Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

San Gabriel resident Clarence Harris was among four persons killed when a mill boiler exploded in Itasca.

Closing night of the Lockett Adair revival drew 2,000 persons, believed to be the largest church service in the history of Rockdale to that time.

The cotton harvest dominated The Reporter’s issue with even the Scarbrough & Hicks ad linking the price of groceries to the price of cotton.

A short news article noting that a Rogers business had burned ended: “He (owner O. J. Copeland) might counteract his bad luck by taking advantage of this opportunity to move to Rockdale.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The Reporter published its first edition in offset type. (See column this page.)

A delegation of Childress Street area residents appeared before the city council asking when the street, which served Rockdale High School, would be paved.

A 21-year-old Houston man became Milam County’s first highway fatality of 1973 when he was killed in a truck- car collision south of Milano on Texas 36.

Rockdale high school got its first female mascot as Dana Young donned the “Rocky the Tiger” costume.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Two persons were killed and three were injured when their car left FM 908 and rolled into a ditch.

There was outrage in Milam County when a map released by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) showed the state’s three “bullet train” routes meeting in Milam.

A week-old baby left overnight outside the office of Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Martin Hobbs was said to be in good shape and was transferred to the custody of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Ira White’s 22-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining lifted Rockdale to a 9-7 upset victory over ninth-ranked Robinson.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale and Milam County voters were heading to the polls to decide the fate of several constitutional amendments, including one that would enable the legislature to set limits on lawsuits against doctors.

The city council adopted curfew hours for minors, promising the guidelines would be enforced with “common sense.”

Liz Carpenter, press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson, was to speak at the Patterson Center in an event sponsored by Friends of the Library.

A crowd estimated at 700 attended a Taste of Home cooking school in the RHS Auditorium, sponsored by The Rockdale Reporter.


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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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