TEN YEARS AGO....
The store that rose from the ashes was ready for its grand re-opening. Brookshire Bros. was to open its new Rockdale store 19 months after the previous structure was destroyed in a landmark fire.
The Austin City Council passed a resolution asking the Texas Railroad Commission to deny a mining permit to Alcoa for its proposed Three Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop counties.
A Cameron man and Temple woman were charged in connection with cattle thefts in Milam and Robertson counties.
Deputy Sheriff Ted Retchloff was named law enforcement officer of the year and former RVFD Chief Earl Whitmore was named firefighter of the year by Veterans of Foreign Wars post 6525 and its auxiliary.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Pitching legend Nolan Ryan visited Milano to sell cattle at Milano Livestock Exchange. Ryan signed autographs for about 40 minutes before being able to enter the building.
Paul O’Neill, chairman and CEO of Alcoa, made his first visit to Rockdale Operations.
City council members had pared dow n the number of candidates for the soon-to-be vacant city manager’s job to seven “semifinalists.”
Rockdale Country Club directors voted to make improvements to the facilit y ’s golf course, including a new irrigation system.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Flu and gastro-intestinal “bugs” were blamed for a 7- percent absenteeism rate in the Rockdale ISD.
Rockdale, Sandow & Southern Railroad was expanding, adding 6,000 feet of track and about 100 railroad cars.
A First Baptist Church committee was working on plans for a new church building and was planning a presentation to the entire congregation.
Dr. L. L. Nigliazzo of Cameron announced plans to open a Rockdale practice at facilities which had been closed since Dr. T. C. Green moved from Rockdale.