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Ida L. Gardner Christmas

Christmas, Ida L.                                                   Jan 23, 1912      Mar 16, 1979

Location:                              28o44.492 N             096o10.184 W


     Funeral services for Mrs. Ida L. Christmas of the Citrus Grove community were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Palacios Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Sidney Tenery of the Collegeport First Baptist Church officiating. Interrment was in the Collegeport Community Cemetery .

     Daughter of Henry and Ellen Gardner, she was born January 23, 1912 , in Stonewall, Oklahoma . A resident of this area for 31 years, she died Friday, March 16, in Wagner General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

     She is survived by her husband, Luby Christmas of Citrus Grove; one daughter, Mrs. Peggy Ann Nelson of California; three sons, Hardy of Palacios, Howard of Citrus Grove and Billy of Van Vleck; two sisters, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The Palacios Beacon, Thursday, March 22, 1979


Luby Christmas

Christmas, Luby                                                    Sep 12, 1906     Aug 30, 1989

Location:                              28o44.491 N             096o10.1854 W


Funeral services for Luby Christmas, 82, of Citrus Grove Community, Collegeport, were held Thursday at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Villereal officiating. Interment followed at Collegeport Cemetery in Collegeport.

Christmas was born Sept. 12, 1906 in Conroe to Thomas Nollie and Mary Elizabeth Gregson Christmas. He died Aug. 30, 1989 at Matagorda House in Bay City .

A resident of Collegeport area since 1931, he was a member of Collegeport Baptist Church .

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Ann Garrett of Pontiac, Mich.; three sons, Hardy Christmas of Blessing, Howard Christmas of Collegeport and Billy Eugene Christmas of Van Vleck; a sister, Laura Matchett of Houston; three brothers, Gilbert Christmas of Beaumont, Ray Christmas of New Caney and Harold Christmas of Sheppard, Texas; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Russell Corporon, Elmo Duke, Dudley Magbee, Elton Brister, Glen Padrick, John Duke and Darel Wayne Gibson.

The Palacios Beacon, September 6, 1989


Nellie Christmas

Christmas, Nellie                                                                            Sep 27, 1934

Location:                              28o44.509 N             096o10.160 W  



Mrs. Nellie Christmas, age 25 years, 7 months and 4 days, died in Houston, Thursday, at 11 a.m. She is survived by her husband, Mr. G. H. Christmas, two daughters, Yvonne and Catherine, and one son, Ernest, parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Hunt of Collegeport, one brother, Raymond Hunt of Collegeport and two sisters, Mrs. Lera Collins of Collegeport and Miss Gertrude Hunt of Houston. Mrs. Christmas lived at Simpsonville until last fall when they moved to Houston. Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Collegeport church. Burial was in Collegeport Cemetery under direction of Taylor Bros.


The Daily Tribune, Saturday, September 29, 1934


Alexander Franzen

Franzen, Alexander                                          May 14, 1923         Aug. 9, 2002


Graveside funeral services for Alexander ‘Alex’ Franzen, 79, of Collegeport, Tx. were held Aug. 11, 2002 at Collegeport Cemetery with Rev. Janell Blair officiating.

Mr. Franzen was born May 14, 1923 in the family home at Collegeport to Gustave Albert and Ellen Carlson (Bladlund) Franzen. He died Aug. 9, 2002 at Palacios Healthcare Center.

Mr. Franzen attended grade school at Collegeport and high school at Blessing High School. He was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport and assisted in the construction of the present sanctuary.

He lived in the family home his entire life and worked with his brother, "Goose" Franzen on the farm. He ran a herd of cattle until his retirement. One of the highlights of his later life was the opportunity to work cattle with his nephews.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, James and Ann Franzen of Pearl River, La.; his sister-in-law, Ida Mae Franzen of Collegeport; many nieces and nephews; and a host of "grandchildren".

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Carl, Arnold, Gustave, and Clifford Franzen; and sisters Ellen Bryan, Mamie Wells and Dorothy Merck.

Pallbearers were his nephews G. W. Franzen, Derril Franzen, Wesley Franzen, Thomas Franzen, Traylor Lenz and Garrett Lenz.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

August 14, 2002

Carl O. Franzen

Franzen, Carl O.                                                    1918                   1921

Location:                              28o44.487 N             096o10.183 W

Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 7                 Enumeration District 142                    Sheet 3A

Franzen, Carl O. R., 1 5/12,  b Texas

Son of Gust and Ellen Franzen


Charles Ray Franzen

Franzen, Charles Ray                                                                      Jul 23, 1956

Location:                              28o44.483 N             096o10.183 W

 Rites To Be Today For Infant Franzen

Charles Ray Franzen, day-old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Franzen died at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston on Monday.

Funeral services will be held at Collegeport Cemetery at 5 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Fitzgerald officiating. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, July 24, 1956


Christine Elizabeth Franzen
(August 21, 1973 - February 6, 2012)

Christine Elizabeth (Shelby) Franzen, 38, passed away on February 6, 2012 in Collegeport, TX. Christine was born on August 21, 1973 in Union City, Indiana, daughter to Sam Shelby and Gail Shelby. Loving wife, daughter and mother.

Survived by her husband Thomas Franzen; son, Samuel Fulton, daughter, Elizabeth Dannels; mother, Gail Shelby, father, Sam Shelby; sister, Melissa Shelby; step-sister Karen Holub; step-brother, John Shelby; mother and father-in-law, James and Ann Franzen; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family received visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Friday, February 10, 2012 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at Collegeport Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Merck, John Shelby, Sam Shelby, Wesley Franzen, Derril Franzen, and Micah Glover.

Victoria Advocate, February 9, 2012

Clifford A. Franzen

 Franzen, Clifford A.                                        Dec 23, 1910     Sep 16, 1997

Location:                        28o44.487 N             096o10.180 W            Map: #35


Graveside services for Clifford A. Franzen, 87, of Collegeport, are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Collegeport Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating.

Mr. Franzen died at Memorial Hospital in Port Lavaca Tuesday following a sudden illness. He was born Dec. 23, 1910 to Gust A. and Ellen B. Franzen at their home in Collegeport.

He graduated from Rice Institute in 1932 with a bachelor of arts degree. After graduation, he was employed by the Texas Company, now Texaco, where he worked for several years in Columbia , South America .

Following Army service in the Pacific Campaign during World War II, he returned to Collegeport and farmed rice for several years. He bought a ranch near Buffalo , Tex. , in the early 1950s and began raising goats and cattle, assisted by his beloved border collie. He moved to Lone Oak, Texas., where he also ranched in the 1970s.

In 1989, he moved to Palacios and lived at the Palacios Health Care Center. There, he became actively involved assisting residents, personnel and all who could benefit from his kind way. He was a longtime exercise leader and assisted in chapel services at the home.

He was responsible for inspiring change and improvements through his involvement at the center. He convinced an administrator that a vegetable garden was necessary and began gardening on the grounds. His produce often found its way to the center's kitchen. The "fruits of his labor" were shared with all. His garden was therapeutic for him as well as other residents who assisted.

Clifford was truly an inspiration to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Franzen,  Arnold Franzen and Gustave Franzen; and sister, Ellen Bryan. He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Merck and Mamie Wells, both of Collegeport; brothers, Alex Franzen of Collegeport, and James Franzen and wife, Ann, of Pearl River , La. ; sister-in-law, Ida Mae Franzen of Collegeport; and several nephew, nieces and friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City .  The Daily Tribune, September 18, 1997


Ellen B. Franzen

 Franzen, Ellen B.                                                   Aug 20, 1886     June 5, 1970

Location:                              28o44.486 N             096o10.183 W  

Mrs. Ellen Franzen

     Funeral services for Mrs. Gust (Ellen) Franzen, 83, were held at the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport Monday, June 8, at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Leslie E. Webb officiating. Interment was in the Collegeport Cemetery .

     A pioneer resident of Collegeport, she passed away in her home on June 5.

     She was born August 20, 1886 in Sweden , the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Anderson. She came to the United States in 1903 to make her home with an uncle, John Almquist, in Essex , Iowa . On June 7, 1905 , she was united in marriage with Gustave Franzen and they made their home in Imogene , Iowa . On Christmas eve 1909 they arrived in Collegeport with two small children, Dorothy and Arnold. They made their home on a farm south of Collegeport where they were blessed with seven more children. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Carl and Arnold.

She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport and last year when the new wing was added to the church the hall was named Sadie Ellen Hall in her honor.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Dean Merck, Mrs. Gerald Wells of Collegeport, Mrs. B. B. Bryan of Oklahoma City , Okla. ; four sons, Clifford Franzen of Buffaloe, Gustave and Alex Franzen of Collegeport, James Franzen of Gretna , La. ; one brother, Magni Carlson of Sweeny; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The Palacios Beacon, Thursday, June 11, 1970


1910 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 8                 Enumeration District 147                    Sheet 8A

Household 123/131

Franzen, Gust, 31, b Sweden , married 5 years

Franzen, Ellen, 29, b Sweden , 2 children born, 2 living

Franzen, Dorothy, 2, b Iowa

Franzen, Arnold, 1, b Iowa


1920 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 7                 Enumeration District 142                    Sheet 2B

Household 52/52  names are at the bottom of the page and illegible


 Gustave Albert Franzen

 Franzen, Gustave Albert                                     Jan 18, 1881      Apr 08, 1945

Location:                              28o44.485 N             096o10.183 W

Gustave A. Franzen, Native of Sweden Dies in Collegeport

Death took one of the pioneer farmers of Matagorda county Sunday at 9:15 p.m. when Mr. Gustave Albert Franzen, longtime resident of Collegeport died at the family home there at the age of 64 years, one month and 19 days.

Born in Sweden , he came to the United States when a very young man and has made this county his home for 36 years.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Gustave A. Franzen of Collegeport; three daughters, Mrs. Gerald Wells of Collegeport, Mrs. Billy Bob Bryan of Fort Thomas, Ky., Mrs. Dean Merck of Collegeport, five sons, Albert of Houston, Cpl. Clifford Franzen with the U. S. Army in the Philippine Islands, Gustave A., Jr. of Collegeport, James Franzen S1/c now in the Pacific; two sisters, Mrs. Hilma Doherty of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Mimmie Johanson of Sweden, three brothers, R. J. of Warren, Minn., Carl of Imogene, Ia., and Oscar of Shenandoah, Ia.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. from Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. George Gillespie of Palacios officiating. Burial will be in the Collegeport Cemetery .  The Daily Tribune, Monday, April 9, 1945

NOTES: father: Alfred Franzen b Sweden , mother: Emma Malmberg

1910 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 8                 Enumeration District 147                    Sheet 8A

Household 123/131

Franzen, Gust, 31, b Sweden , married 5 years

Franzen, Ellen, 29, b Sweden , 2 children born, 2 living

Franzen, Dorothy, 2, b Iowa

Franzen, Arnold, 1, b Iowa

1920 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 7                 Enumeration District 142                    Sheet 2B

Household 52/52, illegible


Gustave Albert "Goose" Franzen

 Franzen, Gustave Albert                                     Mar 21, 1917      May 10, 1997

Location:                              28o44.485 N             096o10.180 W


Gustave A. "Goose" Franzen, 80, of Collegeport, died at his home May 10, 1997.

Goose was born in Collegeport on March 21, 1917 to Gust A. and Ellen B. Franzen. His family moved to Collegeport in 1909 from Essex , Iowa during the land excursion that settled the Collegeport area. Both of his parents were of Swedish descent and were proud to make Texas their home. On Nov. 22, 1952 , Goose married Ida Mae Wilson of Deutschburg and they made their home with his mother until their house was complete in December of 1953. Goose, a lifelong resident of Collegeport, and a longtime rancher and rice farmer in the area, received the Palacios Chamber of Commerce "Rancher of the Year Award" in 1984, and the Bay City Chamber of Commerce "Rice Farmer of the Year Award" in 1991. In 1989 he and Ida Mae were named "Outstanding Man and Woman of the Year" by the Woman's Club of Collegeport in appreciation of many years of dedicated service to the community. He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport, a charter member of the Collegeport Area Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Collegeport Cemetery Association. He devoted 21 consecutive years of service as a member of the Matagorda County Hospital District Board of Managers, and served nine years as a Palacios Independent School District trustee. He was an avid supporter of area youth in 4-H, FFA, and FHA programs, and the Matagorda County Fair Association. Goose derived much satisfaction in visiting area shut-ins, and proudly promoted the local rice industry. He enjoyed the pleasure of hunting deer, and work associated with his occupation.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Ida Mae Franzen of Collegeport; daughter and son-in-law Terri and Cody Adams of Deutschburg; Sons and Daughters-in-law Derril and Samantha Franzen, Wesley and Denise Franzen and G. W. Franzen, all of Collegeport; six grandchildren Tyler and Colt Adams of Deutschburg, Stephanie and Savannah Franzen, Dillon and Hayley Franzen all of Collegeport; sisters Dorothy Merck and Mamie Wells, both of Collegeport; Brothers Clifford Franzen of Palacios, Alex Franzen of Collegeport and James Franzen of Pearl River, La., and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons Gustave A. Franzen III and Charles Ray Franzen; two brothers Carl Franzen and Arnold Franzen; and one sister Ellen Bryan.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City with Pastor Dave Gallaher officiating. Interment will be at Collegeport Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be his nephews Dean F. Merck, Gerald Wells, Jr., Jim Boeker, Billy Bob Bryan, Mark Merck, Robert Franzen, Thomas Franzen and Garrett Lenz. Honorary pallbearers are his other newphews.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport, the Mopac House Foundation, or the Collegeport Cemetery Association.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, May 13, 1997


1920 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 7                 Enumeration District 142                    Sheet 3A

Franzen, Gustave A. T., 2 10/12, b Texas


Gustave Albert Franzen III

 Franzen, Gustave Albert III                                 Aug 13, 1955     Aug 13, 1955

Location:                              28o44.484 N             096o10.183 W

NOTES: Gustave Albert Franzen was born in Bay City , Matagorda County , Texas . He was the son of Gustave and Ida Mae Wilson Franzen.


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