10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO
100 YEARS AGO....
Milam County’s Boys Corn Club won first place in the state at competition held at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Winning individual first were Clinton Henry of Milano and Will Von Gonten of Rockdale.
Milam’s Girls Tomato Club, sponsored by Edna Trigg, was second to Denton County. Mrs. Trigg pointed out Denton had 23 persons making exhibits, while Milam fielded only six. “The judges went for quantity over quality,” she said.
In indiv idual tomato club competition Ruby Rutherford of Rockdale was fourth in state and Bernice Beard was fifth.
The body of a miner killed in a cave-in at the Vogel Mine east of town was recovered by a fourman search party. Seven miners survived.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Eight new home starts had been reported in Rockdale in 1973, along with the start of construction on the new Richards Memorial Hospital.
Rockdale City Councilman Frank Hyder, 63, died suddenly on a quail hunting trip in the Rio Grande Valley.
Milam County Commissioners earmarked $139,000 in federal revenue sharing funds for new motor equipment, plus $38,640 toward a new county jail.
Parker Peebles one-yard run in the fourth quarter was the only TD as Rockdale edged Taylor 7-3 to claim the District 12AAA south zone championship.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Milano won its fifth football game of the season, for the first time in 13 years, and MHS Principal Bill Spivey submitted to having his head shaved during a pep rally in the school gym.
Ricky Ray, who coached the Rockdale Tigers to their first playoff appearance since 1980, resigned to accept a position with the Killeen ISD.
Over 100 Rockdale area residents met at the KC Hall to oppose “bullet train” plains.
Bones of an ice age mammoth were unearthed between Val Verde and Rogers.
TEN YEARS AGO....
EMTEL, the physician teleconference company servicing Richards Memorial, was going out of business and directors were scrambling to find a replacement by Nov. 30 when their contract ran out.
A committee studying jail overcrowding recommended building a new 96-bed jail for Milam County.
Milano ISD trustees were to discuss plans for a new roof on the Depression-era junior-high school era.
Seven residents of the Russian island of Sakhalin toured the Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center as part of a tour organized by the State Department