100 YEARS AGO....
Downtown Rockdale experienced the “Great Fire of 1912.” Most of an entire block of Cameron Avenue burned with the blaze claiming four multi-story brick buildings, a total of 12 businesses that included two grocery stores.
When the owner of Modern Dry Goods, identified only as “Manager Shaw” saw the Rockdale VFD had saved his business from burning he brought all the volunteers inside and gave them new sets of clothes—including underwear, shoes and sweaters— on the spot.
J. Branch Lewis, who lost his Lewis & Perry Grocery in the big fire, announced he would seek the office of Rockdale City Secretary. (Lewis would win and hold that position until Feb. 19, 1938, when he committed suicide in his office late one night at City Hall.)
R. W.H. Kennon, previ- ous owner of The Reporter, announced he would seek the office of district clerk.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The fund drive to construct the proposed new Richards Memorial Hospital soared over the $200,000 level with $20,000 in new cash and pledges.
A three- man race for the Rockdale City Council developed in incumbent E. E “Buck” Henry challenged by H. D. Maxwell and Rev. George Doss.
John Shoemake’s Rockdale Tigerette basketball team came from behind to beat Duncanville 44-40 in an exciting bidistrict basketball playoff game in Waco.
Incumbents Duncan McGregor and W. P. “Red” Hogan filed for re-election to the Rockdale ISD school board.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Trav is Gr indle, Rockdale Junior-High School principal, announced his retirement after a 31-year career in education, all in Rockdale.
Three persons were arrested in connection with a break-in at Rockdale High School that netted $4,000 in computer/electronics equipment.
Traf f ic on US 79 through Rockdale was slowed for several hours when an 18-wheeler loaded with fertilizer f lipped onto its side.
Tax Collector Porter Young was advising Milam County residents to throw away their old two-digit voter registration cards as new 4-digit cards, representing redistricting after the 1990 census, were in the mail.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Rockdale High School’s robotics team won third place in state competition.
Astronaut Ken Cockrell, 1968 RHS graduate, was chosen for his fifth flight into space, this time aboard the space shuttle Endeavour.
Several east- side Rockdale residents visited the city council to express concerns about street conditions and trash removal.
Austin American-Statesman John Kelso was guest speaker at the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce banquet.