Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

It was Rockdale’s “ Miracle Under Ground.” Seven coal miners were rescued after six days being trapped after a cave-in at the Vogel Mine east of town. A seventh miner perished. A mule trapped with the miners also survived the six days. The drama brought nationwide attention to Rockdale and was covered by the Associated Press.

The Reporter praised the heroic efforts of Mayor H. C. Meyer, who left his own job in town to direct the rescue efforts.

Rockdale’s three cotton gins had turned out 8,076 bales through mid-October, compared to 8,664 during the same period in 1912,

William Farmer wrote The Reporter to say he had been growing chufa—a species of sedge with edible underground stems— and that hogs loved it. He urged area hog farmer to cultivate the plant as an alternative to other feeds.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s new MARC center was serving 22 clients in the former United Steelworkers of America Local 4895 building, which had been moved to a Grace Street location.

Prewitt Drug and Skrivanek Drug—two “old Rockdale” pharmacies— were merging and forming the new Walker Burnett Pharmacy at 124 East Cameron (US 79).

Haus Bavaria Restaurant was offering a miniature golf course next door to the restaurant.

Homecoming act ivities at Rockdale High School were to feature a showdown between Rockdale and Taylor for the South Zone District 12AAA football championship.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Wesley Janak of the Rockdale 4-H Club showed the grand champion steer of the 1993 Rockdale Fair.

Jobs and access were the two main topics as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) conducted a public hearing in the Rockdale Fire Station to ask for public input on Alcoa’s plans to privatize 2.4 miles of FM 1786.

Coach Kris Waugh’s No. 5-ranked Rockdale Tigerettes ran their volleyball win streak to 15 with blowout wins over Hearne and Elgin.

The two teams scored 34 points in a wild fourth quarter but Rockdale got three long-range TDs from Ira White and defeated Elgin 41-34 in a key District 21AAA matchup.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s century-old I&GN Depot had a cupola again as the Gary Jackson-build structure was hoisted to the top of the building.

The annual Rockdale Fair livestock sale raised $140,573, the third highest total in sale history.

The Rockdale ISD purchased a 4.38-acre lot north of Tiger Field which was envisioned as a girls softball field. Since offering the sport, RHS teams had played at the Rockdale Girls Softball League complex.

Rockdale ripped Caldwell 21-6 behind Jamal Williams’ 254-yard rushing performance. It was the seventh consecutive win for a Tiger football team on the Rockdale Fair’ Friday night.


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