100 YEARS AGO....
Work was completed at the new bridge over the San Gabriel River at the Glasscock Crossing which had reportedly already become a favorite place for “Kodakers” (people with cameras.)
Gov. O. B. Colquitt ordered the clocks in the Texas Legislature set back two hours so he could keep legislators in session past the scheduled adjournment time.
More than one mile of new concrete sidewalks had been put down in Thorndale by a Rockdale contracting firm.
Cameron residents seeking to change the city government to a commission form were unable to nominate three persons to serve as commissioners when meeting turnout was so small there were not enough persons to nominate, second and vote.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Final totals from the “Rockdale Cares” day sponsored by the P-TO and RHS National Honor Society showed 2,500 letters were mailed in support of area service personnel in Vietnam.
Austin personalit y Willie Kocurek was the guest speaker as the Rockdale Noon Lions Club celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The latest in a series of Rubella (German Measles) shot clinics in Rockdale brought the total number of children immunized in Milam County to 1,340.
Waco Moore won the 28- varsity team Rockdale Relays, sweeping the relay and sprint events.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The first returning Desert Storm veterans were en route to Rockdale with several families receiving word their soldiers were due back within the week.
Gasoline prices dipped under one dollar per gallon in Rockdale, below the level of the day Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Rockdale Lodge 414 joined Texas Masons in holding a statewide open house. Every Masonic lodge in the state held an open house on the same day.
Rockdale’s Donnie Brooks, a member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, had an interception and seven unassisted tackles in the annual Red-Black intrasquad scrimmage.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Milam County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a “social club” pyramid scam in which an estimated $1 million had changed hands.
The 2000 Census put Rockdale’s population at 5,439, up 3.9 percent from 1990.
An investigation into a reported murder ended when the man who has been reported killed walked into the Rockdale Police Station to report he was okay.
Rockdale’s Institute for Teaching God’s Word filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas which had fined the Institute over its right to control religious curriculum and issue degrees.