Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Lots had sold out in the new Murray subdivision adjoining Rockdale to the west, according to developer G. C. Murray.

Baker Joe Stein was returning to business after a year’s absence, announcing he had bought out the Danforth family, to whom he had sold out the previous year.

Rockdale’s former Confederate soldiers were summoned to a meeting at City Hall, according to Commander E. E. Smith.

Celia Montgomery, one of C ent ra l Texa s’ few sur v iving former slaves, died at her daughter’s home in Milano. Mrs. Montgomery had come to Texas in the 1850s.

FORTY YEARS AGO...

After a barrage of complaints over poor phone service, the Rockdale City Council tabled a proposed telephone hike request from Southwestern Bell.

City council members approved a taxi franchise for Rockdale.

An overnight coating of sleet, accompanied by a low of 22 degrees, caused Rockdale ISD administrators to cancel a day of school.

The new USWA union hall, a 60-bed nursing home and 20-unit motel were among the major Rockdale building permits issued in 1972.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A 39-year-old employee of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations won $7.06 million in the new Texas Lottery.

Fans of “The King” lined up in the lobby of the Rockdale Post Office to purchase the new Elvis Presley stamps, issued on what would have been the singing superstar’s 58th birthday.

A Gause resident was charged with vandalism after two incidents involving markers denoting the site of 19th Century Nashville-on-the-Brazos.

TEN YEARS AGO....

K asey A lene C otton w as Rockdale’s official first baby of 2003.

Rockdale Hospital District directors were studying a proposed new 4,800-square-foot emergency room for Richards Memorial Hospital.

The Central Texas Workforce Rural Business Center was set to host a job fair to help fill the 25 positions available when the Rockdale Juvenile Justice Center re-opened.

A $1.39 million permit to construct the First National Bank building in Rockdale pushed 2002 building permits over the $4-million mark.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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