Commentary

LOOKING BACK

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.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

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.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

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.

TEN YEARS AGO....

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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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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