Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Henne & Meyer became the first downtown business connected to Rockdale’s new sewer line and installed “an elegant ladies restroom with all the modern conveniences.”

More than 100 Rockdale residents, wearing miner’s helmets complete with mounted lamps, attended Milam County Day at the Waco Cotton Palace.

A scam artist who bilked more than a dozen Rockdale residents in an advertising scheme was arrested in Rosebud. “His methods were as crooked as a worm fence,” Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke wrote.

Members of t he Mat inee Musical answered roll call at the Lattimer home “with notes from Beethoven.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

Three homes, along w it h several barns and sheds, were damaged when a twister ripped through the San Gabriel community.

City voters were headed to the polls to decide the fate of a $400,000 bond proposal for street and water system renovation.

Rosemary Kyle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Kyle, was named Rockdale High School homecoming queen for 1971.

Taylor rallied from a 21- 8 fourth quarter deficit to defeat Big Blue 22-21 in a wild District 13AAA football game at Tiger Field. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Two teenage boys who walked away from Rockdale’s Mary Lee Village were facing charges in a shooting which left a Dallas police officer partially paralyzed.

There were several sightings of an alligator, estimated to be between six and nine feet long, in Alcoa Lake.

Rockdale native Tram Telg was the nation’s third- w inningest jockey after the first three quarters of 1991, riding 148 winners.

Thorndale crushed previously undefeated Iola 45-6 in Class A football bi-district action. TEN YEARS AGO....

A 14-year-old escapee from the Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center was recaptured after he was picked up by a “Good Samaritan” couple during a storm.

A severe thunderstorm washed away some of the culvert work preparing for an expansion of US 79 in west Rockdale.

Rockdale ISD trustees discussed the new TAKS test which was replacing the old TA AS exams.

Geof f Cromer, soon to be a Round Rock resident, was named new smelter and cast house manager at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.


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