Death of a Well Known Nueces County Citizen at Hot Springs.
A telegram was received in this city Wednesday by Mr. John U. Bluntzer from John H. Gallagher, at Hot Springs, Ark., announcing the serious illness of his father, Nicholas Bluntzer, and asking that he come there at once. Upon receipt of the telegram Mr. Bluntzer prepared to take the first train which he did yesterday morning, Mr. Peter Bluntzer coming in from the country and leaving with him. Mr. Vincent Bluntzer illegible (received) the news in San Antonio where he was at the time, and left here Wednesday night for Arkansas.
Yesterday another telegram was received from Mr. Gallagher announcing the death of Mr. Bluntzer. No particulars were received as to the cause of his death or when he died, but it is supposed he died Wednesday night. His remains we are told, are now en route to Mathis, San Patricio county, and that the funeral will take place probably next Sunday at San Patricio.
With the death of Nicholas Bluntzer, Nueces county loses one of its oldest, most prominent and enterprising citizens, a man highly esteemed by all his acquaintances for his square dealing as well as good example set in the community in which he lived so many years, rearing a large family that any man well be proud of.
Deceased was born in Alsace, Germany, October 29, 1835; came to America in 1842, coming straight to Texas and settling near Goliad, on June illegible 1858 (he married) Justina Peters at Myersville, De Witt County, his bride hailing from the same place in the old country that Mr. Bluntzer did. In 1859, he moved to Nueces County, buying a large stock ranch south of San Patricio fronting on the Nueces River. Here he made his home the rest of his life, improving his large stock interests, and of recent years paying much attention to the raising of corn and cotton, erecting a large gin on his ranch.
By good judgment and attention to his business he accumulated much property in his many years residence in this county; during the past few years he invested largely in Corpus Christi property, where he was a frequent visitor and leaves hosts of friends. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his bereaved widow, five sons and four daughters, viz: Mrs. John Gallagher, Vincent, Peter, Joe and John U. Bluntzer, Mrs. Josephine Timon, Wm. Bluntzer, Justina and Fanny Bluntzer, also one sister, Mrs. Fanny Arnold, of Goliad county.
The afflicted family have the sympathies of many friends in Nueces and adjoining counties in their sad loss.
Photo from the Robert D. Bluntzer collection
Corpus Christi Caller
May 10, 1901
Page 1c col. 3
Research: Msgr. Michael A. Howell
October 30, 2002