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Monday, January 20, 2014

1881 :: Messenger man loses horse

The Rockdale Messenger man has been so unfortunate as to lose his horse. It is a lucky newspaper man who is able to own a horse to lose. Brenham Weekly Banner, January 20, 1881 

1944 :: Death of R.W.H. Kennon

R.W.H. Kennon, pioneer Texas publisher and former Editor of The Cameron Herald and Rockdale Reporter, died in Cisco at 1 a.m. Wednesday, January 19, 1944. Mr. Kennon, advanced in age, suffered a pneumonia attack some weeks ago and was in a hospital in Ranger. Funeral services will be held there Thursday, January 20, with interment in the Cisco cemetery. Mr. Kennon was an uncle of Ben Kennon of Cameron and a brother of the late C.B. Kennon. He established the Rockdale Reporter more than 40 years ago. At one time he edited and published The Herald and was with the plant at Cisco for a long time. The Cameron Herald (Cameron, Texas), January 20, 1944, Page 1

Saturday, January 18, 2014

1877 :: William will not know his own cows

Wm. Plasters, who killed a man [i.e., Willis Parker] last spring in Milam county, has been tried and convicted of murder in the second degree, and sentenced to 6 years in the penitentiary. He was a rich cattleman. William will not know his own cows when he comes out. Daily Brenham Banner, January 18, 1877

1912 :: Found Frozen to Death

Special to The News. Rockdale, Tex., Jan. 17. -- Carl Walter, aged about 70, was found dead in the field of a neighbor seven miles west of Rockdale yesterday afternoon, having been frozen to death in the blizzard last Thursday night. Mr. Walter was a carpenter and had been to a neighbor's some two miles distant, where he had several days' work. He told his family not to expect him home for a week. Thursday night, after the blizzard blew up, seeing that he would be unable to do any carpenter work for several days, he decided to return home and told his employer he would be back Monday. He started home about dark and was seen no more until his lifeless body was found the following Tuesday. His family thought he was staying out the blizzard with his employer, who supposed that he had reached home in safety. Dallas Morning News, January 18, 1912

See also . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 45, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 18, 1912 Page: 1 of 8 

Friday, January 17, 2014

1901 :: Death of Prof. Grant

Rockdale Locals. From the Messenger Jan. 17. . . . Prof. Grant, who was recently a teacher of the school in the Chapel neighborhood, but who made his home in Rockdale, died here yesterday morning of consumption. The Cameron Herald (Cameron, Texas), January 24, 1901 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1903 :: Old Dr. Wallis is Dead

Rockdale, Tex., Jan. 9. -- Dr. R.S. Wallis, a prominent physician, is dead here. He served as a surgeon in the confederate army, and while acting as such was summoned to attend a duel in which Gen. Marmaduke, of Missouri, killed his antagonist. The Burlingame Enterprise, (Burlingame, Kansas), January 15, 1903