Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Scams in 1911? You bet. A man got off the train in Milam County, set up on a street corner and offered free lots in a new development. Lots were free but he would need a $5 “deed fee.” He got back on the train with $80. The new development didn’t exist.

Eight persons escaped from the county farm near Cameron. Farmer J. S. Williams recaptured one in his barn but, when he brought the man to the authorities in Rockdale, he escaped again.

A strong spring thunderstorm knocked Davilla Baptist Church off its foundation.

Sandy R idge rural school closed for t he school ye a r because of a measles outbreak. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Incumbent Rockdale ISD school trustees Dr. L. E. Selden, Emory C. Camp and Mercer Cotton were re-elected without opposition.

Alcoa employees and high school students joined the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department to battle a large grass fire which threatened the Linwood Acres subdivision.

City officials were told Rockdale’s sewer plant was 237 percent overloaded and must be replaced.

Direct dial (no operator) phone service arrived in Rockdale as an additional 300 lines were installed in the local central office. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A 19-year-old Caldwell resident was charged with phoning in the second bomb threat to Lexington schools within 11 days.

Fif teen cattle were killed when a cattle truck overturned near Gause.

Naming previously unnamed roads was the major task for officials as Milam County began implementing a 911 emergency communications program.

Texas Education Agency officials said a shutdown of Texas schools was unlikely in the wake of a state funding crisis. TEN YEARS AGO....

City council members were mulling whether to ask a paving contractor to fix “high” street crowns from a project throughout Rockdale.

County government stunk. That’s not a opinion. Two large offices were evacuated near the courthouse after two skunks made themselves at home in a crawlspace under a building.

More than 3,500 persons braved mud and rain at Fair Park to attend the Rotary-sponsored Carson & Barnes Circus.

A Rockdale woman was charged with “giving a false report” after emergency crews were dispatched to a non-existent “major accident” at US 77 and FM 908.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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