Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Cameron’s school held a track meet but sent its athletes home, due to bad weather, thinking no one would show up. But Minerva’s team did. School officials hastily organized a 100-yard dash between Cameron’s Roy Epperson and Minerva’s Buford Sanders. Sanders won. It was the only event held, but Minerva claimed the “team” title.

The Rockdale City Council met and ordered that City Hall be connected to the new downtown sewer system.

M. J. Talley announced he would construct a new brick and concrete garage at the corner of Ackerman and Bell.

In a Christmas-season special, Scarbrough & Hicks was giving away a pair of shoes with the purchase of every overcoat. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Cold weather triggered the shutdown of two potlines at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, triggering the layoff of about 100 persons.

An estimated 40 vehicles stalled, wrecked or were otherwise disabled as an ice storm moved over Milam County.

E. B. Baxter, who was about to turn 102, received an early birthday-Christmas present, a three-wheeled bicycle.

Duane Vincent’s Tiger cagers won their own Rockdale Invitational Basketball Tourney, defeating Caldwell 54-49 in overtime in the finals. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Seventeen persons were in custody, and seven more were sought, in connection with a drug sting operation by six law enforcement agencies.

Rev. Clyde Griffin, 87, a former classmate of George Sessions Perry, paid tribute to Perry as a Texas Historical Commission marker honoring the Rockdale writer was unveiled at the city library.

The second early-morning robbery in a two-month period at the Rockdale Inn motel netted about $800.

An Ackerman Street resident was treated for burns to his hands and face after fire destroyed his home. TEN YEARS AGO....

A landmark fire destroyed three-story Arledge Antiques and two-story Ballard Carpets Etc. The entire block—south side, 100 block of East Cameron (US 79) was threatened but was saved by the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Two competing air ambulance services—Scott & White’s Stat-Air and Critical Air—were sharing the helipad at Rockdale’s Richards Memorial Hospital.

City council members, on a split vote, raised monthly water rates 12 cents per 1,000 gallons to offset fees being imposed by the new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District.

“La Escuelita,” featuring scale model of the former Hispanic school, won the top float award at the Rockdale Christmas Parade.


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