Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale was to get a third bank in August as the Rockdale Loan & Investment Co. announced its organization. Already existing institutions were Rockdale State Bank and First National Bank.

Re- printed verbatim from the Milano Gazette: “Saturday, 55 votes were cast on the bond issue for a new $7,500 brick school building, 54 in favor and one poor, blessed soul voted against...We are glad that we do not know him.”

The Cameron Daily Enterprise newspaper announced it would suspend publication due to a lack of business.

Officials of the Bartlett & Western Railroad were in Milam County discussing to extend railroad tracks from Bartlett to Cameron. FORTY YEARS AGO....

The key Milam County Democratic Primary race was between a couple of incumbent state representatives, Dan Kubiak of Rockdale and Charles Patterson of Taylor, thrown into the same race due to redistricting.

Almost 200 Rockdale High School and Rockdale Junior- High School students participated in a walkathon to raise funds for the March of Dimes.

Newest addition to the city swimming pool park was a 1941 model fire truck formerly used by the Milano Volunteer Fire Department.

Elaine Nink of Rockdale High school triple jumped 35-feet, one-half inch to take second in regional competition and qualify for the girls state track meet. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees reaffirmed plans to raze the former Rockdale High School and Rockdale Junior-High School building, constructed in 1921-22.

United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 voted in favor of a one-year contract extension with Alcoa. The contract needed a majority vote of 21 USWA locals nationwide and 12 had already endorsed the pact in early returns.

Two incumbent city officials won contested races as Mayor Bill Avrett out-polled R. C. “Ronnie” Wiley and councilman E. E. “Buck” Henry edged challenger J. T. Talley.

The arrest of fugitive convicted murder Kenneth McDuff in K ansas Cit y put an end to almost daily “ sightings” of McDuff in Milam County. McDuff had brief ly lived in Tracy. TEN YEARS AGO....

Construction on Milano’s new high school, long delayed by a variety of issues, was scheduled to be complete by the Christmas holidays.

The Texas Depar tment of Transportation (TxDOT) began a new widening project on US 79, between County Road 306 and Rocky Creek.

Revenue from a 48-cent property tax dramatically reduced the bottom line on the past year’s f inances at R ichards Memorial Hospital, RMH lost $806,000 in fiscal 2000 and the loss in fiscal 2001 was put at $64,668.

400-meter specialist Crystal Anderson and pole vaulter Jessica Hodson were headed for the Class 3A girls state track meet. Anderson placed first and Hodson second at regional.


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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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