Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The “good roads” movement continued as residents of the Gay Hill area were to meet at the school to discuss petitioning the county for a bond election.

Carrie Loewenstein, 4, of Rockdale, was in a Waco hospital after falling through a screen window on the second floor of a Waco hotel and landing on the concrete sidewalk below.

Supt. C. G. Green announced that Rockdale High School had become fully affiliated with the state’s system of universities after adding a course in physiography (a form of geography).

Peter Radford, president of the Milam County Farmers Union, told The Reporter he was back from a “tour of the northern and eastern states,” Illinois and Virginia.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s city council adopted a $479,000 city budget that did not include any change in the current city tax rate.

After Rockdale residents voted 2-to-1 in favor of a leash law, City Attorney Emory C. Camp was instructed to prepare a leash law ordinance for city action at a subsequent council session.

Seven new teachers were hired by the school board. Dick and Rose Wiegand, Lew and Pat S immonds, M artha J ohnson, Gerald Adams and Harold Parsley.

Rockdale native Ronnie Heflin was named the new head football coach at Lexington High School.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Erica Phillips was the valedictorian and Alicia Williams the salutatorian of the 127-member graduating class of 1993 at Rockdale High School.

School trustees vowed to keep the Rockdale ISD open even if a state district judge cut off all state funding on June 1 due to an ongoing school finance lawsuit.

With a May 31 deadl ine looming, contract negotiations between Alcoa and United Steelworkers of America were under way in Cleveland, Ohio.

Milano’s Lisa Lambert won second place in the 1,600-meter run at the Class A state track meet in Austin’s Memorial Stadium.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Milam County commissioners opposed a redistricting plan which would shift the county from the congressional district represented by Democrat Chet Edwards.

Jeff Easterwood was valedictorian and Kalli Holub salutatorian of the 133-candidate Rockdale High School graduating Class of 1993.

Three Rockdale-area residents were bitten by copperheads and one remained in intensive care at Scott & White Hospital.

Thorndale’s Coy Schneider, Wade Gilchrist, Aubrey White and Dustin Locklin, won the 800-meter relay at the state Class A track meet in Austin’s Myers Stadium.


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