Column published April 2, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"The election, Tuesday, was almost an April Fool joke, for only about one-fourth of the formal vote of Mexico was cast. The additional school levy of 60 cents on the $100 valuation carried, however, by a small majority of 41 votes, the total being 173 for and 132 against. All wards except the second gave the levy a majority. The voters by wards on the levy follows: First, 10 for, 38 against; second, 33 for, 26 against; third, 63 for, 31 against; fourth, 47 for, 37 against."
50 Years Ago
"Audrain County owes only $40,000 for its courthouse, and the bonds will be paid off on March 1, 1966. No payment is due next March, and County Clerk Glenn M. Barnes said this may be the last year of taxes, at the 6 cent levy anyway. The payment due in 1965 is $15,000 and the 1966 payment is $25,000, according to the annual financial statement as published. A payment of $26,000, plus interest of around $5,000, on hospital bonds the first of this month was subtracted from a balance Jan. 1 of $70,752. The hospital levy also is 6 cents on $100 assessed valuation. The annual financial statement accounts for all taxes and moneys collected, showing that total receipts for 1962 were $237,615.35 in the county revenue fund, including roads and bridges."
25 Years Ago
"Daylight saving time goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday. Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour when you retire tonight and don't worry about that hour of sleep you will lose – you'll get it back at the end of October. Special reminder of the time change for people going to Easter sunrise services Sunday."
10 Years Ago
"Ron Hopkins, community president, Commerce Bank, Mexico, announces the addition of George M. Huffman to the bank's Central Missouri Regional Advisory Board of Directors. Huffman is general manager of family-owned Pearl Motor Company, which has served the Mexico community since 1916. The sales and service company represents Chevrolet, Buick, GMS, Cadillac, Oldsmobile and Pontiac cars and trucks. A 1992 graduate of Mexico High School, Huffman graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996 with a B.S. degree in personal finance. Active in the community, he is a graduate of Leadership Mexico; Mexico Area YMCA Board President; past president of Mexico Jaycees; board member, Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant; and past board member, Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce."
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