Column published Feb. 20, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"M.R. Wise, one of Mexico's live, progressive merchants, who was burned out last week, has not made up his mind whether he will go into business in Mexico again or not. The Ledger trusts he will at once reopen the Palace Clothing Co. and help make Mexico a grater city."
50 Years Ago
"Women who have taken part in a Lafayette Park neighborhood course on foods conducted by Mrs. Ruth George, University of Missouri Home extension agent, have requested more studies in homemaking, L.A. Daugherty, director of the public houseing units, said today. The program has met with such success that studies will be continued on clothing projects, Mr. Daugherty said. Meetings will be held bi-monthly."
25 Years Ago
"A Mexico farmer and lifelong resident of Audrain County has become the fifth candidate for the office of county commission for the Western District. He is Democrat Andrew T. Crum, Route 3, who lives southeast of Mexico on Union Church Road. This is not the first time he has sought elective office. In 1972, he challenged incumbent, assessor J. Holloway Neill in the primary election. He had been a candidate for sheriff twice before that. He grew up on the farm of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Giles (Esther) Crum near Mexico and during World War II, served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, including service in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He received a purple heart and bronze star. He is a member of Union Baptist Church and Gideon's International. Mr. Crum and his wife, Betty, have two sons and a daughter. Other Democrats who are candidates for the office of Western District commissioner, subject to the primary election in August, are James "Pap" Young of Mexico, Stanley E. Dean of Thompson and Hugh Williams, Route 1, Thompson. Donald E. Bobbitt, Route 2, Centralia, is the only Republican candidate for the office."
10 Years Ago
"With City officials calling tham a 'success' the Chamber of Commerce hosted a progress report meeting Thursday regarding 2002's focus groups. Part of the Community Development Plan, the focus groups met from February to April 2002 to discuss improvements in six different areas in Mexico and develop a plan of action for city-wide projects. The groups consisted of city officials and concerned residents."
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