Column published Nov. 12, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"The subway question and the opening of Washington street across the railroads were not considered at the Council meeting Monday evening, but will be taken up at the adjourned session of the Council next Friday evening. Mayor Willard Potts presided at the regular session Monday evening. Councilmen C.A. Rothwell, Tinsley and Atkinson were present. F.M. Williams, sexton of Elmwood cemetery, reported 10 burials in the last month."
50 Years Ago
"Two men plummeted 60 feet down the inside of the Missouri Power ad Light Co. smokestack Saturday afternoon, falling on bricks at the bottom. One fell across a steel drum and suffered a broken back. Audrain Hospital reported today that the conditions of Richard Simpson and Bobby Joe Lindsay, both of East St. Louis, are satisfactory. The full extent of the injuries is not known however."
25 Years Ago
"In a 40-minute meeting Wednesday night, Mexico Board of Education members heard an update on the current facilities and grounds improvement program and selected an auditor for the 1987-88 fiscal year. Administrative assistant Steve Pharr told the board that asbestos removal, grounds improvement and painting at the district's schools is essentially complete. The improvements were financed by a $1.75 million bond issue approved in February 1985. Mr. Pharr told the board an elevator at the high school has continued to leak hydraulic fluid and has not been put into service. Superintendent Ed Ferguson said the company that installed the device will make the required repairs at no additional cost to the district. In other action, the board approved selection of a Columbia auditing firm, Gerding, Korte & Chitwood as district auditors for the present fiscal year. The firm submitted a low bid of $3,400, $50 beneath the fee paid for last year's auditing services."
10 Years Ago
"The City Council approved a measure on Monday that would guarantee a grant in the form of a loan guarantee from the City of Mexico to the Land Clearance for Development Authority (LGRA). The loan is part of the sale of Arthur Center by Audrain Medical Center. AMC claims to have lost money on the center in the past few years."
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