Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Aftermath of the Great Rockdale Fire of 1912 continued to dominate the news. Owners of Rockdale’s oldest millinery shop, destroyed in the blaze, announced they would reopen in new quarters after a re-stocking trip to St. Louis.

Modern Dry Goods took out a page ad, complete with a drawing of an exploding store, to tout its upcoming “water damaged goods sale.”

A popular Rockdale hamburger stand joined the ranks of burned-out businesses, with no announcement yet on whether it would re-open.

The 1912 “meningitis scare” may have been officially proclaimed over but a Miner va woman died of the disease at her home.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A contested race for Rockdale City Council west ward developed with Sessions Pounders filing to oppose incumbent Frank Hyder.

A Santa G er tr udis heifer shown by Robert Orr of the Rockdale FFA was a grand champion at the San Antonio Stock Show.

A 16-year-old Lexington High School student was in serious condition after being accidently struck in the head by a golf club.

John Shoemake’s Rockdale Tigerettes defeated Carthage 46-35 at regional to earn a trip to the state girls basketball tourney,

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The San Gabriel River was at a perpetual flood level due to water releases from Granger Dam as a result of recent heavy rains.

Ostrich raisers Harlan and Lucille Hilliard of the Davilla area had returned from a trip to Kenya where they shared their expertise with African raisers.

Rockdale Police Capt. Dale Wilmeth sustained a badly broken leg while striving to restrain an escaping prisoner.

Fifteen Democrats and two Republicans spoke at an Alcoa Political Action Committee forum at the Alcoa Lake Training Center.

TEN YEARS AGO....

City council members were studying a proposal to purchase the former Citizens National (Communit y Bank & Trust) buiding for use as a City Hall.

Childress Street was re-opening, as US 79 expansion work continued, but Meadow Drive was set to close.

Aggravated assault charges were filed after two persons were stabbed at the Milano Motel.

Charges were being f iled against five persons in connection with an incident in which a vehicle was driven on the city softball field.


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