Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The Reporter reported: “Miss Pansy Cof f ield enter tained Rockdale VFD Fire Company No. 2 with a party, in terms of elegancy, hospitality and pleasure that equalled anything ever undertaken for the fire laddies of Rockdale.”

Reporter Publisher R. W. H. Kennon scolded Milam County commissioners for planning another bridge across Brushy Creek near Thorndale instead of placing a bridge on “The Gabriel near the San Andres crossing.”

Milam County Tax Assessor R. S. Wiley listed the county’s taxable values at $17.4 million, $9.7 million in land.

An ad for the medicine MI-ONA promised it would cure “food rotting in your stomach, forming gases that poison the blood.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Wallace Richards, who still walked downtown every day, celebrated his 101st birthday.

Dr. Philip Young said that while dipt her ia cases were reported as close as San Antonio, it was unlikely an outbreak would occur in Rockdale.

Milano’s water system went down after a pump line casing separated deep underground and the U. S. Army sent water tank trucks from Fort Hood to transport water from Rockdale.

Sharp area pioneer Anna Von Gonten died at age 93. She had lived in the Sharp area since 1882.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Country music stars Eddy Raven ad Doug Stone were to highlight the 15th annual Rockdale Fair.

A head-on wreck in Lexington killed a 22-year-old Gatesville woman and injured five.

Varanda Crawford was crowned 1990 Rockdale High School homecoming queen.

It was the end of an era when an auction at the former Gaither Motor Co. closed out the 82- year-old business.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Ty Herndon and Andy Griggs were to headline the 25th anniversary Rockdale Fair.

Entities passing resolutions backing Alcoa’s efforts to begin mining operations in Lee and Bastrop counties included the Rockdale and Thorndale ISDs.

Brushy Creek Water Conservation District voters were to decide whether to pass a bond issue to strengthen 22 earthen dams.

Texas-bound Cameron QB Billy Pittman ran for 125 yards and scored a touchdow n as Cameron scored its fifth-straight Battle of the Bell win over the Rockdale Tigers.


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