Column published Nov. 29, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"The second degree staff of the Mexico Odd Fellows, which caused so much favorable comment by its work at Centralia and which is said to be one of the best teams in these state, is composed of the following men: A.G. Whitson, Alfie Owen, E.L. Hanley, E.L. Johnson, S.J. Sanford, T.S. Riley, L.M. Dozier, A.T. G. Stallings, Ken Hulen, J.F. Miller, Wm. C. Wallace, Frank McCord, Harry McGee, J.J. Woods, Paul Schultz, Harry Housterman, Amos Jenkins, L. M. Gamble, James Towson and Bert Sims."
50 Years Ago
"Warren Petersen, a member of the Jolly Workers 4-H Club, was elected president of the Audrain County Junior Leaders Organization at a meeting last night at the County 4-H Center. About 175 4-H junior leaders and parents attended the meeting and carry-in supper. Other officers elected: First vice-president, A.D. Spurling Jr., Prairie Dale 4-H; second vice-president, Charles Talbert, Merry Mixers 4-H; secretary, Lanna Wight, Busy Beavers; treasurer, John Cauthorn, B&G Hustlers."
25 Years Ago
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially for area retailers who have visions of dollars dancing in cash registers. The passing of Thanksgiving has traditionally signaled the start of the Christmas shopping season. According to sales this year, it's probably been better than the last five years for the day after Thanksgiving," said Flo Emmerich, assistant manager of Kline's Department Store. "We've had a real good response on our Coca-Cola sweatshirts, and our Reboks. Our athletic items seem to be selling real good this year." Doris Alton, manager of J.C. Penney's, said the traditional opening weekend of Christmas shopping was "actually near the same as last year. It was good, and I guess I'd say it was up a little over last year, and it's been up over the last five years."
10 Years Ago
"Based on a decided edge in fan support plus their undefeated record, the season wasn't supposed to end the way it did for the Centralia Panthers, 28-6 Losers Friday afternoon to St. Pius X in the Class 2 state championship game at the Edward Jones Dome. But among football's many positive attributed comes the understanding that life doesn't always follow your favorite script and that sometimes there's a team out there just as good, if not better, than you are - at least for a game. The 11-3 Warriors from Kansas City did all their scoring in the second quarter, holding the 13-1 Panthers off the scoreboard until Justin Armontrout's 10-yard run on the game's final play, to add to recent championships won in 2000 and 1998, thus spoiling Centralia's best season ever, not to mention the first appearance by a Ledgerland team in a state football title contest."
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