The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 73, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 15, 1945 Page: 1 of 8
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"THE OLDEST AND BEST"
nnr.KnALE. MILAM COUNTY, TEXAS. FEBRUARY 15. 1945
Rockdale Reporter Established 1838
w|ew Modern School Buses
In Operation Here This Week
Ridge, New Salem
Get New Vehicles
Ait isan„e Of course, we may be
«versaW hnle lot of winter, even yet,
^f0r,ahr now you'd never think it.
but rS t trees are beginning to
The fr h in less than another week
'tiffin Swer. I hope for this
jin!!?iSotherthat winter is over.
weather brings on.
:*n the otherlngayKai'den this yoTr. . ■’•J1'-'"1
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C. M. Selman Is Given
Another 2-Year Term
As Board Commends
Work of Local System
Two new all-steel body school
buses went in operation here this
week, replacing some of the outmod-
ed transportation equipment used at
the Rockdale public schools.
One new bus went in operation on
the New Salem district run on Feb-
ruary 8, the bus purchasd by the
New Salem school which recently
Death Comes to 100-Years-Old William Persky,
Oldest Citizen of Milam County and Last of the
County's Confederate Veterans; Funeral Sunday
His wife, who was Miss Theresa
Runge, also of Austin county, died
fifty years ago.
Mr. Persky moved to Bell county
in 1901 and remained there until
William Persky, 100, oldest citizen
of Milam county and the last Confed-
erate veteran of the county, died at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. J.
Rinn, at Sharp on Friday night. ,...___________________ „.v.v ......
r,eF0Sct^ at Phillips & | nineteen years ago when he came to
Sharp to make his home with his
daughter. For the past few years Mr.
Persky had been a semi-invalid due
to his age and bad eyesight.
There survive five sons: Carl Per-
sky of New Elm, John and Arnold
Persky of Buckholts, Herman Persky
of Holland, Edmund Persky of Whar-
ton county and one daughter, Mrs. E.
J. Rinn of Sharp. Also surviving are
to America. They settled in Austin j 38 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchil-
county, where he grew to manhood j dren and six great great grandchil-
and followed the farming industry, j dren.
Rockdale Men Consignors To
Mid-South Texas Hereford Show
Luckey funeral home until Sunday
afternoon when services were held in
the chapel at 3:00 o’clock with Rev.
J. C. Solomon, of the Presbyterian
church at Cameron, officiating’ Bur-
ial was made at Sharp.
Mr. Persky celebrated his 100th an-
niversary last November 21st. He
was born in Germany in 1844 but at
the age of six came with his family
. mV next door neighbor and brag
n Ms garden and how much better it
thhfngthe man’s across the street and
!s hfm load me up. Then next week
be Y t*j] go across the street and tell
mv ne^ghbor there how much better
£ garden is and get another arm-
Well, that’s one way.
n HEADLINE in the Caldwell News
A the other day proclaimed: “Cald-
well Scheduled to Boom With Muni-
cipal Activity When War Is Over.”
The story which followed was by
Mayor C. E. Cromartie of that city
who advised that postwar projects of
major sizes," to cost more than $150,-
000, were slated to be launched in
The Caldwell mayor stated that the
city’s plans for the postwar period
started months ago, and cover a broad
field, with the city to set up a City
Postwar Planning Board composed of
representative citizens outside of the
city administration to advise with
them in planning and executing the
The program as outlined is an im-
ve one for a town the size of thods.
who drives the
Bushdale-Talboti Rki^e route, pur-
chased a new bus, just received by
Gaither Motor Company, this week,
and placed it in operation Monday
Both of the new buses are new and
modern, with all-steel safety bodies
and ample comfortable seating.
The bus formerly operated by Kir-
chenwitz was bought by C. P. Beard,
and replaces a smaller bus which he
has been using on his Gay Hill school
C. M. Selman, Rockdale superin-
tendent, was re-elected for another
two-year term, at a meeting of the
Rockdale board of trustees Thursday
night, the board giving the superin-
tendent a vote of confidence and com-
mending the work being done in the
local school system.
Superintendent Selman announced
that the percentage of failures in
high school for the first semester this
year had been reduced 80 per cent
over the first semester, of last ye;n
the total number of failures dropping
from around 100 to less than 20.
“This reduction,” Selman explained,
“can be attributed, not to easier grad-
ing or reduced work, but to changes
in classroom and library techniques
and new co-ordinated teaching me-
Is Now Planning
Next Sunday One Of
"Victory Days” For Year
With Goals in Attendance
Next Sunday, Feb. 18, is to be one
of the victory days of the year for
the First Baptist Church in Rockdale,
with goals set for all departments in-
cluding a thousand dollar building
fund goal for the day, according to
the Rev. ,T. B. Hester, pastor.
Rev. Hester outlines the goals for
each department as follows: 200 in
attendance in Sunday School; 100 in
attendance in the Training Union;
and record crowds in the worship ser-
Another goal is that of $1,000 to be
Work Under Way
On Bell Street •
Early Completion of All
Sidewalk Repair And
Paving of Street Gap
Initial work on the Lions Club side-
walk and street improvement pro-
gram on Bell street got under way
this week and is expected to be com-
pleted within the next few weeks.
The program calls for completing
the gap in the pavement at the
Graves corner on Bell street, and also
the repairing of sidewalks all along
the street from the business district
to the school to give children a com-
plete and adequate sidewalk.
J. B. Earle has the contract for the
work and is leveling some of the
given during the day for the building | walks and setting forms for new con
fund, which will go for remodeling
and repairing the building. Plans
are under way, the pastor explained,
to remodel the educational plant as
soon as materials can be secured.
Rev. Hester emphasized that “a
cordial invitation is extended to all
friends of the church to attend these
CaLvell. Included are paved streets,
gas system, waterworks extension,
sewer extension, light plant enlarge-
ment, swimming pool, additional fire
fighting equipment, new street main-
tenance equipment, airport grounds,
dumping grounds, street lighting ex-
tension, parks and playground equip-
ment and general civic beautification.
The postwar program of the city of
Caldwell, as outlined, is an ambitious
one for a town the size of Caldwell,
but not impossible, and if carried out
as planned citizens of Caldwell will
really have a town of which they can
be proud. The city administration
states that “A check-up of the city’s
financial position shows that Cald-
well will be able to finance more im-
provements and better improvements
at one time and simultaneously than
in its fifty-four years of municipal
Just One Example.
^*HE POSTWAR program at Cald-
well is just an example of the
same type of thinking that is being
done in towns and cities throughout
the United States. Temple has its
master pian. Cameron has done con-
siderable planning along this line.
Towns and cities are laying plans for
better communities to present return-
ing veterans, and more, to make them
want to continue to live “in the old
home town.” Moreover, money is
more plentiful, and it is natural for
communities to want to expand and
improve. If any town is to expand,
improve, beautify, now is the time
• • • • and if it is not done in the
postwar period, the chances are the
town is destined to remain as it is
lorever for probably never before
ond never again will conditions be as
ripe as they are now.
The board announced that final se-
lection of teachers in the local schools
would be announced after the next
W. H. Lewis Dies
Here February 10
Long-Time Resident of
Rockdale Buried at
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Here in Rockdale there are signs of
the same thing. I was interested this
week to note that the Baptist church
has started a building fund for post-
war improvement and modernization.
The Mt. Zion Baptist church at the
0fige of Rockdale, has a fund for a
new building. Other
no doubt are thinking along the same
W. H. Lewis, 73, long-time resident -
of Rockdale and the New Salem com-
munity, died at his home here Sat-
urday, February 10 of a heart ail-
ment that had steadily grown worse
during the past two months.
Funeral services were conducted
from the Phillips & Luckey Chapel
Sunday at 4 p. m., with the Rev. J.
B. Hester, Baptist minister, officiat-
ing, and burial was made in Oak
Lawn cemetery. Pall bearers were
Thad Barnes, Edward Backhaus, T.
L. Jones. Joe Eanes, A. A. Offield,
and E. H. Foster.
Mr. Lewis was born Aug. 30, 18/1,
at Laurange, Tcxa«. and came to Mi-
Sec LEWIS, Page 8
Claimed by Death
Little Lula Maybellc Stafford, three
year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Fred A. Stafford of Minerva, died
Monday morning at 7:45 o’clock.
The family, relatives and friends
gathered at the Methodist church in
Minerva at 3:00 o’clock Tuesday af-
ternoon to pay final tribute to the
! child. Rev. J. B. Hester, of Rockdale,
’ Baptist church, officiated and burial
was made in the Minerva cemetery.
Little Lula Maybe,le had been ill
for two months. The family had re-
sided at Minerva for the past three
years. Besides the parents, Mr. and
j Mrs. Fred Stafford, there survive one
! brother and two sisters.
crete, at the same time preparing the
street gap for the concrete work.
Sidewalk along the hill, which in
past years has dropped on one side,
is now being jacked up and leveled.
Many broken blocks of walk will be
torn out and new concrete poured.
Steps and approaches from street
level to walk level along the hill will
be installed, ramps being used in
some places in lieu of steps. New
walks will be poured at the approach-
es to both small bridges over Ham
Branch, and the walks in the low
Tigers to Enter Cage
Tourney at Temple
The Rockdale Tiger basketball
team will enter the district tourna-
ment this Friday and Saturday at
Temple, according to Arthur Winkel-
Rockdale will meet Georgetown in
their first game of the tourney at 2
p. m. Friday.
Other schools entered include Cam-
eron. Hearne, Rosebud, Georgetown,
Franklin, Belton and Lampasas.
Former Milam County
At Dallas Sunday
Former Milam county residents
now living in Dallas met at the Ar-
lington Club House, Lee Park, Sun-
day afternoon and formed a perma-
Plans were made to meet every
three months and renew old friend-
ships, according to Mrs. Goldie York
About 75 attended the meeting and
the following officers were elected:
Clyde H. Loper, president; Mrs.
Ruth Graves Carmichael, vice pres-
ident; Robert E. Higgins, treasurer;
Mrs. Sue Jovnes Beesley, secretary;
and Mrs. Goldie York Higgins, pub-
Coffee and cake were served to the
Louise Stein Norwood, C. Byron
Norwood, Mrs. Edith Branch Her-
bert, Bourbon Ashby, Mrs. Bourbon
Ashby, Jeneanne Ashby, Susie Joynes
Beesley, C. H. Loper, Mrs. Ruth
Graves Carmichael; Stanley A. Long-
moor; T. B. Wootton, Mrs. Lillian
Carson, Mrs. Leonard Isaacs, W. Bell,
T. E. Newton, Nattie Lee Haughton,
Mrs. L. C. McBride, Mrs. Goldie York
Higgins, Mrs. Geo. R. Randle, W. A.
Richardson, L. H. Mannan, W. E.
White, Mrs. W. E. White, R. G. Bu-
ford, Mrs. R. G. Buford, Miss Marie
Vittrup, Marguerite Randle, H. J.
Vittrup, Mrs. Annie Banknight, Paul
W. Hillger, Mrs. Floyd Davis, B. F.
Davis, C. M. Davis, Mrs. C. M. Davis,
Mrs. Allen Hooks, H. Holzshaver, L.
H. Miller, Mrs. Elizabeth Renfro Lit-
tle, Mrs. Columbia Lucille Green
York, Grover C. York, Miss Mary
Ann York, John L. Randle, R. E. Hig-
gins, Mrs. Ola Worley Collins, Mrs.
Armaria Clark Lively, Mrs. Anna
Mae Parket Jett, J. E. Jett, Mrs. Vat-
tie Woodard Spann, Mrs. Ruth Isaacs
Tidwell, Mrs. Martha Joiner Moore,
Bernadie Renfro Farmer, Vaughn
Paul. Eugenia Wolf Newton, Mrs.
Alice Antony Brower, Miller Mc-
Craw, Beryl Anthony McCraw, Noney
Kate McCraw, Beryl Catherine Ash-
burn, Mrs. A. N. Blackburn Vittrup,
Mrs. Charlotte White, David White,
Mrs. Jeanne Powell Freeman, Mrs.
Burt C. Blanton, Burt C. Blanton,
Mrs. G. C. York G. C. York, Miss
Betty Jo York.
And Butts Will
Offer 16 Head
Fifth Annual Auction
Sale Will Be Held At
A. &kM. College On
Funeral Held For
World War I Vet
Gerhard H. Piske Dies In
Legion Hospital at Hines,
WITH OUR BOYS IN THE SERVICE
Church Adds Regular
Evening Services Here
In accordance with decisions reach-
ed Tuesday night, Peace Lutheran
Church will have evening worship
services every Sunday evening m ad-
dition to the regular morning wor-
ship. Sunday School will beat 10.15,
morning worship at 11:30 and eYenl"S
worship at 8:00 every Sunday in the
^According to Rev. E. C.Elzey, local
nastor, this is in line with the gen
oral program of advancement. Since
the present pastorate began on' r?ec-
14th! 1942 the Lutheran church has
the resident confirmed
Lieutenant Carter Newton, who ar-
rived in the United States from the
European war theater about a week
ago after completing his allotted num-
ber of missions, came in from' San
Antonio Tuesday for a visit with his
mother, Mrs. J. O. Newton. At com-
pletion of his 21-day furlough he will
report at Santa Monica, Calif., for
further assignment Lieut. Newton,
a Navigator on an Army Air Forces
bomber, earned his trip home after
completing his 35 major missions,
mostly over Germany. He received
his commission as second lieutenant
at Ellington Field in April of last
year, and went overseas last June,
later being promoted to First Lieu-
Sgt. Charles Dockall, son of Mrs.
Joe Dockall of the Gay Hill com-
munity, has been promoted to Staff
Sergeant. He has been overseas for
■28 months and is now somewhere in
Pvt. Doyle T. McCoy has been
transferred to blacksmith school in
the horse cavalry in Ft. Riley, Kansas.
He finished his basic training in the
horse cavalry in the C. R. T. C. of Ft.
Riley two weeks ago and was then
arrived home from Boston. Mass., at
5 a. m. the same day. Newton has
been in the service about three years,
while James went in the Merchant
Marine about four months ago.
A news release from the Contract
Pilot School at Glendale, Arizona, ad-
vises that Aviation Cadet Charles E.
Moody, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry
H. Moody of Rockdale, has arrived
at that point to begin his Primary
Flight Training Course. He will be
there for ten weeks of intensive
training and will fly a stearman type
Primary Trainer. With a grade of
Master Sergeant. Moody spent four
and a half years in the U. S. Army,
15 months of which were in overseas
Funeral services for Gerhard H.
Piske, 49, veteran of World War I,
were held at 2:00 o’clock from the
Phillips & Luckey chapel Sunday af-
ternoon with Rev. E. C. Elzey offi-
ciating. Burial was made in the I.
O. O. F. cemetery with members of
Carlyle Post Nc. 358, American Le-
gion, in charge of graveside rites.
Mr. Piske and family had lived in
the San Gabriel community for some
time. Last year he had been in the
Legion hospital at Kerrville for
treatment and four months ago had
been transferred to the Hines Legion
Hospital at Hines, 111. He died there
last Wednesday and the body arriv-
ed in Rockdale Saturday.
E. H. and Leon Noack, Lewis and
Frank Worley, and A. W. Butts of
Rockdale, are listed among 19 con-
signors to the 5th annual auction sale
to be held by the Mid-South Texas
Hereford Association at 1:00 p. m.
Feb. 22 in the livestock judging pa-
vilion of Texas A. & M. College.
The offerings in this sale—29 bulls
and 26 females—are equal to. and
You are invited to attend the
Registered Hereford Sale at Col-
lege Station February 22 at 1 p.
m. at the A. 8c M. College Stock
Judging Pavilion. We, Frank
Worley, Ernest Noack and Arnold
Butts will have about 16 head in
the sale, and others are helping to
improve the quality of cattle in
Milam county. We will appre-
ciate your co-operation and help-
ing to improve our Milam County
Mid-South Texas Hereford Ass'n.
.©ven better in some features than
anything handled in the four previous
auctions, Ward Mooring, secretary of
the organization, declared.
Improvements of herd quality by
adding meritorious sires and top fe-
males iS the common practice of far-
seeing breeders, Mr. Mooring said,
adding, “one will find a carefully se-
lected get of a wide variety of proven
herd sires from which to make in-
dividual selections or foundation
stock for the beginning of a new
The 55 bulls and females slated to
pass through the auction ring to the
highest bidders will be on display in
the stock judging pavilion the morn-
ing of the sale. Prospective pur-
chasers are invited to look them over
and study their fine points, Mr. Moor-
Among the other outstanding pure-
bred Hereford herds that will be re-
presented are Jinkins Hereford
Ranch, Normangee; Wiley Maris,
Franklin; J. Bruce Duncan, Waco;
Lott Hereford Ranch, Navasota; Stan-
ton Hereford Ranch, Alvin; H. G.
Olmstead, Hempstead; Parks Here-
ford Ranch, Clifton; John R. Black,
Granbury; B. F. Phillips, Frisco; J.
F. Ross, Goodiett; Mooring & Wim-
berly and M. W. Simms of Bryan,
Texas, A. & M. College and M. & H.
Last year the 49 Hereford bulls
auctioned by the Mid-South Texas
Hereford Association averaged $248,
while seven females brought an aver-
age of $319. Top animal was Helena,
a 5-year-old cow consigned by E. H.
Noack which sold with bull calf for
$630 to John Arhopulos, Bryan res-
Mt. Zion YWA Girls
Cheer McCloskey Boys
The YWA girls of the Mt. Zion
Baptist Church made candy for the
wounded soldiers at McCloskey Hos-
pital and distributed it to them Sun-
Surviving are his wife. Mrs. Selma j day February 11. The girls talked
young chil- with the soldi
LeRoy Peterson. AMM 2-c, who has
been stationed at Norfolk, Virginia
for the past two years ,is visiting his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christian
Peterson of Gardner. He obtained an
emergency furlough because of the
serious illness of his father, and will
return to duty February 23.
Staff Sergeant Willis E. English,
son of Mrs. Betty English of Rock-
dale, has recently been promoted to
Ottmar Piske and seven
dren, his narents, Mr. and Mrs. Her
man Piske of San Antonio; two sis-
ters, Mrs. Emma Jaeger of San An-
tonio, Miss Selma Piske of Austin;
four brothers, Herman and Hugo
Piske of Yorktown, Emil of Texas
City and Henry Piske of Temple.
Those taking part in the American
Legion service were: Body Guard
and Colors, Max Ferrari, S. E. Foster,
Bob Seaton, Frank Tribble; Captain,
Clyde Franklin of the Body Guard.
Clifford Simms sounded Taps. Cas-
ket attendants were; Otto Schukraft,
J. P. Horton, Edward Backhaus, John
York, D. T. Simmons, Fred Eads. The
staff was assembled for the service
soldiers and played games
with them at the Red Cross Canteen.
Those attending were Gene Tuma,
Glenna Davis, Leriine Rudder, Terry
Tuma, Kathleen Currey, Dorothy
Brannon, Norma Jean Currey, Mrs.
Hood Caldwell. Claude Dixon and
Rev. Dwight L. Baker, Pastor of the
I. Sid Hudson, Brother
Of Rockdale Man,
Dies at Dallas Home
increased the resiuem -----; he bega..___
Other local churches j membership in Rockdalc an ^ smithing. He likes it fine. His wife
from 168 to 199. The Church debt girl wm leave soon to be
hT^cen paid in full and a basement gduring lhc course. Pvt
:__.nHmmmpnl nroeram has . ^r tvt»* nnrl TVTrs C..
----- a iUn nlH Ft Rilev where dale, nas recenuy ueen prumuieu w
r'bMun a 3 months courseTn bS that grade from Sergeant, according
he ocean ..... to a news release from the public re-
/Iho Lions Club last week gave in-
dications of the willingness of local
citizens to improve property, and
started their program to improve
sidewalks and street paving gaps on
Bell street leading to the school. The
Lions also have their eye on stirring
ap more interest in further street
paving and improvements.
As I understand it, the financial
condition of the city of Rockdale it-
See RAMBLINGS, Page 8
floor and improvement program
K successfully completed together
with considerable repairs on the p.
S°“Both the members and the friends
of the Lutheran Church have shown
gradually increasing interest and de-
votion to the
“nnrfd together * with the recently au-
thorizedreorganization of the Evan-
gehstic and Education Program we
expect, under God, to make still fur-
McCoy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.
H. McCoy of Bushdale
Mr. and Mrs. George Andrews are
walking on clouds this week, receiv-
ing two surprise packages in the form
of visits by their two sons Tuesday
morning. Newton Andrews, petty of-
ficer third class, Navy, came in from
Florida at 10 a. m. Tuesday, after
arriving at Houston Monday night.
James Andrews, who is a stewards
mate second class, Merchant Marine,
lations section, ETO United States
Army. Sgt. English Has participated
in the campaign in Northern France.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Henniger have
received word from their grandson,
Leonard G. Doss Jr., through then-
son, John in Hobbs, N. M. The card
was from a Jap prison camp 10-C in
the Philippines and there was no
date. He wrote: “I am in the best
of health. I hope this finds you all
the same. Please keep Jean inform-
ed about news of me. Keep Marvin
See WITH OUR BOYS, Page 8
Word was received here Monday by
Lon Hudson of the death of his bro-
by Max Ferrari, former Post com-j fher, J. Sid Hudson, of Dallas. About
n:„nfipr three months ago Mr. Hudson had a
_ ! fall which resulted in a broken hip.
He had been in a hospital under care
of physicians since but his condition
had been reported favorable and his
death Monday came unexpectedly to
J. Sid Hudson was a former resi-
dent of Rockdale, coming to this
thriving little city about 1878, a few
years after it was founded. He was
later married here to Miss Emma
York. The couple erected a home on
the location where the Phillips &
Luckey funeral home now stands, and
which residence in recent years was
converted into the old funeral home
which was destroyed by fire more
See HUDSON, Page 8
Y. M. B. L. Meeting
Fails to Get Quorum
The Young Men’s Business League
February meeting, scheduled for last
Thursday night, failed to materialize,
with only a few members showing
Frank Brandon, president, an-
nounced that he would appoint a
nominating committee some time this
week. The committee will make its
report at the March meeting, the sec-
ond Thursday night in March, when
the League will name new officers
I for the current year.
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