100 YEARS AGO....
There were seven automobiles in Giddings. How do we know? The Reporter’s “Buschdale” correspondent went there and counted them. “None of them belong to farmers,” he reported.
Scarbrough & Hicks ad noted the store had already sold half its men’s dress suits priced at $10 “even with the weather still hot as blazes.”
No more ad copy or news would be accepted at <IT Repor ter “a f ter supper on Wednesdays,” Publisher R.W.H. Kennon warned. “We’ve been out a day late the last t wo weeks!”
T. B. Kemp & Sons store announced to customers it had acquired a telephone. The number was “2.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Milam County Local Draft Board No. 92 announced that random selection number 146 would be the highest one called for duty in 1970.
Rockdale City Council members called for bids on a 500,000-gallon reservoir and aerator system for the city water plant.
Rubella (German measles) vaccinations were being planned after a survey found more than 1,300 Milam County children had not been immunized.
The Rockdale ISD Special Education Department held an open house in its new location, the former Green Clinic Building, 720 West Cameron.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Citing the need to “renovate and overhaul” the city’s water system, the city council announced it was planning to raise water rates.
A drive to support local militar y personnel stationed in Operation Desert Shield was under way in Rockdale.
With 22 children being placed in foster homes, the Milam County Child Welfare Board was mounting an emergency fund drive, hoping to raise $5,000.
On a 4-3 vote, directors of Burleson Memorial Hospital in Caldwell voted to close the financially-troubled facility.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A 39-year old drifter was charge with armed robberies at Thorndale and Milano convenience stores.
Bill A nders of Llano was named interim administrator at Richards Memorial Hospital, replacing Ed Lynch.
Ty Herndon and Andy Griggs were to be headliners at the 2000 Rockdale Fair.
Two of the state’s top quarterbacks met at Tiger Field. Rockdale’s Blade Bassler and Caldwell’s Jason Carter. Caldwell prevailed 31-28 in the first overtime game in Rockdale football history.