100 YEARS AGO....
A defense of “ intoxicated, drunk and temporarily insane” was entered by C. C. Bethea, on trial in San A ntonio for the shooting death of railroad employee J. H. Head in Rockdale’s SA&AP depot.
George Braun, who emigrated to the U. S. to work in the California gold fields in 1849, died at his Gay Hill home.
A St. Patrick’s Day program at the Burlington school drew over 1,000 persons. It was noted “most of the people around Burlington are Irish.”
T. H. Graves of Lilac planned a new $5,000 home. “The Graves home and that of H. H. Camp in San Gabriel will be the two finest rural residences in Milam County.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Still a relatively new offense in Milam County, four persons were indicted for possession of marijuana.
Only 2.4 inches of rain had fallen in almost five months, Rockdale’s worst winter drouth since the legendary dry spell of 1924-25.
Three large rolls of chain link fencing were stolen from the new Rockdale Little League construction site at the north end of Copeland Street.
Rockdale was looking for a new police chief after the resignation of Cliff Blackburn, who had served for three years.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Collier was the first Rockdale veteran to return from Operation Desert Storm. Collier f lew in B-52 missions over Iraq.
Rockdale had a contested city council race with incumbent Earnest Phillips challenged by Bonnie Kelley for an east ward slot.
The annual Milam County Junior Livestock Show raised $61,415 for area FFA and 4-H exhibitors.
Rockdale pianist Jason Brown qualified for Texas Association of Music Teachers state competition in Austin by winning at regional in San Antonio.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A crew from Disney was in Thorndale, transforming the town to become a “set” for the baseball movie “ The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid.
A rash of stolen street signs prompted Rockdale city officials to ask parents to check out teens’ rooms and return any signs they uncovered.
On a 2- 0 vote, the Texas Railroad Commission voted against a petition by Neighbors for Neighbors which would have stopped plans for Alcoa’s Three Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop counties.
Rockdale’s Leslie Moore placed third in the girls division of the Class 3A state power lifting meet, held at Ft. Hood.