Column published Nov. 14, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"J.C. King has purchased of J.L. Sopher the stock of groceries and meat market that Mr. Sopher purchased of Frank Sannebeck a few weeks ago. Mr. King will carry an up-to-date stock of groceries and meats and intends to make some improvements. Mr. Spoher is undecided as to his future plans, but for the present at least he intends to remain in Mexico."
50 Years Ago
"Williams Azdell of Rush Hill is one of seven outstanding Missouri 4-H club members announced today as winners of trips to the national 4-H Club Congress in Chicago Nov. 25-29. The expense-paid trip award recognizes the Audrain Countian's achievements in 4-H as winner in the livestock project. The Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad is sponsor for his award. Azdell is a student at the University of Missouri. In nine years of club work, he has been in the ewe and lamb project every year. He now has 54 ewes, two rams, five yearlings and 70 lambs. He served as assistant project leader in ewe and lamb one year and he now is project leader in field crops."
25 Years Ago
"A special ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the site of the new bridge located northwest of Mexico, one and a half miles south of Rowena. The new structure, which is over Goodwater Creek, is a three-span 33-by-40-by-33-foot prestressed concrete double tee girder bridge with a 22-foot roadway width. It was constructed at a cost of about $156,000 with 20 percent of the money from county revenue and 80 percent from federal gas tax funds."
10 Years Ago
"A committee made up primarily of Mexico coaches presented a proposal to the school board in a special study session on Tuesday that would raise coaches salaries for the district. The proposal asks for a total of $31,113 in pay raises for the 63 coaching positions in the district. The committee conducted a survey of eleven randomly selected schools in the state, similar to Mexico, based on size, location and makeup. District Superintendent Lloyd Little said that he and the board members would begin to look over the proposal but that no recommendations would be made until more details were revealed about next year's budget."
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