Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A fire leveled the Rockdale Pantitorium (dry cleaners). Firefighters said a gasoline light exploded. “The fire boys saved Rockdale from a great conflagration,” The Reporter reported.

Berlin & Adler announced it was going out of business and ran a quarter-page sale ad under the heading “DOOMED.”

The Rockdale Reporter announced a subscription selling contest—women only—with the grand prize a new Ford car, estimated value $665.

Dr. W. R. Newton announced he would build a new fireproof sanitarium in Cameron after his Buckholts sanitarium was destroyed by fire. FORTY YEARS AGO....

A small crowd gathered at Rockdale’s railroad depot to see the inaugural run of the new Amtrak Inter-American running between Fort Worth and Laredo.

Construction began on a multi-million-dollar sheet ingot facility at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

A 15-year Alcoa employee, a resident of Cameron, sustained burns to the face, neck, chest and arm in an accident in the potlines.

A report conducted by the University of Texas concluded that artificial turf on playing fields was potentially dangerous for high school athletes. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A large crowd filed into the Milano High School gym to discussion relating to Bill Spivey, MHS principal.

A Caldwell woman won $17.6 million in the Texas Lottery, the second Rockdale- area mega-winner in six weeks.

An 88-year- old Cameron woman was stabbed to death at the apartment building she managed one-half block from the Cameron Police Station.

The Minerva Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire station was to be dedicated, next to the community center. TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Hospital District directors rejected an architect’s plan to add a new emergency room to Richards Memorial Hospital at an estimated price of more than three million dollars.

Local police had a new tool in their fight against crime, dashboard mounted state-of-the-art videotape cameras.

Milam County recorded its first fatality of 2003 when a 22-year-old Waco man died in a crash on Texas 36 between Milano and Cameron.

The Milano ISD suspended classes for the remainder of the week as the “flu bug” continued to wreak havoc throughout Milam County.


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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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