Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A full-page ad from Gaither Motor Co. touted the Model T Ford, $500 for the roadster, $550 for the touring car.

The “eighth wonder of the world,” Thomas J. Edison’s talking pictures was booked at the Rockdale Opera House.

A “monster street rally” in downtown Rockdale, urging residents to shut down pool halls in an upcoming vote, was to feature the pastors of Rockdale’s Baptist, Methodist and Christian churches.

“Don’t you think we’re going a bit too far?” was the lead on an ad urging voters to let pool halls remain open. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Dr. Walter Vincent of Teague was named the new superintendent of the Rockdale ISD, replacing J. M. Moorman.

Interior wall constructuion was about 60 percent complete at the new Richards Memorial Hospital construction site.

Seeking re-election were Rockdale Mayor Harold Luckey and city councilmen Buck Henry and Ed Remaley.

The body of a suspect in a 1973 Calvert bank robbery was found in a shallow grave near Gause. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A 15-year-old RHS student was arrested in connection with a fire which briefly resulted in an evacuation of the building.

A bizarre burglary attempt involved taking keys to a business from a co-owner’s purse while she was practicing with a local church choir. No items were reported missing from the business.

County commissioners selected an architect to convert Rockdale’s former Food-Low super market into what would be known as the One-Stop Center.

Janet Havelka’s Lady Tiger basketball team won a Class 3A area crown with a huge upset, defeating No. 3 Barber’s Hill 57-50. TEN YEARS AGO....

Robby Clark of Burnet was named new Rockdale head football coach/athletic director, replacing Casey Creghan.

A pair of nesting bald eagles in a former Alcoa mining area were drawing statewide coverage.

A dozen area law enforcement officers, including a SWAT team from Washington County, made two arrests at a Rockdale convenience store.

Rockdale’s Lady Tigers “Cinderella” basketball season came to an end in a 3A area round as bi-district champ Rockdale lost to Lufkin Hudson 46-33.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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