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The following two obits are for people born in Mason county, Texas, who had moved to other areas.
 
From the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, July 27, 1976
 
Mrs. Edmondson
 
Brownwood (SC) -- Mrs. Dennis (MaryTaylor) Edmondson, 74, of Mullin died at 3:10 P.M. Sunday in Brownwood Community Hospital after a one month illness.
Services are pending at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood.
She was born June 27, 1902, in Voca.  She was a Presbyterian.  She had lived in Mullin since 1942.  She was married to J. D. (Dennis) Edmondson in Goldthwaite.
Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Chris (Eldora) Hagelstein of Sanderson; three sisters, Annie (Taylor) Jackson of Abilene, Laura (Taylor) McDonald of Fort Worth, and Hazel (Taylor) Commander of Fort Worth, and three grandchildren.
 
*Note Mary Taylor Edmondson was the daughter of Abraham Teel Taylor and Ann Olney Taylor.
  
From the San Angelo Standard-Times January 30, 1980
 
Taylor
 
Roy Taylor, 78, of 321 E. 28th, died at 12:35 A.M. Tuesday in Baptist Memorial Geriatric Hospital.
Services will be at 2 P.M. Thursday in the Johnson's Funeral Home chapel with Leon Bahlman, minister, Northside Church of Christ officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery.
He was born July 26, 1900 in Voca.  He was a resident of San Angelo 24 years.  He was married to Cordie McFarland in December 1925.  She died in December 1953.  He was married to Billie Lee July 19, 1955 in San Angelo.  He was a member of Northside Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Jeannie Ruth Harper of San Angelo and Mary Ellen Gallaway of Odessa; two sons, Pete A. Taylor of Temple and John W. Taylor of Bronte; three step-daughters, Rhonda Wilson of Jacksonville, FL and Paula Fletcher and Donna Baker, both of San Angelo; two sisters, Annie Jackson of Abilene and Laura McDonald of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
 
Note:  Roy Taylor was the son of Abraham Teel Taylor and Ann Olney Taylor.
  
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Thomas Ray Wilson, Sr.
Thomas Ray Wilson, Sr., of Mason, passed away on Monday, April 25, at the age of 73. He was born July 11, 1931, in Dublin, Texas, to Thomas Lillard Wilson and Grace Maxwell Wilson. On November 19, 1952, Thomas married Jo Ann Morris. Their marriage was blessed with three children. For many years they lived in Medford Oregon and in 1976 they moved to Mason. After moving to Mason, Thomas worked at the sand plant at Voca, and he and Jo Ann operated a restaurant and a tire shop. Thomas enjoyed fly fishing in Oregon and spent many hours working in the garden. In later years Thomas became an avid bird watcher, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Wilson of Mason, two sons Thomas Ray Wilson Jr. and wife Patti of Mexico, James Ervin Wilson of Camp Wood, a daughter Donna Kaye Wilson of Mason, and a brother A. L. Wilson and wife Janice of Klamath Falls, Oregon. He is also survived by a granddaughter Cristina Wilson.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Wilson will be held on Saturday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gaylon Morris officiating.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.



Samuel D. Flanagin
The Comfort News, Comfort, Texas, Thursday, October 24, 1957
p. 8
Samuel D. Flanagin Passes Away Here

Samuel Davis [sic] Flanagin, 86, a retired rancher from Fredonia, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B.F. Porter and Mr. Porter, at Comfort, where he had been making his home for some time.  Funeral rites were held at the Church of Christ at Fredonia Thursday afternoon and interment was at that city.  In addition to the daughter, he leaves five sons, a brother, fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.  The News is joined by the family's friends in extending sympathy to Mrs. Porter.
   (Sent by Lewis and Julie Flanagin)


Andrew P. Flanagin
Mason County News
Janunary 20, 1899

Death's Harvest

Mr. P. Flanigan [sic] of Fredonia neighborhood, died on the 11th, after an illness of several days.  He was about 56 years of age, a Federal soldier of the civil war, and had the respect and esteem of a wide circle of friends.

(Sent by Lewis and Julie Flanagin)


May 22, 1941 Mason County News

Fredonia Woman, 63,
Buried Last Saturday

Mrs. S. D. Flanagin, 63, died Friday May 16, at her home in Fredonia.Funeral services were held at the Wagram Cemetery Saturday afternoon, May 17. Bro. Bill Talley of Valley Springs conducted the final services.

Pall bearers were A. E. Flanagin of Camp San Saba, Percy Carson of Pontotoc, B. A. Flanagin of Brady, and Pat Carton, Davis Carson and Jim Beasley, all of Pontotoc.    

The deceased was born Mary Ella Carson in Gonzales County, Texas, on March 15, 1878.  She married S. D. Flanagin December 8, 1895 at Fredonia. To this union was born 11 children. Three children preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband and eight children. Her children included one daughter, Mrs. Lois Porter of Fredericksburg, and seven sons Ira of Natchitoches, La., Frank, Bev, Claud, A. J., Lloyd, and Derrell Flana gin of Fredonia.

Other survivors are fourteen grand children, one great-grandchild, six brothers and one sister.   Her six brothers are J. W. Carson of Abilene, J. E. Carson of La Pryor, D. H. Carson of Junction, T. M. Carson of Pontotoc, Albert Carson of Dallas, and B. H. Carson of Brady. Her sister, Mrs. E. E. Ohlhausen, lives in
San Antonio.

She has been a member of the Church of Christ since 1907.   Miss Gertrude Hoffmann was in charge of final arrangements.



Mason County Obits from Scrapbook at UT in Austin.

    W. E. Wheeler Dies After Short Illness
Mason News Mason, Texas 1/29/31
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for W. E. Wheeler whose death occurred shortly after 1 O'clock Sunday afternoon aftrer an illness of about a week with pneumonia.  Mr. Wheeler was one of the few remaining older settlers in Mason County having been a ranchman here for many years.
    William Edward Wheeler was born in Georgia Febreuary 22, 1853, his parents being Thomas Jefferson Wheeler, who was born in Virginia and Miss Parthenia Ann Taylor of Texas.  His death occurred when he was 77 years, 11 months and 3 days of age.  His wife, formerly Miss Maria Crosbyh, died many years ago.  A small daughter aslo preceded her father in death.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lillie Haynes of Mason and Mrs. Percy Brown of Llano.  A brother, G. W. Wheeler of Liberty Hill, aslo survives.
    Services were held at the family residence by Rev.
J. Virvil Davis after which interment was made in the Crosby cemetery.  Paul bearers were E. W. Kothman, W. E. Jordan, Ernest willmann, Robert Lee, Howard Smith and John Lindsay.

Aged Man Dies From Fall; Buried here
Mason News, Mason, Texas 10/30/30
   Burial was made her Friday afternoon of Sam J. Coulter, 65, of Mena, Arkansas, who fell and injured himself about seven miles this side of Fredericksburg while he in company with two boys, Pat Frost and Arthur Chambers, also of Mena, were on their way to find employment.  The man died enrout to Mason.  He is survived by one brother, who lives in Mena, and who instructed his interment here.  Burial was made in the Gooch cemetery with Rev. C. H. Garrett conducting the services.
    The aged man had been a machinist.  The party started out from Arkansas about ten days ago in their search for work.  The two younger men drove the car which belonged to Mr. Coulter as he could not drive, it is said.

Joseph B. Stapp, 80 Dies At Katemcy Sun.
Mason News, Mason, Texas 10/30/30
    Joseph B. Stapp passed away at the home of his son, J. C. STapp, a Katemcy Sunday evening at 6 o'clock after an illness of about two weeks.  Mr. Stapp was at the time of his death nearly eight-one years old, having been born November 15, 1849 in Sinclara County, Alabama.
    Of ten children six survive their father, one daughter, Mrs. Ella Smith, having died at Eldorado the same day that her father passed away.  The surviving children are L. D. Stapp of Grit, J. C. Stapp of Katemcy, W. H. Stapp of San Angelo, Mrs. Jim Kidd of Castell, Mrs. Nettie Tipton of Ranger and John Stapp.
   Burial was made at the Gooch cemetery in Mason Monday Rev. C. H. Garrett conducted the funeral services.  Paul bearers were Sid Stapp, J. D. Owens, Shirley Stapp, Jim Stapp, Nelson
Stapp and Ed Stapp.

San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas  11/2/30
Mason, Texas, Nov 1  - Joseph B. Stapp, 80, died at the home of his son, J. C. Stapp, at Katemcy, Mason County, Sunday evening.  Burial was made Monday in Mason.  Of 10 children, six survive their father.  One daughter, Mrs. ella Smith, died at Eldorado the same day her father passed away.  The surviving children are L. D. Stapp of Grit, J. C. Stapp of San Angelo, Mrs. Jim Kidd of Castell, Mrs. Nettie Tipton of Ranger, and John Stapp.

Pioneer Citizen Of Bradyt Died Wed.
Mason News, Mason, Texas 10/02/30
    A. Steelhammer, pioneer citizen of Brady, and one of the best know and most respected residents of this section, passed away at his home in Southwest Brady Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Death followed an illness extending over the past two months, heart trouble, with a partial stroke of paralysis, being the contributing cause.  After a month of severe illness, his condition showed improvement, and he was able to again be up and about, even returning to his workshop and resuming work there.  That he realized the seriousness of his condition was evidenced in his straightenup all his business affairs, and which work he accomplished just a day or so before his death.  Following this, he appeared in happier spirits than at any time since first taken ill, and this peace of mind and happiness was reflected in his countenance even in death.
    Albert John Steelhammer was born in Massajo, Sweden, September 17, 1861, and was therefore 69 years and 7 days old at the time of death.  He came to America in 1883, locating first at Chicago as machinist with the McCormick Harvester Co.  In 1884 he located at Round Rock, Texas, and then moved to Georgetown, where he was married to Miss Annie Negulund, and by whom he had one daughter, Agnes, now Mrs. Jack Claxton at Wharton.  The family located in Brady in 1887, 43 years ago, his wife dying here in 1890.
   His marriage to Miss Sophie Otte was celebrated in 1890, and by whom he had ten children, all of whom together with their mother, and with the exception of Chas. the oldest boy survive.
They are William Annie, Mrs. (now Mrs. Adoph anderson), Ad;ome. (Mrs. Joe Conley),Adena (Mrs. Wm. Smith of New York), Albert Jr., Ted, Amelia, August, and Oscar.  All the children were for the funeral except Mrs. Smith.  There also survives one brother Chas., who lives on the Lohn highway, and another brother and three sisters in Sweden.  A peculiar circumstance of his death was that his father passed away in Sweden athe advanced age of 97 years, just a year ago to the day preceeding Mr. Steelhammer's death. Brady Standard, Sep. 26
 
J. W. Purdy, 84 Dies Suddenly Last Friday
Mason News, 3/17/32
   Another of Mason County's pioneers passed away last Friday upon the death of J. W. Purdy, who had lived about fifty-three years here.  Mr. Purdy's death occurred very suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Adolph Henrich, at about 12 o'clock.  He was 84 years, 4 months and 15 days of age.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and were in charge of Rev. C. H. Garrett.
   Mr. Purdy was born in Patrick County, Virginia, and came to Texas when a young man.  He returned later to Virginia to marry Miss Sarah Jolce.  To this union were born eight children.  His wife died thirty-seven years ago and one son also preceded his father in death.  The surviving children are:  Mrs. Henrich and Mrs. Harvey Land of Mason, Mrs. R. L. Potter of Palo Pinto County, Mrs. W. R. Gentry of Central, Ariz, Irving and Hubert Purdy of California.
   Though his life was lonely, Mr. Purdy was always full of cheer and good will and his sunny disposition was with him until the end came when he went calmly to sleep to be with his maker.
   Interment was made in the Gooch Cemetery.  Active pall bearers were August Starks, Ernest Henrich, Gus Leifeste, Wesley, Henrich, J. M. Land and Marvin Cunningham.

Second Victim Of Wreck Succumbs
San Antonio Express 2/13/35
(Express Austin Bureau)
Austin, Tex., Feb 12 - Gus Rau of Mason has succumbed to injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Oak Hill, seven miles west of Austin, last Sunday.  He was the second victim of the crash.  The first fatality to whom death came virtually instantaneoulsy, was Rau's  75 year old mother-in-law, Mrs. Glen Smith, also of Mason.
    Rau's wife and her father, Glen Smith, former tax collector, assesor and county judge of Mason County, are still in a critcal condition in an Austin hospital.  The only uninjured member othe party en route to a reunion in Austin Sunday was the two year old sone of the Raus.
    The body of Rau will be taken to Mason for Burial.

Aged Mason Woman Dead
San Antonio Times 1/27/35
Mrs. Adolph Reichenau Funeral Held Friday
    Mason, Jan 26 - Mrs. Adolph Reichenau, 75, died at her home in the Grossville community in Mason County Wednesday night and funeral services were held Friday afternoon with burial in the family cemetery.  Mine children survive.  They are Mrs. J. M. Eckert of Katemcy, Mrs.
Walter Loudon and Miss Olga Reichenau, Benno and Oscar Reichenau of Mason, Ed and Ernest Reichenau of London and Alvin Reichenau.  Two Sisters, Mrs. Ed Keller and Mrs. Richard Arhelger of Mason and three brothers, William, Fred and Henry Schmidt, also of Mason, Survive.

Pioneer Citizeen Passes Away here Saturday
1929
    Another of Mason County's pioneer citizens has been called by death, Jacob Schuessler, age 89 years 5 months and 21 days, passed away at his home in Mason last Saturday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock.
    Funeral services were held at the family residence Sunday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. G. F. Webb.  Special songs were rendered by the Methodist quartet composed of Gilbert Bod, Will, Eli, and Louis Jordan. Burials services which were held at the Crosby Cemetery were in charge of Rev. M. Heinrich of the Lutheran Church, which Jacob Schuessler was a charter member and had been a member for fifty-eight years.
   Active pall bearers were S. J. Schuessler, Jim Brown, Robert Hofmann, Henry Hofmann, Gus Rau, T. O. Reardon and Albert Hartman.
    Mr. Jacob Schuessler was born in Bonfield, in the German Province of Wuerttemburg, in 1840, the fourth youngest son in the family of John Adam Schuessler, which consisted of seven boys and three girls.  At the age of five years he came to Texas with his parents, landing at Indianola in the last days of 1845.  From there they went to New Braunfels, from which place they moved to Fredericksburg.  after living there for some sixteen years they moved to Cherry Springs, being its earliest settler and the one who gave the place its name.  at the age of nineteen Jacob Schuessler came to Mason County where he met and soon afterward married Miss Francis Hick, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hick.  After living for several years in log houses Mr. Schuessler, in 1878, began construction of the stone residdence in which he lived at the time of his death.   It is stated that the lumber used in this residence was hauled from Round Rock, Texas.  Jacob Schuessler was a farmer and stockman and in these industries took a very active interest until he reached a ripe old age.  His name is enrolled among the earliest of the pioneers of Mason County.  He passed through all the vicistudes and dangers incident to the pioneer life on teh frontier of Texas; and perhaps the most prominent of those hardships were the tragic Indian raids, which for many years were a terror to the frontier.  During the war he served as a member of the Minute Men who guarded the fontier from the Indians and rendered valuable service in that connection, and he participated not only in the warfare against Indians but that also waged against the "bad men" and cattle thieves.
    Jacob Schuessler was a gentleman of many good qualities.  He was a kind and loving husband and father, a true friend when in need, a devout christian and a citzen held in the highest esteem.
    He was preceded in death by his wife on January 23, 1897.  He is survived by seven children, Mrs. Gleen  W. Smith, Misses Carrie and Marie Schuessler of Mason; Mrs. Lou Broad of Fort Worth, Gus Schuessler of Seattle, Washington, Chas. Schuessler of Eagle Pass and Will Schuessler of Mason.  Surviving are also six grand children and twenty great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Gustave Frasch of San Antonio who has also reached and advanced age of 88 years.  There are a host of other relatives and friends who remain to mourn his death.

Mrs. O. M. Smith, Dies At Austin
Mason News, Mason, Texas 1/15/31
    Sad news of the death of Mrs. O. M. Smith at her home, 4200 Avenue B, Austin, Wednesday of last week has been received by her friends here.
    Mrs. Smith was formerly Mis Mary Jane Hurley and was born in Montgomery County, North Carolina, December 1, 1851, she moved with her parents to Texas in 1869, settling in the eastern part of the state.  They moved to Mason County in 1876 and resided here until 1923.  October 27, 1881, she was married to O. M. Smith, who survives her.  To this union were born four children, Cora and Ervin of Austin, Claude and Jess of Teague, Texas.  She is also survived by two daughters-in-law, two grandaughters, Lu Jane Smith of Teague and Josephine Smith of Austin; three sisters, Mrs. R. M. Stevenson of Junction, Texas, Mrs. Jim Morris of London, Texas, and Mrs. N. D. Wood of Oregon; and one brother, Oscar Hurley of Ardmore Oklahoma,  A sister in law, Mrs. George Hurley, of the Katemcy community also survives.
    Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 p. m. conducted by the Rev. Dennis Macune, pastor of the Hyde Park Methodist Church, assisted by the Rev. H. B. Owens, a former pastor.  Interment was made in the Momorial Park in Austin.  Pall bearers were A. A. Sanders, Walter Kuse, E. W. Cartwright, Lee Carson, J. P. Stevenson of Austin and A. O. Coers of San Marcos.
    Mrs. Smith had been in ill health for the last year and for the past four moinths had been confined to her bed.  Sunday, Jan. 4, she became worse and realized that the bells of heaven were ringing for her.  In a few hours Sunday of her consciousness she desired those near her to sing those songs dear to her heart, and joined in singing those songs.  She called for her childeren and grandchildren, who arrived before she became uncounscious and talked very beautifully to each one of them, admonishing the children to live as she had taught them and telling them and her neighbors goodbye.

Pioneer Settler Buried Thursday
Mason News, Mason Texas 1/15/31
   On Thursday Rev. F. A. Bracher officiated at the funeral of Mrs. G. W. Crenwelge, pioneer of this section of the state.  Mrs. Crenwelge, nee Sophie Campe, was born August 8, 1839, in Plattendorf, Hanover, Germany.  Together with her parents she came to America in 1845 with other colonists brought by the Adelsverein.  On the way from Indianola to New Braunfels both parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johann Campe, died and also several brothers and sisters.
    The young girl found a home with Mr. and Mrs. George F. Holekamp who settled at Sisterdale and later moved to Comfort.  At Comfort she grew up but as a young girl came to Fredericksburg where she was employed at Nimitz hotel.  Here on March 16 1862 she was married to G. W. Crenwelge who was a wheelwright by trade.  Here they lived until 1890 when they acquired a farm and ranch at Cherry Mountain.  After the death of the husband the mother lived with her children.  She died in the home of her son, Wm. Crenwelge, Wednesday, Jan 7, 1930, having attained the age of 91 years, 4 months, and 29 days.
    Surviving are two sones, William and Adolf Crenwelge, four daughters,(Mrs. L. W. Surber of Comfort), Lina (Mrs. Pete Ahrens of Llano), Dorothea, (Mrs. Tito Kolmeier) and Mrs. Sophie Holtzer of Llano.  Also sixteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
    Funeral Services were held at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kohlmeier.  Interment was made at the cemetery.  Fredericksburg Radio Post.

Former Resident Dies Sunday In Llano
Mason News 10/26/33
    Mrs. W. E. Strackbein has the sympathy of friends in the death of her mother, Mrs. C. J. Nichols, who passed away Sunday morning at Llano at the home of another daughter, Mrs. George Nixon.  Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Bandera, the deceased's old home.
    Mrs. Nichols lived in Mason about 8 years ago, making her home with her son, Mitt Nichols and children and has also visited on numerous occasions here with her daughter, Mrs. Strackbein.
    The deceased was 80 years and 11 months of age.  she is survived by six children.  They are Mrs. Clay Billings of Bandera, Newt Nichols of Kerrville, Mrs. Nixon of Llano, Mitt W. Nichols of Tahoka, Henry Nichols of San Antonio and Mrs. Strackbein of Mason.  One sister, Mrs. Meck Nichols of Rock Springs survives.  All of the children, with the exception of Mitt Nichols were present for the funeral.  The latter was unable to attend because of the illness of one of his children with blood poisoning.
    Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Neal Ellis, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of San Antonio, Rev. William Price of Medina and Rev. S. H. Culpepper of Bandera, Special songs were sung by Miss Helen Hun t and Harold Culpepper of San Antonio.
    Those from Mason attending the funeral were Mrs. Strackbein, Mr. and Mrs. Alford Lange and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Roeder.

E. M. Nicholson Confederate Veteran Dies at Austin Fri.
Mason News, Mason, Texas 3/19/31
    F. M. Nicholson died at the Confederate Home in Austin Friday, March 6 and funeral services were held in that city Sunday morning,burial being made in the Confederate cemetery.  Mr. Nicholson had reached the ripe old age of 93 years, celebrating his birthday November 7.
    Mr. Nicholson lived at Streeter until a few years ago when he entered the Confederate Home.  He was the father of S. A. Nicholson of Mason and Henry Nicholson of Austin.  His wife preceded him in death last September.

San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas 11/2/30
Gus Klingelhoefer Buried
(Special Correspindence)
Mason, Tex. Nov 1, - Funeral services were held in Mason Thursday morning for Gus Klingelhoefer, 46 prominent ranchman of the Grossville community, whose death occurred in Mason Wednesday about noon, after a short illness.  Interment was made in Fredericksburg, the birthplace of the deceased, Thursday afternoon.  Surviving are his wife; his foster mother, Mrs. Mathias Bast, who is 93 years old; a stepmother, Mrs. Julius Klingelhoefer; one half brother, Robert Klingelhoefer, and three half sisters.  Mrs. Otto Dittmar, Mrs. August Stahl and Mrs. Henry Lewis, all of Fredericksburg.

Pioneer Citizen Buried Wednesday At Melvin
News, Mason, Texas 5/17/34
    After a lasting illness of several months, fred Wahrmund, known in this community as "Uncle Fred" passed away Wednesday morning at 5:45 o'clock at the age of 76 years, 3 months and 13 days.
    Mr. Wahrmund was born at Fredericksburg, January 26, 1858.  He was united in marriage November 28, 1878 to Miss Mary U. Helebrandt, at London, Texas, and to this union eight children were born, five girls and three boys.  In his early life he united with the Methodist church and lived to the end a truly Christian father, neighbor and friend.  He with his family came to Melvin in 1914, and during the twenty years he has lived here he has been one of the most highly respected citizins, and was loved by all who knew him.
    Uncle Fred, until a few months ago, was a familiar figure on the street; he always had a pleasant word for everyone, and loved to joke with his friends.  He was missed when his illness confined him to his home, and now that he has departed this life, the many friends who have visited with him during his long illness, will miss him greatly.
    Two children preceeded him in death, Louie died about twenty years ago and Addie died in Melvin and is buried in Melvin cemetery.  Six children survive to bless and comfort the aged mother in the loss of her life companion.  The children are: Mrs. G. L. Powers, Campwood; Mrs. C. A. Johnson, Mrs. Jep Hensley and Bob and Gus Wahrmund, all of Melvin.  There are thirty grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren left to mourn their grandfather's departure to the better world.  Two brothers and one sister survive, George at San Antonio, Max at Fredericksburg and Mrs. Chas. Jung of Georgetown.
    Funeral services were conducted at the cemetery wednesday evening at five o'clock with Rev. C. G. Nelson, Rev. F. M. Jackson and Rev. Ben Thompson officiating.  They spoke many words of comfort to the bereaved family.  Burial was made in the Melvin cemetery - Melvin Enterprise, May 10.

Pontotoc Pioneer Dies at Hospital
Brady News, 3/10/32
    Wallace J. Webster, aged 70 years, three months and 25 days died at the local hospital Monday afternoon at 5:10 o'clock after a brief illness.  Mr. Webster had been suffering with an attack of flu.  He grew suddenly worse Saturday and was rushed to the hospital, where he received medical aid, but gradually grew worse until the end came.
    Mr. Webster was a prominent stockman and ranchman of the Pontotoc community, where he had spent the greater part of his life and has a host of Friends who are grieved at his passing away.
    Funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, with interment in the Pontotoc cemetery.
    Surviving are the widow, two daughters and two sons, Mrs. J. F. Davis of Brady, Mrs. E. C. Bade and Bob Webster of Pontotoc, and Lon Webster of Richland Springs.

Brady Standard, Brady, Texas 1/3/33
Mr. and Mrs. William Willmann were called to Mason last week to attend the funeral of the former's mother, Mrs. William Willmann, 76, who died there on Tuesday following a lingering illness.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Rev. O. C. Raeke and Rev. G. Schulze of the Mason Methodist Episcopal church.  Mrs. Willman was born and reared in Mason county, and was loved by all who knew her.  She is survived by her husband and eleven children.

Pioneer Texas Woman Dies at Voca Home
Brady Standard 12/18/34
    Another pioneer of Texas answered the final summons when Death last Saturday night at 11:50 o'clock, claimed Missie Angeline Willis, wife of D. D. Wills of Voca.  The end came peacefully at her home two miles north of Voca, at the advanced age of 74 years, 5 months and 28 days.  Mrs. Willis was born June 17 1860, in Fredonia, Mason County, Texas and had lived in this section all her life, being loved and admired by for all her many sweet womanly traits and her beautiful Christian character.
    The body lay in state at the Broad Funeral Home until 2:30 o'clock Monday evening, when the funeral cortege left for Voca, and where funeral services were held in the Church of Christ at 3:30 o'clock.  the Rev. C. E. Marshall, pastor of the First M. E. Church of Brady, was in charge of the final rites, and which were followed by interment in Voca cemetery.  Services were under direction of P. C. McInnis of Broad Funeral Home.
    Special music included a beautiful vocal solo, "Asleep in Jesus," by Prof. J. E. Herrington, and a voval duet, "No Disappointments in Heaven," by Mr. and Mrs. Slaughter.
    Besides the husband, D. D. Willis, there survive seven children: A. N., J. E., and D. C. Willis and Mrs. Della Shugart of Voca, W. A. Willis, and Mrs. Nellie Thompson and Mrs. Lipps of Alice, Mrs. Virgina Speck of Voca and Miss Evaline Willis and Paul Willis of Eden.  There is one Great grandchild, Willis Dean Speck of Voca.  Two brothers also survive: S. P. Williams of
Voca and Bob Williams of Spur, Texas.
    Active pall bearers were: Herbert Adkins, Green Owens, Will Boswell, Grady Burns, Herbert Wood and Jim Spiller.  Honorary pallbearers were Jim Mann, Lee McShan, Duke Mann, B. Simpson, V. B. Deaton, Jeff woods, W. B. Douglass, H. C. Samuel, Geo. Darley, Leonard Passmore, Edd Elliot and E. E. Spiller.

Mrs. John Woerner
Mason Co News, Mason, Texas 4/16/31
    Mrs. Karoline Woerner nee Moehle, died Sunday afternoon, April 5, at 8 o'clock at the age of 84 years and 28 days.
    A large concourse of relatives and friends from all parts of the Hill Country attended the funeral services which were held Tuesday morning, April 7, from the residence of her son, Louis Woerner and the M. E. Church.  Rev. G. C. Brannies and G. Schulze conducted the funeral services and the choirs of the church sang several songs.  Interment was made in the City Cemetery.
    Deceased was born in Neddingen, German, March 7 1847.  When six years old she came with her parents from there to Texas ans settled at Fredericksburg.
    On September 9, 1861, she united in marriage with Mr. John Woerner, who preceded her in death 18 years ago.  This union was blessed with 8 children, of whom three preceded their mother in death.  The surviving children are: Charles and Louis Woerner, Mrs. Ernst Houy, Herman Behr and Mrs. Emil Treibs, also 35 grandchildren and 56 great grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
    Mrs. Woerner had not been in the best of health.  When her son August, was seriously injured in an automobile accident, on July 25, 1925,  Mrs. Woerner was also badly injured.  She had hardly recovered from this shock when she fell and broke a leg, and up to the time of her death was confined to her bed.  During this time she was tenderly cared for by her children and grandchildren.  Death came as a relief to her many sufferings.  May she rest in peace.
Fredericksburg Standard, April 10

August Willmann, Sr. Dies Monday at Art
Mason News, 4/7/32
Came to Texas More than 70 years ago from Germany
    August Willmann, Sr. Died Monday morning, April 4, 1932 at 5:45 o'clock at his home at Art after an illness of almost a month.  Funeral services were held at the Art Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock and burial was made in the church cemetery.
  With the passing of Mr. Willmann, Mason County lost another of its pioneer German settlers.  He was born Oct 2, 1851, at Alt-Lomnitz, Province of Silesia, Germany and when about one year of age came to Texas with his parents.  The family settled near New Braunfels.  As a young man Mr. Willmann came to Mason County where Nov 28, 1878, he was married to Miss Sophie Jordan.  The couple lived for a while below Art on Willow Creek, moving in 1879 to the present family home above Art.
    Mr. Willmann was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for many years and was a faithful and devoted member of the church.  He became ill March 9 when he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis.
    He leaves his widow and the following children:  Louis Willmann of Johnson City, Ernest Willmann of Mason, Rev. J. H. E. Willmann of Castell, Mrs. E. W. Dechert of Hondo, August Willmann of Art, Mrs. Dan H. Eckert of Hilda, Mrs. Willie Helmke of Cibolla, who was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Willmann, also survives together with fifteen granchildren, one brother, Pius Willmann of Missouri and the following half-sisters and half-brothers:  William Willmann of Mason, Mrs. Henry Fischer of Schertz, Mrs. Henry Seller of Cibolo, Mrs. Dan Jordan of Mason, Mrs. John Sherwood of Katemcy, Anton Willmann of Mason, Mrs. E. Frenzel of San Antonio and Daniel Willmann of Mason.
    services were conducted Tuesday afternoon by Rev. F. W. Radetsky assisted by Revs. R. Moerner of Art, J. V. Davis, G. W. Schreiber and O. C. Raeke of Mason, W. L. Froehner of Hilda, R. Gammenthaler of Fredericksburg and O. W. Benold of Fredonia.  Gour nephews of the deceased sang a quartette as a part of the service.
    Active pall bearers were: Ben wilmann, Jim Stengel, Perry Willman, Clifford Sherwood, D. A. Jordan Jr., Dan Willmann, Jr.   Honarary pall bearers were:  Henry Hoerster, John Hasse, John
Eckert, Louis Eckert, Phillip Eckert, Max Martin, Chas. Kothmann, Chas, Grote, Chas. Martin, Alvin Donop, Albert Kothmann, Ernest Lemburg, Sr., Emil Hoerster, Adolph Kothmann, Chas. Guentert, John Brandenberger, Fritz Durst, M. V. Herford, John Dechert, Ad. Vater, C. H. Grote and William Kothmann.