100 YEARS AGO....
N. P. Sterling and G. R. Randle purchased the Rockdale Opera House, closed for almost three years, and announced their first live production would be “A Pair of Country Kids.”
The Rockdale camp of Woodmen of the World, which had grown to 250, purchased the Scott building on Main Street, giving it “the largest lodge room in the county.”
The Reporter announced the election of Ed Gunn as Rockdale area justice of the peace this way: “He will soon forget to blush when he is announced as ‘judge’.”
A two-paragraph story noted “There will be a football game between Rockdale and Cameron at the college campus at 3:30 Friday. Admission is 25 cents.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Alcoa was ready to observe the 20th anniversary of pouring its first metal at Rockdale Works on Nov. 24, 1952.
Rockdale police and the FBI were investigating the claim of a California man that he was kidnapped in Rockdale, driven to Tucson, Arizona, robbed of $400 and released.
A 12,000-square foot concrete slab was poured for Rockdale’s new Manor Oaks Nursing Home on South Wilcox Street.
Four pass interceptions propelled Rockdale to a 39 -16 final game football victory over Gatesville.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Six members of a Belton Avenue family lost their home to an early morning blaze which began in a couch.
Rockdale ISD officials were welcoming a call by state officials to audit every Texas school district, terming their budget tight and frugal.
A Texas Historical Commission marker denoting the life of author George Sessions Perry was on display in the high school lobby prior to being installed outside the city library.
RHS led in the fourth quarter but No. 3 Bellville scored late to edge Ricky Ray’s Rockdale Tigers 29-22 in a 3A bi-district playoff football game.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale City Council committed $100,000 toward a project to expand the city library into t he f ormer V ogel V ariety Store building.
Milam County commissioners were set to move back into the courthouse. During that building’s renovation, commissioners court met at 204 North Central.
About 10 residents in areas outside the Rockdale city limits proposed for annexation into the city expressed their displeasure during a public hearing.
Casey Creghan’s Rockdale Tigers returned to the Class 3A football playoffs with a 44-12 rout of Troy at Tiger Field.