Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale City Council
announced West Davilla Avenue
had been extended all the way
to Rockdale High School (site
of today’s elementary campus).
“Get Ready for Winter,” a
Henne & Meyer ad warned
Reporter readers. “We have
unloaded the bigest boxcar of
school supplies ever brought to
Rockdale.
Birta Robinson won the Princess Theatre’s “Most Beautiful
Girl in Rockdale” contest and
won a silver service.
C. M. Grabener of Milano
wrote a letter to the editor supporting The Reporter’s campaign to construct better roads
throughout the county.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale had a new Parks
Committee, soliciting suggestions for using the city’s parks.
A 21-year-old Maysfield resident was one of the sailors dying
on the USS Newport News in
action off the coast of Vietnam.
Rockdale’s $16,087 quarterly sales tax dividend was the
largest ever received by the city
since sales tax collections began
in 1968.
Rev. Stewart Bell won the 1972
Men’s Championship Tourney at
the Rockdale Country Club.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Officers were searching for a
“mid-20s white male” after an
armed robbery at the Rockdale
Inn netted about $500.

An estimated 6,000 persons
filed through Alcoa’s Rockdale
Operations for a 40th anniversary open house, complete with
guided tours.
A herd of cat tle ambling
across US 77 and FM 487 two
miles south of Rockdale triggered three wrecks in 20 minutes, causing several injuries.
Rockda le’s new “ super
store” opened as Brookshire
Bros.completed an expansion that enlarged the current
22,000-square foot facility to
36,500 square feet.
TEN YEARS AGO....
More than 600 workers were
on site at TXU’s Sandow Unit
4 for an overhaul that was targeted to reduce nitrogen oxide
emissions by 50 percent.
Rockdale had a new City Hall
as workers relocated the city’s
headquarters from the traditional location at the corner of
Burleson and Cameron (US 79)
to the former Citizens National
Bank building, Wilcox at Cameron. Rockdale Hospital District
directors were turning their
mode of operation from “survival” to “expansion” after emerging from a bankruptcy process.
City council members okayed
a 55.13-cent tax rate, down two
cents from the current rate.


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