100 YEARS AGO....
Rockdale had a new labor union as Painters Local 1032 organized and elected A. S. Allen as president.
Three persons were hurt when a monoplane crashed into the grandstand at the Taylor baseball field.
Lettye Turner won a new car in The Reporter’s subscription contest with runner-up Estella Galbreath winning a piano.
A Reporter baseball story began: “Rockdale’s second team put it all over the local regulars by a score of several to not so many. Manager Caroll Woody retired from baseball and is takng a course in mumblepeg.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
A burglar entered Rockdale Junior-High School, cracked a safe in an office and made off with more than $500.
A tornado descended on Tanglewood, ripped 12 giant cedar trees from a yard, none of them hitting the house, then quickly departed.
State Rep. Dan Kubiak of Rockdale was the guest speaker for the annual RHS All-Sports Banquet.
David Martin, an RHS senior, became the first Tiger golfer ever to qualify for the state tourney, winning medalist honors at regional.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A new Ford dealership was to open in the downtown Rockdale building vacated three years previously by Rockdale Ford.
Incumbents Clift Clark and Britt Powell were re-elected in contested races for the Rockdale ISD school board.
Long jumper Brandy Williams and hurdler Larry White were to represent Rockdale in the Class 3A state track meet in Austin.
Blood spatter on tennis shoes led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Cameron man for the murder of an 88-year-old woman who managed an apartment building in downtown Cameron.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine cleared a major hurdle when Bastrop County commissioners okayed several road relocations to accommodate mining.
Rockdale High School’s 1950s-era science lab and library were due major upgrades during the summer months.
Voters in par ts of Milam County were headed to the polls to decide if they wanted to be part of a taxing district to maintain 23 earthen dams on Brushy Creek.
Rockdale’s annual Dewberry 5K Run was a little like the Olympics and Kenyan Ken Matolo won the men’s race and Irina Bondarchuk of Russia was the top female finisher.