Commentary

1908 business leaders here are familiar names

Third in a series of early-1900s Rockdale merchants.

When the 1908 Rockdale Fair book was published, advertising merchandise and goods for sale in town and listing all the fair events, do you think those proprietors ever though that 101 years later some of their descendents would be reviewing what Rockdale was like back then? Probably not.

The Lowenstein Brothers were very inf luential in Rockdale's history. They were interested in education, helping to establish Rockdale's first school. They also owned a store downtown. Their ad in the Fair book read: "The businessmen who make the strongest claims are not necessarily the leaders in their lines; but we back them up with the right kind of merchandise. The home of Good Goods."

First National Bank of Rockdale's ad read, "Don't keep your money where it may be burned or stolen. Bring it to this bank and draw it as you need it. Hundreds of others do." Their officers were R. H. Hicks, president; J. F. Coffield, vice-president; J. E. Longmoor, cashier; and C. K. Stribling, assistant cashier. Directors were Hicks, J. T. Coffield, B. B. Baxter, Charles H. Coffield and Lon Hudson.

Hill and Company, the jewelry house, offered a large, fine assortment of gold and gold-filled pins, rings, chain, fobs, watches, lockets and bracelets.

Henry Lockwood was a dealer in lumber, shingles, blinds, sash, cement, lime, paints and oils.

H. Moseley was the proprietor of Moseley's Barber Shop, saying, "We please our patrons. Let us do your barber work."

J. B. Ashby ran an ad, "Vote for J. B. Ashby for constable, Precinct No. 4 in the July primaries."

E. Ferrari owned the popular cold drink stand that also sold cigars, tobacco, choice confections and homemade candies.

Some of the names of early owners are still prominent to those who have lived here for over fifty years. Many of these businesses were located in buildings in the downtown area that still exist today.

Research: Book from the First Annual Fair produced by the "Rockdale Farmers Fair Association" in 1908.

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