100 YEARS AGO....
There were now three saloons advertising “above the fold” on The Reporter’s front page. Eagle Saloon’s ad featured a bottle of whiskey, a turkey and the caption “Let Us Give Thanks.”
New York elec ted Democrat John Dix as its governor. Reporter publisher R. W. H. Kennon’s headline: “New York Redeemed!”
The Gause Guide newspaper was pushing for a new county to be created from portions of Milam, Burleson, Lee and Williamson counties.
Scarbrough & Hicks announced “since Uncle Sam has changed the color of his hat, we will give away our old stock of Uncle Sam hats free.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale ISD coaches received a vote of confidence from the school board which condemned “adverse comments” shouted by some spectators.
A crackdown on stray dogs was promised by the city.
Milam County children from 1 to 10 were to be given rubella (German measles) vaccine in Rockdale and Cameron clinics.
The Rockdale VFD’ fundraising garage sale was such a success firefighters re-stocked and re-opened.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Democrat Roger Hashem defeated Republican Barnie Henderson 4,439 to 1,698 to win the Milam County judge position. Write-in candidate Frank Summers drew 673.
A Rockdale man was arrested in what police said was a plot to kill a local policeman who was investigating drug trafficking.
IBEW Local 2078 approved a contract with Alcoa covering Sandow mines and Power Plant Units 1-3 three months after negotiations broke off.
Rockdale’s Matinee Musical club presented an afternoon of jazz, featuring Rockdale native Kenny Harris.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Democrat Kerry Spears defeated Republican Rique Bobbitt 5,745 to 2,337 in the race for Milam County Prosecutor.
Milam County voters went with Republican George Bush over Democrat Al Gore 4,706 to 3,429.
Sometimes emotional testimony, pro and con, was heard in the Lee County Courthouse, Giddings, as the Texas Railroad Commission conducted hearings on Alcoa’s Three Oaks Mine.
Rev. Dennis Brooks accepted an invitation to serve as a Dallas Cowboys chaplain.