Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A Burlington man was charged with murder as the result of a quarrel with his wife. Investigators said he threw an oil lamp in the woman’s face, which exploded, causing fatal burns.

State Representative R. R. Tyson, whose district included Rockdale and Milam County, announced he would not be a candidate for re-election in 1914.

Rockdale’s two pool halls agreed to voluntarily close at 9:30 p.m., same time the town’s saloons quit for the night.

Traffic on the I&GN Railroad east of Rockdale was curtailed when a freight train derailed at Big Lump.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

J. M. Moorman, superintendent of t he R ockdale I SD f or t he p ast 19 years, and an RISD employee for 27, announced he would retire effective Aug. 31.

Josie Marie Bailey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Bailey, was Rockdale’s first baby of 1974.

Thanks to the start of construction of the new $1.4-millon Richards Memorial Hospital, 1973 set an all time record for Rockdale building permits.

Police were investigating a tire-slashing spree in Rockdale. Police Chief Truman White said more then 35 tires were cut in west Rockdale.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

An 11-year-old Milano fifth-grader died when his bicycle was hit by a pickup on US 79 near his home.

Alcoa and Milam County announced plans to team up and build a new county road to serve residents who would be affected by Alcoa’s plans to privatize part of FM 1786.

D’Ebony Brooks, daughter of Oliver and Dorri Brooks, was Rockdale’s first baby of 1994.

A six-member screening committee was mulling the 70 applicants to replace Ricky Ray in the quest to choose a new RHS head football coach and athletic director. Supt. Walter Pond said a board meeting was expected to name the new coach within a week.

TEN YEARS AGO....

The switch from telemedicine— in which the patient was interviewed by a physician in Houston on a video connection—to “live doctors” had resulted in an increase in usage at the Richards Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Larry Prather was named the new director of the Rockdale ISD Big Blue Band, replacing Richard Whorton,

Tom Martin, Rockdale Municipal Judge for the previous 18 years, announced his retirement.

Elena Yvonne Creque, daughter of Anthony and Debra Creque, was Rockdale’s first baby of 2004.


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