Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County Judge John Watson enter tained count y commissioners with a turkey dinner.

W. T. Morse & Co., Taylor’s largest department store, was burglarized overnight by someone who took “hundreds of dollars in gents’ shoes, shirts and underwear.”

The Texas Legislature passed an education bill creating “First Class High Schools” (four years instruction) and “Second Class High Schools” (three years instruction).

An Austin firm was awarded a $1,350 contract to build a new iron bridge over Elm Creek at the Yarrellton crossing.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The Regeneration Singers, a 40-voice- strong local teen choir, was set to stage the musical “Natural High” in the RHS Auditorium.

Twenty-nine of the 40 persons laid off in a January cutback at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations had been re-hired according to Works Manager Homer Bower.

Rockdale recorded a 3.79- inch rainfall, the first appreciable rain in south Milam County since October.

More than 200 golfers were expected when the Rockdale Country Club hosted its annual spring blind bogey tourney, one of Central Texas’ largest.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A new school finance law, said to be more favorable to the Rockdale ISD than one proposed the previous week, cleared the Texas Legislature.

A New York company which had been planning to construct two private prisons in Milam County announced it was no longer pursuing funding for the projects.

Former County Commissioner Troy Mode was reappointed to his old Precinct 2 seat on the commissioners court, replacing the late Jesse Weathers.

An addition error initiallty indictated Rockdale and Smithville had tied for the District 23AAA boys track title. When the error was corrected, Smithville won by four points.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A 71-year- old Milano area man escaped serious injur y when his 21-year-old son lifted a tractor after it had overturned and pinned him in his front yard.

Gene Solis was named new superintendent of the Thorndale ISD, replacing Ryder Warren.

Milam officials were expressing opposition as the Texas Legislature considered a redistricting plan to link Milam and Bell counties.

Rockdale’s Lady Tigers posted come-from-behind wins in their last district games to earn the third softball playoff spot in District 18AAA.


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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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