Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

George Williams, 21, was killed by a runaway horse at the family farm near the San Gabriel River.

The “Southern Traction Company” announced it was planning a series of interurban electrical railroad lines in Texas, including one between Brenham and LaGrange.

Rockdale was ready to observe Confederate Veterans Day with a program at the city auditorium, upstairs at City Hall.

Bettis Mercantile advertised “men’s clothing so cheap it’s like finding them in the road.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale was getting a cable television franchise as cable for New World Cable Television was being installed throughout town.

A record 146 pints of blood were collected as the Red Cross Bloodmobile v isited A lcoa’s Rockdale Works.

Rockdale had a Daughters of the American Revolution chapter as the Samuel Harwell chapter was organized w ith Mildred Baker as regent.

Commissioners named Edward Young of Cameron to replace Marvin Petty of Sharp as Milam County Veterans Service Officer. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

School trustees were dealing with an expected $ 300,000 “shortfall” in state funding as the 1992-93 school budget process began.

Petitions to keep the Rockdale Post Office at its traditional Bell at Ackerman location were being circulated by the Downtown Merchants Association. The post office was coming for review but no formal proposal to move it had been made.

A vacant building which once housed the K&M Oil & Gas Company of Minerva was destroyed in what investigators termed a “suspicious” fire.

Richards Memorial Hospital’s helipad got a windsock, thanks to the Noon Lions Club which sponsored the apparatus. TEN YEARS AGO....

A post- concert impromptu street party drew a crowd of 300 and ended with several drug arrests.

After weather-related delays of several months, construction crews were ready to apply hot mix to a seven-mile stretch of US 79 being widened between Rockdale and Rocky Creek.

Rockdale’ Crystal Anderson won three events at the district track meet and signed a letter of intent to sign a track scholarship with Sam Houston State University.

Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was one of 100 bicyclists passing through northern Lee County as part of the “Ride for the Roses” fund-raising tour for cancer research.


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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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