September 2nd~Year 7, No 34



    Family and friends of James Wilhelm tell of the joy he brought to their lives, as well as the gift of his friendship and encouragement. James, 85 years old, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015. He was born on January 23, 1930 in Nazareth, Texas to Ed and Margaret Schacher Wilhelm. He was raised in Nazareth and graduated from Nazareth High School in 1948. He married Irene Brockman in Nazareth on January 27, 1953. James served in the United States Army and served in the Korean War alongside his twin brother Jerry.

James was a well-known farmer and rancher in Castro County and was active in the American Legion, Lions Club, Nazareth School Board, Parish Council and Castro County Soil Conservation. James loved to vacation in the mountains with his beloved family, watching Texas Rangers baseball, watching Jeopardy and playing Solo. His grandson, Stephen Birkenfeld, wrote: “He was genuinely excited to talk with me about ginning and farming when I got into this industry. He did what he loved for so many years, and worked his hardest at it. He loved his family, his friends, and his country intensely, but most importantly, he loved God.  I will forever miss his wise cracks, his orneriness, and fun-loving personality”.

James is survived by his wife, Irene Wilhelm of Nazareth, 5 daughters, Juanita Barker of Lubbock, Evelyn Rankin and husband John of San Antonio, Mary Olvera and husband David, Angie Milton and husband Harvey and Jeanie Birkenfeld and husband Clyde all of Nazareth; 3 sons, Tim Wilhelm and wife Monica of Amarillo, Dale Wilhelm of Nazareth and Shawn Wilhelm and wife Charlynn of Dumas, 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

James is preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter, Vickie Chester, 5 brothers, 1 sister, son-in-law, Paul Chester, and daughter-in-law, Janette Wilhelm.

Memorials: American Legion, P. O. Box 81, Nazareth, Texas 79063 or Lions Club, 210 FM 168, Nazareth, Texas 79063.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday in Holy Family Church with Burial following in Holy Family Cemetery.



   After a tough battle against Highland, the Swifts celebrate their 44-38 victory over the number 14 ranked 1A team in the state. Throughout the entire game, the Swifts held a close score and were leading at halftime, 36-22. However, after a rough second half, the Hornets pulled ahead and were leading by two points until senior Troy Gerber ran the ball in for a touchdown with less than 40 seconds left in the game. Obtaining their first win will hopefully carry them to another victory this Friday in the Homecoming game against Southland. The festivities will begin Thursday with the chili supper in the school cafeteria from 5:30-8:00 p.m., followed by the pep rally at 8:00 p.m. at swift stadium. On Friday, the activities will continue with the court procession and announcing of the Homecoming Queen at 7:10 p.m. and the game will kick off at 7:30 p.m.



As the Nazareth Community celebrates Labor Day Weekend with a gigantic day of activity and fun on Sunday, Sept. 6th, we are reminded that “it is the Lord for whom we thankfully labor and receive of God’s bounty.”  The theme of the 2015 parade and day of fun-n-fund raising is so obviously Nazareth – “holdin’on, hangin’in, hand-in-hand.”

By local reckoning, this is our 74th annual event, euphemistically called a picnic since that is how it began with Rev. Norbert Wagner in 1941.  His leadership led not only to additions to Nazareth school, but paved the way for the 1949 Catholic Church.  Community, School, and Church has united for more than 7 decades in this picnic of fun, a day devoted to honoring the down-to-earth labors of our hard-working “hand-in-hand” approach to “hangin’in” then, now, and in the future.


Bake Shoppe from 9 am on

Parade at 10 am

Adult games starting after parade

Roast Beef Dinner from 11 am to 2 pm

(adults $10, kids $5)

Kid’s games from noon on

Auction from 1 pm on, hamburgers from 5 – 8 pm ($5) Video Horse Races from 7 pm till over.


1) Parade Entries: enter by 9:30 a.m. the Legion Hall parking lot coming off FM168 using the County Barn drive way and aiming at Legion Hall.

2) WATCH-OUT FOR CHILDREN – please, watch out for children running to pick up candy at the parade – large implement equipment cannot see small children in front of them

3) After parade, all 4-wheelers must be parked, and the city police will be on duty.


    On Friday, August 28th, the local bank’s super-staff hosted a free-food event in their south parking lot to show appreciation for their numerous customers.

Whelps family

The Vanessa Welps family enjoys the Friday evening refreshments at the Peoples Bank.

It concluded with a crowd of around 150 people from 4 pm to 6pm enjoying a Chili Dog Supper.  The give-away television was won by Korina Portillo of Hart, Texas, employee at Naz Stop.

– – – – NAZ NEWS – – – –

The Castro County Hospital District will be giving shots at the Nazareth Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday, September 16. The shots will be ministered from 8:00 a.m. until 12. Please bring your I.D. They will offer Flu, tetanus, and pneumonia shots.

The Varsity Cheerleaders are selling cookie dough and gourmet desserts until September 11th. If you would like to order some, please contact a High School cheerleader, or contact Nikki Wethington at school 945-2231. Thank you for supporting our organization.

The Branding Iron Benefit for the Nazareth German Heritage Museum is coming up on September 19th from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Yellow Rose Inn. Thank you and hope to see everyone there!

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