100 YEARS AGO....
Some 1910 census figures were in. Said The Reporter: “There are 350,000 unmarried women in Texas. Anyone desiring a wife should not fail to investigate our opportunities and advantages.”
Anyone buying a suit ($10) at Gaither & Tanner would receive a free pair of Oxfords (shoes), a $2.50 value.
They had graduated but the RHS Class of 1910 staged a student written play, “When Now Meets Then.” Among the cast members were Sadie Wootten as Minnehaha and Sullivan Turner as Hiawatha.
It was “Daisy Party” day for the Matinee Musical Club with “clumps of daisies in bowls and vases” at the home of Mrs. D. C. Lattimer. The story in The Reporter ran 15 inches.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
T. L. “Lou” Austin, president of Texas Power & Light, was to deliver the commencement address to the 123-member graduating RHS Class of 1969.
A spring deluge washed out about 15 feet of FM 908 at the Brushy Creek bridge northwest of Rockdale.
Preliminary 1970 census figures indicated Milam County’s population total would dip below 20,000 for the first time in 90 years.
The new South Milam Water Supply Corporation had 487 paid members and was set to hold its first general membership meeting in the RHS gym.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Two Falls County juveniles were arrested in Milam County after an extensive manhunt. The two were wanted in connection with a car theft.
Carl Hudson replaced Don Roddam as president of the Rockdale ISD school board.
Rockdale recorded its first documented case of measles since the 1970’s when a prekindergarten student was diagnosed with the disease.
RHS lefty Nic Hinistroza fanned 18 Giddings Buffaloes but Giddings prevailed 2-1 in an extra-inning baseball game.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Joe Rubio Sr., 44, died when an 18-wheeler struck him in the parking of a Rockdale restaurant owned by his family.
Tim Smith, Rockdale police chief for the past 15 months, announced he was retiring from law enforcement.
For the second time in three weeks a work crew bored into a utility line near the juniorhigh. Students were evacuated while a natural gas line was repaired. Previously, a water line was hit.
Robinson edged Rockdale 2-0 in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal baseball game.