Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Postmaster Ben L oewenstein said Sept. 30, 1911, was the busiest day in the history of the Rockdale Post Office. Loewenstein said the facility had become overcrowded and was hoping to move to a larger building.

A three-night debate on socialism and prohibition, between G. G. Hamilton and Walter Smith, was scheduled for City Hall.

The housing shortage in Rockdale was so severe that anyone contemplating moving here was urged to “ bring a tent or the money to build a house.”

Publisher John E . Cooke wrote: “Our advertisers have made heavy demands upon our space this week with the result that our news is necessarily curtailed.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

An explosion damaged the Worley Cotton Gin in San Gabriel, with owner Lefus Worley sustaining facial and arm burns.

The arrest of four juveniles, ages 12 through 16, at Rockdale Junior-High School, cleared a number of burglaries in the area, according to Sheriff Carl Black.

A newly-installed scrubber at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was the topic for the Rockdale Noon Lions Club. Speaker was Evans Drake, process engineer.

Rockdale teachers gathered in a seminar to prepare for drug abuse education’s upcoming addition to school curriculum. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Sheriff Leroy Broadus said a letter written by a prison inmate was the key to cracking the 1985 murder of convenience store clerk Mamie White in Thorndale.

A barn fire south of Rockdale claimed the 6,000-square-foot structure and 2,300 bales of hay.

The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department used the old three-story former junior-high building for rappelling rescue practice.

Giddings scored two TD’s late in the fourth quarter to rally by Ricky Ray’s Rockdale Tigers 21-20 in a wild District 19AAA football game at Tiger Field. TEN YEARS AGO....

Members of United Steelworkers Local 4895 were set to vote on a new five-year labor contract proposal with Alcoa.

City council members okayed expending funds to prepare a master plan for the city.

A new victory bell, donated by Kathryn Thomas of Cameron, was replacing the original bell donated to the two schools in 1954 by the Rockdale, Sandow & Southern Railroad.

Rockdale area residents donated 84 units of blood to help the recent victims of terrorist bombings in New York City and Washington, D. C.


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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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