Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A scam artist, working the Rockdale business community, left town after bilking at least a dozen businesses out of cash in a fake advertising scheme.

Georgetown defeated Rockdale five touchdowns to none in a football game which was, according to Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke, “ won by sheer size and not by skill.”

Reporter rural correspondents were signing their columns “Bessie Bug” from Bethlehem, “Sea Shells” from Sand Grove and “ Goober Grabler” from Sandy Creek.

Cooke reported: “Old, slow Cameron has woke up to the advantage of truck farming and has organized an association a la Milano and Rockdale. FORTY YEARS AGO....

A four-acre tract along FM 487 was being considered as the site for a new 60-bed nursing home.

Two groups of citizens from different parts of Rockdale met with the city council, asking for drainage and street paving improvements.

The Texas Highway Commission approved plans for a new, 3.9-mile farm market road extending northwest of Gause.

A shocking upset bounced Rockdale from football playoff contention. Copperas Cove, which carried a 1- 3 district record into the game dealt RHS its first district loss 36-20. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The former Garcia’s Place at 118 North Main was condemned after two city inspectors termed the long-vacant structure a “health hazard.”

An 88-year-old Milano man died in a fire which apparently started when he turned on his kitchen range to warm his house after a cold front came through Milam County.

The Rockdale Cit y Council voted to install three-way stop signs at the Murray-Hogan intersection after area residents termed the present traffic configuration “unsafe.”

Tied 14-14 with 1:31 remaining in the game, Cameron drove for a TD and a 21-14 victory in the annual “Battle of the Bell” contest with Rockdale. TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s city (swimming pool) park was re- christened Veterans Memorial Park in a ceremony attended by many veterans.

D om i ngo Ju a rez Sr. a nd Hubert Ray, who dropped out of Rockdale High School to enlist during World War II, were presented their diplomas in a moving ceremony in the RHS Auditorium.

Four Thorndale residents were arrested in a drug bust in the Detmold Cemetery north of Thorndale.

Three Milano High School cheerleaders were to march in the Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving morning in downtown New York City.


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