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Looking back... Through The Reporter Files

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

Milam County Commissioners pulled the trigger on the long-anticipated county prohibition election, setting it for Dec. 10. Commissioners received a petition presented by J. W. Garner of Rockdale, described as the county chairman of the movement.

The Reporter, while pledging fairness in coverage, endorsed a “yes” vote on prohibition, stating: “Whiskey is the least necessary thing in the world. Let’s get rid of it and forget that the world was ever cursed by its presence.

A 19-year-old Black Jack resident was dead after a brawl and a Rockdale-area man, a neighbor of the deceased, was in the county jail charged with his murder.

The Rockdale VFD extinguished a blaze in a rental house owned by J. W. Perry.

The blaze was traced to defective flue.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Dan Roark of Rosebud was named Rockdale’s new city manager. His grandfather, H.M. Roark of Rockdale had served as a state representative in the Texas Legislature.

Bill Renner, Alcoa president, told a group of community leaders the future was bright for Rockdale Operations and added: “I predict there will be an Alcoa plant here 25 years from now.”

Milam County was seeking federal drought disaster declaration after a report prepared for Gov. Dolph Briscoe indicated 3,000 Milam farmers had sustained losses ranging from 20 to 60 percent.

Three goal-line stands were the difference as Rockdale defeated Rosebud-Lott 17-6 to complete a perfect district campaign. Big Blue was to face Brady in bi-district.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

City council members went through a pair of 4-2 votes before deciding they could not split their votes for a Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) board member but would cast all votes for the candidate receiving a majority vote of the council.

Lexington ISD voters resoundingly rejected a proposed $4.93-million bond issue by a 667-288 margin.

Texas Youth Commission officials were set to visit Rockdale, which was seeking to house a juvenile prison facility.

It was one of the largest crowds in Rockdale football history as an estimated 6,000 persons crowded into Tiger Field to see Cameron ruin Big Blue’s quest for an undefeated regular season with a 10-6 victory. Both teams were headed to the post-season.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A 32-year-old Rockdale man accused of kidnapping an area woman in her own home received three 20-year prison sentences in 20th District Court.

Rockdale City Council members okayed a new project to extend water and wastewater lines into a business area on west US 79.

Police tried to tackle a man running away from them as they attempted to question him. The tackle did not stop the fugitive but netted his pants, complete with his billfold and ID. That led to his arrest on two charges.

Richards Memorial Hospital held an open house for its new 24-hour clinic, which included a 64-slice CT scanner.


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