100 YEARS AGO....
Former Rockdale postmaster E. J. M. Hopkins was arrested in San Antonio and charged with the shooting death of son-in-law, P. H. Burke.
H. C. Meyer was re-elected president of the Rockdale Fair Association board. Meyer was also mayor of Rockdale.
Rockdale Mercantile Co., owned by the Loewenstein family, was installing the first fullsized plate glass windows in the Rockdale business community.
A sandstorm hit Rockdale on Easter morning. Wrote Reporter Publisher J. E. Cooke: “Easter hats and gowns were either ruefully laid aside or worn at great financial risk...Everybody was more or less grouchy.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale voters were to have a leash law referendum to decide on their April 7 city election ballot.
New Chamber of Commerce directors were Margie Abbott, Clifford Sims, Albert Timmerman Sr. and Dr. Gus Evans.
The Tejas Boy Scout District was to hold its largest event of the year at Cameron’s National Guard armory wit more than 300 scouts expected to attend.
Coach Marvin Agnew’s Tiger track team, led by shot-discus specialist Ted Weems, won the Belton Big Red Relays.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Three state constitutional amendments dealing with school finance were on the May 1 ballot, including one designed to “get the courts out of the school finance issue.”
St. John’s Day Care Center, “orphaned after a fire gutted the Aycock Center,” moved into new quarters at the Project Head Start Building on Cordova Drive.
Top winners at the annual Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Banquet: Bill Avrett, citizen of the year; Ruby Holliman, outstanding citizen; Alcoa organization of the year.
Rockdale’s Girls Sof tball League was scheduling night games for the first time ever after lighting was installed at the fields.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Twosupportgroupshad formed to assist Rockdale-area military personnel serving in the Middle East during the war in Iraq.
Top winners from the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Banquet: Mike Korenek, citizen of the year; Jim Currey, outstanding citizen; Greater Rockdale E-Access Team, organization of the year.
The first day of classes was held in the new Milano High School.
As its membership surged past the 9,000 mark, members of Rockdale Federal Credit Union were discussing constructing a new building on a West Cameron Avenue site.