Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County grand jurors returned 27 indictments and one complaint. Foreman B. J. Baskin reported “the cots grand jurors were forced to sleep on were very uncomfortable.

Rockdale High School’s girls basketball team opened their season with a loss to Taylor. Score was 8-3. Rockdale players were Catherine Sanford, Mable Lewis, Laura Talley, Olive Branch, Ella King, Vera Kemp and Vera Longmire.

Big news at downtown Rockdale’s Princess Theatre. New, opera- style seats were being installed and the floor was being inclined to “give everyone in the house a good view of the stage.”

The Reporter’s weekly Confederate veteran series profiled Lem Smith of Rockdale, the only one of three brothers to survive the Civil War. Tom Smith was killed in action and Sam Smith died in a Union POW camp. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Total work force at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was put at 1,714 with 522 Alcoans and 162 Industrial Generating Company employees listing Rockdale addresses.

Tomanet Mobile Services applied with the Federal Reserve Board to establish a new financial institution in Rockdale, to be named First National Bank of Rockdale.

The Salty Riding Club entry won first place in the annual Rockdale Christmas Parade.

Rogers rolled over Bellville 81-51 to win the annual RHS Girls Invitational Basketball Tourney in the RHS gym. Coach John Shoemake’s Tigerettes were third. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The rod mill at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations was to close on Dec. 31, the victim of price weakness in cable and wire markets.

Rockdale ISD trustees called for bids on re-roofing and air conditioning at the elementary school after an evaluation by engineers.

A proposed private juvenile detention center near Rockdale after the land owner canceled the deal for a site across US 77 from Coffield Airport.

Richards Memorial Hospital was planning a $10,000 giveaway as a fund raiser as backers continued to support the financially troubled institution. TEN YEARS AGO....

A Dallas firm was hired to handle bill collecting, which continued to be a problem for Richards Memorial Hospital.

Councilors were on hand at Rockdale High School as students and faculty dealt with the hanging death of 15-year- old RHS sophomore.

The new Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) was moving into its district office in Milano.

Milam County Commissioners consolidated the county’s 7 voting boxes into 11 but did not eliminate Rockdale Box 207, a candidate for consolidation with Minerva Box 103.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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