Saturday, June 21, 2014

1874 :: Rockdale out to be happy


. . . Rockdale ought to be happy -- she has five notaries public, and in a few days more her city government will be in full operation. -- How often the press is called on to record such criminal carelessness as the following, which we find in the Messenger : "An accident, much to be deplored, occurred in Rockdale on the 16th inst. Mr. Brophy and another young man were playfully struggling with each other; after amusing themselves in this way for some time, they suddenly separated, and each picked up a gun, there being two in the house. The other young man pointed his gun at Mr. Brophy, and through some unaccountable cause it was discharged, the entire contents, being bird shot, entering the face of Mr. Brophy. It is thought that he will lose his right eye. The parties were warm friends and no blame is attached to them, only in their careless use of fire-arms. Galveston Daily News, June 21, 1874

Monday, June 9, 2014

1934 :: Lignite Deposits at Rockdale Sold


Rockdale, Texas, June 8. -- Increased interest in Texas lignite coal, which is found over a large area but has not been mined very extensively, is indicated by the sale of 800 acres three miles southeast of here to H.H. Coffield this week. Much of the land formerly was owned by the Henne & Meyer lignite interests and deposits are untouched. Prices were not announced but cash was paid and purchase made outright, with the price understood to have been large. Purchase was made with the idea of ultimately developing the project and establishing production, Mr. Coffield said, in the belief that the lignite industry is coming back within a few years. Deposits are about seventy feet underground and will be mined by the shaft and hoist method when operations are started. Dallas Morning News, June 9, 1934

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

1929 :: Rockdale Has White Way


Rockdale, Milam Co., Texas, June 3. -- The latest step for Rockdale during the administration of the new Mayor, W.E. Gaither, is the lighted White Way in the business section and other installations of modern lights in the residential sections. Twenty-four ornamental granite posts with 150 candlepower soft white lights attached in the business district and sixty street lamps in the residential sections have been erected. Dallas Morning News, June 4, 1929