Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Cleanup day in Rockdale. Businesses and schools opened late and students joined employees to clean the city. Project leaders were Mrs. C. M. Sessions and Mrs. H. C. Meyer.

After narrowly failing to close down pool halls in a Rockdale-area precinct election, more than 1,000 persons signed a petition to have commissioners put the question on a county wide ballot.

The annual visit of state educators to Rockdale schools brought praise for “Miss Cooper,” RHS instructor in Latin and German.

A local farmer said his 60 White Leghorn hens laid 1,093 eggs during February. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Tempers flared in a city council meeting as property owners quizzed City Manager N. E. Alford Sr. over street paving costs.

Rockdale had a new fireworks ordinance making the sale, storage or exploding of any fireworks within the city limits an offense punishable by a fine.

A four-year-old boy died when fire swept through a mobile home off US 79.

Supt. J. M. Moorman, and his replacement, Dr. Walter Vincent of Teague, were making the rounds of school campuses in meetand greet sessions with teachers. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale voters overwhelmingly approved creation of a hospital district, with 307 casting ballots in favor and 124 opposed, a spread of 71 to 29 percent.

Union Pacific Railroad officials were asking the Rockdale City Council for permission to permanently close the Scarbrough Street rail crossing.

Terry Pope’s Rockdale Tiger tracksters routed the opposition in the Manor Relays, rolling up 218 points.

Police expected a suicide ruling after a 53-yearold Rockdale man died of a shotgun blast at an East Cameron Ave. (US 79) residence. TEN YEARS AGO....

Three were arrested when law enforcement officers from three agencies raided a house between Thorndale High School and the football field.

Milano voters were to decide whether to allow beer sales in the city limits.

Biggest Rockdale race was for mayor with John Shoemake challenged by former mayor Bill Avrett in the race to replace Wallace Jones.

School trustees were faced with hiring a new administrative team at the junior-high with Principal Andrew Griffith and assistant principal Richard Taylor leaving at the end of the school term.


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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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