Column published Dec. 26, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"None of the local freights on the C&A ran Christmas Day and all of the crews were given passes so that they might go home to spend Christmas. Conductor P.E. Clampit layed off for Christmas. He was relieved by Jesse Harper. Switchman J.H. Julian is laying off on account of illness. Conductor Rube Markwell is spending a few days at Watson, visiting relatives of his wife. He is being replaced by Conductor Ferguson."
50 Years Ago
"A third party has accused the City of Mexico with attempted fraud in its petition for declaratory judgment for approval of annexation of land east of the city. The Mexico Country Club, represented by Latney Barnes, has filed answer in Audrain Circuit Court in which it says that the proposed annexation by Mexico of land around Vandiver "to thwart inclusion within the Town of Vandiver of lands to the east" of Vandliver constitutes or would constitute an attempted fraud upon the law." The town of Vandiver, also represented by Mr. Barnes, in a filing attempting to intervene as a defendant, and, Consolidated Electric Cooperative, represented by Gregory C. Stockyard of Jefferson City, have charged Mexico with fraud."
25 Years Ago
"Although cadets from Missouri Military Academy may be recognizable by their slate blue uniforms, many are even more distinguished by their conversations – conversations that are often unintelligible for many Mexicoans. In a town named Mexico,it seems appropriate that a large contingent of its residents speak Spanish as a primary language. Paul Baum, international student adviser for the academy who also teachers Spanish, as well as English for a few Spanish-speaking cadets, says that many foreign students – particularly from Latin American countries – attend MMA. "We have a total of 79 non-U.S. citizens" out of a total enrollment at the school of 325, said Mr. Baum. "Of the 179, they come from Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, with one each from Vietnam and the U.K.," says Baum."
10 Years Ago
"Three have filed for open seats for the Mexico Board of Education since filing opened on Tuesday, reported board secretary Beth Shields. The Dec. 10th resignation of longtime board member William Maloney means that three seats will be open for the April 8, 2003 election. Two regular three-year terms will be up for election and Maloney's unexpired two-year term will be the third. Beverly Borgeson, Beverly McFarlane and Elwood Rice each filed for the positions on Tuesday."
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