Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A national politics news story began with this line: “Our f r iends, t he enemy— enemy meaning the Republicans...” and then went on to describe the rift between President William Howard Taft and former President Teddy Roosevelt.

Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke apologized for leaving the city council story out of the previous week’s paper, noting “it was way too long for us to handle.”

Rev. B. B. Blaylock was to deliver the baccalaureate sermon to the RHS graduating class of 1912, 10 girls and three boys.

Rockdale Precinct 16 Democrats preferred New Jersey Gov. Woodrow Wilson to Missouri Sen. Champ Clark in a presidential preference caucus. FORTY YEARS AGO....

A Taylor woman, her eightyear old son and an A lcoa employee were killed in a twovehicle collision west of Rockdale on US 79.

Gerald (Bigun) Vinton of Milano and R. C. (Red) Richards of Rockdale finished first and second in a five-man Democratic Primar y race for Precinct 3 county commissioner and were headed for a runoff.

Milam Democrats went with the state trend and favored Dolph Briscoe and Frances Farenthold, who were headed for a gubernatorial runoff. Two-term incumbent Gov. Preston Smith finished fourth.

Rockdale’s Ted Weems won the state Class 3A title in the discuss with a 173-foot, 9-inch throw. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home purchased the Allen-Stanislaw Kubiak (ASK) facilities on west US 79 and announced it would move from downtown to that location.

Fair Park grew all the way to Wilcox Street (FM 908) as the Rockdale Fair Association purchased two tracts of land and donated them to the city.

Jim Hughes of Alvord was named new principal at Rockdale Junior-High School, replacing Travis Grindle, who had retired.

Emily Embra, 20-year-old former Rockdale High School Golden Girl—with an 80-percent hearing impairment—was selected a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader for the 1993 season. TEN YEARS AGO....

Two challengers, Dr. Fannie Lovelady-Spain on the city council and Lisa Gerthe on the school board, unseated incumbents in school/city elections.

Ground was broken for First National Bank of Cameron’s new Rockdale branch.

The Texas Depar tment of Transportation (TxDOT) was closing the corner of US 79 and Calhoun for two weeks as part of a highway-widening project.

Police warned merchants a “quick change” artist had successfully switched a $100-bill for a $20 at a local store.


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