100 YEARS AGO....
War between Rockdale and Gause! A war of words at least. Irritated because discussion in Rockdale and Thorndale newspapers about forming a new county did not include Gause, the editor of the Gause Guide threatened “include Gause or we will make rock in your road!”
Scarbrough & Hicks founder R. L. Hicks died and Rockdale was preparing for one of the largest funerals in town history.
Ex-Rockdalian Robert Lee Lyon wrote from Apache, Arizona. “We are not entirely among civilized people as our Sunday School has only 60 members who are regular in attendance.”
Mrs. James Clark wrote a letter to the editor asking for volunteers to judge poultry at the 1911 Rockdale Fair.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale’s traffic lights on US 79 were coming down temporarily as the highway department started a “modernization” program.
The cit y council was told Rockdale’s sewer plant was inadequate and begin reviewing options for expansion.
An embargo on mailing parcels to 35 states was in effect as the result of a nationwide railroad strike.
The city council received a 106-signature petition demanding action on “Rockdale’s dog problem.”
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
City leaders determined a supposed plan to build a 1,000-job furniture factory in Rockdale was an attempted con job and was mulling criminal charges.
The Rockdale ISD was facing a $200,000 shortfall in state revenue in 1991, according to Joe Ammerman, business manager.
A probated term was assessed for a former Rockdale convenience store clerk, whom police said sliced herself with a knife t hen, pocketed money a nd reported an armed robbery.
In a stunning upset, Ben Bolt- Palito Blanco tied Thorndale 22-22 in a Class A regional final football game and advanced on penetrations.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A turbine building fire at Sandow Power Plant Unit 4 knocked the 545-megawatt unit off-line until after the first of the year.
More than 1,000 persons had signed a letter of protest against the Rockdale Hospital District’s 48-cent property tax rate. The letter had been sent to the Texas Secretary of State.
Rockdale Hospital District directors were still discussing a Feb. 13 election to expand the district’s boundaries to those of the Rockdale ISD.
Rural Milam County residents were being assigned “road number” 911 addresses.