Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Thorndale merchant Charles Schelzank was fatally stabbed by a teenaged boy in downtown incident. Before the boy could be jailed in Cameron a mob hung him from a lamp post.

The “worst storm in the memory of Cameron residents” struck the town destroying businesses and homes, causing an estimated $85,000 in damages.

Reporter Editor John E. Cooke received “the finest basket of tomatoes I’ve ever seen,” courtesy of Y. A. Gjedde.

With the 1911 Rockdale Fair approaching, 1910 Fair Champion Farmer George Doss was profiled. Doss, noted for his expertise in seeds, had a farm nine miles west of Rockdale.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Thunderstorms dumped 2.37 inches of precipitation on rainstarved Rockdale, but area farmers were hoping for more.

The new Rockdale Computing Company held a grand opening at its location, next door to the Dixie Theatre downtown.

New “dual stop lights” were installed downtown by the Texas Highway Department which noted that eventually the lights would be controlled by mechanisms on side streets and would be “green” to US 79 traffic most of the time.

The Potdiggers were leading the Rockdale Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League with a perfect 9-0 record.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Milam County commissioners agreed to take $317,000 from the county’s fund balance to balance the new budget and we looking at having to do the same in 1992.

A Milam County Grand Jury indicted men from Houston and Thorndale for murder in connection with the 1985 shooting death of a Thorndale convenience store clerk.

Two brothers from Cameron were charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 25-year-old Cameron man at O. J. Thomas Park in that city.

County commissioners called for bids on an automated vote tabulator, expected to speed up election night returns.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Richards Memorial Hospital was becoming affiliated with Temple’s Kings Daughters Hospital “for administrative purposes only,” according to an announcement by the Rockdale Hospital District board.

The Texas Depar tment of Transportation was to unveil the first detailed maps of their proposed US 79 loop around Rockdale in an August meeting.

Natural Gas Gang of Taylor was overall winner at the annual Thorndale VFD Barbecue Cookoff.

The Rockdale Tigers got “no respect” from Texas Football magazine which picked RHS seventh in eight-team District 18AAA.


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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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