Commentary

LOOKING BACK

10-20-40-100 YEARS AGO

100 YEARS AGO....

The Rockdale Benevolent Association was formed to consolidate the charity efforts of several existing entities.

Driller Dave Hornbeck told The Reporter developments in the Rockdale Oil Field were expected after drillers got through a tough section of underground rock.

Two steel bridges over the Brazos River in Robertson County, replacing structures washed away by the December, 1913, flood, were in the planning stages.

Gaither Motor Co. advertised it was selling the “Oakland Motor Car—The Car With a Conscience.”

FORTY YEARS AGO....

Alcoa and United Steelworkers of America signed a new 40-month labor contract that affected 1,400 employees of Rockdale Works.

There was a three-man race for Precinct 3 constable in the 1974 Democratic Primary with incumbent Ed Sexton Jr., Doug Leystra and J. T. Morgan.

H. H. Coffield of Rockdale was honored as “Texan of the Year” by the Austin Headliners Club at its annual awards party.

For the second time in two meetings, Gerald Adams’ Tiger cagers edged zone favorite Taylor, winning 55-53.

TWENTY YEARS AGO....

Michael Drone of Cameron received a life sentence for the 1993 stabbing death of 88-year-old Elsie Fuller in Cameron.

Alcoa’s request to privatize a 2.4-mile section of FM 1786 near Rockdale Operations, received conditional approval from the Texas Transportation Commission.

Milam County Commissioners called March 15 for Rockdale voters to decide if they wanted to create a hospital district and enact a half-cent sales tax for the facility.

Snow and sleet played havoc with the opening of Rockdale’s “spring sports” year, suspending a tennis tourney and interfering with baseball practices.

TEN YEARS AGO....

A total of 200 applications had been received for the Rockdale ISD head football coach/athletic director position being vacated by Casey Creghan.

A 12-year-old Hearne resident was killed when the motorcycle on which he was a passenger skidded on US 79 two miles from Rockdale.

Musical equipment was taken in a break-in at a Gause church, according to the Milam County Sheriff’s department.

Stryker Sulak, RHS senior and blue-chip football recruit, signed a college letter of intent to play at the University of Missouri.


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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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