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
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
Church officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.
Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the , 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.
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
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.
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
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
Family photos courtesy of Martha Pierce and Charles Henry Fields
Copyright 2007 -
Present by the Bentler Family
Mar. 2, 2008
Sep. 15, 2014