Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rosebud was in shock when one of the town’s most prominent cit izens was gunned down with a shotgun inside the SA& AP train depot. A Rosebud area man was arrested and charged with murder. Enrollment for the first day of the 1913-14 school term was 357, largest ever. Rockdale High School enrollment was 62, up 20 from the start of the 1912-13 term. Rockdale Oil Mill was buying peanuts and owner T. J. Beesley said if peanut growing increased in the Rockdale-area he would consider buying equipment to make peanut butter. It was “ fashion season” in Rockdale as milliners Dora Poole and Mrs. E. S. Loper ran ads touting their fall fashion openings.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

There were 22 new teachers in the Rockdale ISD for 1973-74, including 10 at RHS. Eleven complaints were filed during the first week of Rockdale’s new leash law, according to Police Chief Truman White. City crews were excavating blocks of Brazos and Pecos streets to paving level, with dirt from the work being used as fill at the building site of the new Richards Memorial Hospital. Rockdale-area horse enthusiasts were set to make a late summer trail ride from Fair Park to Lott, spending the night in Burlington.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Milam County residents had scheduled an organizational meeting to fight a proposed Texas “bullet train” proposal which would have all three routes meet in a Milam hub.

A 10-day-old baby boy, abandoned at the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace office in Thorndale, was gaining weight and was expected to recover.

Milam County was increasing its annual contribution to volunteer fire departments. The increase for the Rockdale VFD was from $10,500 to $18,000.

Lee Roy Caffey, a Thorndale native who went on to football stardom at Texas A&M and for the Green Bay Packers, was named to the Texas A&M Sports Hall of Fame.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees backed off an anticipated tax hike and left the district’s rate at $1.4595.

Milam County voters split their votes on 22 constitutional amendments in a special election, approving 12 and rejecting 10. All 22 passed statewide.

A committee studying Milam County’s jail situation was told by a Dallas architect that building a new structure would be cheaper than renovating the current jail across from the Milam County Courthouse.

Three people were arrested on drug charges in a raid south of Cameron and Child Protective Services took custody of an 18-month- old child who was the only other resident of the rural house.


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