Gus L. Gottschalk
The basic industry
is agriculture, and the world over those who are engaged in it are
rendering their kind a service none can dispute. In Texas the
ranching interests are among the heaviest, and some of the most
substantial men of the commonwealth have given their lives to the
work of tilling the soil and raising cattle, and one of them worthy
of special mention is Gus. L. Gottschalk, of Matagorda, a man of
marked efficiency and high standing with his neighbors. He was born
in his present county, October 20, 1856, a son of Conrad and Forona
(Drylam) [Dreyling?] Gottschalk, natives of Germany, who came to the United
States in 1840, landing in New Orleans, Louisiana, from whence they
came to Texas. Four children were born to them, of whom Gus L.
the eldest, the others being: Mary, who married C. F.
Baker of Bay City, had
seven children; and Minnie, who married W. A. Franz, a carpenter and
builder, had four children.
During his boyhood
Gus L. Gottschalk attended the public schools of his home country,
such as they were at the time, and his first work was performed on a
stock ranch. So congenial was the work that he continued it actively
to within the past few years, when he began to take life a little
easier. However, he still owned all of his land, which adjoined that
of the Gulf Sulphur Company, and he had his mineral rights leased
for $5,500 annually. Here was a time in his career when things went
hard with him, and it took courage and constant work to keep his
head above the financial waters, but his industry and far sighted
vision were justified and he became a man of wealth and influence.
Mr. Gottschalk married Miss Katherine Zipprian, a daughter of John and Katherine (Sheppard) Zipprian, and they became the parents of ten children, namely:
Emma B., who was born March 9, 1880, married Philip Yeamans, a fish and oyster merchant of Matagorda, and they had thirteen children;
Gustave, born Aug. 20, 1883, who was a stock man of Matagorda County, unmarried;
Lela who was born March 9, 1885, married William Waltham, an employee of the Gulf Sulphur Company, and they had two children;
Arthur, who was born Sept. 15, 1886, married Vera Burke of Matagorda and was employed by the Gulf Sulphur Co.; Minnie, who was born May 14, 1888, married Clarence Gilmore, a rice farmer and stock man and they had one child;
Henry, who was born Sept. 21, 1890, employed by the Gulf Sulphur Co.;
Bertha, who was born Aug. 1, 1891;
Johnnie, who was born May 21, 1892, was employed by the Culver Shell Co., Matagorda;
Herbert, who was born Apr. 7, 1894, married Jewell Kelly and they had one child; and
Willie, who was born
April 27, 1900, was unmarried and postmaster at Gulf.
In political faith Mr. Gottschalk was a Republican, but he did not seek public office. He was an Episcopalian. His ranch of 930 acres was not his only property; he also owned a very desirable town residence in Matagorda. Both he and his wife were very proud of their children, all of whom did well and were a credit to their parents and community in which they were born and reared.
Genealogical Society Publication, Oak Leaves, Vol. 8 #4,
Mrs. Frona Gottschalk died at the family home in Matagorda Sunday morning at __ o’clock, aged 63 years. Interment took place at the Matagorda cemetery…by a large assemblage of those who had known this good woman and maternal head of a most…
Death came suddenly, at a time when she was thought to be greatly improved after a long illness. Mrs. Gottschalk had suffered for years of rheumatism, and recently had been with Mrs. Chas. Baker, her daughter, here. Under skillful treatment and tender care she had grown much better, and a few days ago had asked to be sent back home saying that she believed another breath of the sweet sea air of old Matagorda would make her wholly well. Her wish was granted, and for a day or so in the atmosphere of the beloved old place she revived and grew hopeful of complete recovery. But yesterday morning a call from her summoned a nurse to her side, and she died within a few minutes, presumably of heart failure.
Mrs. Chas. Baker and Mrs. Wm. Franz, daughters of deceased, went down yesterday. Gus Gottschalk, a son, lives at Big Hill. All are among the best citizens of our county, worthy descendants of a good mother.
Unknown newspaper, June 20, 1904
Services will be held for Annie Jewell Gottschalk, 75, of Matagorda, 10 a. m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church of Matagorda.
Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Jack Stephen Lowery.
Gottschalk died July 20, 1982 at the home of her daughter in Fresno.
Survivors include husband, Herbert M. Gottschalk of Matagorda;
daughter, Evelyn Deyoe of Fresno; brother, Jessie Smith of
Matagorda; sisters, Mary Ueckert and Fleda Cantin of Bellville;
grandson, Anthony Mireless of Iowa Colony; great-grandson, Greg
Mireless of Iowa Colony.
Gottschalk was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church of Matagorda.
Burial will follow services at Matagorda Cemetery.
Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins Bay City Funeral
July 21, 1982
Bertha Gottschalk, 75, a resident of Matagorda, passed away at the Matagorda General Hospital December 30. Survivors include: 1 brother, H. M. Gottschalk of Matagorda; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held January 1st at 10:30 a. m. at the Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda with Rev. James Abernathy officiating. Interment was at the Matagorda Cemetery with pallbearers being: A. V. Smith, Joe Smith, Doug Yeamans, Neil Yeamans, Clancy Baxter, and Savage Watkins. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Charge of arrangements.
January 2, 1973
The family and other relatives were crushed, and friends were shocked when Sunday the early morning brought the sad tidings of the sudden passing of John C. Gottschalk, 46, who was in the grocery business in Bay City.
His death was caused from a heart attack and his wife was the
only one with him at the time, 4:00 a. m.
The Duffy Undertakers brought the remains to Matagorda and here
prepared for burial and the casket taken to the family home
where the remains lay in state until Monday afternoon. Rev. Paul
Engle conducted the funeral rites before a large assemblage of
relatives and friends.
The floral offerings were beautiful. There were relatives and
friends here from Newgulf, Boling, Bay City and other towns,
that followed the remains to their last resting place in the
Matagorda Cemetery in a deluge of rain. His wife and near
relatives surviving him are: four brothers, G. D., A. E., H. R.
and H. M Gottschalk; five sisters, Mrs. Will Watkins, Mrs. W. R.
Davidson of Newgulf, Mrs. Phillip Yeamans, Mrs. Minnie Gilmore
and Miss Bertha Gottschalk of Matagorda. He was the son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Gus Gottschalk.
He was a native Matagordian where all his life was spent until a
few months ago he went into a grocery business for himself at
Bay City. Previous to his going to Bay City he and J. B. Hawkins
were in the grocery business together here for several years.
The subject of this sketch was a thorough gentleman in every
sense of the word and made many friends by his ever courteous
treatment to everyone alike and he will be missed for a long
time by all who knew him. With sadness the deepest sympathy of
their friends are extended to the bereft ones.
Matagorda County Tribune,
November 31, 1937
Funeral services for Vera Burke Gottschalk, 89, of Matagorda, will
be held 11 a. m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, Matagorda,
with the Rev. Jack Lowery officiating. Burial will be in Matagorda
Mrs. Gottschalk was born April 27, 1895, in Matagorda County and died at 1 p. m. Feb. 19, 1985, at Matagorda House.
She was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County.
Survivors include a granddaughter, Martha Jo Smith of League City, Texas; two great grandchildren, Sarah and Adam Smith of League City; and a son-in-law, Joe Smith of Matagorda.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Smith, on Dec. 9,
Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.
February 20?, 1985
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Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
Apr. 11, 2007
Oct. 24, 2011