Column published Dec. 17, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Lute Diggs, one of Audrain's most active stockmen, is feeding 280 head of cattle. His 160 acres of corn made about an average of 25 bushel. This season, so far, he has purchased over 6,000 bushels of corn from 35 to 40 cents a bushel. ... H.H. Grafford, county treasurer, is moving to Mexico to help make it a greater city."
50 Years Ago
"Lester J. (Jake) Miller Jr. was elected president of the Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce 1963 at a noon luncheon meeting of the organization at Hotel Hoxsey today. He will succeed Lawrence M. Barnes, who has served as president his year. William R. Courtney was elected vice-president, Mrs. Robb Wood was re-elected treasurer and Mize Morris will continue as executive vice-president. Mr. Barnes will become a honorary chairman of the board. Mr. Miller, a native of Mexico, was graduated from Mexico High School and entered the University of Missouri in 1941. He interrupted his college education to enter the Navy Air Corps in World War II, was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement as a fighter plane pilot in the Pacific."
25 Years Ago
"The annual Living Nativity scene of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday. The traditional presentation was introduced here in 1967 by Mrs. George B. Wraith of Mexico and her husband, the late Rev. Wraith. Since then it has continued to draw thousands of viewers each year. It is arranged in the outdoor porticos of the church building, located at Olive and Jackson streets."
10 Years Ago
"The call of "All aboard" will be mixed with "Ho, Ho, Ho" as Santa and his elves will stop in Mexico on the Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express train on Wednesday. The train is making its second annual trip through the Midwest which includes 24 communities and seven states. Following a stop in Slater, the Holiday Express is expected to arrive at the train depot on Jefferson Street in Mexico at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Holiday Express debuted in 2001, after employees spent more than 8,000 hours transforming a retired freight train into a full-fledged Santa train."
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