100 YEARS AGO....
Fire destroyed the L. B. Strader store, next to the SA&AP Depot. At one point the depot was threatened by the flames.
Gear problems on The Reporter’s press caused two issues to be printed in Cameron and one in Thorndale. A new gear had been made in New York, shipped to Galveston and was on the way to Rockdale.
Rockdale’s city council contracted with O’Neil Engineering of Dallas to design a new water and light plant for the city.
Work was under way on the new 10,000-square foot Coffield Lumber Company building, said to be the largest of its kind in Rockdale.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Rockdale school trustees approved a feasibility study into air conditioning school buildings, a task estimated to cost a half-million dollars.
A split city council approved a 10-percent rate hike request by Texas Power & Light Co.
Representatives of Rockdale, Cameron and Thorndale appeared before county commissioners proposing a countywide landfill site to remedy growing problems triggered by new federal regulations.
Rockdale’s Matinee Musical Club presented the Gilbert & Sullivan musical “HMS Pinafore” at the Bernie and Doris Starner home.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A representative of the Texas Attorney General’s office was to be in Rockdale for a hearing on what police termed a “high crime” area around Bell’s Place tavern.
County commissioners okayed an additional $30,313 as the county’s share of cost overruns for a TxDOT project to widen and upgrade US 79 between Rockdale and Thorndale.
Anthony Quinn Cook was executed in Huntsville for the 1988 murder of a kidnapped University of Texas law school student who was killed three years earlier near Buckholts in what investigators termed an “execution style” slaying.
Ricky Ray’s Rockdale Tigers were playoff bound after thrashing Caldwell 35-7 in the final regular season game.
TEN YEARS AGO....
New fees, including a $100 fee charged a home owner to install a hot water heater in his own home, were the topic of discussion for the city council.
A 100-mile-per hour chase from Thorndale to Rockdale ended without injuries but several charges were filed on the driver.
Milam County commissioners, acting on the advice of an advisory panel, voted to pursue construction of a new county jail.
Casey Creghan’s Tigers blanked Troy 20-0 to take second in District 18AAA and head to a bi-district playoff.