Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Did the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ movement start 100 years ago? Exact quote, 1-2-11 issue: “Mrs. M---- W---- of Gause has been judged of unsound mind and will be sent to Austin as soon as a place can be secured for her.”

Ben Loewenstein of Rockdale was in Thorndale installing the latest item in municipal convenience, concrete sidewalks.

Milam County’s Woodmen of the World chapters were to hold a combined Valentine Banquet at the English Kitchen restaurant in Cameron.

Several Rockdale and Milam County residents traveled to Austin for a speech by the legendary labor leader Eugene V. Debs.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The Alcoa Foundation donated $5,000 to the Rockdale Little League, which was in the process of building a new complex at the end of Copeland Street.

H. D. “Farmer” Maxwell’s 48- year career in education came to an end. Maxwell established the Rockdale High School vocational agriculture department.

Rockdale High School’s drama club was staging Arthur Miller’s play “ The Crucible.” Director was Ascenia Underwood.

More than 150 mounted riders, five wagons and a buggy were expected to make the annual Central Texas Trail Riders trek from Milam County to San Antonio.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

There were 65 names on The Reporter’s list of Rockdale-area services personnel serving in the Persian Gulf region during Operation Desert Storm.

City officials were offering the H. H. Coffield Industrial Park as the site for a private prison.

Former New York Giants allstar center fielder, and leadoff man, Joe Moore of Gause was to be the featured attraction in a sports memorabilia show at the Milano Civic Center.

Former Tiger track star Gordon McKee won the long jump at the Ottawa Winternational Grand Prix Track Meet in Canada with a leap of 26-3-1/2.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Business and school officials were warning businesses that organizations selling ads for “Rockdale boosting” publications were not affiliated with the town or school district.

The busy US 79- Childress intersection was closing for two months due to an ongoing highway widening project.

A petition signed by 1,100 Rockdale residents protesting the Rockdale Hospital District’s 48- cent tax rate was rejected by the state because it missed a deadline.

Greg Kopetsky’s Tiger cagers upset loop leader Hearne in the last 10 seconds, but then fell to Elgin in overtime.


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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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