100 YEARS AGO....
Re-elected bank presidents in Rockdale were J. E. Coffield at First National and Dr. L. P. Sessions at Rockdale State.
W. W. Caddell of Ben Arnold wrote that he became a convert to the “good roads” movement when the axle on his brand new surrey snapped as he tried to drive to Cameron.
S&H Stores January white sale featured drawers and corset covers for 15 cents each but “store-mussed undermuslins” would set you back at least 39 cents.
“Scribbler,” The Reporter’s Tanglewood correspondent warned “don’t got out in Texas in the winter without your coat. I did and a norther caught me.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
School trustees were discussing ways to crack down on drivers who failed to heed state law prohibiting passing school buses when loading and unloading.
Ex-President Lyndon Johnson died and federal offices, including the Rockdale Post Office, were closing for a national day of mourning.
A chase involving a speeding motorist, a Hearne policeman and a Milam County state trooper ended in a crash 4 miles east of Rockdale on US 79.
High winds, perhaps a small twister, caused damage in Rockdale and Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations. Two crossed wires triggered a fire alarm that lasted more than five minutes, creating anxiety among many Rockdale residents.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale’s Sears store was closing, an outgrowth of the giant retailer shutting down its legendary “big book” catalog operations.
The long-lost grave of county namesake Ben Milam was accidentally discovered in the downtown San Antonio park which also bears his name.
School districts throughout Texas were eyeing an Austin district judge’s comment that state funding to Texas schools would be cut off June 1 unless the legislature enacted a constitutional school finance law.
The first defendant from a recent drug sting by Milam County authorities received a life sentence in a jury trial, enhanced by previous convictions.
TEN YEARS AGO....
The new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) was deciding where to locate its permanent offices.
A major repair project was beginning on the US 77-190/ Texas 36 Little River Bridge (long bridge) and motorists were being asked to consider alternate routes to Cameron.
The flu bug was hitting Central Texas schools so hard that classes were canceled in Bartlett, Franklin and Mart.
Completion of the US 79 widening project in western Rockdale was bringing a rash of speeding tickets. Police said some eastbound drivers were assuming the 70 miles per hour speed limit extended into the city limits.