Column published Oct. 27, 2010 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
“The South and North Side schools of Mexico have organized athletic association class football teams and are organizing class basketball teams. Two new basketball courts have just been put in at the North Side School. The champions of the two schools in football will play for the championship of Mexico within the next week or 10 days. Miss Durkee is basketball coach for both boys and girls at the North Side School. On the South Side, the basketball coach is Ralph Wayne of McMillan High School.”
50 Years Ago
“The Audrain County draft board now has five members, it was announced today. Bryan S. English Jr., of Vandalia, a real estate man, and Dale Sumpter, a Mexico rural mail carrier, have been appointed as the extra men. The holdover members are Raymond Smiley and Floyd Crews of Mexico and Otis Ash of Vandalia. ... Sometimes you have a small, fast basketball team, and other times you have a big,, slow team. Rarely does a coach have a big, fast team. Coach Don Williams has the big team at Paris High, but he’s troubled by a lack of git. But the Coyotes, winners of the Salt River Conference crown last year, are at least an even choice to repeat the triumph this season.”
25 Years Ago
“More than 400 people attended the dinner auction at St. Brendan Catholic Church on Friday night. ... National Refractories’ Mexico plant was featured in a major story in the Sunday St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The article was the lead story in the business section. ... Well, how did you spend your extra hour Sunday during the annual 25-hour day? Bet most people slept an hour longer, or at least tried to do so. ... Is this the last day of ‘Indian summer’?”
10 Years Ago
“A downtown building experienced structural problems last week. According to city staff, the problem could have been prevented had the buildings’ owners participated in a voluntary building inspection program earlier this year. The common wall between Ann’s Fashions and 115 West, located on Monroe Street, partially collapsed when two of the three layers of the wall collapsed and left a 10x12-foot hole. There were no injuries.”

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