100 YEARS AGO....
A manhunt was under way after Buschdale store keeper Johnnie Brockenbush was struck in the head with a rock and the assailant grabbed cash from the register.
“A bevy of beautiful maidens donned aprons and each cooked a favorite recipe as Mrs. Fred Graves entertained at her home.”
More high society. Miss Annie Clare Loper hosted a watermelon social, complete with watermelon colored dominoes and door prize trinkets made from watermelon seeds.
Reporter Editor R. W. H. Kennon: “The great secret of keeping an automobile is you can be out riding in it when your creditors come around to collect their bills.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
An investigation continued into the bizarre deaths of two teenage boys who were apparently laying prone on US 79 before dawn three miles east of Rockdale when they were struck by an unknown vehicle.
The Texas Highway Department finally began repair work on the FM 908 Brushy Creek bridge, which had been washed out by heavy rains in May.
Dr. L. B. Kubiak, who was to receive a degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M on Aug. 7 planned to open a practice in Rockdale three days later.
Two Rockdale V FD units responded to Cameron to assist in fighting the blaze which destroyed Milam Grain Co.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale city government (again) declared war on the “red water” problem with City Manager Marshall Martin noting “an expert has been called in to deal with the situation.”
The Rockdale ISD’s 75-12- cent tax rate in 1989-90 was the ninth lowest in the 67 district’s in Education Service Center Region VI.
Naylor Industrial Services announced it would double the size of its Rockdale work force from 25 to 50.
County Judge candidates Roger Hashem (D) and Barnie Henderson (R) spoke during a meet the candidates night at the Cameron VFW Hall.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Deputy Sheriff Thomas Harris, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, was named new Rockdale police chief.
Early voting was under way on an election to raise the Rockdale Hospital District tax cap to 50 cents.
Jennie Richards, Rockdale’s oldest resident, died at age 107 in Manor Oaks Nursing Home.
The new area code 979 was in effect, encompassing parts of Milam and Lee counties.