Column published October 18, 2010 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
“If you want the patronage of the public, you should invite the same through your local papers. ... Don’t find fault because you are not being patronized when you have never advertised. ... Mexico should have the biggest trade this fall we have ever had and our merchants are prepared to handle it right. ... It is claimed that Paul Weber and family have gone to Germany by way of Panama. Paul sold his garage and we guess won’t ‘come back,’ although in letters to friends he writes he is going to return and ‘help make (Mexico) a city.’ Chas. Johnson, a corporal in Co. L, 5th Mo. Volunteers, for the Spanish-American War, has just received $31.75 back pay from the government.’’
50 Years Ago
“A near-record crowd of nearly 1,100 parents and friends is expected here this weekend for Missouri Military Academy’s 13th annual Dad’s Weekend. Three days of events have been scheduled for the visitors who will represent 28 states and five foreign countries. The events include conferences, competitive drills, battalion review, two football games, inspections, a formal ball and a special vespers service. ... A staunch Kennedy supporter surprised some of his friends the other day by wearing a Nixon pin on the lapel of his coat. He was surprised himself when someone mentioned it to him. Some of his employees had played a joke on him by putting the Nixon button on his coat and, unobserving, he wore it several hours.”
25 Years Ago
“Windows at the Paradise Donut Shop have been painted up to celebrate the Show-Me Series (between the Cardinals and the Royals). ... Mark Lewis, principal at Eugene Field School, was seeing red this morning – everywhere he looked. The teachers and student body at the Mexico elementary school conspired secretly against the ‘only Royals fan in the building’ to give him a surprise this morning. ... Can you ever recall a Friday before a Mizzou-Nebraska game during which so many tickets were being offered with so few takers?”
10 Years Ago
“Launching 22 of the game’s 24 shots on goal, Mexico High School soccer boys returned to action Tuesday at the MJHS fields with a 4-0 decision over Kemper Military Academy. ‘It was Senior Night, and I made sure everybody got a lot of playing time. Even so, we probably should have had more goals with 22 shots and probably an equal number that went wide,’ Bulldog coach Brad Ellebracht remarked.”

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