Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Grave robbers in Rockdale! Two graves were desecrated at the Vogel Mine Cemetery and parts of two corpses were scattered. Investigators termed the incident a “complete mystery.”

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Wolf of Rockdale left for the first tour of their native Austria and Germany since coming to American more than 25 years previously.

Reporter P ublisher John Esten Cooke: “Rockdale can learn a mighty good lesson by observing our little sister city of Milano where the truck farming industry is growing by leaps and bounds.”

Newman Stribling was building an “airdome” (outdoor theatre) with the promise of bringing “high class Vaudeville” to Rockdale. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Golf ball sized hailstones pounded Rockdale, damaging vehicles, roofs and spring gardens.

There was a three-man race for an east-ward city council seat with E. E. (Buck) Henry opposed by H.D. (Farmer) Maxwell and Rev. George Doss.

W. H. Krome George, president of Alcoa, toured Rockdale Works.

The drive to raise $250,000 towards construction of a new Richards Memorial Hospital was almost home, with contributions and pledges topping $247,000.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees decided to institute a voluntary summer school program for “at risk” students.

Rev. Jim Olney, a Methodist minister and Mark Twain impersonator, was to be the speaker at the annual Rockdale Chamber of Commerce banquet.

The Klein ISD, in suburban Houston, named an elementary school for Milam County’s Eiland family, who settled in the Gay Hill community west of Rockdale.

A 53-year old Milano man was in serious condition after an accident in the smelter at Alcoa’s Rockdale Works. TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s Richards Memorial Hospital was being eyed as a possible base for a regional medical helicopter service.

A contested race developed for Place 7 on the Rockdale ISD School Board with Lisa Gerthe opposing incumbent Ralph Sifuentes.

Dr. John M. Weed III and wife Jeanie Weed shared the Outstanding Citizen Award at the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce banquet.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) honored Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3 for one million man hours without a lost time accident.


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