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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

100 YEARS AGO....

Brett Marshall became the first Rockdale “doughboy” to reach the combat area in France. About the first thing he did was write a (heavily censored by the Army) letter to his mother, Mrs. W. H. Marshall, back home.

Not far behind him was Roy Pickens who also wrote his mother, Janie Pickens, in Rockdale, detailing is 13-day ocean voyage and noting he still had 300 miles to go to “reach camp.”

The home of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Turner on Cameron Avenue burned to the ground. The Reporter noted Mr. Turner was at a lodge meeting and Mrs. Turner was “at the picture show.”

Wrestler Pet Brown of Taylor sustained his first ever loss when he failed to answer the bell for the second round against Clarence Ecklund of Buffalo, Wyoming. Brown’s doctor said he was too badly injured to continue. FORTY YEARS AGO....

The drouth of 1977 was approaching historic levels. Only 19 inches had fallen in the year and Rockdale had recorded 28 highs of 100 degrees or greater.

A show barn extension at Fair Park was nearing completion as the Rockdale Fair prepared to welcome a number of celebrities for its second year.

Ahead by six points, and with the ball near midfield with 30 seconds remaining, RHS lost 21-20 on a fumbled snap and quick Marlin drive.

The 1976 Rockdale Fair Parade was to have a “Governor’s Award” handed out by a real governor. Gov. Dolph Briscoe had announced plans to attend the Fair and parade. TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A video drug sting operation at Bell’s Place tavern resulted in arrests on three consecutive nights.

A $2.9-million project to construct a new gym/classroom structure at Thorndale High School was underway. Completion was forecast by February.

A small amount of cash was reported missing after a burglary at the Rockdale Christian Services Thrift Store.

What a trend. Rockdale edged Taylor 7-6 in the annual rivalry game. It was the third consecutive onepoint win for RHS and in each game missed conversions by the Ducks provided the margin of victory. TEN YEARS AGO....

Milano was in shock as three persons—three members of a Griffin Chapel family—died in a one-vehicle rollover near their home.

Rockdale Christian Services burned the note on its thrift store building a little more than two years of making payments.

A rare earthquake was felt in rural Milam County. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a County Road 327 for a report of vibrations in the ground. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 2.7 quake had occurred near the Milam- Burleson line.

A Rockdale policeman patrolling Rockdale during the pre-dawn hours spotted a pickup leaving a construction site with a large spool of aluminum wire, investigated and made three arrests.


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