Column published April 9, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"Tuesday afternoon the members of the Hospital Soliciting committee met with Chairman Dr. J.G. Moore, presiding, and went over the plan of the proposition and outlined their work of soliciting underwriters. The work will be pushed so that the hospital can be opened as soon as possible. The members of the Committee are Dr. J.G. Moore, chairman; Mrs. W.W. Botts, Mrs. C.R. Locke, Willard Potts, A.H. Whitney, and the Rev. A.A. Wallace."
50 Years Ago
"A one-cent increase in Mexico's city tax levy is proposed in the 1963-64 budget presented by the city manager to the council last night. The money would go to the parks and recreation fund, and there would be no increase in the general fund, Manager Robert Semple said. Total proposed tax is $1.33 per $100 of assessed valuation. The council will begin a detailed study of the proposed budget Thursday night and will meet again next Tuesday night, in preparation for the beginning of a new fiscal year May 1."
25 Years Ago
"A near capacity crowd packed the Mexico High School gym Friday night to see area doctors play area lawyers in a basketball game to benefit the YMCA and the Friends of the Library. After the doctors received some advice from coach Mike Bunge, attorney Paul 'Pure Shooter' Seigfreid took to the air to score two of his seven points. The doctors came back from a large third-quarter deficit to win the game, 32-26. The lawyers reportedly are planning to appeal the outcome. Dr. Kurt "Wounded Knee' Knappenberger scored 10 points to lead the doctors who were playing for the library, while Lou 'All League' Leonatti and Mrs. Seigfreid each scored seven for the lawyers, who were playing for the YMCA. YMCA Executive Director Fred Leonard estimated that the event raised about $3,200 in ticket sales and side bets. The library is to receive about 75 percent of the proceeds, while the YMCA will get about 25 percent."
10 Years Ago
"OptiCom, a local telecommunications provider, is finalizing plans to create a multi-million dollar fiberoptic network to the Mexico area. OptiCom recently met with Optical Solutions and engineers of Huntel Engineering in Blair, Neb., to discuss the final design phases of the Mexico project called "Project: Wire Mexico." The next step in the project is surveying residents and businesses to find the community's interest in the service."
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