Column published April 5, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"A.D. Beamer, one of the wealthiest men in Barton County, who gave Lamar a college, set out 20 miles of ash trees to decorate its streets and conceded to be one of the most progressive citizens in this State has purchased the Green Clay home in this city for $17,000. We are glad to state Mr. Beamer and his family will move to Mexico and make their home here. Mr. Beamer owns a large plantation in Georgia besides much other property and will be quite an acquisition to this city. The Ledger joins the people of Mexico and Audrain County in extending him a hearty welcome ... Elwood Smith, district manager for the Knights & Ladies of Security, headquartered in Mexico and located at the City Hotel, will shortly move his family here and help make Mexico a greater city."
50 Years Ago
"Miss Patricia Dubbert, eldest child in the family of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Dubbert, has been nominated from Mexico High School as a candidate for study abroad under the sponsorship of the American Field Service. In making the announcement that Patricia was selected finalist from Mexico, local AFS chairman Warren O. McIntyre said this does not guarantee she will receive a trip abroad. Under present arrangements made by the New York headquarters of American Field Service, a ratio of about three foreign students will come to the United States, under the exchange student plan, to one from America who is chosen to go to European and South American countries. In citing Patricia for the honor of being selected from six semi-finalists at Mexico High School, school officials pointed out that she ranks academically in the upper 5 percent of the junior class, is a member of the concert choir and madrigal groups at school, is consistently on the honor roll and belongs to the Future Nurses Club, International Relations Club, Spanish Club and pep club. Outside of classes, she is active in the Candy Stripers, a junior group of the Audrain Hospital Auxiliary, and she plans a career in teaching or nursing. She was chosen last year for the Sophomore Pilgrimage to study state government at Jefferson City."
25 Years Ago
"Early voting indicated that a lower percentage of registered voters were going to the polls in today's election in Mexico than voted in the primary elections on March 8. Only 74 voters, 12 percent of those registered, in Precinct 3, in the collector's office at the courthouse, had cast their ballots by 11 a.m. In the primary, 92 had voted by that time of the day. Other courthouse polling places reported slower early voting, too. Precinct 2, at the recorder's office, had 49 votes by 11 a.m., it had 74 by that time in the primary; Precinct 5, assessor's office, had 32 (51 on March 8); Precinct 6, county clerk's office, 66 (97 in primary); County Precinct 10, community room, 22 (37 in March) and County Precinct 11, also community room, had 36 votes (75 in March). County Clerk John Jesse predicted Monday that about 2,500 Mexico voters would go to the polls today, due primarily to the two major races – for City Council and for Mexico Board of Education. In the March election, which was the City Council primary election and the first presidential primary for Missouri, 2,879 voters cast ballots – 44.5 percent of the total registered voters in the city. In Audrain County, 37.3 percent of the registered voters, 5,005, went to the polls in the primary."
10 Years Ago
"Audrain Medical Center is sponsoring the 2003 Women's Heath Conference Saturday at AMC in the Education and Conference Center. This year's theme is "Celebrating Women" and organizers said the conference is designed to give busy women a day to relax, learn and celebrate their womanhood. The keynote speaker, sponsored by an educational endowment from Cerro Copper Casting Co., Mexico, is Dianne Moran, RN, LCCE, ICD. In her keynote presentation, 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind,' she will share her beliefs that staying fit and healthy relates in some way to reducing disease processes as we mature... Anna Auwarter, 6-month-old daughter of Amy and Mark Auwarter was crowned Sunburst Baby Miss Mexico on March 29 at the local pageant. She received a tiara, trophy, queen sash and her entry fee paid to the state pageant to be held May 9-11. In addition she was named most photogenic and received a trophy for that division."
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