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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County Judge W. G. Gillis appointed O. K. Phillips of Rockdale as Precinct 3 County Commissioner, replacing the late E. H. Reese. Phillips was chairman of the Streets & Alleys Committee of the City of Rockdale.

Businessman Ben Loewenstein Jr., in a liberty bond speech reprinted in The Reporter, addressed the issue of German Americans’ loyalty: “While Germany is (their) mother country, America is (their) bride.”

Drouth devastated the Milam County corn crop. Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke: “Speaking generally, and inelegantly, the corn crop is a blowedup proposition.”

D. T. Wooton, a 40-year resident of Rockdale died. A native of Virginia, Wooton enlisted in the Confederate Army in North Carolina and was wounded three times in the Civil War, once at Gettysburg.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Travis Grindle was named the new principal at Rockdale Junior-High School, replacing the legendary Ernie Laurence, who was closing out a 38-year career in education.

City council members unanimously rescinded an unpopular subdivision ordinance with a new one, written by a committee that included local developers.

Sheriff Leroy Broadus went before county commissioners to ask for higher pay for deputies and jailer dispatchers. Broadus said jailer-dispatchers were paid less than courthouse janitors.

Donnie Anderson, former football star at Texas Tech and for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, was to be guest speaker at the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Citing continual increases in the price of trash collection the Rockdale City Council was seeking to renegotiate its contract with its contractor.

Winner of the Rockdale Jubilee Days Celebrity Lookalike Contest was Tena Galbreath who dressed as Minnie Pearl, complete with the price tag on her hat.

Wet weather was delaying construction at the Thorndale ISD where a new gym was being added and the elementary was being expanded. A report noted that 35 of a possible 92 construction days were affected by the weather.

The community of Minerva was honored with an exhibit and two members of the Rockdale High School graduating class of 1927 were on hand for the annual Rockdale Homecoming, held in the KC Hall.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Richards Memorial Hospital took delivery of six units which were to eventually form a 7,800-square foot addition that would provide an additional clinic.

An Alcoa potline which had been down for a month over what the company termed “equipment and process issues” was to be re-started by the fourth quarter of 2007.

Milam County deputy sheriffs stopped a driver who appeared to be nervous near Buckholts, called in a drug dog and ended up making an arrest and recovering more than five pounds of marijuana.

As the second-year of state-mandated property tax relief kicked in, Rockdale ISD trustees proposed a $1.2275 tax rate, down almost 15 cents from the current $1.37, even though the rate reflected the $28.8 million bond issue approved by voters the previous month.


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