100 YEARS AGO....
There was no preaching the previous Sunday at the Salty Church “on account of Bro. Watson got into a bog hole on this side of Brushy Creek and was detained,” the paper’s Salty correspondent wrote.
Torrential rains hit Central Texas. An I&GN passenger train sat in the San Marcos depot for 90 minutes because the engineer brought the train in and refused to budge.
Because of the weather District Judge J. C. Scott said no farmers would be named to juries “only town folk.”
Joe Worley, H. H. Camp, Gus Newton and Sam Clement presented county commissioners with a 500-signature petition seeking an iron bridge across the San Gabriel River at the Old Cameron Crossing.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale ISD trustees adopted a 20-percent increase in valuations to meet “growing costs.”
Ten railroad cars derailed five miles east of Rockdale and a coupling bar detached. There were no injuries.
City council members okayed purchase of a new fire truck at a cost of $28,295 as presented by Fire Chief Johnny Weed.
Texas voters were to decide the fate of several constitutional amendments, one which would provide government financing for sewer system improvements.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Thorndale and Houston residents were arrested in the murder of Mamie White, 44, convenience store clerk whose body was found Jan. 3, 1985, in Thorndale’s Circle K.
Kerry Starnes and Gaye Bland were elected to the Rockdale ISD school board in contested races.
Incumbent east ward city councilman Earnest Phillips was re-elected in the city ballot’s only contest.
The Rockdale Country Club’s American Cancer Society-benefit golf tourney raised $12,000 for ACS research.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Following a public hearing, the city council decided to give Classic Cable 30 days to improve cable television service.
Rozalyn Dixon was valedictorian and David Svrcek salutatorian of the 109-member Rockdale High School graduating class of 1991.
Rockdale ISD trustees were to hear a proposal from the administration to close the campus at lunch for freshmen.