The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. , No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 6, 1923 Page: 1 of 12
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the Rockdale reporter
^eT Established 1873
“The Best Newspaper Milam County Ever Had" ^
Rockdale Ur|H rter KnUbinlml 18!*3
ROCKDALE, MILAM COUNTY, TEXAS. THURSDAY, DECEMBER K. 1923
-PEST AND POP-
„kM » ra‘mb"
, “Istion that Rockdale
'JL her Golden Anu-
ta*, years "fa
the town was founded.
Cwin receipt of a let-
' Cusaie Rowlett, a for-
a-od Rockdalian, which we
, H, liberty of reproducing
Lob because she commends
U but f»r the
h elves « bit of early-day
|i„erest to all Rockdale c,t-
; and present.
November '28, 1923.
OIL FIELD ROAD CONTRACT
AWARDED GEORGETOWN MAN
took*: , .
wkIread an article in Ihc
[regarding Rockdale cele-
L Golden Anniversary. _ I
[will keep up the agitation
the celebration to pass
, there, as I grew up with
[and will always feel an in-
J pride in it.
[heard my mother say that
went to Rockdale on the
nger train that the I.-G. N.
Isent in. Her father, Rev
r *r, and his son, B. IB. Bax-
[already there. I think that
(ebruary, 1874. Am not sure
ay of 'the month—probably
In April of that same year
-moved his family there and
ded at a hotel that stood
r, Lee Orr now lives, until
jer could finish his house
is the fifth residence built in
That is the house now
i the Rowlett house, the two
kith the stack chimney be
Ing the original house.
ks me that it is not too early
planning if Rockdale desires
jwhile celebration, and Regal
seems to be doing things
[lam writing will say that
'back to Texas January 1st.
• Dallas to be Matron of the
Boys Dormitory at Buckner
' Home. It was a disappoint
leave the Mountain School
l the Ozarks, but on Septem
he day before I was to go to
1 Home College, 1 fell, strik
*ck on a board, fracturing
|ie left side of the spine caus
npact fracture of all the ribs
fight of the spine. Of course
1 ^ign my position, and for
I did not have much fun.
rather nervous, and for the
weeks could not use my
1 *° amount to much. How
i getting all right now; have
raP’.dly in the last two
Spr.ngs is frozen up today.
J^sevenU iCy spells, but
pt Thanksgiving wishes for
yours’ and for all Rockdale,
Y°urs for the celebration,
«y’ fureka Springs, Ark.
jMnksgiving morning: Eu-
;‘nd “coing fast—the
(»'*° year, Uet winter wa,
^ November 30.—
At the November 28 session of the
Milam County Commissioners Court
the contract for building the Rockdale
oil field road was awarded to I. N.
Robinson, of Georgetown.
The road will be graveled 12 feet
wide, starting at the intersection of
the Rockdale-Tracy highway near the
old Murray cemetery, and continuing
to the precinct line, which is the point
where the road crosses Cattail creek
going towards Minerva. The road is
known on the county map as the Min-
erva-Holtzclaw road, but has come to
be known as the Rockdale oil field
road, or sometimts referred to as the
The distance is approximately three
miles, and work will begin as soon as
the weather will permit the contrac-
tor to move his outfit. The money to
pay for this road was provided on a
fifty-fifty basis, Rockdale raising
one-half and Commissioner Hairston
providing the balance out of Road
District 10 funds.
We learn that the Commissioners
will on December 28 receive bids on
graveling a two-mile strip of road
running from the Marlow school house
to an intersection with the Milano-
FIRST MATE CHILD DORR IN ROCKDALE
INTERESTED IN GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
Interest in the celebration of Rock- ties for the I. & G. N. railroad which
dale’s Golden Anniversary, as sug- was building there at that time. My
gested by The Reporter recently, is father’s name was George A. Brown,
becoming wide-spread. All the old- A family by name of Ackerman built
timers who have heard the suggestion a saw mill and also a small house, it
are enthusiastic in their endorsement being the first house, and where I was
of the plan. The letter below is a born. I feal you and your citizens
sample of the interest being manifest-1 of your good city would be interested
ed by former citizens: to know of the above facts.
December 3, 1923. j I would very much like to be pres-
Hon. Mr. Mayor
ent at your celebration but circum-
stances are against me. Nevertheless,
I congratulate you and your citizens
I see where the people of Rockdale for the wonderful city you have, and
are going to celebrate Rockdale’s 50th I wish you all the prosperity and
anniversary. I feel very much interest- happiness that the world has to offer,
ed in the affair for the reason that I and sincerely hope nothing will block
was the first male child born in Rock- j the way for a successful celebration,
dale, and in the first house, that be- j Yours very truly,
ing the 14th day of January, 1874. My I ISAAC BROWN,
father at that time had ox and mule ' 201 South Flores Street,
teams doing- grade work and hauling San Antonfo, Texas.
Some corking good editorials de-
fending Hugo Stinnes are appear-
ing in the Stinnes newspapers.—Mo-
MILAM COUNTY CARRIERS
ENDORSE NEW ROAD TAX
Old / Ian’s
iOjames White* >rab Riley J
Go On Record as Favoring Increase in
Road Maintenance Tax and In-
crease in R.F.D. Salaries
««, ‘Vov- 25. died at
n ,arium yesterday.
tkiiJL' ,nd the funeral
-• Mr'. Chape.
. »ee anH L y was 52
•n hi, iijehad resided at Lex-
Rural mail carriers of Milam county
in meeting Saturday, November 24,
in the Federal building at Cameron,
completed re-organization of the as-
sociation, endorsed the proposed in-
crease in road maintenance tax from
4 to 15 cents on the hundred dollar
valuation, and among other things
voted to purchase- their official news-
paper at Washington in co-operation
with, carriers throughout the nation.
Former State President, C. L. Haw-
kins, presided at the meeting and thc-
following officers were elected: D. M.
Key, of Gause, President; A. R. Mc-
Lerran, of Jones Prairie, Vice-Presi-
dent; Clara Hesse, of Burlington, Sec-
retary. On motion of Mr. McLerran,
Miss Hesse was unanimously elected
honorary member of the association.
The R. F. D News, official organ
of the carriers organization and pub-
lished in Washington, will in all prob
ability be purchased by the carriers.
The Milam county Association en-
dorsed the movement.
Looking to the future of the asso-
ciation, an entertainment committee
was appointed by the chairman with
James L. Clark as chairman. He
hopes to have speakers for the next
meeting. The Association will meet
on the first Saturday of the first
month of each quarter at 7:30 o’clock
in the Cameron postoffice.
The carriers passed a formal reso-
lution endorsing the proposed increase
in the road maintenance tax of the
county from 4 to 15 cents on the
hundred dollar valuation.
The proposed increase in pay for
the Rural Carriers was endorsed by
the Association and the matter re-
ferred 'to the National officers of the
carriers. The added compensation
will give needed funds for the mainte-
nance of equipment necessary for
carriers such as autos, and will also
insure just compensation for every
mile covered by the carriers.
The association voted to leave the
matter with its head officers with
whom every matter pertaining to
their welfare has been left and satis-
factory service has been rendered.
The association voted to send an
account of <the meeting to every
newspaper in Milam county for the
carriers live in every town in the
county and will be interested.
>, I hear you, Miss Jolly-go-romp,
/ailing me to come:
“Look at the wonderful Jack-in-box,
And oh, what a dandy drym!
See all the beautiful Chinese dolls, J
And yonder’s a dancing bear! *
There’s nothing like it in all the worl
There couldn’t be—anywhere!”
Your eyes are bright, Miss Jolly-go-romp;
It’s thrilling, l can’t deny,
But you should have seen the Christmas shop^x
l knew in the days gone by.
Twas not so large, Miss Jolly-go-rom
As the toyshops are today, ”
But oh, it was more mys-ter-i-ous, [
The colors were far more gay!
NEW METHODIST 1’ASfoK
IS WARMLY COMMENDED
The Athena Daily Review has the,
following complimentary notice con- J
cerning Rev. J. L. Massey who comes
to Rockdale us pastor of the Metho-
Announcement of the appoint-
ment of Pastors of the Texas Con-
ference, Methodist Churchy was
made at Cameron Sunday night. Dr.
J. L. Massey, pastor here for the past
two years, was assigned to Rockdale,
a town somewhat smaller than Ath-
ens, but with a church equal or bet-
ter than the one here.
It will be a source of regret to
the many friends of Dr. and Mrs.
Massey to learn they are going to
go to another field. The , local
church has never had u more lovable
pastor, a greater preacher or a fintr
citizen than Dr. Massey, Not only
have the members of his own church
held him in high esteem, hut the
citizenship generally of Athens holds
him in high regard. Dr. Massey is
a deep scholar, a profound thinker
and a man of highest tcukurc.
It is a well known fact that he could,
at h s own bidding, he appointed to
any of the city churches, but he pre-
fers the smaller towns.
We commend Dr. Mass y and his
good family to the people of Rock-
dale and assure them they are not
only getting an able minister hut
a man who will add much to their
And the Toyshop Man, Miss Jolly-go-rompT
What a quizzical way he had!
rie knew all the children for miles around,
Could tell all the good from the bad.
But what was the queerest of all to me
Was how he could tell, some way,
The things you wanted old Santa to bring
To your house Christmas Day.
Let’s you and I, Miss Jolly-go-romp,
Play I am the Toyshop Man,
While you—well, you’re Miss Jolly-go-romp
With many a secret plan.
And the secrets—oh, they mustn't get out!—
They’re sacred as troth could be,
But being the Toyshop Man, of course,
You whis-s-s-per them all to me!
iCmwHvht l»w »K« Robh*.M**rill Comp»rw>
EMIL DORNHOEFER MOVES
BACK TO MATCHLESS MILAM
Emil Dornhoeler, one of Rockdale’s
substantial German farmers, who
went west to grow up with the c oun-
try, has come back, and last week
moved into his old home a few miles
west of town.
Mr. Dornhoefer made two crops in
Runnels county, and while he had fair
success in the west, making 13 bales
of cotton last year and 25 this year,
he says he prefers to live in Match-
less Milam where a man can raise his
own living and not be dependent upon
cotton alone. Therefore he is back on
the old home farm, contented to re
STRANGER KILLS STRANGER
ON STREET OF SOMERVILLE
The city of Somerville was thrown
into excitement about nccr. Monday
when the report of a shot gun rang
out on the street there and a man fell
dead in a ditch on the side of the
street. Immediately after the shoot-
ing Henry Molley of Bell county, a
horse dealer, surrendered to Deputy
Sheriff Chas. Hart there, saying he
fired the shot which killed the man,
whose name he gave as Will Sherrill,
also a horse dealer. From those who
saw the shooting we learn the follow-
ing facts: Sherrill was walking along
the street and Molley, his wife and
HICKS FARMERS TO HOLD
SEED MEETING TUESDAY
Movement Looking to Standardization
of Cotton Qualitiea in that Com-
munity is Gaining Favor
W. W. Kyle of the Hicks-Forest
Grove community, asks The Reporter
to announce that there will be a
meeting of farmers of that (com-
munity at th? Forest Grove church
next Tuosdav, December 11. at 1:00
p. m., for the purpose of discuss.ny
the move on foot looking to the plant-
ing of uniform cotton seed next
Mr. Kyle states that farmers arc
all of one accord in the matter, as
outlined in these columns two weeks
ago. Hope Camp, owner of the
Hicks gin, has informed Mr. Kyle
that he will co-operate to the fullest
extent, Mr. Camp volunteering to
handle the seed at tost to the farmers,
and, should anyone desire the accom-
modation, he will, if necessary, ar-
range to carry that farmer for the
At the meeting next Tuesday it Is
probable that representatives of sev-
eral seed breeders will be present.
About the only thing to he done in the
premises is the selection of th<* seed to
be used. Only standard big boll long
staple varieties will be considered, the
object of the move being to get away
from the long staple varieties.
All farmers in the territory of the
Hicks gin are cordially invited to this
meeting and urged to join the move-
ment. The Hicks gin will agree not
to gin any cotton next season ex-
cept the one variety agreed upon at
FORD “DISPLAY WEEK’
IN REGAL ROCKDALE
E. GAITHER. LOCAL FORD
DEALER. WELL H.KASKD
WITH SHOW WEEK I
The week of Nov. 20-Dec. 1, win
Ford Display Wetk” all over the
United States. Every Ford dealer
was required to make a special dis-
play of Ford cars ami products that
week, doing special advertising to
call attention to the Ford lines.
Here in Rockdale W. K. Gaither;
Ford Dealer, put on a display that
was niosl attractive und highly satis
factory from all standpoints. Man-
ager Clyde Franklin is at his best
when it comes to making attractive
displays of stock in the matter of
decorations, and the Gaither display
room was distinctive in its setting of
autumn leaves, berries and trailing
The two most attractive items on
display wer the new four door Sedan
and the new Coupe. However, every-
thing included in the products of tho
Ford organization was shown, from
the smallest “part" to the latest
wrinkle in enclosed cars, while tho
tractors und trucks were to be seen in
the annex. Mr. Franklin reports that
regardless of the bad weather that
prevailed last week, business was
stimulated, a number of orders being
Mr. Gaither this week received a
solid carload of Fords on (tractors,
equipped with the new style fenders.
He believes in carrying a full stock,
and the Rockdale Ford Service Sta-
tion is undoubtedly one of the best
equipped and most completely stocked
to be found anywhere in towns of any-
thing like the same size.
The new “Tudor” Sedan is also oil
display this week. This is a n<*w two-
door type sedan—u distinctly new
Ford body type, beautiful in exlArinr*
apearance and designed for the great-
est comfort inside. The doors arc
much wider and the rear window pan-
el is a full 30-inch sweep. This in aro
ideal family car, priced at $590 f. o. U
This gives Ford dealers two dis-
tinct types of Sedans for their trade.
They have been named the "Tudor”
and the “Fordor.” The latter is
priced at <685 f. o. b. Detroit. This
car sets the highest Ford standard
of comfort, refinement and dignity.
Any of these cars would make moat
acceptable Christmus presents, says
Mr. Gaither, and he has already
booked several orders through .the
medium of Santa Claus.
,t!fJ Hf*. E T v
« Honda,.' ramsey» of Wa-
Mr. Dornhoefer says he was in the
“grasshopper belt” this year, but by
hard and continuous work he beat the
hoppers at their own game and made
a fairly good crop.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Clement were
called to Austin on Monday by the
serious condition of their son, Nor-
......... „ ___________ _____ man Clement, a student in the State
McGregor, Special Cotton Agent for ; University, who suffered an attack of
Milam County, that there were 56,-! appendicitis. Norman underwent an
735 bales ginned in Milam county up operation at the Seaton Infirmary
to Nov. 14, as against 41,970 ginned Monday afternoon and was reported
up to same date last year. This shows doing well following the operation,
an increase of nearly 15,000 bales. Thorndale Champion.
main there and'assured of a good liv-'two children drove up in an auto,
ing whether the boll weevil hits or not. and seeing Sherrill, Molley stepped
NOV. 14 COTTON REPORT
INDICATES BIG INCREASE
The Reporter is informed by Basil
Lease Assignment Blanks now
•tock at Th« Reporter office.
in Typewriter ribbons for sale at The
tf 1 Reporter office.
NEXT MONDAY NIGHT. SEE
MAGICIAN AT HIGH SCHOOL
It must be admitted it takes a
pretty good slight-of-hand artist to
fool his brothers at the profession.
Some time ago, Kater the noted ma-
gician who will appear here on next
Monday evening at the High School
Auditorium, gave one of his programs
before a gathering of fellow artists
on an annual "get together” meeting.
Kater uncorked his inexhaustible sup-
ply of prestidigitation. The fellow
tricksters blinked their eyes in admir-
ation, for Kater had a new line of
stuff which they did not know ex-
One of the editors of “Sphinx,” of-
ficial magazine for magicians, had a
few interesting statements to make
concerning the art of Kater. Here
is what he said: “Kater is great—
Both men were strangers in the coun- he does rm-re than the usual four-
ty, but Sherrill was known here as j people company. His illusions are
he once lived around here. Molley j delightful and unlike most programs
was brought here and placed in jail 0f magic, there is absolutely no trick-
to await the action of the Grand Jury, jnPr. That is one reason why Kater
which was in session.—Caldwell Led- ^oes big.”
ger. From the interest already mani-
---Tested in the appearance of Kater in
Uncle Sam isn’t sure whether the, this community, good seats will be at
Europeans want him to come over) a premium on next Monday evening,
or come acrose.-Toledo Blade. ! December 10.
out of the car and fired on him with
a shot gun. Sherrill stumbling for-
ward and falling dead in a ditch. Fam-
ily trouble is said to have been the
cause of the shooting leading up to
the killing and Molley seems to have
the sympathy of the public with him.
EDITOR ENJOYS TRIP TO
BIG THANKSGIVING GAME
The editor of The Reporter wit-
nessed the Thanksgiving Day football
game at College Station between A.
& M. College and Texas University.
We went over in the car as guest of
Mayor and Mrs. H. C. Meyer, finding
the roads good in spit .- of the prereed-
ing two-days’ rain.
Mrs. Meyer had fixed up a million-
dollar picnic lurnh, expecting to feed
not only the editor but all the Rock-
dale cadets at A. A M. To her regret,
however, only one of the naif-dozen
could be located, that one being her
own son, Henry, who is more than
making good in his “fish” year at
All the Rockdale lads at A. & M.
are reported to be making good. Ralph
Stribling is a senior and has recent-
ly received his commission and will
graduate from the engineering de-
partment next Spring. All report
college life as being “gr< at.”
A visit to this big Texas school is
interesting on any occasion, but at the
Thanksgiving game it is really inspir-
ing to observe the two thousand ca-
dets in their evident unanimity of pur-
pose in cheering their team to win
The editor is indebted to Mr. and
Mrs. Meyer for one of the most pleas-
ant days we have ever spent.
Rockdale was well represented at
the game, there being possibly one
hundred from this city in attendance,
a great many of whom went over on
the special train run by the I.-G. N.
The French seem to favor the
Separatist movement, whether it is
to separate the Germans from their
coin or separate the Rhineland as
a coign of vantage.—Louisville
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Cooke, John Esten. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. , No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 6, 1923, newspaper, December 6, 1923; Rockdale, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth742657/m1/1/: accessed September 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library.