100 YEARS AGO....
Local politics was the big news in mid-October, 1910. Mayor H. C. Mayer called a special election to fill the unexpired term of City Alderman M. L. Smith who had moved from Rockdale.
Reporter Publisher R. W. H. Kennon wrote, “friends of three prominent men have put forth their names for the vacancy and all would make good councilmen.” He did not list names.
One candidate formally threw his hat in the ring. John Scott was seeking the vacant seat, citing “my rugged honesty.”
On the non-political front, Frank Wanorek and Johnnie Brockenbush advertised a “solid hickory three-seat Studebaker hack (carriage)” for sale. Studebaker would not market gasoline powered cars on its own for two more years.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale school trustees were discussing an incident where a bus containing eighth graders was pelted with rocks during a football game in Georgetown.
Tax Collector Valter White reported 18 through 20-yearolds were registering to vote for the first time after passage of a new federal law.
Rockdale’s Young Homemakers of Texas chapter was seeking the names of local personnel serving in Vietnam in time to send Christmas baskets.
Lightning struck and killed a registered quarterhorse in a field west of Rockdale.
Rockdale’s Noon Lions Club was to see a demonstration of laser beam technology in its next meeting.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department conducted “rappelling” rescue practice from the roof of the old juniorhigh school.
In a last-minute compromise, city council members relaxed water rate hikes to give a break to lower-usage customers.
C-Tex Builders of Cameron was awarded the construction contract for Rockdale’s new Project Head Start Building.
Fall arrived as a cool front dropped Rockdale’s temperature from an afternoon high of 98 to a low of 38 two mornings later.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Terry Andris was named interim administrator as Richards Memorial Hospital entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Waste Management Service, which had been “fired” by the Rockdale City Council, reappeared before the council, pledging to do a better job with garbage pickup.
Accidents were occurring almost weekly in a seven-mile stretch of US 79 being widened west of Rockdale.
A group of area citizens was seeking to upgrade Rockdale’s Coffield Municipal Airport, the smallest in the area among towns of similar size.