Column published Nov. 15, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"W.T. Wasel, of the Agronomy Department of the Missouri State Agriculture School in Columbia Friday judged the corn in the Mexico Commercial Club's corn growing contest. Fifty dollars was offered for the best corn and fifty dollars for the largest yield per acre. Both were divided into $25, $15 and $10 awards."
50 Years Ago
"Miss Judy Hesterberg, a first year student at Williams Woods College in Fulton, has been named one of the two squad leaders of the 20-member dance-twirling team organized this year at the college. The girls are selected for the position on a basis of their dancing as well as their twirling ability. The other squad leader is Miss Sally Sikes of Sikeston with Miss Cindy Walter of Hollywood, Fla., as the drum major for the "Woodettes."
25 Years Ago
"The five-member board of directors of Water District No. 1 met Thursday night to discuss alternatives in the controversy surrounding the proposed installation of fire hydrants in the Rivers Addition. The addition, annexed into the city in 1974, is undergoing renovation funded through a $565,000 community Block Grant. Planned public facilities improvements included construction of a new concrete streets, improvements to the storm drainage system and installation of the hydrants."
10 Years Ago
"Ruth Ann Menneke, director of Volunteer Services, has earned the 2002 "Award for Excellence for an In-House Health Care Volunteer Program," from the Missouri Association of Directors of Volunteer Services. Under Menneke's leadership, hospital staff recruited a new auxiliary member, Linda Trembath, to oversee daily operations and management of the gift shop. This strategy proved profitable and the gift shop experienced a 189 percent increase in sales from 1999 to 2001."
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