Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 694
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Alvin William, Jr., born 1944, received an
associate degree at Hill Junior College. He
was employed as a foreman at Wilson's
Building Materials, Inc. before becoming
disabled. He resides in Clifton Lutheran
Richard Gene, born 1946, married Kitsy
Bennett. He has a degree in medicine and is
a member of the staff at Clifton Medical-
Surgical Clinic and Goodall-Witcher Hospi-
tal. Prior to becoming a staff member in
Clifton, Richard served with the U.S. Air
Force. He and Kitsy have four children:
Richard Glenn (Richie), born 1970; Barbara
Michelle (Barbi), born 1972; Elizabeth Marie
(Betsy), born 1976; and Rebecca Gayle
(Becky), born 1982.
The fourth child of Alvin and Reva Spitzer
was Barbara who was born and died in 1949.
Alvin had lived in Bosque County for 52
years before his death in 1976. Reva has lived
in Bosque County all her life and resides in
Clifton where she is a member of Immanuel
Lutheran Church. Alvin and Reva were
longtime employees of Clifton Public Schools
and were completely dedicated to their
by Reva Spitzer
Gus Spitzer was born in Washington
County, 1886. He married Matilda Budden-
burg, born 1887, but the date of the marriage
is uncertain. Four sons and four daughters
were born to Gus and Matilda: Albert
Friedrich, Alvin Wilham, Ella, Edna Lena,
Alice L., Lula Minnie, Delmus Thomas, and
Albert Friedrich, born 1908, married Anna
Laura Vanetta. They have two sons: Albert
Delmar, born 1946, who married Jane Worley
and Jimmy Joe, born 1947, who married
Alvin Wilham (1911-1976) married Reva
Humphries Gaustad. They had four children:
Gloria Jean, born 1942, who married A.M.
Anderson, Jr.; Alvin William, Jr., born 1944;
Richard Gene, born 1946, who married Kitsy
Bennett; and Barbara Ann, born and died in
Ella (1913-1918) died from injuries re-
ceived when a wagon ran over her.
Edna Lena, born 1916, married Albert
Henkelman. Their three children are: Helen,
born 1938; Charles W., born 1940; and
Catherine, born 1942, who married Gene
Alice L. (1921-1978) married Alfred Hen-
kelman. They had three children: Rosemary,
born 1953, who married Hugo Anz, Jr.;
William Carl (Bill), born 1956; and Anna E.,
born 1963, who married Mike Murphree.
Lula Minnie, born 1923, married Dan
Duren. They had three children: Joyce, born
1946; Janice, born 1946, twin to Joyce; and
Dan Autry, born 1948.
Delmus Thomas, born 1926, married Hazel
Oswald. Their two children are: Janet L. born
1963 who married David Corpier; and John
Lewis, born 1964.
Gussie Lee died in infancy. Dates of birth
and death are unknown.
Matilda Spitzer died in 1944, and Gus died
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Spitzer, wedding picture.
in 1971. They had lived in Bosque County
since 1924. Four of their eight children are
still living, and three of the four live in
by Reva H. Spitzer
STACHA, ANTON, JR.
Louis Stacha, Jr. (1899-1966), second son
and third child of Louis Stacha, Sr. (1866-
1948) and Anna Kopecky (1866-1937),
married Lillie Kanahek (1905) in 1925; she
was from Hill County. They lived on the
Stacha land in Coon Creek; three children
were born to them: Edward (1927), Margaret
(1931), and Leon (1935).
Besides farming Louis drove the Clifton
school bus from 1942 to 1954, endearing
himself to the students. He was a good
carpenter and helped in community projects,
such as the Beef Club, etc.
All three children graduated from Clifton
High School. Edward attended Clifton Jun-
ior College. He served in the U.S. Navy in
World War II. He and his wife, Lanoe Smith,
had four children: Ila Doret, Eddy, Lanoe,
and Trisha. They now live in the Dallas area.
He is a retired highway patrolman and
continues to operate the home place on which
he grew up.
Margaret, a graduate of Providence School
of Nursing, married Gerard Harrington of
New York in 1955. Born to them were
Kathleen (1956), Joseph Louis (1957), Ther-
ese Ann (1958), and John Francis Michal
(1967). Kathleen was born in Clifton, gradu-
ated from Manalapan High School, New
Jersey, and attended Taylor's Business Insti-
tute in New Jersey. She is a showroom sales
representative in New York Joseph Louis was
born in Bryan, Texas, graduated from Man-
alapan High, and is attending Eastfield
College in Dallas as well as working with
Tillison Computer service in Plano. Therese
Ann graduated from Manalapan, has a
B.B.A. degree and is employed with New
Jersey Transit as an accountant. John Fran-
cis Michal presently attends Manalapan
Leon Stacha, (1935), third child of Louis
and Lillie Stacha, is living in Plano, a
graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in
mechanical engineering, is self-employed in
the lawn irrigation business. He married
Francy Vrba of Hill County, and they have
three sons: Chris, Ricky, and Gary. Chris is
a graduate of Texas A&M; Ricky is a student
there, and Gary is still a high school student.
Joe Stacha, Sr. (1900-1980), youngest son
of Louis, Sr. and Anna Stacha, was born in
Williamson County, Texas, moving to Bo-
sque County in 1913 with his parents, sister,
STACHA, LOUIS, SR.
Louis Stacha, Sr. (1866-1948) circa 1920.
Louis Stacha, Sr. (1866-1948) and Anna
Kopecky (1866-1937), born in Czechoslova-
kia immigrated to Texas in the late 1800's.
They met and were married in Williamson
County, Texas, and in 1913 moved to Clifton
with all four of their children: Anton, Marie,
Louis, Jr., and Joe. They purchased 400 acres
of farm land from Arthur Sorrell in the
community of Coon Creek where they reared
Louis Stacha, Sr. was known as "Grandpa
Stacha" and was highly respected by all in the
community. Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Kelly, neigh-
bors for 30 years, wrote a tribute to him,
which was printed in a local newspaper, to the
effect that in dry years Mr. Stacha would let
the Kellys pipe water from his pasture to
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and two brothers. He married Agnes Urban
from nearby Fairview community in 1921.
They had three sons: Joe, Jr. (1925), Dan
(1929), and John (1934). All were born on the
Stacha land, and graduated from Clifton
High School. John later earned a B.S. degree
in geological engineering from Texas A&M.
He and his wife Helen Macicek Stacha from
Hill County, have two daughters, Sharon and
Donna. They are Dallas residents.
Joe Stacha, Jr. served in the U.S. Air Corps
in World War II. He married Sybil Richard-
son of Longview; they had one daughter,
Dan Stacha was also in the U.S. Air Force
and then attended Texas A&M University.
He then worked at the U.S. Space Station at
Huntsville, Alabama, where he married Katie
Walley; they still reside there.
Joe Stacha, Sr. drove a Clifton school bus
for several years and also farmed. He is
buried in the Clifton Cemetery. Except for
Joe Stacha, Sr., and the infant of Anton and
Annie Stacha, all of the Stacha deceased in
this family story lie buried in St. Mary's
Cemetery in West, Texas.
by Anton Stacha, Jr.
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