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Sunday, January 28, 2018

1915 :: Death of Amiel Mitchell

One of the saddest things that has ever happened in Rockdale occurred last Sunday afternoon about 4:00 o'clock when Amiel, the little 7-year-old son of Mrs. Mary Mitchell, was burned to death at the family home on College Hill. . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 28, 1915 Page: 2 of 8

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1913 :: Edwin Leroy Antony Dies

News has been received here of the death at Dallas of E.L. Antony, a former Rockdalian

Judge Antony spent his young manhood here, where he subsequently married Miss Houghton. 

His parents, Dr. and Mrs. Antony, came to Texas when the Judge was a youth, and settled in Cameron and Rockdale, where the Doctor engaged in the practice of his profession. 

The son attended college, and has since won many honors. 

Last summer he returned to his old stamping grounds, Cameron, but owing to ill health, left for Dallas in the early fall to be treated by specialists. 

His mother, the last of her family, and a daughter survive him, and a cousin, Mrs. J.D. Hamilton, of this place. He was very popular here among the older inhabitants.

The State Press says of him:

Dallas, Texas, Jan. 16. -- Edwin Leroy Antony, at one time United States Congressman from the Waco-Corsicana district, died here today at the age of 61 years. . . . 

The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex ), Vol 39, No 46, Ed 1 Thursday, January 23, 1913

Friday, January 19, 2018

1933 :: Death of Uncle Billy Dykes

Uncle Billy Dykes, 96-year old negro citizen of the Liberty Hill community in Milam county, died at his home in that community Saturday. The burial was held Sunday afternoon and was attended by a number of white friends from Rockdale and other sections of the county. Uncle Billy had lived in this county longer than most local citizens can remember. He was a slave before the Civil War being owned by the Lee Williams family. He acquired quite a competency in lands and property, and was recognized as a leader among his race in the Liberty Hill section. Rockdale Reporter and Messenger January 19, 1933

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1918 :: Death of B.V. Arnold

B.V. Arnold died at his home just north of the city limits Sunday night at 10:45 o'clock, after an illness which confined him to his bed only for a few days, but succeeding several years of what might be termed the gamest fight ever made by a Johnny Reb for his life. . . . He enlisted in the Confederate cause in December, 1861, in the Army of Northern Virginia, Longstreet's Corps, Hood's Texas Brigade, 18th Georgia Regiment, Company F, as a private soldier. . . . Mr. Arnold was for many years a regular attendant upon the annual reunions of the Hood's Brigade, and two years ago last June, he had the honor and satisfaction of serving that command as its president at its annual reunion held in Rockdale, having been elected president at the previous year's meeting at Floresville. . . . Thus passes one of Rockdale's most interesting characters. B.V. Arnold was a fine type of the Southern gentleman. With a heart naturally as gentle as that of a child, yet with convictions which when aroused brought forth all the old ante-bellum fighting blood, he was a type of the Old South which is rapidly passing to the Great Beyond. . . . Peace to his ashes. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. [45], No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 17, 1918 Page: 4 of 8 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1908 :: Gored to Death

The whole town was shocked on Wednesday of last week when the news was heralded over the city that Mrs. Pinkie Mitchell had been killed by a vicious cow. . . . Mrs. Rosa A. Mitchell, the deceased, was raised in Burleson county, but for the past nine years had made her home in Rockdale, where she was engaged in the restaurant business until a few years ago. . . . She is survived by a son, Mr. Will Mitchell, one of the best boys ever raised in any town. He is now night operator and ticket agent for the I. & G. N. road at Valley Junction, . . . The remains were carried to Fraimville last Friday where they were buried beside those of other members of her family. The Rockdale Reporter. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 16, 1908 Page: 1 of 8

1908 :: Burial in Hat Prairie graveyard

The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Ottie Alford died last Friday and was buried in the Hat Prairie graveyard. The Rockdale Reporter. (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 16, 1908

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1915 :: Mrs. Alice Riddle Dead

On the 19th of September, 1871, Mrs. Alice Riddle, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T.E. Riddle, was born at the present residence of the doctor and family about one mile southeast of Rockdale, where she resided practically all her life, and where she died last Friday, January 8th, 1915 . . . She faded like the Autumn flower, and like that flower she leaves the fragrance of a sweet and Godly life behind her. . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 45, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 14, 1915 Page: 8 of 8

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1935 :: Early Trail Driver Dies

Cameron, Jan. 5. -- Death ended the colorful life of James (Jim) Nabours in El Paso this week. He was the uncle of Homer Nabours, county clerk of Milam county. Jim Nabours was born in Milam county, but left here in 1877 and moved to Lincoln county, New Mexico. He was one of the early trail drivers and was foreman of the grand jury which indicted Billy the Kid. He also figured in the story "North of 36" by Emerson Hough. Mr. Nabours moved to  El Paso several years ago. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 10, 1935 Page: 5 of 8

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

1936 :: Re-interrment of Major Sterling C. Robertson

The remains of Major Sterling C. Robertson, founder of the Robertson Colony, the first settlement in Milam County and known as Old Nashville, were recently disinterred from the old cemetery at that point and on last Saturday were re-interred in the State Cemetery at Austin with appropriate honors. . . . The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 2, 1936 Page: 1 of 12 [near bottom of left column]