100 YEARS AGO....
Two Milam County law officers encountered four men walking along the railroad tracks in Cameron and asked them t0 halt. Two ran and the officers opened fire, killing one. The officers released a statement saying they “regretted the killing very much.”
Rain continued to fall and Milam County continued to flood. Rockdale had no official rain gauge but “old timers” told The Reporter the flood of 1913 had surpassed the great flood of 1887.
Scarbrough & Hicks, founded in Rockdale in 1883, observed its 30th birthday.
Ira Perry appeared before the city council to request an ordinance curbing the whistling of trains within the city limits. “A man can’t sleep all night any more,” he said.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
City council members were set open bids on a project to pave a number of Rockdale streets.
The state of Texas was awarded $20,000 in an agreed judgment of a civil suit brought by the state over emissions at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.
More than 300 persons were screened in a glaucoma clinic in the elementary cafetorium.
Rockdale rode a near-perfect first half to a 27-15 football win over Georgetown.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
The ongoing mega-controversy over the proposed bullet train as coming to Rockdale as the D-RAIL group fighting the effort scheduled a meeting at the KC Hall.
An unscheduled visit by a contracted “drug dog” to Rockdale High School resulted in marijuana possession charges begin filed and several machetes recovered.
Centex Waste Management requested a 6.8-percent garbage rate hike from the city council.
Milam County received an okay from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to replace four bridges.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Milam County’s four-man DPS patrol force grew to seven with the addition of a sergeant and two more troopers.
Child Protective Services was investigating an incident in which a six-month-old girl received first and second-degree burns.
Rockdale City Council members got their first look at plans for a new $6.8-million sewer plant. The existing plant had received 19 citations and more than $8,000 in fines from the state during the previous three years.
A foot chase after a traffic stop in Rockdale by police, the sheriff’s departments and DPS state troopers led to the drug arrest of a 33-year-old Lincoln man.