Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The social event of Rockdale’s summer was a wedding “uniting two of Rockdale’s representative families,” as Miss Allie Wallis married J. E. Coffield Jr.

Fire destroyed the Rockdale home of Col. Tom Hillier, who estimated the total loss at $500.

I&GN Railroad announced it would connect the Rockdale depot to the city’s new sanitary sewer system.

The U. S. Post Office sent an inspector to Rockdale on the day the local post office was moving down the street. Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke wrote: “....murdering postal inspectors being forbidden by post Office regulations, and Mr. (Postmaster Ben) Loewenstein having no gun handy, the inspection proceeded.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Bill Grusendorf, who lifted the Rockdale ISD band program to become one of the best, and most respected, in the state, accepted an administrative position in Lampasas, ending a 15- year stint in Rockdale.

With Rockdale’s centennial year of 1974 approaching, Mayor Harold Luckey appointed a centennial committee composed of Keen Franklin, Tom Underwood and Mildred Baker.

A n astronaut’s space suit from NASA was to be a featured exhibit at Rockdale’s Fourth of July observance at Fair Park.

A Moms’ Softball Game to benefit Rockdale Little League saw “the Odds defeat the Ends 5-2, or maybe the Ends defeated the Odds 5-2. Nobody seems to know which team scored 5 and which scored 2.”

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Alcoans were crossing their fingers after the aluminum company announced it was cutting 2,100 jobs worldwide.

Carol Stewart was named new manager of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, replacing Vickie Towle whose resignation became effective June 15.

The Department of Public Safety closed its Rockdale driver’s license office, citing budget cuts. Rockdale residents now had to drive to Cameron to obtain new licenses.

Taylor’s Michna Tribe captured first-place overall in the annual Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department’s Barbecue Cookoff.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A major street resurfacing program was providing a new driving surface for streets that carried traffic around the elementary and junior-high campuses.

Richards Memorial Hospital made a $178,000 payment into a creditor account, the institution’s first step out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Tax rate in the Rockdale ISD was projected to stay at $1.4595 and trustees accept a proposed budget for 2002-03.

The Texas Depar tment of Transportation (TxDOT) awarded a contract for two traffic stoplights at the two intersection on US 190/79-Texas 36 in Milano.


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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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