Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The Cedar Creek community of Burleson County was in shock after a 19-year-old farmer shot and killed his 21-year-old brother, then committed suicide.

Roy Grogan of Quanah was named new principal at Rockdale High School but the school board deadlocked 3-3 on hiring an elementar y teacher. One trustee had recently resigned and The Reporter noted: “there was no one to break the tie.”

United Daughters of the Confederacy observed the birthday of Jefferson Davis with a party at the R. H. Ames home, featuring tea biscuits and figs.

J. D. Shipley announced a meeting of rural communities west of Rockdale “to arrange for a hog law district, the law we had being no account.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

Gerald “Bigun” Vinton of Milano defeated R. C. “Red” Richards of Rockdale 1,287 to 1,023 in a Democratic Primary runoff to become the new Precinct 3 commissioner.

The annual Rockdale Homecoming drew a record crowd of 550 to Fair Park.

The U. S. Army sent a water truck from Fort Hood to the Praesel Addition after the subdivision’s only well pump failed and its storage tank went dry.

Rockdale voting boxes split in the Democratic gubernatorial runoff between Dolph Briscoe and Frances Farenthold, but Briscoe was an easy winner county-wide. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Three Bastrop-area residents were arrested in Thorndale and almost $1,500 in merchandise taken in a shoplifting incident, a few minutes earlier in the Rockdale Walmart, was recovered.

City council members called for bids on a pothole-plagued section of north Rockdale after receiving reports from a consulting engineer.

A public hearing of persons concerned about the state’s plans to bring high-speed “bullet trains” to Central Texas was set for the Cameron VFW Hall.

With 36 wins for the year, Rockdale native Tram Telg was listed as the top quarter horse jockey in the nation by the Quarter Racing Journal. TEN YEARS AGO....

Higher tax bills were forecast as industrial values at Alcoa and TXU declined by almost $40 million during the past year in Milam County.

Bushdale Road, in front of Rockdale Junior-High School was closing for a week while crew repaired the surface.

Milam County Deputy Sheriff John Donahoo was treated for minor injuries after a buzzard shattered the windshield of his patrol car on FM 486.

Promotion exercises were held for what was believed to be a record 166 eighth-graders at Tiger Field.


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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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