Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale school trustees filled three vacancies, naming G. V. Ryan, Emmett Kemp and W. A. Coffield to the school board.

Rockdale was hosting the Jennings Bros. traveling show. Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke’s mini-review: “The play was clean and the plot interesting.”

Minister Wesley Smith said his Sunday sermon would “urge caution against political excitement in the presidential election year.”

Rockdale’s annual “Colored Farmer’s Fair” at Fair Park was drawing huge crowds from at least nine area counties and featured a half-mile long parade downtown.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

May 30 to June 3, 1973, were selected as the dates for Rockdale’s Centennial celebration. (The dates were later changed to the same week in 1974.)

Tanglewood’s historic post office closed its doors, the victim of U. S. Postal Service Budget Cuts.

About 75 Boy Scouts from 11 cities and towns were to gather at the city swimming pool as Rockdale Troop 789 hosted the district swimming meet.

“Texas Football” magazine tabbed Rockdale second to Lockhart in its South Zone District 12AAA predictions.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Milam County cities were asking the county to share more of the burden for operating and maintaining volunteer fire departments.

A 40-year-old Rockdale resident died when he was struck by a passing freight train on the Union Pacific tracks just west of the downtown area.

County commissioners were eying a $50-per-month raise for county employees on the recommendation of County Judge Roger Hashem.

Rockdale ISD trustees were awaiting a federal appellate ruling on the new state finance law before proceeding with work on the 1992-93 school budget.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A mining permit hearing for Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine was canceled after five individuals who had opposed the permit dropped out of the process.

Rockdale’s Richards Memorial Hospital was serving as a hub for Critical Air emergency medical helicopter service.

Rockdale Full Gospel Church was named a polling place for Voting Precinct 207, replacing the Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center, which had closed.

Despite an unusually wet summer, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) was predicting its widening project on US 79 in Rockdale would be finished by the end of 2002.


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