Column published Dec. 31, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Two hundred and forty-four couples were married in Audrain County during 1912, according to the record of County Recorder A.H. Whitney, who issues marriage licenses and works with Dan Cupid for the happiness of mankind. According to the record the ladies are not as free with their proposals as the men, for during the leap year just passed, the marriage licenses fell 49 short of 293, the number issued during 1911."
50 Years Ago
"A gasoline transport trailer-truck unit was damaged when it sideswiped a bridge on Highway 15 three miles north of Mexico, at 6:10 a.m. today, the state highway reported. Kenneth Ray Jones, 36, of Centralia, driver of the truck owned by Transport Delivery of Mexico, said he was meeting another truck when he hit the side of the bridge, sideswiping the length of it. There were no injuries and no arrests. Damage to the truck was about $250 and it was repaired at the scene."
25 Years Ago
"A cross section of area citizens will be given the chance next week to play a more active role in Mexico's growth and development. Sometime within the next few days 400 households in and around Mexico will receive copies of a new Community Attitude Survey, developed and distributed as a joint effort of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Betterment Council. Residents may not know it, but survey sponsors say the results of previous surveys have made a real difference in the way Mexicoans live, work and play. "That's where many of (the ideas for) our community betterment projects come from," said Barb Pickering executive president of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce."
10 Years Ago
"Individuals elected to county office Nov. 6 were given the oath of office at a ceremony held Monday morning in the County Commission room, Audrain County Courthouse. Taking the oath were Associate Circuit Judge Linda Hamlett, Treasurer Doris Schutte, Recorder of Deeds Virginia Pehle, County Clerk Shelley Harvey, Prosecuting Attorney Jason Lamb, Presiding Commissioner Richard Webber and Clerk of the Circuit County Penny J. Creed. New terms of office officially begin Wednesday."
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