100 YEARS AGO....
The Reporter’s lead on a wreck story: “A party of joy riders from Cameron electrified Rockdale people for an hour or two last night with their efforts to break records, speed limits, arms, legs and necks and finally succeeded in turning their car bottom up about three miles from town on the Tracy Road.”
Society editor Irma Dunnington reported: “As a relief from the dullness which prevails in social circles, Miss Eleanor Wells entertained 20 of her friends with a porch party...”
A worker at the Big Lump Mine was electrocuted when he came in contact with the cable which hoisted the miners’ cage into the shaft.
The Reporter noted the city of New York was appropriating $2.5 million to construct three new baseball venues for the Giants, Yankees and Brooklyn Superbas, who later changed their name to “Dodgers.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Classes were about to start in the Rockdale ISD with a new building trades course to be offered at the high school.
City council members were hearing complaints about residents over outhouses still being maintained in some sections of town.
School trustees approved a $1.134-million budget for the 1972-73 school year.
The annual Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club Youth Rodeo drew 256 contestants to the Fair Park Arena with Mike Carter of Markham winning the best-allaround honors.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale ISD trustees were forecasting a $1.19 to $1.20 school tax rate, an increase from the current $1.02.
The county education district (CED) estimated Rockdale’s share of that tax rate would be 27 to 28 cents, up from the current 25. (That district is no longer in existence).
Just10daysaftertheRockdale City Council banned curbside parking along Murray Avenue it was backing off the idea after being flooded with protests from residents of the major West Rockdale thoroughfare.
“Zeus,” Milam County’s new drug dog, contributed to his first major bust, sniffing out cocaine and marijuana during a traffic stop.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A $4-million fine was anticipated as Alcoa continued settlement discussions with environmental groups over a lawsuit.
Officers from three agencies converged on an area in Rockdale’s “ The Flats,” made an arrest of a man believed to be a cocaine dealer and recovered drugs and weapons.
An estimated 1,840 students were anticipated when classes began in the Rockdale ISD.
Classes were set to begin in the new Milano High School, the first new high school in that Milam County community in 62 years.