100 YEARS AGO....
A man was brought to Rockdale and confessed to Constable N. J. Alford he had shot a fellow laborer to death. Alford went back to the rural location, found the victim still alive and “carried him back in a buggy to Dr. Reeves, under whose care the wound improved.” Alford termed the shooting “self defense” and filed no charges.
City official J. L. Lockett, noting that Rockdale’s key fire insurance rate was being determined, called for “the removal of all combustible material from the city limits.”
U. D. McCoy of Thorndale was hired by the Caldwell Fishing Club to construct a dam which would result in a 35-acre lake.
Milano’s new Hudson Hotel opened and was being lauded as the city’s finest establishment.
40 YEARS AGO....
A downtown tavern operator presented a petition to city council members protesting what he termed “unwarranted and intimidating arrests by police.”
Dr. Philip Young, recently reelected to the Rockdale ISD School Board was sworn in from the hospital bed from which he was recuperating after surgery.
A delegation of east side residents met with Mayor Harold Luckey and City Mgr. N. E. Alford Sr. to express concern about the condition of dirt streets.
The Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club was set to host its 10th annual quarterhorse show at Fair Park.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Peter Br yant, mayor of Rockdale, Australia was visiting Rockdale, Texas.
Mike Korenek was named new Rockdale VFD fire chief, replacing Earl Whitmore, chief the past eight years.
According to a Texas Research League study, Rockdale’s combined (city-countyschool district) tax rate was the 12th lightest in Texas.
Cameron rallied by Theresa White’s Rockdale Lady Tigers in the final three events to win the team title in the District 19AAA meet.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Milano Rural Water Supply Corporation was pushing for creation of a ground water conservation district after a Houston-based company began leasing water rights.
Business Manager Arnold Proctor said the Rockdale ISD planned a $1,200 per-teacher pay raise for 2001-02.
Denice Doss, Rockdale ISD Community Education director, was named Chamber of Commerce president.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said widening Texas 36 between Milano and Caldwell was no longer a top priority.