"Rockdale, my hometown, is Texas' heart and significant part of its soul," George Sessions Perry wrote in his book, Texas: A World Unto Itself. Perry wrote with lifelong affection about his hometown, first as a novelist and later as a magazine journalist. He describes the pioneers of Rockdale as typical of restless Southerners who hitched their wagons and moved to Texas after the Civil War. . . . Clay Coppedge . . .
The Rockdale Messenger reports the death of old Uncle Jessie Glenn, an old colored man who claimed to be 115 years old. He died in sleep, or rather went out like a candle, no one knowing that he was sick. Dallas Morning News, March 29, 1892