Nicholas Bluntzer

In Memoriam

At San Patricio on Sunday Morning, May 12, 1901, at 11 oclock a.m., the mortal remains of Mr. Nicholas Bluntzer were, by loving hands, gently laid to rest in the peaceful bosom of Mother Earth.

Mr. Bluntzer died at Hot Springs, Ark., at 11 a.m. on the 9th inst. His death was caused from blood poisoning. His body accompanied by his sons, Messrs. Vincent, Peter and John U. Bluntzer and his son-in-law John H. Gallagher, arrived on the S. A. & A. P. Roy at Wade City last Saturday at 11 p.m.

A large number of relatives, friends and old servants met the train and conveyed the body to the ranch.

On Sunday morning the Rev. Father Puig held impressive services in the San Patricio previous to the burial.

An immense concourse of people assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to one, who, in life was so universally loved and honored and nearly every one in the vast assembly felt that they had lost a dear personal friend.

He was buried by the side of his father, who died at Lipantilan in 1872, and his youngest son, who died in 1894. Mr. Nicholas Bluntzer was born in 1835, in the city of Oderin Alsace, at that time a part of France, but since the Franco-Prussian war, one of the Rhine provinces of Germany.

In 1842 he came to Texas with his father who was one of the Castroville colonists. On account of an accident, the Bluntzer family remained at Victoria and did not again rejoin the Castroville colony.

Mr. Bluntzers father revisited Europe several times. He was the founder of Yorktown and brought most of the early settlers to that place from his old home in Alsace.

In 1855, Mr. Nicholas Bluntzer accompanied Gen. Robt. E. Lee, then Col. Lee, of the U. S. Army, and Gen. Van Dorn, then Capt. Van Dorn, of the U. S. Army, as a scout and guide in an expedition against the Comanches. In this expedition he was wounded, being shot in the leg with an Indian arrow.

In 1857 Mr. Bluntzer was married to Miss Justina Peters with whom he lived happily for 44 years and who still survives to mourn her irreparable loss.

In 1859 MR. Bluntzer came to Nueces county and located near the Santa Margarita ferry, and his home has ever since been within a radius of five miles of this place.

Although opposed to secession, he joined the Confederate army and was present at the last battle of the civil war at Brazos Santiago May 5, 1865.

After the war he returned to Nueces county and re-engaged in the cattle business, in which he was eminently successful. For nearly 40 years he has been one of the most prominent and best known stockmen in Southwest Texas. He was keen, shrewd, self-reliant and far-seeing as a man of business; and noted for his sturdy honesty, truthfulness, independence and upright character.

If you have Bluntzer's word, you do not need any bond, was a common expression amongst his friends and neighbors.

Mr. Bluntzer doubtless had many of the faults incident to human existence, but few men lived more blameless life. He was fearless, frank and open-hearted; despised falsehood, sham, show, and ostentation. Outspoken and loyal to his friends. Never downcast or discouraged but patiently and without murmur or complaint, bravely bearing the burdens of life and displaying the greatest fortitude under the most adverse circumstances. Cheerful and hopeful, always looking at the bright side, never pointing to the dark cloud, but always the silver lining, his kindly heart and generous nature made him view with charity the faults and frailties of others, and he invariably offered some excuse in palliation of offences committed against himself. His ear was ever open to the cry of the poor and the friendless. His charity was frequently abused, but he had an abiding faith in the general integrity of mankind and his heart, so tender and true, forever ceased to beat. It may be truthfully said that he left the world better than he found it, and that the world is better for his having lived in it.

His death makes a vacancy in Nueces county that will not be easily filled. He was a man who really and truly loved his fellowmen; and it will be long before his pleasant smile, kindly greeting and helping hand will be forgotten. W. G. S.

Undated newspaper clipping from the scrapbook of Mrs. Nick Bluntzer, wife of son of Nicholas Bluntzer, possibly from the Corpus Christi Crony of the period.

Oct. 30, 2002