Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Sand Grove school board members R. A. Hairston and R. J. Sloan painted the rural school, inside and out, in time for classes to open for the 1910- 11 school term.

“Electric lights cost only a trifle more than kerosene and are cleaner and safer,” said the Rockdale Water & Light Company in an ad.

The Reporter’s fall, 1910, subscription drive promised a $475 Kimball piano to the “lady or church” selling the most subscriptions.

E. J. M. Hopkins led off his ad with these words, in bold type: “There has been some talk of short weights at our store. If you got anything from us that is not full weight, we will cheerfully correct the error.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A proposed merger between the Milano and Cameron ISDs was defeated in Milano 338 to 52. It passed by 18 votes in Cameron but that didn’t make any difference.

A dry summer was over as more than seven inches of rain fell on Rockdale, 4.24 in one day.

Rockdale Young Homemakers of Texas donated the first of two new city limit markers, located near Rockdale Roller Rink.

Following an 0-10 football season in 1969, Jim Gray’s Rockdale Tigers defeated Georgetown 20-12 in the 1970 season opener.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale City Council members were eyeing a proposed 50.85-cent tax rate for 1990-91, up from the current 48 cents.

Country music stars Eddy Raven and Doug Stone were set to headline the 1990 Rockdale Fair.

Milam County commissioners okayed the construction of a two-classroom building on Mill Street for use as a Project Head Start Center.

More than 220 runners participated in the annual Charlie Martin 5K Run in Milano.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Hospital District directors set their first-ever property tax rate at 48 cents.

Rockdale City Council members proposed a 55.9-cent tax rate, up from the current 47.4 cents.

A 1,500-square foot slab was poured as Rockdale Federal Credit Union prepared to construct a Thorndale branch.

Quarterback Blade Bassler ran for two TD’s passed for one and kicked a field goal and an extra point as Rockdale routed Smithville 37-6.


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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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