100 YEARS AGO....
A Reporter ad from local merchants emphasized that during the ongoing drought, the city was keeping four water troughs “ full to overf lowing day and night for man and beast.”
Work to repair the Milam County Jail, apparently damaged by vibrations from trains rumbling by on the adjacent railroad tracks, was under way.
The “King’s Kandy Kid,” rolling from Fort Worth to Galveston on a pair of custom-made 24-inch “road skates,” came through Rockdale, but broke down three miles west and had to walk back to town.
The Hickman Comedy Co. was putting up a tent downtown and was to perform the play “ The Cow Puncher’s Sweetheart.” Admission was 19 cents.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The Deana K dressmaking plant in Rockdale’s former Gibson’s store downtown was employing 64 persons and was expected to hire 24 more.
Although county commissioners had okayed consolidation of several voting boxes for 1974, the November, 1973, general election would still see balloting at all 24 original boxes, County Clerk Wayne Wieser said.
A 20-year- old Branchville resident died in the Little River after falling off the Faubion Bridge near Sugarloaf Mountain.
Richard Wiggins succeeded Kenneth Smith as general superintendent of Industrial Generating Company’s Sandow Division.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
More than 300 Milam County residents packed the Cameron VFW Hall to confront state and private officials who planned to bring a high-speed “bullet train” to Texas with routes converging in Milam County.
Four nights later, 500 resident returned to the Cameron venue to organize a Milam County branch of DERAIL, a Westphalia base group fighting the bullet train effort.
Rockdale ISD trustees decided to add girls softball to the district’s athletic program.
Police termed the shooting of a 17-year-old Rockdale High School student in the chest at her home “an accident.” The female RHS junior was expected to recover.
TEN YEARS AGO....
With Alcoa’s proposed Three Oaks mine clearing all permit hurdles, the company fully funded the project, committing $83 million.
Over 250 persons turned out for the Matinee Musical Club’s “Matinee With Friends” at the junior-high commons.
For the third consecutive year, Rockdale Hospital District directors dropped the district’s property tax by three cents.
No change in the city tax rate as the Rockdale City Council okayed a 55.31 rate for 1993-94.