Column published September 18, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Crops being excellent, the nation faces the presidential campaign with perfect equanimity. ... It will pay you to read every advertisement in The Mexico Ledger, daily and weekly. Advertisers are the merchants who want their patrons to know about their goods and the prices. This is the kind of people you want to deal with. There is no necessity for your sending your money to mail order houses when you have merchants right here at home, who make prices right."
50 Years Ago
"Charles Poland, who had been on the police force here for about four years, submitted his resignation to police Chief Earl Jones and went to work in St. Louis this morning, Jones said. For about a year, Poland had been a sergeant in the police department. He has taken a position as a receiving clerk for the Springmier Shipping Co., the police chief reported. ... A manpower needs survey will be conducted in Audrain and Montgomery counties, beginning tomorrow. It is the first of its kind in Missouri. The purpose of the survey is to obtain more information on the need for training in some occupations."
25 Years Ago
"How many more times are you going to have to mow your lawn this fall? ... Robert R. Buckner, administrator of the Missouri Veterans' Home in Mexico, has been appointed to the office of management coordinator for state veterans homes. Replacing Mr. Buckner as administrator will be Robert K. Bohrer, former accountant and business manager for that facility. Mr. Bohrer has worked at the Mexico facility since prior to its opening in 1985."
10 Years Ago
"Results released at Tuesday's Mexico School Board meeting from the Missouri Assessment Program exams show Mexico performing above the state average in all but two categories. The MAP test was given last spring to 500,000 public school students throughout the state. Mexico mostly followed state trends by posting increased scores in reading and science and dropping in math. Mexico saw improvement by 3 percent in 12 areas. On the other hand, there were 10 areas in which scores dropped by at least 3 percent."
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