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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Preparatory to the upcoming Dec. 10 Prohibition election, The Reporter published box by box results for the 1911 and 1915 Milam elections, both won by the anti-prohibition forces. Rockdale voted for prohibition in both elections.

A page ad asking Milam residents to vote against prohibition quoted President Woodrow Wilson, who refused to institute a national prohibition when asked to do so.

Three soldiers were killed during training when a gravel pit collapsed at Camp Bowie near Brownwood. One was Adolph Jung, cousin of C. J. Breiger of Rockdale.

New Fire Marshal Percy Diehl surveyed Rockdale’s business community and reported “at least 40” stove flues which he termed fire hazards.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Mayor N. E. Alford Sr. demoted Police Chief Felipe Martinez to the rank of sergeant and named Cliff Blackburn as interim chief.

Rockdale ISD trustees, eyeing a possible bond issue, heard their financial consultant report the district was in good financial shape and could support up to a $3-million bond package.

New federal guidelines were worrying rural hospital administrators but Charles Upshaw of Richards Memorial Hospital said he could not see an 80-percent occupancy rate requirement being enforced.

Kerry Locklin’s 119 yards rushing and two TDs helped propel Rockdale by Brady 21-7 in a football bi-district playoff.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Eight members of the Texas Youth Commission toured the Rockdale site proposed for a juvenile detention center but the board later said it has ranked Mart as its No. 1 site preference.

An investigation by Rockdale police resulted in two children being placed in foster care and the arrest of a 51-year-old man for aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to Police Chief Stan Powell.

Burglars hit two businesses and a motel in Rockdale in a four-day period and police were theorizing the incidents were related.

Gene Smitherman, legendary Cameron radio personality— creator of the folksy voice character Silas Strasberger—died at age 65.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Charlie West, sheriff of Milam County for the past 12 years announced he would not be a candidate for re-election in the 2008 balloting.

Construction was beginning on a new Career Tech Building at Rockdale High School, the first project from the $30.8-million bond issue approved by RISD voters.

City council members were studying proposed changes to several ordinances including one addressing what had been termed “permanent garage sales.”

China Spring kicked a field goal as time expired ending Rockdale’s football season in a 30-27 bi-district loss at the Waco ISD Stadium.


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