Column published Jan. 30, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Miss Katie Ferris, owner of the burned Ferris Grand Opera House, has announced, through her brother, L.R. Ferris, that she is ready to erect a modern theatre and convention hall on the site of the old theatre as soon as suitable arrangements concerning plans and advance sale of tickets can be made. Mr. Ferris suggests a committee be appointed from the Commercial City to confer with them along this line."
50 Years Ago
"Montgomery City and Madison won $1000 each, Clarence won $500, Centralia, Farber and New London won $250 and Rush Hill won $100 in the 1962 Planned Progress Program. The winners were announced today by J.J. McNamara, district manager for Missouri Power and Light Co., sponsor of the program. New Florence was given honorable mention for community loyalty and self-reliance. Montgomery City was the first place winner in the 1000 to 7500 population, Clarence was second and Centralia tied with Linn for third."
25 Years Ago
"Shawn Nunnelly, a senior at Mexico High School and a member of the boys basketball team, was crowned Mr. Bulldog during Winterwarming ceremonies at the Bulldog-Tiger doubleheader Friday night at the MHS gym. Candidates for Mr. Bulldog were selected by the girls basketball team. Candidates for Mr. Bulldog included: Fred Hynes, escorted by Stacy Spradley; Danny Hanke, escorted by Steffanie Harting; Nunnelly, escorted by Rhonda Blue; John Ahmann, escorted by Libby Hodge; and Dan Hedrick, escorted by Amy Bramon. Mr. Bulldog was selected by a vote of the MHS student body and named at halftime of the boys game."
10 Years Ago
"An icon in the Mexico community has been razed by the Mexico Parks and Recreation Department. Department staff have torn down the Girl Scout Cabin located in Plunkett Park. The rustic redwood 20-by-40 foot cabin was built in the 1950s and was nestled in the woods of the park. When it was first built more than 450 girls used the facility. Throughout the years the cabin had been used for recreation purposes and camps for the area Girl Scouts. The cabin has not been in use for several years, following a fire which destroyed the sides of the building."
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