Column published Jan. 21, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Hugh Connelly, who for 24 years has been custodian of the North Central Public School, can boast of what is probably the best record for church attendance in this city. Mr. Donnelly for 24 years has never missed an early Mass at St. Brendan's Church on Sunday. Although Mr. Donnelly says little of his steady attendance, the fact has leaked out."
50 Years Ago
"Mrs. Josie Morrison, an elderly widow, was admitted to Audrain Hospital late this morning for treatment of burns suffered in a fire at her home at 604 N. Jeffries. She was attempting to thaw frozen water pipes in the bathroom when the wall caught fire. A neighbor, Mrs. Robert E. Spradlin, 610 N. Jeffries, saw smoke coming from the house, ran over and attempted to find Mrs. Morrison. She heard her calling but the smoke was so dense by that time she could not find her. Mrs. Spradlin called her husband and he found Mrs. Morrison lying on the floor and carried her out of the house. Mrs. Spradlin suffered a burn on her forehead in the rescue attempt."
25 Years Ago
"Donald E. Bobbitt, Route 2, Centralia, a newcomer to the field of politics, has tossed his hat into the ring with three others seeking nominations as candidates for Audrain County Western District Commissioner. He is the first Republican candidate for the office; three Democrats are vying for nomination. They are James R. "Pap" Young of Mexico, Stanley E. Dean of Thompson, and Hugh Williams Route 1, Thompson. Clifford Power who now holds the office, has announced that he will not be a candidate for re-election. Mr. Bobbitt is project manager at A.B. Chance Co., in Centralia. He has been with the company for almost 26 years. He moved to Boone County 16 years ago from Virginia and has been a resident of Audrain County for nine years."
10 Years Ago
"The 78th Annual Audrain Soils and Crops Conference will be held Wednesday at the Mexico Area Vocational-Technical School, just north of Mexico High School on Wade Street. Registration and dinner will begin at 4:45 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. The 2003 Soils and Crops Committee members Brian Flatt, Steve and Dennis Isgrig, Dan Pehle and Chris Terry invite everyone to attend."
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