100 YEARS AGO....
J. A. Hay of Dallas was killed when he was struck by a freight train on the I&GN tracks one mile east of Rockdale.
According to The Bartlett Tribune: “The blackland soil here is so rich that people in sod houses have to mow the floor every day to find the baby.”
A n unsigned letter to the editor complained: “I have suffered severe losses since an errant report was started that my house is haunted!”
At Lightfoot’s Racket Store, brass washboards were on sale for 50 cents.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
County commissioners were to review a request for an election consolidating the Milano and Cameron school districts.
Rockdale ISD trustees adopted a record $984,103 budget for 1970-71.
Tressie Sprague, 61, former Rockdale resident, was killed when Hurricane Celia slammed into the Corpus Christi area.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Capital Bolt & Supply announced it would locate a business branch in Rockdale by Aug. 31.
Rockdale area drivers were keeping a close eye on rising gasoline prices which had climbed all the way to $1.12 per gallon.
The annual Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club youth rodeo was under way with 145 contestants and 449 total entries.
County Judge Gene Blake said a slight tax increase could be needed to help offset an anticipated decrease in taxable values. Current rate was 18.88 cents.
TEN YEARS AGO....
District Judge Charles Lance issued a declaratory judgement allowing an election to raise the Rockdale Hospital District tax cap to 50 cents to proceed.
An enrollment increase of 100 was eyed as classes were about to begin in the Thorndale ISD.
Quick action by the Rockdale VFD was credited in keeping a West Cameron Ave. (US 79) apartment complex fire from spreading past the laundromat where it started.
Rockdale ISD trustees were set to lower the district’s tax rate from the state cap of $1.50 to $1.4595.