Column published March 15, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"Thrifty housewives of this city in large numbers have taken advantage of the limited offer of the B.J. Johnson Soap company to exchange the wrappers from Galvanic Soap for a beautiful set of Rogers silver-plated spoons. The wrappers are redeemed through the local dealers, the spoons being given out at the local grocery stores. The offer and its prompt acceptance by many women of this city, have caused considerable excitement. The women save the outside wrappers from a hundred cakes of the soap, and in exchange for these they are allowed to select either half a dozen of the Rogers silver teaspoons; or three of the Rogers silver dessert or soup spoons. The spoons are of the exquisite I Vigne pattern, and are A-1 extra silver plate. No return other than the wrappers is asked by the soap company for the spoons. The offer is an unusual one, the spoons being given as a form of advertising to introduce Galvanic Soap into the homes of this city. It is too expensive to be continued long, the manufacturer says, and hence the offer is limited to May 1st."
50 Years Ago
"Miss Marcia Brinkman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brinkman of 105 Arlington in Vandalia, has been selected as the delegate to attend the United Nations Pilgrimage of Youth which is sponsored by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of America. Marcia, a junior at the R-1 High School, was selected on the basis of: character, scholarship, leadership, examination score, general fitness, ability to speak before a group, and the willingness to report the trip on her return to the community. She will make the UN Pilgrimage, a one week's trip to New York, sometime between June 16-August 6 in a group of 125 to 150 other delegates. Named as the alternate was Virginia Schwab, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Schwab, Vandalia."
25 Years Ago
"Approximately 600 people will be attending the 50th annual meeting of the Consolidated Electric Cooperative Saturday at Mexico High School. All members and their families are invited. State Sen. Norman Merrell, who has served as senator of the 18th District of northeast Missouri for 15 years, will be a special guest. He and Linden L. Vanlandingham, president of the CEC Board of Directors, will present certificates of appreciation to retired directors of the cooperative. Byron L. Jahn, CEC manager since 1979, said 12 or 14 retired directors are expected to be in attendance. Mr. Jahn will be presenting awards to eight CEC employees for their dedicated service to the cooperative. Recipients will be Billy Bob Heckman, lineman, and Merry Sue Pace, clerk, each with 25 years of service; Betty L. Earle, clerk, 20 years; Robert A. Poage Jr., work foreman, 15 years; Raymond J. Pursifull, lineman, 10 years; Garry H. Landrum and Jerry R. Caldwell, apprentice linemen, and Linda R. Forster, utility clerk, all for their first year."
10 Years Ago
"Arlee Home Fashions laid off 26 workers in their Mexico, Mo. plant recently in what company officials called 'a small layoff.' According to a release issued by Arlee, the decision was the result of 'a decline in customer orders resulting from a flat retail market.' Louis Smithey, general manager of four Missouri-based Arlee plants assured that there were 'no plans to close the plant.' The news release reported that the Mexico facility will continue to operate with a 'reduced but substantial staff of employees. The decision, made following an arduous review of current and projected production levels, was deemed necessary to ensure the future success of the company and those in its employ,' stated the release. An official count of employees could not be confirmed but City officials believe the number to be around 75 before the layoffs. A former Arlee worked reported to The Ledger that the 26 employees were told by plant management on Feb. 25 that they were being temporarily laid off for two weeks until new orders were secured. On March 7, the employees were then told they were being terminated, according to the ex-employee who asked to remain anonymous. Arlee Home Fashions, based in New York, has had a plant located in Mexico's Industrial Park since 1990."
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