100 YEARS AGO....
Constable J. A. Alford offered a $5 reward, saying “the time has come when watermelon and peach stealing is no longer a joke!”
“The World Is Running Out of Coal,” was the headline of a scholarly article by Dr. George Fredrich Wright.
The Texas Farmers Union board was to meet with Reporter Editor R. W. H. Kennon predicting “it is very probable W. W. Kyle will be re-elected warehouse manager.”
Brief, but to the point, ad: “No, I don’t give you something for nothing, but neither does anyone else. I surely do save you money, though.”—Leo Strelsky, proprietor of The Arc, 5, 10 and 25-cent store.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Former Rockdalian John D. Harper was elected chairman of the board of Alcoa.
A 12-point goal for improvements in southeast Rockdale was formed in a meeting of community residents.
Three Rockdale barber shops issued a joint statement that they were raising the price of “flat top” haircuts to $2.
Seventy-one local girls participated in a Junior Olympics track meet in Austin, according to coach T. A. Weems.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Hollis C. Lewis Jr. was named Milam County’s new prosecutor, replacing Jan Alan Behr, who had resigned.
Rockdale’s TaylorBanc Savings became a part of Kilgore Federal Savings & Loan Association after the Resolution Trust Corporation closed TaylorBanc.
Rockdale ISD trustees okayed $16,700 in grants to 27 local teachers for innovative work during the school year.
After a week of fighting one grass fire per day in 100-degree heat, Rockdale firefighters were asking area residents to curtail outside burning.
TEN YEARS AGO....
An election to create a property tax in the Rockdale Hospital District was scheduled Aug. 12. Administrator Ed Lynch said the hospital would close by Oct. 1 if a property tax was not enacted.
An increase in values at Sandow 4 boosted taxable values in Rockdale ISD by about $30 million.
Milam County Tax Collector Frances Price announced her retirement and commissioners were expected to name Doug Bryan, only candidate for the position on the November ballots as her replacement.
Longtime journalist Grace Berry announced her retirement from The Thorndale Champion. Mrs. Berry was 102.