Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was calling for a citywide election to force closing of Rockdale’s pool rooms.

E. A. Camp announced he would seek the office of Rockdale City Attorney.

A project to restore the Hafley Levee on the Little River was beginning. The levee was damaged in the December, 1913, flooding.

A three-year-old Ben Arnold boy died after contracting meningitis.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A landmark Rockdale fire (see column above) destroyed two Rockdale businesses and triggered an intense 4-1/2 hour struggle by RVFD firefighters.

Ed Remaley was appointed to the Rockdale City Council, replacing Frank Hyder who had died in office.

As a result of the ongoing energy shortage, Texas dropped its speed limit to 55 and the DPS was vowing strict enforcement of the new measure.

The Rockdale City Council was discussing an ordinance that would prohibit the use of fireworks in a “fire zone” that encompassed the downtown business district.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Richards Memorial Hospital authorities were asking city voters to create a hospital district for the purpose of collecting a half-cent sales tax to assist the financially-troubled facility.

Lee Roy Caffey of Rockdale, former NFL all-pro linebacker with Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, died at age 53.

The Rockdale ISD was back in the delinquent tax collecting business after voting to purchase back delinquent tax rolls from the former Milam County Education District.

Manor wouldn’t follow the script in the District 21AAA basketball opener script, edging Dean Hollingsworth’s Tiger 63-68 in overtime.

TEN YEARS AGO....

School trustees okayed construction of the RISD’s first girls softball complex and a major electrical upgrade at the high school.

A decision on what Alcoa would do with 1950s-era Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3 would be forthcoming in 2004, according to Plant Manager Geoff Cromer of Round Rock.

In a mixup over newly-assigned 911 addresses, between 3,000 and 3,500 of 14,000 Milam County voter registration cards had been returned to the county tax collector.

A case of rabies in a dog was confirmed in the Cameron area, causing health officials to call for pet vaccinations countywide.


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