Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to Cameron to assist firefighters in that city with a garage-warehouse fire. “Otto Schukraft and Will Vogel made the 17-mile drive in the fire truck in 35 minutes.”

Sheriff Allen Hooks was investigating the shooting death of farmer H. Cuman in the Sand Grove community. Arrested was farm hand William Booker who said he shot Cuman with a shotgun after the man came at him with an ax.

A forgery arrest was made after bogus checks apparently signed by legendary Cameron businessman R. L. Batte turned up in six different businesses.

Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke praised a letter sent by former Gov. O. B. Colquitt to current, beleaguered Gov. James Ferguson as “taking the hide off very large parts” of Ferguson.


Rockdale was in the middle of an oil boom of sorts with wells flowing in the Minerva and Tanglewood areas. One well was rated at 1,000 barrels a day.

About 20 residents of the Coffield Addition asked the city council for improvements in taxes, sewer facilities, streets and lighting during a three-hour council session.

Final testimony was heard by the State Department of Banking on a charter application for the proposed new Community Bank & Trust in Rockdale.

A “pigeon drop” con game landed four Houston men in the Milam County Jail after a Cameron resident was taken for about $150.


Big changes were on tap at the elementary school where virtually every classroom had changed locations since May. That’s because a new fifth-grade building complex had been constructed on the campus and the resulting re-shuffling meant new locations for many grades.

A 45-year-old Milano man slipped off his inner tube 25 yards from shore in Granger Lake and drowned before help could arrive.

The Alcoa Foundation awarded the final $10,000 of a $127,000 drive to restore the clock tower to the Milam County Courthouse. The Foundation had previously contributed $30,000 to the effort.

School trustees tabled a study on a new irrigation system for the Rockdale ISD, pending obtaining date on costs of using city water or drilling a water well.


Milam County Commissioners adopted a plan to share the county’s new electronic voting machines with municipal and school entities, who would be allowed to use them for their elections.

Rockdale City Council members voted to annex 28-1/2 acres where the new Rockdale Intermediate School was to be build on west US 79.

The Sept. 11 special election ballot for the City of Rockdale was set with Rudy Gutierrez, Ralph Sifuentes and Doug Williams vying for a vacant city council seat. The seat became vacant due to the death of Councilman Ray McClain in June.

Mable Lene Graves Hamman, 97, contacted The Reporter. Mrs. Hamman was the coach of the 1936 Rockdale Tigresses girls basketball team, the first RHS team to ever play for a state title. They lost to Winnsboro, Rockdale’s only loss in a 23-1 season.

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