100 YEARS AGO.... A full page ad in The Reporter touted “Thorndale: The Magic City” and reported: “We’ve built 100 homes and eight brick buildings in the past few months, we have four cotton gins, electric lights and a waterworks.”
Former Milam County Judge, and Confederate officer, E. Y. Terral died at age 70.
A gambling quarrel was blamed for a murder at “Wett’s Farm,” location not given.
The O wls Club (women’s club) met at the home of Annie McCalla. “Members and guests were give blocks of chewing gum to form animals with a prize for the best one.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Dalton Caffey defeated Dora McCasland 515 to 462 in a Democratic Primary runoff election to win the Precinct 4 county commissioner’s race.
City council members okayed purchase of a new engine for Rockdale’s backup fire truck, a 1951 model, after Fire Chief Johnny Weed said the truck had a cracked engine block.
Rockdale’s Evening Lions Club voted to disband and donate most of its treasury to the town’s summer girls recreation program.
Rockdale ISD trustees voted to lease the vacant Dr. T. C. Green Clinic, Bowser at Murray, for use as a special education facility.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale ISD was analyzing the new Senate Bill 1, which issued in a new era of school finance in Texas.
City council members hired a Lago Vista firm to write Rockdale’s grant application in preparation to seek Community Development funds.
County commissioners were looking for a new prosecutor after Jan Alan Behr submitted his resignation.
School trustees in Thorndale decided to create a computer lab and purchased a dozen Apple II-GS computers.
TEN YEARS AGO....
It appeared creation of a water conser vation district encompassing Milam and Burleson counties was the consensus after several meetings of county leaders.
After receiving complaints that the center US 79 left turn lane east of downtown Rockdale was too wide, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) sent a work crew to “pare down” the lane.
City council members okayed a contract to pave, or re-pave, 11 streets including virtually the entire Coffield Addition.
A 15-member committee was studying pay for the Milam County Sheriff’s Department after Sheriff Charlie West told commissioners deputies were leaving for better paying jobs.