100 YEARS AGO....
County Agent George Banzhaf, fresh from a seminar at Texas A&M College, was set to give a demonstration on terraced farming.
Rockdale Presby ter ians were planning to construct a new church at the Davilla-San Gabriel corner, sold their former building and were to share space with Rockdale’s Methodists.
Dr. H. T. Coulter purchased part of the old Graves Estate and announced plans to construct homes and rental houses.
The city council approved the sale of $30,000 in bonds for a city water system.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale’s unseasonably cold winter of 1972-73 continued as a snowfall blanketed the town and temperatures dropped as low as 12 degrees.
A 32-year-old Rockdale man was arrested after a 30-yearold man was hit in the face by a shotgun blast. The victim remained in satisfactory condition in a Temple hospital.
With ice and snow covering most Milam County roads, the payroll for Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was flown to Coffield Airport from Alcoa’s Point Comfort plant.
It was probably a first for The Reporter’s main sports page photo, bundled-up kids sledding down a snow-covered O’Kelley Street hill.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
One Rockdale policeman was wounded, another sustained some hearing loss, and a suspect was also shot as nine rounds of pistol fire were exchanged behind a local tavern.
An unsuccessful kidnapping in the Rockdale area was being investigated by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.
Rockdale residents were lining up to purchase recently decommissioned parking meters, being sold for $100 each.
A 40-pound monkey escaped from his cage in the Branchville area but returned to it after his backside was peppered with pellets from a shotgun.
TEN YEARS AGO....
City council members okayed restoration of the historic Garcia building at 118 North Main.
The city library expansion into the adjacent former Vogel Variety Store building needed an additional $26,000 to cover painting and carpeting expenses.
Fifteen vehicle burglaries were reported in Rockdale during a two-week period.
County commissioners were discussing the timing of making Rockdale’s new City Hall—the former Citizens National Bank building—tax exempt.