Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A 73-year- old Lee County woman died, and her husband was injured, their mule team spooked and ran away with a wagon containing both of them. The woman was thrown from the wagon and her husband was dragged on the ground, holding the reins in an attempt to stop the animals.

Gaither Motor Company, in a near half-page ad proclaiming “ The Famous Fords are here, $645, fully equipped.” (Editor’s Note: That refers to the famous ‘Model T’ In five years half the cars in the United States would be Model T’s.)

Count y commi s sioner s approved bridges across the San Gabriel River at Cameron Crossing and Harrell Creek.

Lexington’s Tom Dunlap Camp of United Confederate Veterans (UCV) held a reunion that drew 2,000 people from as far away as California.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A ceremony to officially sign the construction contract to construct 47-bed Richards Memorial Hospital was being planned.

Emma Hardie, who had worked for the Milam County Department of Public Welfare, retired after a career that began in 1933.

Rockdale’s newest motel, the 20-unit, German-themed Haus Bavaria Inn, was opening, adjacent to the restaurant with the same name, which opened the previous year.

Three Rockdale Boy Scouts, and Scoutmaster Ray Crow, were headed for the national Boy Scout conference in Farragut State Park, Idaho.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The area’s newest bridge, across Mustang Creek on County Road, was completed, freeing Griffin Chapel residents from taking the “ long way” out to reach Texas 36.

Genie Vinton, Milano ISD secretary, was set to retire after a 31-year career.

Rockdale was in a mandatory outside watering ban after the city’s Praesel Addition pump went down.

Local churches had raised a truckload of food supplies and were sending it to flood-ravaged areas of Iowa and the midwest.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A facilities study of the Rockdale ISD indicated the high school and elementary, constructed in the early to mid- 1950s were “nearing the end of their useful lives.”

Officers were looking for a 19-year-old Rockdale man after he failed to show up in 20th District Court on the second day of his sexual assault of a child trial.

All the new redistricting maps being studied by the Texas Legislature paired Milam County with part of Williamson County.

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce held its largest “mixer” ever as 150 persons gathered at the historic, landscaped Rainbow Courts.


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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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