Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

It was the “Great Flood of 1913” as all area rivers and streams went out of their banks, devastating cotton and corn harvests. Observers said it was the highest cresting of the San Gabriel River in recorded history.

Green Bros. Gin advertised in The Reporter: “Bring your storm-wrecked cotton to us; we have the latest machines to recover some of it.”

The Modern Maccabees tent (lodge) held a moonlight picnic and voted Gracie Whiteley the prettiest girl and Frank Demoree the ugliest boy.

Scarbrough & Hicks advertises its fall line of men’s suits, prices ranging from $20 to $35.

FORTY YEARS AGO....

The Rockdale ISD was set to enforce its “two-mile limit” for picking up bus riders. Only those living more than two miles from their campus would be transported, Supt. J. M. Moorman said.

There was a “dog fight” at the city council meeting as councilman John Sonntag condemned, and City Manager N. E. Alford Sr. defended, the police practice of shooting stray dogs.

With a goal of providing housing for housing-short Rockdale, the new Rockdale Housing & Development Corporation was organized.

Rockdale ripped Lockhart 22-0 and was set to face Georgetown in a key District 12AAA south zone clash.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

A 24-year-old Rockdale resident died in a shooting outside a local tavern and Burleson County authorities arrested the suspect near Caldwell.

With local physicians working extra hours to staff the emergency room at Richards Memorial Hospital, RMH administration signed a contract to provide 24/7 ER coverage to allow local doctors to concentrate on their clinic practices.

A survey commissioned by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce indicated that local residents generally supported Rockdale merchants when possible.

Rockdale took Groesbeck’s new wishbone offense apart in a 21-6 football victory over the goats.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A 45-mile chase from Rockdale to Manor ended with the arrest of a 20-year Rockdale woman and involved more than a dozen patrol cars from three municipalities.

For the first time, a spokesman for Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations hinted the long- term future of the smelter might be 4.5 potlines or less.

Latest “crime wave” in Rockdale was a rash of stolen motor vehicle inspection stickers, apparently triggered by a growing market among those who did not carry liability insurance.

A block party downtown was scheduled to honor Rockdale volunteer firefighters who battled the blaze that destroyed Arledge Antiques and Ballard Carpets Etc. the previous fall.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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