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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

C. E Bartlett of Tracy packed up his family and left for Algona, Iowa, telling The Reporter “I am tired of fooling with cotton. I am going somewhere they don’t raise it.”

The Rockdale Chapter of the Red Cross was asking for items to send Rockdale soldiers serving in World War I. Items were to be brought to the Red Cross headquarters above Loewenstein’s Store.

Dr. J. E. May was moving to Milam County and attempting to decide between Rockdale and Cameron. The Reporter noted: “He believes Mrs. May will vote for Rockdale and that, of course, will settle the issue.”

New taxes implemented as World War I raged in Europe included an income tax on all unmarried persons with annual incomes of more than $1,000.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe was to ride in the Rockdale Fair parade then go to Fair Park to help dedicate new facilities at the second annual Rockdale Fair.

A tractor shop on the east lot of Gaither Motor Co. was destroyed in a fire that caused an estimated $80,000 in damages. Firefighter Ralph Walters Jr. sustained hand lacerations.

The City of Milano received a $12,000 grant to plan for its future growth. The grant was accepted by Mayor Charlie Martin.

Seven new home starts pushed September building permits to almost $280,000 as 1977 permits—already Rockdale’s record year— topped $2.5 million.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The Saturday night headliner for the 1997 Rockdale Fair was to be Michael Peterson. After a sweltering early fall, a cool front was forecast just in time for the fair.

An arrest warrant for a 63-year-old San Antonio man was issued in connection with a “pigeon drop” scam which bilked a Rockdale man out of $5,000 in May.

A rare (for Rockdale) five-vehicle chain reaction crash in front of the city library on US 79 sent four persons to area hospitals. None were seriously injured.

The 1997 football season was turning into something special as Casey Creghan’s Tigers ripped Manor 28-6 to go 6-0 on the season. Rockdale’s defense had allowed six touchdowns in six games.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Rockdale ISD trustees were told the Career Tech building outside the high school—the first part of the new building program to get underway—could be complete by spring break 2018.

The Rockdale Fair turned 32 with Saturday night headliners Mandy Barnett and Jeff Bates.

A 28-year-old Rockdale man—the subject of a several agency manhunt—was arrested after he was found hiding under the US 77 Yegua Creek Bridge.

The Rockdale VFD extinguished a house fire on East Third at a structure originally believed to be vacant. Volunteers found evidence someone had been living there but no injuries were reported.

Milam County Commissioner Dale Jaecks of Rockdale won the Texas Association of Regional Councils Special Service Award in recognition of outstanding leadership.


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