10-20-40 YEARS AGO


Rockdale’s Christmas Roundup served 780 persons in the annual “Christmas cheer” effort while the Rockdale Police Department’s Blue Santa effort reached 185.

It was a quick turnaround for the Milam County burning ban which was imposed, then lifted less then a week later after rains saturated the area.

There was to be a contesed Democratic Primary race for county prosecutor as Hollis Lewis Jr. of Cameron filed. He was opposed by Kerry Spears of Milano.

Three juveniles were charged with felony criminal mischief after a Buckholts auxiliary water tower was damaged with a shotgun, causing the municipality to lose 150,000 to 200,000 gallons of water.


A 20-year-old Thorndale man who escaped from the Milam County Jail was found, alive, inside a vacant Thorndale house after 14 hours on the run in near-zero temperatures.

Coach Don Cowan’s Thorndale Bulldogs won the state 1A football title, defeating Sudan 42-24 in Abilene.

It wasn’t a white Christmas but Rockdale endured lows of 5 and 8 degrees during the holiday weekend with frozen rain and a dusting of snow.

The biggest trash collection day of the year was a no-show as garbage trucks couldn’t reach Rockdale on icy roads the day after Christmas.


Fourteen homes along Bell Avenue were displaying giant lighted “Christmas cards” as outdoor Christmas decorations.

A 22-foot lace cedar tree donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Doss Sr. of the Gay Hill communit y was selected as the governor’s mansion’s official Christmas tree by Gov. Preston Smith.

Rockdale and Hearne volunteer firemen teamed up to extinguish a burning diesel engine on the Missouri-Pacific line near Gause.

Rockdale High School’s Vocational Office Education (VOE) float won first place in Rockdale’s annual Christmas parade but collapsed after pre-parade judging and never made it to the route.

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