100 YEARS AGO....
The “wets” won the statewide prohibition election. A majority of Rockdale voters sided with the “dry” forces.
Reporter Editor John Esten Cooke urged Rockdale residents to put the election behind them. “Forget the bitter things which have transpired within your personal horizon and work together to build a more radiant Rockdale,” he wrote.
The Rockdale area’s African- American farmers were hosting a county fair at Fair Park, complete with a parade, exhibits and carnival.
Two scam artists from McGregor toured Rockdale, selling material, promising to tailor it into clothing and then skipping town.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Pedestrian “push” buttons to facilitate crossing US 79 were major features of the new traffic light system in downtown Rockdale.
The Salty Church was to celebrate its 100th anniversary with installation of a historical marker.
Rockdale Little League All- Stars, managed by J. C. Morgan, won the Area 2 LL Championship in Taylor.
Twenty-five Rockdale athletes competed in the AAU state Junior Olympics meet in Pasadena.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
East Rockdale residents concerned about the spread of drugs in the community held a town hall session at Rising Sun Masonic Lodge.
Rockdale and Milam County voters were to cast ballots on a constitutional amendment proposing to add vehicles to property tax rolls.
Two Ca lver t sisters were arrested and charged with eight rural break-ins in Milam and Robertson counties.
Rockdale’s Barrington Auto Parts team won the Texas Teenage Softball Association district tourney in Copperas Cove.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The widening project on Cameron Avenue (US 79) in west Rockdale, was termed “ahead of schedule” with a year’s end finish possible.
Laredo-based International Bancshares Corporation (IBC) announced it was acquiring National Bancshares Corporation (NBC), parent company of Rockdale’s NBC Bank.
Fraudulent sales of cemetery monuments, apparently linked to obituary notices in area newspapers, were being investigated by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Rockdale High School Future Farmers of America chapter was named one of the top 10 chapters, placing sixth out of the 946 Texas FFAs.