Commentary

LOOKING BACK 10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
Rockdale’s Turner & Hale Co.
processed 40,000 pounds of
hogs in one day, shipping them
out to Fort Worth in three railroad boxcars.
Hotel owner Edmund Wolf
purchased land off the newly
opened West Davilla Avenue to
develop his planned new Pieser
Addition.
The editor of the Menard
Messenger, trying to support his
advertisers: “Urge your women
folk to buy their cold weather
hats early, so they will have time
to tire of them and buy others
later on.”
“Now in the Rockdale City
Pound, a black and white cow,
about seven years old, blind in
one eye, will be sold on Oct. 15
unless claimed.”—J. H. Bonds,
Rockdale City Marshal
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Don Thoede, band director,
told the Rockdale Rotary Club
there were 340 students in the
Rockdale ISD band program,
123 in the RHS Big Blue Band.
Newest Rockdale business:
Four Corners Grocery, corner
of Ackerman and San Andres,
owned and operated by Mr. and
Mrs. Louie Luetge.
An ironic call for the Rockdale
Volunteer Fire Department as a
smokehouse burned at a Forest
Grove area farm.
Henry Beckwith had 151 yards
rushing and both touchdowns
as Rockdale broke a three-game
losing streak with a 14-8 win
over Marlin.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A woman entered Dutch’s
Double Kwik convenience store,
pointed what turned out to be a
toy gun at the clerk and took an
undetermined amount of cash
from the register.
A grant from the Central
Texas Council of Governments
was to partially fund recording
of all 911 calls received at the
Rockdale Police Station.
Police were investigating a
tavern fight termed as between
Rockdale residents and a Bryan
gang.
A sixth-generation descendant
of county namesake Ben Milam
was in Rockdale to help donate a
book about her famous ancestor
to the city library.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale Fair Association
was sponsoring a $98,000 seal
coating project on Fair Park
roads in advance of the annual
Rockdale Fair.
Rockdale’s second annual
Relay for Life raised $20,000 for
cancer research and education.
The Texas Department of
Transportation was ready to
open all five lanes of US 79 in
west Rockdale, completing the
project nine months ahead of
schedule.
Two hurricanes in two weeks
hit the Texas Coast without
bringing a drop of much-needed rain to Rockdale, but a
slow-moving cool front dumped
just over two inches of precipitation over Central Texas, including Milam County.


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