10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rainy weather the weekend before Christmas wasn’t bothering Rockdale shoppers who were “turning out in droves” for downtown merchants.

New Giddings Times publisher J. E. Bird put out a paper wit so much advertising, Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke quipped: “Look like there were some business interests in Giddings after all.”

Robertson County Commissions set a $30,000 bond issue vote with money to be used for improving roads.

Twenty-two prominent Rockdale businessmen signed a letter in support of a proposed new state law regulating spectacle makers. FORTY YEARS AGO....

United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 moved into their new union hall on West Cameron (US 79).

One of two idled potlines at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was targeted for a re-start.

Rockdale was due a new motel as 20-unit Haus Bavaria was under construction adjacent to the restaurant of the same name in the 1200 block of West Cameron (US 79).

Gibson’s Discount Center in Rockdale announced it was going out of business and liquidating its entire inventory. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Even with the Christmas holiday over, the vandals who had been damaging holiday yard decorations continued to commit vandalism throughout Rockdale.

Rockdale’s Christmas Roundup serviced 298 families and a total of 898 persons.

A foggy Christmas weekend resulted in a rash of mostly non-injury traffic accidents center in the Milano area.

The 40th Anniversary Celebration of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, complete with a tour of the smelter attended by 6,000 people, was selected as the top story of 1992 by The Reporter. TEN YEARS AGO....

Alcoa’s domestic smelters got a “Christmas present” from Pittsburgh, a directive to cut costs by nine percent in the first part of 2003.

A five-judge panel okayed re-opening of Rockdale’s Judge Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center, which had been closed for nine months. The center employed 40 to 50 persons.

Rockdale’s Citizens National Bank, closed since a Dec. 11 fire which leveled two adjacent business, was set to reopen for business after the building was declared “structurally sound.”

Jacob Garza, senior middle linebacker for the Rockdale Tigers, was named a Class 3A all-stater honorable mention selection by a panel of Associated Press sportswriters.

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