10-20-40 YEARS AGO


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) unveiled the first maps and aerial photos of its proposed US 79 loop around Rockdale and promised to begin contacting land owners who would be affected by the project.

A Cameron man was treated for minor injuries and released even though his Cadillac sedan was sliced in half in a collision with another vehicle on the US 79-US 77 exit ramp.

A Missouri crew took down Rockdale’s 1920s era water tower at the Mill Street waterworks. A new tower was online.

George Jett of Manor, father of Milano Elementary School Principal Brad Jett, was serving as interim superintendent of the Milano ISD which was searching for a new superintendent.


One year after Rockdale’s Richards Memorial Hospital almost closed due to financial difficulties, the hospital’s patient count was up but offi- cials said that was mostly due to the annual “flu bug.”

Ken Cockrell, a 1968 graduate of Rockdale High School, was one of 23 persons selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to enter astronaut training.

Seven persons, including three department heads, had submitted job applications to become Rockdale’s new city manager. Elizabeth Fenter had announced she was retiring.

For the third time in a month a 20-year-old Thorndale man escaped custody and for the third time he was re-captured. Original charge was kidnaping involving a 12-year-old girl.


It wasn’t quite a white Christmas but a winter storm dumped a blanket of sleet on Rockdale streets thick enough that a few transplanted northerners hauled out the sleds for their children.

Incumbent Rockdale ISD school board members Dr. Philip Young and Brice Crow filed for new terms.

Hospital and rest home offi- cials were requesting area resident cut down on the number of those visits to those facilities in an attempt to stop the spread of an influenza outbreak.

Filing for re-election to Milam County officers were County Judge O. B. “Doc” Harden, County Clerk Wayne Wieser and Treasurer Bubba Maddox.

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