100 YEARS AGO....
Miss Grace Fulcher, later to be Thorndale legend Grace Davis Berry, sang a song at commencement exercises for the Thorndale High School Class of 1911.
A monument was erected over the grave of Scarbrough & Hicks founder R.H. Hicks in Rockdale’s I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
From the Salty News: “ Two or three families went dewberry picking but to no avail. There is very little fruit of any kind in this community.”
A large delegation of Milam County residents was attending the Confederate Veterans reunion in Little Rock, Arkansas.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Alcoa and United Steelworkers of America were negotiating in New York City in advance of a May 31 contract expiration.
Rockdale’s newly organized South Milam County Historical and Genealogical Society was searching for a museum location.
George L. Dahl, architectural firm, of Dallas, was hired to draw up plans for Rockdale’s proposed Richards Memorial Hospital.
Two 25-foot rolls of (what else?) Alcoa wrap were on sale for 49 cents at McVoy’s.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A multi- million- dollar f ly ash management facility, with 15 to 20 permanent jobs, was planned for Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.
A blast in the atomizer at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations shut down the facility for three to four weeks. There were no injuries.
Brad Fritz was valedictorian and Jennifer Melcher saluatorian of the 110-member Rockdale High School graduating class of 1991.
Milam County officials expressed relief after the Texas Legislature passed a bill eliminating the need for counties to construct additional jail space to house state inmates.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was looking into charges that work done at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations old power plants in the 1980s circumvented air pollution laws.
Gaye Bland was elected president of the Rockdale ISD board of trustees, succeeding Carl Hudson, who did not seek reelection.
The City of Milano and Milam County each received $250,000 Community Development Block Grants.
Four law firms contributed $50,000 each to the Preserve Our Past (courthouse restoration) project.