Column published March 27, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"James D. Houseman, of St. Louis, who is planning to build and operate a system of electric lines in Missouri, is in Mexico. He met with the railroad committee of the Commercial Club, Wednesday afternoon and set forth his plans. He was in consultation with Receiver Botts and the board of directors of the Mexico, Santa Fe and Perry Traction Thursday."
50 Years Ago
"Mrs. James A. McKitterick of Mexico, 34-year-old mother of two boys, has been named one of three finalists in the state of Missouri for the Mrs. America contest. Announcement of the state winner will be made April 3. Selected on results of quizzes, essays and personal qualifications, Mrs. McKitterick, if selected the winner in Missouri, would represent the state at the national contest in Miami, Fla., April 22-29. She was selected Outstanding Young Woman of 1961 in Mexico by the Junior Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary. A resident of Mexico for almost 13 years, she has been active in numerous civic activities during that time."
25 Years Ago
"The Audrain County Genealogical Society meeting last Sunday was outstanding, and the large group present enjoyed Gary Beahan's presentation about genealogical resources available at The State Archives."
10 Years Ago
"A National Arbor Day Foundation program, Tree City USA, recognizes U.S. towns and cities which develop comprehensive urban forestry programs. Tree City USA began in 1976 and in those 27 years, Mexico has been named a Tree City USA 24 times, including this year. The program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance."
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