10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Tragedy in the San Gabriel area as a young wife was shot to death after dropping a shotgun she was handing to her husband during a hunting trip. The gun discharged as it hit the ground and the blast struck her in the face.

John A. Shapard was appointed Rockdale’s new postmaster. He expressed appreciation to local citizens who lobbied for him to get the appointment.

A Buckholts farmer announced his intention to construct the first silo in Milam County.

The Rockdale Reporter/Messenger began its 40th year and Publisher John Esten Cooke expressed hope that the paper “would last another 39 years.” (It’s been 100 years, obviously.)


The State Board of Health offered a $452,616 grant to assist with Rockdale’s proposed new 47-bed hospital.

Mayors from 30 cities, including Lexington, joined to try and head off a proposed electric rate increase by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

A Hereford cow owned by Andrew Strelsky of Bethlehem delivered a stillborn two-headed calf.

Hearne won the annual Rockdale Relays track meet with Mar v in Agnew’s sur prising Rockdale Tiger team taking second.


A late winter cold spell pushed lows into the 20s and dealt a setback to area peach trees which had already bloomed.

Timothy Patin of the Thorndale 4-H Club showed the grand champion steer at the annual Milam County Junior Livestock Show.

Someone signing themselves “Your Guardian Angel,” placed dollar bills in more than a dozen rural mailboxes in the Milam Area, a violation of federal law, according to Sheriff Leroy Broadus.

A “selling alcohol to minors” sting by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission resulted in charges against three Rockdale convenience stores, seven countywide.


A price tag of $5.2 million has been placed on a proposed new sewer plant for Rockdale.

Testimony on a wastewater permit for Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine, targeted as a key part of the mine’s feasibility, was under discussion at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Rockdale had a new bank as a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at First National Bank.

A silent auction raised over $5,100 for the city library’s drive to renovate the former Vogel Variety Store Building and add it to the library.

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