100 YEARS AGO....
Postmaster Ben Loewenstein said there were unclaimed letters at the Rockdale Post Office for Lyda Young, Mary Fuller, J. Gotaki and Bessie Crosby.
A Rockdale Confederate veteran, identified only as DTW, traveled to a soldiers’ reunion in Mobile, Alabama. “I’m not much impressed with New Orleans,” he wrote The Reporter.
Halley’s Comet was to be at its brightest May 18. “Gardenhome’s” column in The Reporter commented “its intense heat will leave the wicked with weak knees.”
Judge William Poindext warned “the Anti-Saloon League is a foreign corporation; it is incorporated up there in Ohio.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Max McClaren of Cameron won the county school superintendent post, defeating Ruby Arledge in the Democratic Primary.
Dora McCasland and Dalton Caffey were headed for a Precinct 3 Commissioner runoff after McCasland polled 408 votes and Caffey 407. Charles Becker trailed with 103.
It was estimated Milam County residents consumed 2,360,000 packs of cigarettes during the previous year.
Judy Meister of Fort Hood was medalist as the Rockdale Women’s Golf Association held its annual club tourney.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Britt Powell was elected to the Rockdale ISD school board, drawing 453 votes to 275 for Jerry Roddy.
Earnest Phillips won an east ward seat on the Rockdale ISD school board, polling 96 votes while former councilman Bobby Elliott drew 80.
Richards Memorial Hospital, back in the baby delivering business thanks to a Cameron family practitioner, was the site of five births in one week.
Thorndale High School won two state Class A debate crowns, Kevin Menzel and Austin Camp repeated as cross-exam champs and Kristi Wuensche won the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Alcoa announced it would reopen a sixth potline at Rockdale Operations.
City council members expressed disappointment with Classic Cable’s Rockdale service.
Jerry Caywood unseated incumbent Kerry Starnes, 558 to 379 for Place 1 on the Rockdale ISD School Board. Herbie Vaughan drew 81 and Louis Gifford 14.
Incumbent Gaye Bland drew 611 votes to retain her Place 2 position while challenger Stephen Jones had 411.