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Poge 12-A—Waco, Texas Ilìaco (Triliunr^cralù MACARTHUR WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUI) Old Soldier Spanned Three Centuries ISAAC BROCK SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH Old Soldier Never Died... Just Faded Awav By ERNIE MAKOVY Staff Writer The tombstone . . . you can barely read its writing: “Isaac Brock. Born March 1, 1787. Died Sept. 3, 1909. Aged 122 years, 6 months and 2 days.” Now the famous words: Old soldiers never die. They just fade away. Brock never laved to hear Gen. Douglas MacArthur utter that news. But had he, he would have known it was truth, wisdom and prophesy. For Brock was an old soMder, turned down by the Confederate Army in 1861 at the age of 74, but one who was later hired by another man as an Army blacksmith. He was more than just a soldier, though. He loved horses and wouldn’t ride them to town because he wanted to save them. He was also a pretty sprite old man, marrying an 18-year- old girl in 1851 at the age of 64 and then fathering 12 children. THAT WAS his second marriage. Little is known of his first wife, except that she Gties Ask Renaming Of Highway ü J bore him four children and died at an early age. And even when he was well past the 100-year-old mark, Brock considered a 35-mile hike from his China Spring home to Waco nothing more than a casual stroll. He made his last such hike when he was 120 and he probably would have made more if he hadn’t gone blind. Even the fittest of today’s generation may find those stories hard to believe. But they’re true, as are several others. At one time lin his younger days, Brock hiked to Texas from NortJi Carolina, where he was born, and twice when he was in his 80s he got into fights. Old-timers recall one was with his 80-some-odd-year-old landlord John McCann and began over a political argument. The cither was with a much younger man named Granger. No need to say who won them. WITH HIS high temper went other charac teristics: generosity, kindness, energy and skill. The late Mrs. SalMe Ballard, one of Brock’s 16 offspring, used to say he was “always doing something for other people. But he never forgot his own family. “He made all the furniture we ever had,” Mrs. Ballard once recalled of her father. “He carved the chairs out of wood and made seats of hickory bark for them, over an East Texas. He made his own plows, too. I remember watching him break the ground with those plow’s hitched to a yoke of oxen.” When Mrs. Ballard, who was bom during the Civil War, was eight years old, she walked with the rest of the Brock family from Smith County, near Tyler, to their new home at China Spring. They walked because Brock had loaded the oxen-drawn wagon with household goods, including the hickory - bottomed chairs. “PAPA TRADED his land in Smith County for two yoke of oxen, a wagon and two mares,” Mrs. Ballard recalled several years ago. “We moved to McLennan County with them. I don’t know how long it took, I can’t remember. We camped out by the way.” But Brock was a fast walker, and he always used his horses to draw wagon loads of cotton to town instead of riddng them. “When he had cotton to take to town, he would let the boys load it on the wagon, tell them to come on when they got it ready. He’d walk ahead and make arrangements. When they got to town, there he would be,” Mrs. Ballard said. Brock wasn't rich; in fact he was downright poor. He couldn’t write his own name MONTOYA'S SHOE SERVICE Complete Shoe & Boot Repair 1105-A So. Valley Mills I)r. Phone 753-2142 Lame Duck Put On Speaker Staff Emergency Service Mental and Emotional Problems Coil 752-1131 Waco-McLennon County Mental Hwtth and Menfo! Retardation Center AUSTIN (AP) — The High-i way Commission was asked fori its help Friday in renaming U.S. 75 as Interstate 45 from Dallas to the Red River near Denison.' Representatives from Dallas,; Collin (McKinney) and Grayson (Sherman-Denison) counties AUSTIN (UPI)—House Speak- made the request. They said er Gus F. Mutscher Friday this would bring more traffic named a lame duck representa- their cities. The commis- live, Joe Shannon Jr. of Fort sj®n r>uld 1 ’ ... the Department of Transporta -1 Worth, as an administrative as- t}on an(j t}ien spen<j about 51 sistant on his staff. million for highway signs. Shannon, a member of the Interstate 45 would them House since 1964, made an un- stretch from Galveston to Okla- successful race for a senate homa. seat last year. Sherman Mayor S. E. Gilles- Mutscher said Shannon will jpie said he thought that U.S. 75 provide legal assistance and in- meets the standards of an information to members of the terstate highway, which is all House and the speaker’s office, the federal government re¡quires. An Ellis County group sought! ¡help from the commission in; completing several projects. \ j One is a 40-mile stretch of I U. S. 287 from Interstate 45; ¡southeast of Ennis west to the1 | Ellis-Johnson County line. Right-J j of-way would cost $1,930,000, with $435,000 of that authorized.; 'Construction would cost $53,867,; 000 with only $7.762.000 of that now under contract. CONTINUING OUR 1971 FABRIC BLAST! BIO, NEW SHIPMENT! SPORT PRINTS 10®% Cotton 45” Wide SLIGHTLY IRREGULAR WIDE WALE CORDUROY 100% Catton • 45" Machine Washable Wide FABRIFIC 71° DOORBU8TER DOUBLE KNIT $ • New Shipment of Designer Cuts from A Famous Mill • 100% Dacron1* Polyester • 60" Wide • Solids and Fancies YARD Wacoan Jailed On Check Charge U.S. Commissioner R o y Rutland ordered Henderson |Minor Jr., 32, of 1102 North; j Eleventh held for federal grand jury action this morning on a | Secret Service complaint which j I involved a stolen U.S. Treasury | check. Minor was arrested Wednesday and charged wi^h pass- [jing a $47.15 treasury ch^cK at Snappy's Drive-In. Kenneth J. jWeisman of the U.S. Secret ; Service singed the complaint Rutland set bail bond at ; $5.000. Minor was in couty jail j Friday afternoon. TOMBSTONE OF THREE-CENTURY MAN Born in 1787, Died in 1909 Finest Quality • On Bolts BONDED ACRYLICS • 100% Acrylic Knit Foe« — • 100% Acetate Bond • 54” te *o wide • Clearance of Dark Color 99 Gorgeous Spring Colors) JERSEY KNITS Heavyweight. Double Knits Beautiful Spring Solids 100% Acetate PECAN TREES MOHAWK-CHOCTAW-DESIRABLE-BURKETT MAHON-STUART-SUCCESS 3-4 FT. 3.95 NEW SHIPMENT SWISS GIANT PANSY PUNTS 25 for 75c and he never went to school a day in his life. Somehow, he always had enough to feed his family, though, Mrs. Ballard said. One of the most unique traits about him is that he is one of few people who could ever say they lived in three different centuries, the 18th, 19th and 20th. HE WAS BORN in the North Carolina mountains in 1787, Ihe year the constitutional convention was assembled to lay the ground floor for the United States of America. He was two years old when George Washington became the first president oi the United States. In the Caroiinas he learned coal mining and became a mighty hunter, bringing to mind Mrs. Ballard’s story oi how Brock once provided deer and other wild meat for an entire Tar Heel community of 14 families. He hunted with a flintoek musket, carried a large powder horn on his shoulder and used a miner’s lantern as a “shiner” to blind the game. Joblessness In Nation Jumps to WASHINGTON (AP) nationwide unemployment surged up to 6 per December, approaching levels despite the return General Motors strikers jobs. The rate was in nine years. The Labor announced that 4.6 million Americans were out of work seeking it last month. hired fewer Christmas than normal, industry more white collar and some plants not rehire all the off as a secondary automobile strike. The nose-count of unemployment was the same November, but the rate from 5.8 per cent to of the civilian labor allowing for seasonal because the normal pickup did not occur. Asked whether there indications of ahead, Harold Goldstein, assistant commissioner of of Labor Statistics, am going to stick figures we have and not predict.” Many economists _ , ------ from North Carolina he unemployment rate made h&s way to Texas in ther before turning U.S.--------------------------------------“?• p. *«»„<*» dent Nixon tmcWy a bachelor, a time lb years . .. . rvweiWHH# before the Texas Revolution. g possibility What part he played in that revolution, if any. is not He said that in 1971 luynvn jment, which is Eventually he made it to hi8h* wil1 finall>' Tyler, married and had four ¡control and begin to children before his wife died. • The last month in j national unemployment 6 per cent was By 1851 he was in Central Texas and married Miss Sarah Sparks, an 18-year-old girl from Alabama. He was 64 at the time and in the next 16 years he fathered 12 children, all of whom are now dead. AFTER HIS MARRIAGE , Brock made his home on the old Bill Davis farm at China Spring, a farm located on the south side of the Bosque River and across the river from China Spring. Brock and his family tried the city life in Waco for a while, then moved to Hood County and up into the Indian territory for a few years before resuming to McLennan County. He died in this county and he died rather swiftly, being active right up to the end. Exactly what caused his death isn’t known, except that it In that month the jemerging from recession; unemployment aged 6.8 per cent that 7.1 per cent in the May. Over the past 12 month-by-month unemployment—from 3 :to 6 per cent—has 70 per cent. Meantime ¡robbed workers of the an estimated 3 4 increase in weekly the year through Because of the cent increase in prices, weekly down by 2.1 per cent real buying power. : Total payroll Irose by 290,000 In after seasonal estimated 300.000 wasn’t from any lingering ill- hack on the factory Some other workers result of the GM recalled to their jobs, manufacturing December was still be[low the pre-strike September. Total employment 78.516 000 in 225,000 below the total. The seasonally rate was somewhat The unemployment ¡white workers • for the month at 5 {while the rate which declined November. returned to One of the officers reported level of 9 3 per cent aboard the B-52 training plane Long-torm which crashed into Lake continued to rise Michigan Thursday was Major ness. Near the end, Brock wasn’t even sure of his own birthday, so Mrs. Ballard wrote to North Carolina to find out. The reply was March 1, 1787. He was buried in the China Spring Cemetery, his tombstone a tall gray marker bearing the inscription; “He died as he lived, a Christian.” But MacArthur would have said the old soldier didn’t die. He just faded away. Wacoans’ Kin In Crash of BARRON NURSERY AND GARDEN CENTER 603 S. Valley Mills Waco Phone 753-8361 of people W'ho have for at least 15 weeks Jerry Black, son-in-law of Mr. mijjjon reaching and Mrs. Charles Musgrove of Wp, ginc|l the 5404 Lake Charles. Musgrove ¡s figures on manager of Montgomery Ward indirated that ‘Offidatarf the .tore said Mr.!”' worfr! have and Mrs. Mu.grove w e r e “"¿T S' notified about 10:30 p.m. Thu«-, Both Mue^ollar day that Major Black was on lar wofk<-r‘ **“ the plane. They left immediately unemployment. The to be with their daughter, white-collar workers Shirley. per cent, the highest Maj, Black was a navigator records were begun on the B-52 and was stationed rate of unemployment at Westover Air Force Base, professional and Mass. The Blacks lived on theirs climbed from 2.4 base. They have two children 3 per cent as a result and have been married about in the defense, eight years. rospace industries.

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  1. Waco Tribune-Herald,
  2. 09 Jan 1971, Sat,
  3. Page 12

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