Column published Feb. 27, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"E. Williamson, 73 years of age, was struck by passenger train No. 13 of the Wabash, about noon, Thursday, and thrown several feet. Mr. Williamson was near the Wabash bridge, just east of this city, when he heard the train coming. He stepped off the track, but not far enough to avoid the oncoming train, which struck him a glancing blow. He was shaken up badly, but his condition is not serious."
50 Years Ago
"Mexico is the first of several communities chosen by the University of Missouri Research Center in a new, intensive three-year study of governmental and economic problems facing Missouri cities. Robert Allegrucci of the Research Center staff will be in Mexico for a number of weeks, interviewing and discussing the problems of leadership and citizen participation in public affairs with local civic leaders and citizens. In announcing the project, the university said 'initially the study will concentrate upon a select number of Missouri communities that in recent years have demonstrated an ability to meet their problems through a program of effective, responsible leadership and through informed participation of the citizenry.' Mexico is the first such community on the research list, and interviewing has already begun here."
25 Years Ago
"David Pickering is the newest partner in Precht-Pickering and is continuing the tradition of over 100 years of the family owned and operated business. He is a graduate of Mexico High School and attended Central Missouri State University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 1984. He is chairman of the Deacons at First Christian Church and member of the choir. He is currently President 5th District of Missouri Funeral Directors, Noble Grand of the Mexico I.O.O.F. and a member of Noon Kiwanis and the Mexico Jaycees."
10 Years Ago
"Students from St. Brendan School were chosen to participate in this year's second speech meet at Moberly St. Pius X School. St. Brendan was one of the nine schools participating. Students may choose from a humorous, serious or a duet writing. Participants recite their speech twice for the judges to critique. During the awards assembly all of the St. Brendan students were awarded blue ribbons. They include Becki Hamlett, Jessica Wieberg, Callie Bracht, Katherine Wortmann, Matthew Vaughn, Rebecca Burke, and Katie Hamlett. St. Brendan's speech instructor is Bill Gleeson."
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