100 YEARS AGO....
Sam Davis Camp 1169 of United Confederate Veterans was to meet at Rockdale City Hall. (The Civil War had been over only 45 years).
School was starting Sept. 13 and Gaither & Tanner’s had boys pants for 25 cents and suits for $1.25.
“The Dixie Singing Four” was headlining the weekend vaudeville show at Rockdale City Hall.
Hot weather had wiped out Pleasant Grove’s June corn crop, and cut the cotton crop yield in half.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
“Summer Happening,” the third musical production by a Rockadale multi-congregational teen choir, then known as the Re-Generation Choir, was to be held in the RHS Auditorium.
The Milano ISD issued a “statement of facts” in connection with an upcoming election asking Milano and Cameron ISD voters if they wanted to consolidate the schools.
Students returning to Rockdale High School were using the new $50,000 vocational agriculture building located across Childress Street.
Walter Iselt of Thorndale had the first ginned bale of cotton in Milam County for 1970.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale ISD enrolled 1,890 students the first day of the 1990-91 school term.
Talks between Alcoa and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2078 over a power plant contract broke off. Local 2078 members continued to work without a new pact.
Rockdale’s temperature climbed to an all-time record of 109, eclipsing the previous record of 108, set in 1943.
Gasoline prices in the Rockdale area jumped 8 to 10 cents in one week, topping out at $1.28 for regular unleaded.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Ed Lynch resigned as administrator of Richards Memorial Hospital to accept a position with a Houston medical business.
Police said two men being marched down the Union Pacific railroad tracks at 1:30 a.m. by a man packing two pistols broke away, ran down the tracks and escaped.
An autopsy indicated “no foul play” in the case of a 72-year-old city employee whose body was found in a car on Smith Road.
Milam County commissioners were proposing no change in the county’s 48-cent tax rate.