Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Dr. Dunc Wallis of Rockdale and Dr. Mullin of Milano were called to Tanglewood where an 18-year-old man nearly severed his foot at the ankle in a tree-clearing accident.

A special agricultural train from Texas A&M was to stop in Rockdale for two hours so experts could advise area farmers.

Milano-area residents were circulating a petition to cancel the remainder of the 2012-13 school year in Milano due to a shortage of teachers.

W. F. Farmer wrote a letter in support of an upcoming road improvement bond election: “In the past few years I pulled a good horse to death just getting to and from town.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa’s Rockdale Works was re-starting an idled potline and recalling 78 workers. Seven of the plant’s eight potlines would be active after the restart.

High winds tore off the roof at Rockdale landmark Henry Garage at the corner of Bell and Main.

A refrigeration truck loaded with $100,000 worth of frozen meat scattered its cargo over the Texas 36-US 79 near Milano after overturning in dense fog.

Rockdale and Gatesville were to decide the District 6AAA girls basketball title in a one-game playoff at the Temple Junior College gym. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The Rockdale City Council honored police officers Tommy Roach and Paul Bogan who were injured in a shootout Jan. 19 behind a Rockdale tavern.

The Rockdale ISD tax office was closing as tax collection was shifting to the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD).

Matt Ferguson was the overall winner in the 16th annual Rockdale High School Science Fair.

The Minerva Volunteer Fire Department dedicated its new fire station. TEN YEARS AGO....

Some Rockdale residents witnessed, low on the horizon, the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia, which killed all seven astronauts on board.

Three Milam County state troopers were sent to the Columbia debris area to search for pieces of the downed shuttle.

Six Confederate veterans buried in Rockdale-area cemeteries were to be honored in ceremonies by the Texas Daughters of the Confederacy.

Flu shut down activities for several area schools, throwing the District 18AAA boys basketball schedule into chaos.


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