100 YEARS AGO....
The first Rockdale-area arrest under a new Texas bootlegging law was made by Deputy Sheriff Arledge who nabbed a Minerva man carrying 30 bottles of whiskey.
Work on resurfacing (clay) the Hookerville Road near Rockdale was postponed until the cotton harvest was completed.
In the first week for Model-Ts to be offered at Gaither Motor Co., six of the popular cars were sold. W. A. Wise bought the first one.
A huge barbecue was held to complete resurfacing of a new Gay Hill Road, replacing what had been termed “the worst road in South Milam County.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Deana K, a sportswear manufacturing firm, announced it had leased the former Gibson’s building and would bring 75 to 80 jobs into downtown Rockdale.
The Rockdale ISD created the new position of business manager and hired Gilbert Bernstein of New Orleans for the position.
Round hay bales were the newest innovation in area fields with bales containing 25 to 30 times the amount of hay, compared to the old square bales.
A three- vehicle collision totaled one of the Rockdale Police Department’s patrol cars, a 1973 model with just over 4,000 miles on the odometer.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A Rockdale tavern owner was acquitted of all charges in connection with a shooting in his bar following a Ku Klux Klan meeting in 1992.
An enrollment of 1,887 was forecast when the Rockdale ISD began classes for 2013-14.
Thorndale ISD trustees decided to join more than 100 Texas school districts in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance law.
Justin Manahan of Fairfield and Ceslie Burton of Trinity were best all-around cowboy and cowgirl in the annual Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club Youth Rodeo.
TEN YEARS AGO....
City and county tax rates were estimated to stay close to 2002 levels as both entities prepared to schedule public hearings.
School trustees reminded students that in 2003-4 the district’s dress code prohibited all facial piercings and most facial hair.
Janet Havelka, RHS head basketball coach, was also named head volleyball coach.
Eighty-seven hopefuls turned out for the first practice of 2003 Tiger football two-a-days, according to head coach Casey Creghan.