100 YEARS AGO...
Rockdale businesses closed for five minutes, and a bell tolled, to observe the funeral of First Lady Ellen Wilson, wife of president Woodrow Wilson, who died of kidney disease at 54.
Widespread rains termed as “life giving” were credited with turning Milam County’s 1914 cotton crop from average to good.
Thorndale was getting a new school, funded by a $16,500 bond issue approved by voters.
Milam County school census: Cameron, 1,613; Rockdale, 582; Gause (apparently Gause and Milano combined), 322; Thorndale, 266.
FORTY YEARS AGO....
There were no injuries but 1,600 gallons of gasoline were spilled when a tanker truck overturned on US 79 west of Rockdale.
Brand new Rockdale ISD Superintendent Dr. Walter Vincent was predicting 1,675 students would report for the first day of classes on Aug. 26.
Milam County commissioners voted not to sell gravel, culverts, timber and other road and bridge material to the general public.
John Ingram, Austin tennis pro, won the open men’s singles division of the Rockdale Open tennis tourney.
TWENTY YEARS AGO....
School was under way on one of the earliest dates ever (Aug. 14) and first-day enrollment in the Rockdale ISD was 1,882.
The Cameron City Council tabled a request to place a juvenile justice center at a Cameron location and Milam County Judge Roger Hashem withdrew the request.
Rockdale High School earned a “recognized” rating from the Texas Education Agency, one of only two recognized high schools in Education Service Center Region VI.
Longtime former Rockdale City Manager, and later Mayor, N. E. Alford Sr. died at age 93.
TEN YEARS AGO....
Milam County Commissioners were mulling a tax increase of five cents—from 48 to 53—as they worked on a new budget.
The Rockdale ISD was ready to begin classes with a new girls softball field and new concession stand-restroom complex.
Ground was broken on Rockdale’s new Super Walmart being built on a 30-acre tract west of the city limits on US 79.
The final Milam Opry performance was held at the KC Hall. The once-monthly live country music show was moving to Georgetown.