Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Crowds were so huge at a Rockdale revival featuring famous evangelist J. Frank Norris that morning services had to be moved into the auditorium of the Dixie Theater.

Milam County’s 48 candidates in the recent Democratic Primary spent a combined $5,914. Highest amount, $495, was spent by tax assessor hopeful Watt Henderson. He lost.

T. J. Brannan, head engineer of the Sessions Mine, died after contracting typhoid fever.

Anticipating the title of a famous novel by 36 years, Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke asked local boys to stop killing mockingbirds.

‘It’s a misdemeanor in the eyes of the law to kill songbirds,” he wrote.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The city council approved street paving projects on Pecos and Brazos Streets as construction continued on the new Richards Memorial Hospital.

Rockdale’s Regeneration Singers teen chorus was to stage “An Evening With Charlie Brown,” based on the “Peanuts” comic strip characters.

Rockdale ISD trustees adopted an 85-cent tax rate, representing no change from current rate.

A scrimmage with the big-city boys was to start the 1974 football season for Fred Johnson’s Rockdale Tigers with the Westlake Chaparrals coming to town.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

One week after the matter was tabled by the Cameron City Council, Rockdale landed a $2.5-million, 40-bed juvenile justice center.

Much to the delight of numerous Milam County residents, the Texas High Speed Rail Authority canceled the contract of Texas TGV to build a “bullet train” system for the state.

With a $4-million increase in taxable values, Rockdale’s city tax rate was headed down from 53.91 to 51.44 cents.

New volleyball coach Laura Boyer debuted in a big way as her Rockdale Tigerettes won the Rice Consolidated Tourney.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale leaders were trying to qualify for low-interest financing on a new $6.3-million sewer plant.

The RISD was grappling with technology as trustees discussed whether policy prohibited the use or actual possession of cell phones at school.

What was believed to be a small tornado flattened a garage and leveled trees off FM 908 north of Rockdale.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in Cameron to assist in dedication ceremonies at the new Yoe High School.


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