Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A prominent Gause businessman died when he slipped while running to catch a passenger train at Valley Junction, fell under the wheels and two coaches passed over him.

The airship which had failed to appear the first two days of the Rockdale Fair made the scene on the last day but it was too windy to fly. Owners promised free rides the next day to make up for the disappointment but it was again too windy.

A boiler explosion at the Vogel Mine east of Rockdale resulted in several injuries, including broken bones, and there was severe property damage.

The Reporter went to 24 pages, three 8-page sections, to cover the fair, including a half page of a picture of corn growing exhibits. FORTY YEARS AGO....

The city’s tax valuation board told the city council it felt Rockdale’s city property values were unequal and the entire roll needed to be revised.

Milam County commissioners were considering a $50 per month pay raise for county officials.

The Rockdale ISD was planning to start the 1973-74 school year with a plan in place to offer kindergarten to all fiveyear olds.

City council members were studying Rockdale’s first ever leash law, requiring owners to keep their dogs penned or on leashes at all t imes. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

With the end of bond retirement payments on the juniorhigh school, the Rockdale ISD tax rate was set to drop from $1.19 to $1.16.

At least 35 Rockdale Alcoans accepted an early-retirement offer, slicing the total layoff list from two potline shutdowns from 150 to between 120 and 125.

Spring flooding triggered 16 watershed projects in Milam County, with eight of the projects in Precinct 3.

Citing overcrowding, for the second straight year the Texas Commission on Jail Standards issued a failing grade to the Milam County Jail. TEN YEARS AGO....

Suicide was ruled in the death of a 59-year- old downtown Rockdale businessman who was found with a gunshot wound to the head. The man had been under investigation, accused of attempting to get someone to bring him a young girl for sexual purposes.

A gunpoint robbery of a 17-year-old girl in the Walmart parking lot netted $4 in cash.

Rockdale’s city council was considering passing the town’s first-ever juvenile curfew.

Due to a new federal law, Milam County was purchasing 22 handicapped-access voting machines.


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