100 YEARS AGO....
By a margin of 167 to 24, Rockdale city voters okayed a $30,000 bond election to construct a waterworks.
The Milano community band planned a vaudeville fund raiser to help purchase band uniforms. Admission price was 50 cents.
T. H. Bartlett, in a letter to the editor, said he favored good roads but asked if county convicts could be put on a road gang, rather than approving a roads bond issue.
The Reporter reported: “The commissioners court met Monday a week ago but, outside of checking the accounts of various offices, very little has been done.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The Chamber of Commerce was hosting an industrial seminar, designed to assist the local business community in attracting new industry.
Rockdale’s city council decided to lock the gate to the town’s solid waste disposal site on Sipe Springs Road, but any city resident wanting to dump trash there could pick up and return the key to City Hall.
Jim Gray, head football coach and athletic director since 1967, resigned in order to accept a teaching position with the Sweetwater ISD.
The city’s swimming pool park had a new playground, with several large outdoor structures, thanks to the Rockdale chapter of Young Homemakers of Texas.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) began collecting taxes for the Rockdale Independent School District.
As part of the changeover, the Rockdale ISD closed its school tax office, which had been in operation for 40 years.
A $100,000 Medicare settlement and a depreciation adjustment pushed Richards Memorial Hospital’s books “into the black” f or 1 992, a ccording t o administrator Yvette Foster.
A telephone scammer made a error in judgment while making random phone calls to local residents. He dialed up Rockdale Police Chief Dale Wilmeth.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Raymon Puente, Rockdale High School principal for the past years, retired from that position to join the Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center.
A Lubbock auditor told the Rockdale Hospital District board that Richards Memorial Hospital’s “bottom line” operating numbers improved by $1.75 million during the past year.
Three Milam County state troopers returned from helping to search for pieces of the exploded space shuttle Columbia in east Texas.
It was an extreme weather week even for Central Texas with temperatures in the 70s, river and creek flooding and an ice storm, all within an eightday period.