Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

“Little Robert Loewenstein” w rote from New York Cit y, where his family was vacationing: “There are so many little boys and girls killed and disappearing, we are not allowed outside without Mamma.”

Rockdale Ice Company announced its ice wagon was back on the road and “we are again taking orders for ice.”

Reporter Editor R. W. H. Kennon: “It looks like the city council should have cement sidewalks put down in front of City Hall; that’s where the sidewalk is the worst.”

The Houston Ship Channel was under construction and Magnolia Park Land Co. ran an ad urging Rockdale residents to buy land along the channel as a “great investment opportunity.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

It was pr imar y time and the biggest local race on the Democrat ic ba l lot wa s for county schools superintendent between Max McClaren and Ruby Arledge.

County officials reminded that nine rural voting boxes had been closed since the last election with the overall total shrinking from 34 to 25.

Rockdale’s Young Homemakers chapter was putting up lighted 15-foot brick markers at US 79 entrances to town.

Donnie Knott, who put together an RHS high school sports career with only one good hand, won the second Dan Yezak Most Conscientious Award.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The Texas Railroad Commission denied a petition against mining submitted by Lee and Bastrop county residents in hopes of derailing Alcoa’s Three Oaks Mine.

First-time candidates Jerry Roddy and Britt Powell were vying for a school board position as city and RISD were set to go to the polls.

Rockdale area native Jackie Currey Thornton was named the new principal at Rockdale Elementary School.

Alvie King of Milano set a Temple Junior College record by sinking 269 consecutive free throws.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Brief flooding was reported when a thunderstorm dumped 4.1 inches of rain on Rockdale.

Six persons were seeking two seats on the Rockdale ISD School Board as voters were set to head for the polls.

Rockdale Community Chorus’s “Broadway” production raised $4,600 for Child Protective Services.

James Menze and Milli Ondras, both of Austin, won the inaugural Dewberry Jam 5K run.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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