100 YEARS AGO....
Reporter ad from Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph: “If you had a telephone on your farm you could save long and possibly useless trips to town. Call first and see if your seed and supplies are in stock.”
E. J. M. Hopkins put down what was believed to be Rockdale’s first-ever concrete sidewalk in a residential neighborhood.
A shootout erupted in a Rogers restaurant, leaving one man dead, another critically injured and two wounded. “Bad blood” between the two men was listed as the cause.
W. M. Farmer warned: “I will prosecute anyone who digs sand from the public road going to my place.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale’s Richards Hospital was reincorporated into a new, non-profit organization to be known as “Richards Memorial Hospital.”
Eighty-six Rockdale residents attended a forum on senior citizen issues at the New Salem HD Clubhouse in Fair Park.
Missouri-Pacific’s Texas Eagle, Rockdale’s final passenger train, made its final stop at the local depot, leaving Rockdale at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 1970.
Jim Gray’s Rockdale Tigers used a field goal and a safety to defeat Cameron 11-7 in the annual Battle of the Bell.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Taxes in the Rockdale ISD increased by 12.6 percent as the Rockdale ISD set an 84.58-cent tax rate, up from 75.12.
The Brazos River Authority authorized a water release from Granger Dam in an attempt to placate downstream land owners who had seen the San Gabriel River virtually disappear during a summer drouth.
Milam County commissioners okayed a 21.4-percent tax rate, up from the current 18.88 cents.
The City of Rockdale, unhappy with the Census Bureau’s preliminar y 1990 count of 5,275, was conducting its own count, according to City Manager Marshall Martin.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale Hospital District board was considering bankruptcy as an option for dealing with its financial problems.
Alcoa asked the Texas Railroad Commission for a mining permit for its proposed Three Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop counties.
Milam Association for Retarded Citizens (MARC) was set to host an open house at its new building on the grounds of Richards Memorial Hospital.
Several persons were treated after a US 79 accident east of Rockdale but not for wreck injuries. Vehicles disturbed a hive of bees and five persons, plus several rescue workers, were treated for bee stings at Richards Memorial Hospital.