Friendly Thorndale still lives up to its name

This is the third in a series on the history of Thorndale. T horndale was settled by people who came from southern states of the United States and from Europe.

Immigrants traveled by ox cart from the port of Galveston. through the areas now known as Hallettsville, Serbin, Ledbetter, and Lincoln, settling in this town known for its rich fertile soil.

Two Lutheran churches St. Paul’s and St. John’s were built. St. Paul Lutheran Church, School and Cemetery and St. John Lutheran Church have Texas Historical Markers.

First Baptist Church of Thorndale has recently built a new church on west US 79.

Trinity United Methodist Church building is still located on North Main (FM 486) and is in private hands. It closed several years ago due to a decline in membership. The congregation and pastor united with the Methodist church in Pleasant Retreat.

San Gabriel Christian Church, neat Thorndale, also has a Texas Historical Marker. This church recently built a family center

Salty has maintained a community church, even though it does not have services it is used by the community and maintained by the Salty Cemetery Association.

Conoley Church is south of the cemetery in the community for which it is named.

Thorndale businesses along US 79 in the 1950’s included Martin Rodenbecks automotive business and Bill Rodenbeck’s business. Both men were known throughout the area.

The buildings still house businesses. Martin Rodenbeck’s is leased and Bill Rodenbeck family still operate Rodenbeck Feed and, in 2011, a new building to house Thorndale Meat Market.

Rodenbecks have history of serving customers continuously for well over 50 years.

Just east of FM 486 and Main Street, new businesses have opened. Carol’s, once a cafĂ© and convenience store, closed and reopened as an antique store.

Thorndale Co-op is housed in what once was the Thorndale Cottonseed Oil Mill.

Milam County Precinct 4 has offices for JP Gary Northcott and Commissioner Jeff Muegge’s.

Thorndale has a very active volunteer fire department, supported by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Fireman’s Hall is home to many celebrations of the community, including wedding reception, anniversary parties, and fund raisers in support of their close- net communit y needs.

Thorndale, once called“ The Friendly City” remains true to that name.

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