10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Most of the 100-year-ago Reporter dealt with the Great Flood of 1913 which isolated Rockdale for four days. See page 1A). Non-flood news:

The name of Rockdale’s movie theatre was being changed from the “Princess” to the “Dixie.”

A team of railroad surveyors was in the area examining the possibility of opening a new line between Rockdale and Bartlett.

Woodmen of the World went ahead with their plans to hold a massive banquet at the Coffield Building but, due to the weather, only 150 of the expected

500 showed up. FORTY YEARS AGO...

Two Rockdale brothers, ages six and three, sustained serious injuries when the car in which they were riding was hit by a train at the Main Street crossing.

Rockdale residents were awaiting the promised spectacle of Comet Kohoutek in the night sky. (It was a dud.)

Police expected an arrest after a break-in at Rockdale Furniture Company, 109 North Main.

A cast of 145 junior-high students were set to stage the school’s annual Christmas Pageant spectacle in the high school auditorium. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A six-month undercover investigation targeting cocaine dealing in Rockdale resulted in three arrests.

Backers of Fort Future, a proposed juvenile boot camp, gave the city council until Dec. 16 to respond to a request for city water and sewer services.

Opponents of the proposed bullet train were checking on possible endangered species in trying to keep the project from coming through Milam County.

Over 1,100 persons gathered along the route of the annual Rockdale Christmas Parade downtown. TEN YEARS AGO....

Jerry Wagoner was chosen from a field of three applicants to become Rockdale’s new municipal judge, replacing Tom Martin.

There were already contested races for prosecutor and Precinct 3 Commissioner in the 2004 Milam County Democratic Primary.

Heat lamps plugged into an adjacent building were blamed for a fire that damaged a Rockdale family’s home.

A walking path, pavilion, and restrooms were part of an improvement package for Veterans Memorial Park proposed by a city committee.

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