Column published Feb. 19, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Mayor Willard Potts, in an interview Wednesday, said he felt sure the proposition of the Mexico Power Co. to give the business portion of the city a White Way and to place lights on every corner in Mexico would be accepted by the Council as soon as given them for action. This plan will make Mexico the best lighted city of its size in the country at little more expense that it costs today with the inefficient arc lights. The proposition will be given the Council for action as soon as the outcome of the Public Utility legislation at Jefferson City is finally known."
50 Years Ago
"Another meeting of the Audrain County Fair Association board and stockholders will be called as soon as the treasurer's report is available, officers said today after last night's board meeting to elect officers for the coming year. W. Earl Dougherty, co-chairman last year with Harold quinlan, was elected president, with Quinlan as first vice-president. Maurice Barnes as second vice president, Mrs. Elizabeth Snook as secretary, and James F. Cooper as treasurer. Dougherty said the board has every reason to believe the association has money in the band and that all bills have been paid. The annual stockholders meeting of 1962, deferred until Feb. 5, called for another session to be held as soon as financial reports could be secured."
25 Years Ago
"The Audrain Humane Society is looking for a few good men – or women. But – unlike the U.S. Marines, who put their 'few good men' through rigorous training and discipline – this organization will accept whatever time or talents area residents are willing to give. With no facilities for animal boarding available, Humane Society members must rely upon people within the community to keep stray cats and dogs on a temporary basis until a home can be found."
10 Years Ago
"Two checks totaling nearly $215,000 were presented by Dr. Elwood Rice to the Mexico Board of Education Tuesday night for the establishment of the Frances Elvira Jenicek Scholarship program. The scholarship fund, presented to the Board by Dr. Rice is the legacy of the recently deceased John Brinkmeier, who Rice called 'a kind guy with a big heart.' Before he died in June of 2000, Brinkmeier set up a scholarship fun in his mother's name for the graduating seniors of Mexico High School. The scholarships will be awarded toward students pursuing degrees in science-related fields such as engineering, mathematics and physics."
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