Column published Dec. 14, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"The Commercial Club at its luncheon, Friday, decided to invite the State Sunday School Association to meet in this city the third week in November 1913. Secretary Herman Bomar, of St. Louis, was present and stated just what would be best to include in the invitation and what would be expected of Mexico in the matter of entertainment and funds. There will be at least 1,000 persons in attendance for the three days' session and they will spend on an average of $5 each. The matter, aside from its benefit to the moral conditions of the community has a very pleasing business aspect. It will be necessary for the homes of Mexico to be thrown open for our guests. The rate to be charged them will be about 75 cents for a night's lodging and breakfast. About $500 will have to be guaranteed the Association for expenses. If the hotels and restaurants are inadequate to feed the large number here the churches will likely serve two meals a day. Mr. Bomar stated there would be almost 1200 in attendance and that he thought Mexico had an excellent chance to secure the convention because of our fine railroad facilities and our location, there having been no session of the Association in this part of Missouri which was considered territory they should be stronger in. St. Louis, St. Joseph, Clinton, Joplin and Springfield are also after the meeting."
50 Years Ago
"While most thermometers have been registering below normal this week, the glowing red hot Community Chest thermometer has blown its top. For the first time in several years, officials of the Chest announced today, the drive has gone over the top to exceed its goal. The total contributions for the 1963 Chest were announced as $38,600, topping the goal of $35,820. "The good people of Mexico have certainly made the spirit of Christmas a reality by supporting their Chest so warmly," Drive Chairman John Misenhelter said. Misenhelter said he especially hoped that all were aware of the extremely low campaign costs incurred in exceeding the goal. Total expenses came to only 1.3 per cent of the overall total collected."
25 Years Ago
"Consolidated Electric Cooperative announced plans this week to donate satellite receiver dishes to seven area school districts, including Mexico Public Schools. Other districts receiving the offer are Community R-6, Montgomery County R-2, Van-Far, Wellsville-Middletown, Paris and Madison. The school districts will be expected to assume equipment installation and maintenance costs, and must submit written plans of use to CEC at the time of acceptance. Letters were sent to district officials on Monday notifying them of the offer. Funding will become available next month, with Rutter TV and Appliance to provide the equipment directly to the school districts. The cooperative is expected to spend about $1,250 per participating district. CEC General Manager Byron Jahn said the offer goes hand-in-hand with the cooperative's historical position toward extending service to rural areas. As could be expected the CEC proposal was received enthusiastically by the majority of school officials. Mexico High School Principal Jerrold Robison said the district is exploring the possibility of offering courses for credit at the high school level through Oklahome State University's live satellite programming network. Other educational programming will be videotaped and used to enhance courses at all grade levels.
10 Years Ago
"Nexans, which employs 135 workers locally, officially announced on Friday that it will close its magnet wire plant in Mexico. "We sincerely regret this decision," said Karen Rylander-Davis, Vice-President of Human Resources at Nexans North America. "It wasn't an easy decision to make and we wish our employees the best."
"We really hate to see them go," said City Manager Tanna Parish. "At the same time, we understand the economic problems." As the Mexico plant shuts down, the company says they plan to relocate most of the plant's operations to other North American Nexans facilities. City officials plan to meet with Nexans executives on Tuesday and plan to discuss the selling of the plant. "The City of Mexico is going to work hard with the parent company to try to get someone else out there," said Mayor Richard Buffington. "Thats the only thing we can do is to work with them and try and sell it." According to a statement released by Nexans North America, the market for magnet wire has been in strong decline since the industry peaked in mid-2000 as much of the business had gone overseas."
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