Ernest Joseph "E. J." Hierholzer

Ernest Joseph "E. J." Hierholzer[1, 2, 3]

Male 1923 - 2015  (91 years)

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  • Name Ernest Joseph "E. J." Hierholzer 
    Nickname E. J. 
    Born 17 Dec 1923  The Family Farm, Bexar Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Education Austin, Travis Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    The University of Texas 
    Graduation Floresville High School, Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 13 Jun 2015  Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    FamilySearch ID L5CK-FDY 
    Buried Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer (1915-2003) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer (1915-2003) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Person ID I1634  Wendel Voigt Family Tree
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2016 

    Father Otto Julius Hierholzer,   b. 20 Dec 1896,   d. 12 Jul 1977, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Nettie Pearl Blumberg,   b. 17 Dec 1893,   d. 30 Jan 1936  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 30 Jan 1918 
    Siblings 1. Ernest Joseph "E. J." Hierholzer 
    2. Rosalie Hamilton Hierholzer   b. 23 OCT 1925, Wilson Co., Texas;   d. 26 OCT 2014; 
    3. Otto Julius Hierholzer, Jr.    
    Family ID F791  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Otto Julius Hierholzer,   b. 20 Dec 1896,   d. 12 Jul 1977, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Gwendolyn Butler,   b. 23 Nov 1915, Helena, Karnes Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 2003, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship Stepchild 
    Married 15 Jun 1938  [8
    Siblings 1. Ernest Joseph "E. J." Hierholzer 
    2. Rosalie Hamilton Hierholzer   b. 23 OCT 1925, Wilson Co., Texas;   d. 26 OCT 2014; 
    3. Otto Julius Hierholzer, Jr.    
    Family ID F792  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsEducation - The University of Texas - - Austin, Travis Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - - Floresville High School, Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Jun 2015 - Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY: Ernest Joseph (E.J.) Hierholzer, son of Otto J. and Nettie (Blumberg) Hierholzer, was born on a farm in Bexar County in an area that is now a part of Alamo Heights, San Antonio, Texas. When he was about a year old his family acquired a farm in Wilson county between Floresville and Pleasanton, where he grew up and where he resides today. He graduated from Floresville High School and attended The University of Texas at Austin. After farming with his father for a number of years he began work at the Wilson County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (USDA) Office in Floresville. Later, he served as County Executive Director in the ASCS Offices in Crockett, Sutton, and Zavala counties. He then returned to Floresville and became the Wilson County Executive Director before retiring after 30 years of service. Hierholzer has always been deeply devoted to all the family and interested in their genealogy and history, and has researched them for years both in this country and abroad. He has the amazing talent of instantly quoting from memory, with great accuracy, the kinship and vital statistics of numberless families into extended generations. He learned German as a child, and his mother taught him to read and write the old script. One of his hobbies has always been the study of languages. His translations have been highly praised by professional translators! - Pearl Elley Beuthune

  • Sources 
    1. [S389] Letter from E.J. Hierholzer to Wendel Voigt, [Straach ].
      Date: 14 May 1986
    2. [S500] FORWARD TO THE PAST!, p. xvii.
      EDUCATION-BIOGRAPHY: Translations by Ernest Joseph Hierholzer.
    3. [S6] NEW BRAUNFELS: THE FIRST FOUNDERS, VOL II, p. 180.
    4. [S500] FORWARD TO THE PAST!, p. xvii.
      Translations by Ernest Joseph Hierholzer.
    5. [S450] Family Information from Ann Little, [Schaefer p. 478].
      EJ was born on the family farm at the corner of N. New Braunfels and Eisenhower Road, San Antonio, Texas.

      Date: 12 October 2002
    6. [S500] FORWARD TO THE PAST!, p. xvii.
    7. [S940] Find A Grave, 27 June 2016; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=147816978.
      Ernest Joseph "E. J." Hierholzer; Birth: Dec. 17, 1923, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA; Death: Jun. 13, 2015, Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, USA; Note: Ernest Joseph (E. J.) Hierholzer went to be with the Lord of Saturday, June 13th, 2015, after several months residency at the Floresville Residence & Rehabilitation Center. He died peacefully at age 91 years, 5 months, and 27 days. E. J. was born December 17, 1923 to Otto J. Hierholzer and Nettie Pearl Blumberg on his grandparent’s, Joseph W. and Elisa Schaefer’s 200 acre farm at New Braunfels Avenue and Eisenhauer Road in San Antonio, Texas. When E. J. was one, his parents purchased a farm in Wilson County near the Black Hill community West of Floresville, where he grew up and farmed with his father. He attended Borrego, later named Hierholzer school located in the nearby community. He graduated from Floresville High School and attended the University of Texas before returning to operate the family farm with his father. During the severe drought of the 1950s, he began working with the USDA’s Wilson County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service while continuing to farm. In 1979 he entered management training with the ASC and upon completion managed offices in Crockett, Sutton, Zavala, and finally Wilson County, from which he retired in 1987. The family historian, E. J. did extensive research and recording of family ancestry. During his research he made numerous trips to Germany, visiting the birthplaces of ancestors, meeting many extended family and making lifelong friends. E. J. was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer, and sister Rosalie and husband T. L. “Les” Bourland. He is survived by his brother, Otto Jr. and wife Jo Carolyn of Floresville, nephews Hugh Hierholzer and wife Kimberly of Floresville, Chris Hierholzer of Floresville, and Kirk Hierholzer and wife Aubrey of Lompoc, California. Nephew Terry Bourland of Shertz, Niece Linda Bourland Keen and husband Billy of Shertz and numerous great nieces and nephews. Posted at: http://www.vinyardtrevinofuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1608189, Step-Mother: Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer, Memorial # 46283055; Parents: Otto Julius Hierholzer (1896 - 1977), Nettie Pearl Blumberg Hierholzer (1894 - 1936); Sibling: Ernest Joseph Hierholzer (1923 - 2015), Rosalie Hamilton Hierholzer Bourland (1925 - 2014) * [* = Calculated relationship]; Burial: Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, USA; Created by: Kevin; Record added: Jun 13, 2015; Find A Grave Memorial# 147816978.
    8. [S940] Find A Grave, 16 May 2016; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46283055.
      Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer; Birth: Nov. 23, 1915, Helena, Karnes County, Texas, USA; Death: Mar. 26, 2003, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA; Note: From the April 9, 2003 edition of the Wilson County News, Floresville, Texas: Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer was born in Helena, Karnes County, Texas, on Nov. 23, 1915, the daughter and oldest child of Henry Carlton Butler and Janie Lou Gentry Butler. She passed from this life into eternity on March 26, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas. Following her birth, the family lived in Karnes City for a short time before moving to a farm just south of Fairview in Wilson County, Texas. She grew up in a Christian home, attended school at Fairview, and graduated from Fairview High School in 1933. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to San Antonio where she continued her education, graduating from Brackenridge High School. She then attended Westmoreland College in San Antonio, which later became Trinity University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree and later a Master of Arts degree. The family having returned to Fairview, she began her teaching career in 1935, teaching in the Maxwell School near Loire, west of the Fairview community. She later taught at Hierholzer School, Fairview School, and Black Hill School. Following the consolidation of Black Hill, she taught primarily math at Pleasanton High School, but occasionally other subjects, including Spanish. Upon completion of 30 years of teaching, she retired from Pleasanton High School. Shortly afterwards, she was asked to teach math at Floresville High School for a semester when one of the regular teachers was on leave. Afterwards, she was offered a contract and taught math another 17 years at Floresville High School, retiring in 1984 for a total teaching career of 47 years. During that time, she helped guide many a young person by precept and example into the professional world. Even now, one often hears, "She was my teacher, " and "She was my teacher, too." She also taught piano lessons at home for several years. Mrs. Hierholzer was very proud of her family, some of whom were the relatives of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas." There is in her family a beautiful old sampler with the lettering, "Talitha Jane Austin, 1846, " made by her great-grandmother. On June 15, 1938, she was married to Otto J. Hierholzer Sr. The ceremony was performed by his cousin, the Rev. Elmer J. Hierholzer, who was at that time the pastor of the Hackberry Street Methodist Church in San Antonio. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Hierholzer then assumed the duties of a housewife and the rearing and education of three children. She was a very devoted wife and mother, and theirs was a happy home. Their home was on a farm between Floresville and Pleasanton, and she often worked in the field alongside her husband and children. In early life, Mrs. Hierholzer became a member of the Fairview Methodist Church. An accomplished musician, she often was called upon to play the piano during revival meetings at the Methodist and Baptist churches at Fairview. In later years, she transferred her church membership to the Floresville United Methodist Church, where she faithfully attended services as long as her health permitted. She was a longtime member of the Wesleyan Service Guild and later became a charter member of the Womans Society of Christian Service. Preceded in death by: husband on July 12, 1977; father on Feb. 9, 1938; mother on June 16, 1974; brother, Milton H. Butler, on June 11, 1963. Survivors include: three children, E.J. Hierholzer, Rosalie H. Bourland (Leslie), and LTC (retired) Otto J. Hierholzer Jr. (Jo Carolyn); sister, Dorothy Elizabeth Butler; her niece, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Gail Butler; seven grandchildren, Terry Bourland, Linda B. Keen (Billy), Hugh Hierholzer, Chris Hierholzer (Sandra), Kirk Hierholzer (Aubrey), Brian Keen (Rachel), and Devin Keen; six great-grandchildren, Travis Lee Bourland, Dawn Janese Bourland, Natalie Jo Hierholzer, Christopher Hierholzer, Winter Hierholzer, and West Hierholzer. Services were held on Friday, March 28, 2003, at 7 p.m. in the Roy Akers Funeral Home with Dr. Malford Hierholzer officiating. This was followed by services at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2003, in the Floresville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Andy Tyson officiating. LTC (retired) Otto J. Hierholzer Jr. gave the eulogy. One of her favorite hymns, "Amazing Grace" was sung by her niece, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Gail Butler. Interment followed in the Floresville City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Hugh Hierholzer, Chris Hierholzer, Terry Bourland, and Billy Keen, and nephews J.C. Hierholzer and Gary Butschek.; Burial: Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, USA; Created by: H M G; Record added: Jan 03, 2010; Find A Grave Memorial# 46283055.




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