Column published May 8, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"Fire destroyed a two-story building and contents at Perry early Thursday morning, doing about $2,000 damage. The building was the property of Mrs. T.M. Bates who recently moved to this city and was valued at about $2,000. Mrs. Bates carried $1,000 insurance."
50 Years Ago
"A change in mail routes has cut down service between Mexico and towns in the eastern part of the county. Under the new program of providing sectional centers through which mail is routed, much of the mail bound from Mexico to Rush Hill, about 10 miles northeast of here, has to go to St. Charles, then to Louisiana, and then back southwest. Only in the early morning does mail go directly to its destination."
25 Years Ago
"Mexico's School Board is expected to consider on Wednesday night a contract with the Presser Hall Preservation Committee to lease the former Hardin College auditorium for civic and private use. A rough-draft contract was examined by the board at last month's meeting. Superintendent of Schools Ed Ferguson said a clause has been added to the contract calling for approval by the board of all proposed improvements to the building."
10 Years Ago
"The YMCA Early Learning Center, a Mexico day care/preschool, will soon be without facilities with the closing of Nexans Magnet Wire Plant in June. 'This is just a shame because it's such a wonderful facility. I even have my own children here. We really just don't want to see it close,' said Judy Kelly, a teacher at the Early Learning Center. Since December 1999, the Center has been housed at an apartment complex on the Nexans property where it receives free rent and utilities. Currently the YMCA-sponsored Center has three full-time and two part-time employees and serves up to 30 two- to five-year-old children. When Nexans closes, so does the Early Learning Center. With that date less than two months away, the preschool is desperately seeking a new place."
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