Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A hailstorm that hit first in San Gabriel, and traveled to Rockdale, was so violent that ice a foot thick remained for more than a day and several injuries were reported.

Milam County Constable Lee Reeder shot a Buckholts barber in a saloon in that town while attempting to make an arrest. A n investigation was under way.

A botched attempt to burn down Taylor’s high school for African Americans was unsuccessful. The same school had burned in 1905 and 1907.

The U. S. Senate rejected the petititons of New Mexico and Arizona to become the 47th and 48 states. (They made it the next year.)

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Final 1970 Census figures showed Rockdale with 4,655 residents, up 3.9 percent from 4,481 in 1960.

City council members okayed purchase of a fire truck. Fire Chief Johnny Weed said RVFD’ current pumpers were purchased in 1960, 1951 and 1931.

A 77-year- old woman died when fire swept through her house, a mile north of Tanglewood.

Rockdale native Graham Kyle, assistant dean of men at Southwest Texas State University, was to be featured speaker at the annual RHS All- Sports Banquet.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

An 89-year- old Gause man was hospitalized after he was beaten by a burglar who attacked the resident when he came home between church services to change clothes.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Jesse Weathers, 53, of Maysfield, died suddenly of a heart attack. Weathers had served on the commissioners court only since Jan. 1.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture approved a $100,000 grant for Milam Count y to repair road and bridge damage from January flooding.

Gordon McKee, RHS graduate, soared 27-feet, three quarters of an inch at the Texas Relays to turn in the best long jump in the history of Memorial Stadium.

TEN YEARS AGO....

City council members were to set a public hearing to hear public complaints about Classic Cable, the city’s cable television franchisee.

“Too much rain” was the problem for area farmers. Rockdale was on the way to its all-time record year of 65 inches.

A stabbing incident on a Bartlett ISD school bus in Milam County led to the arrest of a juvenile.

A letter from Texas patriarch Sam Houston went on display at the Milam County Museum.


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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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