100 YEARS AGO....
A prisoner being transported on an I& GN passenger train near Milano overpowered Deputy Sheriff Ben Nabours, grabbed the lawman’s revolver and escaped.
In the only contested City of Rockdale primary race, incumbent City Marshall J. H. Bonds out- polled challenger W. D. Turner 160 to 71.
In the wake of the recent downtown Rockdale fire, A. P. Perry Jr., W. D. Bagley and C. K. Stribling appeared before the city council seeking a “more efficient way” of providing water for fire protection.
Former Texas Ranger W. H. “Piper” White of Davilla died at age 81. White received his nickname as a bugler in the Confederate Army.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Clyde Jones of Rockdale and Alfred Zoch of Giddings purchased Phillips & Luckey Co., which operated funeral homes in Rockda le, Giddings and Caldwell.
The $250,000 goal to raise the local contribution for Rockdale’s proposed new Richards Memorial Hospital was in sight as cash and pledges totaled $233,000.
Rockdale’s newest restaurant was the Haus Bavaria at 1200 West Cameron, featuring German and American food.
Water for the first section of the new Southwest Milam Water Supply Corporation was turned on, serving about 110 families.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Leroy Broadus won a fourth term as sheriff, drawing 2,761 votes to 1,905 for Stephen Hanel in the Milam County Democratic Primary. There was no Republican candidate in November.
City council members approved purchase of the Praesel Water Well, which once served the Praesel Addition south of town.
City Manager/Police Chief- Marshall Martin announced he would resign at the end of April to enter private business.
Three Thorndale men arrested in connection with the November, 1991, vandalism of a restroom at Thorndale were ordered to rebuild the restroom as part of a plea bargain.
TEN YEARS AGO....
On a split 4-2 vote, the Rockale City Council approved purchase of the former Citizens National Bank building for use as a City Hall.
Rockdale Hospital District directors were told the financially troubled institution could emerge from bankruptcy in early spring.
Candidates for state representative from the new District 20— all of Milam County and part of Williamson—were Republicans Dan Gattis, Kathy Seay, John Whitworth and Dustin Little.
For the second consecutive year, and third time in seven years, rain and cold weather canceled the Rockdale Relays track meet.