10-20-40 YEARS AGO


May, 1999, was one of the coolest, wettest Mays on record in Rockdale with the mercury not climbing above 90 on 22 of the 31 days and 7.5 inches of rain. May, 1998, had been one of the hottest on record.

Rumbling storm clouds forced a quick move to the KC Hall af ter the 103-member RHS graduating class of 1999 had already filed onto Tiger Field and been seated.

Law enforcement from a dozen agencies, and tracking dogs, caught a 31-year-old Gause man wanted on an injury to a child charge after a manhunt in the Gause area.

The Thorndale ISD was looking for a new superintendent following the resignation of Wayne Calhoun, who had held the position for two years.


The Alcoa Foundation presented what would be the first of three $50,000 matching grants to the Save Richards Memorial Hospital Fund.

In what was believed to be largest monetary award in the history of Milam County, a 20th District Court jury awarded Wallace Culpepper of Minerva almost three-quarters of a million dollars in a lawsuit against the H. H. Coffield Estate over oil and gas leases.

The Texas Legislature approved a school finance bill that was to cost the Rockdale ISD $257,296 in state aid over the next two years.

A pro wrestling card headlined by Rockdale native Linda Gonzales was scheduled in the elementary gym to raise funds for the Save Richards Memorial Hospital Fund.


Funeral services for Army Staff Sgt. Howe King (Petie) Clark Jr., 23, killed in Vietnam May 23, were held at Peace Lutheran Church.

A rare early June cool front dropped the temperature to 57 degrees, an all-time low for June 4.

The annual Jubilee Days trail riders parade was to draw hundreds of riders to downtown Rockdale.

More than 300 attended the annual Rockdale Homecoming at Fair Park and Preston Perry was re-elected Homecoming Association president.

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