Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Spring rains brought extensive flooding to Milam County. The large Wait Farm near Cameron had to replant more than 50 percent of its acreage.

Eighty percent of a Reporter page was devoted to testimonials by Williamson County residents on the positive effects of that county’s recent road bond election. Milam had a similar election coming up in the summer.

As dictated by a recent election, every pool hall in Milam County was now closed “until the people vote them back in which is a remote possibility.”

A crowd estimated at 1,000 attended end-ofschool performances in Minerva.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale and Milam County residents stayed with Gov. Dolph Briscoe as he defeated challenger Frances “Sissy” Farenthold in a Democratic Primary.

Milam County Democrats rejected a referendum to allow pari-mutuel betting, 1,454 to 1,088.

Fun, and a little foolishness, was on tap as Rockdale held the first of several weekly “promenades” leading up to its June centennial celebration.

The 13th annual Rockdale Quarterhorse Show, sponsored by the Roping & Cutting Club, drew 269 entries.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale residents were headed to the polls to decide whether to increase the city sales tax by onehalf cent to assist Richards Memorial Hospital.

Those voters were also to elect the new Rockdale Hospital District’s first set of permanent directors. A temporary board had been governing.

A moderately-severe hailstorm peppered Minerva and Cameron but spared the Rockdale area.

Sonny Givens and Priscilla Avila were named the top male and female athletes for 1993-94 at Rockdale High School.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A routine traffic stop turned into a foot and vehicle chase, resulted in a collision involving a police car and ended with two arrests.

Milam County’s population was estimated at 25,100, an increase of 865 residents since the 2000 Census.

Rockdale had its first downtown park as the new Wolf Park was dedicated on the site of the former Wolf Hotel.

A Waxahachie man trying to evade a stop by the DPS led troopers on a chase from Cameron to Bryan before being stopped when road spikes were deployed by Brazos County troopers.


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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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