Matagorda County Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks
208 Main Street 28°42’06.22”N 96°12’45.54”W
The decade between 1910 and 1920 was a period of growth and prosperity for Palacios City, Texas, located in western Matagorda County. The Palacios Land and Investment Company was promoting mild climate, excellent growing condition and sea breezes in its booklet, Try This Orange—It May Start You Going South. Immigrants were attracted by the railroad (first to arrive in 1903), by the fishing and oystering, and by the attraction of beginning fresh in a new land.
life Mr. Koerber came to Texas, and made Houston his home. He was
one of the pioneer merchants of that city, a successful business
man, and continued in active business up until a few years ago, when
failing health compelled him to retire, since which he had spent
much of his time in our city and made friends of all with whom he
came in contact.
He was a
man of high ideals and fine character, influential in any community
where he resided. In his passing there is lost to his family a kind
and loving husband and father, and a more than devoted grandfather
to his three small grandchildren, and his friends a most worthy
citizen and associate. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World,
Post Oak Camp of Houston.
December 14, 1882, he was married to Miss Isabella Mullane, of
Houston, who with the one son, J. L. Koerber of this city and a
half-sister, Mrs. A. C. Finn, of Houston, survive him.
remains, accompanied by Mrs. Koerber and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Koerber
and children, were taken to Houston Friday night, where funeral
services were held from the home of Mrs. Finn Sunday, at 3:30 p. m.
nature smiled on this beautiful October day, all that was mortal of
Ollie S. Koerber was consigned to Mother Earth to await the
bereaved relatives and friends the Beacon extends heartfelt
October 14, 1921
PALACIOS INDUSTRY STARTED AS SIDE LINE PROVES BIG SUCCESS
Palacios has one of the biggest little
industries in the state of Texas. That may sound peculiar, but it is
Koerber Products Company producers and
canners of the “Uncle Ollie” brand of tamales, chili and old
fashioned stew, is really not a large business compared to some of
the big national canneries but their products are spreading rapidly.
At the present time “Uncle Ollie’s” cans can be found on the shelves
of grocers from Brownsville to Houston and Beaumont and the fame of
their flavor and richness is spreading daily.
started as a side line industry for J. L. Koerber back in 1921 bids
fair to become one of the major industries of this section of the
state. Prepared under the special formula which is the private and
personal property of Mr. Koerber, his products are meeting with a
wide-spread success that is phenomenal, that is until one tastes
some of his chili, tamales or stew, and then one ceases to wonder.
It is just another case of a friend and customer won by a taste.
Although Mr. Koerber started this
business in 1921 he sold it in 1923 after operating it for two
years. He did this because of the press of his other business. After
several exchanges if finally came back to its originator and Mr.
Koerber has been operating the plant since 1933.
Mr. Koerber came to Palacios in 1919 and
first became interested in the garage business at that time when he
took the Ford agency for the Palacios district. This agency he has
kept and is still operating. In 1921 he took the agency for the
Texas Oil Company and is still the Texaco dealer there.
His plant has about 500 square feet of
floor space and employs 11 people. His Ford agency requires five
more and the Texaco dealership three.
His cannery products are sold only
through jobbers who in turn spread them through the retail
territory. This territory coincides very closely with that served by
the “Hug-the-Cost” Highway, both actual and proposed. Business is
increasing yearly, according to Mr. Koerber and it may not be such a
long time before it will be necessary to increase the size of his
plant to care for the orders. At the present time the plant has a
capacity of 300 cans per day.
Matagorda County Tribune, Century
of Progress Edition, Fifth Section, August 26, 1937
Labels for Uncle Ollie's Products Courtesy of Larry & Carol of Tru-Tex Antique Prints
A lifetime of community service and personal achievement came to an end here last Thursday with the death of James L. Koerber, Sr., a former mayor and civic leader of Palacios.
Koerber, 72, died in Bayview hospital after a short illness. He was buried Saturday at Palacios cemetery following 10 a. m. services at the First Presbyterian Church.
Owner and operator of the Koerber Sales Company, the well-known civic leader came here in 1919 at the age of 35. He was owner and operator of the Ford Motor Company at that time.
In 1925 Koerber was one of the most active community leaders in the Palacios Campsite Association, Inc., movement, which purchased and helped locate Camp Hulen in this area.
He was a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary-Treasurer of the non-profit corporation, which is credited with bringing hard surface roads to Palacios through the location of Camp Hulen in this area.
Koerber also served as alderman, and was both president and on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce.
He was chairman of the first Navigation District for the Palacios area and spearheaded construction of the first turning basin.
Elected Mayor of Palacios in 1948, Koerber was re-elected in 1950, serving as head of the local government until 1952, when he declined to run again for the office.
He was born in Houston in 1884. Survivors include his wife, Ina Mae Koerber, who moved here with him in 1919.
Also, two sons, James L. Koerber, Jr. of Palacios and Eugene Oliver Koerber, Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Mrs. Alvin Hunt, Pasadena, Texas, and Mrs. Sidney Katz of Cleveland, Ohio; and four grandchildren.
June 21, 1956
Funeral services for Ina Mae Koerber were held Dec. 1 at 2 p. m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Doug Blanton officiating. Interment followed at Palacios Cemetery.
Mrs. Koerber was born in Batson, Texas and died Nov. 28, 1985 at Pasadena General Hospital in Pasadena. She was the daughter of William and Azema West Perryman.
Mrs. Koerber was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she sang with the choir for many years. She was a member of the Wednesday Club and the Chamber of Commerce. She had been a resident of the city since 1918.
Survivors include two daughters, Gertrude Hunt of Pasadena and Melba Katz of McAllen; two sons, James Louis Koerber, Jr. of Palacios and Gene Koerber of Houston; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1956.
Pallbearers were Dr. Lee Hunt, Danny Slaven, Richard Bowe, Len Simon, Darres Slaven, Danny Katz, Randy Erekson and Troy Erekson.
December 5, 1985
Palacios—James Louis Koerber Jr., 82, of Palacios, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999.
He was born Feb. 4, 1917, in Houston to the late James Louis Sr. and Ina Mae Perryman Koerber. He was a retired sales manager of Koerber Furniture, a former sexton of the Palacios Cemetery and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Army Air Force.
Survivors: daughters, Katherine Mae Bowe of Houston and Jean Lee Koerber of Nashville, TN.; sister, Gertrude Hunt of Houston; brother, Eugene Oliver Koerber of Houston; and two grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents, wife, Melvina Heyser Koerber; sister, Melba Katz and grandchild, Randy Lee Erekson.
Services will be 11 a. m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Palacios, the Rev. Andy Blair, officiating.
Burial will be at Palacios Cemetery.
Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, (409) 245-4613
Palacios suffered the loss of an active and leading member of the community over the weekend with the death of Melvina L. (Heyser) Koerber at the age of 67. She died Saturday, Oct. 1, 1988 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City following a heart attack.
Funeral services were held at 3 p. m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Doug Blanton officiating. Interment was in Palacios Cemetery.
Born the daughter of James V. Heyser, Sr. and Beulah K. (Lambert) Heyser on January 1, 1921 in Cisco, Tex., Mrs. Koerber moved to Palacios 43 years ago. She retired as tax assessor-collector recently after 25 years with the Palacios I. S. D. tax office. At the time of her death, she was also a commissioner on the Matagorda County/Palacios Seawall Commission.
Mel, as she was known by her many friends, is survived by her husband, James Louis Koerber of Palacios; two daughters, Jean Lee Koerber of Palacios and Katherine Mae Bowe (wife of Richard Bowe) of Houston; a brother, James V. Heyser of Cisco, Tex.; a brother-in-law Gene Koerber of Houston; two sisters-in-law Melba Katz of McAllen and Gertrude Hunt of Pasadena; three grandsons, Troy Erekson, Lance and Rex Bowe; and one granddaughter, Melissa Erekson.
Mrs. Koerber was a member and an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church where she was also on the board of directors of the Presbyterian Day School. Among her many other civic activities, she served on the Advisory Board of the Palacios Area Fund. In addition, she was secretary of the Palacios Cemetery Association and on the board of directors of the Palacios Friends of Elder Citizens.
Pallbearers were Bruce Herlin, Bruce Elliott, Abel “Bink” Pierce, Leonard Lamar, Jimmy Day and Bob Fiorini.
October 5, 1988
Graveside funeral services for Gene Koerber, 75, of Pasadena, TX. were held Oct. 22, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery in Palacios with Rev. Janell Blair officiating.
Mr. Koerber was born May 14, 1925 in Palacios to the late James Louis and Ina Mae Perryman Koerber, Sr. He died Oct. 18, 2000.
He was a resident of Pasadena for the past three years and a longtime resident and band leader in the Houston area. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by a sister, Gertrude K. Hunt of Pasadena; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Melba Katz, and his brother, James Louis Koerber, Jr.