Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam voters went to the polls and resoundingly closed down the county’s pool halls, by a margin of 2,346 to 1,120 (68 to 32 percent).

Enrico Ferrari announced plans to construct a 2,970-square-foot building downtown.

Fred Palmer acquired a half interest in the Rockdale Bottling Company.

A promising oil well project near Thrall had to be shut down when the drill bit struck “an exceedingly hard rock at 270 feet.” FORTY YEARS AGO....

A record (at the time) city election vote of 1,054 seated a new mayor and two new council members. Darral Walker was elected mayor while R. C. “Red” Richards and Collier Perry were elected to the council.

Harold Chafin, distributive education director at Rockdale High School, was named RHS principal, replacing Tom Underwood.

Law enforcement officials were looking for the person or persons, who broke into the Rockdale Country Club and “looted” the building, taking food and equipment.

The Rockdale Country Club golf course recorded its third hole-in-one in less than a month as James Crowder picked up an ace. Previously, Jerry Haupt and Bill Cooke had recorded holes-in-one. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A routine traffic stop on the “long bridge” near Cameron turned into a major drug bust as officers recovered 256 pounds of marijuana, valued at a quarter-million dollars.

Milam County’s Baptist churches were hosting a combined tent revival at a site off US 77 near Minerva.

Ground was broken in Cameron for construction of a new junior-high school.

A total of 10 candidates had filed for the first-ever Rockdale Hospital District board of directors election. TEN YEARS AGO....

In a cost-cutting measure, financially-troubled Richards Memorial Hospital’s staff was being reduced by 20 percent.

Chamber of Commerce Award winners: Gaye Bland, Outstanding Citizen; Dr. Fannie Lovelady-Spain, Citizen-of-the Year; Alpha Tau Delta, Organization of-the-Year.

Strategic planning was on the minds of 40 persons attending the third in a series of Patterson Center town hall meetings.

Rockdale’s Michael Menley had the top discus throw (154-3) in the Central Texas area, Class 3A and below.


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