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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County went dry by a vote of 2,520 to 1,820 in the big Prohibition election. Rockdale, Cameron and Milano voted dry while Thorndale and Buckholts were in the wet column.

A break-in at the Rockdale Red Cross headquarters left the surgical dressings they had prepared in disarray. Mrs. B. F. Loewenstein took the dressings to Austin where they certified “non contaminated” and were shipped off to troops fighting in World War I.

Rockdale had a new night watchman. Sid Allen’s duties were to patrol the downtown business district with special emphasis on the lumber yard, Farmers Union Warehouse and cotton platform.

Heeding President Woodrow Wilson’s call to conserve resources, several businesses took out ads to announce they were not running specials this “War Christmas” and urging residents to support the Red Cross instead of giving gifts.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

City council members were dealing with a petition signed by 126 Coffield Addition residents asking the council to address problems of sewer backups, drainage, property assessment and poor upkeep of property by absentee landlords.

A report by Shell Oil Company officials indicated the company had already spend $3.2 million to evaluate and develop its 20,000- plus lignite lease in Milam County.

Sheriff Leroy Broadus was asking for help from county commissioners after noting the department, which he termed “a limited staff” had made 472 arrests by the end of October and had exhausted its annual budget by September.

Coach Duane Vincent’s Rockdale Tigers were set to try and win their own invitational basketball tourney for the fourth straight year as they prepared to tangle with Moulton in the tourney opener.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A crowd of 600 heard “Handel’s Messiah” in the RHS Auditorium as the 45-voice Rockdale Community Choir, directed by Juan Treviño.

A 16-year-old Lexington High School student died in an accident on FM 696 while on the way to school.

School trustees in Milano were moving forward toward construction of a new high school and were considering other projects.

Thorndale ISD had narrowed their search for a new superintendent from 28 applicants to seven finalists, according to Interim Supt. Jerry Doherty.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A 17-mile stretch of Texas 36 from Milano to Caldwell was closed after a tanker filled with jet fuel turned onto its side near Milano and spilled about 4,000 gallons at the roadside.

Ground was broken on the Rockdale High School Career Tech building, the first project from the recent bond election.

Alcoa said asbestos removal was to begin at Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3, the first step in demolishing the 1950s-era units at Rockdale Operations.

New one-way streets around the elementary campus were going into effect after the Christmas break and police were warning tickets would be issued after a period of adjustment.


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