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Francis Herreth, Jr. Family

Photos courtesy of Albert C. "A. C." and Georgia Herreth.

Articles were written by Georgia Rice Herreth.

Francis Herreth, Jr. - Union Service Information                Service Record

Back, l-r, Albert C. Herreth, Sr., Henry Herreth, Francis Herreth, Jr., Martin Herreth and John Herreth.
Front, l to r, Anna Herreth Schulte, Katherine Herreth Schulte, Elizabeth Herreth Cusack and Mary Herreth Bunk.



Francis Herreth, Jr. Family

Francis Herreth, Jr., was born in Vienna, Austria, on September 2, 1842, the son of Francis Herreth, Sr., and Mary Haesler Herreth. Francis, Sr. was born in Germany in 1810. His wife, Mary, died and he married second Catherine, who raised Francis, Jr. The Herreths came to the United States in 1859, and settled in Chippewa County, Wisconsin.

On December 21, 1863, Francis Herreth, Jr. enlisted in the Union army and received a three hundred dollar bounty. He stated that he was a resident of Eagle Point, Chippewa County. He served as a tailor in Company A, 7th Regiment of the Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers.

After the war, he returned to Chippewa County and on June 22, 1869, married Anna Swoboda, daughter of Francis Jodleda Swoboda and Elizabeth Rettiz Swoboda. Anna died on February 8, 1873, and was buried in the Church Cemetery in Tilden. On January 27, 1874, Francis Herreth, Jr., married second Katherine Bleskacek, daughter of Adelbert Bleskacek and Katherine Schwarz Bleskacek, who was born on November 21, 1853, in Germany.

In 1878 Francis moved his family to the Dakota Territory to pioneer on Homestead Land in McCook County, later to become South Dakota. He was a successful stockman and farmer there, but in 1891, with his wife’s health failing, he sold his cattle and land and moved to Gainesville, Texas in search of a milder climate. They lived in Gainesville for a while, and then moved to East Columbia, Texas. His son, Joseph, died on June 24, 1895, and his wife Katherine died on July 28, 1895. She was buried in the old cemetery on the bank of the river in East Columbia. Francis Herreth, Jr., moved to Matagorda County in 1896, and bought fifteen acres of land at Ashby. He died there on April 19, 1920, and was buried in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery, Wadsworth, one of the few Union veterans buried in Matagorda County.

The children of Francis Herreth, Jr. and Anna Swoboda were:

John Herreth (June 14, 1870-March 14, 1955), who married Theresia Eiseman of Scotland and resided in South Dakota.

Mary Herreth
, who died young.

Theresa Herreth
, who died young.

The children of Francis Herreth, Jr. and Katherine Bleskacek were:

Joseph Herreth
(November 16, 1874-June 24, 1895).

Mary Annie Herreth
, born on November 16, 1876, who married John Bunk, son of Henry and Viola Siguda Bunk, and has John W. Bunk, George Andrew Bunk, Henry Francis Bunk, Frank James Bunk, Theresa Bunk and Clarence Thomas Bunk.

Barbara Herreth (April 7, 1879-August 25, 1899), who married Tom Petrucha, and had no children—she was the first person buried in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery in Wadsworth.

Martin Herreth
(April 13, 1881-July 21, 1976) who married Hannah Isabell Jones, daughter of Rufus and Lavertie English Jones, and had K. L. Herreth, Rufus Francis Herreth and Edith Beatrice Herreth Elliot.

Henry Herreth
(March 2, 1884-October 18, 1947), who married Gladys Weiss Bowler and had William Henry Herreth, Mabel Louise Herreth and Henry Herreth.

Annie Herreth
(March 23, 1886-April 30, 1967) who married Victor Schulte and had Alma Schulte Bump, Jessie Mae Adams Edmondson Williams, Pearl Beatrice Schulte Ryman and Authur Schulte.

Elizabeth Clara Herreth
(July 11, 1888-November 6, 1972) who married John Cusack and had Richard Cusack, Clarence Clyde Cusack, James Joseph Cusack and Howard Earl Cusack.

Albert Casper Herreth, Sr.
(August 9, 1891-July 21, 1949) who married Elizabeth Clara Gavender and had Lawrence Albert Herreth, Viola Clara Herreth, Lois Annie Herreth, Carl Frank Herreth, Albert Casper Herreth, Jr., Walter Curtis Herreth and Joy Ann Herreth (See A. C. Herreth, Jr. Family).

Katherine Herreth
(February 6, 1894-October 23, 1979) who married Alex Schulte and had Olla Mae Lillian Schulte Logan and Grace Evelyn Schulte Cowger.

Historic Matagorda County
, Volume II, pages 236-237


Early picture of the Francis Herreth, Jr. family. Back, l to r, _____, Martin Herreth and Albert Herreth; Front, l to r, John Herreth, Katherine "Katy" Herreth, Francis "Frank" Herreth, Jr., and Mary Herreth.

Francis Herreth, Jr.

Katherine Bleskacek Herreth? & Francis Herreth, Jr.

Albert C. Herreth, Sr. Family

Albert C. Herreth, Sr. and Elizabeth Clara Gavender, daughter of Alex Martin Gavender and Gohanna “Annie” Bunk Gavender, were married on September 17, 1915, by I. N. Barber, Justice of the Peace, Matagorda County, Texas. (See Francis Herreth, Jr. Family)

Albert Casper Herreth, Sr. was born on August 9, 1891, in Salem, McCook County, South Dakota, and came to Matagorda County in 1896 with his family. He farmed in various locations in Matagorda County and finally settled in Blessing in 1937. He died on July 7, 1949, and was buried in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Elizabeth Gavender Herreth continued to live in the family home and celebrated her eighty-fifth birthday on July 11, 1984, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, A. C. and Georgia R. Herreth. One of her hobbies was sewing, a skill she had learned from her father-in-law, Francis Herreth, Sr., who was a tailor, both for the Union Army during the Civil war and afterwards.

Albert C. Herreth, Sr. and Elizabeth Gavender Herreth’s children were:

Lawrence Albert Herreth
(September 17, 1916-December 1, 1965) who married Martha Ruth Johnson, and had Thomas Albert Herreth and Margaret Ruth Herreth.

Viola Clara Herreth
, born on May 19, 1918, who married Stephen Monroe Rickaway and had Frank Everett Rickaway, Edna Elaine Rickaway, James Edward Rickaway, Stella Ruth Rickaway and Clyde Wayne Rickaway.

Lois Annie Herreth
, born on December 29, 1919, who married first Charles Barlow and had Marilyn Ann Barlow and Joel Edward Barlow. She married second Bryan Smith.

Carl Frank Herreth
, born on April 30, 1925, who married Irene Pecha and had Carl Frank Herreth, Anton Albert Herreth, Carol Suzanne Herreth, David Earl Herreth and John William Herreth.

Albert Casper Herreth, Jr.
, married Georgia Irene Rice Herreth and had Melissa Diane Herreth, Albert Elton Herreth and Brett Ramzel Herreth (See Albert C. Herreth, Jr. Family)

Walter Curtis Herreth
, born on March 12, 1929, who married Jessie Murrell Greenhaw and had Michael Curtis Herreth and a step-daughter Martha Ann.

Joy Ann Herreth
, born on October 20, 1933, who married Albert Lee Rickaway and had Albert Lee Rickaway, Jr., Glenn Edward Rickaway and Barbara Jean Rickaway.

Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, pages 235-236

Albert C. Herreth, Jr. Family

Albert C. “A. C.” Herreth, Jr. and Georgia Irene Rice were married on March 7, 1947, in the First Christian Church of Bay City in a ceremony performed by the Reverend Luke Bolin. They were baptized in the same church on Sunday evening, February 7, 1954, and were both active members. (See Albert C. Herreth, Sr. Family)

A. C. attended schools in El Maton and Blessing, and on January 2, 1945, enlisted in the United States Army, where he received his Parachutist’s Badge and Wings on June 1, 1945, from Fort Benning, Georgia Paratrooper School. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company of the 864th Aviation and Engineers Battalion and sent to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater on August 28, 1945. He received an Honorable Discharge on November 15, 1946.

A. C. was employed by Dow Chemical Company, Texas Division from 1947 until 1973. On April 1, 1976, A. C. was certified as a Senior Engineering Technician by the Institute for the Certification of Engineering Technicians. In 1982 when the Apache Corporation bought Dow’s Petroleum Operations, A. C. retired with 35 years of service, but was then employed by the Apache Corporation in the same capacity. A. C. and Georgia also owned numerous rental properties which were managed by their daughter, Diane.

From 1948 through 1957, A. C. and Georgia were partners with her parents, Rena and Jack Rice in the operation of the Sycamore Inn. The next three years Georgia worked concurrently at three jobs: Church secretary, clerk for the Selective Service and agent for Statewide Modern Homes. In 1970 Georgia completed advanced and instructor’s training at the Ben Shaw School of Modeling in Houston and operated Georgia Herreth’s Studio II from 1973-1976. In 1979 Georgia was elected Bay City’s first woman City Council member and served for two terms. Her political activities were not limited to the local scene. She was an active member of the Democratic Party, was an alternate delegate to the National Democratic Presidential Convention in 1980 and in 1983 and 1984 served as Matagorda County’s first woman County Democratic Party Chairman.

In 1986 Georgia was president of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce. Both A. C. and Georgia were active in numerous organizations, including the VFW, American Legion, Bay City Community Theater, Matagorda County Museum Association, Matagorda County Historical Commission, Bay City and Matagorda County Business and Professional Women and the Matagorda County Texas Sesquicentennial Committee. Georgia was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A. C. and Georgia were charter life members of the Matagorda County Genealogical Society in which Georgia served as president in 1985-86.

Georgia and A. C.’s children were:

Melissa Diane Herreth was born April 19, 1951. She attended Bay City schools and was graduated on May 29, 1969. Diane was an athletic teenager; she played basketball and volleyball in high school, but her greatest talent was softball. She received many trophies for participating in softball and was named to the All State All Star team in 1966. On December 2, 1972, she married Charlie Ray Stavinoha. That marriage ended in divorce in 1973. There were no children. Diane was manager of Herreth Properties in Bay City.

Albert Elton “Abby” Herreth was graduated from Bay City High School in 1971 He attended Wharton County Junior College where he majored in business administration. He later changed his major and attended for an additional two years. He was awarded an A. S. degree in 1975. He was employed by Rugeley Motor Company from 1975-1980, and then worked at Phillips Petroleum Company. Abby was a charter member of the Cradle of Texas Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. As a youth, he was a member of the First Christian Church, but on November 25, 1979, became a member of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

Brett Ramzel Herreth was born in Bay City. He was graduated from Bay City High School in May of 1979 and attended Wharton County Junior College for two years. He was employed as circulation manager for the Daily Tribune. Brett was also a member of the Cradle of Texas Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. On August 3, 1984, Brett married Sandra Lynn Hazlewood, daughter of Carl William Hazelwood and Marlene Margie Gibbens Hazelwood. Sandra had two children from a previous marriage, Shawn Wayne Guess and Justin Lee Guess.

Historic Matagorda County
, Volume II, pages 234-235


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Oct. 3, 2011
Oct. 3, 2011