Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s fourth annual Fair wrapped up as a “tent city” of campers departed from Fair Park .

The Fair parade included circus animals, elephants, tigers, gorillas, bears and more.

A wall collapsed overnight at First Baptist Church, caused by excavation at the site for a new Sunday School building. Damage was estimated at $300.

E. A. Doss raised the Fair’s grand champion watermelon, which was then served to an “elite gathering of ladies and gentlemen.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

A short-lived strike by Communications Workers of America against Southwestern Bell involved picketing in Rockdale.

City council members discussed asking the county for a re- evaluation of property tax assessments within the city, but took no action.

Three Rockdale policemen, and the city’s night watchman, broke up a burglary attempt at Coffield Lumber Co.

Police cleared a series of break-ins when a 15-year- old male was found hiding in a closet of a Main Street residence. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A 25-year-old Cameron man was facing a variety of charges after a 100-mile highway chase from Pettibone to Cameron.

A heavy equipment operator at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations escaped serious injury after being trapped under a DART coal hauler for three hours.

The Thorndale VFD was set to hold its first ever barbecue cookoff, changing the venue from a chili cookoff.

Cameron ISD was selected as the “home” for the new County Eduction District (CED). TEN YEARS AGO....

Gary Potter of Harper was named the new director of the Rockdale ISD band program.

The Rockdale Hospital District board of directors began the process to take Richards Memorial Hospital out of Chapter 9 Bankruptcy.

A last-minute vacancy cropped up in the Rockdale ISD as Rick Brooks resigned as elementary school assistant principal.

Thorndale legend Grace Berry, who worked at The Thorndale Champion past the age of 100, died at age 103.


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