Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A “number of young men in Rockdale” were in the process or organizing a band. Director was to be Louis Diehl.

The Rockdale Fair Association was searching for a couple who wanted to be married on the Saturday night of the 1911 Fair. They would receive a number of prizes by agreeing to the public wedding.

New Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke announced all subscribers to the newspaper would receive “National Monthly,” a glossy magazine comparable to the “Saturday Evening Post.”

Harry Perry and Cora Bethea had the leads in “A Gibson Family Reunion,” a play presented by the MIP Library Association in the City Hall (today’s police station) auditorium.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale was about to get its first cable television service as New World Cable of Waco appeared before the city council to request a cable franchise.

School trustees appointed George Myers to the Rockdale ISD school board, replacing Mercer Cotton who had been transferred to Tennessee by Alcoa.

Gov. Preston Smith signed a bill empowering the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. to acquire land near Rockdale on which 18th Century Spanish missions once stood.

Rev. Stewart Bell of Rockdale was the medalist in the annual Cam-Rock Golf Tourney, held at the Rockdale Country Club.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A late spring cool front raked Rockdale w ith 40 - mile- per hour winds, claiming a storage building and downing power lines. Two funnel clouds were sighted.

A centennial commemoration was planned for the Milam County Courthouse which was to celebrate its 100th birthday on the Fourth of July.

The c ompa ny wh ich had investigated building prisons in Milam County announced it had lost its funding and was “starting over from scratch.”

A Fort Worth resident stopped in Rockdale on a bicycle trip which would take him to Peru.

TEN YEARS AGO....

City council members decided not to order a Temple paving company to lower crowns on recently- paved Rockdale streets.

Alcoa and United Steelworkers were headed for a “baseballstyle” arbitration decision for the final year of their six-year labor contract.

County commissioners approved the new Gabriel Crossing subdivision on FM 486 as presented by developer Ray Barron.

The edge of Tropical Storm Allison brought 1.5 inches of rain but no damaging winds or storms to Milam County.


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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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