Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
There was a second homicide
in two weeks in Rockdale, as
a man was shot dead at the
Strelsky Stables. The shooter
told police the victim tried to
ride over him on horseback.
The population of Rockdale
was put at 3,350, according to
estimates by the Milam County
Commissioners Court.
A Reporter ad showed a new
model-T alongside a covered
wagon and implored readers
“Let’s Wake Up and Build Good
Roads!”
The Reporter printed the
obituary of Col. William Booth,
founder of the Salvation Army,
who died in London at age 83.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Supt. J. M. Moorman estimated 1,665 students would show
up in the Rockdale ISD for the
first day of classes in the 1972-
73 term.
The U. S. Post Office was contemplating closing its Rockdale
lobby after hours, after a series
of vandalism incidents.
Blair Douglas of Houston
edged Jep Wille of Austin in a
sudden death playoff to win the
Rockdale Country Club’s annual
blind bogey tourney.
The 1970 census revealed that
82.5 percent of Milam homes

had televisions.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Mi lam County’s new 911
emergency call system was going
online, according to County
Judge Roger Hashem.
Union Pacific’s giant steam
locomotive “Challenger-type”
3985 drew a crowd of fans as it
roared through Rockdale.
Rockdale was turned down for
a $40,000 state planning grant
due to “a lack of low to moderate
income families.”
Coach Ricky Ray’s Tigers were
about to save some gasoline for
their fans. The 1992 schedule
listed six home games and just
four road trips.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Three customers were airlifted to hospitals after a car
rammed through the side of the
Rockdale Dairy Queen.
School enrollment in Rockdale climbed sharply as 1,855
students answered the first bell,
66 more than in 2001.
A 31-year-old Marak resident
was electrocuted while working
on a large industrial-type fan at
his home.
Thorndale Mayor Gerald
Niemtschk cast the tie-breaking
vote as the city council accepted
a 25-home subdivision into the
city limits.


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