Rose, Aurelia Hamilton

Attended about 1885-1886

Birth: Aug. 26, 1869, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
Death:  Nov. 12, 1962, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Dr. Littleberry Rowan Rose (1830-1907)
Clara Sophia Catherine Ridenhour (1841-1910)

William Jennings Moose (1871 – 1930)

Marvin Earl Moose
Cramer Banks Moose (1898 – 1953)
Edith Virginia Moose McAllister (1902 – 1998)
Hazel Fay Rose Moose Watts (1909 – 1997)
Clarence Alexander Moose (1910 – 1999)

Saint James Reformed Cemetery
Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Source:,  22667180.


Clarence E. Horton Jr. and Kathryn L. Bridges, editors, Piedmont Neighbors: Historical Sketches of Cabarrus, Stanly and Southern Rowan Counties. From the Pages of Progress Magazine, p.419.

Dr. Littleberry R. Rose built his home on West Franklin Street around 1871. He was married to Clara Ridenhour and the couple had four children. The brick for this house was made from clay from the area behind the house and were made on the site. The first kitchen was not connected to the house but was located behind the house. At the right side of the front yard was the doctor;s office. In this small building, the doctor examined his patients, mixed his medicine and dispensed his pills. His ledgers show that he was paid with chickens, a ‘possum, eggs, shingles for his house, a bushel of oats, a day’s labor, flour, whatever the local people had to barter for his service…

…The Rose family was comprised of three girls and one boy. After Dr. Rose’s hip injury, one daughter, Aurelia Rose, married Willie J. Moose and returned home to help tend her father. She had five children, Earl, Cramer, Edith, “Judge” and Faye…


The Standard (Concord, NC) October 18, 1889, p. 2
We are glad to know that Miss Aurelia Rose, who has been sick for several weeks with typhoid fever, is improving.

The Standard (Concord, NC) June 25, 1891, p. 3
There will be a marriage in Mt. Pleasant, Thursday evening. License have bee issued for the marriage of Miss Aurelia Rose to Mr. Will Moose, of Finger, Stanly county.

The Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC) January 22, 1956, p. 30

By Jim McAllister
Daily Independent Staff Writer

Television just for young folks? Baloney!

That was the declaration of Mrs. Aurelia Rose Moose as she settled back after supper for a few more hours of her favorite pastime – watching TV.

Mrs. Moose, at 86, is the oldest living native of Mt. Pleasant and one of the sharpest and most energetic of the town’s citizens too, for that matter.

But she prefers to stay at home, work around the house and watch television.

Here is a lady proud of the fact that she never has been an “old fogey.”

“I think television is just wonderful: it keeps me entertained from early in the morning until 10 o”clock every night,” she proclaimed cheerfully, as if aiming her words at others who haven’t learned to grow old gracefully.

Her favorite TV program? Why “64,000 Question” of course. “And I’m just crazy about Gary Moore, too,” she added. Mrs. Moose also rates Masquerade Party and Dr. George Heaton among her favorites.

Mrs. Moose, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Ginger Watts, glanced down at her grandson who was trying to do his homework and watch the Lone Ranger at the same time and reminisced about her own schooldays.

“We had to know our lessons when I went to school at Old South Boston and Tammany Hall; we knew better that to cut up or come to school without knowing our lessons,” she said.

She thinks there are definitely too many women teachers nowadays.

“I didn’t have a woman teacher until I was 16 and entered Mont Amoena Seminary,” Mrs. Moose continued. “Men command more respect from the children and they’re better teachers, too.”

The children back then wrote on slates with slate pencils and studied mainly from the dictionary and Blueback Speller.

Mrs Moose said they carried their dinner to school in a bucket. It usually consisted of roasted sweet potatoes, beans, biscuits, kraut, pies or anything left over from the day before.

And housework.

She said if the housewives of 1880 could see the refrigerators, washing machines, electric ranges and other kitchen miracles of today they just wouldn’t believe it.

When Mrs. Moose was a bride, 65 years ago, she made practically all of the clothes for the family, baked her own bread, washed out her clothes on a board and grew practically everything they ate.

She said the big enjoyment she got out of it all was rearing her five wonderful children – Earl, Cramer, Edith, Jennings and Faye.

Her father, Dr. L. R. Rose, came to Mt. Pleasant from Mocksville shortly after the end of the Civil War. He set up practice there jointly with Dr. P. J. A. Haines, also of Mocksville.

Just after they were married, W. J. Moose took his pretty young bride all the way out to Texas – a few miles from Indian Territory, now the state of Oklahoma – where he got a job as a mail carrier from Mineral Wells to Pooleville.

She said the people out there were nice but she got homesick and they came back home after a few months.

Mrs. Moose was had one big wish all of her life, but now, she confesses, it doesn’t look like it will ever come true.

The wish? To see a railroad come through Mt. Pleasant.

Mrs Aurelia Rose Moose takes time out to enjoy her favorite past time – watching television. And her grandson, Buddy Watts, is having a little trouble concentrating on his homework because of the inviting TV programs – (Staff Photo by Sam Braswell).