Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Engineer J. A. Williams of Yoakum was killed when two San Antonio & Aransas Pass (SA& AP) freight trains collided between Tanglewood and Lexington.

Reporter Editor R. W. H. Kennon was elected justice of the peace in the Milam County Democratic Primar y and pledged: “to those of you who were my opponents I can give you the same measure of justice as though you were my supporters.”

Cameron’s Democratic Primary precinct caucus was so split over prohibition that two complete sets of delegates were sent to the county convention, neither acknowledging the legitimacy of the other.

W. H. Madison of Rockdale died in Winfred, Kansas, after getting involved in a fight and sustaining a fractured skull.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Railroad depots in Rockdale, Thorndale and Round Rock were being replaced by a mobile Missouri-Pacific van that traveled between the three towns.

Perfect timing. The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department was en route to a drill at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations when a fire broke out in Alcoa’s rodding room. Damage was minimal.

Five teens, three from Taylor and two from Rockdale, were arrested in connection with a string of four Rockdale burglaries.

A drop in state funding was triggering a tax valuation increase of between 15 and 20 percent in the Lexington ISD, according to Supt. A. P. Kleinschmidt.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees were eyeing an 11-cent tax hike, from 75 to 86 cents, due to anticipated cuts in state funding.

Rockdale’s expanded Project Head Start program was on hold awaiting word on approval of federal funding.

Rockdale’s TaylorBanc Savings was one of five branches to close after the thrift institution failed and was acquired by Kilgore Federal Savings & Loan.

Rockdale’s Tommy Marrs was one of two Texas junior skeet shooters invited to attend Olympic trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Two public forums were held for Rockdale residents to voice opinions on a planned election to raise the hospital district tax cap to 50 cents.

Earl Biels was Rockdale’s new postmaster, succeeding Jim Riley.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Harris and former State Trooper Tom Jones were the finalists for the vacant position of Rockdale Police Chief.

Ricky Ray, former Rockdale Tiger head football coach, was named athletic director of the Killeen ISD.


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