The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 96, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 19, 1968 Page: 2 of 15
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What's In It For Me?
Somewhere along the line in the last
few years, we as a people seem to have
developed a sad sense of values.
The late President John Kennedy’s im-
mortal words, "Ask not what your coun-
try can do lor you. ask what you can. do
for your country." now have a hollow
ring. Everybody wants to get in the act
. . . and the act is seeing how much we
can get out of the government.
In the early days of the United States
the idea of service to country was fore-
most in the minds of our forefathers.
Today, we have developed a habit of con-
tinually asking ourselves, or someone,
“What can I get? I deserve more. The
whole world owes me!”
It is an unhealthy situation.
fred Pool, president of the East Texas
Chamber of Commerce, put it pretty well
when he asked, “By what virtue do we
deserve that'which we have not earned?”
“Does the child ‘deserve’ to be the
parent? Does the criminal ‘deserve’ the
protection of a society whose rights he
would destroy? Does the incompetent
‘deserve’ to be the presidenPof the com-
pany? Does the jobless ‘deserve’ a hand-
out simply bcause his joblessness is a di-
rect result of his own refusal to work at
something which he does not prefer?”
What has happened to the old fashion-
ed idea of “earning?” It’s the surest way
we know to deserve something.
.00 YOU REMEMBER?—
10, 20 and 40 Years Ago
FROM THE FILES OF THE REPORTER--
Za—ROCKDALE (Tax.) REPORTER Sapt. 19. 1968
—A TIRED FARMER IN A SILLY WORtD—
TEN YEARS AGO
Ten years ago the body of a
23-year-old Cause man was
found on the Mo-Par tracks
about a mite west of Cause by
a train crew. He had apparent-
ly been rtitick by a train.
We re Crazy, Mixed Up People
The other night1 kt the Cotton Bowl
we lingered after the game was over for
the crowd to thin 1 out.
Suddenly we spied two teen-age boy's
racing the length of the football field
with a policerfiith in hot pursuit. As the
boys neared the end of the field, two
policemen headed them off and took
them into custody.
It was reasonable to assume the two
fleeing hoys had
races out in pi
But guess who the crowd in the stands
The boys, of coursg.
The policemen were booed lustily by,
adults in the crowd. Thev didn’t lcnow
what tbe boys had done, but the police-
men were judged and condemned im-
meditelv as being in the wrhng.
Yet the adults in the stands that even-
ing are the same ones who deplore the
breakdown in law and order in our coun-
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Entered as second class matter July 10. 1902, at . the
post office at Rockdale. Texas 7R587. under the Act of
March 9. 1887 Published Every Thursday.
try. They are the ones who wail long
and loud about the ihcrease in crime in
our nation. They want something done
about it. They blame the police for in-
- Sure, the two boys who raced across
the football field hadn’t committed any
major crime. They had stepped on to
the field where the' announcer on the
loud speaker had repeatedly warned
the | policeman. They stayed and when
the officer attempted to move them,
they ran. And. we understand, after they
were caught they were given a talking
to and let go.
" A srriall incident?
Yes. but one packed with considerable
Is it any wonder we have d breakdown
in law and order when, alrripst to a man,
a crowd of several' thousand takes the
side of the wrong doer over the police-
Is it any wonder our young people* are
confused when they witness adults . . .
and oftentimes their own parents, mak-
ing heroes of the ones guilty of infrac-
tions and booing the representatives of
law and order?
We can well imagine how confused
these youths must have been over the
Incident because In spite of our age, we
“were confused too.
Yes, the incident in the Cotton Bowl
was a very small one indeed; but it
serves as a symbol of the permissive at-
titude that is prevailing in our nation to-
\Ve place the responsibility of keeping
law and order in the hands of law en.
forcement officers, then hamper them
and spirtually oppose them, when they
do their duty.
We’re a crazy, mixed up people and
goodness knows when, if ever, we’ll
come to our senses.—Lewisville Leader.
Ten yvars ago an industrial
survey was made in Rockdale
by the Texas Power & Light
Co.,„ through the Chamber of
Commerce. The company’*
tdimtmtg <tejjaiim.nl, tuRow-
ing the »urvey, advised Rock-
dale, "Identify yourselves with
aluminum and Alcoa, seek new
small industries complemen-
tary to Alcoa and expand the
Twenty years ago the new
YMB1. »cales were installed
ami inspected by the state and
given an official okay.
rORTY YEARS AGO
Forty years ago the RHS Tig-
er* were anticipating a suc-
cessful season with 30
reporting to new Coach Bill
Erwin. “One of the fastest
teams in several years" was an-
ticipated but the team wa.v
1 tab »_____
■RHpHVh*.,. .... —■—:—•*— —
Forty years ago it was im-
ported that 1920 was Milam
County’s biggeat cotton year
when VI,011 bales were pro-
duced Tiie 1927 • latest report|i
Forty year* ago Jesse Davis,
men] 30. drowned in Little River
Foify years ago Thorndale
Commercial Club was plan-
ning an annual Community
Forty years ago Gwernor
Forty years ago J. W. Gra-
Dnn Moody of Texas announc-1 bein ojicned a new Radio A
ed publicly he would support Battery Shop in Rockdale,
the presidency of A1 Smith. He
tary to Alcoa and expand the the presidency oi /\i winm. nr .
city water and sewage ffccili- said hope for prohibition was j , Forty years ago Ja< onre
ties." Ten suggested industrial strictly within the Democratic j announced^ ^the
sites were in the leport.
New Program is
Opened for 4-H
as 4-H members have a new
project to work on this year.,
It is the Petroleum Power pro-
gram, says Henry O’Neal. Ex-
tension agricultural engineer.
The program includes projects
bn both small engines and
The Small Engines project
is divided' into three units, be-
ginning with small engine’
power. The next two units are
two-stroke cycle engines and,
four-stroke cycle engines. The
4-H member will learn how to
operate and service small en-
gines, care! for them ^nd
make necessary minor adjust-
ments His experience with
two-cycle and four-cycle en-
gines will go well beyond the
power lawn mower. He will
also be able to use his me-
chanical skills on boat motors,
chain saws, pump engines,
sprayers, generators for port-
able welders and other equip-
ment, as well as cars and
tractors. The 4-H’er may be
able to help his father brush
up on his mechanical skills
too, says the engineer.
The Tractor projects arc still
the same as before, since they
have been popular with 4-
H’ers for many years, says
O’Neal. This part of the pro-
gram emphasizes safety, care
and maintenance, and also pro-
vides training and experience
need fed by efficient operators,.
The project is a four year pro-
gram which starts with the
member getting acquainted
with the tractor, and then go-
ing to safe efficient operation.
The last twq years are devoted
to improving tractor,,. skills,
and machinery care and safety.
Winners in the program may
receive awards on the county, | 27, with
state, and national level,
The main purpose of explor-
ing outer space. I’ve been
argiing, is to get man’s min:?
off his earth problems, which
are getting too big for him to
But the trouble is that man
has’ a knack of carrying his
problems with him. -----
For example, Tread in a fat
Sunday issue of Tbe Houston
Chronicle last night which I’d.
been saving to use as a boot in
a tractor tin—a friend from
town told me just the other
day I ought to get a new trac-
tor, the one I’m using is a dis-
grace to the farming profes-
suggestion, that tractor may
look disreputable but it’s in
better financial shape than Bu
U. S. Government, the British
Empire, the Republic of
France, the Soviet Union, or
any other debt-ridden govern-
ment you can name—at any
rate, to pick up tbe sentence
again, 1 read that up to now
there have been 3,344 objectsl
lofted into space bv man.
Of this ‘number, 1,292 are
still orbiting, some of them for
as long as 10 years, with 343
considered satellite payloads
and 949 as space junk.
You see what.I’m getting at’’
Already, man has 949 pieces
of junk sailing around n space
and the exploraton is still in
its early days.
Ten years from now there
may bg-thousands of satellites
and their booster engines and
other junk sailing around out
there, cluttering up-space’like
automobiles and junk yards in
Then of course there will
be a move on to do something
the outer space traffic
snarl-up. and garden dubs will
be called on to plant shrubbery
around the orbiting junk yards,
an undertaking 1 wiH be jpiad
to let the women tackle.
n wITl be Interesting to sec
how far out man can clutter
up space. Whilel I understand
space is limitless, still you’ve
got to remember man has a
limitless capacity for Utter.
so the contest -could go on
- But I'm not really a pessi-
mi'st. Man does learn. Y< ■
won't catch hint polluting any
rivers or lakes in outer space.
Ten years ago L. P. (Tommy)
Thompson was named presi-
dent of the Rockdale Girl
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Twenty years agd plans for
$120,000 in improvements to
the city water and sewer plants
were being proposed by the
city council A new deep water
| well was in the plans.
— Twenty—years-—ago --enroll-
ment at Rockdale Pi|blic
Schools was 550 the first day,
according to Sopt.^CrM. Sel-
Twenty years ago Coach j
Graham Kyle's RHS Tigers
shot -down. Holland 38-0 in an ]
easy opening game. Lexington
waf next on the schedule. That
opener was a conference game.
The Lexingtoh game was to be j
«a| ot only .two nwi-jiabid
tilts lor RHS.
From Peru Meet
Knights of Columbus
SUN., SEPT. 29,1968
KC Hall & and Bowling Lanes
Starts 2p. m.
Games - Refreshments * Eats
Homemade Sausage (Slovacek's) Bar-B-Q Chicken
Meals Served 4:30 to 8 p. B
Plate: Adults $1.25 — Children 75c
PLATES TO GO — PLENTY OF FOOD
By W. R. POAGE
and I just got in List ■
from- Lima. Peru, where- we-f
attended an Intor-parliameh-
tary Union Conference.
J felt the Conference was a
great success from our stand-I
point. Day before yesterday']
the Political Committee recom- ;
mended a resolution -ronnemn-
ing the invasion of Czechoslo- ,
vakia and expressing sympathy j
for tlx? Czechoslovakian peos j
pie. The Russians walked out
of the Committee and did not
again attend the conference.
Yesterday we voted 505 to |
35 abstentions to ap- j
prove this resolution. It is j
the clearest condemnation of j
the Russian action in ^Czechos- j
lovakia that has been passed ,
by any international confer-1
cnce. Earlier the Conference j
had restored membership to
South Vietnam over the protest
of the communist.
I also took advantage -of-the-
opportunity while in .Peru to
visit the Minister of Agricul-
ture, who, incidentally, is a
Texas A&M man, to urge that,
they buy American rice. They
are going to have to buy a
substantial amount of rice this
year because of wide-spread
drought. The Red Chinese ara
offering it at $19 a ton leM
than we are.
vi - o
Head Coach and
Morning at 7:45 a. m.
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Cooke, J. W. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 96, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 19, 1968, newspaper, September 19, 1968; Rockdale, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth864239/m1/2/: accessed January 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library.