Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A car driven by Walter Felton, returning from a camp meeting (revival) on the San Gabriel River plunged through the Turkey Creek railing and overturned in the water 20 feet below. There was no serious injuries but Felton termed the vehicle “pretty badly torn up” and estimated the repair price a $100.

Mrs. James Clark of San Gabriel sent a letter to the editor urging that women be given the right to vote.

A Chicago firm signed a contract to install a sewer system in downtown Rockdale.

The Rockdale City Council passed an ordinance requiring all property owners “within the Rockdale Fire Zone” to install concrete sidewalks.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The nationwide wage-price freeze was being felt in Rockdale, especially by negotiators of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Industrial Generating Company.

Supt. J. M. Moorman predicted an enrollment of 1,600 when classes opened in the Rockdale ISD.

Fif t y- four upperclassmen reported to Coach Jim Gray for two-a-day football drills, with 38 freshman expected.

Roger Hashem, formerly of Gatesville, was the new social studies teacher as classes got under way at Mila no Hig h School.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

TaylorBanc Plaza, which had been anchored by a savings and loan which failed the previous year, got a new owner, Cleveland (TX) businessman Ralph Hubert.

The husband-and-wife medical team of Drs. Kelly and Mary Beth Felt y were the newest members of Rockdale’s medical community.

A 33-year- old ranch hand drowned while swimming in a private lake in the Baileyville community of northeast Milam County.

“Natural causes” were ruled in the death of an elderly Rockdale man who died during a fishing trip to Brushy Creek.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale school tr ustees backed away from a proposed 3-cent tax increase and left the rate at its current $1.595.

John M. Weed Jr., under whose 30-year leadership the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department grew to be recognized as one of the best volunteer units in the state, died at age 79.

The grace period was over and tickets were being issued for violating new traffic patterns around the elementary campus, according to Police Chief Thomas Harris.

School enrollment was up in the Rockdale ISD and down in Milano and Thorndale.

Ed Gerren of Minerva bowled perfect 300 game on his “second chance.” Gerren had bowled a 298 two years previously, leaving two pins on his 11th roll.


Click here for digital edition
2011-08-18 digital edition



The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


Click here to register for the 5 Kay!