100 YEARS AGO....
J. J. Hillin and Emil Timmerman brought the first bales of cotton to Milam County gins from the 1911 crop.
“Dry” forces petitioned Gov. O. B. Colquitt for a “stringent investigation” of the recent statewide election which was won by the “wets.”
Rev. H. A. Wells of the Rockdale circuit AME church announced a camp meeting was beginning on the banks of the San Gabriel River at Liberty Hill and continue “12 to 15 days.”
The Cameron Commercial Club pet it ioned t he Milam County commissioners for a bond issue to improve roads in Precinct 2.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Army Sgt. Ernest Garza, a 1969 Rockdale High School graduate, was wounded in Vietnam by an enemy booby trap.
Welcome rainfall arrived in Rockdale, bringing with it a high temperature of only 77 degrees.
Expanded from three to four nights because of its rapid growth, the Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club’s annual youth rodeo was set to open at Fair Park.
The Salt y Church, dating back to 1871, was due to unveil a Texas Historical Commission marker at its annual homecoming observance.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Voters in the Rockdale ISD were headed to the polls in a highly confusing election connected with the recent creation of county education districts. (The districts, known as CEDs were later abolished).
Rockdale Bowling Lanes, which had closed in April after seven years of operation, reopened under new management.
A $5,000 reward was offered in connection with the theft of ostrich chicks from McQuary Farms in nor thwest Milam County.
A rainy spring and summer forced the county to close County Road 440 near Thorndale to repair washout damage.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Texas Depar tment of Transportation was set to unveil maps of the long-awaited US 79 Rockdale Loop at a public meeting in the Patterson Civic Center.
There was plenty of motivation as two-a- days began for the 83 Rockdale Tiger gridders. Pigskin Prep ranked Rockdale 194th of the state’s 210 Class 3A teams.
Crystal Anderson, RHS Lady Tiger point guard, was playing in a prep all-star game in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dignitas Dancer, a thoroughbred from Rockdale’s Valhalla Farms, was set to run in a major claiming race in Minnesota.