Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

It was “hog day” in Rockdale as buyers Turner & Hale paid out $2,200 in spot cash to area farmers.

Rockdale’s Wolf Hotel was the site for the annual Fire Department banquet, presided over by president J. E. Longmoor.

A new Rockdale to Tracy road, under construction, was being touted as “ the only blackland road in the county autos can get over at all.”

Voters in Thorndale, Ellison Ridge, Conoley, Salty and Watson Branch were set to vote in a $100,000 road bond election.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A busy intersection termed Rockdale’s “problem child,” the corner of Cameron and Wilcox (US 79 and FM 487), was approved for a stop light to replace a blinking yellow light.

R. L. Porter, superintendent of the Milano ISD for the past 10 years, resigned his post, effective at the end of the school year.

Alcoa’s Rockdale Work s received the Taylor Soil Conservation District’s first- ever award presented to industry as the result of its land reclamation program.

Young Brothers of Waco was the low bidder as the City of Rockdale embarked on 18-street paving projects.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A public forum was scheduled to get input on the quest by hospital officials to establish a hospital district and collect a half-cent sales tax.

Rockdale Economic Development Board directors endorsed the creation of a hospital district but suggested a 3/8-cent sales tax with the remaining eighth of a cent going to economic development.

Rockdale EMS members honored organization charter member Vada Coates at the conclusion of the organization’s annual banquet.

Banners commemorating past basketball championships were dedicated in a ceremony at the RHS gym.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Cuts in administration were the first acts of Jeff Madison, new administrator of financially-troubled Richards Memorial Hospital.

Two 17- year- old Yoe High School juniors were killed in a passenger train-pickup collision at a little used railroad crossing in Cameron.

A “wet-dry” election for residents of Milano was set for May 15 after county commissioners received a 113-signature petition.

A 33-year- old Caldwell man received a two-year state jail term after being convicted in connection with what investigators called a “roofing scam.”


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