"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 . . .
Rockdale, Tex., July 17. -- Mrs. J.P. Heywood died suddenly this morning at 9 o'clock of heart disease. Deceased with her husband was engaged in the millinery business here and was most highly esteemed by all. Galveston Daily News, July 18, 1888