100 YEARS AGO....
Farmer F. W. Kinnely had a mystery. A two-year-old Brown Leghorn chicken suddenly sported one white tail feather, then the entire bird turned white in a matter of months.
Two men were injured and a horse killed when a freight train hit a buggy at the Main Street crossing.
Dr. W. E. Copeland of Rockdale Presbyterian Church was to give the sermon at Rockdale Methodist Church in the annual Union Thanksgiving Service.
The Reporter w as b ack p rinting locally after a new part was installed, ending three weeks of printing in area towns.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Three Milano residents were kidnapped, but eventually released unharmed by a man who claimed to have killed several people.
A tornado inflicted heavy damage to a farm home eight miles west of Rockdale.
The Reporter’s ancient Model S linotype was sold to a Bryan firm, coaxed out the back door and onto a truck for transport.
John T. (Trim) Hale, an employee of Rockdale State Bank for 53 years, died at the age of 77.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Two representatives of the Texas Attorney General’s office were in Rockdale trying to reach a consensus on whether to initiate legal proceedings to shut down Bell’s Place tavern.
Rockdale City Council members scheduled a workshop to discuss a request to locate a juvenile “boot camp” near Coffield Airport.
Rockdale resident Lee Roy Caffey, former linebacker for Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, was inducted into the Texas A&M Sports Hall of Honor.
Sealy ended the season for Ricky Ray’s Rockdale Tigers, winning their bi-district matchup 36-0.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Milam County was to lose voting boxes by the 2004 elections as 17 voting precincts were to be consolidated into 10 or 11 boxes.
School trustees accepted the bid of a Nebraska firm to replace work portions of the RHS track and to lay a new one-eighth inch running surface around the entire track.
Former mayor, and downtown business owner, Linwood Mehaffey died at age 86. Mehaffey was mayor in some of Rockdale’s fastest growing years, serving from 1956 to 1966.
China Spring ended Rockdale’s 2003 football season, defeating RHS 23-0 in bi-district playoff action at Copperas Cove.