Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1917 :: Death of Whistling Booker

Alfred Booker, (colored) known as "Whistling Booker," died Monday night at the home of a sister, Ellen Woods, as a result of a stroke of paralysis he received when at work in a cotton field adjacent to Rockdale. . . . according to his own statement, was born near Greenboro, Alabama . . . He was born Sept. 1, 1829 [sic], and came across country with his owners, Gray Booker, the Barkers and others who made Texas history. . . . He was never known to miss a barbecue or Confederate reunion, feeling as he did, that he was the living historian of both white and black, and was part and parcel of the place. . . . His was a life well spent. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 45, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 12, 1917

Thursday, July 6, 2017

1916 :: Just following the flag

"Just following the flag," was suggested at the sight of one 87-year-old ex-slave, Alfred Booker, who in hickory shirt and overalls voluntarilly brought up the rear carrying an American flag. He sawed the postoak block that supported the first raw-hide house in Rockdale, and drilled by hand out of Granite Mountain the 24-foot columns that support the state capitol. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 6, 1916

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

1918 :: Living in Gaither cottage

R.L. Scarbrough has sold his mercantile business at Hicks to J.S. Armstrong, late of Chilton, and has moved back to Rockdale and is living in the Gaither cottage just east of Mineral Park. Lee says he is going to have such a big crop this year he wont have time to sell goods. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. [46], No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 4, 1918

Sunday, March 19, 2017

1936 :: Pounder Twins


Announcement is made of the birth of twin boys to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Pounder, of the Tanglewood community, on March 16. These boys have been christened Clyde Sessions and Claude Barkley. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 19, 1936

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1899 :: Death of Old Uncle Bob Ferguson

Old Uncle Bob Ferguson died on Wednesday last. He was an honorable old negro, well liked by all who knew him. The Rockdale Reporter. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 06, No. 08, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 14, 1899

Saturday, March 4, 2017

1915 :: Burial at Hat Prairie

Hat Prairie. Feb. 22 -- Wednesday, Feb. 17 [sic], the infant of Mr. and Mrs. Obier was buried at Forest Grove. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger, March 04, 1915

Thursday, March 2, 2017

1899 :: Died from Burns.

The little three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Palmer, of near Rockdale, while out in the field caught fire from an old tree which was being burned, and before assistance could reach him the little fellow was most frightfully burned. Medical skill was summoned and put to work to save him but to no avail. On Sunday morning his little soul took flight from this material world and crossed the river into the mysterious land where we all hope to meet our departed loved ones. This is the second time that fire has taken loved ones from Mr. Palmer. In the summer of '88 he had the misfortune of losing his wife and two children by fire. Rockdale Messenger. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 2, 1899

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1924 :: Death of A. Wolf

Mortuary. A. Wolf

Rockdale lost another of her oldest citizens this week when A. Wolf, at the age of 77 years, succumbed to an illness of several weeks superinduced by old age. He died at his home Tuesday evening at 5:30 o'clock. The funeral will be conducted Friday at 4:00 p.m., Rev. Simon Spinneweber of the Catholic church officiating. Interment will be in the Old City Cemetery. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 51, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 28, 1924

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1924 :: Death of Dr. H.C. Black

Monday's State papers carried the news of the death of Dr. H.C. Black, aged 69, at Waco. Decedent was once a citizen of Rockdale, but probably only a few of our older citizens will remember him as it has been about 35 years since he left here. He was found dead in his garage, having suffered a stroke of apoplexy as he was putting his car away after returning from a professional call. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. [51], No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 21, 1924

1924 :: Death of Miss Joe Walker

Miss Joe Walker, aged 73, died at the home of H.C. Newsome in this city Monday. The funeral was conducted Tuesday at the Salty cemetery, Rev. Jesse Garrett of the First Baptist church officiating. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. [51], No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 21, 1924

Monday, February 20, 2017

1936 :: Death of Lillie Tumey

Late News Flash. A daughter of Mrs. T.E. Riddle died in New York Wednesday, and the remains are due to arrive in Rockdale this (Thursday) afternoon. Funeral services will be held in the home of Mrs. Riddle Friday afternoon, interment following in the Riddle family burying ground. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 20, 1936

Friday, January 20, 2017

1910 :: Cleveland Stribling Dead.

Houston Post Special.

ROCKDALE, Texas, January 18. -- Information reached here yesterday of the death at Roswell, New Mexico, of Cleveland Stribling, who formerly lived here. His brother, C.K. Stribling, hearing of his serious illness, left for Roswell Saturday night. Deceased left Rockdale for Roswell about four years ago with his family. The Houston Post, January 20, 1910