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.”