Column published Dec. 11, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"L.B. Hawthorne, manager of the Arctic Ice and Storage Co. appeared before the Council, Monday evening, and asked that the Council take some action toward having the oil tanks, which are situated close to his ice plant, moved outside the city limits. The tanks, as was shown in the recent fire, when 6,000 gallons of oil burned in that section last Friday, are a menace to the factories and residences near there, he said, and should be moved. The Mayor promised that the matter should be given immediate attention."
50 Years Ago
"A proposal to rezone two lots on E. Holt St. from a multiple dwelling zone to a commercial zone received unanimous approval of the Mexico city council last night when first and second readings of the bill were heard. It will come up for final action Dec. 26. The action followed a public hearing on the proposed change. About a dozen persons were present with M.L. (Bob) Stephenson, owner of the property involved, and his attorney, Latney Barnes, speaking in favor of the change, and three other Holt St. property owners going on record as opposed to rezoning. Mr. Stephenson, who owns the adjoining lots on Liberty St.proposes to build a motel on the corner and has stated he needs the Holt St. lots rezoned for parking purposes."
25 Years Ago
"Mexico City Manager Mark Pentz announced this morning that he will be moving to Leavenworth, Kan., where he has accepted a position as manager. His duties there begin Jan. 11. "It's a very good career move," Mr. Pentz said, pointing out that the profession of city manager is an extremely mobile one. With a population of about 33,600 Leavenworth has a $16 million city budget and more than 200 municipal employees. Mr. Pentz has been offered a first-year salary of $53,000, compared to the $42,696 he is receiving in Mexico."
10 Years Ago
"William "Bill" Maloney resigned from the Mexico Board of Eduction on Tuesday night preceding the Board's regular meeting. Maloney, who was elected to his fourth term in April, gave his letter of resignation to Superintendent Lloyd Little minutes before the 7 p.m. meeting. The Board accepted the resignation in executive session following the meeting, and came back in open session at approximately 11 p.m. to declare the seat vacant."
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