David Krumholz was born in New York City on February 11, 1911, and as an infant moved to Tyler, Texas, with his family. His mother came from Poland and his father from Germany. They came because of the anti-semitism in their native lands. He had five brothers and two sisters.
David was graduated from Tyler High School and received his B. S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A & M University. He worked as a technical foreman at Texas Gulf Refinery in Port Arthur for eight years and then went into active duty with the United States troops in 1942 as Commanding Officer for a company of chemical warfare troops, and served in the European Theatre of operations for thirty-seven months. He was retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked for Reconstruction Finance Corporation supervising synthetic rubber plants throughout the nation.
On September 18, 1949, he married Henrietta Greenberg. In January of that year, they purchased a Firestone store in Bay City and moved there from Houston. He operated Davidís Firestone Store from 1950 to 1980, when he retired. He and Henrietta both received real estate brokerís licenses in 1959, and also operated Davidís Real Estate, Inc., later known as Krumholz Real Estate.
David was active in the Bay Cityís Lion Club for thirty years, and became a life member. He served for several years as a director of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and the Bay City Industrial Foundation. He served for four years on the Bay City Independent School District Tax Equalization Board, as secretary. He was a member of Beth David Center and Bínai Bírith, and served as president of both organizations. He belonged to Shearith Israel Synagogue and was a member of its Board of Directors for several years.
Henrietta was born in Richmond, Texas to Minnie and Aaron Greenberg, on August 10, 1919. She moved to Houston with her parents as an infant, and lived there until she was ten years of age. The family then moved to Bay City where she graduated for Bay City High School. She then received her B. S. and M. A. degrees in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from the Texas State College for Women. She then taught in Crystal City High School, Bay City High School, Florida State College for Women, and the University of Oklahoma. During the summer months she directed South Carolina Orthopedic Camps and helped to originate the idea for the establishment of The Texas Lions Crippled Childrenís Camp in Kerrville.
In 1954 she was honored with the Bay City Chamber of Commerce award as Outstanding Woman Citizen, having worked with Girl Scouts, City Recreation Committee, the United Way, Matagorda County Association for Retarded Citizens, P. T. A., Wharton Chapter of Hadassah, Beth David Center, Shearith Israel Synagogue and Shearith Israel Sisterhood. She was honored with a life membership in the P. T. A., received the highest award of Girl Scouting, served for twelve years as regional vice-president for Hadassah and received the Ben Gurion Award for Israel bonds. She served for nine years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bay City Independent School District, and as its secretary and president.
Four children were born to the couple: Karl Krumholz, an architect in Philadelphia; Rozanne Krumholz Rosenthal, a retired teacher living in Fort Worth and mother of three children; Dr. Richard Krumholz, a practicing dentist in Galveston; Pearlynne Krumholz Kudish, who resided in Rome, Italy, where her husband was a medical student and she was writing novels and short stories.
Henrietta Krumholz - 1984
Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, p 297
Photo courtesy of Matagorda
Site of David's Firestone
Store in 2012
By Lana Sweeten
Feisty but modest, David Krumholz describes himself as a "gung-ho" Aggie. At 80, he's the oldest former student of Texas A&M in the county to attend the annual Matagorda County Aggie Muster to be held Sunday at the Hoechst Celanese cafeteria.
Krumholz, who began his four years at the university in 1928, has attended 63 musters, or gatherings, of former students, present Aggies, friends and faculty. First held in 1883, the muster ceremony has changed little. It's always held April 21, San Jacinto Day, and honors those Aggies who have died in the past year. When the name of the deceased is called at the ceremony, someone who knew the person will answer "here" for that person, who could gather with the others only in spirit.
"During World War II, I attended musters in different parts of Europe," Krumholz said. "Aggies seem to smell themselves out."
The smallest muster Krumholz attended was composed of only four former students, but no matter how small the gathering, it was always something special.
"We just shot the bull and had a drink," he said, recalling his military days. "Muster had a very special meaning. We were glad to stay alive. That's all it was. There was nothing else for a human to do.
"There were plenty of Aggies in the war. During World War II, Aggie officers in that war outnumbered those from the two military schools combined."
When Krumholz attended A&M, it was an all-male military school of 3,000 students mostly from small rural towns in the area. His training taught him discipline, and although the faculty was strict on its students, the young cadets still found ways to have fun.
"We found the women. Men will always find women," Krumholz said with a smile. Students from the College of Industrial Arts, A&M's sister school (now Texas Women's University in Denton), used to visit the university to attend dances and meet the young cadets.
We had all the entertainment we needed. We went to corps games. Of course, we had all kinds of sports and even a dance once in a while. There was plenty of hazing, too. It was rough in those days."
But slightly more important than being sociable with the young ladies was the education Krumholz received as an engineering major. He calls his days of enlightenment at the university "the single greatest thing that ever happened in my life.
"They took me when I was just a country boy from Tyler and didn't have enough money. We received an education that was unbelievable in the conditions that we studied under.
"In those days, there weren't very many kids that went to college. There were very few of them that played around."
Krumholz waited on tables for 25 cents an hour to make his way through college. Earl Rudder, former A&M president, also waited tables back then, right at Krumholz's side.
Following graduation, Krumholz worked in the Gulf Oil Corporation until the war broke out then started his own real estate business and Firestone dealership.
Krumholz and his wife have four children, of which he "only got one to go to A&M." One son attended Rice University and two daughters graduated from the University of Texas.
The most memorable quality of Texas A&M for Krumholz was how close he was to his classmates. At his class' 59th reunion held recently, the remaining 200 or so graduates still felt as close as they did the day they left each other.
"I'm honored that I'm still alive and still an Aggie," said Krumholz.
Daily Tribune, April, 1991
Typed by Faye Cunningham
Krumholz home in 2013
23, 2006, David Victor Krumholz age 95, passed away peacefully at
his home with his beloved wife, Henrietta, by his side. He was a
resident of Bay City, Texas for the past fifty seven years. David
was born to Pearl and Sam Krumholz on February 11, 1911 in New York
City. He then moved to Tyler, Texas, where he grew up with his six
brothers and one sister whom all preceded him in death. He graduated
Texas A & M University with honors in Chemical Engineering in 1932.
He was a loyal and true Aggie dedicated to the spirit of A & M. He
served as an officer in Europe in World War II, following General
Patton into Paris and was decorated by General De Gaulle. He retired
as a lieutenant colonel. After his army career, he married Henrietta
Greenberg and soon had a family of four children. He was a caring
father and husband. He owned and ran Davidís Firestone Store in
downtown Bay City until he sold it and retired. Even when he ran the
store, he headed to his beach house on Matagorda Beach every
Thursday afternoon to do what he loved best- fish. He enjoyed all
outdoor sports, playing tennis and chopping his own wood until he
was eighty five. He was devoted to Judaism, and was an active member
of his synagogue, Shearith Israel, in Wharton, Texas. David was a
member of Bay City Lions Club, The A & M Twelfth Man Foundation,
Bínai Brith and was an associate member of Hadassah. He is survived
by his wife of fifty seven years, Henrietta; their son Karl and his
partner Dick Limoge; their daughter Rozanne and her husband Billy
Rosenthal; their son Richard and his wife Betty; their daughter
Pearl and her husband Marc Kudisch. He had eight grandchildren;
Ashli, Ben and Madelyn Rosenthal; Max and Stephanie Kudisch; Chase
and Taylor Krumholz and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 25, 2006
at the Shearith Israel Cemetery in Wharton, Texas. The interment
will be conducted by Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger of Fort Worth, Texas.
Donations may be made to the Hillel of Texas A & M and the Wharton
Chapter of Hadassah.
Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979)
Copyright 2007 -
Present by the Krumholz Family
Mar. 2, 2008
Mar. 2, 2008