10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Dempsey Kemp, 14-year-old son of County Clerk and Mrs. Jeff Kemp died of lockjaw (tetanus) a couple of weeks after stepping on a rake at his home.

After two weeks of rain, Rockdale enjoyed a sunny weekend and a prime shopping Saturday before Christmas. “It was not thought possible so many people could get to Rockdale,” Reporter publisher John Esten Cooke wrote.

Rockdale’s Hill & Co. Jewelers had the ideal gift for the home that had everything—a Parisian ivory toilet seat.

W. E. Gaither & Co, offered for sale an “extra large” six-room home within walking distance of the high school. Price, $1,750. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale received a check for $22,546 as its first payment in a new federal revenue-sharing program.

Christmas Roundup, Rockdale’s annual program to provide toys and food to the needy, was set to serve 32 families with 123 children.

City council members were mulling a request seeking “fairness” in calling wrecker firms to tow vehicles after accidents. The council was told one wrecker service was getting the bulk of calls.

A service stat ion owner applied to the city for a taxi franchise. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Vandals damaged, and in some cases destroyed, Christmas decorations in Rockdale including some winners in the annual Chamber of Commerce contest.

Dana Andrews, longtime American actor who lived in Rockdale as a child, died in Los Angeles at age 83.

Rockdale’s annual Christmas Roundup served 97 families, including 258 children.

Rockdale Tiger running back Larry White and linebacker Larry Jackson were honorable mention all-state selections by the Associated Press. TEN YEARS AGO....

Annexation plans for 653 acres were finalized by the City of Rockdale.

A potential buyer notified the city council of an interest in acquiring the dilapidated, historic Garcia Building on North Main, if back taxes and liens against it could be waived.

Rockdale ISD trus tees approved the sale of 1.3 acres which had once been the site of the Bushdale-Bethlehem community school.

Bogus $20 bills were appearing in Milam County and Sheriff Charlie West warned businesses to take a close look at bills before accepting them.

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