10-20-40 YEARS AGO


The commencement speaker for the Rockdale High School graduating class of 1999 was to be Stephanie Dunlap Hays, a 1984 graduate and an academic recruiter for Texas A&M.

The 10,000-acre South Texas ranch which was part of the H. H. Coffield Estate was sold to a Houston businessman for $5.2 million.

Rockdale volunteer firefighters were called out when a swarm of bees landed on a home and yard on Ackerman Street.

Larry Pipkin's Tiger baseball team was ousted from the Class 3A playoffs at region, losing 6-5 on a 3-run rally by Robinson in the bottom of the seventh.


With shrinking appraisals and less state funds on the horizon, Rockdale ISD administrators were predicting a substantial tax increase from the current 67.14-cent rate.

Liability concerns had stopped the delivery of babies at Richards Memorial Hospital.

World War II paratrooper John Yates was to be the commencement speaker for the 115-member graduating class of 1989 at Tiger Field.

Larry Nichols, elementary principal in Lexington, was named the new superintendent of the Thorndale ISD, replacing Jerry Doherty.


Three persons, including an 18-year-old Milano student who had received her high school diploma just a few hours previously, were killed in a twovehicle collision on US 79 near Milano.

Rockdale was to be the meeting place of five trail rides on June 6, first day of Jubilee Days.

Sgt. Howe King (Petie) Clark Jr. of Rockdale became the second local man to die in the Vietnam War. He was a 1964 RHS graduate.

Milam County's first-ever marijuana growing case was set to be brought before a grand jury, according to Prosecutor John B. Henderson Jr.

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