10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke attended a meeting of the Texas Press Association at San Antonio’s Gunter Hotel, where the highlight was an address by Texas Gov. O. B. Colquitt, live from Austin, on Southwestern Bell’s new “loud talking” telephone device.

Below the obituary for Rockdale area farmer Henry Walker was a plea for neighbors and friends to meet at the farm and help the widow bring in the crops still in the fields.

A bizarre Milam County grand jury investigation into the shooting death of a rural man was cast into confusion when an exhumation revealed the victim had not been shot.

Rockdale school teachers for 1913-14 were named: Mamie Baker, Minnie Foster, Mattie Lee Atkinson, Allan May Gladdish, Florence Hubert, Irma Porter, Helen Kane and Bessie Belle Cooper. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Charles Patranella, departing English teacher, was to be graduation speaker for the 122-member RHS Class of 1973.

Sealed bids for construction of the proposed new Richards Memorial Hospital were to be opened June 14.

Milam County commissioners hired an architectural firm to prepare plans for a new jail.

David Martin and Liz Galloway were top male and female athletes at RHS for 1972-73. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 were set to take a strike vote as contract negotiations with Alcoa entered their “11th hour” phase.

Astronaut Ken Cockrell, Rockdale native, was to be guest speaker for the 127-candidate graduating class of 1993.

A 17-year-old Yoe High School died in a collision just inside the Cameron city limits.

Manor Oaks Nursing Home resident Frank Tribble, 103 and a veteran of World War I, was presented his 70-year American Legion pin. TEN YEARS AGO....

Thirty-three students escaped serious injury when a Rockdale ISD school bus made a “hard landing” in a ditch on FM 487.

Gil Peyton of Kyle was named Rockdale Elementary School principal.

An open house was set at the city library to showcase its new $400,000 expansion into the former Vogel Building next door.

James Johnson of Brookshire Royal was named the new head basketball coach at Rockdale High School.

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