Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

It was a more peaceful Christmas in Rockdale than in past years. Town Marshal John Bonds had made his round the previous day and “persuaded” all saloons and pool halls to close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Day.

More news from the great flood of 1913. Thomas Evans of Bryan was in Rockdale to visit. Evans was the only survivor of a four-man crew which launched a boat into the flood-swollen Brazos River in an attempt to rescue stranded persons.

The body of Thorndale businessman John Lehman was found in a water-filled ditch. Foul play was suspected.

Eugene Oglesby was named The Reporter’s new compositor, succeeding Horace Switzer who had accepted a job with Rockdale State Bank.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Vandals tumbled and broke the statue of Col. Herman Henniger at the Bushdale Cemetery. Henniger was a Union Army colonel who settled in the Bushdale community.

Alcoa officials said 1973 was one of the best years yet at Alcoa’s Rockdale Works with unparalleled metal demand and major construction projects.

A 15-year- old Rockdale boy died, the victim of an apparent accidental shooting.

Gerald Adams Tiger cagers split with a pair of Austin teams during the holiday week, defeating Travis and falling to McCallum.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa officials warned that Rockdale Operations might have to cut back if the company’s plans to privatize a 2.4-mile section of FM 1786 wasn’t granted by the Texas Transportation Commission. Computer modeling of air quality above the roadway section was triggering the dilemma.

Two employees of a Cameron equipment firm escaped with relatively minor injuries after their 18-wheeler skidded off the ice-slick Little River bridge and plummeted into the river below. Both were thrown through the windshield into the river and swam to safety.

Milam County commissioners were seeking an architect to redesign Rockdale’s former Food- Low super market into an office building for various agencies.

The Rockdale Tigers Booster Club was planning to hang banners recognizing boys and girls championship teams from the past in the RHS gym.

TEN YEARS AGO....

There were four contested races on the 2004 Milam County Democratic Primary ballot.

Milam County’s population was estimated at 24,966, up three percent since the 2000 census. Rockdale’s population was put at 5,651, up 4 percent from the census figure.

Lady Tiger Sarah Fox hit a 30-foot, 3-point shot at the buzzer to give Janet Havelka’s Rockdale team a “miracle” 57-56 win over China Spring in the opening round of the Cameron Holiday Classic.

Milam County cattle producers were bracing for a big drop in cattle prices after a scare over Bovine Spongiform Encephelopathy, as “Mad Cow Disease.”


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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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