Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Thirty-one vehicles and 128 Rockdalians participated in a “ fair boosting” trip. Reporter P ublisher J ohn E . C ooke reported: “Between Yarrelton and Rosebud we met a couple of fractious mules and it took us 15 minutes to take all the cars apart and hide them in the woods until the mules had passed.

The Reporter wished a happy 70th birthday to Confederate veteran D. T. Wooten, who was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Willie Wuensche purchased 10 acres in the western part of Thorndale and announced he would construct a 7-acre lake.

A new livestock law election was scheduled south of Rockdale after a previous election was voided on a legal technicality.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s newest business was the 60-bed, 12,000-squarefoot Manor Oaks Nursing Home on South Wilcox.

Three teens from Sweden were visiting Rockdale families as part of the Lions Club’s international student exchange program.

After generations being located in Cameron, Milam County Local Draft Board No. 92 was relocated to Temple.

Rev. Gary Mayer, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale, resigned his position to enlist in the U. S. Army and become chaplain of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

No serious injuries were reported at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations when a “freak chemical reaction” caused one railroad car to burst and another to discharge its contents.

Alcoa curtailed production of 2.5 potlines at Rockdale Operations, citing the lowest aluminum prices in history.

Lee County Memorial Hospital in Giddings closed its doors leaving the county without a hospital for the first time in 44 years.

The annual Milam County Dairy Goat Show drew 211 entries at the Youth Exposition Building in Cameron.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees were eyeing raising the district’s tax rate from $1.4595 to the state maximum of $1.50.

Grand jurors returned indictments in connection with two separate high- speed chases in the Rockdale area within a three-week period in April.

Public hearings were scheduled for comment on the first set of proposed rules for the new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District.

AR ockdalew omanw as undergoing precautionary rabies shots after being bitten by a cat she was trying to assist.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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