Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Constable Reese of Milano (first name not listed) shot and killed escaped convict Carl McLaughlin, 24, near Milano. McLaughlin was one of several men who escaped jail in Burleson County, then robbed the Chriesman store.

“Two Marriages Last Week” was The Reporter’s lead story. Rev. I. F. Key wed Hazel Sears and W. E. Boyd married Stella Lightfoot.

The Rockdale City Council elected Alderman R. L. Hale as mayor pro tem, serving under Mayor H. G. Meyer.

F ront page ad for E ag le Saloon: “The Green Boys, proprietors, invite ever yone to come around, get a drink of ice water and get acquainted.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Construction of the first speculative homes was under way in the Twin Oaks subdivision east of Childress Street.

Alcoa announced a new smokestack project at Rockdale Operations, with a 250-foot structure set to go up.

Mark Tower y was named the first manager of the new Southwest Milam Water Supply Corporation.

Jubilee Days headlines at Fair Park were a couple of country music legends, Ernest Tubb and Little Jimmy Dickens.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Nine National Bancshares Corporation (NBC) banks were sold to a larger bank but NBC’s three solvent banks, including its Rockdale branch, were unaffected.

A search continued for a pistol wielding gunman who held up Milano Truck Stop, making off with $340.

N. E. “Zeke” Alford Jr. retired after a 33-year career teaching math at Rockdale Junior-High School.

Gordon McKee, Rockdale High School native, leaped 25 feet-9-1/2 inches to take fifth place in the NCA A national track & field championships.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Milano was in mourning after the drowning death of 16-yearold Brandon Chapman in Inks Lake during a church outing.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Thomas Harris applied for the vacant position of Rockdale Police Chief.

Unleaded gasoline was approaching the $1.50 per gallon level in Rockdale.

Jennie Richards, 107, received an honorary citizenship degree from The Institute for Teaching God’s Word.


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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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