Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

“Dr. Mackey of Cameron” had a offer for Rockdale residents in his ad, good for 30 days. “Come and see me, I’ll treat you and you don’t have to pay me until you are cured,” he said. Dr. Mackey listed his medical discipline as “specialist.”

W. E. Copeland announced his candidacy for the alderman position being vacated by M. L. Smith who had moved from Rockdale.

The annual reunion of Hood’s Texas Brigade, part of General Robert E. Lee’s army during the Civil War, was being held in Austin.

Robertson County Judge W. C. Perry cancelled the prohibition election which had been scheduled for Oct. 13.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The South Milam Count y United Way was working on a record $20,360 fall campaign.

Rockdale volunteer firefighters had scheduled a “giant garage sale” to help raise funds toward purchasing a grass fire unit.

A Texas Historical Commission marker was to commemorate the Tomato Club organized by Edna Westbrook Trigg of Milano in 1911, viewed as the start of home demonstration activities in Texas.

Scoreless after three quarters, LaGrange pushed over a fourthquarter TD to edge Jim Gray’s Rockdale Tigers 7-0.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Faced with an overhaul of the city water system, the Rockdale Cit y Council okayed a tax increase from 48 to 52.17 cents.

Two major house fires in six days for the Rockdale VFD which answered calls to the Pete York home on FM 487 and then a vacant house on Main Street.

All roads in Fair Park were hard-surfaced, just in time for the fair, thanks to a cooperative effort by the Rockdale Fair Association, City of Rockdale and Milam County.

Ricky Ray’s Rockdale Tigers whipped Waco LaVega 22-8 and were set to face Willis, their third consecutive Class 4A foe.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Richards Memorial Hospital filed for bankruptcy, making demands for payments by creditors subject to negotiations.

City council members voted to cancel Rockdale’s garbage collection contract with Waste Management Service for “non performance.”

A shotgun-wielding man held up Thorndale One Stop and fled on foot with $1,884.

With perfect timing, a cool front arrived on the first day of autumn, dropping the mercury from 91 to 30 in a matter of hours.


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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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