Thursday, October 12, 2017

1916 :: Mrs. Ferguson to State Asylum

Sheriff Allen Hooks was here yesterday morning on his way to Austin with Mrs. Ferguson from the southern portion of the county. The unfortunate lady had been declared of unsound mind and Mr. Hooks was taking her to the state asylum at Austin. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 12, 1916 Page: 7 of 8 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

1904 :: Death of Dr. Sprott

Dr. A.C. Sprott, an old and respected citizen of Rockdale, died very suddenly at his home last Sunday about noon. . . . Dr. Sprott came to Rockdale in the early days of the town's history, and had been a resident continuously ever since. The remains were buried Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the old cemetery, his former comrades, the Confederate Veterans, performing the last sad rites. . . . Dr. A.C. Sprott was born in Alabama in 1818 [sic]. He moved to Texas when quite young and settled at Cold Springs, in East Texas. He came to Rockdale in 1876, 27 years ago. . . . He was a Confederate soldier during the war between the states, and joined Sam Davis Camp, Confederate Veterans, when the camp was first organized in 1890. . . . A.C. Sprott, who was of company K, 14th Texas, Randle's brigade of Walker's division of the Confederate army, in which he volunteered in February, 1862, . . . It was on October the 2nd, at noon when the summons came to him to get ready for that great reunion beyond, . . . The Rockdale Messenger. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 32, No. 37, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 1904 Page: 8 of 8

Friday, October 6, 2017

1932 :: The Passing of J.M. Luckey

With the passing of J.M. Luckey . . . another name has been added to the list of long-time residents of this section who have left the ranks for a more fulsome life and entered into "the joy of their Lord." . . . In 1871, at the age of 20 years, he came to Texas, making the trip from New Orleans to Houston by boat, and from Houston to Brenham by train, where he took passage in an ox-wagon for this section of the state. There was no Rockdale on the map or railroad then in Milam county. . . . The famous Sandow lignite property is now on his old homestead. . . . Mr. Luckey was buried in the family burial plot in Pleasant Hill cemetery, near the community where he had lived so long. . . . Here he rests in peace, after living out his life of more than four score years in helpfulness to his fellowman. . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 6, 1932 Page: 2 of 4

Thursday, October 5, 2017

1922 :: Old Green Residence

N.M. Bullock has bought the old Green residence from the School Board, and is this week moving it from the campus to lots on Bell street in Highland Park, where he will remodel it into a nice 5-room rent cottage. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 50, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 5, 1922 Page: 2 of 8

Monday, October 2, 2017

1913 :: Tidbits from Page Seven

Fresh lot of local-view post cards at Sherar's Cream Parlor. Mail 'em out and be a booster. 

For Sale. Good second hand windmill in fine shape. A bargain. E.M. Arledge.

Lilac. Sept. 29. -- We are sorry to state that the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stevens last Saturday morning and carried away their baby. The remains were laid to rest in the Lilac cemetery Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Services were held by Brother G.W. Whatley. We extend sympathy to the bereaved parents. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger, October 2, 1913

Friday, September 29, 2017

1927 :: Death of Mrs. U.P. Melton

The body of Mrs. U.P. Melton, who died Sunday in Del Rio, was brought to Rockdale Monday afternoon on the Sunshine Special under escort of her husband and his friend, Mr. York, and tenderly conveyed to the home of old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Isaacs. . . . interment was made in the Old City Cemetery. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Melton lived in Rockdale twenty-odd years ago, when Mr. Melton was with the old firm of Isaacs & Lockett. . . . It was while here that they lost their only child, a bright nineteen months old baby boy. The mother was laid to rest beside him . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 29, 1927

Thursday, September 28, 2017

1916 :: Mr. Kennerly in the News

. . . Mr. Kennerly is almost 80 years of age, yet despite that he is still suffering from a bullet wound received in the Civil War, he is quite active. Just 52 years ago this month he was shot through and through, at Morgan's Ferry, Louisiana. The bullet struck him squarely in the center of the breast and passed entirely thru his body. He lay on the battlefield from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. without attention, and has never recovered fully from the wound . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 28, 1916 Page: 1 of 10 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

1906 :: Automobile for Rockdale

Mr. P.H. Perry has ordered an automobile, which is expected to arrive in a short while. This will be the first "devil wagon" for Rockdale, and when it arrives the trouble will begin. We hope he won't bring it out for the first trip on Saturday when the streets are crowded. Rockdale Reporter. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 27, 1906

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1929 :: No Cows Allowed in Cemetery

Notice. No cows are to be tied in driveway leading to cemetery, or in the cemetery. Ladies of the I.O.O.F. Cemetery Association. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 26, 1929

Sunday, September 24, 2017

1903 :: Free Parking!

Rockdale Reporter. (Rockdale, Tex.), 

Vol. 10, No. 34, Ed. 1 

Thursday, September 24, 1903

Free wagon yard just back of our store.

Page: 4 of 10

Mistrots' Free Wagon yard

  Page: 5 of 10

Friday, September 22, 2017

1938 :: Lock o' Hair

Probably the most prized possession of Mrs. J.C. Thomasson, of Milano, is a gold, glass covered locket pin containing a lock of hair from the head of Jefferson Davis, one-time president of the Confederacy.

Mrs. Thomasson's grandfather, Mel Elson, left her the locket. Elson was Aide de Campe to Jeff Davis during the war, and the two were in an enemy prison together. (continued) . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 22, 1938 Page: 1 of 10

Friday, September 8, 2017

1938 Balhorn Buys Concession

E.H. Balhorn, of the Elite Cafe and Ice Cream Store, purchased the concession of the sale of cold drinks, candies, etc., at the Rockdale high school home football games for the season 1938, it was announced Tuesday morning by the concessions committee of the Athletic Council. . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 8, 1938 Page: 1 of 8

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