10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A derailment on the I&GN tracks stopped passenger train traffic between Rockdale and Milano, leaving a number of Rockdale residents “stranded” in Milano. The Milano Gazette reported one family had access to an automobile, providing a ride back home, the first in a car for one elderly woman who remarked: “I don’t care if the trains ever run again!”

A joint meeting of the Milam County Boys Corn Club and Girls Tomato Club was called by leader Edna Trigg.

W. H. “Hope’ Camp of San Gabriel won the statewide Holland Trophy by posting a perfect score in the statewide Farm Ranch Auto Endurance Race.

That race produced a consensus that Texas’ worst roads were found between Marlin and Rockdale. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Two Costa Rican businessmen visited Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations as part of a tour, sponsored by a federal grant.

Police Chief Truman White told the Noon Lions Club that narcotics were in Rockdale, but termed the problem “minimal.”

Postmaster Sam Peebles said Sunday office box service at the Rockdale Post Office was being discontinued.

A concrete slab was poured for the new United Steelworkers Local 4895 Union Hall on West Cameron Avenue (US 79). TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The Thorndale City Council was to meet in special session to hear concerns over two city employees handling of utility company payment checks.

City council members decided “controversial” stop signs at two Murray Avenue intersections would remain.

Rockdale Elementary School was named as one of 83 Public School Initiative (PSI) campuses statewide.

Just 54 upperclassmen reported to the first morning of twoa day football drills, according to Ricky Ray, Tiger head coach. TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale High School earned an “exemplary” rating in the annual accountability marks issued by the Texas Education Agency.

A series of night break-ins at several local businesses led to additional night patrols being started by the Rockdale Police Department.

A 22-year-old Mexican national was rescued from a Union Pacific freight train where he had been hanging upside down after falling from an auto-hauling car and breaking a leg.

Citizens National Bank moved from the corner of Cameron and Wilcox (US 79 and FM 487, today’s City Hall) into the former IBC (NBC, Rockdale State Bank) location downtown.

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