6, 1892, at 5:40 p.m., George Jefferson Boothe, aged 67 years, 3 months and 26 days.
    Mr. Boothe's death was from pneumonia that has carried off so many citizens all over the land.His remains were taken to the Baptist church Sunday evening at 3 o'clock where Rev. E. R. Cardwell conducted the service and delivered an able discourse on his life. At 4 o'clock his remains were taken to the Public cemetery and interred. It was one of the largest funeral procession ever seen in Gonzales. There were nearly one hundred buggies and carriages in the procession. Messrs. J. F. Miller, W. J. Bright, R. H. Walker, W. M. Atkinson, A. J. Moore and M. Eastland acted as pallbearers. Mr. Boothe was one of the oldest citizens of the county, and for nearly a quarter of a cemetery has been identified with the business interests of Gonzales, and was one of its leading business men. His house was characteristic for indomitable energy, push and strict integrity, and in his death the county and town looses a valuable citizen and business man. He was known throughout the county by its citizens, either as a business man, citizen or friend, who will sympathize with the family in their loss. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Feb. 11, 1892 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Memorial Sketch Of George Jefferson Boothe
The subject of this sketch was born in Orange County, N. C., in 1824, and peacefully passed from earth Feb. 6th, aged 67 years, 3 months and 26 days.
    He settled in Gonzales county, in 1856, and in the following year returned to Arkansas and married more than an earthly fortune in the worth and character of Miss Mary Ann Jones, who with eight children out of a family of eleven survived him to honor and perpetuate his memory. Mr. Boothe was a man of mark, possessing an assemblage of rare qualities that won for him the love and admiration of countless multitudes. Among his personal characteristics, so prominent and conspicuous as to be generally recognized, may be mentioned frankness, scrupulous honesty, conscientious, depth and strength of conviction, a lofty sense of honor, indomitable will and energy, Napoleonic courage and that delicate sensitiveness that belongs to natures of the finest mound.
    His devotion to his family was simply beautiful and exemplary he was all to them and so they were to him.
    When quite young he united with the Baptist church. During his last sickness as well as through trials of faith worse than death, he ever remained steadfast and unchanging in his trust in his Redeemer. To the end he vowed the strongest faith in Jesus, not only as his Savior, but as the God of providence who had spared and protected his life and made even his severest affliction a blessing. Sending for his pastor before the death-stroke fell he spoke of death with calmness, that the future was all bright, that he had nothing to fear and would gladly go but for his loved family.
    What immensity of glory to the Matchless Grace that one of such trials should be buoyed to the last by such faith. By his interest in all the services of his church and the joy with which he taught classes in the Dabbath school in the last months he seemed ripening for Heavens waiting garner. No man was ever more honored in the last ceremonies than was George Jefferson Boothe.
    The righteous hath hope in his death, was the text chosen by his pastor upon which to base his funeral discourse and the Baptist church was not large enough to accommodate the immense throng that assembled to do him deserved honor. The funeral procession reached nearly from the church to the Public cemetery, where another large assembly was gathered awaiting the coming of the loved remains. Flowers were literally heaped upon his grave and softly we sang.
    "Asleep in Jesus , blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep,
A claimed and I disturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of woes."
    His Pastor (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Feb. 11, 1892 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Gonzales Losses Highly Esteemed Old Resident
Bringing to its early close a long life of singular beauty and fragrance, resplendent with a devotion to her God, her loved ones and all whose privilege it was to come under her influence, there has been summoned to the joys and glories of Heaven to gentle spirit of Mrs. G. J. Boothe, one of Gonzales oldest and best loved residents, the end coming peacefully Thursday evening, October 29, 1925, at 10:25 o'clock, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C. C. Smith, with whom she has made her home for several years.
     Her passing followed several years of invalidism incident to the infirmities of advancing years,which were borne with a rare patience and sweetness, which, with the devotion of loved ones to her every care and comfort, rendered her declining days beautiful.
     Mrs. Boothe was 89 years, 9 months and 23 days of age. Surviving her are three sons, George Boothe of Waco, W. H. Boothe of this city, Z. J. Boothe of San Antonio; four daughters, Mrs. Geo. Barnett and Mrs. F. B. Houston of this city, Mrs. Lawrence Hopkins of San Antonio and Mrs. C. C. Smith of this city.She leaves also 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Several nephews and nieces reside in Kenedy, sons and daughters of a brother, Walker Jones, who passed away several years ago. Her husband and several children preceded her to the great beyond a number of years ago.
     Mrs. Boothe was one of the few old residence of Gonzales who had lived here virtually a lifetime, coming here in 1857, sixty-eight years ago. She was a native of North Carolina and came to Gonzales as a bride, her husband, G. J. Boothe, former prominent merchant of this city for many years, going back to North Carolina for their marriage. Her maiden name was Mary Ann Jones.
     Her Christian life dated back to her early girlhood and it was shortly after she took up her residence in Gonzales that she united with the First Baptist church of this city, about 1858.
In her daily life she sought to practice the Christian virtues and in her home and the community was felt the influence that emanates from a godly noble womanhood. Possessed of a rarely sweet and winning disposition, a charming personality and a quick sympathy for others in their joys and sorrows, being ever ready to lend her aid, none probably ever resided here who were more generally beloved than Mrs. Boothe, whoso won and held the affections of friends and neighbors through the long years. Thus her life, enshrined in many blossom and bear fruit anew, her memory a fragrant benediction to all with whom she came into close contact, and a very precious heritage to her loved ones who have been so richly blest in her long and beautiful life; and while they will sadly miss her gentle presence, they have the assurance that new delights and joys are hers in the new life that has just opened in the eternal home.
     The funeral has been set for 4:30 o'clock this afternoon at the C. C.Smith residence, with interment in the City Cemetery. (Gonzales Inquirer, Gonzales, Tex., Oct. 30, 1925 - Submitted by Cindy Munson)

Funeral Held For Gonzales Official
Gonzales, Jan 2 -- Funeral services were held Sunday for Will S. Conns, 69, who died at his home here Saturday. He is survived by his wife, four sons, V. L. Coons, W. R. Coons of Gonzales, Lester Coons of Victoria and Frank Coons of Bartlett; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Spence of Aldine, Mrs. Lula Hammil of Temple, Mrs. Jim Neciey of McAuley and Mrs. J. W. McLendon of Houston, and one brother, W. T. Duff of Alice. Mr. Coons was serving as justice of the peace of precinct No. 3 which includes Gonzales, having been appointed last April to fill out the unexpired term of M. L. Potts. He was re-elected without opposition and was to have been sworn in yesterday Victoria Advocate, Jan. 3, 1929, transcribed by Amanda Jowers.

August F. Harbough of Cost shot himself through the head with a target gun Friday.  Deceased leaves a large family. (The Fact, Victoria, Tex, July 8, 1904)

D. H. Hopkins, a former resident of Waelder, died Wednesday, March 29, at 12 p.m., at his home at Providence City, Texas.  He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters, besides four brothers, one of hwom is J. F. Hopkins of this city.  The remains were shipped to Waelder where the funeral was held Thursday afternoon. (Gonzales Reform, Gonzales, Tex., Apr 6, 1916 – vm)

L.E. Kelly, a prominent merchant of Gonzales, died there last Friday.  (Sunday Herald, 7 April 1889 - Transcribed by MZ)

G. W. Parks Picked Up in Road With Gunshot Wound in Head.
Gonzales, Texas, Sept. 30 -- G. W. Parks, a wealthy citizen of this section, was found dead early today on the road from his house in Nixon, near here. A gunshot wound was in the back of his head. At noon today there was no clue to the crime.  San Antonio Express, October 1, 1914 by Amanda Jowers 




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