Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

J. H. Outen escaped serious injury when a team of mules hitched to his wagon panicked in downtown Rockdale and dragged the wagon over him.

Pearle Kirk and Catherine Cregan of Rockdale became nurses in graduation ceremonies at King’s Daughters Hospital, Temple.

The Owls Club for girls met at Fair Park of a moonlight picnic. The Reporter reported: “Just as they finished the picnic a storm came up and sent them scurrying home like so many squirrels.”

The Sand Grove and Royal Literary Societies were to meet in Bethlehem to debate the topic “Evangelical Churches Should Unite.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Safe crackers hit Morris Pharmacy in an overnight burglary and made off with cash and narcotics.

Employment at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations soared to an 18-year peak of 1,700.

On a split vote, the Rockdale City Council okayed a drainage plan for the new Town Oaks subdivision to be located south of Rockdale High School.

Truman Haupt shot a 77 to win the Rockdale Country club’s 1970 club championship.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

An enrollment of 1,921 was forecast as school bells were set to sing for the 1990-91 term in the Rockdale ISD.

A Milano area woman escaped injury when a freight train clipped her car at a railroad crossing near her home.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Williams donated a downtown Cameron building to be used as the headquarters for the Milam County Appraisal District.

A 19 -year-old Las Vegas, Nevada, resident was arrested in that city and returned to Milam County to face charges in connection with the July 14 robbery of Walters Drive-In in Rockdale.

TEN YEARS AGO....

School trustees lowered the Rockdale ISD tax rate from $1.50 to $1.4595.

Five persons, ranging from 16 to 22, were arrested and charged with spray-painting graffiti at more than a dozen Rockdale locations.

There was a 96,000 square foot concrete pour on the site of the new Tranum Ford dealership at the western city limits.

Rockdale High School was rated “exemplary’ by the Texas Education Association (TEA).


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