100 YEARS AGO....
The Reporter began running a weekly column “How To Remain Happy, Tho’ Married.”
“Contracts are to be let on two new dormitories at the A&M College. The tents will be abandoned when the new buildings are completed.”
Vivian Anthis of Tanglewood was seriously burned when a coal oil fire exploded at her home.
Buschdale correspondent “Old Schneider” was challenged to a fishing contest by his son, “Young Schneider.” The men caught one tiny fish and Old Schneider fell into the San Gabriel River.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Supt. J. M. Moorman predicted 1,700 students would answer the bell on the first day of school, Aug 27, in the Rockdale ISD.
Rockdale ISD officials issued a statement saying the district was open to consolidation with the Milano ISD, should a Sept. 12 Milano-Cameron consolidation vote fail.
The State Health Department was relaxing update demands for Richards Clinic & Hospital after receiving a 900-signature petition from area residents.
Rockdale Noon and Evening Lions Clubs were staging a “bucket brigade” to raise funds for the Hurricane Celia-ravaged Texas Gulf Coast.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale Ford/Milam Chrysler owners announced the 82- year-old former Gaither Motor Co. would close Aug. 22.
Rockdale ISD trustees proposed a 9.46-cent tax hike, raising the rate to 84.56 cents.
A Houston man was indicted after a investigation into incidents where a Cameron business was bilked out of $6,000 in what investigators termed a “phony advertising scam.”
County Tax Assessor-Collector Porter Young reported that Milam County taxable values fell by $22 million between 1989 and 1990.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Rockdale Hospital District voters, by a 605-186 margin okayed raising the district’s property tax cap to 50 cents, a move officials said was necessary to keep Richards Memorial hospital open.
Rockdale residents were using more than 2 million gallons of water per day.
An engineering firm’s error on a paving project cost city taxpayers an additional $12,000.
Milam Association for Retarded Citizens moved into its new 3,250 -square-foot center on the grounds of Richards Memorial Hospital.