Rockdale Messenger Excerpts 1899-1904
2002 August 3 

Many thanks to Lynna Kay Shuffield for digging these up.
Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 23 Feb 1899

Marriage - Mrs. J. McKenzie of Galveston and her son, Donald McKenzie, were guests at the Loewenstein mansion this week. The lady was a friend of Mrs. Loewenstein’s in her girlhood days in Fayette county and attended the wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Loewenstein some 28-years ago and the families have been warm friends ever since, so she and her son came up to attend the nuptials of Robert Loewenstein and Miss Bertie Loper. Donald McKinzie acting as best man in the ceremony.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 9 Mar 1899

Return to City -Robert Loewenstein and bride returned from St. Louis Wednesday morning as happy as birds these beautiful spring mornings. Robert made an extensive purchase of goods for his house, which have been coming in.

B. Loewenstein was able to be out Monday morning after 10-days tussle with la grippe and a severe and painful boil in the wrong place.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 16 Mar 1899

Joe Loewenstein, Jr., one of the most popular and worthy young men of Rockdale, left Monday for a pleasure and business trip to Houston, Galveston and New Orleans.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 4 May 1899

B. Loewenstein, A. Wolf and Gus Backhaus went to Austin to attend the meeting of the grand lodge of the Sons of Hermann.

J. B. Hamilton, Joe Loewenstein, Jr. and C. K. Stribling left Tuesday for Paris, Texas, where they will attend the State Fireman’s convention as representatives of the Rockdale fire dept.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 18 May 1899

Joe Young, Ben Loewenstein and Ed Hewitt are on a fishing and hunting trip on the San Marcos river.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 8 June 1899

Bennie Loewenstein, Jr., Ed Hewitt and Joe Young returned from their western trip last Thursday. They went as far as Mason county and visited the following counties: Williamson, Travis, Hayes, Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Llano, Burnett and Mason. The boys say Bennie developed to be an expert rabbit chaser and could make a jack rabbit June for the first mile or so.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 22 June 1899

Visiting - Ed Loewenstein of Houston is in the city visiting his cousin Bennie Loewenstein.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 22 June 1899

Robt. Loewenstein and wife are taking a holiday at the Mineral Wells, Pal Pinto county, Texas.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 6 July 1899

4th of July - Most business houses were closed Tuesday to honor the nation’s birthday. Mr. A. Wolf and B. Loewenstein & Sons had fine, new American flags hoisted over their places of business, proving that our American citizens by adoption were more patriotic, so far at least that the born citizens.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 13 July 1899

Robert Loewenstein and wife returned from Mineral Wells on Friday, greatly improved in health.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 25 Jan 1900

Mrs. Robert Loewenstein has been very ill for several days, but is at present convalescent.

B. Loewenstein & Sons have rented the store house recently vacated by W. H. Fletcher, and will use it as a ware room.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 1 Feb 1900

Mrs. Robt. Loewenstein and brother, Walter Loper, will leave today for Ft. Worth, where the latter goes to receive medical treatment of Dr. A. C. Walker.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 22 Feb 1900

Mrs. Robt. Loewenstein has returned from Ft. Worth, her brother Walter [Loper] is still at that place under treatment.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 1 March 1900

Joe Loewenstein, Jr. was in Austin last Monday.

B. Loewenstein and son Bennie Loewenstein, returned from St. Louis last Sunday evening after 2-weeks hard work trying to buy goods. We put in “trying to” because these gentlemen say they never witnessed such a rush. They had to make dates ahead to even get to look at goods and prices, but they secured some rare bargains just the same.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 12 April 1900

Party - At the handsome home of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Loewenstein Tuesday night of this week, the young folks of this city were tendered a princely entertainment in honor of the charming Miss Etta Loper. They had a royal good time, is the universal verdict of the jolly crowd who attended.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 10 May 1900

In the election of school trustees, B. Loewenstein received the highest number of votes cast. Or in other words, he led the ticket.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 10 May 1900

Joe Loewenstein left Monday for Waxahachie to attend the Fireman’s association and will go from there to New Orleans, where he will spend some time.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 17 May 1900

Dr. H. V. Loewenstein, the renowned optician is in the city.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 31 May 1900

Joe Loewenstein, after an extended tour of Waxahachie, Dallas, Fort Worth and New Orleans has returned home. Joe reports having had a “swell time.”

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 14 June 1900

Joe Loewenstein, Jr. was in Milano Sunday.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 5 July 1900

Mr. & Mrs. Robt. Loewenstein left Saturday for Eureka Springs, AR.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 26 July 1900

Last Monday, Ben Loewenstein, Jr. received a handsome watch chain as a birthday gift from his brother, Robert, who is spending the summer at Eureka Springs, AR.

Joe Loewenstein was in New Braunfels Sunday.

Ben Loewenstein, Jr. and W. A. Coffield visited friends in Mexia Sunday.

B. Loewenstein is attending the Grand Lodge of the A.O.U.W.’s at Temple.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 9 August 1900

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Loewenstein have returned from Eureka Springs, AR, where they have been for several weeks past. Mr. Loewenstein comes home much refreshed in health and appears to be in fine trim to handle the immense business which will assuredly be theirs this fall.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 16 August 1900

The following Rockdalians witnessed the ball game at Bryan Sunday between the Loewenstein Grays and the Bryan team - Will & Joe Coffield; Joe Loewenstein; Ben Loewenstein; Ben, Warren, Charley & Pus Baxter; Fred Stahl; Walter Marshall; Hunter Sherrell; Immit Poole and Jule Coffield, Jr.
Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 23 August 1900

B. Loewenstein & Sons are erecting an iron clad wagon ware room in the rear of their brick on Ackerman St.

Mr. & Mrs. B. Loewenstein left for St. Louis on Sunday. The former goes to lay in a large stock for the house of Loewenstein & Sons.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 6 Sept 1900

The Loewenstein Gray’s went to Taylor Sunday for a ball game but were prevented from playing by rain.

Mr. & Mrs. B. Loewenstein have returned from St. Louis, where Mr. L purchased a large stock of goods, and the house of Loewenstein says they are going to make things warm this fall.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 20 Sept 1900

B. Loewenstein was in Rosebud Saturday of last week.

Joe Loewenstein was in Minerva and Cameron on Tuesday.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 31 Jan 1901

Robert Loewenstein is able to be at his business again after being confined to his home with sickness for more than a week.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 21 Nov. 1901

Dr. & Mrs. R. S. Wallis gave a farewell musical to Dr. & Mrs. J. B. Gaither of North Carolina last Friday evening. Music by the orchestra came first, with B. Loewenstein, Sr., musical director and chief tamborinist, who displaced more musical talent than Paderewsky, consider the time he has been regarded as a musician and for earnestness and zeal has no superior. Leonard Isaacs, chief traingleist, becomes so enthused that he never has time to sit down and is always ready in the key of “C.” 

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 26 Dec. 1901

Birth - Boy born to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Loewenstein last Thursday.

Rockdale Messenger, Thur., 2 Sept 1904

Death - The remains of H. V. Lowenstein of Cameron were buried in the Jewish cemetery in this city today at 10 a.m. He was well known in Rockdale, having visited here a number of times as an optician. Maj. W. M. McGregor and two brothers of the deceased accompanied the body from Cameron. [Note: This is no gravemarker for this individual in the cemetery.]