Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Auto races were planned at the Fair Park track but organizers warned “they are exciting and dangerous; if you are chicken hearted you better stay away.”

The Milam County Socialist Party was to have its second annual convention at Fair Park with gubernatorial candidate Roddin Andrews on hand.

The Sand Grove Literary Society was to meet and discuss the merits of Democratic candidates for governor O. B. Colquitt and Cone Johnson.

The Reporter carried a story on the Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries heavyweight title fight. Johnson knocked out Jeffries to become the first black heavyweight title holder.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Medicare regulations were threatening to shut down Rockdale’s Richards Clinic & Hospital despite an ongoing plan to construct a new hospital.

More than 1,000 persons jammed Fair Park to hear a concert by gospel greats The Blackwood Brothers and The Statesmen.

Supt. J. M. Moorman said teachers in the Rockdale ISD were set to receive a $1,050 per year pay increase in 1970-71.

Milam County school trustees announced valuations within the Gause ISD were being increased by 50 percent in 1970-71.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Two young brothers died when fire swept through their mobile home in Lexington.

Local doctors were urging precautions after treating heat stroke and heat exhaustion problems.

The patient census was up at Richards Memorial Hospital but the financially-troubled facility still faced over $600,000 in Medicare/Medicaid write-offs.

Texas Football magazine picked Thorndale to repeat as Class A state football champions in 1990.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale police termed a reported June 3 robbery at Sonic Drive-In “false” and arrested five persons.

A first-time ever air conditioning project was under way in the Rockdale High School gym.

Ten-year-old Rockdale twin sisters escaped serious injury when their four-wheeler overturned during a Fourth of July holiday outing near Thorndale.

Twelve finalists were announced for the vacant post of Rockdale police chief including two current members of the police department.


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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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