Column published Nov. 28, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Hamilton McKinley, formerly of this city, and his brother-in-law Wm. Ramon, also formerly of this city, met for the first time Friday, since the Spanish-American War, when both of them were members of Co. L from this city. Before and during the war they were great friends but since the war Eagan has been in the hotel business in the West, while McKinley has been traveling for the Elgin Watch Co. Mr. Eagan will be here several weeks, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McKinley."
50 Years Ago
"A reorganization meeting was held here last night to merge the American Red Cross chapters of Audrain and Montgomery counties. Officials said the merger is one of several being undertaken in the state and that better services can be rendered while at the same time controlling expenses. Ralph Johnson of Mexico, who has served as chairman of the Audrain County chapter, was elected chairman of the newly organized Audrain-Montgomery Chapter. Burton Smith of Wellsville is vice-chairman; Mrs. James Gallaher of Mexico, secretary; Mrs. Paul B. Jeude, Mexico, treasurer."
25 Years Ago
"Dale Schnarre, farm management specialist for the University of Missouri Extension Center in Audrain County, will conduct a tax management meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Community Room of the Audrain County Courthouse. Mr. Schnarre said the meeting will focus on various tax issues affecting farmers, including prepaid expenses, preproduction expenses, payment-in-kind certificates, and other ways to minimize 1987 income tax payments for farmers."
10 Years Ago
Paul and Judy Koelling once again offered free Thanksgiving dinner to anyone in the community. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings was held at Koelling's Hall. The annual event takes several volunteers to make it a success. According to Paul Koelling, they served approximately 565 dinners with 185 being delivered. Among the more than 100 volunteers were children from first grade on up. "The kids were fantastic and really worked hard" stated Koelling. This was the sixth year for the dinner. The food that was left over was delivered to Mexico Manor Nursing Home."
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