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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

County Agent George Banzhaf reported the Secretary of War had been authorized to negotiate to purchase horses and mules directly from any responsible dealer, horse breeder or farmer for the U. S. Army, which was frantically training to send troops to France.

Out of 779 Rockdale area men called in the first World War I draft call, 555 had applied for exemptions, according to H. C. Meyer chairman of the local Exemption Board. (Meyer was also mayor of Rockdale.)

Dr. R. C. Wallis returned from an eight-year stay in New York City to go into business with his brother, Dr. D. R. Wallis. Their office was above Baldredge Drug Store.

Showing a little “trans-county” cooperation, Rockdale Constable Nat Alford chased down a man suspected of stealing a horse and buggy in Hearne, arrested him in Thrall (Williamson County) and returned him to Robertson County to face charges.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

County commissioners were searching for a source of two clerical errors which overstated the amount of county funds in the bank by $81,000.

Commissioners also began preparing a budget that did not include any salary increases. One month previously, Sheriff Leroy Broadus had requested pay increases for deputies and jailers.

The new Rockdale Housing Authority was seeking to bring federal low-rent housing to Rockdale. Edward Bartlett Jr. was chair of the five-person board.

Corky Evans of Lexington, Tammy Dube of Giddings and Tana Osbourn of Mason were the big winners in the annual Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club Youth Rodeo.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Milam voters joined the state in approving a $10,o00 homestead exemption. The vote carried 97 percent to 3 percent.

There were no injuries when a 40-foot tall, at least 80-year-old oak tree fell from the former historic E. A. Camp home into the street at the Rice-Davilla corner.

An employee of a Cameron video rental shop was gunned down on the sidewalk in front of the store and the business manager was arrested and charged with murder.

There were a lot of good financial numbers reported for Richards Memorial Hospital, which had come close to closing its doors eight years previously. The hospital was preparing to make its final large loan payment in 10 months.

TEN YEARS AGO....

One week before classes got underway in the Rockdale ISD, a 60-foot tall pin oak toppled into the street on West Bell taking out a portion of the fence at Rockdale Elementary School. There was no traffic at the time, something which certainly would have not been the case on a school afternoon.

Alcoa sold its Three Oaks Mine to Luminant and 156 hourly and salaried employees began re-interviewing for their jobs.

A 55-year-old man was facing reconstructive surgery after he was beaten about the face during a robbery in the vicinity of a local tavern.

The Texas Department of Transportation, in an infrastructure review, termed eight Milam County bridges—all on rural roads—as “deficient but safe.”


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