Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Although a public gathering to discuss the grim financial situation of the Rockdale Fair was not well attended, “enough was seen to determine the Fair would be perpetuated.”

Rockdale had a new sanitary code, adopted by the city council, covering the regulation of “privies, garbage, dead animals and slaughterhouses” within the city limits.

A page ad sponsored by 31 Rockdale businesses asked farmers to bring their cotton to Rockdale and support the businesses of the city.

A new phone company was in Rockdale, with a new switchboard expected to be installed with the capacity of serving 900 customers. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Milam County’s REACT citizens band radio club, set up hospitality stations and served thousands of travelers during the Labor Day weekend.

Police, and other law enforcement officers, were skeptical of a report by three Terrell residents that they were abducted in Rockdale by a man who forced them to drive to Waco.

Con artists posing as “ bug inspectors” ransacked homes in Rockdale and Cameron, getting away with cash and valuables.

City council members discussed paving Childress Street, the thoroughfare linking US 79 to Rockdale High School. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

City council members voted to abandon two water wells and were discussing whether to drill a new one at a cost of $150,000.

Milam County commissioners, on a 4-1 vote, approved a new redistricting plan that created a new Precinct 2 including part of the Rockdale city limits.

City taxes went down in Rockdale as the council approved a tax rate of 49.81 cents, down from the current 52.17.

A big upset for Ricky Ray’s Rockdale Tigers as Big Blue made a second-period touchdown and PAT stand up in a 7-6 victory over Taylor. TEN YEARS AGO....

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department called off a 12-hour search for a possible second suspect after an armed confrontation between a suspect and a land owner near Minerva. Officials said they believe the suspect acted alone.

Rockdale residents attended a community-wide prayer service in the wake of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

School tr ustees approved purchases of more than 14,000 square feet of property, to be used as parking lots at the high school and elementary campuses.

A touching moment in pregame ceremonies at the Rockdale Lorena game at Tiger Field. The two teams, their colors combining to encompass red, white and blue, met at midfield to mingle for the national anthem, three days after the 9-11 attacks.


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