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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County soldiers weren’t yet in the trenches of France in World War I but the county recorded its first two fatalities, both from pneumonia, Ollie Henderson of Sandy Creek at Camp Bowie in Fort Worth and Daniel Smith of Eagle at Camp Travis in San Antonio.

There were more than five pages of pro and anti-Prohibition ads in The Reporter as a Dec. 10 election approached. One, in favor of Prohibition, said 1,900 county women had signed a proclamation in favor of the movement.

The Rockdale Prohibition movement opened an office at the former Ford dealership garage next to The Reporter and was planning a giant downtown parade.

The Dixie Theater was hosting the first of three movie night benefits for the Rockdale chapter of the Red Cross. Movie-goers were advised the government would not have to charge the war tax for any of the performances.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

A 19-year-old Rockdale man was arrested after an 11-hour manhunt that began when a vehicle was stolen from Miller-Caffey Chevrolet-Buick in Rockdale. The man was also charged with robbery of the Davis Store in Sharp.

City council members hired an outside firm to collect unpaid ambulance bills.

The Rockdale Girl Scouts float won first place as the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade stretched for over a mile through downtown and beyond.

Bellville ended the Rockdale

Tigers’ football season at the quarterfinal round with a 21-7 victory at Memorial Stadium in Austin.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

The 50-voice Rockdale Community Choir, directed by Juan TreviƱo, was to be presented at RHS.

Dwayne Muston was named firefighter of the year by the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department as the RVFD celebrated its 103rd birthday at its annual Christmas party in the junior-high commons.

A truck driver was robbed at gunpoint as he arrived at a business south of Rockdale at 1 a.m. to pick up a truck.

Milam County Commissioners approved the $449,725 bid of EBCO Construction of Cameron for restoration of the Milam County Courthouse to its Victorian Era glory.

TEN YEARS AGO....

Royce Haws, plant manager at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, acknowledged 2007 had been a “poor performing year” for the local smelter but said the local plant was “regrouping” for 2008.

As had been anticipated, the June death of a 54-year-old Cameron man in the Little River near the FM 486 bridge was ruled an accidental drowning after autopsy reports had been received.

Suicide was ruled in the shooting death of a 61-yearold construction contractor in the Rockdale RV Park.

Missouri Tiger, and former Rockdale Tiger, defensive end Stryker Sulak, was named first team All- Big 12. Missouri was set to face Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.


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