Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A school enrollment-based estimate of Milam County residents put the population at 58,620! (The 1910 Census had counted 36,780).

Trustees of the Sipe Springs school were to auction off the former school building to the highest bidder on Sept. 2.

O. P. Lagrone, president of the Milam County Truck Farmers Association, estimated 1,000 acres of tomatoes would be planted in the Milano area.

The Reporter has a large number of subscribers who are in arrears,” Publisher John Esten Cooke wrote. “And to be perfectly frank with you, we need the money.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Milano had a new fire truck thanks to a community-wide drive which include several fund raisers.

A new $1.5-million lignite scrubber went on-line at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

Terry Arledge of Rockdale won the tiedown roping state championship in the Texas Youth Rodeo Association.

No ser ious injur ies were reported when a car collided head-on with a bay-baler near Davilla in northwest Milam County.

Shelly Roddam of Rockdale and Stanley Garrison of Milano won best-all around honors in the 16-19 division of the Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club Youth Rodeo.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A head-on collision between a car and an 18-wheeler east of Milano on US 79 claimed the lives of two Caldwell men.

Rockdale ISD’S school tax rate was headed up by 20 percent but a new homeowner’s exemption, granted by the Rockdale ISD school board, was expected to cushion the impact.

Daughters of the American Revolution were set to unveil a marker commemorating the former town of Nashville in eastern Milam County.

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the apparently accidental shooting death of a five-year-old Buckholts girl.

TEN YEARS AGO....

An escaped 16-year-old juvenile from the Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center was recaptured while walking down the Union Pacific railroad tracks near Rockdale.

Rockdale Hospital District directors called for a crackdown on more than a million dollars in unpaid bills.

Linda Culp of Thorndale High School was named teacher of the year out of 3,020 nominees statewide in a contest sponsored by Wal-Mart and Sam’s.

Rockdale’s Don Wardlow was honored with an appreciation banquet after retiring from a 27- year career with the Department of Public Safety.


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


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