Column published Dec. 21, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"The Junior Class at McMillan High School gave the annual Christmas tree entertainment, Saturday afternoon, to which the entire school was invited and a present to each student given. George Irion is president of the Class. The other officers are: Horace McGee, vice president; Mildred Pear, Sec'y and Treas.; William Greer, sergeant. The committee having the entertainment in charge was composed of Morris Dry, Mabel Threlkeld, Mildred Pearl, Ruth Jesse and Prof. John Valente. This year a change was made in the arrangement of the entertainment and instead of only the giving of gifts a program was presented...The Missouri Military Academy's new catalog is neatly printed and handsomely illustrated, and should prove a splendid advertisement not only for the Academy, but for Mexico and Audrain county. The Ledger is glad to know that this institution is being cordially patronized, and there is no reason why there should not be at least one hundred cadets at the Academy at the time."
50 Years Ago
"The town of Vandiver in a circuit court filing has accused the City of Mexico of trying to perpetrate a "fraud" in its annexation petition field last month. Mexico this morning filed a motion that calls the Vandiver pleading "impertinent," frivolous and scandalous in that it purports to charge the council of the city of Mexico with fraud and unlawful conduct. Mayor Wallace Melahn in a prepared statement issued this morning said part of the Vandiver pleading "does not coincide with the facts." He said city sewage service plans were under way, and the may added that he believes the city must "protect this vital interest."... The annual presentation of the Wise Courtesy Award to two Mexico High School students was made at a pre-Christmas assembly at the school this afternoon. Vera Jane Holtkamp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holtkamp, and Wiley Pratt, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Pratt, were chosen for the honor .. The fund for the courtesy awards was established by the late Mrs. M. R. Wise and the first awards were made in 1939. Members of the committee, who make the selection of the winners with recommendations from teachers, are Mrs. W.C. Stewart, Roy R. Haerer, Mrs. Hollis Stolte, Mrs. Ed Gamble and Latney Barnes."
25 Years Ago
"City officials are looking into the possibility of creating a new full-time position as one means to spur area economic growth and development in Centralia. City Manager Lynn Behrns said the salary of a full-time economic development director would be paid out of a combination of city and private funds. About two-thirds of that salary would have to be donated from the private sector, he said. Chamber of Commerce President Bob Swank said last week the new position probably would combine the duties of economic development director with those of chamber president. He said some chamber members had expressed interest in the proposal. The issue will come under discussion at tonight's meeting of the Centralia Board of Aldermen... Red sunset – Sunday evening reflected on the clouds to form a perfect cross, according to local residents traveling west on Route KK into Mexico."
10 Years Ago
"Mexico school board members, faculty and administrators of the district gathered Friday afternoon for a reception and to honor nine former district employees or school board members who received the Pioneer in Education Awards. The awards have been presented since 1985 and are designed to pay tribute to employees who have made significant contributions to the success of the district. The eight who received this prestigious award were: Marlene Sudbrock, Frances Sutton, Marian Burchett, Harold Boswell, Dr. Thomas M. Hodges, Wanda Smith, Beth Boyce, Winifred Sparks and Stella Smith... The past presidents of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce have chosen Bruce Oliver to be the recipient of the 2002 Colonel C.R. Stribling, Jr. Community Service Award. The award, to be presented at the annual meeting and awards banquet on Jan. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, is given to an individual or individuals who have expended exceptional effort on behalf of the community for a sustained period of time. Other awards to be presented at the banquet are the G. Andy Runge Ambassador Award, the Civic Award, the President's Award, the E. Warner Williams Business Service Award, the Excellence in Tourism Award, the Philanthropic Achievement Award, and the Educator of the Year. The recipients of these awards will be named on Dec. 29."
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