Column published April 3, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"A cyclone passed near Sturgeon this afternoon at 2:45 completely destroying the handsome home of Dr. Arthur McComas as well as others. Wabash freight No. 71, E.A. Blackwood conductor, saw the storm coming and stopped in time to escape the storm. Passenger train No. 2 on the Wabash was forced to wait at Sturgeon until 19 telegraph poles blown across the track, had been removed. At the time of going to press full particulars concerning the storm could not be learned but is thought no one was killed or injured. It is reported at Larebee on the Alton 20 freight cars were blown from the track."
50 Years Ago
"Bill Matteson, a member of The Ledger advertising staff since 1957, this week became associate editor of the Rural Electric Missourian, official monthly publication of the Missouri State Rural Electrification Association. The newspaper has offices in Jefferson City. He and his wife and two children will continue to live in Mexico for a time."
25 Years Ago
"Pin Oaks Nursing Center staff and residents joined Katherine Davenport in celebrating her 105th birthday on March 31. A birthday cake was provided by Pin Oaks and ice cream was provided by Mrs. Davenport's daughter, Katherine McIntyre of Mexico. Mrs. Davenport has been a resident of Pin Oaks since October 1984. She was born in Parson, Kan., a daughter of James and Martha Hardman. She worked for the phone company until her marriage to William Lawrence Davenport in 1915. He died in 1969. Mrs. Davenport also has a son W.L. Davenport Jr., of Atlanta, Ga. She has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She also has a sister, Mrs. Nell Eby of Kansas, who will be 107 in May."
10 Years Ago
"Thirty-eight schools, more than 2,500 students, and thousands more parents and families will converge on Mexico today for the annual District Music Festival at the Mexico High School. The festival, which has been held in Mexico more than 50 years, is one of the biggest in the state."
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