Rockdale: Pictures from the past
Images of America: Rockdale has just been printed by Arcadia Publishing Co. and it contains over 200 historic photos tracing the town’s history from 1873 to the present.
It’s available at book stores, online and from the publisher, www.arcadiapublishing.com.
BOOK SIGNINGS—There’s already a book-signing scheduled with Dr. Estell at the I&GN Historic Depot Museum, from 2 to 4 p.m. July 29.
Light refreshments will be served and proceeds will benefit the depot-museum.
A nother book- signing is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12- noon Aug. 8 at Elements, 219 North Main Street
“The idea is that the pictures tell the story,” she said. Each of the nine chapters consists of historic photos and begins with one page of prose explaining significance of the photos to come.
“That’s by design,” she said. “The narrative is limited, so we could get in the maximum amount of pictures.”
Dr. Estell sees the book as an updated and expanded version of the 1974 Rockdale Centennial book, to date the best collection of historic photos dealing wholly with Rockdale and the immediate area.
CLASSICS— Dr. Estell appealed to the public for historic photos and Rockdale residents came through.
“It was my goal to have photos that really told the story of Rockdale’s history, not just old family photos, although there are obviously plenty of those in the book,” she said.
Those include “founding fathers” Ben and Joe Loewenstein, mine owner Hermann Vogel and physician Dr. Dunc Wallis.
There’s a very special name from early Rockdale, milliner, and pioneering female business owner, Dora Orr Poole. “She was my grandmother,” Dr. Estell said. “I got my love of history from her.”
SPECIAL PHOTOS—There are many photos which are special to Dr. Estell and to some of the first Rockdale residents who got advance copies of the book.
“I just love the photo of a little boy going to school at Bushdale, barefoot and carrying his lunch bucket,” she said.
Another favorite is the 1932 street party in the 200 block of North Main, sort of a Depression
Both those photos are reproduced here.
COVER ICON—In the background of that photo the Buck Henry garage building is clearly visible.
Henry Garage is also on the book’s cover.
“I love history, of course, but I hope everyone realizes Rockdale isn’t all about history,” Dr. Estell said. “We’ve got a future, too.”
Dr. Estell isn’t putting down the pen, either. She, historian Joy Graham and Steven Gonzales are teaming up to write a history of the El Camino Real National Historic Trail, which passes through Milam County.