10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

As 1911 dawned Americans were mulling a constitutional amendment to allow the federal government to directly tax the populace. (Editor’s Note: The 16th amendment creating the federal income tax was ratified two years later.)

Six women and three churches were competing to win a new piano in The Reporter’s annual subscription contest.

Talk of a new county including part of Milam County expanded to include a “panhandle to the east” in order to take in Gause.

Reporter Publisher R. W. H. Kennon was also a justice of the peace and often “covered” weddings at which he officiated. “The pretty bride has many womanly virtues which will make her an ideal wife,” he wrote. FORTY YEARS AGO....

A new government regulation required Rockdale’s Richards Hospital to install a new, $15,000 sprinkler system.

Sylv ia Jones of Rockdale, Aycock High School Class of 1915, was the oldest person attending a school reunion held during the Christmas holidays.

Responding to a new federal law, 62 persons between the ages of 18 and 20 had registered to vote with the Milam County Tax Assessor-Collector.

No holiday for the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, which answered four alarms, all to grass fires, on Christmas Day. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

An Arctic cold front dropped temperatures 50 degrees, and spawned scores of highway accidents.

Members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2078 okayed a new one-year labor contract with TU Electric for Sandow Power Plant Unit 4 by a vote of 48-32.

Rockdale Police arrested a male juvenile and charged him with taking $1,200 from a business cash register.

Rockdale Christmas Roundup provided holiday cheer for 222 families including 682 children and 74 elderly units. TEN YEARS AGO....

Two children died in a house fire just across the Burleson County line.

Big changes were on tap in the upcoming swearing-in ceremony for county officials. Ed Magre was to assume his duties as county judge and Kerry Spears as prosecutor.

Two Rockdale teens were arrested, and two others were treated for injuries, after a crash police said involved a chase and a stolen car.

A Rockdale man died in a wreck in Milano, Milam’s County’s 24th, and last, traffic fatality of 1990.

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