Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A stabbing incident in the Hamilton Chapel community was triggered when, as The Reporter reported: “two men engaged in a difficulty over a young lady.”

Milam County Democratic Party Precinct Chairman S. C Hodge cautioned that anyone who voted in the party’s primary was obligated to support that nominee in the general eleciton. “Hold your nose and vote the ticket,” he said.

Two new “cottages” were under construction on the Noack property. The Reporte noted: “four nice homes will now extend from one end of the block to the other.”

The 1910 Census figures showed Rockdale not from a booming metropolis as Austin’s population was put at 29,860.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Milam County voters went with statewide winner Lloyd Bentsen (R) over George Bush (D) in a U. S. Senate race. Bentsen had ousted incumbent Ralph Yarborough in the primary.

Rockdale and Milam County voters overwhelmingly voted against a proposal to legalize liquor by the drink.

Rockdale High School students were busy rebuilding a homecoming bonfire after a prankster set it ablaze three days early.

Air Force Staff Sgr. Weldon Davenpor t of Rockdale was killed in a helicopter crash near Sherman.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The hottest race on the upcoming general election ballot was for governor where Democrat Ann Richards was vying with Republican Clayton Williams.

Democratic nominee Roger Hashem, Republican Barnie Henderson and independent Democrat Frank Summers were vying for the office of Milam County Judge.

IBEW Local 2078 power generating unit members were to vote on a proposed two-year labor contract w ith A lcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

Smithville posted a rare football win over Rockdale, defeating RHS 28-6 at (Rockdale’s) Tiger Field.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Big election decision for Rockdlae and Milam County voters. George Bush (R) vs. Al Gore (D) for president and Kerry Spears (D) against Rique Bobbitt (R) for Milam County Prosecutor.

An unsuitability hearing to hear opposition, or support, for Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine was set for the Lee County courthouse in Giddings.

Korean War veterans were to be honored in the annual Veterans Day tribute at Rockdale High School.

A Caldwell County accident took the lives of three Cameron residents and injured Yoe High’s journalism teacher.


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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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