Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The Reporter noted that Rockdale’s “most serious automobile accident yet” occurred in front of Scarbrough & Hicks when a six-year old girl was knocked down by a car driven by a Cameron man. She was not believed to be seriously injured.

Rockdale’s baseball team defeated Taylor 14-2. Publisher John Esten Cooke wrote: “The game was too one-sided to be of much interest. Our lads put up a good game, considering they didn’t have to play that hard.”

Businessman A. Zeiske purchased Rockdale’s bathhouse from W E. Suess. The establishment offered “tubs and showers, both hot and cold.”

State Sen. H. B. Terrell visited Rockdale. Cooke wrote: “He is looking a bit after his political fences in this bailiwick. The latter he is finding in good repair.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Five women were working in two potrooms at Alcoa’s Rockdale Works, part of a heat stress study being conducted by Alcoa and the federal government.

A group of Rockdale residents appeared before the city council to complain about the continued use of outhouses in some sections of the city.

The U. S. Postal Service announced it would close its post office in the Tanglewood community.

A major project was under way in downtown Rockdale to replace underground telephone line conduit.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

What was termed a “Ku Klux Klan recruiting party” at a west US 79 bar ended in gunfire with the bar owner wounded and one man charged with attempted murder.

After receiving only two bids on a street paving project, the Rockdale City Council rejected them and called for a re-bid.

A 52-year-old Gause man died when a freight train sliced his car in half at the County Road 352 crossing near that community.

Texas Highway Department officials informed the City of Rockdale that funding cuts were expected to delay a US widening project in western Rockdale.

TEN YEARS AGO....

The recently-renovated Milam County Courthouse was rededicated in ceremonies featuring period costumes and a massive parade.

In a highly-pleasant surprise, the Rockdale area received almost 4.5 inches of rain during the first week in July.

A new state permitting process was resulting in inspections for installing water heaters within the city limits of Rockdale.

The Milano City Council met for a brainstorming session and were told startup costs to create a police force in the city would be about $40,000.


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