Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Truck farming was booming in the Milano area. Eight trailer loads of tomatoes had been iced down and shipped, according to Gus Vogel of Rockdale Ice Factory, and another 24 trailers were expected to go out.

C. A. Brown, ticket agent for the International & Great Northern Railroad, announced that persons taking night trains from Rockdale must buy tickets, and check baggage, in advance.

Barber Henry Moseley was boasting of his new ceramic lavatory on two pedestals and decorated with nickel.

“A. P. Perry tells Reporter readers he has been able to secure the agency for Parisian Sage, a delightful hair dressing that also cures dandruff.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Residents of Lexington and Tanglewood worked several hours rounding up cattle after a fatal wreck on US 77 involving a cattle truck.

Gospel music legends The Blackwood Brothers and The Statesmen Quarter were due at Fair Park for the Milam County Singing Convention.

Charles White of Bryan was the medalist as the Rockdale Country Club hosted a youth golf tourney.

Spud Caywood of Rockdale ended a 25-year dirt hauling business, selling trucks and equipment to the city.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Despite recent Texas school finance legislation, Rockdale ISD was proposing only a threepercent increase in the 1990-91 school budget.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thorndale was set to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Bobby “Iceman” Perez and Killer Brooks were to headline a pro-wrestling card at the KC Hall in an event to benefit Richards Memorial Hospital.

School trustees in Lexington inspected a vacant building the district was considering purchasing.

TEN YEARS AGO....

New dress codes, targeting “spaghetti strap” tops and short skirts, were approved for the 2000-2001 school year.

Students incarcerated in the Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center were not negatively affecting Rockdale ISD’s Texas Education Agency rankings.

Billy Barnett was sworn in as Milano’s new mayor, replacing James Hartley.

Utility poles along US 79 in western Rockdale were being relocated in anticipation of a highway widening project.


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