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, 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, 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
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.
September 22, 1949
Family photos courtesy of Martha Pierce and Charles Henry Fields
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