100 YEARS AGO....
C. C. Bethea, former Rockdale lawman, was convicted of second degree murder, in connection with the shooting of J. H. Head in the Rockdale SA&AP Depot and drew a fiveyear term. “None of the jurors had beards, probably the first beardless jury ever for a murder case in 37th District Court, San Antonio.”
Early reports indicated 1911 would be a banner year for both cotton and corn in Milam County.
Foot doctor H. Forster of Houston was in Milam County, promising to “cure corns, bunions and other foot diseases without the use of a knife.”
Andrew Noack of Rockdale opened a bottling business in downtown Thorndale.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
One adult and three juveniles were arrested in connection with burglaries of schools in Rockdale and Cameron.
The former San Gabriel Post Office burned to the ground. It had been used as a warehouse by a wholesale company and was being used to store candy.
The U.S. Navy awarded a $7- million dollar aluminum powder contract to Alcoa, which produced the powder in its Rockdale atomizer.
Rockdale’ s temperature climbed to 97, an all-time high for March, then dropped 40 degrees as a cold front ripped through Central Texas.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
“Shoot this thang!” A crowd of 750 filled the KC Hall as country comic superstar entertained at the annual Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Banquet award winners: Margarete Gillette, citizen of the year; J. W. “Bill” Cooke, outstanding citizen; Rockdale 4-H Club, organization of the year.
With state funding being cut, Rockdale ISD trustees were eyeing a tax increase from 84.58 cents to $1.10.
Milam County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent, considerably better than the state and national averages.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Scale of a “pyramid scheme’ operating in Rockdale grew with investigators estimating one million dollars had changed hands.
Rockdale Hospital District board members met with their bankruptcy attorney to discuss strategies to get the facility out of bankruptcy.
School board members voted to start the 2001- 02 term on Aug. 16, five days earlier than the starting date currently allowed by the legislature.
Andre Johnson, RHS senior, was tied for first in state in his power lifting weight division. Johnson’s top lifts in three categories totaled a combined 1,680 pounds.