Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
Guest speaker for the quarterly meeting of the Milam County Medical Association, to be
held in Rockdale, was to be
Dr. Arthur C. Scott of Temple.
(Yes, he’s the “Scott” of Scott
& White).
“Popular subscriptions” were
being raised from the Rockdale
business community to repair
city streets, especially Cameron
Avenue.
The firm of H&L Hudson was
moving its Hudson Sanitary
Grocery Store to a new two-story building at the Bell-Main
corner.
Rockdale Public Schools had
enrolled 324 students, 137 boys
and 187 girls, for the 1912-13
school year.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Alcoa announced it would
restart one of two idled potlines
at Rockdale Operations and
recall 90 laid off workers.
A fortunate roofing company
employee sustained only minor
cuts and bruises when he fell off
a roof on Vogel Street.
Site preparation had begun
for a new 60-bed nursing home
south of the city limits on Wilcox
Street.
Rockdale stopped a 2-point
PAT run attempt in the fourth
quar ter to preserve a season opening 21-19 v ictory

against Copperas Cove.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale’s city budget
dropped slightly but the tax rate
increased from 49.81 to around
52 cents.
Alcoa was expecting 10,000 to
attend its 40th anniversary open
house at Rockdale Operations.
A cold front brought 4 inches
of rain and street flooding to
Rockdale, while a small tornado funnel was sighted over
Thorndale.
Former Rockdale High School
Golden Girl Emily Embra was
the Dallas Cowboys’ first hearing impaired cheerleader.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Alcoa was expecting a crowd
of 9,000 for its 50th anniversary open house at Rockdale
Operations.
Rockdale was joining with the
rest of the nation in observing
the one-year anniversary of the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the
World Trade Center and Pentagon and the sacrifice of the
Flight 93 passengers in Pennsylvania. Browsers enjoyed 106 garage
sales in areas of Rockdale and
the surrounding rural area.
City council members were
discussing adding renovation
work at the city library to the
current project to expand into
the former Vogel Building.


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