Martha Bentler Family
Family of Roy
C. Wilkerson and Beatrice Bentler Wilkerson
Michael Abel Pierce
Lucille Wilkerson Pierce Coulter
MR. AND MRS. JOHN BENTLER CELEBRATE
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY;
Mr. and Mrs. John Bentler observed their
fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home on Pavillion
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
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
South Dakota, where they lived two years.
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
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, Texas, (a newspaper published in Matagorda County,
Texas) Front Page,
dated Thursday, the 2nd of November of 1933
MRS. MARTHA BENTLER,
DIES IN HOUSTON
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.
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,
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
Transcribed by MaryFrances
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
John Bentler Dies Wednesday In
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, 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
Photos courtesy of Martha
Pierce and Charles Henry Fields