Column published Dec. 24, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"J.E. Durkee, of this city, one of the representatives of the Rumely Products Co. whose record for 1912 was among the leaders in the list of men traveling for the company, has been invited with the six other leaders, to accompany the members of the firm on a tour of their six factories starting in St. Paul, Jan. 5, on a special trail of pullmans."
50 Years Ago
"Nearly 100 families, couples and individuals have received Christmas food baskets, meal tickets or fruit baskets through local clubs, church groups and other families who "adopted" them for Christmas. Howard Hinze, Mexico Social Service chairman, said today. Many of the deliveries were made during the weekend, beginning Friday. At 3 o'clock this afternoon Mexico firemen will start their deliveries of Christmas toys to nearly 150 children. The members of the fire department spent several weeks painting and repairing the gifts. The Mexico Rotary Club donated $100 for candy and fruit for the children."
25 Years Ago
"Have you ever thought of how you would spend it if you won $1,000 at Christmastime? A Mexico woman, who was winner of the Shop Mexico committee's $1,000 shopping spree last week, proved that she believes "It is more blessed to give than to receive." When Jim Hickman, chairman of the Shop Mexico committee, took the grand prize winner, Mrs. Dorothy Sue Hamilton, on her shopping spree Wednesday, she had a long shopping list. Heading the list were sizes and suggestions from Monroe Manor Nursing Home at Paris, where her mother, Mrs. Lena E. Williamson resides, and from Pin Oaks Nursing Center, Mexico. She had obtained the information for her shopping list "because so many of them in the nursing homes have no one – not even to visit them," the modest Mrs. Hamilton commented. She ended her shopping spree at Hickman's Food where she bought groceries for people that she knows need them. The unselfish bearer of gifts also purchased groceries and clothing for some needy children, while spending her $1,000."
10 Years Ago
"The Mexico City Council approved a Public Safety scholarship program for the recruitment of new officers in a regular meeting on Monday night. The scholarship program would give police academy training, estimated to cost $3,000, to Public Safety recruits subsidized by the city. "It's a really great program," said Public Safety Chief Greg Miller. "A lot of people find it hard to quit their jobs and then spend thousands of dollars at an academy. This program is a win-win situation for us and for them." City Manager Tanna Parish told council members if qualifications are criteria for the candidate were met, the candidate would be offered a scholarship and a three-year contract. The new hires would be paid $22,000 annually and would begin training in June 2003."
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