“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rockdale in Milam County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, June 8, 2014
1. Jewish Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The International & Great Northern Railroad reached the new town of Rockdale in January 1874. Among the early residents were brothers Benjamin and Joseph Lowenstein, who opened a mercantile from a tent before the railroad arrived. They and their families were part of a larger contingent of Jewish settlers in the area. By 1879, a reported 100 Jewish residents lived in Rockdale, which boasted an active B'nai B'rith Lodge.

In August 1877, Benjamin and Carrie Lowenstein's son Arthur died and was buried at this site. The following November, the Hebrew Benevolent Association bought the land for use as a dedicated Jewish burial ground. Among those interred here are Henry Goldsticker, a Confederate veteran, and Issac Crown, who died in a disastrous fire in 1888 at Rockdale's Mundine Hotel. One grave, that of Isaac Ensheimer, was placed in a separate part of the cemetery; Ensheimer committed suicide in 1884. The final burial occurred in 1939 and is that of Morris Cohn. The site is a reminder of Rockdale's diverse history.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004

Erected 2004
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Photographed By Jim Evans, June 8, 2014
2. Jewish Cemetery
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by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13787.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1874.
Location. 30° 39.107′ N, 96° 59.913′ W. Marker is in Rockdale, Texas, in Milam County. Marker is at the intersection of East White Avenue and Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling west on East White Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockdale TX 76567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Railroads in Rockdale (approx. Ό mile away); International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot (approx. Ό mile away); The Kay Theater (approx. 0.4 miles away); Matinee Musical Club (approx. half a mile away); La Recluta and La Escuelita (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mount Zion Baptist Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Site of the Mission San Ildefonso (approx. 6 miles away); Site of Mission San Francisco Xavier de Los Dolores (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockdale.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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