100 YEARS AGO....
Bushdale residents Caroline Menn and Robert Loehr died of meningitis and schools in that community, along with Hickory Grove, closed in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.
More progress in the aftermath of the Big Fire of 1912. E. G. Sims purchased three downtown lots in the burnedout area and announced plans to construct three “ modern brick, with plate glass window” buildings.
Reporter social editor Mrs. A. M. Dunnington wrote: “Chilly, variable weather, and the Lenten season, have combined to reduce enthusiasm, leaving the social calendar devoid of interest.”
One-eyed Confederate veteran Barclay Cane of Amarillo, shot in the eye at the Battle of Cedar Creek (Virginia) in 1864, had a coughing spell and spit up the Federal Army bullet which had been lodged in his head for 48 years.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The proposed new Richards Memorial Hospital was denied a federal grant for 1972. Organizers of the fund-raising effort said they would re-apply.
City council members okayed a zoning change to enable Louie Luetge to construct a small grocery store at the corner of Ackerman and San Andres.
Curtis Gould, George Hutson, Harold Love and Adolph McVoy were elected new directors of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.
Rockdale’s Ted Weems broke the 12-year- old meet discus record by more than eight feet in winning that event at the Rockdale Relays.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Sue Foster was name city manager and Dale Wilmeth police chief as the city council filled the two vacancies created by the resignation of Marshall Martin.
Damion Turner of the Rockdale 4-H Club showed the grand champion steer at the annual Milam County Junior Livestock Show.
Brookshire Bros. opened its new “pump and save” gas pump complex as part of the super market’s expansion-renovation project.
The Texas National Guard announced it would close its Cameron Armory, one of 18 to close statewide.
TEN YEARS AGO....
An unofficial count found 235 persons speaking in a Texas Railroad Commission hearing in favor of Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine and 45 opposed.
Incumbent Danica Lara won a contested Democratic Primary race for Milam County Treasurer and Kenneth Hollas the Precinct 2 commissioner race. Neither faced Republican opposition in the fall.
Rockdale police were probing a $15,000 theft from HEB Pantry Foods.
Longtime Rockdale City Councilman Fred Marshall resigned, noting that the family was moving from Rockdale.