10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The he ad bra kemen of a San Antonio & Aransas Pass (SA&AP) train was shot through the neck while on a train passing through Milam County. The .22- caliber bullet passed through his back and lodged in his thumb (he was smoking a pipe). He was expected to recover.

First National Bank was ready to open its new $20,000 facility, featuring two-story Greek columns, in downtown Rockdale.

A 10-block-long parade with floats professionally crafted by a Houston firm, was promised for the 1912 Rockdale Fair Parade in July.

The annual school census showed that 82 percent of Milam County students were enrolled in rural school systems.


A 70-year-old Rockdale man was killed when he was struck by a car while walking across West Cameron (US 79) in front of Holley’s Motel.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 Union Hall on US 79 in western Rockdale.

Only minor damages were reported when lightning struck a Minerva home during a heavy thunderstorm.

Fireworks, baseball, a country western music show and ra i n— a ha l f- i nch t hu nderstorm— highlighted Rockdale’s annual Fourth of July observance at Fair Park.


A Rockdale family, vacationing at the Grand Canyon, barely escaped being kidnaped by a Rambo-style escaped convict who was chased down by police.

State Representative Dan Kubiak of Rockdale introduced a bill in the Texas House of Representatives to strip the power of eminent domain from a rail authority seeking to bring a “bullet train” system to Central Texas.

The Rockdale Downtown Merchants Association’s first annual 5K Run drew 40 participants and raised $400.

A downtown bar in the 100 block of North Main sustained heavy damage in a pre-dawn fire which filled the adjoining Rockdale Chamber of Commerce office with smoke.


A five-inch rainfall deluged the precipitation-starved Rockdale area, but no one was yet proclaiming the end of a prolonged drought.

A deadly stretch of Texas 36 west of Cameron claimed its 19th victim of the year when a Bryan firefighter died in a trucktrain collision.

Three more new home building permits raised Rockdale’s 2002 building permit total to $3.3 million in the first six months of the year.

Traffic on US 77 was crawling as a 21-mile resurfacing project was under way from the Y-intersection outside Cameron to the Lee County line.

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