Wednesday, April 27, 2016

1944 :: Death of W.H. Marshall



W.H. Marshall Sr., 89, Rockdale pioneer, died at his home here Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. after a long illness.

Funeral services are being held at the family residence here this afternoon at 4 o'clock, with the Rev. R. Burtis Bates, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating, and burial will be in the family plot at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Mr. Marshall was born October 7, 1855, at Richmond, Ft. Bend county, Texas. He came to Rockdale on Feb. 4, 1874, on the first train over the I.&G.N. railroad that came to Rockdale, and in point of years is probably Rockdale's oldest citizen. 


The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 27, 1944


Saturday, April 23, 2016

1914 :: Paul Palmer Dead



Paul Palmer, an aged and respected citizen of the Gay Hill community, died at his home last Thursday evening, aged 81 years, 9 months and 24 days. He was born in Ebersweir, Baden Baden, Germany, June 22, 1832 and came to American in 1840 with his parents and settled at St. Geneveive, Mo. There in 1856 he was married to Miss Carolina Bader, who survives him. To this union eight children were born, five of whom are living -- three sons and two daughters, as follows: Mrs. Mary Menn, of Rockdale; Mrs. Carolina Braun, of Gay Hill; Louis and Joe Palmer of Rockdale, and Paul Palmer of Runnels county. Besides there there survive him 28 out of 43 grand children, and 13 great grand children. He moved to Rockdale in 1875. The funeral was at the Catholic cemetery at Gay Hill on Friday afternoon. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger, April 23, 1914

Sunday, April 17, 2016

1913 :: Death of Rufe Mundine



Rufe Mundine, the colored porter at the McCawley & Neeley saloon, died suddenly Tuesday morning following a hemmorrhage. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger, April 17, 1913

1913 :: John Scott



Kennard Scott, of Seiling, Okla., spent the past week in Rockdale with home folks. He shipped out the John Scott photograph paraphernalie Monday, which takes from Rockdale one of the oldest businesses of which the town could boast. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger, April 17, 1913


Saturday, April 16, 2016

1936 :: Mrs. J.T. Harrigan Dies in Chicago



News has been received in Cameron of the death of Mrs. J.T. Harrigan of Chicago, by Mrs. Ertelle Mitchell, a cousin. Mrs. Harrigan was the former Miss Vivian Bowen and lived in Rockdale. She was a niece of the late J.T. Westmoreland, well known pioneer Cameron citizen who died in 1935. Friends here will be grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Harrigan. Cameron Herald, April 16, 1936

Monday, April 11, 2016

1963 :: Death of Fin Yardley



Funeral services for Finley A. Yardley, former Milam County Resident, were held in Tuson, Ariz. in March. He died March 14. He was reared in the Ben Arnold Community where he attended school and later attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. He once played baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1917 - 1921. He was married to the former Miss Johnnie Patterson of Sharp and Washington D.C. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. George King of Tuson, Ariz., and a son John Yardley of Cape Canaveral. John Yardley is the designer of the Mercury Capsule. The Cameron Herald, (Cameron, Tex.), Vol. 104, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 11, 1963

Friday, April 8, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

1922 :: Death of Joe Bratcher



Joe Bratcher, colored, died in the home of his aunt, Melisa Sanders, Monday night and was buried here Wednesday. Deceased was in the faithful employ of Mayor H.C. Meyer for many years, continuing in his service up to the time he was stricken with the malady that eventually caused his death. Joe belonged to a sturdy pioneer generation whose parents are fast becoming thinner and fewer. Rockdale Reporter, April 6, 1922


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

1923 :: Ladies of the Cemetery Association



The Reporter is again asked by the ladies of the Cemetery Association to state that donations of old cast iron pipe are solicited for the purposes of marking old unknown graves in the local cemeteries. The ladies propose to take this old pipe, paint it white, cut it into suitable lengths and mark all graves that are not otherwise marked. Anyone having any quantity of old waterpipe on hand who will contribute it to this cause will confer a favor by telephoning Mrs. C.M. Sessions. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger, April 5, 1923

Monday, April 4, 2016

1912 :: Bon Voyage



Mr. and Mrs. A. Wolf leave today for Galveston where they will take passage for Europe, their native states of Germany and Austria being their destination. They will remain abroad for several months. All of Milam wishes them bon voyage. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger, April 04, 1912


Saturday, April 2, 2016

1936 :: Rockdale Goes Wet



Milam County voters Saturday broke the 19 year drouth with a deluge of ballots for repeal of the law enacted in 1917 against the sale of liquor. . . . Cameron Herald, April 2, 1936

With a total vote polled of 3,733 -- only about half the county's voting strength -- Milam county went definitely into the "wet" column last Saturday when by a majority of 943 votes Milam county voters declared for legalizing the sale of hard liquor. The ballot read "for legalizing the sale of all liquors," and "against legalizing the sale of all liquors." The vote was 2343 "for," and 1390 "against." . . . Rockdale joined the wet in this election by a vote of 182 to 71. . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 2, 1936

Friday, April 1, 2016

1892 :: Waterworks Accepted



Rockdale, Tex., March 31. -- Tuesday at 4 o'clock the test of the Rockdale waterworks took place in presence of the city government. The fire department turned out for drill with water. Everything came up to contract and was satisfactory. The city council received and settled and Rockdale will have regular water service from now on. The water supply is abundant and first class for domestic and commercial purposes. Galveston Daily News, April 1, 1892