100 YEARS AGO....
Prohibitionists gathered in Rockdale for a county-w ide meeting. Reported The Reporter: “ There was plenty of ice water on hand.”
More than 100 members of the Milam County Boys Corn Club received free Ingersoll pocket watches, courtesy of Rockdale merchants.
What was described as the Rockdale area’s first major automobile accident, west of town, “left three women upon beds of suffering” in a Taylor hospital and a Rockdale man hurt.
Mrs. A. P. Perry hosted the Matinee Musical Club, assisted by her mother, Maie Van de Venter, later to be immortalized as “My Granny Van” by grandson George Sessions Perry.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
With scheduled speaker State Rep. Dan Kubiak (D-Rockdale) “locked in” a session at the Texas legislature, Supt. J. M. Moorman was a last minute pinch hitter at Rockdale graduation.
Alcoa and United Steelworkers of America signed a new three-year labor pact which covered 1,380 employees of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.
Gibson’s Discount Centers announced plans to open a Rockdale store next to Hodges’ Mans’ Shop.
Teens from Thorndale and San Gabriel died when their car overturned on FM 908 one mile north of Rockdale.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Dr. David Hinojosa of Texas A&M was to be guest speaker at commencement exercises for the RHS graduating class of 1991.
Police launched an investigation after the abrupt closing of a martial arts school in downtown Rockdale.
The Central Texas Council of Governments selected Milam County as the tentative site for a 7-county landfill.
Thorndale defeated Iola and Flatonia to soar into the Class A baseball quarterfinals.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Good news from Richards Memorial Hospital. The financially troubled facility, still in Chapter 9 bankruptcy, had operated “in the black” for the past two months.
More than 100 walkers raised over $12,000 in Rockdale’s firstever American Cancer Society Relay for Life event.
Thrall and Austin men died in a head-on collision near Thorndale on US 79.
Rockdale played its first 7-on- 7 summer football tourney and came from behind late to defeat defending 7-on-7 state champion Gatesville.