Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s long awaited aviation meet was held at Fair Park with monoplanes reaching heights of 2,000 to 2,500 feet above large crowds. The event cleared $150 for the Rockdale Fair Association.

Paved sidewalks were being installed “from Bell all the way through town to the high school building.”

Valedictorian Meta McCalla was to speak at commencement exercises for the Rockdale High School graduating class of 1912 at the City Hall Auditorium.

The Rockdale City Council okayed monthly bills ranging from $68 to A. B. Ashby (street work) to 62 cents to J. E. Longmoor (services not listed). FORTY YEARS AGO....

Former Rockdale resident T. L. “Lew” Austin was elected president of Texas Utilities.

A burglary at Rainbow Grocery yielded an interesting mix of items, beer, cigarettes, soap, toothpaste and deodorant.

Jay Wise was valedictorian and Stephen Walker salutatorian of the Milano High School graduating class of 1972.

Gibson’s Discount Center had 8-track player systems for $89.95 and 8-track tapes on sale for $4.88 each. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Sgt. Roy Benavidez, Congressional Medal of Honor winner, was to address the Rockdale High School graduating class of 1992 at Tiger Field.

Auschwitz survivor Andrei Pradzynski addressed Rockdale Junior-High School students, telling his chilling story.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6525 was to place American flags on graves of 196 veterans in I.O.O.F. Cemetery during Memorial Day observances.

Fog was blamed for two traffic accidents which damaged the Milano motel at the western intersection of US 79 and US 190/Texas 36 in Milano.

Rockdale’s Tiger baseball team lost to Bellville 6-3 in bi-district action as the teams combined for eight errors. TEN YEARS AGO....

The Milam County Appraisal District was seeing about 50 persons per day after home appraisals jumped by as much as 17 percent in Rockdale, 50 percent for some businesses.

Kelsey Morgan was valedictorian and Danielle Donnelly salutatorian of the 95-candidate RHS graduating class of 2002.

Cindy Mika of Richardson was named new assistant principal at Rockdale Elementary School, replacing Andrew Griffith, who was becoming principal.

A public meeting in Milano was to discuss the possibility of forming a police department for the town.


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