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John & Martha Bentler Family


Family of Roy C. Wilkerson and Beatrice Bentler Wilkerson                Michael Abel Pierce                Lucille Wilkerson Pierce Coulter



Marker photos courtesy of Renee Huff


Mr. and Mrs. John Bentler observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home on Pavillion Street, Sunday, October 29.  A reception was held from 2:30 until 5:00 p.m., during which time more than one hundred of their neighbors and friends called to offer their congratulations and to wish that many, many more years may be added to their journey through life together.
The rooms of the Bentler home were beautiful in their decorations - - -  the living room carrying out the color scheme with roses and fall blossoms in profusion, and the golden wedding bell, under which the honorees stood to receive their guests.  The dining room was in gala attire with branches and garland of the beautiful yaupon.  Punch and cakes were served here by the Misses Naomi and Marion Harrison.  A gorgeous wedding cake, which also stressed the golden event in its decorations, graced the dining table.


Miss Lucile Wilkerson, the only grand-daughter, had charge of the guest book.  Many letters, cards, telegrams and beautiful gifts attested the love and high esteem held for Mr. and Mrs. Bentler by their host of friends.
Mr. Bentler is a native of Michigan, being born and reared in Kent county, near Grand Rapids.  He went over into Canada to select his life companion, who was Miss Martha Elizabeth Rush, and married her there on October 30, 1883.  The young couple made their home in Michigan for a while, but the call of the Dakotas took them to South Dakota, where they lived two years.  North Dakota looked better to them then, and so they journeyed to that state and were among the pioneers who saw the vast prairie develop into one of the richest farming countries in the States.  Many thrilling experiences can they relate of their life there, and where they made their home for twenty-two years.  Twenty-six years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Bentler came to Palacios and have made this city their home ever since, and are among our city's most highly respected and honored citizens.
Two sons and two daughters, blessed this union and were here with their parents to assist them in celebrating the half-century mark of their wedded life.  The sons are Ray and Earl, both of Houston, and the daughters, Mrs. F. J. Herbert, also of Houston and Mrs. Roy C. Wilkerson, of Palacios.  The three grand-children are Billy John Bentler, Lucile and Junior Wilkerson.
The members of the Presbyterian Church of which Mr. and Mrs. Bentler have been members for many years, tendered them a surprise on Monday evening, with a big feed and social gathering at the church.
One of the largest crowds to attend an affair in the history of the church annex, was there to pay homage to these honored guests, and Mr. and Mrs. Bentler were presented with a book in which there is a history of the Palacios church, names of pastors, officers and entire membership since its organizations, which they treasure very highly.  The presentation was made by W. H. Clement.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Palacios Beacon, Palacios, Texas, (a newspaper published in Matagorda County, Texas) Front Page, dated Thursday, the 2nd of November of 1933


John (1861-1939) & Martha (1860-1957)

My name is John Bentler. I was born November 13, 1861 in Bauine, Michigan. My father was Herman Bentler born in Germany and my mother was Katy Smith Bentler born in Canada. I had six brothers and sisters. I married Martha E. Rush in 1883 in Wilmont, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She was the daughter of Matthew Rush and Charlotte Hagen born August 10, 1860 in Wilmont, Canada. I was a carpenter and a farmer. We lived in many places before coming to Palacios. Two of our children, Raymond and William, were born in Michigan the same year, 1885. Four of our children (Nora, Earl, Beatrice and John) were born in North Dakota over the next five years. Like many others, we came to Palacios, Matagorda County around 1910. The town was new, exciting and offered many opportunities and land was cheap. I continued to farm and used my carpenter skill to build cabinets and furnishings to support my family. I died September 6, 1939 at the age of 78. My wife continued to live in Palacios. She died in Harris County in 1957. She was 97 years old. -- Palacios Cemetery Tour

Mrs. John Bentler Is Honored On Birthday

Mrs. John Bentler was honored on her 92nd birthday Sunday, August 10, with a dinner party at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Wilkerson, in Needville.

A delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings was enjoyed by the honoree, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Hebert and E. J. Bentler of Houston, Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson Jr. of Pledger, and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Pierce Jr. and children of Palacios.

Following the dinner and opening of the lovely gifts, the group motored to Houston to visit the honoree's grandson, R. C. Wilkerson Jr., who is in the Veteran's Hospital. Mrs. Bentler had been presented a beautifully decorated birthday cake, half of which she shared with boys in the hospital

Palacios Beacon, August 14, 1952


Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Bentler, 96, were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Wednesday, May 22, at 3 p.m. with Rev. T. I. Andrews of Houston assisted by Rev. John Brannon, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.
Mrs. Bentler was born August 10, 1860 and died Sunday at the home of her son, Earl Bentler, 945 Dorothy St. Houston.
A short service was held at Heights Funeral Home in Houston Wednesday at 10 a.m. before the body was brought here for burial.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Norah Hebert, Houston, Mrs. Beatrice Wilkerson, Needville; one son, Earl; four [sic] grandchildren, Billy John Bentler, Seattle, Wash., R. C. Wilkerson, Lake Charles, La., Lucille Pierce, Palacios and six great grandchildren.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Palacios Beacon, Palacios, Texas (Matagorda County, Texas), Page 8, dated Thursday, the 23rd of May of 1957 


We take this means of expressing our sincere thanks to our friends for their many acts of kindness and comforting words of sympathy extended to us during the illness and after the death of our mother and grandmother, Mrs. Martha Bentler.  We also want to thank each and everyone who brought food, sent flowers, or helped in any way.  You will always be remembered.  May God bless you all.
Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Hebert
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Bentler
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Pierce, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson, Jr.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Palacios Beacon, Palacios, Texas (a newspaper published in Matagorda County, Texas), Page 4, dated Thursday, the 30th of May of 1957


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John Bentler Dies Wednesday In Palacios

John Bentler of Palacios died Wednesday morning at 6 o’clock, according to word received. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock in Palacios.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. F. H. Hebert of Houston and Mrs. Beatrice Wilkerson of Nordheim; two sons, Ray and Earl Bentler of Houston.

The Daily Tribune, September 7, 1939

John Bentler

John Bentler, aged 77, passed away at his home in this city early Wednesday morning, and his death came as a shock to his family and friends. On Tuesday he and Mrs. Bentler accompanied their daughter, Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson and children, who had spent the summer here, to their home in Gregory, and it seemed he was better than he had been for some time. A stroke of paralysis some months ago had impaired his health, but he was thought to be making a very satisfactory recovery.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, Ray and Earl Bentler, of Houston, two daughters, Mrs. Frank Hebert, Houston and Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson, Gregory and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home conducted by Rev. George F. Gillespie, and Rev. J. G. M. Ramsey, with interment in Palacios cemetery under direction of the Brandon-Duffy Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, September 7, 1939

John Bentler

John Bentler, who died at his residence in this city, Wednesday, September 6, 1939 was born in Bowne, Kent County, Mich., November 13, 1861, of German immigrant parents.

On October 30, 1883 he was married to Miss Martha E. Rush, who has been his faithful companion for more than a half century. Mr. Bentley moved with his family to Palacios in 1909 and continued to make this his home. He united with the Presbyterian church, October 19, 1913, on profession of his faith and baptism. He was a faithful attendant of services and active in different departments of the church work. For a time he was absent due to ill health however upon partial recovery he resumed his place in the service and was present for the Sunday morning services before his death on Wednesday.

Besides the widow, four children survive, two sons, Ray M. & Errol J. Bentler, of Houston, two daughters, Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson, Gregory, [Mrs. F. H. Hebert].

Also three grandchildren, Billie John Bentler, Lucile and R. C. Wilkerson, Jr. and to these we join their numerous friends in words of consolation and sympathy. Services were held at the home of the departed Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. George F. Gillespie, after which the remains were taken to the Palacios cemetery and tenderly laid to rest under the direction of the Brandon-Duffy Funeral Home.

Among the out of town relatives and friends here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Eli Hallman, Toledo, Texas, a cousin and only relative in Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Curtis, Houston; Mrs. D. Vercher, Houston; Mr. Frank Porter, Houston; Mrs. J. C. Wilkerson and daughter, Misses Elizabeth and Ruby of Wharton.

The Palacios Beacon, September, 1939


Raymond M. Bentler


Raymond M. Bentler, son of Mrs. John Bentler of Palacios, was born February 25, 1885 in Brown Center, Kent County, Michigan, and passed away in Houston, Friday, September 16, 1949.


When one year old, his parents moved to Barton, North Dakota, where they resided until 1909 when the family moved to Palacios.


On December 29, 1920 he and Miss Irene Brown were married, and they moved to Houston, where he resided until the time of his passing. To this union was born one son, Billie John Bentler, who resides in Seattle, Wash.


Survivors besides his wife and son are his mother, Mrs. John Bentler, Palacios; brother, Errol Bentler of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. F. J. Hebert, Houston and Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson of Needville; one niece, Mrs. A. H. Pierce of Brownfield; and one nephew, R. C. Wilkerson, Jr. of Pledger.


Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock from the Heights Funeral Home, Houston, conducted by Rev. A. M. Dorsett after which the body was brought to Palacios and taken to the home of his mother where services were held at 3 o’clock with Rev. George F. Gillespie officiating.


Interment was made in the Palacios Cemetery under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.


Palacios Beacon, September 22, 1949

Family photos courtesy of Martha Pierce and Charles Henry Fields



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