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1957 Rockdale Fire
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Description: Rockdale, Texas -- A raging fire swept through a four-room frame house here last night, burning to death four small Negro children who were left unattended. The children were Velma Jean Collins, Gwendolin Deanne Collins, Hal Creig Sheppard and Douglas Bernard Sheppard. They ranged in age from seven months to four years. Their mother, Mrs. Mattie May Robinson, was visiting her mother at Dimebox at the time of the tragedy. Police say she had left the children in the care of Homer Ward. Ward told officers the mother left around 8 o'clock last night and that shortly before 9 o'clock he started a fire in a wood stove by stuffing in a portion of a railroad cross tie and pouring in some kerosene. He said the fire in the stove was blazing when he left to go to a dance hall. Ward was quoted by police as saying an acquaintance told him the house was on fire. Ward said he ran to the house but by the time he reached it the roof had caved in and the walls had collapsed. Firemen said an alarm was sounded at 9:15 p.m. but that the house was destroyed before they reached the scene. The Daily Journal (Commerce, Texas), December 13, 1957, Page 1
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Shepard, Douglas Bernard 123352985
b. May 9, 1957 d. Dec. 12, 1957
Antioch Cemetery
Dime Box
Lee County
Texas, USA
Shepard, Gwendolyn Dianne 123352811
b. May 7, 1955 d. Dec. 12, 1957
Antioch Cemetery
Dime Box
Lee County
Texas, USA
Shepard, Harold Craig 123352899
b. May 14, 1956 d. Dec. 12, 1957
Antioch Cemetery
Dime Box
Lee County
Texas, USA
Shepard, Velma Jean 123352729
b. Apr. 23, 1954 d. Dec. 12, 1957
Antioch Cemetery
Dime Box
Lee County
Texas, USA
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