10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

H. H. Camp and W H. Camp returned from Dallas where they had purchased two cars, one of which, a 60-horsepower, 7-passenger auto was touted as “having the greatest horsepower of any vehicle in Milam County.”

Speaking of cars, W. E. Gaither reported he had driven his new Ford to Cameron, “making the trip in less than an hour!”

The USDA was planning a Farmers Institute session in the Rockdale City Hall Auditorium to discuss “diversification, crop rotation and cultivation.”

Rockdale’s new St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was nearing completion and its initial mass was to be held the first Sunday in July. FORTY YEARS AGO....

A day of dedication services were scheduled as First Baptist Church opened its new sanctuary.

After hearing reports that Rockdale was operating its garbage and road maintenance businesses with “three worn-out trucks” the city council called for bids on new vehicles.

Milam County 4-H won the state poultry judging title. Team members were Jerry Mueck, David Ehler, Robert Riola and Ricky Richter.

Patrolman Truman White was promoted to Rockdale Police Chief, following the resignation of Harold Ritch. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A community meeting of east side residents concerned about an incident in which rocks and bottles were thrown as police was being organized.

School trustees were negotiating with an Austin firm on a $24,800 cancellation fee after the board decided not to raze the 70-year-old former high school and junior-high building on the elementary campus.

Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home moved from its downtown location to the western city limits on US 79, the first location change in 56 years for the longtime business.

The Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club’s annual Jubilee Days Rodeo featured an old-timers rodeo, drawing five participants ages 71 and above. TEN YEARS AGO....

A two-year-old dispute with a paving contractor was resolved, saving City of Rockdale taxpayers $12,000.

Milano residents met in a town hall session and endorsed the idea of creating a police force for the town.

Rockdale Christian Services planned to reopen its downtown resale store after directors found a way to update the facility and operate it more efficiently.

A series of public hearings were being scheduled by the Texas Railroad Commission on Alcoa’s plans to open the Three Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop counties.

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