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Friday, April 24, 2009

Rockdale ~ My Hometown

A few weeks ago I found myself looking for blogs that have something to do with my hometown of Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. And among other things, I found that while > < was indeed a blog, it has absolutely nothing to do with my hometown! And since I already have a ten-year-old site at entitled "Rockdale ~ My Hometown" I decided to go ahead and "reserve" for future use. What will I post here? I don't know yet, but since already has an ever-expanding timeline of the life of Rockdale and it's families, I may start posting excerpts from that section.

I received a phone call this a.m. from Joy Graham about the annual Rockdale homecoming. This year's June gathering will be the 75th anniversary of this "reunion" and once again, I will be taking in my boxes of three-ring notebooks which contain a printed version of the timeline from Joy is the current sponsor of which is a password-protected site, so if you would like to view the photos, et al posted there send me your name and email address and I'll send you an invitation.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

1874 :: Courthouse Burns

Galveston Daily News

April 14, 1874

Fire at Cameron
Public Records Destroyed

[Special to the Galveston News.]

Cameron, April 13, 1874.

Last Thursday, about 1 o’clock, this quiet little village was roused by a terrible roaring of fire and cracking of burning timbers. It was soon discovered that the courthouse was wrapped in flames. The discovery was made too late to effect any good, no fire engine being in the place. When discovered, the clerks' and sheriff’s offices were almost entirely gone.

All records, books and papers of the court, tax rolls for last year and assessment rolls for this year, were entirely destroyed. Nothing was saved except the indictments found at the January term, 1874. The deputy clerk, Mr. Homan, had carried these home with him to issue capiases at night.

The work is supposed to be the doings of some one who was indicted, and desired to destroy the papers of his case. A small jug, with a little kerosene oil in it, was found under the steps to the courthouse fence.

A negro has since been arrested on suspicion. It is supposed he was instigated to the act by some white man. The loss is inestimable. Messrs. Ackerman and Smith’s store caught fire several times, but was extinguished rapidly. No other house burned.