10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

A horrible tragedy in Rockdale. A five-year-old boy died of burns after he doused items with gasoline and set them ablaze while “playing campout” in his front yard.

Renovation was completed at the Rockdale Mercantile Company’s three businesses, resulting in the “deepest and most handsome glass show windows in the county.”

Major improvements were planned for the Perry & Quebe corner building in downtown Rockdale.

Reporter Publisher John Esten Cooke received a latenight phone call, of mistaken identity, from a Bartlett farmer who had heard a “John Cook family” might be looking for a cotton-picking job. “I’ve been figuring all week how much I lost by not taking him up on the deal,” Cooke wrote.

40 YEARS AGO....

The $1,462,668 building permit for the new Richards Memorial Hospital, largest ever issued in Rockdale, made 1973 the city’s all-time record year for building permit totals.

County commissioners were discussing an Alcoa request to issue bonds for environmental control work at Rockdale Operations.

Unseasonal August rains were slowing the county’s cotton harvest.

The first game of the “Fred Johnson Era” at Tigerland was a big win as Randy Backhaus hauled in three TD passes and Henry Beckwith rushed for 133 yards in a 27-6 rout of Copperas Cove.

20 YEARS AGO....

Milam County underbid the appraisal district to collect RISD school taxes and trustees decided to accept the lower bid.

An arrest was made after a patron at Bell’s Place tavern was attacked when an assailant smashed out the windows of his pickup.

Rockdale Emergency Medical Service volunteers announced several fund raisers in a drive to purchase a new ambulance.

Carl Peters of Runge, former Rockdale High School head football coach, died after he was stricken with an asthma attack as he and an assistant coach watched game films of an upcoming opponent.

10 YEARS AGO....

Congressman Chet Edwards was the speaker as United Steelworkers Local 4895 celebrated its 50 years in Rockdale in its annal Labor Day picnic.

Excavation work began at the long-awaited Three Oaks Mine in Lee and Bastrop counties.

Milam County Game Warden David Greene retired from the position he had held for 28 years.

Rockda le spor ted No. 4-ranked Bellville a 35-0 lead in the football season opener but came back strong in the second half, losing 35-21.

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