Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....
An extensive report on an
auto wreck near Thorndale,
involving four Rockdale men,
noted the vehicle flipped down
an embankment while negotiating a chughole. Cause? The
vehicle’s “heavy man” decided to
get off in Thorndale and take the
train to Taylor, lightening one
side of the vehicle. Estimated
speed at time of the crash, six
miles per hour. The Reporter
noted the vehicle was pretty
much destroyed “but Mr. Green
drove it on to Taylor anyway.”
Bell County was embarking on
a “no debt” good roads program.
Fire destroyed the Newton
Sanitarium in Buckholts. Three
residents were rescued.
A subscr ipt ion dr ive to
improve the Rockdale-Hookerville road had already raised
$125.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Mrs. W. W. Longmire put up
the last mail ever at the Minerva
Post Office which closed after
being established in the 19th
Century.
Hundreds were expected to
attend Rockdale Elementary
School’s annual Halloween Carnival and parade, which was to
march from the First Christian
Church parking lot to the school
campus.
Six diamond rings, valued at
$1,100, were taken from Faver
Jewelery in a daylight burglary.
A failed 2-point PAT pass
in the fourth quarter was the
difference as L0ckhart edged
Rockdale 21-19 in the 12AAAA
South Zone football opener.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Manslaughter charges were
pending after a two-vehicle
wreck on FM 487 took the lives
of two elderly Rockdale women.
Two Caldwell men were
arrested and charged in connection with an incident on FM
908 just outside the Rockdale
city limits in which a woman
was abducted, raped and thrown
from a car.
Jessica Gutierrez was crowned
Miss Rockdale Fair Queen 1992.
The annual Fair Youth Livestock
Auction netted $91,567.
Rockdale’s 34-26 football win
over Elgin included that rarest
of moments, a touchdown by an
offensive lineman. Center Matt
Lehmkuhl recovered a teammate’s fumble in the Wildcat
end zone.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A board composed of five
judges was mulling an offer from
a private firm to purchase the
vacant Roger Hashem Juvenile
Justice Center.
Public hearings were scheduled as the City of Rockdale
began considering annexation
of 541 acres of land into the
city limits.
In one of the more bizarre
calls ever for the Milam County
Sheriff’s Department, a 20-yearold Buckholts man was arrested
after he dressed as a gorilla in
a ballerina costume and ran
through the Buckholts school.
Thorndale native Dr. Charles
“Doc” Graham was inducted into
the Texas Horse Racing Hall of
Fame in a ceremony held at San
Antonio’s Retama Park.


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