Column published Jan. 11, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"The opening of the new Elks $25,000 Home Friday, Jan. 31, will be one of the largest social affairs held in Mexico for many years. By that date the Home will be complete in every appointment and no expense will be spared to make the event a great success. In the afternoon from 3 to 4 will be a public reception to which everyone will be invited. In the evening starting at 8:30, there will be dancing and cards and only members of the Lodge are expected to attend this. Jeffries Orchestra from Jacksonville, Ill. who have played here a number of times in the past, will furnish the music. Undoubtedly the opening will be the most sumptuous social event here for a great many years. ... William, the 11 year old son of J.L. Sopher, of this city, has a dog team which has attracted much attention here and which he recently refused $100 for. The team was trained by the boy and pulls both wagon or sled almost as fast as a good-sized pony. The dogs are a cross between bull and shepherd, are a year old and willing workers. William gets into his wagon with a boy friend and his team starts off without a hitch. He is justly proud of his trained dogs and is to be complimented for his success in teaching them. The dogs are known as Prince and Watch. The latter will drive single. They have pulled as much as 600 pounds. ... For the next 15 days the MMA cadets will be busy shooting in the Western League of the National Shooting Competition for Military Schools. There are sixteen schools in the league which extends from Coast to Coast."
50 Years Ago
"St. John's Lutheran Church has contracted to purchase the property of Mrs. Kathryn Lois Anderson on the north side of Curtis St., east of Kentucky Road, it was announced by Ervin Hoffman, president of the congregation. The tract contains approximately 20 acres and about half of this land will be divided into lots to be sold, Mr. Hoffman said. The subdivision will be known as Luther Meadows, but it will probably be six months before plans are completed, he said. The congregation has no present plans for building a new church, but the land will be a site for a future church and educational building. St. John's is now located at 420 N. Olive St. ... Ten Audrain County farmers have qualified for membership in the MFA 100 Bushel Corn Club by growing more than 100 bushels to the acre on fields they had entered in the corn growing contest sponsored by the Missouri Farmers Association. They were honored along with other contestants at a dinner held at the MFA Soybean plant here last night. The guest speaker was O.T. Coleman of the Missouri College of Agriculture. Kenneth M. Berry, Route 4, Centralia, was the county champion. He averaged 140.88 bushels an acre on a field planted on May 3. Lewis Wilson, Jr., Thompson, had the second high yield in the county. He averaged 133.32 bushels an acre on a field planted April 28. The partnership of James Raleigh and Joe C. Clithero, Route 1, Vandalia, averaged 129.14 bushels per acre to take third place honors. Their field was planted on May 10. Other Audrain County 100 Bushel Club members and their average yield per acre are: S.T. & T.J. Coolley, Centralia, 122.29 bushels; John Riedel, 144.99; Dwain Shaw, Vandalia, 113.74; E.D. Erdel, Laddonia, 111.87; Willard Laird, Vandalia, 106.52; Wayne Laird, Vandalia, 105.55; and Ray Davenport, Thompson, 103.26.
25 Years Ago
"Lori Parker Wade, 22, a student at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, was crowned Miss Audrain County for 1988 at Saturday's Miss Audrain County Scholarship Pageant in Emmons Hall at Mexico High School. Miss Wade, a former aerobics teacher, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arden Wade of Jefferson City. She is a graduate of William Woods College in Fulton. Miss Wade, who appeared in the 1987 Miss Missouri Pageant as Miss Jefferson City, will represent Audrain County in the 1988 Miss Missouri Pageant to be held in Mexico this summer. A dancer since the age of 3, Miss Wade performed a Carmen Miranda, Latin-style dance to the tune "Wake Up" for her talent. She wore the colorful ruffles and headgear characteristic of the dance. As the winner of the pageant, Miss Wade received a $500 scholarship, an engraved silver tray, a bouquet of red roses, a diamond necklace, a banner and her crown."
10 Years Ago
"At the ending of each The Price is Right TV game show, host Bob Barker encourages viewers to 'Have your pets spayed and neutered' to help control the pet population. Next week Audrain Humane Society is kicking off its annual campaign that will make it easier to do just that. Starting Wednesday and lasting through March 1, the Humane Society is offering to pay approximately half of the cost, or up to $25, for a spaying and neutering procedure for pets. In return, the owners must agree to pay the remainder of the bill. ... The Mexico Community Arts Council is offering a trip to the Fox Theatre for the production of "42nd Street," the 2001 Tony award winner for best revival of a musical. The date is March 8. ... A single point Friday night was all that kept the Mexico High School basketball boys and girls from completing a 4-game sweep of Bowling Green at the MHS sports complex and Gooch Gym. After both Mexico junior varsity squads prevailed by double-digit margins, the state-ranked Lady Bulldogs rode a 22-0 third period to a 73-26 romp in the first varsity contest, only to see the Bulldogs misfire down the stretch and fall 51-50 in the other main event."
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