10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO
100 YEARS AGO....
Cameron officials were planning a county fair similar the one Rockdale had staged for more than a decade. Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke’s headline on the story: “CAMERON WAKES UP.”
Area farmer Bob Todd sustained severe arm and hand wounds when he was attacked by an enraged sow in his pigpen.
The Reporter was calling for more street lights to be installed between City Hall and Fair Park. “It must be this year,” Cooke wrote.
G. R. Randall was soliciting support from businesses to “chip in” and help the city install a new bridge across Ham Branch.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Sealed bids for construction of the new 47-bed Richards Memorial Hospital were to be opened in a ceremony at Rockdale State Bank.
Three fleeing teenagers from Tyler and Gatesville were arrested in the process of burglarizing a business in the Rockdae shopping center after a policeman fired a shot above their heads.
Nancy Hirt was crowned queen of the 1973 Jubilee Days Rodeo.
An Aug. 1 deadline was set for anyone submitting articles for a planned 1974 book in honor of Rockdale’s upcoming centennial celebration. Ida Jo Marshall, RHS librarian, was the editor.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A celebrity lookalike contest was a new feature of Rockdale’s Jubilee Days celebration which drew hundreds to Fair Park.
Twenty-nine persons were indicted by a grand jury in connection with a multi- county theft ring after a two-year investigation by numerous agencies including the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.
Arson was suspected after a small dog burned to death in a pickup truck parked on South Wilcox Street.
Citing a low patient census, Lee County Memorial Hospital in Giddings announced it would close on July 6.
TEN YEARS AGO....
School officials were eyeing an increase in the Rockdale ISD tax from the current $1.4595 to the maximum rate of $1.50.
City officials toured sewer plants in Pflugerville, Georgetown and Horseshoe Bay as they prepared to draw up plans for a new Rockdale facility.
A state administrative law judge recommended a crucial waste water permit be granted for Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks Mine.
The new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) hired its first general manager, Gary Westbrook of Milano.