Column published March 8, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Hamilton Bros. sale of stallions, mares, Jacks and Jennets at their Blue Grass Stock Farm south of this city, Friday, reached a total of $14,242.50. The Hamilton Bros. had a splendid assortment of fine stock for sale and several fine animals were consigned by other persons. Horsemen from all over the State were present and many bought. W.W. Pollock, who was clerk of the sale, had several bids by wire and letter. He bought several horses for parties in this way. Following is a partial list of the sales: Reuben C., chestnut stallion, J.E. Downing, $400; John Collins, chestnut stallion, C. Anderson, $580; Champ Clark, chestnut stallion, W.W. Pollock, $215; Laddie Buck, chestnut stallion, Bruce Roberts, $405; Bay Ike, consigned by H.F. Noel, Martinsburg; J.W. Brewer, $165; Senator Smith, chestnut stallion, Tom Bass, $180; Kentucky Boy, bay stallion, Hook & Woods $300; Romeo, jet black Percheron, consigned by F.M. Branstetter, B.R. Middleton, $165; 6 year old iron gray stallion, W.D. Lee, $205; Gold Bond, dark chestnut stallion, S.C. McKinney, Dallas, Texas, $400; Edna Carter, light chestnut mare, consigned by Eaton Farm, J.T. Johnson, $100."
50 Years Ago
"Construction of a new electric power substation in northwest Mexico will be started this year as part of Missouri Power and Light Co.'s 21 million dollar five-year construction program. J.J. McNamara, Mexico district manager, said today the transformer substation will be built near the Hawthorne School on Curtis Street. The plans have been completed and work will be done sometime this year, he said. Also to be built this year are substations at Jefferson City and Boonville. Last year the utility spent $2,874,000 for new construction, of which $2,213,000 was on electric facilities and $661,000 on natural gas service extension. The major addition was a 19-mile, 69,000 volt line from Centralia to the Peabody Coal Co. mine north of Columbia. The line is part of the Mexico district, Mr. McNamara said. It was completed in October. The mine is expected to use 10 million kilowatt hours a year. The Mexico generating plant now uses coal from the new Mark Twain mine. Also last year MP&L increased the size of the substation serving Centralia. Renewed work on the Mexico smokestack will begin soon, Mr. McNamara said. The annual report to shareholders of MP&L showed higher earnings, reflecting increased gas and electric sales to all classes of customers noted."
25 Years Ago
"John W. Shields has been named manager of Mexico operations for A.P. Green Refractories Co.'s Mexico plant, according to an announcement by James Maunder, vice president of manufacturing. In his new position, Mr. Shields will be responsible for all manufacturing, maintenance and accounting functions for the Mexico plant. Mr. Shields joined the company in 1978 as an industrial engineer. Two years later, he was promoted to manager of industrial engineering. In 1981, he became manager of the high density plant. In 1984, he was named manager of special process plants and two years later became manager of the tunnel kiln plant. Last year he was named manager of Mexico manufacturing. Mr. Shields is a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering. Mr. Shields and his wife, Donna, reside at 1321 Rosebud. They have one daughter, Tracy, a junior at the University of Missouri- Columbia. Mr. Shields is a member of the Optimist Club and the American Institute of Industrial Engineers."
10 Years Ago
"A House endorsed bill that would provide state incentives for older downtown areas could be beneficial to Mexico's central business district. 'If it's passed, and I think it will, it could potentially help a lot of the downtowns in the state, including Mexico,' said State Rep. Steve Hobbs (R-Mexico, District 21). The proposal would distribute up to $150 million a year under the Downtown Economic Stimulus Act for development projects in downtowns with buildings at least 35 years old. Projects would qualify for the funding by hitting various benchmarks in job creation and by surpassing cost thresholds. For cities with more than 300,000 residents, projects must cost at least $10 million and create at least 100 jobs. For cities with 40,000 or fewer people, projects would need to cost at least $500,000 and create at least five jobs. The bill is expected to cost the state nothing in the next fiscal year and zero to $150 million in the future. The long-term costs are said to be small because of the revenue creation of the projects."
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