100 YEARS AGO....
In a town baseball game the Baracas (Baptists) beat the Wesleys (Methodists) 7-6. The game was not covered in The Reporter though. “Our baseball writer had all his money on the Wesleys!” Publisher John Esten Cooke explained.
Thirty-five miles of claybased roads in the Gause area, funded by a $50,000 bond issue, were complete.
County commissioners called for a $100,000 bond election in the Rockdale area to upgrade roads.
Five Thorndale doctors signed a statement declaring small pox cases had declined and it was safe to visit and shop in that town.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
City council members were mulling a proposal to construct tennis courts at the city’s municipal (swimming pool) park.
W. P. “Red” Hogan was re-elected president of the Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees.
Rockdale had a new civic club as the Jaycees organized. Alan Johnston was elected president.
Lawrence Blinka, RHS senior, placed third in the shot put at the Texas Relays with a 57-8-1/2 toss.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
At the request of a Union Pacific Railroad safety program, the city council agreed to permanently close the Scarbrough Street rail crossing.
G. C. “Pete” York, former Rockdale ISD tax collector, unseated longtime county treasurer Eugene “Bubba” Maddox in a Democratic Primary runoff.
Joe Moore of Gause, New York Giants leadoff hitter in the 1930s, threw out the first pitch to begin the Rockdale Little League season.
Richard Schneider of Davilla rolled the first 300 (perfect game) in the 10-year history of Rockdale’s T&J Lanes bowling alley.
TEN YEARS AGO....
City council members okayed an engineering contract to get the ball rolling on a proposed new sewer plant for Rockdale.
A county-wide committee charged with making a recommendation on Milam’s jail situation recommended an expansion-renovation of Cameron’s vacant Newton Hospital.
A small tornado was blamed for damage in and around the Davilla community. Hail also damaged crops in the San Gabriel area.
Sheriff’s deputies, two volunteer fire departments and the DPS teamed up for a successful high water rescue on Alligator Creek in far northwestern Milam County.