100 YEARS AGO....
Reporter Publisher John Esten
Cooke: “Editor Ben Grimes of
The Cameron Enterprise has
been down to the Milano picnic, which is no news, as he
attends every picnic that happens... he was seen so often on
picnic grounds during the recent
unpleasantness (primary election) he was often mistaken for
A 30-year-old Rockdale man
was killed in a fight near the
SA&AP Depot and two brothers
were charged with murder.
Incumbent Constable J. D.
Hamilton was re-elected, polling seven more votes than S.S.
G. B. Hester of the Kolb community brought in 1912’s first
cotton bale in the Rockdale area,
tipping the scaled at 484 pounds.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Charles C. Smith, Cameron attorney, replaced John B.
Henderson Jr. as Milam County
A 5-year-old Rockdale boy was
reported in good condition after
being accidentally shot by his
six-year-old step-brother with a
rusty, antique .22 rifle, which the
boys found and loaded.
“Death by natural causes” was
ruled after a 39-year-old Cuban
national died in the Milam
County Jail, Cameron.
A 69-year-old Buckholts man
died when he was struck by a
car while walking across Texas
36 in that city.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Drug dog “Zeus,” a 2½-yearold Labrador Retriever, assigned
to Deputy Sheriff Ted Retchloff,
was Milam County’s newest
weapon against illegal drugs.
Rockdale school trustees
adopted a new dress code, allowing shorts to be worn in class for
the first time.
A pasture fire fed by a strong
south wind burned about 15
acres of brush in the Forest
A 53-year-old Milam County
businessman, who was a partner
in Rockdale’s radio station, was
one of two persons dying in a
two-vehicle collision on US 77
in Falls County.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Alcoa announced Rockdale
Operations was a six-potline
facility permanently as the
smelter’s two oldest potlines
were being mothballed permanently. Rockdale Hospital District
directors held a brief ceremony
to burn the original $1.4-million,
1973, note which led to the facility’s construction.
The Rockdale Christian Services Thrift Store, which had
closed in March after a half century of service, was set to reopen
at 130 North Main.
Penny Curry, principal at Florence High School, was named
new assistant superintendent
for curriculum and instruction
in the Rockdale ISD, replacing
Dr. Monica Criswell.