100 YEARS AGO....
England hanged Dr. Harry Crippen for the murder of his wife, actress Belle Elmore, and it was front page news in The Rockdale Reporter.
The Rockdale Fire Department held its annual holiday banquet in the Wolf Hotel.
Beat (Precinct ) 4 residents were organizing to build more roads. Farmers would furnish horses and labor with businesses providing money.
A murder trial in Cameron ended with a hung jury, 9-3 for acquittal. On their way out of the courtroom, Sheriff J. E. Holtzclaw arrested one of the jurors for perjury.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Initial dirt work began on four new Little League fields on the north end of Copeland Street.
Supt. J. M. Moorman said enrollment in the Rockdale ISD had climbed to 1,692, second only to the 1,697 enrolled in the 1963-64 term.
Christmas boxes were on the way to 14 Rockdale-area service personnel stationed in Vietnam, a project of the local Young Homemakers of Texas chapter.
Rockda le had a new cit y ambulance, a 1971 Chevrolet purchased from a Dallas ambulance dealer.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Alcoa’s annual Great Train Ride raised $12,000 to assist Richards Memorial Hospital.
A $500 reward had been issued in connection with a local resident believed to have been involved in seven burglaries of Rockdale businesses.
A man armed with a knife cut the arm of the attendant at the Farmco convenience store and grabbed about $600 in cash.
Milam County’s unemployment rate was at a six-year low of 4.3 percent.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Over 600 persons signed a petition seeking to overturn the Aug. 12 election which gave the Rockdale Hospital District authority to institute an ad valorem property tax. Board members subsequently set a 48-cent rate.
Open space between bleachers and foot platforms at Tiger Field were to be enclosed as a safety measure.
Two Black Jack residents were burned when a wood fire in a fireplace “exploded” and raced through a mobile home.
The Rockdale City Council approved a petition by Tranum Country Ford-Mercury on west US 79 to be annexed into the city limits.