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Donna Hammond Lane
P. O. Box 151101
Austin, Texas  78715-1101
RE: 2014 Pruett Reunion
The following is an update regarding the Pruett Family Reunion planned for September 1st (Labor Day), 2014 in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas:
There will be a Pruett Family Reunion in Rockdale on September 1, 2014 at the Fair Park Pavilion. We are celebrating 170 years of Pruett family traditions! The meal will be potluck; please bring a side/dessert and your drink of choice. BBQ grills will be available if you want to bring a meat and electric is available for cookers/crock pots (bring extension cords, serving utensils, etc.). Please bring enough to share. We have plenty of tables and chairs, however, you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs. Lunch will be served at noon. Henry Pruett and Eleline Rencher started their journey in Alabama in 1843, travelled through Mississippi and ended up in Milam County, Texas in 1870. They had nine children and well over a thousand descendants in total. If you think you might be a descendant, there is genealogical work available on the family tree and you could be listed there. Please feel free to contact Thomas E. Pruett by phone, email, or Facebook with the links provided below. For inquiries and RVSP, please email Thomas Pruett at, or call at (618) 339-6478 (voicemail). Alternate contact: Donna Hammond Lane, Austin, Texas, (512) 568-1070. Please like our Facebook page at or Thomas Pruett's Facebook page at to keep up with family history and the reunion developments.


Caffey Reunion

The annual Lucy Caffey family reunion will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Patterson Center, 609 Mill Street in Rockdale.

A covered-dish luncheon will be served at noon. All family and friends are invited.

FMI: John Robert Caffey, 512- 760-5274, or Clifford Caffey, 512-446-6977.
Rockdale Reporter - July 10, 2014


Owens Reunion

Descendants of Joseph and Tinne Owens will hold a family reunion on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Forest Grove Christian Church fellowship hall, 8902 South US 77.

Attendees are invited to bring family, friends, covered dishes and drinks to enjoy.

FMI: Janette Owens, 512- 446-3112.
Rockdale Reporter - July 10, 2014


Mack Reunion

The family of Ollie and Versie Mack will hold its 2014 reunion Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Patterson Center in Rockdale from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. A barbecue lunch and also hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and dessert will be served.

“Attendees should bring a covered dish or any food item,” said Hamilton Mack. “Adult and kid games are planned, plus door prizes and an auction fund-raiser.”

Fee is $45 per family (head of household members only), $20 for single family members, $10 for senior citizen family members, and $20 for guests. “Send fee in advance or else it will be collected at the door, no exceptions,” Mack said.

FMI: Hamilton Mack at 254-774-8380,, or Obbie Mack, 512-446-6626
Rockdale Reporter - July 10, 2014


Davidson Reunion - Aug. 16, 2014

Descendants of W. J. “Bill” and Bertha Davidson will hold a reunion at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 in the fellowship hall of Friendship Baptist Church, located on Hwy 36 between Milano and Caldwell.

Please bring food for a covered dish lunch at noon. All family and friends are welcome to attend. FMI: Carrol Davidson, 512-455-3498, or Linda Jenkins, 512-446-5764.


The International & Great Northern Depot-Museum, the town’s landmark, is in danger of closing. Dave Phillips, president of the Rockdale Historical Society, which restored the 108-year-old showpiece, said in a letter to society volunteers this week the group is facing a financial crunch.

“The Depot-Museum has had to make several costly repairs to the air conditioning system,” he said. “Repairs have been completed but there is not enough money to pay for this item.”

“Donations are down considerably and we have also lost some vital monthly support from some of our biggest donors,” he said.

That has put the society “seriously low on operating funds,” Phillips said.

CLOSING - He noted that the situation has put the museum’s continued operation in jeopardy.

“If we are not able to raise money quickly, shutting the doors to the museum may quickly become the only option,” Phillips said.

The depot museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

In addition, it plays a major role in many community functions including the Tejas Fest, library summer reading program, Christmas activities and more.

“It’s a vital and amazing piece of our town’s history,” Phillips said.

Rockdale Reporter - July 31, 2014

Henson reunion Aug. 30
The Henson Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 30, at the Thorndale VFW. “We will eat at 2 p.m., so bring your favorite food dishes to share with all, paper goods and tea will be furnished,” according to Lynn Martin, spokesperson.

“We will have a silent auction again this year, so if you wish, bring an item to auction off to raise funds for next year’s reunion. Be sure to pass the word on to family members and friends and let’s make this a big, fun event,” Martin said. For more info, call Martin at 979-209-4563.

Kay, Depot Get Grants
Rockdale Reporter - 2015-02-19

Downtown Rockdale’s two landmark structures at each end of Main Street will receive matching funds to assist with restorations.

The Milam County Historical Commission Trust Fund has announced the Kay Theater Foundation will receive $4,700 and the I&GN Depot-Museum will get $4,000.

The Milam County Historical Museum in Cameron will receive $2,500.

Grant for depot will go toward restoring its 63-year-old Cheyenne Mountain dining car.

The mostly-restored Kay Theater is moving into its “Phase Four” renovation which includes permanent house lights, stage lighting and some trim work.


Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
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Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas