Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County Deputy Sheriff M. A. Auding of Briary, near Baileyville, shot and killed an area resident who had “sworn vengance upon the lawman over a previous arrest.”

H. C. Meyer was re- elected mayor of Rockdale, polling 146 votes while his opponent, Socialist candidate E. A. Green, drew 13.

Andrew Perry was re-elected chief of the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, with J. E. Longmoor named president and Branch Lewis vice-president.

The Rockdale Women’s Club presented a letter to the city council asking for an ordinance prohibiting the keeping of hogs within the city limits.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Incumbent Mayor Harold Luckey and City Councilman E. E. “Buck” Henry were re-elected in contested races.

Rockdale’s original town bell, which was originally installed in a bell tower at City Hall in 1902, was re-mounted in concrete at the building’s west side (today’s police station).

The fund drive to pay the local share of a proposed new Richards Memorial Hospital went over its $250,000 goal.

Jay Wise, Milano High School senior, was named to the Class B All-State Basketball Team by Texas sports writers.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Award winners at the annual Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Banquet: Travis Grindle, outstanding citizen; Mike Foster, citizen of the year; VFW Auxiliary, organization of the year.

Contract talks between Alcoa and United Steelworkers of America were under way in Cincinnati in advance of the May 31 contract expiration date.

The Milam County Historical Museum was to display artifacts from the 1967 dig at the county’s 18th Century Spanish missions.

Milam Count y Democrats expressed a preference for the presidential bid of Bill Clinton at their post-primary caucus.

TEN YEARS AGO....

“ The Rookie,” the baseballthemed movie principally filmed in Thorndale, opened to good reviews and box office in area theatres.

The Milam County Sheriff’s Depar tment made the f irst arrest in a series of newspaper vending machine break-ins in South Milam County.

A highway widening project in western Rockdale was set to close the US 79- Calhoun intersection for an indefinite period.

Lady Tiger trackster Crystal Anderson won three events and scored 40 points in the Cameron Relays.


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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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