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Upson, Phillips homes part of Dec. 11 tour

Wendie Upson home, 417 East Bell, known to many Rockdale generations as the Ryan house. Reporter/MIke Brown Wendie Upson home, 417 East Bell, known to many Rockdale generations as the Ryan house. Reporter/MIke Brown The homes of Wendie Upson, 417 East Bell, and David and Mary Phillips, 437 San Gabriel, will be among those featured on t he Rockda le Dow ntow n Association “Christmas In Olde Town” homes tour, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11.

The tour is of eight historic, decorated homes in the Puddin’ Ridge neighborhood.

It will be held from 2 until 6 p.m. and will also feature a tour of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 302 E. Dav illa Street where refreshments and live entertainment will be provided.

The eight homes on the tour are within a few blocks of St. Thomas Episcopal.

Tickets for the tour will be $10 and may be purchased at Finley Art Works in the P.H. Perry Building, 229 North Main Street; and Dyess Insurance Agency, 134 North Main Street.

Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

David and Mary Phillips home, 437 San Gabriel, is 125 years old. David and Mary Phillips home, 437 San Gabriel, is 125 years old. The Upson home was built in 1933 for Rockdale banker T. B. “Ted” Ryan and wife Helen.

Its lot and home were wedding gifts to the couple from Helen Ryan’s father, Dr. H.T. Coulter of Rockdale, and her uncle, Walter Coulter of Bryan.

The 125-year-old Phillips home was built in 1885 by Ed and Elizabeth Sims.

Other homes on the tour are:

• Bark ley A lford-L ee Pate home, 403 Rice.

• Bernie and Kim Finley home, 415 Green.

• Perry home, 305 East Davilla

• Wendie Upson home, 417 East Bell

• Kenny and Elaine Gerren home, 227 East Bell.

• Sandy and Vickie Braswell home, 229 E. Davilla.

• Joyce Da lley home, 508 Green.


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