10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

An eastbound I&GN passenger train slammed into several freight cars in Gause, after a switch was left open. Two crew members, who jumped from the engine, were injured. No serious injuries were reported among the passengers.

James Harrington began making, and marketing, coal briquettes from lignite, something that had previously been successful only by using anthracite coal.

Buschdale Hall was to be the site of Washington’s Birthday Masquerade Ball, with music by the Rockdale Orchestra.

Rockdale’s Grand Opera House hosted Hazel McCann who sang the new song “Keep Away From The Fellow Who Owns An Automobile.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

The Rockdale City Council established the Rockdale Hospital Authority to facilitate planned construction of a 47-bed hospital.

United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 dedicated their new union hall on West Cameron Avenue. The old building was donated to the South Milam Association for Retarded Children (SMARC).

The Rockdale ISD was scheduling rare Saturday classes to make up for days lost to a recent snow and ice storm.

Gaither Motor Co. was offering

B. F. Goodrich tires for as low as $10.95. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Milam County commissioners okayed new early voting sub-stations for Milano and Thorndale.

Caldwell logged its second Lotto winner in 2-1/2 weeks when a 29-year-old resident won a $3.6-million jackpot.

Law officers were awaiting the results of blood stain analysis in the case of an 88-year-old apartment manager who was stabbed to death in Cameron.

Mayor Bill Avrett proclaimed Alma Doss Day, honoring the longtime Rockdale musician and educator who was ending a twoyear term as president of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs. TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center was set to re-open after a buyer purchased the former Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center, which had been closed.

There were 18 sets of twins counted among the 918 students enrolled in Rockdale Elementary School.

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department continued to investigate unfounded reports of debris from the crashed space shuttle Columbia landing in the county.

Rockdale Elementary School had a new, $13,000 playscape, a project of the Parent-Teacher Organization (P-TO).

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