Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO...

Opponents of the recently passed $100,000 good roads bond issue, which passed overwhelmingly, said they would challenge the results, saying the package was improperly presented as being endorsed by the Milam County Farmers Union.

Justice of the Peace Ed Gunn wrote The Reporter to say he did not vote in the bond issue because he was ill and bedridden, and asked constituents to check with his physician Dr. H. T. Coulter, if they didn’t believe him.

Graduates Minnie Hamilton, Homer Turner and Pearl Woody read essays at commencement exercises for the RHS Class of 1914.

“The Perils of Pauline,” starring Pearl White, was playing at the Dixie Theater.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

An estimated crowd of 6,000 packed downtown to see the Centennial Parade, first big event of Rockdale’s Centennial.

Julia Jones, Texas A&M student, won the Centennial rocking chair marathon, held on the library front porch. She rocked 91 hours and 22 minutes.

Rockdale’s homecoming, held in conjunction with the Centennial, drew an all-time record high 400 to Fair Park.

The new, 400-capacity Bode’s Livestock Commission

Co. was set to open in Milano.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s newest “neighbor” was Valhalla Farms, a 790-acre horse training, breeding and racing operation on FM 487.

Rockdale native Adolph McVoy shared memories of storming Omaha Beach as the nation and world observed the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Rockdale’s annual Jubilee Days celebration was to feature a museum, rodeo, pet show, dances and more.

A countywide fund drive was under way to restore the clock tower on the Milam County Courthouse., removed in the late 1930s.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Skeptical Milam County landowners attending a preliminary information meeting on the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. Milam was one of the counties being studied

No new rabies cases were reported for the week in Milam County. Milam cases had been confined to skunks and dogs.

Two break-ins at Milano High School in a three-day period netted cash from an office drawer.

A member of the public sighted what was believed to be a funnel cloud south of Rockdale on US 77. The fire department checked it out but no severe weather developed.


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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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