Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County Superintendent of Schools F. J. Clement reminded all teachers that attending week-long institute in Cameron before start of the 1913-14 term was mandatory.

Claying of the Kolb Bridge Road was delayed until winter “owing to the fact that everyone has now begun picking cotton.”

What was expected to be the greatest revival meeting in Rockdale history was planned. Evangelist Lockett Adair was to preach in a newly erected tabernacle next to Mayor H. C. Meyer’s home.

Berlin & Adler store, which had relocated from Rockdale to San Antonio was back with a new retail business across from the Wolf Hotel.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Initial dirt work was beginning, a prelude to constructing the new 33,726- square- foot Richards Memorial Hospital.

Highway Patrolmen Jerry Randall and Larry Hester were keeping their fingers crossed. Through the first seven months of 1973 there had been no traffic fatalities in Milam County.

First-day enrollment in the Rockdale ISD was out at 1,643, including 550 at the high school.

Police Chief Truman White gave local drivers the go-ahead to turn right at a red light, after coming to a full stop, as a new state law took effect.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Several public service agencies were seeking help from the county, city and school district to provide a new “ home,” to replace the Aycock Center, heavily damaged in a fire earlier in the year.

Five Rockdale High School students were arrested and charged with a burglary of a sportswear store after some of the stolen items were worn to school.

The city’s mandatory “even odd” water restrictions ended after 29 days when Rockdale’s Praesel Well came back on line, bringing pumping capacity back to normal levels.

Volunteer firefighters stopped a large grass blaze that threatened several homes in the Hamilton Smith Road section of northeast Rockdale.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A 1948 Missour i- Paci f ic caboose became the first permanent exhibit at the as-yet-tobe opened I&GN depot-museum at the Milam-Main intersection.

It was a hectic first day of school in the Rockdale ISD as a delivery truck severed phone and Internet cables at the high school.

New, confusing, state regulations were turning administrators into “food police” at local campuses. Business Manager Arnold Proctor noted that Snickers and Milky Way candy bars were okay, but cough drops were being prohibited.

Schools throughout Texas were beginning the school day with pledges to the American and Texas flags and a moment of silence, as a result of action by the Texas Legislature.


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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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