Column published Sept. 26, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Mrs. Geo. Randall and brother, J.T. Finks, of San Francisco, are visiting relatives and friends in St. Louis this week. ... Joe Rediger shipped 1250 bu. of oats to his farm in Southeast Missouri recently. He paid 30 cents a bushel for them ... Joseph A. Glandon has gone to Sedalia, Mo., where he will act as official clerk of the race course during the big State Fair ... The cold wave that reached this section early Wednesday morning is an echo of the snowstorms raging in portions of North Dakota and Minnesota ... Several children have been made very ill this fall by eating sample pills which have been thrown on doorsteps of their homes. The little ones believing them candy ate the medicine without fear of any dangerous results and in consequence suffered severely. Several residents of this city whose children were endangered in this manner want the city to pass an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of sample packages in this manner ... The Mexico Ledger would like to have one hundred new subscribers to the Democratic campaign fund during the next ten days. The money for this campaign is being voluntarily paid by rank and file of the party ... Frank R. Jesse, of this city, was elected Grand Lodge of Ancient and Accepted Masons at the closing session of the Grand Lodge Thursday in St. Louis. That metropolis was chosen as the meeting place in 1912. Several Mexico Masons attend the St. Louis meeting this week ... Many samples of horse nettle and buffalo burr have come to our office this summer. These two striking weeds are closely related, both being degenerate cousins of the potato. Both bear yellow flowers shaped like potato or tomato flowers. Horse nettle is one of our very worst weeds, especially in the southern half of our territory. To kill horse nettle, methods must be adopted as for Canada thistle and quack grass, which will smother out the pest. Buffalo burr is a Western prairie weed which will not cause serious trouble where clean cultivation is practiced. All that is necessary to prevent its spreading is to cut it off below the surface of the ground before it goes to seed.
50 Years Ago
"Work on the sanitary sewer in the Garfield Heights subdivision has been completed and work will get underway now on the storm sewer system, City Manager Robert Semple said today. Paving has been completed on sections of several streets in the Urban Renewal area in southeast Mexico and city street crews are now grading and adjusting driveways and sidewalks in some areas. The first load of steel for construction of more housing units, a community building and a Housing Authority adminstration building arrived today, according to L.A. Daugherty, housing director ... A fire that broke out in the exhaust system of the Monterey Restaurant last night forced a roomful of diners to leave their meals unfinished. Grease in the exhaust caught fire and spread into the attic. Bob Hook, owner, said today damage had not been estimated. The diners continued to eat even after the fire was discovered, but when it spread into the attic timbers most of them got up and left. Two women eating fish remained and had to be asked to leave, employees said ... City street department crews are at work on sealing the north-south runway at the Municipal Airport. Engineering work has been done preparatory to making improvements on the east-west taxiway also, according to City Manager Robert Semple. The taxiway will be built up about a foot and the 400-foot strip will be resurfaced. Last winter the taxiway area became almost impassable for planes when the collapsed surface became muddy.
25 Years Ago
"Anyone who has a permanent disabled-person parking placard must exchange the placard for a disabled-person card by Oct. 1, Department of Revenue officials have announced. After Oct. 1 the old placards will no longer be valid. Disabled-person placards have been issued to handi-capped motorists since 1982 to designate special parking privileges. They are 6-inch-by-12-inch heavyweight paper signs with the word "Disabled" and the international access symbol printed in white on blue. Until recently, the Department of Revenue has not required motorists to renew the placards. But changes in state statutes enacted during the 1986 legislative session have mandated that drivers must reapply yearly for disabled-person parking privileges. As a result, the placards are being replaced with 3-inch-by-5-inch plastic cards, to be displayed on the dashboard or hung from the sun visor or inside rearview mirror. The cards will come affixed with a renewable dated tab similar to that used on license plates. Also new this year is the issuance of temporary disabled-person cards to people with physical disabilities that are not expected to be permanent and will not continue more than 180 days."
10 Years Ago
"Perhaps not surprisingly, Proposition A is not a favorite among local smokers. 'No way I'm voting for it,' said longtime smoker James Hinson, who will pay 55 cents more per package of cigarettes in Mexico if the measure passes. The tax, which will be voted on in the Nov. 5 state election, will raise the cigarette tax from 17 cents to 72 cents. Proposition A could result in consumers paying more than $4 for a pack of cigarettes. Currently the average price for a package of cigarettes in Missouri is $3.10. A pack of name brand cigarettes in Mexico costs approximately $3.42, and generic cigarettes cost about $2.12 ... As part of a financial turnaround plan, the Audrain Medical Center Board of Directors approved changes in outpatient behavioral health, and home health and hospice services at the Sept. 26 board meeting. This action is consistent with a previously announced decision to concentrate on core services at AMC and seek specialty providers to assume responsibility for the delivery of related but non-core services.

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