Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
Rockdale Oil Mill was being
renovated with owner Tom Beesley promising the facility’s seed
house “would be one of the largest structures in Milam County.”
The Rockdale Woman’s club
had provided three places
downtown for visiting farmers
to leave their teams of horses
during shopping trips to town.
Rockdale had a new doctor
as Dr. T. S. Barkley of Dallas
arrived to begin his medical
practice.
The Reporter was lobbying
for a downtown telegraph office,
noting that to send a telegraph
business people had to walk a
half-mile to the I&GS tower to
use a “sometimes unreliable”
phone service to the telegram
operator.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The South Milam County
United Way was beginning a
$20,458 drive to help fund 10
Rockdale-area public service
agencies.
Kenneth and Chris Waters
purchased the furniture and
appliance department of the
W. T. Pearson & Sons firm on
North Main.
Rockdale native Larry Phillips filed a story from Munich,
where the 1972 Olympics was
bring held.
A $5,000 donation from the
Alcoa Foundation helped assure
the creation of a new city park

in Lexington.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A “personalized” relief effort,
led by First Baptist Church, was
delivering badly-needed items
to a town in the Louisiana delta
ravaged by Hurricane Andrew.
City council members were
discussing a proposal to increase
Rockdale’s tax rate from 49.81 to
51.96 cents.
Davis Daniels and Sammy
Kershaw were to headline the
1992 Rockdale Fair.
County extension agents listed
three ways to combat Milam’s
annual cricket invasion: Grab a
shoe, roll up a newspaper, pray
for an early frost.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A night dispatcher taking a
short break outside the Rockdale
Police Station noticed unusual
activity across US 79, leading to
an arrest and a foiled burglary
at Texas Burger/Subway.
City council members were
discussing a drop in Rockdale’s
tax rate from 57.27 to 55.31
cents.
Rockdale received a $50,000
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
grant to assist with improvements at Veterans Memorial
Park.
Temporar y directors in
the new Post Oak Savannah
Groundwater Conservation District were to answer questions
about the new jurisdiction in a
public meeting.


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