Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Wrote the newspaper’ s unnamed Conoley correspondent: “Texas is a great place; it has more cows and less milk, more clouds and less rain, more preaching and less religion.”

Civil War veteran William Green died in the road of a heart attack at the Henderson Crossing Bridge on Brushy Creek.

Closing ceremonies at the Salty school featured recitations by “12 little girls dressed to represent the 12 months of the year,” according to teacher Laura Bibby.

Henne & Meyer Co, of Rockdale advertised a full line of (horse powered) “buggies and planters.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Residents of the Lexington and Dime Box ISDs were to vote on a school district consolidation proposal.

The Texas Secretary of State said there would be local option mixed beverage elections in Milam County because it voted against the liquor by the drink proposal in Novermber, 1970.

Rockdale firefighters helped retrieve a cat which had fallen into a 65-foot deep well.

John Folwell, Sam Houston State golfer, won the Rockdale Country Club spring tourney which drew 274 entries.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Richards Memorial Hospital officials were “optimistic” the financially-troubled institution had “finally turned some corners.”

After a primary night votecounting marathon which lasted almost until dawn, county comissioners were investigating the purchase of a vote counting machine.

A 22-year- old former Cameron firefighter pleaded guilty to setting four fires and drew an eight-year probated sentence.

New taxes were being contemplated after the Texas Legislature placed new duties on counties to house state prisoners.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A record 320 runners and walkers par ticipated in the annual Dewberry Jam 5K, sponsored by Alpha Tau Delta.

A federal judge issued an injunction prohibiting Rockdale’s Institute for Teaching God’s Word from issuing degrees.

A suspect who ran from police during a foot chase was admitted to Richards Memorial Hospital after police said the man swallowed cocaine.

Rockdale ISD voters were to elect two new trustees to replace retiring longtime board members Carl Hudson and Gary Walker.


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