Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale State Bank was named Milam County’s bank depository by county commissioners on a high bid of 4-1/8 percent on a daily balance.

Mrs. George Walker of Davilla was seriously injured when her horse bolted as she was exiting her buggy, dragging the woman for several yards.

Redistricting of the Texas congressional delegation favored the state’s senior senator, Joseph Bailey. Six congressmen who were opposed to Bailey found themselves paired in three congressional districts.

A Galveston myster y was revolving around former Milam County farmer William Lange, who had gone to the port city to embark on a trip to his native Germany. Records showed Lane never boarded a ship and it was feared he had been murdered.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale firemen battled four grass blazes in one day, including a 1,000-acre blaze near the Sipe Springs community.

M. N. Stricker, former Rockdale city council member and longtime downtown businessman, died at age 78.

Twenty- three persons had signed a petition asking the area in which they lived be deannexed from the Milano ISD and annexed to the Cameron ISD.

Ernie Laurence’s Rockdale Tigerette basketball team defeated Duncanville 46-38 in a bi-district playoff contest and advanced to regional competition.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

City council members were to receive a petition signed by more than 230 area residents opposing a private prison being considered for the H. H. Coffield Industrial Park.

Twenty-three persons were arrested in a “Operation Sharpshooter,” sting targeting trafficking in drugs and food stamps.

Mayor Bill Avrett said rumors City Manager-Police Chief Marshall Martin was drawing two salaries from the city were false with Martin only drawing the city manager paycheck.

More than 300 persons attended Laura Petty Day at the Patterson Center, honoring the RHS teacher who had recently earned her doctorate.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Irate over support and technical problems, city council members took the first step in terminating Classic Cable’s cable television franchise.

Rockdale’s new Mill Street water tower was to go offline for three days as it underwent its first annual inspection.

Ken Cockrell, 1968 Rockdale High School graduate, guided the space shuttle Atlantis to a perfect docking with the International Space Station.

U. S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison made her first visit to Rockdale, addressing a crowd of about 70 supporters.


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