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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Rockdale downtown merchants were being asked to join the city in a plan to resurface eight downtown blocks, six on Cameron and two on Main. It was promised the “tarviation” process would be almost as good as a paved street.

The Reporter had moved into its new location, the bottom floor of the corner two-story Odd Fellows building, across the street from the previous home of the newspaper.

A number or rural residents were calling on the county to drag rural roads after a rain. One Minerva area resident said his section of road could be fixed “with two good mules for $5.”

In a wrestling match at the Thorndale Opera House—yes, the Thorndale Opera House—local favorite Pee Wee Fannin defeated

Bang Wilson of Chicago in straight falls totaling 56 minutes.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The city council began to discuss a civic center but discussion was held up when a council member challenged the legality of the 22-member civic center board, maintaining it was appointed before the council passed an ordinance creating such a board.

It was estimated at least 50 new homes were under construction in Rockdale, the biggest building boom since the Alcoa construction years of the early 1950s.

A 28-year-old Austin man, wanted on a warrant by police in that city, was in Scott & White Hospital after being shot by a Rockdale policeman during a manhunt.

Milam County commissioners set an April 2 incorporation election for Milano. Residents of that community had petitioned the county for a vote.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Rockdale’s Richards Memorial Hospital recorded its first-ever 500-visit month to its emergency room.

Two private correctional firms were negotiating with facility officials at the Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center near Rockdale to replace the Rehabilitation and Corrections Corporations (RECOR), which had been fired by a five-judge panel the previous week.

After initially voting down the project, city council members voted to take another look at installing sidewalks along sections of Murray and Bowser to serve Rockdale school campuses.

Josh Henke’s 3-point play—putback and free throw—in the final second gave the Tiger basketball team a 58-56 win over Cameron and clinched the District 18AAA title.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Well-known television newsman Dan Rather visited Milano Livestock Exchange as part of a segment on how animals are marketed and sold.

Within a week there were four early morning crashes on a curve-rich section of FM 487 north of Rockdale, the last of which claimed the life of a 20-year-old Rosebud man.

Three persons fled from police in separate incidents and a Rockdale policeman was checked over at Richards Memorial Hospital after one of them.

Jeff Lieberman’s Thorndale Bulldogs, the state’s No. 1 Class A basketball team, were tuning up by playing ranked Class 2A squads and awaiting their first-round playoff foe.


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