Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Daily airship flights, a balloon ascension and a parachute jump were to be highlights of the sixth annual three-day Milam County Fair at Rockdale’s Fair Park.

County Judge John Watson reminded Confederate veterans that their pensions had changed effective July 1, exactly 50 years to the day from the beginning of the climactic Battle of Gettysburg.

The Reporter received a news letter from the Mt. Zion community, but declined to print it because the author signed only “Old Main,” instead of a real name.

District Agent M. T. Payne of Temple had bad news. He had discovered boll weevils in the cotton crop of Dow Robinson, two miles north of Rockdale.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Taxable values were set to increase by one-third in the Milano ISD, according to Supt. R. L. Porter.

Two Griffin Chapel men sustained serious injuries when the truck in which they were riding was struck by a Southern Pacific freight train at Meadows Crossing, two miles south of Milano.

State Rep. Dan Kubiak (D-Rockdale) was named one of the top 10 members of the Texas Legislature by Texas Monthly magazine.

Heading into the final game of the Little League season, the 17- 0 Indians were poised to become the league’s second ever undefeated team, but were upset 6-0 by the Dodgers.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

For the second time in 15 months, Rockdale Police Chief Dale Wilmeth sustained a broken leg in a scuff le with an escaping prisoner.

The first 70 Alcoans, of 150 being laid off in a 2.5-potline shutdown, were to be announced at Rockdale Operations.

The annual American Novice Horse Association (ANHA) July 4th barrel racing event drew 758 entries to the Roping & Cutting Club’s Fair Park Arena.

A 10-person team was investigating an explosion at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations in late June. The blast ruptured a 1,400-pound steel tank in the smelter.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Hospital District directors were told that the financially-troubled Richards Memorial Hospital “ would always need some tax money to stay open.”

The Milano ISD was searching for a new superintendent, following the departure of Tommy Hancock.

A 29-year-old Rockdale man was arrested after a 47-year-old woman reported she had been abducted and raped by three men.

The new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District continued to hold public hearings on its first set of proposed rules.


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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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