10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Bernard Kamminskey, 37, an engineer on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad, died in Milam County when he was thrown from the train’s tender under the engine.

Mayor H. C. Meyer proclaimed March 10 “ Cleanup Day” in Rockdale with a “special invitation to ladies and children to cooperate.”

A new road from Rockdale to Watson Branch was going t hrough t he farms of Pink Corzine, Ola Pritchard, Rale Moore, Eck Conoley, Frank Stiles, Roman Bryant and A. W. Campbell.

Commissioners scheduled an election in Precinct 8 (Thorndale area) to determine “whether cows, sheep and hogs would be permitted to roam at large.”


The Milam County School Board unanimously rejected a petition by 33 Milano ISD residents seeking to have their property de-annexed from the Milano ISD and added to the Cameron ISD.

Milam County’s 1970 Census population was 20,028, down from 22,263 in 1960.

Rockdale ISD school trustees Mercer Cotton, Emory C. Camp and Dr. L. E. Selden filed for new terms.

March 15 was designated Rockdale Cares Day as the Parent Teacher Organization remembered prisoners of war in North Vietnam.


The Rockdale City Council formally endorsed a quest to land a private prison with a unanimous vote approving a letter of intent on the project.

Milam County commissioners voted to use two banks, Citizens National of Milam County and First National of Cameron, as county depositories.

Ed Swenson of Milano was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Milam County appraisal District (MCAD) board of directors.

Bob Mathis, retiring Thorndale High School principal, was named citizen of the year at the annual Thorndale Chamber of Commerce banquet.


Richards Memorial Hospital had collected $369,000 in property taxes since voters approved the tax in August, 2000.

An advance crew of movie folks was in Thorndale, assessing it as a possible shooting site for a new baseball movie to star Dennis Quaid.

For the first time in 32 years Rockdale was without a state representative office as Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) moved the office to her home town.

Rockdale Lions celebrated their 60th anniversary with W. P. “Red” Hogan, only surviving member from the 1941 Charter Night banquet, in attendance.

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