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Merlin C. Vogelsang
U. S. Army Air Forces

January 29, 1920 - November 26, 1942

Gold Star Mother
Mabel Estelle Hamill Vogelsang



      Lieutenant Merlin C. Vogelsang, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Vogelsang of Houston, died Thursday morning, November 26, at 9:45 from injuries received in a bomber crash in Florida at 3:30. Two more aviators were killed and three others injured in the crash.

      M. C., formerly of Bay City had been in the air corps for several months. He had been married four months to the day and his wife was living with him in Florida. He was not assigned to the flight that proved so disastrous, but had volunteered to take the place of another aviator who had pneumonia.

      Besides his wife he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Vogelsang, a sister, Merie Estene, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. G Hamill of San Antonio and grandmother, Mrs. N. M. Vogelsang of Austin. Also surviving are three uncles, Mr. P. R. Hamill of Bay City, Mr. Claude Hamill of Houston and Mr. Nickolas Vogelsang of Houston. One aunt, Mrs. S. G. Semple of Boerne, Texas, also survives.

      M.C. spent the first few years of his short life in Bay City where he was born and moved to Houston when he was just a youngster, but returned here often to visit with friends and relatives.

Military services were held in Houston, Tuesday morning at 10 and funeral services were held from the Baptist Church in Bay City Tuesday afternoon at 3:30. Interment was in Cedarvale.

The Daily Tribune, November 30, 1942

Attend Funeral Here

Among those who were here yesterday to attend the funeral of Lieut. M. C. Vogelsang who was killed in a plane crash in Florida last week were his wife Mrs. M. C. Vogelsang and her mother, Mrs. Dear of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Vogelsang of Houston, Mr. C. G. Hamill, Mrs. S. G. Semple and Miss Merle Estelle Vogelsang of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Vogelsang and Mrs. N. V. Vogelsang of Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Hamill, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Bob Smith, Mrs. Breeding and Mrs. Farmer all of Houston.

The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, December 2, 1942


VOGELSANG, Mrs. Mable Hamill, age 76, passed away in Midland, Thursday. She was born Dec. 30, 1894 in Rosebud. She was a member of the South Main Baptist Church in Houston. The funeral will be at Taylor Brothers Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 25. The Rev. W. D. Baker officiating. Interment will be in the Cedarvale Cemetery. Survivors include her father, C. G. Hamill of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Merle Estell Goodrich of Midland; one sister, Ethel Semple, Boerne; two brothers, P. R. Hamill of Bay City and Claude Hamill of Houston and four grandchildren. Pallbearers will be E. L. McDonald, Bert Steves, Victor Collins, K. D. Horton, Norman Barkley Sr. and Carey Smith. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge.

The Daily Tribune, September 24, 1971

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


VOGELSANG, Merlin A., 72, passed away in Herman Hospital Wednesday night. Vogelsang's parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Vogelsang, were Bay City pioneers and Merlin was the first baby born in incorporated Bay City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Conrad Winborn officiating. Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Merle Goodrich of Midland; one brother, Nick W. Vogelsang of Bay City; three granddaughters and one grandson. Pallbearers will be P. R. Hamill, James Castleton, T. A. Castleton, Claud Hamill, O. R. Hagaman and Ernest Laswell. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, November 10, 1967


A wedding of the month, very lovely in its solemnization, took place yesterday afternoon at the Baptist Church, uniting in marriage Miss Mabel Hamill, to Merlin Vogelsang, the ceremony being performed at 3 o’clock in the presence of an interested assemblage of relatives and friends.

The decorations of the church were confined to the altar which was beautifully banked with ferns and baskets of cut flowers, and preceding the ceremony, performed by Rev. J. P. Gilliam, Miss Ethel Hamill’s sweet voice was heard in “Elysium” by Oley Speaks. Miss Hamill wore a becoming girlish frock of white Georgette, and pink hat and carried pink roses.

The bridal party entered to the accompaniment of Lohengrin’s “Bridal Chorus,” played by Mrs. E. L. Hawkins.

As the ushers, Messrs. Frank Shaw Taylor and Percy Hamill drew back the pink ribbons which were drawn across the aisles, the matron of honor, Mrs. Chas. Dickey, entered first, wearing a blue Georgette crepe over a rose taffeta drop, black hat and carried an arm cluster of sweet peas. The maid of honor, Miss Carrie Boney entered next, gowned in blue georgette over satin, and carried a bouquet of sweet peas. The little flower girls, Misses Maurine Delano and Margaret Erickson, clad in dainty organdy frocks with pink sashes and carrying baskets of sweet peas and rose petals, scattered flowers in the path of the bride who entered on the arm of her brother, Ellis Hamill, preceded by the ring bearer, Master Nicholas Vogelsang, in a handsome black velvet suit, and carrying the ring in an American Beauty rose.

The bride was met at the altar by the groom and his best man, Austin Castleton.

The lovely bride was attired in a becoming suit of brown, chic little turban and accessories in harmony, and carried an arm cluster of pink carnations.

The bride and groom stole a march on their many friends and well wishers who went to the station to bid them a farewell, and left in their own car, the gift of the groom parents, their destination known only to themselves. They were a safe distance away when it became known that they would not go via the Frisco.

These are two of our most popular young people, who are followed to their new home, a ranch in Uvalde County, by the best wishes of their many friends.

Many beautiful gifts were received by the young couple, attesting the high esteem in which they are held by all who know them.                       

Matagorda County Tribune, April 25, 1919



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