Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Arledge White, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. White, received his $5 prize for being named the “handsomest boy baby” at the 1910 Rockdale Fair.

James Copeland’s hand was caught in the belts at Rockdale Oil Mill but was treated by Dr. H. T. Coulter who diagnosed “only a broken finger.”

The Rockdale-Tampico Land Company was formed. President H. C. Meyer said the group would buy and develop lands in Mexico.

From the syndicated “How to Be Happy Tho’ Married” column running in The Reporter: “He must possess appreciation for all her feminine weaknesses.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

First-day enrollment in the Rockdale ISD was 1,730, up 35 from the first day of the 1969-70 term, according to Supt. J. M. Moorman.

A crowd of more t han 450 applauded the Regeneration Singers presentation of “Summer Happening” in the RHS Auditorium.

A two-inch rain brought relief to the driest Rockdale summer since 1925.

William Cromwell of Austin, University of Texas golfer, fired a 65 to tie the course record at the Rockdale Country club.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The U. S. Census Bureau said Rockdale’s population had decreased in 10 years by 336 persons. City officials said “no way” and planned an appeal.

Ken Cockrell, a 1968 Rockdale High School graduate, was selected as an astronaut by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Rockdale logged two temperatures of 109, highest record in the 66 years official weather records had been kept.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Hospital District board members adjourned without hearing any agenda items after one member criticized a preliminary budget. The board had been expected to set the district’s first ad valorem tax rate.

Rockdale recorded its alltime high temperature of 113 degrees, along with a high of 112 and three of 110, all in the same week.

A shotgun-wielding man held up the Milano Truck Stop and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.

Arson was suspected when a pickup truck, parked inside the former Coffield Warehouse downtown, was damaged by fire.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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