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Deanville Texas Webpage


This webpage provides an in-depth history of Deanville Texas and the people that settled that part of Burleson County back in the 1800's.

DEANVILLE HISTORY RELATED LINKS


History of Hranice and Dimebox


Deanville Lutheran Church Website



History of La Grange, Texas

History of The Western Stagecoach in Texas
History of Trains in Texas


History of Steamboats in Texas

Indian Treaty Signed With the Comanches, Kiowas, and Apaches in 1867


The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker.


History of the Tarahumara Indians, a primitive tribe living in modern times.


Another true life tale of life in Early-Day texas


History of the Famous Sam Bass Outlaw Gang


The Western Art of Forest Wood


Cowboys of the Silver Screen.


OTHER FORT TUMBLEWEED LINKS


Own a piece of the Texas Reveria!



16-acre Horse Ranch Available near Georgetown, Texas





Old West Saddles



Vintage Cowboy and Old West Collectibles



Index of Vintage Buckle Catalogs



Western Handbags




Civil War Collectibles


Navajo Rugs, Native Baskets



North American Indian Collectibles



North American Indian Beadwork



Pioneer Relics and Antiques



Old West Saddles



Vintage Cowboy and Old West Collectibles



Index of Vintage Buckle Catalogs



New Western Belts





Tomahawks, Knives, Antlers, Arrowheads, Crafts, Horns, and Snake Skins




Teddy Bear World


Texana Books, Republic of Texas Days






Native American Jewelry.



Timeless Gifts Catalog (crystals, gemstones, fossils, misc)





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By Texas Author and Historian, Leonard Kubiak of Rockdale.

BULLETIN BOARD





Deanville planning for it's 105th Annual Hermann Sons July 4th celebration at the Deanville Hall. The public is invited.







Received the following email from Sandra Edwards (edwardss2@k12tn.net).

I am Sandra Edwards, the Great Great Granddaughter of Clem and Berniece Kaltwasser. That is my Great Great Grandfather standing on the wagon seat in front of the Deanville Cotton Gin in your photo. Later in life he lost his arm in an accident in the Cotton Gin. He was a Justice of the Peace until the accident. My grandmother was their daughter Ruby Kaltwasser. I remember going to Caldwell as a little girl to visit. Grandma Kaltwasser would give us mason jars and we would catch lightning bugs. Thank you for this interesting website. It brings back a lot of wonderful memories.




St. John's Lutheran Church of Deanville celebrated it's CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION on Sunday, June 27, 2010
Photos on the Deanville Lutheran Church webpage (www.forttumbleweed.net/stjohnsdeanville.html).



Katherine Lorine Engelmann Korth, organist at St John's Lutheran Church in Deanville died on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the age of 82.

Katherine was born on August 18, 1935 in Cook Point, TX to Herman and Marie Engelmann. She grew up in Burleson County, and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1953. Katherine married Wilfred Korth Sr. on February 25, 1956. Katherine's first job was that of a caregiver for a young man injured in an auto accident. This set the tone for Katherine’s life of helping others. Her work career included: working in the registrar’s office @ Texas A&M; serving as an assistant for W. J. Alexander Attorney’s office, working in the Caldwell ISD Superintendents office for Mr. Rockett, working at the Rockdale Medical Clinic and working at Alcoa in Rockdale.

Church was very important to Katherine and she was active with numerous groups throughout her life. She served as a Church Council member, taught Sunday school, was a member of the Quilting Group, played piano and organ at Church and also played piano for nursing homes and the Senior Citizen Center.

Katherine was active in Deanville: a member of the Prayer Shawl Committee at St. John’s Lutheran Church, a member of the Sons of Hermann Lodge in Deanville, a member of the Deanville Volunteer Fire Department, and was well known for her noodle making that brought in funds for most of these groups.

Katherine enjoyed gardening, cooking, making noodles, loved spending time with family, especially grandkids and great grandkids; playing dominoes and quilting.

Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Korth Sr.; both parents; a son, Michael Korth; two sisters, Laura Hannes and Estelle Haisler; and three brothers, Albert Engelmann, James Engelmann, and Charles Engelmann. Katherine is survived by her brother, Milton Engelmann and wife Gladys; four children, Wilfred Korth and wife Claire, Glen Korth and wife Debbie, Patty Koscielniak and husband Henry, and Carl Korth; six grandchildren, Wilfred, Kathy, and Krystan Koscielniak, Kabara Proskavich, Jordan Korth, and Bobby Graham; two great grandchildren, Burris Korth and Ignatius Korth; and two sister-in-laws, Velma Bage and Gladys Paholek.
Deanville pioneer, John (Johnny) Frank Gerdes passed away on August 31, 2009 at the age of 90.



Johnny Gerdes was a retired pot room worker for Alcoa Aluminum Company in Rockdale and a rancher in Burleson County. During the mid 1940's, he worked as a longshoreman in the Port of Galveston.
John was active in Deanville: a Charter Member of the Deanville Volunteer Fire Department, member of the Sons of Herman and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Rowena "Lorine" (Reichle) Gerdes; his parents, John Henry and Elizabeth (Ahrendt) Gerdes; a brother, Albert O. Gerdes and a sister, Helen Gerdes.

Survivors include his two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and R. J. Smith Jr. and Deborah and Bill Colley, all of Deanville; five grandchildren and spouses, Lisa Smith and Scott Anderson, John and Casey Smith, Chris Smith, Mary and Douglas Dean and Jessica and Jason Muzny; four great-grandchildren, Dalton, Kymber, Shelia and Madyson; several nephews, nieces, other relatives and numerous friends.


Received the following email from Gloria (Skopek) Pimpler:

Just visited your wonderful website, really enjoyed the stories of Deanville and Hranice and Dime Box as that is where my ancestors settled. J. B. Luedke Sr, , who helped found the St. John Lutheran Church in Deanville was my Great Grandfather. Our family lore has it that he dedicated the bell for the new church. I have heard it rung many times for funerals and services, and even while riding atop a load of hay when it was rung with joy marking the end of WWII. His son, Otto R. Luedke, my Grandfather, was a charter member, Sunday School Supt for 25 years, played the organ for services, and even swept out the church on Sunday mornings and stoked up the old wood stove when it was cold.

His other son, J. B. Luedke, Jr. was also a very active part of this church and its congregation. I have a picture I can send of the church dedication in 1917 and my mother was 2 years old, standing in front of the crowd outside the church.

I was baptised there and have many happy memories of the times we went to church there. Otto R. Luedke lived on the farm next to the John Gerdes farm. He at one time, managed the gin in Deanville with his brother. John B Luedke Sr. had 12 children...all buried in the St. John Lutheran cemetery.

My grandmother, who married Otto R. Luedke, was Mary Brinkmann, sister to Gus Brinkmann, and daughter of A. F. Brinkmann.

I especially enjoyed the pictures of Mary Maresh's 100th birthday party. She is a very dear lady and always greeted us so warmly when we visited at church.

My Great Grandfather on Dad's side was August Skopik, a Civil War Veteran who contributed to the Haranice school and cemetery. His son was August Walter Skopik who raised 12 children at San Antone Prairie, one of them, my Dad August Laddie Skopek (spelling changed somewhere along the way) My Mom and Dad met at the SPJST Hall in Deanville, and my sister and I enjoyed some dances and Fourth of July celebrations there too.

So I greatly enjoyed reminescing through all your history of that area. You have done a great job. I would also like to add that my husband Carroll and I graduated from Rockdale High School, he in 1956 and I in 1957. We married there at Peace Lutheran Church in 1958. I think you went to school there too?

I will keep checking this website for more info. Thank you for all your efforts.

Gloria (Skopek) Pimpler




DEANVILLE, BURLESON COUNTY, TEXAS AREA HISTORY

The area that is today Deanville, Texas was once the home of various Indian tribes dating back some ten thousand years. In the 1800's, the area that became known as Deanville was occupied by roving bands of Tonkawa Indians; a nomadic hunting and gathering people that camped along the rivers and streams of much of Central Texas. Although the Tonkawas were generally regarded as friendly by the Anglo-Americans who began to settle among them during the early nineteenth century, their horse stealing ways were a continual source of annoyance to the anglo settlers.

Hunting parties of Caddo Indians from East Texas, also considered peaceful by the settlers, roved westward through the area as far as the Colorado River in pursuit of buffalo. The territory of the future county also lay within the range of more hostile southern Wichita peoples, such as the Tawakonis and Wacos, and the Comanche Indians. Raids on the white settlements by small parties, typically seeking horses, seemed to become more frequent during the middle and late 1830s. In 1840, President Lamar sent the Texas army to drive out all Indians (many were resettled in Oklahoma; others relocated their camps to Mexico). The federal census of 1850 indicated no Indians were present in Burleson county although the heavily-wooded streams could not be totally checked.

The uncleared areas of Deanville and the areas along the area creeks are covered by hardwood forests with post oak, blackjack oak, hickory, elm, and hackberry trees. The streams are fringed by thick stands of water oak, pecan, and walnut. Much of the Deanville area has many varieties of prairie grasses including bluestem, Indian grass, tall bunchgrass, and buffalo grass. Burleson County is also located along the Luling Fault Zone with vast reserves of petroleum and natural gas and deposits of lignite coal–yet. Deanville is also home to many wild animal species including white-tailed deer, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, fox, bob cat, and opossums.

SETTLEMENT OF THE DEANVILLE AREA (1840's)

In the late 1840's, Horatio Chriesman moved his family from Washington County to what is now Deanville and was soon followed by other pioneer families giving rise to a settlement in the new state of Texas.

Chriesman was a colonial statesman, Methodist lay leader, and pioneer in Burleson County who came to Texas in 1822 from Kentucky. Horatio Chriesman was a surveyor in Austin's Colony(1823-1836). He was also a military officer in General Sam Houston's revolutionary army during the Texas War for independence; in 1837 Chriesman served on the commission to choose the site of the Capital for the Texas Republic. Horatio Chriesman married Mary Kincheloe. After Mary's death, he married Augusta Hope. He had eleven children.

However, the town of Deanville was named for James L. Dean who established a general store in the new settlement in 1870 and became postmaster of the first Deanville post office in 1873. Dean's store provided supplies for the area settlers and for cattlemen driving their herds down the Chisholm Trail (which passed nearby).

During the Civil War, the unattended longhorns proliferated and Confederate Army veterans returning from the war built up herds by claiming unmarked cattle and branding them. At that time a steer was worth about $4. Up north, that same steer sold for about $40 which was the motivation behind the Texas cattle drives.


Tending a Longhorn Herd near Deanville just off the Old San Antonio Road (Chisolm Trail).

Deanville Named for Trading Post Owner, James L. Dean

James L Dean, son of James Lemeul Dean and Judith Bowers, born Oct 9, 1841 in Quincy, Gibson County, Tennessee was married to Josephine P Dunn on April 21, 1869 in Burleson County ,Texas and the couple appears on the 1870 Census for the Western District of Burleson County. James L. Dean is shown in the August 1, 1870 Census as a store clerk owning some 250 acres of land and a home and his wife's occupation is listed as a house keeper.

The June 1880 census lists Dean at 38 as a merchant (having established his general store in 1870), his wife Josephine was 30 years of age, and they had four children: Olivia age 8, Edna age 5, Anna age 2, Jewel age 10 months.

DEANVILLE POST OFFICE ESTABLISHED (1877)

In 1877, a post office was assigned to Deanville which initially operated out of the Dean Trading Post and General Store.


Trail Drivers Shopping at the Deanville Trading Post




Fritz Miman's Store-Early Day Deanville

By the early 1880's, Deanville was a growing town supporting a church, a steam engine, a cotton gin, a post office, and a gristmill.

The first Methodist church and school in the area was called Chriesman Chapel named after Horatio Chriesman who had it built. The First Methodist church was also used by the local Methodist congregation.

A public school (Texas Common School District 9) was established in Deanville in the early 1880s and operated until 1973, when it was merged with the Caldwell Independent School District.

The Houston and Texas Central Railway reached Deanville in 1913 bringing new life to the community.




Deanville Train Depot.
The Houston and Texas Central Railway reached Deanville in 1913.

A century later, the Deanville Heritage Foundation has been formed to retrieve and restore the old depot to its original glory.
The Deanville Heritage Foundation received a boost from Deanville area residents who came out in strong support of the Deanville railroad depot restoration fundraiser on the night of June 3, 2016.

To Date, the Deanville Heritage Foundation has acquired title to the depot and warehouse and the original tract of land where the depot was originally built. In 2014, the depot was moved back to it's original location and restoration began. In 2018, two projects have been authorized by the board with 100% funding in the bank: a chimney restoration project and a roofing project. Subcontractors have been identified and work should begin soon.


Deanville Heritage Foundation Director and former President, Wayne Wolz, donated a load of firebrick to restore the old chimney in the Deanville Depot. He was joined by fellow members of the Deanville Heritage Foundation who helped load the brick on the trailer including President Tommy Ryan, Sec/Treasurer Leonard Kubiak and his wife Lynda, and Director Tom Simek and his wife Patsy Simek.




Deanville Depot relocated to its original site on land donated by Deanville Heritage Foundation Vice President, Tammy Jones and husband Bennie Jones.




Deanville Warehouse donated to the Deanville Heritage Foundation by area residents, the Wolz family.




Deanville Warehouse Outhouse, relic of the past.

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Deanville Street Scene in 1916. Blacksmith and Drug Store




HISTORY OF ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH

In June of 1910, the St. John's Lutheran congregation was organized by Martin Weiderhold, John Seibert, Ernest Zwernemann, and John Luedke, Sr. with the help of Rev. A. H. Falkenberg.

For the next seven years, the congregation worshipped in the old Bauer church building until enough money was raised to purchase land and build the new church next to the Bauer Church building.



Original St. John's Lutheran Church of Deanville completed in 1917.



Old building that once served as a congregation home for the Baer Church around the turn of the century. According to Bishop Michael Rinehart, Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pastor Carl Baer baptized Tennie Zwernemann (Marburger) in 1904 and Louise Suehs (Schwartz) in 1905.

From 1910 to 1917, the old church building also served as the temporary home for the Deanville St. John's Lutheran Church congregation until their new church was completed in 1917.

According to area native, Larry Maresh, " The old church building was moved, expanded and became Lee Woltz's store. Saturdays, people came in to buy or sell live chickens, eggs, have a beer, buy groceries or get a haircut from Mr. Lee. I remember some who came mostly to visit and they would spend most of the afternoon. Of course there was a competing store across the street, somewhat larger, owned by the Mimans and then Jodie Lesikar.It was always interesting to watch the two store owners try and steal each others customers, but people mostly traded with one or the other".

This historic old Deanville building now stands directly across from the Deanville Bank. According to Barbara Smith the building that became the Wolz store was originally the old Baer Church located adjacent to where the original St. John's Lutheran Church was built.

The formal dedication of the St. John's Lutheran Church took place in 1917 with the donation of the church bell that currently hangs in the new Lutheran Church built in 1966.

The church established an adjacent cemetery in 1918. The congregation prospered and a new church building was erected here in 1966.


Early Day Congregation at St. John's

The original bell, housed in a tower at this site, continued to herald the commencement of worship services. This congregation has played a vital role in the community's civic, social, and religious development.


New Deanville Lutheran Church, completed in 1966.

Photo of Deanville Lutheran Church Cemetery
Deanville Lutheran Church Cemetery (established in 1918)

See St. John's Lutheran Church of Deanville


SON'S OF HERMAN LODGE (1916)

The Order of the Sons of Hermann was initially organized in New York City in 1840 by a small band of men of German descent. Hermann, for whom the order was named, was an early folk hero known as Hermann the Cherusker (Cherusker is the name of the ancient German tribe to which Hermann belonged).

By 1921 (5 years afer the Sons of Hermann lodge was established in Deanville), the Texas Hermann Sons Order went on its own with more members than all other Sons of Hermann lodges in all other states combined.


Photo of the Sons of Herman Hall in Deanville Texas
The Son's of Hermann Lodge, established in Deanville in 1916, sponsored July 4th celebrations , dances, BBQ functions and other social events for the town of Deanville. This lodge is still going strong almost a century later.

Photo of the Sons of Hermann Hall in Deanville Texas
Another view of the Sons of Herman Hall in Deanville.



Poster of bands that played at Hermann Hall in Deanville Texas in 1966
Poster of bands that played at Hermann Hall in Deanville Texas in 1966


Fritcher's Garage (1940)



Photo of Deanville Bank
Present day Deanville Bank

Photo of Deanville Fire Department Building
Deanville Fire Department and social center of Deanville.

Photo of John H. and Elsie Gerdes Homestead (1900) in Deanville
Photo of John H. and Elsie Gerdes Homestead (1900) in Deanville



While Deanville initially grew with the support of the cattle drives and ranching, cotton was always an important part of the local economy.

Picking Cotton in Early-day Deanville Cotton Fields.



One of two early-day Deanville Cotton Gins. Clem Kaltwasser, Justice of the Peace is shown standing on the wagon in front of the Deanville Cotton Gin. Later in life he lost his arm in an accident in the Cotton Gin.



At one time, Deanville had two cotton gins, a cotton warehouse, two garages, a drugstore, a barbershop, a blacksmith shop, a cafe, a large general merchandise store, a produce house, a butcher shop, a lumberyard, an icehouse, a machine welding shop, and a dry-goods store.

One of the natives of Deanville around the turn of the century was Hattie Wysong who died recently at the age of 94. She has two daughters, Wanda Cade of Bayard, Lula Andrews of Dallas, Texas, three sons, Autrey Wysong of Cottage Grove, Oregon, Jesse Wysong and Allen Wysong both of Bayard, ten grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

John Maresh, Jr.; Deanville Blacksmith in the 1930's

Another prominent settler in early-day Deanville was John Maresh Jr. who was the local blacksmith in Deanville in the early 1930's.
Photo of Deanville Blacksmith, John Maresh Jr. (Center) in training under C. Kaltwasser Blacksmith and Wheelwright
Photo of Deanville Blacksmith, John Maresh Jr. (Center) in training under C. Kaltwasser Blacksmith and Wheelwright



Photo of Deanville Blacksmith, John Maresh Jr.
Photo of Deanville Blacksmith, John Maresh Jr. in his Deanville Blacksmith Shop

John was married to Julia Muzny. John also had three brothers that lived in Deanville including:
William John Maresh
Jim Maresh
Adoph Maresh

John and Julia Maresh had two children:
Eldie John
Margaret


John (Jay)Cameron Maresh, Deanville Farrier

Decendants of John and Julia Maresh still live in Deanville including grandson, John Cameron Maresh, the local farrier in Deanville.
Photo of Jay Cameron Maresh, Deanville Farrier
Photo of John (Jay) Cameron Maresh hard at work in his grandfather's profession.

As a farrier, John Maresh provides essential hoof care services for the horses under his care including the trimming and balancing each horse's hoof for precise fitting to the shoes. Unlike his grandfather, Jay Cameron's blacksmith shop is the back of his pickup truck.

Gus Brinkman, Another Deanville Businessman in the 30's

Another prominent settler in early-day Deanville was Gus Brinkman, born on June 6, 1893, to Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Brinkman in the Birdsong community of Burleson County. Gus lived and farmed in Birdsong until 1930 when he bought the cotton gin in Deanville. Gus was the oldest of a family of fourteen.

In 1931, he moved his family to Deanville. He acquired the water works and furnished water to the residents of Deanville. As the years went by, he added other businesses such as house moving, grist mill, well drilling, and shipping wood. He employed from four to ten men besides his own sons, depending on the season. Gus became a director of the Deanville First State Bank in later years.


Gus and New Bride. Gus married Emma Fojtik on July 31, 1913 at Galveston, Texas.

Emma's parents, Frank and Rosina (Vaura) Fojtik, came to this country from Czechoslovakia. Emma was born on April 17, 1894, in Burleson County. Emma had two brothers, Emil and Frank Fojtik. The Fojtiks also lived at Birdsong. When Gus bought the gin in 1930, Emma ran the farm and raised the best cotton crop of their married years (made thirty bales of cotton that year). Emma loved working with her hands. She did her own gardening and canning. In her later years she took up quilting and was quite good at it.

Gus and Emma had five sons: Jake, Gussie, Ernest, Stonewall, and Jimmy andn four daughters: Annie, Alma, Roselee, and Mildred.

Jake married Gladys Mahlman and had four daughters, Glenda Gay, Bonnie, Victry, and one daughter died at birth. Jake drove the school bus and worked with his dad for many years. He moved to Caldwell, and then to Bryan where he died in 1976. He is buried in Bryan. Glenda is married and has three children. She lives in California. Victry is married and has two children. She lives in north Texas.

Gussie married Sheila Wallace in England. They have four children: Terry, Kevin, Patricia, and Kathy. Gussie lives in Baytown. He served in the Air Force during WWII. Terry is a Catholic priest in Houston. Kevin is married and has two children and living in Baytown. Patricia is married and has two children and lives in Houston. Kathy is married, has two children, and lives in Brownsfield.

Ernest has two sons: Ronnie and David, and lives in Corpus Christi with his son, David. Ernest's wife Helen died in 1976. Ernest served in the Navy in WWII. Ronnie lives in Freeport with his wife and three children.

Stonewall married Rosemarie Balcar and has three children: Keith, Dawn, and Kyle. Stonewall served in the Navy during the Korean War. Kyle died as an infant. The rest of the family lives in Irving.

Jimmy married Betty Burttschell and has two children: Michelle and Kelly. Jimmy bought the family business in Deanville and still lives there. He now works in Caldwell. Betty works at the bank in Deanville. Michelle lives in Austin and Kelly is married, living in Giddings.

Annie married Eldie Dworsky and had one child, Doris. Eldie died in 1976. Annie lives in Houston. Doris is married, has two children, and resides in Houston.

Alma married Burney Mayer and had one son, Rudy. Rudy is married and has one child. They all live in Giddings, where Alma is a real estate broker and Rudy has an equipment company. Burnie is retired.

Roselee married Charles Weir and has one daughter, Diane. Charles died in 1970. Roselee lives in Lubbock. Diane is married, has two daughters, and all live in Lubbock.

Mildred married Doyle Wiederhold and had two daughters: Sharon and Bette. They all live in Houston. Sharon is married and has one child. Bette is married and has two children.

Gus and Emma lived at Deanville until 1968 when Emma moved to Houston to live with her daughter because of ill health. Gus also moved to Houston in 1969 because of ill health. In 1971, Gus and Emma entered Hennessey Nursing Home in Giddings. Gus died on October 18, 1976 and was buried at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery at Deanville. Three months later on January 16, 1977, Emma died and was also buried at St. John's Cemetery.

Early Day Resident , T.F. Mays, Recalls Civil War Battle of Milliken's Bend


The Deanville and Caldwell area sent many young men into the Confederate army. The following battlefield account was provided by Deanville resident, T.F. Mays in 1914.

"This is June 6, 1914 and it very vividly calls my mind back to this day 51 years ago, 1863, when we charged over breastwork at Milliken’s Bend on the Mississippi River and engaged in one of the bloodiest fights for about one hour that was ever fought. We marched all the day before the battle and lay on our arms during the night within a mile of the battle ground and just as day began to dawn we received orders to prepare for battle and resumed our march to meet the enemy and within a few hundred yards of the enemy we had to concentrate our men and cut through a Boisdac hedge and the enemy began firing on us before we could deploy columns and about fifty of our men fell, but we were only a few minutes in making our way to the levee behind which the enemy was fortified and they proved to be mostly Negroes. We charged right over on them and within a very short time we completely demolished the entire enemy, killing 750 Negroes while we never lost a man after we got to the levee. Blood was in the trenches several inches deep in places after the battle. I was a member of the 17th Texas Volunteer Infantry, Col. R. T. P. Allen was our colonel and Wash Jones was our lieutenant colonel. Though the battle was led by the illustrious General E. McCullogh who has long since received his reward, not only as a faithful Confederate soldier, but as a faithful Christian soldier of the cross of Christ.

Among the brave Burleson County boys who participated in that famous and hard fought battles were: B. H. Carroll and his two brothers, Will Ike Heslep, C. C. Harvey, Billy Brymer, T. M. Hunt, Beverly A. and John Porter, Tom Ridgeway and Jack Allbright, the two latter being killed in the first charge and many others were there who I can’t call to mind as I am only quoting from memory.

Now I am a citizen of Burleson County and my address is Deanville, Texas and I am writing this synopsis of the battle at the request of some of the old boys who were there and if I have made any misquotations, I stand corrected. I was born and raised in the that little historic town of Bastrop and was the eldest son of Judge Thomas H. Mays and if any of the dear old 17th see this, I would be glad to hear from them".

T. F. Mays
June 6, 1914

Early-Day Deanville Postmasters

In 1873, a post office was assigned to Deanville which initially operated out of the Dean General Store with James L. Dean as postmaster.

Subsequent postmasters of the Deanville Post Office included:
Womble, J. C., 27 Jun 1877
Dean, Jas. L., 3 May 1880
Donath, Adolph F., 2 Jan 1894
Wilkinson, John R., 6 Mar 1901
Donath, Adolph F., 15 Oct 1901 (Declined)
York, Dewitt C., 16 Nov 1901
Donath, Adolph F., 20 Jun 1903
Wolle, Elo F., 2 Sep 1905
Connolly, Jas., 17 Mar 1908
Radtke, Henry L., 4 Mar 1912
Radtke, Lula M., 16 Feb 1915
Griffin, Harry L., 3 Apr 1917
Seibert, John C., 13 Mar 1919


Photo of Deanville Post Office
Photo of Deanville Post Office (Jan 2008)


DEANVILLE CITIZEN CELEBRATES 100th BIRTHDAY

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, the citizens of Deanville, family, and friends celebrated Mary Prazek Maresh's 100th birthday. Mary came to Texas on the Orphan train and has lived in the Deanville area over 98 years. Mary and her husband, Vince Maresh, were married in 1926 and had four children: Delphine May, Beverly Blinka, James Maresh, and Jimmy Maresh.


Vince and Mary Maresh in early day Deanville (1926).

Mary has four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. As a young girl, Mary Maresh attended Prarie Dale School and attended the Catholic church in nearby Frenstat. Mary is a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Deanville.


Two beautiful Maresh ladies celebrating a birthday (Lynda Maresh Kubiak on left, Honoree Mary Maresh, 100 years young on the right).


Cake dipicting the reason for the big celebration in Deanville. And yes, it tasted as good as it looks!!


MARY MARESH OF DEANVILLE CELEBRATES HER 101 BIRTHDAY!

Looking prettier than ever, Mary Maresh and her family celebrated her one hundred and one birthday.















MARY MARESH OF DEANVILLE CELEBRATES HER 102nd BIRTHDAY!

In fine form, Mary Maresh and her family celebrated her one hundred and second birthday.



Deanville and St' John's Lutheran Church hosted the celebration of Mary's 102nd Birthday.






The St' John's Lutheran Church hosted the celebration of Mary's 102nd Birthday.



Lynda Maresh Kubiak of Rockdale visiting with her Aunt



John Cameron (Jay) Maresh, local Deanville Farrier in attendance of his Aunt's celebration along with scores of well-wishing family and friends.
Mary Maresh lived to the age of 105.

Cemeteries in the Deanville Area



Deanville Lutheran Cemetery. Located on FM 60 S in Deanville at the Lutheran church.
Beaird Cemetery. Located 3 miles SE of Deanville on County Road 126.
Chriesman Chapel Cemetery. Located 2 miles W. of Deanville San Antonio Prairie Cemetery (also known as the SPJST Cemetery). Located 8 miles SW of Caldwell (SE of Deanville).

San Antonio Prarie (also SPJST) Cemetery

San Antonio Prarie/SPJST CEMETERY LISTING





Ora Bell Armstrong 12 Sep 1910 – 9 Mar 1986




Albert James Becvar 16 Feb 1936 – 15 Dec 2011
Janice Kay Becvar 25 Feb 1947 – 10 Jul 1988



Bonnie Fay Blaha 31 Mar 1940 – 31 Mar 1940
Joe Blaha 30 Aug 1906 – 18 Sep 1978
Millie Milady Dusek Blaha 17 Feb 1915 – 10 Jan 2010



Cecilye Blinka 9 Nov 1890 – 27 Mar 1903



Otillie “Tillie” Hait Breitkreutz 15 Feb 1857 – 16 Oct 1948



Maria M. Bridges 13 Feb 1915 – 3 Mar 2011
Wilson C. Bridges 12 Nov 1914 – 25 Jun 1984



Delores Faye Broesche 22 Jan 1944 – unknown
Delwin C. Broesche 29 Jul 1939 – 11 Apr 1981



Emilie Cermak 14 Jun 1882 – 18 Aug 1945
John Cermak 21 Jan 1882 – 21 Sep 1952



Francis Kutey Dancak 21 May 1871 – 6 Jun 1948
Stepan “Stephen” Dancak 1860 – 1933



Alvin Edward Dippel 13 Mar 1905 – 9 Mar 1986
Lylie Terezie Dippel 15 Oct 1905 – 26 Oct 1988



John Dlabaj, Sr. 15 Mar 1853 – 8 Oct 1928



Frantiska Dlabajova 1853 – 1914



Annie Mary Dlabay 28 Nov 1909 – 28 Feb 1982
Edith M. Dlabay 27 Mar 1914 – 5 Jul 1982
Edward J. Dlabay 16 Oct 1912 – 2 Jul 1945
Francis Dlabay 2 Feb 1875 – 23 Aug 1955
Henry Charlie Dlabay 3 Jan 1911 – 14 Oct 1998
Joe F. Dlabay 28 Dec 1881 – 11 Dec 1939
Joe Steve Dlabay 1 Oct 1904 – 15 Mar 1979
John Dlabay 28 Dec 1885 – 6 Oct 1961
Marie Dlabay 16 May 1889 – 19 Feb 1966



Ella Tracie Dusek 16 Jul 1910 – 27 Jun 1998
Henry Dusek 1 Jan 1869 – 3 Jun 1930
Joe F. Dusek 23 Nov 1911 – 29 Jan 1975
Joe J. Dusek 4 Jul 1884 – 29 Nov 1964
Josef Dusek 1840 – 1924
Joseph Dusek, Jr. 4 Jun 1864 – 23 Nov 1950
Katerina Dusek 1839 – 1920
Lula Mae Watson Dusek 19 Dec 1919 – 10 Feb 2004
Rosalie M. Sebesta Dusek 25 Nov 1866 – 15 Jul 1944
Terezre Kristoff Dusek 25 Jan 1884 – 9 Mar 1977



Louis Ludwig Fillip 30 Oct 1907 – 20 Dec 1980
Victoria Fillip 19 Jan 1912 – 12 Aug 1912
Vlasta Marie Dlabay Fillip 30 Oct 1914 – 31 Oct 2003



Prentiss Franklin “Bud” Fowler 22 Jan 1941 – 16 Mar 2003



Otto Owen Hebbe, Sr. 23 Jun 1943 – 25 Jul 1999



Otillie Hait Hein 15 Feb 1857 – 16 Oct 1948



Bessie W. Hluchanek 2 May 1899 – 23 Nov 1991
Joseph Raymond Hluchanek 19 Aug 1893 – 18 Jan 1967



Anna Holik Holubec 16 Oct 1863 – 23 Feb 1946
Dorothy G. Holubec 20 Oct 1935 – 27 Sep 2001
Ella Hattie Holubec 17 Nov 1912 – 6 Aug 1917
Emil Edward Holubec 21 May 1897 – 6 Feb 1986
Ernest John Holubec 25 Jun 1929 – 18 Jul 1990
Eugene E. Holubec 5 Jul 1921 – 5 Nov 1996
Fannie L. Holubec 22 Jan 1895 – 11 Jul 1977
Gardina F. Holubec 8 Apr 1923 – 8 Apr 1923
Jan John Holubec 1855 – 1927
John J. Holubec 9 Jul 1887 – 11 Apr 1953
John Louis Holubec 9 Feb 1937 – 2 Jun 1972
Jozef Holubec 1860 – 1908
Katerina Spacek Holubec 1836 – 1916
Kathrina Chernskey Holubec 9 Feb 1870 – 6 Nov 1936
Lannis A. Holubec 12 Nov 1933 – 21 Nov 1933
Laura Martha Kiel Holubec 8 Jan 1904 – 9 Feb 1937
Lena M. Holubec 1 Feb 1934 – 21 Oct 2002
Lojska Louise Holubec 1894 – 1933
Martin Holubec 9 May 1866 – 14 Jul 1944
Paul Holubec 1869 – 1931
Rozarie Rosilee Holubec 1853 – 1931
Tom Holubec 1862 – 1928
Tom Holubec 1830 – 1902



Albert O. Jaap 7 Oct 1908 – 18 Mar 1979



Anna Lesikar Jaap 9 Jan 1870 – 16 Jul 1952
Edward J. Jaap 10 Feb 1900 – 15 Feb 1974
John F. Jaap 25 Mar 1895 – 19 Jul 1976
John H. Jaap 22 Apr 1859 – 6 May 1929
William J. Jaap 12 Mar 1903 – 17 Nov 1962



Bobby R. Jackson 25 Jan 1994 – 26 May 2007



Frantiska Jakubik 1855 – 1937
Jan Jakubik 1849 – 1925



Anna Louise Hine Jennings 1 Sep 1885 – 13 Nov 1952
Bruce Martin Jennings, Sr 10 Jul 1880 – 16 Aug 1960



Frances Jurcak 4 Sep 1870 – 17 Jun 1956
Frantisek Jurcak 1837 – 1916
Jan Jurcak 4 Jul 1868 – 30 Jan 1959
Marie Jurcak 1840 – 1912



Raymond Jurica 25 Apr 1913 – 21 Sep 1999
Vlasta Jurica 7 Jun 1914 – 12 Feb 1996



Liddie Lesikar Kieselhorst 18 Dec 1913 – 11 Nov 1966



Charlie J Kovar 24 May 1938 – 10 Jul 2011
Fannie Annie Surovik Kovar 8 Dec 1931 – 22 Dec 2014
Frantiska Kovar 1876 – 1931
John J. Kovar, Jr. 22 Feb 1898 – 8 Mar 1993
Liddie Kristof Kovar 30 Jul 1906 – 28 Sep 1991
Millie M Skopek Kovar 21 Dec 1901 – 29 Aug 1950
Willie J. Kovar 28 Feb 1900 – 29 Aug 1950



Frank Krall 4 Nov 1871 – 7 Jan 1955
Mary Krall 14 Jan 1880 – 12 Jan 1967



Alice L. Heinke Kristof 12 Jan 1910 – 14 Aug 1995
Alvin Edward Kristof 29 Mar 1936 – 16 Mar 1957
Charles Kristof, Jr 8 Mar 1905 – 28 May 1989
Charlie Kristof, Sr 2 Apr 1881 – 2 Jul 1961
Edwin Edward Kristof 21 Dec 1909 – 25 Mar 1966
Ella Milady Kristof 3 Jul 1914 – 25 Mar 1990
Frank Kristof 19 Feb 1874 – 2 May 1964
Frank W. Kristof 30 Dec 1908 – 24 Dec 1987
Henry Adolph Kristof 23 Aug 1906 – 25 Mar 1979
John J. Kristof 15 Dec 1873 – 6 Dec 1918
John L. Kristof 5 Sep 1903 – 26 Oct 1991
Liddie J. Dusek Kristof 3 Sep 1885 – 18 Jul 1967
Lydia A. Lesikar Kristof 12 Jul 1880 – 5 Aug 1959
Lydia M. Kristof 16 Jul 1909 – 31 Mar 1995
Lydia Mary Kristof 1905 – 1984
Mary F. Kristof 19 Jun 1903 – 1 Jul 1994
Milady L. Knesek Kristof 13 Oct 1918 – 8 Dec 2009
Olga Anna Kristof 19 Dec 1907 – 12 Nov 1935
Thrisie Kristof 14 May 1882 – 21 May 1973
Annie H. Kristoff 18 May 1885 – 26 Dec 1959
Edward J. Kristoff 17 Aug 1908 – 30 Aug 1981
Frank A. Kristoff 4 Jan 1906 – 13 May 1973
Jan F. Kristoff 1875 – 1919
Milady A. Beran Kristoff 29 Dec 1909 – 28 Oct 1986



Glenn H. Kuchera 27 Sep 1923 – 26 Mar 1936



Edward Antone Lesikar 1 May 1919 – 30 Apr 1967



Ella Lesikar 19 Oct 1911 – 22 Feb 1993



Fannie T. Dusek Lesikar 13 Jun 1887 – 18 Mar 1969



Frantiska Anna Hejtmancik Lesikar 8 Jan 1889 – 2 Mar 1986



Joe D. Lesikar 18 Apr 1911 – 9 Jun 1984



John Ladislav Lesikar 28 Mar 1877 – 29 Oct 1961



Mattie Ruth Lesikar 23 Sep 1917 – unknown



Miloslav Joseph Lesikar 14 Nov 1883 – 19 Jun 1939



Vincent J. “Vince” Lesikar, Jr 15 Apr 1875 – 10 Oct 1957



Albina Luedke 26 Feb 1902 – 1 Jan 1982



Ed. O. Luedke 30 Sep 1913 – 26 Jul 1975



Adolph Paul Luksa 26 Feb 1902 – 18 Sep 1984



Annie Kovar Luksa 26 Jul 1896 – 24 Jul 1981



Anton Henry Luksa 1 Dec 1906 – 29 May 1982



Clint James Luksa 15 Feb 1936 – 24 Jan 2007



Delores Faye Dusek Luksa 22 Jan 1944 – 7 May 2012



Fannie V Kovar Luksa 31 Mar 1902 – 13 May 1995



Frances Luksa 8 Dec 1871 – 21 Jul 1947



John F. Luksa 3 Jan 1899 – 14 Jan 1969



John J. Luksa 1 May 1878 – 22 Sep 1951



Johnny J Luksa 21 Nov 1941 – 16 Mar 1991



Elizabeth Renee May 19 Oct 1994 – 4 Mar 1995



Robert Casper May 13 Jul 1937 – 11 Mar 1987



John Clarence McConnell 1 Dec 1918 – 26 May 1977



Nora A. McConnell 24 Dec 1928 – 12 Mar 2002



Miladie J. Wotipka McGehee 19 Feb 1910 – 14 Aug 1995



Mary Jo McMurtrey 12 Sep 1898 – 18 Jun 1992



Ella Miller 1902 – 1973



Estelle Lenora Murphy 7 Nov 1920 – 10 Oct 2003



Anton J. Nabelek 7 May 1886 – 7 Jun 1954



Vlasta Chernosky Nabelek 17 Feb 1888 – 8 May 1958



Annabelle Nedbalek 23 Feb 1915 – 11 Feb 1995



Fannie Nedbalek 17 Jun 1884 – 2 Nov 1965



Frank Nedbalek 21 Nov 1891 – 14 Mar 1967



Lydia Mae Nedbalek 18 Jul 1918 – 23 Jul 2006



Betty Kristof Owens 13 Dec 1934 – 8 Oct 1989



Nelson Lee Owens 1 Jul 1930 – 8 Oct 1989



Baby 1 Perkins Birth and death dates unknown.



Baby 2 Perkins Birth and death dates unknown.



Annie Rose Sebesta Pertl 1 Aug 1901 – 23 Oct 1989



Stanislav Otto "Stanley" Pertl 1 May 1894 – 6 Feb 1983



Stanley Dennis Pertl, Jr. 14 Aug 1934 – 16 Feb 1937



Anna M. Peters 30 May 1873 – 16 May 1963



William Peters 14 Jul 1871 – 2 Jun 1941



Annie S. Pinter 23 Dec 1889 – 30 Jul 1975



John Pinter 18 Mar 1886 – 22 Feb 1978



Vlasta A. Pinter 3 Jun 1909 – 13 Mar 1985



Jan Pohorelsky 20 Jan 1854 – 9 Dec 1904



Teresie Pohorelsky 1854 – 1918



Ellna Lydia Schumacher Prazak 16 Jan 1928 – 10 Oct 2013



Raymond R. Prazak 25 Sep 1925 – 15 May 1986



Lydia Mae Hejtmancik Ripple 28 Aug 1898 – 8 Jul 1980



William Joseph Ripple 12 Mar 1899 – 15 Dec 1979



John H. Schumacker 3 Dec 1905 – 21 Sep 1995



Julie Marie Dancak Schumacker 26 Oct 1896 – 2 Aug 1986



Annie Drgac Sebesta 2 May 1875 – 20 Jan 1956



Ella Rosa Sefcek Sebesta 19 Feb 1908 – 9 Apr 1990



Frank Bennie Sebesta 15 Jan 1908 – 20 Dec 1976



Franklin Joseph Sebesta 14 Jan 1938 – 8 Jan 2001



Josef Sebesta 1842 – 1912



Joseph Frank “Joe” Sebesta 11 Nov 1899 – 17 Mar 1983



Joseph V. Sebesta 22 Dec 1875 – 1 Oct 1923



Julia Bravenec Sebesta 21 Jan 1904 – 20 Dec 1984



Patricia Ann Dube Sebesta 24 Oct 1940 – 23 Feb 2014



Rosalie “Rosa” Masik Sebesta 23 Apr 1846 – 10 Oct 1910



Fannie Sefcik 22 Aug 1886 – 30 May 1966



Jan Sefcik 8 Dec 1869 – 21 Nov 1942



Marie Sefcik 1873 – 1924



Adolph Ervin Shiller 18 Jul 1864 – 29 Oct 1943



Anna Leshikar Shiller 7 Nov 1867 – 21 Nov 1944



Edwin Joseph Shiller 3 Feb 1889 – 29 Oct 1947



Steffana Vavra Shiller 30 Dec 1890 – 21 Jan 1975



Frank Shrubar 20 Apr 1905 – 24 Jun 1987



Mary Anna Shrubar 25 Mar 1911 – 10 Mar 1982



Mary Frances Dlabay Sickler 5 Feb 1940 – 13 May 2011



Mary Frances Zacobny Smotek 5 Aug 1938 – 18 May 1978



George Paul Surovik 24 Apr 1924 – 24 Apr 1924



Frank J. Theuber 17 Jul 1888 – 16 Nov 1971



Frank J. Theuber 17 Jul 1888 – 16 Nov 1971



Johnnie Theuber 4 Aug 1908 – 18 Apr 1971



Leo Frank Theuber 29 Jan 1911 – 19 Sep 2005



Minnie O. Theuber 26 Oct 1891 – 13 Apr 1974



Ruth Adelle Hill Theuber 27 Jan 1915 – 3 Oct 1991



Wilhelmina Otillia “Minnie” Hein Theuber 26 Oct 1891 – 13 Apr 1974



Bonnie J. Trnka 25 Feb 1904 – 19 Dec 1987



Jodie B. Trnka 3 Dec 1926 – 8 Sep 1999



Sidonie Hilda Kovar Trnka 19 Oct 1905 – 21 Aug 2002



Edward Vavra 10 Apr 1910 – 1 Sep 1988



Gardina Kubena Vavra 5 Jan 1920 – unknown



Katrin Sernensky Vavra 9 Dec 1871 – 28 May 1938



Milady Vlasta Luksa Walker 1 Jun 1923 – 18 Dec 2012



Freddie Morris “Buddy” Windsor 7 Jul 1932 – 30 Sep 2011



Edward Wotipka 26 Sep 1905 – 31 May 1952



Emily Theuber Wotipka 26 Jun 1882 – 6 Jan 1968



Frances T. Wotipka 13 Aug 1882 – 23 May 1946



Frank J. Wotipka 10 Dec 1878 – 24 Jan 1957



Henry Wotipka 22 Dec 1908 – 18 Oct 1930



John Wotipka 1841 – 1919



Steve Wotipka 1 Apr 1917 – 15 Aug 1954



Thomas Wotipka 1839 – 1864



Wenzle Wotipka 10 Sep 1881 – 8 Jul 1960



Antone Wotipka Wotipkovi Birth and death dates unknown.



Jan Wotipka Wotipkovi Birth and death dates unknown.



Willie Edward Zacobny 2 Oct 1907 – 27 May 1982



Johnny William “Zeke” Zalobny 15 Oct 1942 – 12 Nov 2005



Willie Edward Zalobny 2 Oct 1907 – 27 May 1982









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