100 YEARS AGO....
• Rockdale city politics wasn’t exactly hot news. Here’s the entire story from the April 7, 1910, Reporter:
“The city election was a very quiet affair. The primary is the only election that excited much interest. The entire ticket was elected and only a light vote recorded.”
• Lightfoot’s Racket Store was advertising a 32-piece white dinner set for the sale price of $3.25.
• Rockdale’s Matinee Musical Club met in the home of Alice Graves to hear musical selections and play several games of 42. Bessie Sharp won the door prize, a silver-mounted hat brush.
• Rockdale was gearing up for the 1910 census. Louis Lewis had been appointed enumerator for those inside the city limits, Rafe Lewis for the area north of Rockdale and Ed Gunn for the area south of Rockdale.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Gov. Preston Smith addressed a crowd of 450 at the annual Cameron Chamber of Commerce banquet.
J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet were coming to Milano to benefit the Milano Booster Club.
State Troopers Leroy Broadus, Milton Wright, Jerry Beason and Bob Eason began administering the first breathalyzer tests to drivers stopped for suspicion of DUI.
United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 announced plans for a new union hall at its US 79 headquarters.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
“Central Texas is coming back” was the theme of a speech by Austin Mayor Lee Cooke to the annual Rockdale Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Glenn Hodges and Betty Richards were named citizens of the year at the banquet.
Thorndale High School, with 136 students, was Texas’ fifth largest Class A high school.
Layne Gossett and Danny Drummond, both of Rockdale, were sweepstakes winners in the Central Texas Regional Science Fair at Baylor University.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The first open house in the “under restoration” International & Great Northern Railroad Depot drew a large crowd.
Rockdale ISD trustees adopted a 2000-2001 school calendar with the first day of classes set for Aug. 10.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) unveiled a map showing plans for widening US 79 between Rockdale and Milano.
Milam County Democrats in Precinct 1 were set to participate in a commissioner runoff election between Clifford Whiteley and Linda “Lynn” Terry Meyer.