100 YEARS AGO....
The funeral of Scarbrough & Hicks co-founder R. H. Hicks was one of the largest in Rockdale’s four-decade history. Businesses closed, schools were let out and Rev. B. H. Carroll, “patriarch of the Baptist Church in Texas” came to Rockdale to officiate.
Hill & Co. Jewelers of Rockdale offered a Christmas special, ladies diamond rings for $35.
Gaither & Tanner was disappearing from downtown Rockdale. It was to merge with Rockdale Mercantile Co. on Jan. 1.
President William Howard Taft was going before Congress asking for a law to settle the border dispute between Texas and New Mexico before New Mexico entered the union.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The Department of Health, Education & Welfare notified Richards Hospital its Medicare certification was in jeopardy.
Paul Joseph and Becky Bruening were to portray Mary and Joseph in the annual Rockdale Junior High Christmas Pageant.
Christmas Roundup was hoping to serve 30 needy families in the Rockdale area.
Ex-students of Aycock High School were planning a school reunion for Rockdale the day after Christmas.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Alex Bruni and Charles Strickling, two men who told Rockdale business leaders they were planning a major furniture manufacturing distribution business in Rockdale, were behind bars, charged with conspiracy to commit theft.
Country comic Jerry Clower was to appear for the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce in lieu of a banquet in 1991.
Hospital author it y board members were hoping financially troubled Richards Memorial Hospital was approaching the “break-even” point as the new year drew near.
Contract talks were under way between Texas Utilities and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2078 for a contract covering 91 hourly employees at Sandow Power Plant Unit 4.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Parking lot resurfacing was part of a $1.7-million renovation project under way at HEB Pantry Foods.
Milam County landowners were organizing to fight a long term plan to dam the Little River and create a lake in the Cameron area.
The “sequel” to the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TA AS) test was looming as the Rockdale ISD prepared for TAAS II.
An ice storm brought power outages to Rockdale but greater than expected non-freezing precipitation helped to keep streets clear.