Column published Dec. 27, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Next Wednesday will be moving out day for several of the county officials. On that day J.B. Woolery will turn the keys to the jail and the sheriff's office over to the incoming sheriff, William Barnett, who will move into the jail building and occupy the sheriff's office at the Court House. Mr. Woolery will move to his farm about seven miles south of this city. H.H. Grafford will take charge of the county funds succeeding Noble Barnes, as Treasurer and R.S. McKinney will succeed E.F. Ketter as County Surveyor. T.J. Kelso is the only officer elected at the last election who is no new at the Court House. He was re-elected County Assessor, Dr. R. C. Strode will succeed Dr. P.E. Coil as Coroner. Churchill Kennan will take the position now held by William Barnett, that of Constable of Salt River Township."
50 Years Ago
"An underpass in west Mexico is one of the goals of a proposed Urban Renewal project launched by the city council in a 4-to-1 vote last night authorizing application for a survey and plans through a federal grant. With an underpass in east Mexico scheduled by the state highway department in a re-routing of Highway 54, city administration attention turned to the need of a way to move traffic across the railroad barrier in west Mexico. City Manager Robert Semple told the council last night his project may be the answer."
25 Years Ago
"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. That's probably because everyone – excluding the animals, of course – was exhausted from Christmas shopping. Christmas is a key time of the year for many retailers, when the rush of shoppers precludes the filling of cash registers. And despite predictions by national economic forecasters that this year's Christmas sales might be less than usual, area retailers expressed satisfaction today with 1987 Christmas sales. Solid Christmas sales for area retailers occurred despite the heavy snow earlier in December which temporarily slowed business."
10 Years Ago
"The Mexico Area Family YMCA and the "Tom Taylor Irregulars" which includes tennis players, members of the Investment Club, Pachyderm Clubb and the Kiwanis Club will host a coffee and fellowship event in memory of Tom Taylor Jan. 4. Tom Taylor was a volunteer that cared about the Y and all the programs. He actively worked to fund-raise and promote the YMCA and often recruit volunteers from his other oganizations."
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