Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale Alderman (city council member) E. H. Coffield was injured while driving a brand new 1916 Ford he’d just purchased in Waco. Just out of Cameron, Coffield was run off the road, the car rolled and trapped him inside.

The Reporter noted the preaching at a First Baptist Church revival by Rev. C. E. Andrews “was making some people very uneasy.”

A 2-inch rain was welcomed by corn growers but cotton growers were hoping for a run of dry weather.

The J. D. Peeples store in Milano was burglarized but “Judge Ruby, Sheriff Hooks and Deputy Peel are on the scent.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The City of Rockdale was planning to use federal revenue sharing funds to construct a new jail.

Lexington ISD trustees voted to install a new all-weather track and four new tennis courts.

The City of Cameron voted to provide ambulance service through the police department, an arrangement similar to the City of Rockdale.

A study on Rockdale merchants opinion of downtown parking meters was scheduled to be placed on the agenda of the next Rockdale City Council meeting.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The owner of the new RECOR Juvenile Justice Center disavowed statement made by a former employee and said the center was to be tax exempt.

A 16-yer-old Rockdale resident died and three persons were hurt in a two-vehicle crash near Hare in far western Milam County.

All but one farm-market road in Milam County (FM 1600) were to see new 70 mile-per-hour speed limits, according to the Texas Dept. of Transportation.

Outgoing city council members J. T. Hill and Bette Williams and outgoing school board members Clift Clark and Britt Powell were presented appreciation plaques for their service.

TEN YEARS AGO....

United Steelworkers Local 4895 set a June 22 ratification vote on a new labor pact proposed by USW and Alcoa.

Heat and a continuing lack of rainfall resulted in the city asking home owners to voluntarily conserve water with a “water once every five days” schedule.

The International & Great Northern Depot held a 100- year anniversary party with tours and even a depotthemed cake.

Anderson-Shiro defeated Thorndale 11-1 in the opening round of the Class A baseball state final four at the Dell Diamond.


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