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Thursday, May 30, 2013

1913 :: Death of Charley Ramon

Rockdale, Tex., May 29. -- At the Vogel-Lorenz mine, three miles east of Rockdale, Charley Ramon, 10 years old, was shot and instantly killed. Justice of the Peace Ed Gunn held an inquest and rendered a verdict to the effect the deceased met his death from the accidental discharge of a shotgun in the hands of Will Spence, aged 15 years. Dallas Morning News, May 30, 1913

Friday, May 24, 2013

1913 :: Plate Glass and Marble Front

Rockdale, Tex., May 23. -- B. Loewenstein, the owner, has let the contract for a modern plate glass and marble front to be placed in the building occupied by the Rockdale Mercantile Company. The contract price was $4,000. Dallas Morning News, May 24, 1913 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

1913 :: Wreck on the SAAP

Rockdale, Tex., May 22. -- A southbound freight train on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass was wrecked near Lexington, about fifteen miles south of here, this afternoon. Engineer Wardlow [sic, i.e., Waterwall] and his fireman, were both killed. Six cars of cattle were ditched. The wreck was caused by spreading rails, it was said. The engineer and fireman were caught under the engine, which turned over. The engineer was taken out of the wreckage alive, but died from scalds. Dallas Morning News, May 23, 1913 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

1891 :: Grocery Store at Rockdale

Dallas Morning News, May 19, 1891. Rockdale, Tex., May 18. -- Fire was discovered at 2:30 this morning in the brick building on Main street occupied by J.C. Douglass for groceries and restaurant. By hard and prompt work the building was saved, considerably damaged, and the effects of Douglass rendered worthless. The building belongs to the Lasker real estate association; not known to be insured. Douglass carried $600 in stock and $400 on furniture and fixtures.

Friday, May 17, 2013

1887 :: Drowning of Fowler Kopp

Drowned by the Boat Overturning. Rockdale, Tex., May 16. -- Yesterday afternoon while three German farmers were fishing in a boat in the San Gabriel, about six miles north of town, the boat capsized and one of them, Fowler Kopp, was drowned. Deceased was a single man and a tenant on Anton Strelsky's plantation. Dallas Morning News, May 17, 1887

Thursday, May 16, 2013

1913 :: Death of W A Averitt

Rockdale, Tex., May 15. -- W.A. Averitt, a prominent citizen of the Gardner community, five miles south of Rockdale, died at his home. Dallas Morning News, May 16, 1913

1913 :: Death of Beatrice Parker

Rockdale, Tex., May 18. -- Beatrice, 13-year-old daughter of Mrs. Joe Parker, died at the family home here. Dallas Morning News, May 16, 1913

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

1913 :: Building at Rockdale

Rockdale, Tex., May 16. -- Improvements here include the new Coulter brick block of four store rooms, which is now ready for occupancy. 

The new building of the Citizens' State Bank is approaching completion. This building will have one of the handsomest fronts of any in Central Texas. 

E.A. Green is erecting a new gin to have a capacity of 100 bales per day. 

Concrete street crossings and gutters are being laid throughout the business district. More than a mile of new cement sidewalks have been laid or contracted for in the residence section of the city and many of the streets are being curbed. 

The Southwestern Telephone Company has under way improvements that will total $10,000 or $15,000, including new office equipment and the placing of cable lines in lieu of wires. The cable in the business district is being placed underground. 

The Farmers' Union Warehouse Company is having erected a new office building and store room and will engaged in the mercantile business. Dallas Morning News, May 15, 1913

1913 :: Milam County Fair

Rockdale, Tex., May 14. -- The Directors of the Milam County Fair Association held a meeting here and transacted much important business. A program as adopted and will be ready for publication following the report of the racing committee, which committee has been delegated to arrange for automobile races. A contract has been entered into calling for two airship flights on each of the three days of the fair. Steps were also taken for the purchase of land to be added to the park. The fair will be opened on Wednesday morning, July 9, with a street parade and will close Friday night, July 11, with an illuminated automobile parade. Dallas Morning News, May 15, 1913

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

1913 :: Death of Joe Young

Rockdale, Tex., May 7. -- Joe Young, who was stabbed here a week ago in an altercation, died last night as a result of his wounds. Dallas Morning News, May 8, 1913