Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A dusk encounter between two men driving buggies over the one-lane Bear Creek Bridge northwest of Rockdale ended with one shot in the chest and the other breaking his leg. Author ities said one bugg y became stuck on the railing and the impatient other driver opened fire, hitting the first man and spooking his own horse.

Henne & Meyer of fered a “plowing season special” on a walk-behind John Deere cultivator.

Prohibitionists gathered at the county courthouse and elected W. G. Gillis county chair .

A dinner party at the J. G. Moore home in San Gabriel ended with Moore producing full-sized tobacco leaves and inviting his male guests to roll their own cigars. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Memorials and gifts were being accepted as plans were under way to construct a new, 47-bed hospital in Rockdale.

An Arkansas man died in Cameron on the construction site of a service station, when he was struck by a falling I-beam.

Signup was under way for a new water supply system, mostly in small communities in the Thorndale area. The new system was to be an extension of Southwest Milam Water Supply Corporation.

Volunteers from three fire departments, Alcoa and a Texas Power & Light work unit teamed up to battle a 200-acre grass fire in the Salty area. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A community-wide rally was planned to show support for area military personnel serving in the Persian Gulf War.

The first month of 1991 was already the wettest January in Rockdale since official weather records began in 1924, with 9.87 inches in three weeks.

Rockdale police recovered a bullet-riddled car, left behind after what appeared to be an early-morning shooting incident between competing drug groups.

Cameron’s first basketball win of the 1990-91 season was a sweet one as the 0-14 Yoemen upset Rockdale 55-53. TEN YEARS AGO....

Patrick Murphy, one of the infamous “Texas Seven” prison escapees, surrendered in Colorado. Murphy had briefly lived in Rockdale in the 1970s.

TXU Electric was to re-start its Sandow Unit 4 power plant for the first time after a Nov. 27 fire.

A three- generation family lost its home as fire destroyed the Henry J. “Boots” Williams residence at the Third-Pecan intersection.

Six Rockdale residents attended the inauguration of President George W. Bush.


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