Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The presidential election year of 1912 had already drawn 5,691 Milam County residents to pay their poll taxes.

In a bizarre incident in a Cameron motel, a railroad employee attempted to kill his estranged wife with a knife and was shot to death by a relative of the hotel proprietor.

Rockdale High School’s Literar y Societ y was debating whether or not women should be allowed to vote, according to student newspaper editor Wynette Marrs.

A major renovation at the Wolf Hotel saw the number of rooms increase from 14 to 20, new brass beds, wallpaper and paint.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Late Democratic Primar y filing expanded the Precinct 3 commissioner race to five as Gerald “Bigun” Vinton, Ben Ford, Seabron Key, R. C. “Red” Richards and Cliff Blackburn were seeking to replace Albert Timmerman Sr.

The Rockdale City Council voted to sell the fire department’s 1931 Seagraves pumper to R. C. “Red” Richards for $775.

On a split vote, Milam County commissioners voted to join the Central Texas Council of Governments.

Planned “ bucket brigades” on US 79 to benefit Rockdale Little League and the March of Dimes were nullified by a new state law.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Hundreds gathered at First Baptist Church to say good-bye to 17-year-old Jennifer Phillips whose lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis ended after a lung transplant in a St. Louis hospital.

City council members were mulling a request to sell an alley to First Baptist Church to facilitate an expansion project.

Danny Drummond’s project on eclipsing binary stars won first place in the 15th annual RHS Science Fair.

A longtime rivalr y was in jeopardy as the Thrall ISD announced it would not schedule athletic events with Thorndale “for an indefinite period of time.”

TEN YEARS AGO....

The first Rural Business Center in Texas was dedicated at the Texas Workforce Commission’s Rockdale headquarters.

Tax Collector Doug Bryan said thousands of new voter registration cards had been returned as “undeliverable” because of problems with the county’s new 911 address system.

Two persons were charged with hindering apprehension after a burglary suspect was found hiding inside a wall at a San Gabriel Street home.

Redistricting left Rockdale, Cameron and Caldwell in District 18AAAandaddedTroy, Marlin and Lorena.


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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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