Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Scarbrough & Hicks had a new delivery van which was causing quite a stir, a 20-horsepower Ford! “What’s next for Rockdale, streetcars and skyscrapers?” asked Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke.

The Reporter published coverage of the Titanic disaster, which had occurred two weeks previously, citing a French newspaper.

B. Y. Aycock of Rockdale was named to head up a 5-county summer school for African- Americans, expected to draw about 150 students.

A debate on socialism was scheduled in Milam County between W. S. Nobles and Rev. W. F. Lemmer. Three two-hour sessions were on tap. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Matilda Newton, 89-year-old mother of Cameron physician Dr. Billie Newton, died when fire destroyed her two-story home, a Cameron landmark.

A s pr imar ies approached in May, almost 10,000 Milam County residents were registered to vote, according to Tax Collector Valter White.

Discus specialist Ted Weems and hurdler Paul Backhaus won their events at regional competition and were set to represent Rockdale High School at the state track meet.

“Rockdale Revue,” a PTOsponsored variety show, directed by Collie Parker, drew a crowd of 650 to the RHS Auditorium. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Even though “sightings” of paroled triple murderer Kenneth

McDuff, sought in connection with six more deaths, were reported on an almost daily basis, Sheriff Leroy Broadus said he did not believe the Rosebud native, who once lived in the Tracy community, had returned to Milam County.

A brother and two sisters— William Bundrick, Olie Bundrick Shaw and Viney Bundrick Stewart, were killed when a train slammed into their car at the CR 358 crossing in Gause.

A lcoa, Rey nolds and t wo unions, including United Steelworkers of America, were meeting in Pittsburgh to consider a one-year extension of the current labor contract.

City officials warned Rockdale voters the “straight line” of Wilcox Street no longer divided the town’s two voting wards, having been replaced by a complex line through central Rockdale. TEN YEARS AGO....

A public meeting to discuss the new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District was scheduled in the Patterson Center.

An original letter by Sam Houston went on display in the Milam County Historical Museum.

Singles specialist Jeff Easterwood and the doubles team of Jason Parish and Clayton Bland were statebound after top two finishes in regional tennis competition.

Rockdale police continued to make drug arrests from an impromptu post-rap concert party on Rice Street overnight April 12.


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