100 YEARS AGO....
In a dramatic demonstration of the anti-pool hall sentiment in Milam County, Gause pool hall owner J. P Hickman demolished and publicly burned his establishment, saying he didn’t think it set a good example for youth.
In a full page ad, the Anti-Pool Hall League said the legislature’s recent “9:30 law,” forcing saloons to close at 9:30 p.m., had only forced those customers into pool halls after that time.
Small pox was reported in Thorndale, and while no deaths had yet been noted, school attendance was down 50 percent.
A mass meeting of Precinct 4 and Precinct 5 residents ended with a plea for county commissioners to call a “good roads” bond election.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
The upcoming Rockdale Centennial Celebration, set for June, dominated the news. Local businesses contributed funds to order a variety of centennial-related souvenirs.
Area pastors were organizing individual religious services with centennial related themes and were being asked to provide church histories for a centennial book.
Rockdale and Belton finished 1-2, in that order, in the boys division of Belton’s Big Red Relays and were set to renew that rivalry at the District 12AAA meet in the same locations.
Fred Bergeron of Rockdale was named Texas Area Manager for Alcoa.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
Bob Thompson (outstanding citizen), Denice Doss (citizen of the year) and the Rockdale Rotary Club (organization of the year) won top honors at the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
A 22-year-old Lubbock man was convicted of 1992 robberies of Dutch’s Double Kwik and Rockdale Inn.
Winn’s, a San Antonio based department store undergoing bankruptcy proceedings, announced it was closing its Rockdale store.
Six members of a Dallas family escaped serious injury when a horse galloped down US 77 near Rockdale into their vehicle.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Richards Memorial Hospital directors were seeking
“critical access” designation, hoping it would aid the financially-troubled institution.
With a change in athletic directors, as Robby Clark replaced Casey Creghan, four RISD coaches resigned and others were deciding whether to accept teaching only positions.
An incident which went viral on the Internet, in which a Rockdale residentwas supposed to have been abducted at knifepoint from a Taylor store, turned out to be a hoax.
The season-opening tourney of the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association was named for the late Bill Alford, who passed away during the year. Alford was instrumental in building the Copeland Street baseball complex.