10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

An appropr iately- named Rockdale resident, Edell Speed, picked 910 pounds of cotton in one day on the Seidl farm north of town. Milam County Judge Jeff Kemp, mentioned as a possible statewide candidate, told The Reporter he would not run for comptroller in the 1914 Democratic Primary. Flooding was repor ted throughout the area in heavy rains as the Little and San Gabriel Rivers and Brushy Creek were all out of their banks. The Guy Hickman Traveling Show—featuring heart-throb Leona Leslie—was headed to Rockdale with 24 actors, an orchestra and a 1,500-seat tent.


A five-year- old boy died in the Sharp community af ter swallowing some of his father’s medication for a back injury. The 14-month expansion and modernization of the ingot plant at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was nearing completion. Charles Upshaw, administrator of the new Richards Memorial Hospital, told the Rockdale Rotary Club that completion of the 47-bed hospital was estimated in November, 1973. The Rockdale Tigers got two TD runs from QB John Backhaus and defeated Marlin 17-6 in a driving rain at Tiger Field.


A rash of wrecks on Rockdale area highways left a Sharp woman dead and six persons injured. The Rockdale ISD, which had paid off its debt from the bond issue which constructed the new junior-high building, dropped its tax rate from $1.19 to $1.16. Shareware developed by Rockdale Police Chief Dale Wilmeth was in use by 57 law enforcement agencies from coast to coast, all the way from a one-man sheriff’s office in a remote corner of North Dakota to Worcester County, Massachusetts, population 700,000. The third huge anti-bullet train in 11 days in Milam County drew 300 persons to the Thorndale High School gym. 


Terry Andris, administrator at Richards Memorial Hospital, resigned. Andris helped guide the hospital through a successful bankruptcy procedure to avoid closing. The arrest of a Milano man cleared a break-in and a number of incidents including the theft of newspaper racks. No school ratings would be announced for 2003- 2004, according to the Texas Eduction Agency (TEA). Rockdale police were still searching for a 13- year- old female who, in the course of one week, ran away from her home twice and the police station once.

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