100 YEARS AGO....
Vilas Kennon, 18-year-old son of Reporter Publisher-Editor R. W. H. Kennon and his wife, died of appendicitis at the family home. Vilas was a senior at Rockdale High School.
Sheriff Allen Hooks and Deputy R. L. Lowe went to a coal mine near Rockdale to investigate a death and arrested three men, one for murder and two for attempted murder.
A brawl that resulted in a death on a ranch south of Thorndale was investigated by sheriff’s departments from two counties, was determined to have happened in Williamson County and a suspect was taken to that county to face charges.
As a result of the civil war raging in Mexico, the U. S. government moved 20,000 Army troops to San Antonio.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
A Rockdale police officer, who was under indictment for aggravated assault, was dismissed from the police force by the city council.
Milano Water Supply Corporation was planning an extension to serve the Chriesman community.
The father of an Austin soldier who was missing in action in Vietnam was set to address the Rockdale Parent-Teacher Organization.
The Harlem Stars comedy basketball team had to use all their considerable talent to defeat a local all-star team 49-48.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The City of Rockdale signed a letter of intent with Compufac, a company exploring the possibility of constructing a private prison in the Coffield Industrial Park.
Kerry Starnes, Veda Tindle and Brian Davenport were seeking the school board position being vacated by Billy Gest. Candidates for the spot being vacated by Dr. John Rinn were Gaye Bland and C. D. Williams.
Total number of arrests made under the Operation Straight Shooter drug sweep grew to 25.
Hurdler Lanny Worley was high-point man as the Rockdale Tigers won the Rockdale Relays with 170 points to 131 for runner up Marlin.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A controversial dam maintenance district was proposing to split into eastern and western halves and some northeast Rockdale residents discovered they could be liable for a district property tax.
A late spring cold front wiped out the Rockdale Relays after only one event, the 3,200 meters, was completed.
The Texas Railroad Commission delayed a hearing on an application by Alcoa for a mining permit at the proposed Three Oaks Mine.
Rockdale received a $250,000 federal grant to bring new water and sewer lines to the Hillyer- Stokes Addition.