Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

James Head, 40, an employee of the I&GN Railroad, died of the wound he received from Rockdale City Marshal C. C. Bethea at the Rockdale depot earlier in the month. The charge against Bethea was upgraded to murder and he was taken to San Antonio where Judge Ben Fisk denied bond.

Rockdale Mayor H. C. Mayer was re-elected president of the Rockdale Fair Association.

It was before most forms of refrigeration and a warm spell caused most residents of San Gabriel to lose meat and sausage they had put up during colder weather.

The estate of R. L. Hicks, cofounder of Scarbrough & Hicks, went through probate court and was valued at $250,000.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A rarity in 1971, a Fort Hood soldier injured in a car wreck was f lown from Rockdale to Darnall Army Hospital on the base by a medical helicopter.

Rockdale’s 1970 population was put at 4,664 by the U. S. Census Bureau, up from 4,481 in 1960.

The dedicated Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department answered a grass fire call at 1 p.m. on Sunday, 15 minutes before Super Bowl kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Colts.

Bruce Thaler of the Rockdale FFA showed the grand champion dairy heifer at the Milam County Junior Livestock Show in Cameron.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

With war looming in the Persian Gulf, more than two dozen Milam County residents were stationed with the military in the area.

Rockdale and Milam County received more than six inches of rain in a 24-hour period sending area rivers and streams out of their banks.

Lightning struck the home of Lexington Eagle Head Football Coach John Wachsmuth and the resulting fire gutted the residence.

Billy Ray Locklin, 1956 Aycock High School graduate, was to be inducted into the New Mexico State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A Texas Railroad Commission hearings examiner recommended the commission grant a mining permit for A lcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop counties.

The Rockdale Historical Society was planning restoration of the recently-acquired International & Great Northern Railroad Depot.

The Texas Depar tment of Transportation (TxDOT) began a 32-month project to widen US 79 in west Rockdale.

A body from a double murder in Belton was discovered in a rural Milam County field near Davilla.


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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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