100 YEARS AGO....
“Airship flights” were announced as the main attraction of the upcoming Rockdale Fair, set for July. “Flying machines are being made more perfect every year,” The Reporter noted.
Pioneer photographer John Scott, whose pictures captured the early years of the frontier town back to the 1870s, announced he was leaving Rockdale but that his negatives could be purchased from his daughter, Valdie Lewis.
A “good roads” bond issue was approved in the Gause precinct passing by nine votes more than the required two-third majority.
Big news for thirsty Rockdale students. For the first time, “sanitary fountains” were being installed at both school campuses.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Gerald Adams of Hays Consolidated was named the new hear basketball coach at Rockdale High School.
W. P. “ Red” Hogan was re-elected school board president and recently re-elected trustees Dr. Philip Young and Brice Crow were sworn in to new terms as the board met to reorganize.
City council members discussed potential sites for new water wells and decided to buy a 15-lot tract, depending upon hydrology tests showing the extent of water-bearing sands.
Discus standout Ted Weems and high jumper David Farrell qualified for state track meet competition.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry addressed a joint meeting of the Rockdale Rotary and Noon Lions Clubs at the New Salem Extension Clubhouse.
The new Rockdale Community Chorus, directed by Rev. Juan Treviño, made its debut before a crowd of 225 at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Best-selling children’s author Louis Sachar of Austin was set to appear at the city library as part of the library’s 30th anniversary celebration.
A prison term was assessed a Temple man in connection with a 1992 shooting spree at Fair Park.
Terry Pope’s Tigers and Mickey Rundell’s Tigerettes captured District 21AAA track titles.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Alcoa was deciding what to do with its three oldest Sandow Power Plant units, following a settlement over a law suit brought by three environmental groups.
The new Milano High School building was dedicated with an open house attended by more than 100 persons.
Rockdale’s city council and a developer were at odds over the city’s new master plan.
Thorndale was to have one polling site for an election by the Brushy Creek Water Control and Development District to enact a tax allowing the district to maintain a series of earthen dams.