Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s Hopkins General Store filed for bankruptcy and its stock was sold to Rowlett and Webb. Attorney E. A. Camp was appointed receiver for the bankrupt firm.

Supporters of prohibition rallied in Rockdale and named Dr. I. P. Sessions as their chairman. They also elected delegates to the county Prohibition convention in Cameron.

Rockdale Fair directors, meeting “in the parlor at Rockdale State Bank,” decided to restore the parade at the 1911 event. No parade was held in 1910.

International Order of Odd Fellows ( IOOF) chartered a lodge in Tracy with A. J. Garner as chief patriarch.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The largest culvert of its kind in the United States was being installed in the lignite mining area of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

A public meeting for potential customers interested in a major expansion of Southwest Milam Water Supply Corporation was to be held at San Gabriel Baptist Church.

Rockdale’s Young Homemakers chapter was receiving “thank you” letters from Vietnam for its Christmas package project.

A free-throw with one second left lifted Carthage to a 45-44 regional girls basketball win over Rockdale.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

City council members called a public meeting to decide whether to pursue acquisition of a private prison for Rockdale.

Rockdale Lions celebrated 50 years of Lions in Rockdale with a banquet and recognized four charter members, W. T. Pearson Jr., Dr. A. A. Urban, W. H. Cooke and W. P. (Red) Hogan.

Rockdale ISD trustees Billy G est and Dr. John R inn announced they would not seek new terms in 1991.

A 21-year-old Cameron woman confessed to setting the fire which damaged Cameron Gospel Tabernacle in that city.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Volunteers Bob and Barbara Thompson were to be honored with a reception commemorating their 50 years of dedication to the city library.

A bill was introduced into the Texas Legislature creating a water conservation district for Milam and Burleson counties.

Rockdale Elementary School was designated as the polling place for a Brushy Creek Watershed district property tax election.

Ken Cockrell, 1968 Rockdale High School graduate, landed the space shuttle Atlantis at Edwards AFB California.


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