Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A shocked community was coping with the suicide of Baptist missionary Rev. R. F. Huhn, who consumed what was described as a “vial of poison” and died after police and a constable were summoned to his home by his wife to investigate what today would be called a domestic incident.

The city council approved sale of $30,000 in bonds for repairs to Rockdale’s water plant.

School trustees reminded parents that in the wake of a 1912 small pox scare, Rockdale was requiring every student be vaccinated before beginning the 1913-14 school year.

The Jarrett Company reported 19,816 crates of tomatoes had been trucked from Milano during the summer.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A $ 467,300 contract was awarded an Austin f irm to expand and modernize Rockdale’s sewer plant.

Glenn Hodges resigned from the Rockdale ISD board of trustees, which selected Glen Beyer to fill the vacancy,

The Rockdale City Council gave final approval to a leash law, prohibiting dogs from running freely inside the city limits.

Blair Douglas of Georgetown edged Ray Teetz of Rockdale and Travis Bryan of Bryan to win medalist honors at the Rockdale Countr y Club’s Blind Bogey Tourney.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The city’s beleaguered Praesel Well was pumping water again but a curtailment scheduled remained in effect for Rockdale.

The Texas Education Agency sent a confusing accreditation threat to the Rockdale ISD, ordering the district to improve its dropout rate during a school year which had already transpired.

The Rockdale ISD made its final payment on the $3.4 million bond package which resulted in construction of the juniorhigh in 1979-80.

Coach Ricky Ray’s Rockdale Tigers and the Elgin Wildcats were tabbed as the top two teams in District 21AAA by the Harris Poll.

TEN YEARS AGO....

The city council passed Rockdale’s first curfew ordinance affecting persons under age 17.

Consultant Dr. Ned Walton recommended demolition of Rockdale’s old junior-high/high school building, which was constructed in 1921-22.

John Rex Reeves, nephew of the late country music superstar Jim Reeves, appeared at the monthly performance of the Milam Opry at the KC Hall.

An enrollment of more than 900 was expected at the elementary campus for the first day of 203-04 classes, according to Supt. Walter Pond.


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