Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

First National Bank announced it would build a new bank after the recent fire which destroyed most of a downtown Rockdale block. Bank directors purchased property from J. E. Coffield in the burned-out area.

The annual “ high society” Washington’s Birthday ball in the city auditorium drew 32 couples. The grand march was led by Jule Coffield and Carrie Hearst.

The Reporter’s Matinee Musical Club correspondent noted “…after the program our hostess (Mrs. H. T. Coulter) read to us about some notable musicians who died in February.”

Miner Jessie James survived a 40-foot fall down a mine shaft east of Rockdale with only a broken arm and dislocated shoulder.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

John Shoemake’ s Rockdale Tigerette basketball team reached the class 3A state finals, highest finish by any RHS sports team to date. Canyon defeated Rockdale 59-36.

Filing ended with three persons unopposed for three atlarge seats on the Rockdale ISD School Board. Incumbents Glenn Hodges and W. P. “Red” Hogan were joined on the ballot by Duncan McGregor.

State Representative Dan Kubiak of Rockdale told the Rockdale Noon Lions the Texas Legislature deserved a grade of “F” for its non-actions during the recent legislative session.

Brooks Parker was named to the newly- created position of environmental engineer at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Milam Count y Democrats were heading to the polls to pick a presidential nominee. Candidates included Paul Tsongas, Bob Kerry, Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown and Tom Harkin.

Wet weather almost claimed its biggest “victim” in Milam County as an Alcoa dragline was out of commission for two days after sliding to a 17-degree angle.

Jewelry valued at more than $12,500 was taken during an overnight burglary at a Taylor- Banc Plaza jewelry store.

Lightning struck an Allday Street home but only minor damage was reported, according to firefighters.

TEN YEARS AGO....

About a dozen Rockdale residents came to a city council meeting to question a proposed purchase of a former bank building for use as a City Hall.

Hearings on Alcoa’s proposed new mine in Bastrop and Lee counties were set to begin.

Andrew Griffith was tabbed to replace Jackie Thornton as principal at Rockdale Elementary School. Thornton had been principal for 12 years.

School trustees were told that for the first time ever some RHS seniors might be denied diplomas due to their failure to pass end-of-course exams.


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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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