100 YEARS AGO....
Buschdale correspondent “Old Schneider” reported a group of men from that community attended a meeting of the Texas Farmers Union by catching the train in Rockdale and riding it all the way to......Milano. “We had plenty of time to see the sights of the city,” he wrote.
“If you purchase your coffee here, you’ll have no grounds for complaint,” boasted an ad for T. B. Kemp & Son.
A proposal to do away with horse racing at the 1911 Rockdale Farmers Fair was defeated by a 5-2 vote of Farmers Fair director.
Andrew Perry was elected Rockdale fire chief. In less than a month the chief would become a father. Future writer George Sessions Perry would be born May 5.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Dr. Philip Young (566 votes) and Brice Crow (417) were re-elected to the Rockdale ISD School Board. Ernie Cates polled 275.
Sally Curtis of Rockdale and Debra Thurman of Milano won $3,000 Alcoa Foundation Scholarships.
Alf Perry Jr., Robert Ahrendt and Joe Richards were elected to the Lexington ISD School Board in contested races.
A new Rockdale Invitational Track Meet—not the Rockdale Relays—was held, giving a “full day of track experience” in juniorhigh, freshmen and varsity divisions.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Roger Hashem won the Democrat ic count y judge nomination race, polling 2,575 votes to 1,648 for Don Roddam.
In a very tight race, Martin Hobbs won the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Democratic nomination with 576 votes, while Jack Clark drew 552.
Rockdale City Council members okayed a renovation of the Patterson Civic Center to include French doors and transoms.
Rockdale’s Stefan Lummert was the District 19AAA boys golf medalist.
TEN YEARS AGO....
City officials were praising TxDOT District Engineer Tom Parker for twice shutting down the US 79 widening project in west Rockdale for “unsafe practices.”
Clifford Whiteley won a Democratic Primary runoff to become Precinct 1 commissioner. He polled 560 votes to 254 for Linda “Lynn” Terry Meyer.
Thorndale’s 898 telephone exchange became a free call from Rockdale.
Rockdale lost its first track meet of the season, by 18 points in Gatesville. Big Blue’s top discus throwers were at the Texas Relays. Their throws there would have been 1-2 (18 points) in Gatesvillle.