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Guerrilla Memorial

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on July 22, 2018

Recently a local FB user posted this image of a tiny (about eight inches square) marker set into the top of the Galveston Seawall. It’s totally unofficial. A quick check of online genealogy resources and newspapers tells us that Eudoxio “Eddie” Rodriguez was born in Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico in November 1881, emigrated to the United States in 1899 or 1900, and soon thereafter was working as a laborer on building the Galveston Seawall, around 1902-03. In 1910 he was still in Galveston, working as a day laborer. He was apparently active in community affairs, as in 1926 (still living in Galveston), he was elected to the post of Treasurer of the a local Woodmen of the World lodge. By 1940 he was head of a large family, owned his own home at 3814 Sealy, and was working as a bottler at the Galveston-Houston Brewery. It was a solid job, that he reported in the 1940 Census had paid over $1,800 the previous year – not a small thing, coming out of the Great Depression. (His eldest son, 26-year-old Philip, lived with the family and made almost as much as a tank cleaner at the brewery.) The average income reported in the census in 1940 (the first to record that information) was $1,368, which places the Rodriguez pretty squarely in the lower middle class. In 1942, at the age of 60, Eudoxio registered for the “old man’s draft” for military service. Eudoxio Rodriguez died in Houston in 1959. A funeral mass was held Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston, and he was interred at Old Catholic Cemetery, just off Broadway in Galveston.

Eudoxio Rodriguez is not a famous person, nor did he lead the sort of life that attracts a lot of headlines or notoriety. But one of his many grandchildren thought he should be remembered, and that’s pretty awesome.

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Marker photo by Barry Landry.

 

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  1. OhioGuy said, on July 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Interesting story, Andy. Thanks for posting. When I saw your headline I thought this was going to be a story about an ill-conceived memorial to one of Quantrill’s guerrillas. What a pleasant surprise!

    [BTW, the strange melding of blogs from different bloggers seems to have stopped. I’m thinking it was a general WordPress issue.]

  2. Marcia Mason said, on July 23, 2018 at 12:34 am

    You always send such interesting reading, Andy. With all the bad news in the media and the belligerence against immigrants from Central America, this came as a pleasant retrospect that made me smile.
    Thanks for the unexpected lift.
    Marcia

  3. Tom Crane said, on July 29, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Nice story. Thanks for posting.

  4. Neil Hamilton said, on July 31, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Enjoyed reading the history of this man. Reminds me we all have a story worth telling.

    Thanks Andy.

    Sincerely,
    Neil


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