History, author focus of 76th Homecoming here Sunday

By LUCILE ESTELL Homecoming spokesperson

The history of Rockdale will be in focus on Sunday, June 13 as old-timers and newcomers alike gather to reminisce about the town which is steadily moving toward its 150th year of existence.

Rockdale was founded in 1874 as a “railroad town.” This year marks the 76th homecoming celebration for Rockdale

The catered meal for this event will be served by Terri York Sandoval, owner of A Touch of Elegance. Terri is the daughter of Judy York and the late Pete York. She counts among her ancestors the Stein family who operated a bakery in Rockdale at the turn of the century.

Terri’s grandfather, Joseph Stein, bought the building at the corner of Bell and Main Street in 1876 and opened a bakery there. A century later, Pete and Judy York bought the building and opened a bakery. Otto Stein (Terri’s great uncle) moved from Rockdale to Dallas where they became famous for their wares. One may see the ghosts of the Steins adding a touch or two of elegance here and there at the homecoming on Sunday.

Homage will be paid to another Rockdale citizen who is well-k now n for his literary achievement. 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Sessions Perry. This event was celebrated earlier this year with a reception at the Patterson Center sponsored by Friends of the Lucy Hill Patteerson Library. There will be a special display at homecoming, prepared by Annette Stone. The exhibit will honor Perry and his achievements.

This 76th homecoming will begin around 9:30 a.m. as visitors gather for coffee and fellowship. There will not be a speaker.

Lunch will be served at 12:30. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door.

Rockdale High School graduating class of 1960 is the honor class for this homecoming.

C it i zen s of Rockd a le a re encouraged to come to the Patterson Center, enjoy a delicious meal and visit with visitors and residents alike in a salute to Rockdale.

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