Source: Abilene Reporter News, Friday Evening, November 30, 1956
C. F. Ernst, 82, Dies of Stroke; Rites at Winters
Winters Nov. 30 (RNS) - Funeral for C. F. Ernst, 82, pioneer Winters resident, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church.
Mr. Ernst died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at his home after suffering a stroke earlier in the afternoon.
The Rev. H. K. Flathman, paster, is to officiate. A brief religious service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Spill Funeral Home Chapel, followed by the funeral at the church at 2:30 p.m.
Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Ernst was born in Wurtenberg, Germany, on May 4, 1874, and came to the United States in 1883 with his parents.
He lived in Travis, Burnett, and Fayette counties before coming to Runnels County in 1889. On Dec. 27, 1900, he was married to Mary Bunge.
Mr. Ernst farmed near here until he moved to town 2 1/2 years ago.
Survivors include his wife; two adopted daughters, Mrs. Herman Spill and Mrs. Ray Riddle, both of Winters; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Frick and Mrs. Will Minzenmayer, both of Winters; four brothers, Adolph and Louis, both of Winters, Willie of Wilson and Fritz of California; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.