Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

It wasn’t a good week for Milam County Treasurer J. A. Pate. Someone broke into his home while he slept and stole his pants, which contained $75 in cash and a $170 note. He got the pants back, not the cash or the note.

Real estate transfers listed in the courthouse report included: C. H. Yoe to Charles Richter. That’s the Yoe for whom Cameron was to name its high school.

Owners of a Somerville farm were acquitted of mis-using convict farm labor, holding the men past the time required to pay off their court-designated fines.

Hog farmer H. H. Camp of San Gabriel sent a railroad car to Houston with “44 of the finest lot of porkers ever shipped from Milam County.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD Supt. J. M. Moorman said a change in state funding could force the district into adopting a $50,000 deficit budget for 1971-72.

The Rockdale City Council okayed an ordinance formalizing the duties of the City Library Board.

Seeking re-election were city councilmen Clyde Jones and John Sonntag and school trustees Mercer Cotton, Emory Camp and Dr. L. E. Selden.

Ernie Laurence’s Rockdale Tigerettes claimed the District 13AAA basketball title with a 49-45 win over Gatesville.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Over 600 persons came to the Wal-Mart parking lot to rally in support of local military personnel in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.

Final rainfall figures showed the first month of 1991, was Rockdale’s wettest January ever with 10.71 inches. And 2.5 inches had already fallen in February.

An 8-year-old Rockdale boy died when he was struck by a train while walking along the tracks at the Plum Street crossing one block from his home.

Bill Spivey of Lexington was named principal of Milano High School, replacing Roger Hashem, who had been elected Milam County Judge.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale area residents discovered a ta xing entit y, Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, had the authority to impose a property tax, if voted in by residents of the district.

Rockdale High School announced it would place laptop computers in the hands of all its students by the fall semester.

A n 81- yea r- old Rockda le woman who became confused after driving away from her home, was found unharmed after a 260-mile trip.

U. S. Senator K ay Bailey Hutchison was due in Rockdale for a town hall meeting.


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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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