Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
Methodist minister A.
S. Whitehurst publicized an
upcoming series of meetings at
the Rockdale Methodist Church
with an 18-column-long article
in which he scolded Rockdale’s
Christian community on its
“deplorable spiritual state.”
Maie VanDeventer, later to be
immortalized by George Sessions Perry as “My Granny Van,”
was set to host the Rockdale
Scrap Book Club at her home.
Rockdale’s Crystal Palace
Theatre was under new management and was set to re-open
as the New Princess Theatre
with the “latest model machine
projecting as large a picture as
possible in a perfect manner.”
Bernice Beard of Milano won
the top individual award as the
Girls Tomato Club held a daylong countywide competition
in Milano.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The City of Rockdale picked
up a $123,750 grant from the
Environmental Protection Agency to expand and modernize the
city’s sewage treatment plant.
The Rockdale ISD opened the
1972-73 school term with 1,591
students, including 555 in the
high school.
Lights at Rockdale’s juniorhigh tennis courts had been
repaired and were now operable
again, according to the City of
Rockdale.
A 41-year-old Rockdale man
was in satisfactory condition
after sustaining two broke legs
and a fractured hip when he
was hit by a car while crossing

US 79.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale High School opened
the 1992-93 school year with a
computer laboratory, allowing
21 students to use PCs at the
same time.
Rockdale residents, led by
several congregations, were
organizing a relief effort for
Louisiana residents in the wake
of Hurricane Andrew.
Police were investigating a
large fight in the Tiger Field
parking lot which followed the
annual pre-fall sports season ice
cream supper and sent several
persons to the emergency room
of Richards Memorial Hospital.
Milam County commissioners
joined a watchdog group keeping
an eye on the effort to bring
a high-speed train system to
Central Texas.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale Hospital District Board of Directors was set
to drop the district’s property
tax rate from 45 to 42 cents.
County officials were pondering whether to place a countywide Emergency Services District (ESD) on the November
general election ballot.
A study by the U. S. Army
Corps of Engineers concluded
that Alcoa’s proposed Three
Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop
counties would have minimal
impact on the environment.
Casey Creghan’s Rockdale
Tigers had outscored two scrimmage opponents 9-0 and were
set to open the regular football
season with 2001 state quarterfinalist Bellville.


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