Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1874 :: Death of J E Featherston


The Milam Messenger has an account of the sudden death of Mr. J.E. Featherson, an agent of Glenny & Wagoner, live stock dealers, New Orleans. "He retired to his room Monday night, complaining of a slight indisposition from the effects of a disease of the heart, to which he was at times subjected. Early the next morning he was discovered in an unconscious and dying state, and died about 2 o'clock Monday evening. Austin Weekly Statesman, October 29, 1874

Saturday, October 26, 2013

1911 :: Death of Henry Irby


Cameron, Tex., Oct. 25. -- Milam County Grand Jury adjourned today. It found forty-six indictments, thirteen felony and thirty misdemeanors. . . . Tom Johnson, against whom complaint had been made charging him with the killing of Henry Irby Monday near Thorndale, was not indicted. Dallas Morning News, October 26, 1911

Friday, October 25, 2013

1895 :: New City Hall


Twenty-Eight Years Ago [in 1895] . . . We visited Rockdale last week and noticed many improvements being made. The city hall is nearing completion. Judge Perry, C.H. Coffield and others are putting up handsome residences. The Cameron Herald, October 25, 1923

Monday, October 21, 2013

1953 :: Polio Victim Buried


Mrs. Raymond Elliott, Polio Victim, Buried. Special to The News. Rockdale, Texas. -- Funeral services for Mrs. Raymond Elliott, 26, polio victim who died in an El Paso hospital, were held from Phillips & Luckey Chapel here, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Elliott, the former Bertha Mae Seelke of Rockdale, was stricken two weeks ago while with her husband, Staff Sergeant Elliott, who is in the Air Force at Las Cruces, N.M. Besides her husband, she is survived by two small daughters, Marsha Carroll and Patricia Lee, and her mother, Mrs. Dora Hunt Seelke of Austin. Dallas Morning News, October 21, 1953

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

1903 :: Death of J T Thweatt


Cameron, Tex., Oct. 14. -- J.T. Thweatt, an aged and respected citizen of Milam County, died yesterday afternoon at his residence in Maysfield at the age of 70 years. He had resided in that community for the past forty years. He was a Confederate soldier, and a member of the Masonic Lodge, and also a member of the Knights of Honor. The funeral services were conducted this afternoon at Port Sullivan. The deceased was Justice of the Peace of precinct No. 2 of this county for a number of years, and was for several years postmaster at Maysfield. Dallas Morning News, October 16, 1903

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

1898 :: Death of Elder W T H Beezley


Rockdale, Tex., Oct. 14. -- Elder W.T.H. Begely [sic, i.e., Beezley] died in this city on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in his 76th year. He had been a minister of the Baptist denomination for forty-two years, and for all that time had preached the gospel in Milam, Burleson and adjoining counties. He was one of the pioneer preachers of this county, having settled here in 1848, when the buffalo were plentiful here as jack rabbits are now. He was widely known throughout central Texas for his sterling qualities and his uncompromising religious faith.

There never was a time in his ministry that he would not have gone to the stake rather than compromise one tenet of his faith. He was an ex-confederate soldier, having served through that war in Greene's brigade. After the war ended he with a colony of others went to Brazil to escape the reconstruction regime of the federal government. He was not pleased with that country and returned to his old home in Milam county at the end of four years. He leaves a widow and one son and an adopted daughter. His son lives in Temple, Tex., and his adopted daughter, Mrs. J.M. Alexander, lives in Rockdale. Dallas Morning News, October 15, 1898

Monday, October 14, 2013

1894 :: Death of a Convict Guard


Rockdale, Milam Co., Tex., Oct. 11. -- The funeral of Mr. W.M. Curry occurred yesterday afternoon at the city cemetery. Mr. Curry was a young man and at the time of his death was a convict guard, and on Tuesday was killed by the accidental discharge of a shotgun loaded with buckshot near Burlington. Dallas Morning News, October 14, 1894

Thursday, October 10, 2013

1874 :: Zoological and Equestrian Exposition


Galveston Daily News, October 10, 1874


Appearing in Rockdale, Texas on the 10th of October . . . in the year 1874!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

1899 :: Sons of Confederate Veterans


Appointed Sponsor-at-Large. Cameron, Tex., Sept. 30. -- Lieut. Gen. Brant H. Kirk, commanding the trans-Mississippi department of the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, has appointed Miss Alice Antony, daughter of ex-Congressman E.L. Antony, a sponsor-at-large to represent the entire west for the Sons of Confederate Veterans at their reunion to be held at Dallas Oct. 4. Miss Antony has selected Miss Imogene Hicks of Rockdale, Miss Margie Robinson of this city, Miss Sallie McCullough of Mooreville as maids of honor to attend the reunion with her. They will leave Monday for Dallas. Dallas Morning News, October 2, 1899

1878 :: Death by Chloroform


At Rockdale on Tuesday last, Mrs. Isaacs, wife of Leonard Isaacs, feeling indisposed, retired to her chamber and for the purpose of relieving her headache saturated a handkerchief with chloroform and spread it over her face and when an effort was made to awaken her, she was dead. Galveston Daily News, October 2, 1878