100 YEARS AGO....
A Tracy boy died when he was shot by his own hunting rifle as he tried to untangle the gun from a cluster of vines and branches into which it had slipped. City Hall was to be the site for graduation exercises for the 14-member—10 girls and 4 boys—Rockdale High School graduating class of 1914.
A rare local news photo in The Reporter showed the bumper crop of oats at the Stony Croft Farm one mile south of Rockdale.
Milam County’s Socialist Party met and nominated a full slate of candidates for county offices in the upcoming elections.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
Swimming pool employees Martin Stroman and Randy Eden were credited with saving the life of an eighth grader at the city swimming pool.
Officials from the U. S. Army dropped in to Tiger Field, from the sky, to discuss the possibility of placing a medical heliport at the new Richards Memorial Hospital, then under construction.
A rocking chair marathon and rodeo were expected to be big draws at the upcoming Rockdale Centennial.
The Regeneration Singers, Rockdale’s teen choir, drew a capacity crowd in the RHS Auditorium for their production of “Showtime.”
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
By a vote of 235-59 (80 to 20 percent), Rockdale voters approved collection of a one-half-cent city sales tax to benefit financially troubled Richards Memorial Hospital.
Elvis McQuinn replaced Mike Korenek as Rockdale ISD fire chief. Korenek had served in that post for four years.
The Texas Transportation Commission authorized funds that assured the restoration of Milam County’s 19th Century courthouse.
Rockdale’s Lady Tiger softballers completed a 16-7 record, and participated in post-season action in Big Blue’s first year of UIL softball competition. Coach was Jaime Boswell.
TEN YEARS AGO....
A chase of a speeding motorist took a tragic turn east of Rockdale as a 23-year-old Temple stopped, pulled a pistol and committed suicide.
Mayor Wallace Jones, who was retiring after serving six years, conducted his final city council session.
Jacob Van Houten was valedictorian and Dex Dean salutatorian of the 105-member RHS graduating class of 2004.
Rockdale police tracked down the hacker who managed to get money from a local woman’s computer and were contemplating how to file charges against someone in the United Kingdom.