100 YEARS AGO....
An alcohol-related fight in the Rockdale Jail led to the beer bottle-stabbing death of one of the men involved. The Reporter termed the incident “one of the worst crimes ever committed in the county.
Rockdale was to vote on a local-option election to ban pool halls. “The Reporter predicts Rockdale will vote out the pool halls and we fail to see any reasons for sorrow at the prospect.”
A wrestling card at the Rockdale Opera House featured a match between Kid Pee Wee, 120 pounds, of Rockdale, and 140-pound Young Weisel of Houston. Admission 50 and 35 cents, “ladies free and especially invited.”
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The Rockdale ISD had received 45 applications to replace Supt. J. M. Moorman, who was retiring after 19 years in that job.
An area-wide “manhunt” ended in Chriesman, in Burleson County, when two juveniles who ran away during transport from a Houston detention facility were recaptured.
A mid-winter flu bug has absenteeism surging to 15 percent and doctors asking for clinic and hospital visits to be curtailed.
Two free throws by Tim Sulak provided the margin in a 58-56 basketball win over Taylor that gave RHS its first ever Class 4A district title.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
A US 79 loop around Rockdale, a project thought to be long-dead, resurfaced in a list of “priorities” listed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
In the space of two days Rockdale logged 60-plus temperatures, followed by an ice storm, followed by 55 and sunshine.
Early voting was underway in a special election on whether to create a Rockdale Hospital District.
Charges were filed against a teen who told police he’d been wounded in the hand in a drive-by shooting, after the victim admitted he’d accidentally shot himself.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Rockdale Mayor Wallace Jones announced he would not seek a new term as filing opened for 1994 elections.
Area bird-watchers were thrilled to see two nesting bald eagles during an Audubon Society tour of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.
The Milano City Council placed a sales hike on the May 15 city election ballot.
Jessica Gaines scored 35 points as Rockdale defeated Whitney 60-54 to win a bi-district basketball title.