|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1887|
|Death: ||May 19, 1911|
Annie was the daughter of John Cloud and Pauline Breiten.
She married Will Zuercher on June 30, 1905 in Bexar County, Texas. They had one child, Henry Zuercher. They divorced.
Annie married Jacob P. Volz on November 25, 1909 in Bexar County, Texas. Jake was a professional baseball player.
A few days prior to May 9, Annie moved from one home to another. Jake was out of town playing baseball. She hired P.J. Flaugh, owner of a furniture moving business, to move her furniture and belongings. On May 9, Flaugh had gone to Annie's neighbor's house to purchase some cows. Annie came out of the house to speak to Flaugh and the neighbor. During the conversation, Annie mentioned that she was expecting a letter or two from her husband and that they might have been delivered to her former home. Flaugh offered to take Annie and her son in his buggy to the other house. Annie hesitated but the neighbor assured Annie that it would be okay for her to go with Flaugh.
While they were gone, Jake Volz came home and his wife and stepson were not there. He waited on the porch. Flaugh, Annie and young Henry soon approached the house in Flaugh's buggy. Volz fired shots at them. Flaugh turned the horses and buggy away and headed in the other direction. After a short distance Annie insisted on being let out of the buggy to go home. She told Flaugh that the man who fired shots at them was her husband. Flaugh let her out and headed to his own home.
Annie and five year old Henry walked towards their home holding hands.
From the San Antonio Light May 28, 1911.
"Upon reaching the gate she was confronted by her husband, who asked her where she had been. "Don't ask me now," she is said to have replied. Upon this, Volz fired at her, killing her instantly."
Annie was still holding her son's hand as her body fell to the ground.
Annie's family buried her in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Her father, John had been a member of the Lodge. Her gravestone gives her maiden name. Her family choose not to use her married surname of Volz on the marker.
Custody of Annie's son was initially given to Annie's mother. The boy's father sued for custody and after several court hearings; Will Zuercher was awarded custody of his son. Will Zuercher married Agnes Goebel on March 31, 1910. They had several daughters and Agnes raised Henry as her own.
Jake Volz, after many delays and a change of venue to Galveston, Texas, was found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. The temporary insanity was his jealousy over his assumption that there were improprieties between his wife and Flaugh, the furniture-moving business owner. Sworn court testimony by several witnesses to the buggy ride given Annie on May 9 dispute that the two were ever alone or out of the public's eye that day or the day that he moved her furniture. The defense did not produce any witnesses who may have seen them together on any other day. Despite this, the jury sided with the popular baseball player.
After the not guilty verdict, Jake resumed his baseball career. He later remarried and had one son who died at the age of fourteen. He worked for the Judson Candy Factory in San Antonio.
Annie's marker seems to stand alone and apart from other markers in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Her father's grave is not marked. Her mother, brother, sister and son are buried elsewhere in San Antonio.
Rest in peace, Annie.
Pauline Breiten Mattke (1868 - 1937)
Jacob Phillip Volz (1878 - 1962)
William Zuercher (1884 - 1941)*
Henry H Zuercher (1906 - 1976)*
Annie Cloud (1887 - 1911)
Louis Frank Cloud (1889 - 1971)*
Mary Sofia Fehrmann Benfer (1898 - 1988)**
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: CynC
Record added: Jun 24, 2009
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