100 YEARS AGO....
Rockdale resident Gregory Thompson died when his foot became caught in a cattle guard crossing the I&GN tracks in east Rockdale and he was struck by a train.
Ed Green of Rockdale was re-elected secretary of the Texas Socialist Party, winning in a field of 12 candidates.
The Reporter reprinted a speech by W. H. Beattie of the Texas Department of Agriculture, instructing farmers how to plant, grow and harvest peanuts. The speech occupied an entire page of the newspaper.
Every Reporter country correspondent mentioned flooded roads. “Scribbler” from Tanglewood noted: “Rain is a good thing but one gets tired of it after awhile.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Jason Schulze, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Schulze of Lexington was the First Baby of 1973.
Veteran downtown store clerks Laura Hamilton and Ruby Grabein were retiring after careers that included stints in Rockdale’s legendary Stricker’s Variety Store.
Alcoa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John D. Harper predicted a banner year in 1973 for Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, the company’s largest domestic aluminum smelter.
John Shoemake’s Rockdale Tigerettes opened the new year with a 48-41 win over defending Class B. state basketball champion Round Top-Carmine.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale police were urging residents not to give up on Christmas decorations after a bizarre holiday season in which over 40 residences sustained vandalism.
Justin Ray Herrera, son of Jay and Stella Herrera, was the First Baby of 1993.
Milam County recorded a highway fatality just 39 hours into the new year when an 18-wheeler overturned near Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, killing a Pasadena man.
Top sports story of 1992 was the turnaround in Rockdale Tiger football fortunes. The Tigers, coached by Ricky Ray, returned to the post-season for the first time in 13 years.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The downtown fire which destroyed Arledge Antiques and Ballard Carpets Etc. was selected as Rockdale’s top story of 1992.
As 1993 dawned, the Texas Department of Transportation was putting the finishing touches on a new 2-mile expansion of US 79 to five lanes in west Rockdale.
With an unofficial count spotting more than 60 junked cars inside the Rockdale city limits, the city was promising a crackdown, noting that an ordinance provided for hefty fines.
State appearances by Jeff Easterwood (tennis) and Crystal Anderson (track) were among the top sports stories of 2002, according to a year-end review by The Reporter.