Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Over 2,000 cotton bales had been carded in Rockdale facilities w ith more on the way, according to local growers.

The Rockdale Fair was in financial difficulty and organizers were asking the public to share some of the expenses of the annual event.

Vote leaders in The Reporter’s Popularity contest were the Sipe Springs School and Miss Louise Timmerman. At year’s end the top organization would receive an organ and the top individual a diamond ring.

Norr is Willis, new music teacher at Rockdale High School, asked students to gather in the music room on the first day of classes.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A summer t hu nder stor m ripped into Rockdale, picking up a tin garage and leaving pieces of it along a 200-yard path.

Lighting from the storm set three fires, all from bolts hitting houses. Damages were mostly confined to appliances.

A Texas Highway Department official told the Noon Lions club there were no plans for a US 79 loop around the city.

Rockdale ISD trustees were considering expanding vocational education at the high school, including building trades and health careers.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale police recovered 107 rocks of crack cocaine in two separate drug busts.

A t hunderstorm r umbled through Milam County, causing four “fatalities.” Two cows and two calves were killed when lightning struck a tree near Milano.

Federal redistricting guidelines were causing the dividing line between the city’s east and west wards to be moved west of the current line, Wilcox Street.

Rockdale native Jack Kyle was called out of retirement by Gov. Ann Richards to serve as chairman of the State Board of Pardons & Paroles.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A Texas Railroad Commission decision on whether Alcoa could proceed with its planned Three Oaks Mine was said to be at least one year away.

Late summer rains cooled off Milam County with a high of 75 recorded one afternoon in Rockdale.

Chris Cagle and Kevin Fowler were to be headliners for the October Rockdale Fair.

Mi la no’s se a son footba l l opener was not only a 34-17 loss to Normangee, the Eagles lost starting quarterback—and Texas Football Class A “cover boy” Brandon Moore, to a broken foot.


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