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