Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Plans were announced to extend the downtown Rockdale sewer system as far east as “Dr. Coulter’s office” and as far west as Rockdale High School.

Brick work was beginning at the new Rotan Building downtown and a December completion date was forecast.

Reporter P ublisher John Esten Cooke: “Hen’s teeth are plentiful compared with rental houses in Rockdale. R. E. Thweatt has moved into the freight depot until he can find a place to rent.”

Bond was denied in the case of three Thorndale men accused of lynching a teenaged boy in June. FORTY YEARS AGO....

An investigation of several weeks by the Milam County Sheriff ’s Department culminated in the arrest of a Gause area man and the discovery of a marijuana patch.

Work was under way in laying distribution lines for the new Southwest Milam Water Supply Corporation to supply water to 15 rural communities.

County Judge O. B. “Doc” Harden announced that Milam’s new Outreach Mental Health Center had opened in downtown Cameron.

Cameron broke an 8-8 fourthquarter tie with a late TD and 2-point conversion to post a 16-8 win over Rockdale and reclaim the victory bell. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

With Texas enacting a new “Robin Hood” school finance law, the Rockdale ISD tax rate was going up from 84.58 cents to $1.02.

Sixteen-year- old Rockdale High School piano phenomenon Jason Brown presented his firstever solo concert, a 90-minute event in the RHS Auditorium.

A Sipe Springs resident was arrested and 156 marijuana plants were recovered in a raid by the sheriff’s department.

Milam County commissioners unveiled their 1992 budget which included a tax hike from 21.4 to 24.89 cents. TEN YEARS AGO....

In a “good faith” move toward city taxpayers, the Rockdale Hospital District lowered its tax rate from 48 to 45 cents.

City council members tabled actions on creating a zoning code for Rockdale, pending more citizen input.

Rockdale volunteer firefighters collected over $3,800 in three hours in a fill-the-boot drive for New York City firefighters.

With many flying American f lags in the wake of the 9-11 attacks, police were investigating the thefts of at least three flags from homes.


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