Column published Jan. 23, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"This county works in sympathy and harmony with the farmer. A trained agriculturist advises and solves all farm problems, including crops, livestock, building construction and rural betterment. Crops doubled and farmers are prosperous under the new system of agriculture. Modern conveniences in farm homes."
50 Years Ago
"William S. Lowe, president of the A.P. Green Fire Brick Co. today announced that final steps have been taken in the acquisition of the Illinois Clay Products Company of Joliet, Ill., by the Green company. The actual effective date of this action will revert to January 1. The Illinois Clay Products Co. will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of A.P. Green, with Howard West as vice-president and general manager. Mr. West was formerly president of the Illinois company."
25 Years Ago
"Mexico real estate developer Randy J. Smith, who contends a contractor violated city building codes when building his Springdale Condominiums, has filed a lawsuit that asks $2.2 million in damages from five defendants, including the city of Mexico. Mr. Smith and his development firm, R.J. Smith Investment Inc., claim in a suit filed last week in Boone County Circuit Court that the city approved substandard construction plans for the condominiums, on which construction began in 1981. Also named as defendants were R.A. Moyle Contractor Inc. and Roy Moyle of rural Mexico. Mr. Smith also seeks $5 million in punitive damages against Mr. Moyle."
10 Years Ago
"The Mexico City Council held a special meeting Wednesday to approve an application by the City for a federal grant to conduct a feasibility study for a company to operate Audrain Medical Center's ambulance service. City Manager Tanna Parish noted that there is currently a company interested in the ambulance service that AMC was trying to divest. The feasibility study is a requirement for a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant the city is requesting from the USDA would be approximately $10,000-$20,000 estimated Parish and would be conducted in the next three or four weeks."
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