Friday, December 8, 2017

1898 :: The Small-pox

It seems Milam county has before it a continued siege with this loathsome disease. . . . One case in Rockdale will cost the business interest more than a two months rigid quarantine. Will our city fathers not stop people from going to and returning from Cameron? Rockdale Messenger. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 8, 1898 Page: 1 of 8

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

1923 :: Letter from First Male Child Born in Rockdale

. . . I was the first male child born in Rockdale, and in the first house, that being the 14th day of January, 1874. My father at that time had ox and mule teams doing grade work and hauling ties for the I. & G. N. railroad which was building there at that time. My father's name was George A. Brown. A family by name of Ackerman built a saw mill and also a small house, it being the first house, and where I was born. . . . Isaac Brown . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. [51], No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 6, 1923 Page: 1 of 12

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1912 :: New Awnings

Another string of new drop awnings is this week being placed and Regal Rockdale will thereby be made to look still more "regaler." 

Mrs. J.R. Rowland is having the carpenters adorn all her block of business houses on Main street with the new style awning. The firms affected are H.M. Campbell, Berlin & Adler, City Panitorium, and the Elite Cafe, a total frontage of more than 100 feet on Main street, with about 75 feet running west on Milam street.

New style awnings, street lights, cement sidewalks and concrete crossings are the biggest aids to town growth and development, and Rockdale is getting them all.  

The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 28, 1912 Page: 5 of 8

Thursday, November 23, 2017

1944 :: Last of Confederate Veterans in County Has 100th Birthday

Probably the oldest citizen in Milam county is Mr. William Persky, of Sharp, who on Tuesday, November 21, reached his 100th milestone.

Mr. Persky has lived in Sharp for the past twenty years and is the father of five sons and a daughter, Mrs. E.J. Rinn, with whom he makes his home.

Mr. Persky is a native of Germany but has lived in Texas since a lad of eight years, coming to America at that age with his parents and settling in Austin county. He is a Confederate Veteran, the last in Milam county. Mr. Persky followed the farming industry most of his life. For the past four years due to ill health he has not led an active life. He is the grandfather of E.H. Rinn of Rockdale. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 23, 1944 Page: 20 of 20

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

1934 :: Victim of Kidnap and Murder, Waco, Former Rockdalian

James Malcolm Stewart, 25, of Katy, Texas, was kidnapped and brutally murdered near Waco last Saturday, his body being found in his car on a country road.

Young Stewart was the only son of Dr. and Mrs. J.M. Stewart, citizens of Rockdale in the early days. His father died on September 7, as recounted in these columns at the time. Young Stewart had been identified with the motion picture industry in California, but came back to Texas on the death of his father. He had driven his mother to Waco and placed her on a bus for a trip to visit relatives at Comanche. The next seen of him he was found dead as above stated.

Joe Averett, 23, and Roy Curry, 26, of Hubbard, were arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder and a series of car thefts and kidnappings which followed the death of Stewart. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 22, 1934 Page: 8 of 8

Monday, November 13, 2017

1902 :: Revised Ordinances of the City of Rockdale

Topics include . . . placing boxes, barrels, etc., on sidewalks, and wagons, etc., on streets . . . selling corrupted or unwholesome food, etc. . . . innkeeper, physician, etc., shall report persons sick with smallpox, etc. . . . leaving and visiting infected houses . . . unlawful burial in the City Cemetery . . . hanging in effigy . . . failing to work street . . . Rockdale Reporter. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 09, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 13, 1902 Page: 7 of 8 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

1936 :: Funeral is Held for Mrs. Hill

Mrs. Hill, eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Walden, one of Rockdale's oldest families, was born and reared here. She graduated with the senior class of the Rockdale public school in 1892.

On April 8, 1896, Katherine Mae Walden was married to James H. Hill. . . . Mr. Hill, who inherited the thriving pioneer bookstore and jewelry business from his father, an early settler, passed away seventeen years ago.

Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Hill continued to run the business and in later years added a cold drink and confectionery department. . . .

Mrs. Hill*, known for her upright dealings and sterling traits of character was highly esteemed in Rockdale and throughout this section of Milam County. . . .

The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 5, 1936 Page: 1 of 20

*Mrs. Hill is the maternal grandma of Mary Sue Whipp, 3rd and final wife of L. Ron Hubbard.