Column published Oct. 5, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"E.D. Moore of this city, was awarded the Silver Cup offered by the American Saddle Horse Breeder's Association for the best saddle horse or mare three years old or under shown to hand, at the Missouri State Fair at Sedalia September 28-October 4. Mr. Moore's Princess Eugena was considered the best therefore was awarded the trophy. ... Of the many visitors who come to this city from all parts of the United States almost everyone makes some favorable comment upon the unusually fine mercantile establishments here. They not only speak of them as being, modern in equipment but that they carry such a high-class line of goods and in consequence state this county must not only demand the best of goods' but are liberal buyers making such fine store possible ... Another enterprise that will be of great benefit to the residents of this community will shortly be established by one of our most prominent business firms. Mr. W.D. Hunter, of the Merry Optical Company, yesterday closed, a contract with the R.D. Worrell Jewelry Company, for the installation of a complete outfit of automatic les grinding machinery, including cutters, edgers, polishers and driller."
50 Years Ago
"Lt. Col. J.N. Stephens, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Stephens of 1321 E. Anderson St., was recently honored at a celebration by citizens of Masan, Korea, where he once served as mayor. On construction projects at Hialean Compound, 70 miles from Masan, Lt. Col Stephens was honored as the city's first mayor in 1945 at the end of the 40 years of Japanese rule. He wrote his parents that he returned to Masan to visit some of his former friends and many of the citizens remembered him, and in appreciation, they held the celebration. He said the Koreans look upon the end of the Japanese rule as their independence day, and celebrate the day as Americans do the Fourth of July ... Mexico's Bulldogs get a chance to see the Missouri Tigers tangle with Arizona tomorrow at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. The Bulldog Boosters are sponsoring a bus to take about 35 varsity players to the game. Bob Finley is donating the Greyhound which will leave Mexico about 11:30 a.m. Game time is 1:30 p.m."
25 Years Ago
"Ben Oligschlaeger, representing National Refractories & Miners Co. of Mexico, captured the trophy and $500 in cash as winner of the ninth annual World Championship Brick-skidding contest held Saturday in Vandalia. This was the third year he had participated in this event. He set (skid) his 380 standard-size bricks in 4 minutes 12.73 seconds. Two more National Refractories employees won second, and third place trophies and cash awards of $250 and $100. They were Steve Hildebrand with a time of 4:27.10, and Elmer Johnson with a time only .67 of a second more at 4:27.77 ... Nearly six months after its announcement that it would move into the former Tri-Wall Building at the Mexico Industrial Park to begin manufacturing corrugated shipping containers, Silverline Industries has employed 30 employees.That contrasts with earlier projects by the company, noted at an April 21 press conference, to announce its opening, that the business would employee 150. Too, the business has only one shift, while three shifts had been initially projected."
10 Years Ago
"The Dixie Gray Band played well, of course, and the queen candidates looked smart and their escorts handsome. Mexico High School cheerleaders did their part also to make homecoming 2002 a happy occasion and Bulldog fans rooted for their favorites under crisp and windy weather conditions. But not even the St. Louis Rams, the way they've been playing this season anyway, probably could have stopped the Hannibal Pirates, 47-6 winners Friday night to end a 10-game Mexico homecoming winning streak. The Class 4 Pirates, who scored in every quarter and even found the end zone with 3 seconds left in the first half, outgained Class 3 Mexico 556-126 in yards total offense. The only points the Bulldogs could muster came midway through the second quarter on a halfback pass from tailback Jay Crews to wide receiver Houston Hampton, covering 52 yards down the right side ... Skylar Harrington and Katie Pugh were chosen Little Mr. and Miss Soybean during the annual Soybean Festival. Skylar is the son of Ranshell Harrington and grandson of Denise and Randy Harrington, all of Mexico. Katie is the daughter of G.J. and Tony Pugh of Santa Fe. She is the granddaughter of Robert and Linda Pugh of Mexico and Robert and Carol Young, Santa Fe ... Jennifer Prior was recently recognized for five years of service at Finck & Associates, Inc., a private counseling firm in Mexico. Prior, who is operations manager at the firm, has been promoted several times and currently oversees all in-house functions."
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