100 YEARS AGO....
James Hays, a one-legged athlete who was walking 5,000 miles on crutches, stopped in Rockdale.
County commissioners met to begin planning how to restore the many bridges lost in the Great Flood of 1913.
“How to get Milam County out of the mud,” was the biggest challenge for the new year, according to Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke.
Southwestern Bell’s semiannual listing of Rockdale telephone numbers showed there were 800 customers, an increase since May.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
County commissioners rejected a proposal to create a combined solid waste disposal site for Milam municipalities.
A program of health care services for senior citizens was in the planning stages, according to County Judge O. B. Harden.
Even though the new Richards Memorial Hospital was several months from completion volunteers were forming a hospital auxiliary.
A car-train wreck in Thorndale sent four teens to a Taylor hospital.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A fire that ravaged a six-unit apartment section on Meadow Drive was traced to a child playing with a Christmas candle.
City council members advised a developer that city water and sewer service could serve the proposed “Fort Future” juvenile boot camp site south of town.
An “alcohol related” argument between a father and son escalated into a fight that led to the death of the father, a South Dakota resident.
Rockdale offensive lineman Greg Gerthe was named a Class 3A first-team all-stater by the Associated Press.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Army E-4 Specialist Stephen Bocanegra, son of Victor Bocanegra of Rockdale, took part in the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Jeff Madison of Ralls was named the new administrator of Rockdale’s financially-troubled Richards Memorial Hospital.
Rockdale High School was again looking for a new band director after the resignations of husband-and-wife team Richard and Sherry Whorton.
Casey Creghan confirmed that he was leaving the head football coaching position at RHS after a 10-year stint and a 66-41 record.