100 YEARS AGO....
District Judge J. C. Scott denied bail for a Milam County man accused of killing his father after declaring a hung jury in his murder trial.
Material for the bridge at the Glasscock Crossing on the San Gabriel River had arrived. The bridge was to be erected “before the river’s spring floods.”
J. B. Ralston of Salty lost his barn and a three-year-old jack (male) donkey in an early morning fire.
The coldest winter weather since 1891 (17 degrees) in the lower Rio Grande Valley, had Milam County merchants worried about the upcoming citrus crop.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
C oncrete was poured for Rockdale’s new 500,000-gallon reservoir at the city’s Texas Street well site.
Rockdale Works Federal Credit Union observed its first year of existence with 405 members.
An unimaginable tragedy happened near Sharp. A 40-year-old mother suffered a heart attack while nursing her six-monthold infant and fell, puncturing the child’s lung. Both died at the scene.
Thorndale’s Lee Roy Caffey was home for the off- season after a year lining up beside pro football legend Dick Butkus in the Chicago Bears’ defense.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Michael Cervantez, produce manager of HEB Pantry Foods, Rockdale, died on the way to work when his car slammed into a truck trailer loaded with 40,000 pounds of pipe three miles east of Thorndale.
The Cameron City Council was pursuing a 500-bed private prison project.
Three Cameron apartment complexes teamed up to sue the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) over 1990 appraisals.
State Rep. Dan Kubiak (DRockdale) returned to the Texas Legislature for his eighth term. The previous three terms had been served by his brother, Dr. L. B. Kubiak.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Milam County officials were predicting the 2000 Census result would show the county’s population near 25,000.
City council members voiced concerns over service and poor reception to representatives of Classic Cable Company.
Jessie Earl Miller, 43, died when he was struck by a train, apparently while walking along the Missouri-Pacific tracks.
There were reported sightings of the famous “Texas 7” fugitives in Rockdale and Milano but neither checked out. One was a group of hunters and the other a collection of employees working for an Alcoa contractor.