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.

Friday, November 3, 2017

1898 :: A Very Sudden Death

Miss Katie Lockwood, age 20 years, of Harris county, who had come to Rockdale a few weeks ago to make her home with her uncle, Henry Lockwood, was taken with black jaundice Wednesday night the 25, and died Friday at 12 o'clock. Her father died on the 29th of last month. Brother Henry Lockwood has the sympathy of all the good people of Rockdale in his bereavement. Rockdale Messenger. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 3, 1898 Page: 8 of 8

Thursday, November 2, 2017

1916 :: Public Dinner

The ladies of the Cemetery Association will serve dinner on Gentry Bros. circus Day, Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Simms building. A good dinner for 25c. Your patronage solicited. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 2, 1916 Page: 8 of 8

1922 :: Death of John Ellis

Mortuary. John Ellis, one of the oldest citizens of Rockdale, died at the home of his daughter south of town Tuesday and was buried Wednesday in the new city cemetery, Rev. G.S. Tumlin, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. Decedent was 68 years of age and came to Rockdale in the early days of the town's life. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 50, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 2, 1922 Page: 2 of 8

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1899 :: Rockdale Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy

Monday afternoon a number of ladies met at the home of Mrs. Fulton, this city, and Mrs. Emma G. Cobb, of Alvin, organized a chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy, to be known as Rockdale Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. . . . Mrs. Cobb made the following timely remarks:

The days of the years of the sixties are numbered with the past; and where are the southern mothers? Nearly all have entered into rest. The few who remain -- grandmother's now -- with gray hairs and faltering steps, will soon join their dead in the land of peace. . . .  
The Rockdale Reporter. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 06, No. 41, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 1, 1899 Page: 9 of 12 [4th column]

Monday, October 30, 2017

1930 :: Burial of Mrs. John Redding

The remains of Mrs. John (Kidd) Redding, who died one year ago in Hollywood, California, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Penn, were brought to Rockdale from California Wednesday afternoon on the Sunshine Special, under escort of a grand-daughter, and placed in a granite mausoleum in the Old City Cemetery. . . . Mrs. Redding resided here with her interesting family for many years. Her husband, John Redding . . . died here suddenly many years ago, so bringing the body here was only a final homecoming to the family. . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 58, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 30, 1930 Page: 4 of 8