10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The Reporter covers RHS graduation: “Here, under the soft glow of electric lights, the handsome youths and sweet girl graduates, in dainty costumes of white, which enhanced the grace and beauty of the scene...”

The Texas Attorney General okayed issuance of $50,000 in road bonds for the Gause area, approved in a recent election.

The new, almost complete, Wright Hotel in Gause burned to the ground suspected to be the work of a “dastardly incendiary,” according to the Gause Guide.

The murder trial of a former Rockdale butcher, accused of killing his business partner over the way books were being kept, went to the jury. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Texas Power & Light officials predicted no power shortage for Central Texas during the summer months.

Bob Martin, who was completing his 13th year as a science and math teacher at Rockdale High School, was named principal of Cameron’s two elementary schools.

With all eight potlines running a full production, employment at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was over the 1,600 level.

The annual Senior Citizens Day, held at the New Salem HD Clubhouse, featured a concert by Rockdale’s teen choir, the Regeneration Singers. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Ken Cockrell, 1968 RHS grad was the speaker for graduation exercises, moved to the KC Hall due to rainy weather at Tiger Field.

United Steelworkers of America and Aluminum, Brick and Glass locals nationwide were voting in on a new labor contract after negotiators for the aluminum industry and the two unions reached an agreement.

Congressman Chet Edwards (D-Waco) predicted a compromise would be reached on an energy bill, which included a controversial BTU tax.

Milano school trustees “with regrets” accepted the retirement of school secretary Genie Vinton after a 31-year career. TEN YEARS AGO....

State officials said despite a funding crunch, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) had money in its budget for a US 79 loop around Rockdale.

Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine was one step closer to reality as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers released its environmental impact study.

Volunteers laid ties and rails at the I&GN Historical Depot to prepare for display of a caboose.

Financially-recovering Richards Memorial Hospital was looking to the future with 2003 as its first year without having to make bond payments.

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