100 YEARS AGO....
The 1911 Rockdale Fair, believed to the be the third largest Fair in Texas, was under way with a giant parade, horse racing, exhibits and competitions.
Rober t Potts, Texas A& M professor, was due in Rockdale as part of a trip from the Red River to the Gulf of Mexico, highlighting the need for a new “truck highway” in Texas.
A statewide prohibition election was planned for later in July. Both sides took out large ads in The Reporter.
Not all the news was large scale. Jack Daws of Brazoria slipped on a banana peel upon arriv ing in Rockdale on an I&GN passenger train, slipped and broke his collarbone.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
City council members authorized the purchase of a radar detection unit for police.
Rockdale ISD school trustees backed off on a previously announced increase in property valuations but said the change would “almost certainly” occur in 1971-72.
A 57-year-old Lexington man was electrocuted in his yard while working on a well pump.
A representative of the Texas A nimal Health commission was to be in Rockdale to make arrangements for immunization against a horse sleeping sickness which had triggered a statewide quarantine.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
W. H. Cooke, Reporter publisher editor-publisher emeritus for 55 years, died at age 84.
A father and son drowned in the Brazos River during a family Fourth of July outing in northeastern Milam County.
The Milam County Courthouse celebrated its centennial with a parade and ceremony. The courthouse was dedicated July 4, 1891.
Dexter Wesley, RHS graduate, was ready to start at left offensive tackle as a sophomore at Texas A&M University.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Public hearings were scheduled on Alcoa’s proposal to relocate roads to facilitate mining in Lee and Bastrop counties.
Heat stroke was blamed for the death of a 55-year-old San Gabriel area resident in a mobile home.
School officials in Milano were standing by their plans to build a new high school without a bond issue, even though they’d learned the state would not pay for 70 percent of the project as originally thought.
A new 4,221-square-foot post office was being constructed in Lexington, featuring twice as many postal boxes as the current office.