Rockdale, TX Little River Drowning, Apr 1955
Bodies Sought At Rockdale
Search for the bodies of two former Abilenians (sic), believed drowned Monday afternoon near Rockdale, CONTINUED Tuesday night in the waters of Little River.
At 9 p.m. Tuesday local relatives were advised by telephone from Rockdale that the bodies still hadnâ€™t been found. Every available person was aiding in the search.
Believed drowned are CHESTER RAY KLEPPER, 7 â€“ year â€“ old son of Mr. and Mrs. IRA FOY KLEPPER of Rockdale; and A. A. HANEY, about 50, also of Rockdale.
Both families moved from Abilene to Rockdale in October, 1953, a friend here said.
Mr HANEY and the little KLEPPER boyâ€™s father formerly worked here for West Texas Utilities Co. Since moving to Rockdale they have been employed by another power company.
The KLEPPER ladâ€™s paternal grandfather, JOE KLEPPER lives at 1125 Grape St. His maternal grandmother, Mrs. C. G. MCCLURE, resides at Caps. The boy has a younger brother, also named JOE KLEPPER; and a number of (illegible) great â€“ aunts and great â€“ uncles in this area.
Mr. HANEY has a wife, one son, RICHARD, both of Rockdale, and several brothers and sisters. One brother, IRA HANEY, lives in Abilene.
The apparent drowning happened Monday afternoon as members of the HANEY and KLEPPER families were fishing in Little River, about eight miles northeast of Rockdale
Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 13 Apr 1955