10-20-40 YEARS AGO


Milam County Republicans were set to help decide a hotly contested state representative race with Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham challenging incumbent Charles Jones of Bryan. The winner would face no Democratic opposition.

U. S. Census workers were set to go door-to-door in Rockdale as the 2000 count began.

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce dedicated its new Hogan-Hall building, named for local businessmen W. P. “Red” Hogan and Bill Hall.

The Rockdale Tigers won their ninth consecutive Rockdale Relays with James Saegert adding his name to the list of local relays-winning coaches.


Milam County Democrats were deciding a three-person race to nominate a county judge candidate. Roger Hashem, Don Roddam and Frank Summers were v ying to replace Gene Blake, who was retiring.

There was another big county wide race. LaVerne Soefje and Mar y Jo Maddox, both of Cameron, were Democratic Primary candidates to replace incumbent Willie Mae Wieser, who was retiring.

Three Rockdale ISD teachers had prepared a curriculum on AIDS which was to be presented in all three campuses in the fall.

City Manager Elizabeth Fenter turned over the City Hall “keys” to her successor, Marshall Martin, in a brief ceremony. Martin was also Rockdale police chief.


The Milam County Tax Office was using a computerized program to issue new license plates and tags.

County Tax Collector Valter White reported 9,099 county residents had registered to vote in 1970, an increase of 1,400 over the previous year.

Rockdale police stopped and arrested a Lexington resident after he out-ran law enforcement personnel in Bartlett, Hearne and Rosebud.

Tall Corpus Christi Tuloso- Midway defeated the Rockdale Tigerettes 63-34 in the first round of the Class 3A (today’s 4A) state basketball tourney in Austin.

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