10-20-40 YEARS AGO


In a long-awaited public hearing, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced it had chosen a northern option as the route for the US 79 Rockdale loop.

Richards Medical Clinic, the new rural health clinic at Richards Memorial Hospital, was logging 80 visits per day.

Rains of up to six inches in the Rockdale area were welcomed by area farmers and ranches who had seen stock tanks almost dry.

City council members purchased a new pump and were told the city’s new Mill Street tower would be on-line by mid- April.


Alesi Gerthe, daughter of Duane and Lisa Gerthe, was Rockdale’s first baby of the new decade.

City Manager Elizabeth Fenter announced her retirement after 23 years with the City of Rockdale, the last eight as city manager.

An inf luenza epidemic had filled Richards Memorial Hospital and was causing staffing problems with at least one nurse working for 11 days without time off.

There have been higher highs and lower lows in Rockdale weather history but it was hard to beat the temperature spread in 1989, which logged a low of one below and a high of 107.


The Reporter’s “decade ender” on the 1960s noted it was the decade when Rockdale built a new library and a country club and ended the decade w ith 1,826 employed at Alcoa and Industrial Generating Company.

Rockdale State Bank’s alarm sounded about 7 p.m. in the evening, sending the Rockdale Police Department, and most of the bank’s officials, to the scene. The vault door had not been closed correctly at the end of the business day.

H. D. Maxwell, Milam County superintendent of schools, announced he would not seek re-election in 1970.

There was a three-person race for Milam County Commissioner Precinct 4 with incumbent Dora McCasland challenged by Dalton Caffey and Charles Becker.

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