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Thursday, July 31, 2014

1896 :: Death of James E. Mosely, Sr.

Rockdale, Tex., July 29. -- James Edward Moseley, Sr., [sic, i.e., Edward B Moseley] died yesterday morning at 2 o'clock at the residence of his son, J.E. Mosely, Jr., [sic] nine miles southwest from Rockdale, in the 83d year of his age. Mr. Mosely was an ex-confederate soldier. He was living in Mississippi when the war broke out, and served in the army of Tennessee. After the war was over he removed with his family to Texas and settled in the community where he died. About a month ago Mr. Mosely fell from the front gallery of a neighbor's house and hurt himself, from the effects of which he never recovered. He was under the care of a physician but twice in his life. Galveston Daily News, July 31, 1896 

1929 :: Dallas-Owned Car Burns

Rockdale, Texas, July 30. -- A large auto belonging to George Hardison of Dallas and driven by his son, Joe Hardison, was destroyed by fire when it turned over Sunday evening on the highway between Rockdale and Cameron. Mr. Hardison was returning to Dallas after spending the day with his sister, Mrs C.W. Matson of Rockdale. Dallas Morning News, July 31, 1929

Saturday, July 19, 2014

1951 :: Death of Dr. I.P. Sessions

Dr. I.P. Sessions, 83, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Tommy Beesley in Romayor early Saturday morning, July 14. Dr. Sessions had been visiting with his daughter for several days. He suffered a heart attack and died shortly afterwards. He had been in ill health for a number of years but had been making some progress in recent months.

He was a native of Navarro County, born at Rice, Texas, October 25, 1868 and was a member of a prominent Central Texas family. He had practiced medicine in Rockdale for the past sixty years and was a faithful servant to his profession. He was a graduate of Columbia University in New York and also attended college at Southwestern University at Georgetown. He practiced medicine in New York upon completion of his education and prior to his moving to Rockdale, practiced several years in Austin. For many years he was known as one of the outstanding surgeons in Central Texas and was active until recent years.

He was a great influence in the civic life of Rockdale and had an important part in the progress and history of that city. He devoted much of the time and effort to the welfare of that community.

Funeral services were held from the Chapel of the Philip & Luckey Funeral Home at 4 P.M. Sunday, July 15 with Rev. T. Miller Smith officiating. Burial was made in the Rockdale Cemetery with Philip & Luckey Funeral Home directing the arrangements.

Surviving are one son, C.B. Sessions of Rockdale, two daughters Mrs. Tommy Beesley of Romayor and Mrs. John Mohair of New York, New Jersey, one nephew, Dr. T.S. Barkley of Rockdale. Six grandchildren also survive and several nieces. Cameron Herald, July 19, 1951

Friday, July 18, 2014

1888 :: Death of Mrs. J.P. Heywood

Rockdale, Tex., July 17. -- Mrs. J.P. Heywood died suddenly this morning at 9 o'clock of heart disease. Deceased with her husband was engaged in the millinery business here and was most highly esteemed by all. Galveston Daily News, July 18, 1888 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

1906 :: Death of Fred Graves

Milam county lost one of her best and most honored citizens in the death of Mr. Fred Graves. He died of congestion and heart failure on Sunday night and was buried in Rockdale Monday, late in the afternoon. Rev. Thomas officiating at the funeral. There was large attendance at his funeral, many going over from Cameron. Cameron Herald, July 12, 1906

Monday, July 7, 2014

1874 :: News from Rockdale

Milam County. -- The Messenger says : "The claim of Jesse Stancel, as attorney in fact for Media Thompson, to the William Allen survey, upon which the greater portion of Rockdale is situated, is spurious and illegal. 

We have fully investigated the matter and find that the International Railroad Company has a perfect chain of title to the land in question, and deem it our duty to warn the public against this unjust, unwarranted and shameless resort of these unprincipled land sharks, to deprive them of their legally acquired rights and property. There is not the slightest cause for alarm, and no one, unless sadly demented, would either make or accept an offer of compromise." 

The writer is not half so emphatic about the "Jesse" as was J.B. Simpson when he wrote of him. . . . A snake, nicely coiled in one of the cases of the Messenger office, and which had been out of use for several days, was discovered by one of the compositors, who was looking for a certain style of letter. The reptile immediately died a violent death. Galveston Daily News, July 7, 1874

1898 :: Jasper N. Ferguson Enlists

Jasper N. Ferguson of the Rockdale Messenger, has enlisted in company B, 1st Texas volunteers, with Captain R.C. Roberdeu, who left Sunday night for Miami, Florida, where they will await transport to Porto Rico. Southern Mercury (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 7, 1898

Saturday, July 5, 2014

1877 :: Rockdale Items

Rockdale Items. [From our Special Reporter.] All quiet in town. Brick buildings are going up rapidly, and more are to be begun soon. :: New and commodious cattle pens have been erected by the International Railroad Company at Rockdale. :: A scaffold fell in Rockdale the other day, seriously injuring Stewart and Scarborough, who were working upon a brick building. :: Mr. Antony, the postmaster at Rockdale, is not charged with depredating upon the mails, but with detaining mail matter. The question arose between Antony and Breeding, of the Messenger, about the payment of postage. Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 5, 1877

Friday, July 4, 2014

1928 :: Death of Winifred Luckey

Rockdale, Milam Co., Texas, July 3. -- Winifred Luckey, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Luckey, was killed late Tuesday afternoon when he was caught in a cave-in of a gravel pit near San Gabriel, several miles west of Rockdale. The child had gone with his father, who was doing some graveling, and while the truck was being loaded he was standing near the pit and became caught as the gravel suddenly gave way. He was taken to a Cameron hospital, but died before aid could be given. The body has been brought to Rockdale. Dallas Morning News, July 4, 1928

Thursday, July 3, 2014

1898 :: Death of Ludwick Menn

Rockdale, Milam Co., Tex., July 2. -- Mr. Ludwick Menn, a prosperous German farmer, about 64 years old, living three miles west of Rockdale, committed suicide last night by shooting himself in the forehead. He leaves a wife and a large family of children. No cause is assigned for the rash act except that his mind was unbalanced. Dallas Morning News, July 3, 1898