100 YEARS AGO....
The 1913 Rockdale Fair was drawing the largest crowds in the history of Milam County, estimated at 10,000. The Fair began with a huge parade through downtown, terminating at Fair Park.
One Fair disappointment. The promised “airship” did not arrive on the first day, making it only as far as Taylor. Aviators hoped to have the craft in Rockdale by the weekend.
E. A. Camp reported seeing a half-inch of snow to The Reporter. Camp was at 11,000 feet on the Continental Divide in Colorado.
Only minor injuries were reported near the Taylor depot when a surrey containing young women was hit by a fire wagon, dragging one woman 70 feet and nearly throwing another under the wheels of a passing train.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The drive to fund Rockdale’s Richards Memorial Hospital needed $22,000 to enable groundbreaking on the 47-bed facility to begin by July 23.
Rockdale pharmacists Darral Walker and Bob Burnett purchased Skrivanek’s Drug Store from owners Frank and Sarah Skrivanek.
A number of charges were filed after a pickup driven by a Rockdale man struck four parked vehicles, totaling one, on both sides of US 79 at the Green Street intersection.
Martin Stroman’s two- hit shutout against Round Rock gave Rockdale a win in the first round of Babe Ruth League all-star competition at the RHS diamond.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
In a cost/personnel cutting measure, Alcoa was offering a $7,500 “retirement incentive” to employees. The company had recently announced a 75-person layoff.
Owners of the Thorndale Champion newspaper decided not to cease publication, good news to its 95-year-old editor, Grace Berry.
Police interrupted a burglary in progress at Midway Grocery and arrested a 21-year-old Rockdale resident.
Commissioners were looking for a new Rockdale Precinct 215 voting box to replace the recently fire-damaged Aycock Center.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Directors of the new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) decided to delay a decision on whether the word “contiguous” would appear in district rules.
A 20-year- old New Mexico man died in a holiday weekend traffic accident on US 77 near Ben Arnold.
For the second time in a month, a thief stole the light bar attachment from a personal vehicle owned by a Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department member.
Thorndale’s Walkers R-Us team logged 1,912.69 miles and took first place countywide in the extension service’s “Walk Across Texas” health awareness program.