Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s Modern Maccabees Lodge held an ice cream social. Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke noted that a goat wandered into the hall and added: “What he did in the hall cannot be recorded, but if it had not been for the presence of a physician, it is doubtful if any of the members could have lived through the excitement that followed.”

A shootout between a Minerva farmer and a hired hand, over a wage dispute, did not result in any injuries.

Cameron voters joined Gause area residents in approving a “good roads” bond package.

Rockdale hosted a meeting on a good roads proposal including “every business interest in the town.”

FORTY YEARS AGO...

A call for historic photos went out to the community as a Rockdale Centennial souvenir book was in the works for 1974.

Three of f icers responded within one minute to a burglar alarm at Rockdale State Bank, but the warning turned out to be a false alarm.

Reclamation at Rockdale’s Industrial Generating Company was the topic of a feature story in the “Progressive Farmer” magazine.

Dick Wiegand of Angleton was hired as the new line coach at Rockdale High School.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Ten Republicans, five Democrats, six independents, a Libertarian and a People’s Socialist Workers candidate were vying for the U. S. Senate being vacated by Democrat Bob Krueger.

There was a three-person race for the Rockdale ISD School Board with incumbent Clift Clark challenged by Pete York and Lisa Gerthe.

Milam, Falls and Robertson counties were in the same judicial district in legislation being considered by the Texas House of Representatives.

Wins over baseball powers Elgin and Giddings propelled Larry Pipkin’s Tigers into a three-way tie for the district lead with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Alcoa announced it would eliminate 150 jobs at Rockdale Operations in a cost- cutting measure.

Popular local urologist Dr. Larry Jackson said spiraling medical malpractice insurance premiums were forcing him to retire after a 20-year career in the area.

School closing days due to several ice storms in the winter of 2002-03 forced the Rockdale ISD to push back its juniorhigh promotion exercises date to May 30.

A six- congregation Easter play drew a crowd of more than 400 to the Milano High School auditorium.


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