Column published Nov. 9, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Professor Herbert Pryor, Superintendent of the Mexico Public Schools, will discuss the subject "The Administrative Phase Should Be Reconstructed" in the public schools at State Teachers Meeting. This subject is in line with what Prof. Pryor is attempting to do for the Mexico Public Schools... A large and delighted audience heard Miss Laura Robertson in her song recital at the Christian Church Friday evening. The program was opened with a beautiful song from Carmen. The group of difficult French songs were sung in an artistic manner and were highly pleasing. Miss Robertson possesses a voice of beautiful tone quality, excellent stage presence, good poise; and shows perfect finish and exceedingly good taste and style.
50 Years Ago
"Lewis Atherton, scholar, historian, teacher and author, delighted some 70 members of the Audrain County Historical Society in their annual meeting Thursday evening in the Gold Room of the Hotel Hoxsey with a most fascinating and delightful address on the early small-town merchant in the Middle West. Robert S. Green presided and was re-elected president of the Society. Other officers were named also. L.B. Hawthorne gave the invocation and Mr. Green introduced some of the visiting guests. Lakenan Barnes, as chairman of the nominating committee, presented the following officers and other officials who were elected by acclamation: Officers: Robert S. Green, president; Bradford Brett, vice president at large; Mrs. J.C. Parrish vice president from the eastern district; Mrs. Raymond Cox, vice president from the western district; Mize Morris secretary; and Mrs. L.A. Scott, treasurer...The Abby Llewellyn Snoddy Music Club announced that Perry Parrigan, professor of organ instruction at Missouri University, will be guest organist for the presentation of "The Messiah," Dec. 2." He will be present at the practice of the chorus Sunday at the regular time, 3-4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church will Bob Bader directing."
25 Years Ago
"The 1968 municipal primary and general elections are expected to provide the major topic of discussion at tonight's Mexico City Council meeting. At a study session after the Oct. 26 meeting, the council decided a primary election should be held if more than four candidates filed for the two upcoming council vacancies. At tonight's meeting, the council will look at an ordinance conditionally establishing March 8 as the city primary date. The ordinance also would set April 5 as the general election date and establishing the deadlines for candidate filing...Two hundred fifty-five Missouri Military Academy alumni and wives from 14 states and Venezuela enjoyed the schools traditional Homecoming festivities Saturday, including a hard-fought 7-6 football victory by the Colonels over Kemper Military School. The cadet corps, president, coaches and team captains of both schools met in the traditional pre- and post-game ceremonies in which MMA was awarded the Gold Football, symbol of the victory, for the 18th consecutive time."
10 Years Ago
"Mexico farmer and newly elected State Representative of the 21st District, Steve Hobbs is not only dealing with the excitement of being a first-time legislator in the Missouri House of Representatives, but he's also entering into a session in which the GOP has total control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in 54 years. So you'll excuse Hobbs if he sounds like a well ... freshmen. "Everything's going to be all new. It's pretty cool, it's exciting and a little scary," said Hobbs, who is one of 56 freshman GOP representative voted in by Missouri voters on Tuesday. But Hobbs said he didn't have time to think about being a newcomer. Hours after the official election results were released Hobbs traveled to Jefferson City on Wednesday where he was already being put to work. On Wednesday the House held a lottery for office assignments and applied for several different committees. Hobbs said he applied for higher education, mental health, and economic development committees... On Oct. 21 the Northeast Missouri Police Pistol match was held in Mexico. Teams representing the police departments of Moberly, Kirksville and the Mexico PSD competed in the match. Mexico PSD won the match and captured the top three places in individual scoring. They are first place, Officer Justin Jobe; second, Officer Jason Staddie; and third, Lt. Brian Schmidt. Other participants included public safety officers Tom Fair, Tom Gruenberg, Darren Price, training officer Russ Blanke and PSO Chad Craghead."
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