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ROCKDALE TEXAS JEWISH CEMETERY WEBPAGE






LOCATION OF THE ROCKDALE JEWISH CEMETERY

The Rockdale Jewish Cemetery is directly located behind the Old City Cemetery surrounded by a chain link fence and headstones carved in Hebrew.

To reach the cemetery from Main Street, go south past the Old City Cemetery and turn left at the first road to the left (White Street). The cemetery entrance and historical marker is on the left near the corner of Mulbury and White streets.




The Rockdale Jewish Cemetery was established by the Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1878 and contains such names as Block, Cohen, Cohn, Collins, Crown, Emsheimer, Goldsticker, Kestenbaum, Loewenstein, Malsch, Philipson, Rosenfield, and Steinburg. The cemetery currently includes 19 marked graves and two unmarked graves.


ROCKDALE JEWISH CEMETERY BULLETIN BOARD

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Joseph E. Loewenstein, M.D. (loewenstein@suddenlink.net) posted the following email:

I stumbled on you web site about the cemetery. It's very well done.

Let me correct one error. You state that "Benjamin Loewenstein died in 1934 when he was hit by an automobile while crossing the street in Rockdale. His other family members are buried in the cemetery including his wife, Carrie Malsch Loewenstein who died as a result of a fall in her home."

That was Ben Loewenstein, Jr., who died after being hit by a car. Ben Jr. was the son of Benjamin Loewenstein, who died in 1923. Ben Jr. was married to Lena Howse Loewenstein and is buried in the IOOF cemetery in Rockdale.

Thanks,

Joe Loewenstein
(Great-grandson of Joseph Loewenstein)




HISTORY OF THE ROCKDALE TEXAS JEWISH CEMETERY (1878)



The Rockdale Jewish Cemetery dates back to November 11, 1878 when the Hebrew Benevolent Association purchased 22-acres of land in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, from the Texas Land Company for the purpose of establishing a Jewish Cemetery. The earliest burial was that of Arthur Loewenstein, age 10-months and 8-days, the second son of Benjamin and Carrie Malsch Loewenstein. Arthur was born on 30 September 1876 in Rockdale and died on 8 August 1877, 15-months prior to the purchase of the land by the Association.

Arthur's father was a prominent merchant and businessman in the community. Benjamin and his brother, Joseph opened for business in a tent on Wednesday, 24 December 1873, before the International & Great Northern Railroad reached Rockdale in January 1874.

During the 1880s after Rockdale was officially a town, The Rockdale Jewish School Community was established and served until the expansion of the public schools in Milam County.



Henry Goldsticker, a veteran of the Civil War (Lavaca Guards of Lavaca County, Texas, 24th Brigade, Texas State Troops died on August 9, 1888.








Henry Goldsticker’s son, George and niece, Hattie Philipson are also buried in the cemetery.Hattie was the daughter of Ludwig and Sarah (Levy) Philipson. Henry’s wife was Gabriella Philipson Goldsticker, sister of Ludwig Philipson.

Another burial in the Rockdale Jewish Cemetery was Isaac Crown who died in the tragic Mundine Hotel Fire in Rockdale which killed 12 people.







The Loewenstein family has a large number of the burials in the Jewish cemetery. Benjamin Loewenstein died in 1923. His other family members are buried in the cemetery including his wife, Carrie Malsch Loewenstein who died as a result of a fall in her home. Benjamin Loewenstein's son, Ben Loewenstein, Jr. died in 1934 when he was hit by an automobile while crossing the street in Rockdale. Ben Jr. was married to Lena Howse Loewenstein and is buried in the IOOF cemetery in Rockdale.




Other Loewenstein family members include Joseph E. Loewnstein, Jr., Joseph Loewenstein, and Carrie’s mother, Salomine Malsch. The last burial in the Rockdale Jewish Cemetery is that of Morris Cohn (April 30, 1939).








 

 

 

 

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ROCKDALE JEWISH CEMETERY LISTING:


Block Henrietta 29 Jun 1866 07 Oct 1892 daughter of Theresa & Hyman Block

Block Hyman 22 Dec 1825 18 Jan 1899 husband of Theresa Block
Block Theresa (Therelia) 21 Jan 1835 29 Jul 1898 wife of Hyman Block



Cohen Samuel 13 Apr 1835 24 Aug 1882



Cohn Morris S. 16 Apr 1856 30 Apr 1939



Collins Annie 12 Apr 1889 18 Sep 1900



Crown Isaac 01 Jan 1858 04 Jun 1888 Killed in Mundine Hotel Fire



Emsheimer Isaac ca. 1848 29 Apr 1884



Goldsticker George 20 Sep 1882 22 Aug 1883 son of Henry & Gabrella (Philipson) Goldsticker
Goldsticker Henry 04 Jul 1843 09 Aug 1888 Confederate Veteran - Private - Lavaca Guards, Light Infantry Company, 24th Brigade,Texas State Troops



Kestenbaum Jacob 09 Mar 1874 30 Apr 1932



Loewenstein Family
Loewenstein Arthur 30 Sep 1876 08 Aug 1877 Oldest known burial in cemetery - son of Benjamin & Carrie Loewenstein
Loewenstein Benjamin 02 Mar 1845 11 May 1923 husband of Carrie Malsch Loewenstein
Loewenstein Carrie 29 Sep 1851 08 Jun 1932 Maiden Name: Malsch
Loewenstein Joseph E. 26 May 1875 21 Jul 1908 son of Benjamin & Carrie Loewenstein
Lowenstein H. V., Dr. unknown abt. 31 Aug 1904 No gravemarker ; husband of Sarah Cohen Lowenstein


Malsch Salomine 04 Nov 1826 16 Nov 1907 wife of Matthew Malsch and mother of Carrie Malsch Loewenstein



Philipson Hattie 07 May 1881 04 Jun 1881 niece of Henry Goldsticker – daughter of Ludwig & Sarah (Levy)
Philipson Rosenfield Rosa 26 Jun 1877 26 May 1886 daughter of Joseph S. & Therese Rosenfield



Steinberg Abe 08 Apr 1843 25 Feb 1928 husband of Annie Huderlik Steinberg






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