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Genealogy society hears about Old City Cemetery
Milam County Genealogical Society met May 24 as 14 members heard Charles Hubert present a program on the importance of preserving cemeteries, with an emphasis on the Old City Cemetery in Rockdale.
A cemetery is a place where family histor y is “ written in stone,” Hubert said, noting that land for the Old City Cemetery was donated in 1876 by the IG&N Railroad after a railhead was established in Rockdale.
He gave biographies of early pioneers interred in the Old City Cemetery, including Nathaniel Hardcastle Tracy, born in Arkansas, who came to Texas after the Civil War. Tracy was a Rockdale attorney and served in the 25th Legislature. He died in 1904. Hubert gave a biography of his great-great grandmother, Annie Marie Simpson Hubert, born in Baltimore, MD, and moved to Rockdale with her family in 1880. Ms. Hubert died at 94 in 1911 and is buried in the Old City Cemetery.
Efforts are underway between Milam County Genealogical Society and Rockdale Historical Society to begin restoration on this cemetery.
Lynna Kay Shuffield will hold a genealogy seminar on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Genealogy Center in Lucy Patterson Memorial Library. Due to the limited resources at the library, only the first 15 to register will be able to bring laptops. However, Ms. Shuffield has materials and visual aids that make the classes easy to follow and easy to continue research at home.
Next society meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Citizens National Bank in Rockdale. Eugenia Newton will present the program. Visitors are welcome.— Linda Whorton, publicity
Kristi’s Krusaders 2nd annual MS rally June 25
MILANO–The second annual Kristi’s Krusaders “Rally for the Walk...Walk MS 2011” is set for Saturday, June 25 at Nat’s in Milano, event coordinator Kristi (Ditto) Bode has announced.
The all-day event will include a motorcycle ride, bike show, door prizes, barbecue plates, live and silent auctions and T-shirts for sale.
Motorcycle ride registration starts at 8 a.m. with the first bike out at 10 a.m. Barbecue plates will be ready about noon, Bode said.
The group is selling tickets for a Remington model 770 with synthetic stock, stainless barrel, bolt action four-shot clip, bushel 3x9 scope, boar sighted, choice of calibers (243, 270 or 30- 6). Tickets are $5 each and the winner will be announced June 25. (Need not be present to win.)
For more information or to donate, contact Bode, 254-813- 2194; Amber Ditto, 254-214-3042; or Marie Bakken, 254-718-0133. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Thorndale BBQ Cookoff scheduled June 24-26
THORNDALE—The 21st annua l Thorndale Firemen’s BBQ Cookoff will be held June 24-26 at Thorndale City Park.
Starting Friday and continuing through Sunday will be a softball tournament. Call Michael Becker, at 512-228-0249, for entry information and details.
BBQ cookoff categories are beef brisket, pork ribs and chicken. There will also be a Jackpot Bean and Cook’s Choice competition. A new jackpot category will be a Margarita contest Friday night. For details call Tammy Pickett, 512-269-3598.
Saturday, June 25, will be the Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be food booths in the park. For details call Cindy Hughes, 512- 760- 0669.
A lso Sat urday w ill be t he Thorndale Firemen Ladies Auxiliary turkey and dressing meal at 11 a.m. in Fireman’s Hall.
Saturday also offers horseshoe, washer and domino tournaments, games for the kids, food booths, music and opening ceremonies presenting Miss Thorndale and her court.
There will be dances at the City Park Pavilion: Friday, June 24, 8 p.m. to midnight, People’s Choice; Saturday, June 25, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music by Chris Brade. Tickets will be $10 at the gate for all (ages 5 and under free). All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
SPJST to hold veterans assistance workshop
TAYLOR—SPJST Assisted Living, 505 East Lake Drive in Taylor, will hold a free VA Aid and Attendance Workshop on Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.
This workshop is for veterans or widow(er)s of veterans. Must have served 90 days of consecutive, active military service plus one day during war time, with a discharge of any kind other than dishonorable and be at least age 65 or older.
“ This workshop has assisted many seniors, veterans and their widow(er)s to learn more about their benefits,” said Greg McDonnell of US Benefits Analysts. For more information, call McDonnell, 512-784-4343, or visit www.gbausa.org/gmcdonnell.
Annual Dime Box Homecoming Festival
DIME BOX—The Dime Box Lions Club will sponsor the annual Dime Box Homecoming and Black Bridge Festival and Mini- Marathon Oct. 1 in downtown Dime Box. Events include a barbecue cookoff, art walk, dog dash, arts and crafts fair, parade, and more. For more information call Carol Dismukes, 979-884-3227.