Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A 33-year-old co-owner of a Rockdale meat market died after an argument with his business partner, in the market, escalated into a knife fight. The victim was stabbed in the abdomen. The partner was free on $1,000 bond.

The nine-member Rockdale High School Class of 1913 was set to graduate in the City Hall (today’s police station) auditorium.

Henne & Meyer Co, purchased the “stock, rackets and notions” of the Hillier Racket Store in downtown Rockdale.

The U. S. Census Bureau reported Milam County’s population as 36,780, including 33,517 rural residents and 3,263 residing in urban areas.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Construction of Rockdale’s proposed new hospital was virtually assured when the federal government announced a $452,616 grant and a $1,028,000 loan had been approved.

Charles M. Upshaw of Mississippi was hired as the first administrator of the yet-to-be built Richards Memorial Hospital.

Homer Bower, production manager at Alcoa’s Rockdale Works, was transferred to Alcoa’s Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, facility, which was doubling in size.

Michael Williams of Milano won the Class B 330-yard intermediate hurdles at the state track meet in Austin.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

City garbage fees were going up 3.1 percent and a 10-percent hike was forecast later after rates were tied to the consumer price index (CPI).

A flash fire was quickly extinguished on the third floor of the historic Milam County Courthouse when a workman accidentally dropped a cigarette onto a door coated with paint remover.

A 50-year- old power plant mechanic was killed at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations when the water truck he was driving overturned into an ash pond.

A fake 911 call to the Rockdale Police Department resulted in an investigation, a scuff le and assault on a peace officer charges.

TEN YEARS AGO....

For the fourth consecutive year, property appraisals soared for Rockdale homeowners.

By a 900 to 183 vote, taxpayers in western Milam and western Williamson Counties said they didn’t want to be part of a taxing district to repair earthen dams on Brushy Creek. Milam County vote was 96 percent against.

For the second time in a week police chased a Houston man wanted in a vehicle offense. This time he was apprehended and charged.

Rockdale’s No-Teeth Barbecue was named one of the top 50 barbecue restaurants in the state by Texas Monthly magazine.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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