Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
A shootout in the Tracy community, stemming from a raid
on a gambling game, left one
gambler dead, a deputy sheriff
wounded and 12 arrests.
From a news story on Rockdale’s telephone service being
upgraded: “The service locally has become so rotten that
patience has ceased to be a
virtue.”
The New Princess Theatre
was conducting a “Most Popular Girl” contest in Rockdale.
First-week leaders were Birta
Robinson and Bessie Hewitt.
A mass meeting of business
people and farmers in Gause
decided to petition the Milam
County Commissioners Court to
issue $50,000 in bonds for road
improvement.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
A commit tee overseeing
building of a new hospital in
Rockdale was told by the federal
government the existing hospital
site (Main at San Andres) did
not qualify and a new site would
have to be selected.
H. H. “Pete” Coffield of Rockdale resigned his post with the
Texas Democratic Party, saying
he could not hold office in a party led by presidential nominee
Sen. George McGovern.
The city council passed an
ordinance regulating the parking of mobile homes.
Longt ime Rockdale ISD
school secretary for 22 years,
died unexpectedly and was honored

in a ceremony prior to the
Rockdale- Cameron football
game.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale ISD school trustees
put an end to the traditional sixweeks tests at the high school
level, saying curriculum had
become “test driven.”
County commissioners okayed
an agreement to house excess
Milam County inmates in the
Bell County jail, bringing the
Milam jail back into compliance
with state regulations.
A small tornado touched down
near Pettibone, ripped open a
roof and flattened a barn.
Rockdale claimed the victory
bell for the first time in four
years, defeating Cameron 10-7
in the annual battle for Milam
County football supremacy.
TEN YEARS AGO....
An Alcoa open house drew
8,000 persons to the plant site
and a ride on the Rockdale,
Sandow & Southern Railroad
tracks raised $15,000 for depot
restoration.
Despite revenue shortfalls, the
Rockdale ISD adopted a $1.4595
tax rate for 2002, same as the
previous year.
Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks
Mine, in Lee and Bastrop counties was facing its first critical
vote before the Texas Railroad
Commission.
Rockdale and Elgin put 33
points on the scoreboard in a
frantic first quarter then the
Tigers held on for a 28-22 win.


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