Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Four men were arrested following the lynching of a Thorndale teen after a stabbing death in that city. A court of inquiry was looking into the situation.

Nine meetings in support of the prohibition movement were scheduled in the Rockdale area, capped off by a countyw ide gathering at Rockdale City Hall.

The San Antonio & Aransas Pass (SA&AP) railroad was offering excursion fares to the upcoming Rockdale Fair. Prices ranged from 25 cents (Minerva) to $1.40 (Waco.)

New Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke: “(People have said) ‘I didn’t know you could print pictures in the newspaper’ to me numerous times. Well, we are doing it!”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The sales tax in Rockdale jumped from 4.25 to 5 cents as the state added a new .75-cent tax to existing rates.

Timely rains came to the aid of Milam County’s watermelon crop, according to owner Archie Graham who said the 1971 crop was expected to exceed 1970’s.

School trustees okayed construction of a new 31-by-100- foot athletic field house.

Milano High School had a new central heating system, replacing radiators installed in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) 31 years previously.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A new history of the Milam County Courthouse, written by Dorothy Allison of Cameron, was set for public release.

The new Milam County Education District (CED) called an election for Aug. 10, asking the public to authorize the CED board to grant tax exemptions.

Ronnie Stanford of Wimberley was named new band director by Rockdale ISD school trustees.

The Department of Public Safety, and Milam law enforcement agencies, were not laughing as a prank phone call reported a head- on highway collision between Rockdale and Cameron. There was no such collision.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale High School began registration to equip each student with a laptop computer for 2001-02.

Rockdale’s annual Jubilee Days celebration was to be held in July, one month later than usual.

The Texas Depar tment of Transportation was to unveil details of its proposed loop around Rockdale in a public hearing.

Work was set to resume on the new Milano High School, held up for many months in a dispute with the project’s architect.


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