Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

New Milam County officials were sworn in with Allen Hooks replacing J. E. Holtzclaw as sheriff.

Reporter Publisher R. W. H. Kennon took Thanksgiving week off and the paper was edited by Miss P. Dunnington and E. A. Wallace. “We are afraid such experience will inform the people of our own shortcomings,” Kennon wrote.

Talk about a new county being created from parts of Milam, Williamson, Burleson and Lee counties began to take sharper focus when Kennon noted “persons in southwestern Milam County are too far away from the county seat (Cameron) and a new one was needed.” Rockdale, perhaps?

Sipe Springs closed its schools after an outbreak of diptheria claimed one child’s life.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Dedication ceremonies for the new, one-million-dollar St. Edward Hospital were scheduled in Cameron.

What happened to fall? High temperatures in Rockdale were 79, 80 or 81 for seven consecutive days over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Pecan Street Church of Christ and New Hope Baptist Church posted wins in the first week of action for the new Rockdale Men’s Basketball League.

A bridge and canasta tourney was planned to raise funds for the city library.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Doubts were arising after an unknown “businessman” told a meeting of local leaders that Rockdale had been selected as the site for a 1,000-job furniture plant.

Rockdale police were continuing an investigation into the desecration of two gravesides in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

A Texas Historical Commission marker was unveiled at the former site of the Lilac community in northwestern Milam County.

Thorndale routed Sabinal 59- 6 in the area round of the Class A state football playoffs.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A Rockdale Hospital Board meet ing boiled over into a debate with about 30 visitors who objected to the new 48-cent hospital district property tax.

A control room fire shut down 545-megawatt Sandow Power Plant Unit 4. There were no injuries.

For the first time in decades Rockdale did not have a state representative’s office. Charles Jones, defeated in the Republican Primary by Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, closed his Rockdale office.

Six persons died in a twovehicle collision near Pettibone on Texas 36, stretch of highway that had claimed 14 victims.


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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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