100 YEARS AGO....

A fire at the SA& AP Depot damaged the roof. The Reporter reported: “The gallant fire laddies were johnny-on-the-spot, gathering like magic from who knows where.”

Rockdale’s had new subdivisions extending east (Davilla and Bell streets) and west, being developed by Dr. H. T. Coulter and G. C. Murray, both of whom had streets named for them.

The Reporter editorialized for recruiting a trained nurse for Rockdale: “It’s expensive to send to a large city when someone is ill.”

The new St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was dedicated with a visit from Bishop Gallagher of Galveston, a first communion service and a baptism. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Two fatalities marred the holiday period in the Rockdale area, an 18-year-old Milano man in a two-car crash and a 48-year-old Markham resident who died while changing a flat tire on a trailer.

Santa was set to arrive on a Department of Public Safety float in Rockdale’s annual Christmas parade.

Scout leader Jimmie Greene of Rockdale received the first District Award of Merit ever bestowed in Boy Scouting’s Tejas District in a meeting at the New Salem HD Clubhouse.

Duane Vincent’s Tiger cagers opened the season with a wild one, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Cameron 54-52. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

One arrest was made and three warrants issued in connection with a break-in spree around the San Gabriel area that netted items worth about $37,000.

Rockdale’s city library celebrated a milestone, passing the 25,000-volume mark.

A Jeep and three motorcycles were lost when a storage building burned at an area ranch.

Lexington ISD trustees okayed $550,334 in bids for a new elementary school. The district was acting as its own contractor and the facility was being constructed without a bond program. TEN YEARS AGO....

Two Nav y Sea Dragon MH-53E helicopters made unscheduled landings at Coffield Regional Airport after one developed an oil leak early in its flight from Corpus Christi to Columbus, Ohio. the second was dispatched to assist the first.

A Cameron uncle and niece died when their motorcycle was in collision with a car in heavy “football Friday” traffic on US 77 in Minerva.

Richards Memorial Hospital was dealing with new federal privacy regulations after a strict law passed Congress.

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