Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Despite the continued circulation of a petition to close the Milano school for the remainder of the year, due to a teacher shortage, trustees announced it would remain open after the only remaining teacher, Miss Clyde Newton, told them she would attempt to teach all the grades “as far as she can.”

Two “Rockdale boys,” out late, discovered a fire in an outbuilding at the Abnernathy place and extinguished the blaze before it spread to the house.

Former Rockdale resident Mattie Hicks, who had moved to Oklahoma, wrote “I raise chickens and milk cows, but I don’t like house work very much.”

The City of Rockdale called an election to replace councilman E. R. Wolf, who had resigned. FORTY YEARS AGO....

A revenue sharing cutback by the federal government meant Rockdale would not receive matching funds for a $400,000 bond issue passed by voters earlier in the year.

There were two contested races for the Rockdale City Council as incumbents Clyde Jones and John Sonntag were challenged by Sessions Pounders and Adolph McVoy.

Former pro football standout Lee Roy Caffey purchased an interest in Rockdale’s General Motors dealership, which was to be known as Miller-Caffey Chevrolet-Buick.

The crazy winter of 1973 produced two more snowstorms in Rockdale, the third and fourth since Jan. 1st. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees asked the Milam County Tax Office to submit a bid to collect school taxes. The Mi lam County Appraisal District (MCAD) had previously submitted such a bid.

A 21-year-old Houston man accused of shooting one Rockdale policeman and injuring another during a Jan. 19 shootout was indicted on two counts of attempted capital murder.

The ending of obstetrics services in Milam County showed up in year- end health stats which showed seven births in the county in 1992, all emergencies, compared to 122 in 1991.

Rockdale rallied by La Grange 66-60, behind Sonny Givens’ triple double, to claim District 21AAA’s second playoff spot. TEN YEARS AGO....

Brushy Creek Water Control Improvement District 1B scheduled a May election asking voters for the authority to impose a one-cent property tax.

Gas prices were at an all-time high in Rockdale as for the first time a gallon of regular unleaded soared over the—if you’re not already sitting down you better do it before reading the rest—$1.50 level.

Alcoa was forming a new public input panel to be called the Community Advisory Panel for Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations (CAPARO).

Rockdale Relays organizers were keeping an eye on the skies. Both the 2001 and 2002 relays were canceled due to cold weather.


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