Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A baby show was to kick off the Rockdale Fair. Winners of the best-developed, heaviest and most-muscular (boy and girl) categories won $1 each and a blue ribbon. “Prettiest boy and girl” won $5 each.

Rockdale Women’s Club installed a drinking fountain at the Main-Cameron intersection. Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke: “These women have accomplished something the men folks would have shook their heads over and pronounced ‘impossible’.”

A new screen, repaired piano, remodeled building and new paint were attractions at the Dixie Theater, according to new owner Roy Long.

Pvt. W. F. (Spot) Marshall reported from the Texas border with Mexico where he was on duty with the third Texas Infantry after a series of raids by revolutionary Pancho Villa. FORTY YEARS AGO....

Shell Oil Company “dug” for a day to unearth some lignite at its Milam County coal lease near Rockdale.

The Texas Department of Public Welfare leased one wing of the former Aycock High School and was planning to move offices there.

Stating Precinct 4 was “out of money,” Commissioner Dalton Caffey submitted his resignation from the Milam County Commissioners Court.

The new Buckholts State Bank building, featuring “Early Anglo Texan” architecture, was open. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Six persons, four from Rockdale, were charged after a dead alligator was placed in the swimming pool at the Cameron Country Club.

Two Houston residents received 15-year terms in connection with an incident in which a Rockdale man was shot at the Bell’s Place tavern.

The Lexington High School Band was selected to perform at the 1996 Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

The Texas Interscholastic League instituted the biggest change in high school football in decades, allowing “overtime” for tied games. TEN YEARS AGO....

Milam County commissioners tabled a proposal to create the new position of elections administrator.

It was close as a new labor pact between Alcoa and United Steelworkers passed nationwide by about 250 votes. The pact was approved at Local 4895, Rockdale.

Lady Tiger softballers Caitlyn Luetge and Toni Ellis were named to the Class 3A All-State team.

Milano ISD hired two new principals, Guy Birdwell at the high school and Stephanie Longoria at the elementary.


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