Column published Oct. 12, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Dr. H.E. Tralle of Hardin College delivered the first of a series of 24 lectures in the Mexico Sunday School Institute at the First Baptist church Thursday night. Dr. Tralle is one of the ablest Bible students in Missouri and his lectures are always instructive as well as interesting. At the close of the lecture, the study classes of the Institute were organized. One of these classes will study methods of Sunday School teaching under the direction of Dr. Tralle. There will be lessons in child psychology, the training of instincts, the planning of the lesson, getting and holding attention, enlisting the self-activities of the pupils through hard work, writing, etc. A textbook will be used and there will be references to the up-to-date literature on the subject. This is a general course, covering the whole matter of Sunday School teaching and is designed to meet the needs of actual and prospective teachers of all grades ... For a good many years October 4th has been a gala day for Mrs. Thad Threlkeld of Mexico, and Mrs. Lou Craig of Callaway Station. They celebrate this day together, no matter how far they travel, because they both first saw the light of day on this date. Last Friday the event was celebrated in Mexico, at the home of Mrs. Threlkeld."
50 Years Ago
"A heat wave that yesterday shot temperatures in Mexico and many other Missouri towns to 90 degrees, the hottest Oct. 11 on record, was hit by a cool front today and brought rain and thunderstorms over much of the state. But the Kansas City weather bureau says the relief from the unseasonable temperatures will not be for long. For the next five days the temperatures are forecast to average 5 to 10 degrees above normal. The area will have temperatures in the 80s again tomorrow. ... Audrain farmers without wheat allotments but who have planted 15 acres of wheat are safe now. President Kennedy this morning signed a bill amending the farm law passed last month to allow farmers to plant up to 15 acres. Many Audrain wheat growers are expected to sign up for the wheat acreage reserve program."
25 Years Ago
"The issue of whether property along Highway 54 East should be rezoned from residential to commercial will again come under scrutiny at tonight's City Council meeting. The rezoning request involves property located on the south side of Highway 54 near Route JJ. It was submitted last month by property owners E. Randall Gruber, Jim V. Angel and John F. Oliver, who have stated that they have no immediate plans for commercial development should the rezoning be approved. In a public hearing Sept. 28, objections were voiced by one resident owning land on Highway 54 and several living in the nearby Rivers Addition. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended passage of the ordinance, which received first and second readings at the Sept. 28 council meeting. One councilman voted against the first reading, with two voting against the second."
10 Years Ago
"In a press release Friday, Audrain Medical Center announced the need to reduce operating expenses by $500,000 from October through December 2002. The news release states: 'The expected increase in patient volume that normally follows our summer slowdown has not occurred' stated Douglas R. Trembath, President/CEO. 'Like any household or small business, we must adjust our expenses to match our income. These actions are not unique to hospitals and must be undertaken in order to ensure our financial integrity ... More than 150 Special Olympics athletes representing 17 counties competed in the 2002 Northeast Area Indoor Classic on Saturday at Mexico Lanes. The athletes were competing to qualify for the state tournament to be held Nov. 22-24 in St. Joseph. Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation or other closely related developmental disabilities. The Northeast Area consists of 433 athletes, approximately 20 active agencies and more than 400 active volunteers."
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