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Saturday, September 10, 2011

1887 :: Drought and Death

Dallas Morning News. September 10, 1887. Rockdale Notes. Rockdale, Tex., Sept. 9. -- Rain is greatly needed here for stock and domestic purposes. Nearly all the cisterns in town are dry and private and public wells are worked to their full capacity.

An infant son of Mr. J.O. Sitman died yesterday of diphtheria and was buried today. Also an infant of Dr. A.C. Spratt was buried to-day.

Friday, September 2, 2011

1939 :: Death of E.B. Phillips

Dallas Morning News. September 2, 1939. E.B. Phillips, 67, Died; Leader at Rockdale. Special to The News. Rockdale, Texas, Sept. 1. -- E.B. Phillips, 67, widely known businessman of this city, died in a hospital at Brenham Thursday night. Funeral services will be held here at 10 a.m. Saturday. 

Mr. Phillips was born in Alabama, but came to Texas when a young man and had been active in the progress and development of Rockdale, Milam County and this section of Texas for forty years. He taught school in his early years. He had served as trustee of the Rockdale School Board and had been president of the Milam County School Board many years, holding that position at the time of his death.

His varied career had included the hardware business, coal mining and farming. He also was a mortician and for the past several years had devoted most of his time to that work. He was president of the Burial Associations Union of Texas.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Perry Phillips; two daughters, Mrs. Laurence Warren of El Paso and Mrs. J.B. Newton of Rockdale, and one brother, R.K. Phillips of Weatherford.