Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale boosters were to embark on a car caravan to promote the upcoming fair. They were leaving at 7:20 a.m., make 13 stops as far away as Rogers and return to Rockdale at 8 p.m. Rules of the highway included: “If anyone runs out of gas, signal and The Reporter publisher will provide enough hot air to finish the trip.”

A Milam County jury returned a guilty verdict in a murder trial, sentenced the defendant to a two-year prison term and freed him on $3,000 bond. The Reporter quoted the editor of The Cameron Enterprise: “It is no crime to kill a man in Milam County.”

John A. Shapard was sworn in as Rockdale’s new postmaster. T. D. Wootton became assistant postmaster.

From The Reporter’s society page: “It was a dream of beauty on Mrs. E A. Camp’s front lawn when the social contingent gathered to honor two of Rockdale’s most popular young people.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The new Richards Memorial Hospital was said to be a “certainty” as bids for the project were termed “in the ballpark” by Emory C. Camp, president of the hospital’s board of trustees.

Clyde Smith Co. of Austin was awarded the contract to build Rockdale’s new sewer plant after submitting the low bid of six bidders.

Craig Magee of Rockdale won the presidency of United Steelworkers of America Local 4895, defeating incumbent Paul Buenger of Taylor.

Milam County commissioners allocated $78,000 in federal revenue sharing funds toward the new county jail project.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A five-inch rain triggered flooding in low areas of Milam County. Two Milano-area residents escaped from their house through chest deep water.

Ironically, the high water delayed the planned open house for the new Milano Water Supply Corporation. The event was to be rescheduled.

Fourth of July activities at Rockdale’s Fair Park were to include the American Novice Horse Association’s two- day barrel racing and calf roping events.

Perennial candidate James Otto Gipson was named to the Thorndale ISD board of trustees, filling a position created when a current trustee resigned to enable a relative to seek employment with the district.

TEN YEARS AGO....

TAKS scores were mostly in the 90s as the Rockdale ISD got good reports on its annual standardized tests.

Another round of tax appraisal hikes showed a total increase of 32 percent during the past three years.

A 15-year-old juvenile sought by Rockdale police for three weeks surfaced again, snatching a billfold and hitting a 49-yearold local man in the head.

Texas Football magazine tabbed the Rockdale Tigers to finish fourth in six-team District 18AAA.


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