Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Mayor H. C. Mayer returned from a trip to Chicago and said he was “chagrined” to find that city had “forged ahead of Rockdale in civic improvements.”

Calls for uniform sidewalk standards were being heard after a Rockdale resident was injured while crossing a gap between one concrete sidewalk apron and another.

The city council okayed a plea by the Rockdale Women’s club and instituted the new position of cemetery sexton with a salary of $15 per month.

A civil lawsuit against the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe Railroad, stemming from the death of a Milam County man on the GC&SF tracks, was settled for $900. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Richard Nixon became the first Republican to carry Milam County in any election when he outpolled Democratic candidate George McGovern 3,544 to 2,128.

There was an election surprise in Milam County Precinct 6 (Buckholts) as write-in candidate Warren McCall polled 160 votes while Marvin Jones, whose name was on the ballot, drew 72.

A safety was the difference as Taylor edged Rockdale 8-2 in a muddy football battle at Taylor’s Memorial Field.

Milam County entities were to get $337,000 from a recent revenue sharing program passed by Congress. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Texas’s new school finance law was estimated to cost the Rockdale ISD about $400,000 in anticipated state aid.

Rockdale’s private garbage collection service was considering establishing a Milam County landfill.

The Rockdale Tigers clinched the District 21AAA runner-up playoff slot with a 41-10 win over Caldwell at Tiger Field.

City council members decided the South Milam County United Way could leave its fall campaign banner across US 79. The state had initiated a ban on such banners over fears of liability. TEN YEARS AGO....

Creation of the proposed Post Oak-Savannah Groundwater Conservation District in Milam County was approved by a 3,368-1473 vote. It was also approved by a similar margin in Burleson County.

The Milano Volunteer Fire Department lost an ambulance in an early morning fire which also damaged the bay in which it was kept in the Milano Civic Center.

Big Blue was set to tangle with Troy in a game with football playof f implications. A win would send RHS into the post-season for the first time in four years.

With inches of rain falling in just under three weeks, several Milam County roads remained closed with six inches of water over FM 487 near the San Gabriel River bridge.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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