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10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Over a mile of water line had been laid on West Cameron and West Bell Street, along with 15 fire hydrants, part of a new water system improvement program by the city. Total cost was to be $10,000.

What was described as a “particularly ugly” fight was reported in Thorndale between two farmers over cotton leases. It ended when the son of one farmer slashed his father’s assailant with a pocket knife.

Rockdale voted for incumbent Democratic President Woodrow Wilson 211-44 over his Republican opponent Charles Evans Hughes. Wilson won the electoral college 277-254.

Rockdale’s football team ripped Rosebud 51-0 and was set to tangle with Temple the next Friday. RHS and Temple both entered the game undefeated.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

City council members heard considerable feedback after police issued 84 parking tickets along Walnut Street during the Rockdale Fair.

Rockdale merchants were giving away a new, 1977 Chevrolet Nova during a holiday promotion in conjunction with the annual turkey giveaway.

City council members simultaneously voted to drop a lawsuit by a local businessman over a paving assessment for Childress Drive and to reject his offer to settle with the city for $2.15 less per foot than other property owners had been assessed.

It looked gloomy for the previously No. 1-ranked Rockdale Tigers post-season football chances with one game to go. Elgin upset the Tigers 16-14 behind a phenomenal performance by sophomore running back Elroy Falke.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

City council members were mulling a plan to bring unlimited access to Austin-area telephone exchanges to bring economical Internet service access to Rockdale.

Twenty-nine veterans of the Vietnam War were honored as Rockdale High School held its annual Veterans Day program in the school auditorium.

State Rep. Dan Kubiak of Rockdale, recently re-elected to his District 13 Texas House of Representatives seat, said he would not seek the Texas State Senate seat being vacated by Jim Turner, who had been elected to Congress.

A Lexington resident was treated in the emergency room of Richard Memorial Hospital after a “scare gun,” used to frighten animals and birds, discharged.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Three men were in the Brazos County Jail in connection with armed robberies which included a pair of convenience stores in Rockdale.

Incumbent Democrat Frank Summers defeated Republican challenger Bill McCutchen 2,810 to 2,659. Summers’ margin of victory came in Rockdale’s three boxes.

TXU Corporation’s end-of-year vision statement forecast the company’s new Sandow 5 Power Plant near Rockdale would go on-line in 2009.

Police were investigating an Internet scam in which a local resident paid money for a trailer to an on-line vendor. It never arrived.


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