100 YEARS AGO....
A shocker in the Georgetown murder trial of R. O. Hilliard, accused of shooting J. T. Sneed. It was revealed the murder weapon was purchased in Rockdale from the city’s night watchman.
A total of 5,605 persons had paid their poll tax to vote in the 2012 elections. Top three voting jurisdictions were Cameron with 591, Buckholts with 358 and Rockdale with 351.
Directors of the annual Rockdale Fair decided to change the organization’s name to the Milam County Fair Association.
Henne & Meyer joined a growing group of downtown businesses who had installed ladies restrooms. Their ad read: “We invite you to come to our store and make use of this room when in town.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
After 44 years selling everything from lariat ropes to televisions, Sam Perry was closing his downtown business and planned to take his first vacation ever.
Rockdale was installing new aluminum street signs, replacing the old steel models which had served for a quarter century.
Rockdale was set to host “Firemen’s Day” with pumper races, a history display and unveiling of new Rockdale VFD equipment.
RHS senior Allan Jones fired an even par 73 at the Rockdale Country Club to win the first-ever RHS Invitational Golf Tourney.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A last-day filing produced a mayoral race in Rockdale as R. C. “Ronnie” Wiley signed up to run against incumbent Bill Avrett.
A 53-year-old Milano man was in serious condition at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin after an industrial accident at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.
A long-anticipated widening of US 79 between Rockdale and Thorndale was being delayed although right-of-way acquisition was proceeding.
RHS students Danny Drummond, Erica Phillips and Layne Gossett qualified to attend the International Science Fair in Nashville, Tennessee.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Correctional Services Corporation shut down the Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center near Rockdale. Juvenile authorities began the search for a new operator.
More than a dozen thef ts involving newspaper racks were being investigated by police.
A feared “oil spill” in Brushy Creek turned out to be dead algae washing downstream from Williamson County.
A “confirmation election” was scheduled in November on the new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District which had recently organized to cover Milam and Burleson counties.