Column published Nov. 16, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"At an adjourned session of the City Council Friday evening, City Engineer E.F. Ketter was instructed to have plans and specifications and prepare an estimate of cost of a subway under the Chicago and Alton and the Wabash railroads at the Western avenue crossing. City Engineer Ketter was instructed to make separate plans and specifications so as to show separately the portion embraced by the Wabash, the Chicago & Alton and the city and to make separate estimates of each. This action was taken after a motion by J.O. Tinsley had been adopted and in accordance with the opinion rendered by City Attorney David Robertson. Mr. Robertson said it would be possible to have that part of the subway on the railroads' right of way constructed at the railroads' expense. However, to do this, Mr. Robertson said it would be necessary to pass a resolution setting out the necessity therefore and the reasons for such necessity, ordering the railroads to construct such a subway, and embodying in the resolution an order complete with city engineer's specifications."
50 Years Ago
"A Centralia man was seriously injured in a collision of his pickup truck and a car at the Jefferson Street crossing at Highway 22 at 8:35 a.m. today. Joe A. Robinson, 32, was admitted to Audrain Hospital where attendants said he had suffered a fractured skull, broken nose, broken collarbone and head lacerations. He was thrown from his Convair truck at the north edge of the concrete pavement. ... Mexico's new high school gymnasium and fourth-story classroom, cafeteria and library addition will be dedicated in ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday. An open house will be conducted after the program by members of the student council. William Courtney, chairman of the citizens' advisory committee, which served before the bond issue election where funds for construction were provided, will give the dedicatory address. William B. Nowell, vice president of the board of education will preside over the dedication program to be held in the gymnasium. Music will be provided by the Dixie Grey Band, directed by John Willer. Supt. L. Buford Thomas will introduce dignitaries present, and Assistant Commissioner of Education Delma A. Cobble will bring greetings from the state department of education. The bond issue to finance the construction was voted in October 1960. Construction started the next spring."
25 Years Ago
"Mexico's educators have a full week of activities planned in observance of American Education Week, Nov. 15-21. This year's theme is "We the People Build Schools Together." In accordance with that theme, teachers are encouraging a variety of activities to be shared among students, parents and the community. High School Principal Jerrold Robison, co-chairman of the Community Teachers Association Public Relations Committee, said information on education will be distributed throughout town during the week, and students will be participating in education week-related activities. Two schools will be sponsoring parents and community leaders as teachers, guest speakers and teachers' assistants. American Education Week displays have been installed in the windows of several local businesses, and student artwork from Mexico Junior High and Hawthorne Elementary will be on display at Aardvark Video and Erdel & Wood Home Improvement Center, respectively. In a "road block" on Saturday, teachers distributed thank you notes to Mexico patrons for their support of the public school systems."
10 Years Ago
"Seventh-grader Jonah Kruger has plastic wrap around his sunglasses, cottonballs in his ears, and a brace on his knees, which makes it a struggle as he limps his way around the obstacle course on crutches. But that's exactly what the Healthworks staff has in mind. "Now do you know why grandpa and grandma might be a little slower than you?" Healthworks physical therapist Diana Johnson asks Diana Henage's class. The activity is part of a month-long collaboration between the Mexico Junior High Seagul program and Audrain Medical Center's Healthworks Rehabilitation Service area. During the month of November, several sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes are taking field trips to Healthworks to experience hands-on learning about exercise and fitness. ... City of Mexico Parks and Recreation Department personnel decorated the Village Square for the Christmas season on Thursday. ... A 60-day notice for massive layoffs was posted inside the troubled National Refractories and Minerals plant in Mexico, according to sources. The notice is required by federal law called the Worker and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). According to U.S. Department of Labor documents WARN offers protections to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs."
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