The Praesel Addition is 2½-miles south of Rockdale on Highway 77. Floyd Praesel purchased 170 acres of land in the fall of 1951 for lots upon which to build homes, places of business and an office.
The first acre sold was for an 18-trailer space. Homes began to be built quickly.
To provide water ninety thousand gallon water storage tank was built.
Today there are 90 homes in the Addition. These homes are situated among beautiful trees, gardens and shrubbery.
A new church building, the Hillcrest Baptist Church, provides a place for worship. Residents are very proud of this church.
Business places consist of a filing station, fiber glass shop, beauty shop, a Teen-Age Club, lumber yard, a dine and dance establishment and Andy’s Café which is noted for good food.
Later, Floyd Praesel bought more land so as to provide agricultural business and cattle raising.
SOURCE: Marshall, Ida Jo (ed.), Rockdale Centennial: A History of Rockdale, Texas, 1874-1974. Rockdale, TX: Rockdale Reporter, 1974. (p. 106)
Created on 15 Feb 2001 and last revised on 4 March 2003.