Column published May 10, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"May 24th is the day set for the big meeting of farmers and citizens of the county generally, to be held at Mexico for the purpose of organizing the Audrain County Farm Bureau. The Agricultural Committee decided on this date at a meeting Saturday afternoon. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on the lot just north of the Hoxsey Hotel in a large tent. Invitations have been mailed by the Agricultural Committee to farmers throughout Audrain County. Free lunch will be served to all those holding invitations. Speakers of prominence familiar with farm bureaus and their benefits where now organized will present matters of vital importance to every farmer and stock raiser in Audrain County. It is felt that the farmers of Audrain County will feel sufficient interest to attend this meeting and help by organization to stamp out cholera and other contagious diseases of farm animals."
50 Years Ago
"Howard Hall has resigned as assistant principal at Mexico High School to accept a position as principal of Macon High School, it was announced today by Supt. of Schools L. Buford Thomas. Mr. Hall, who grew up in Mexico and was graduated from Mexico High School in 1950, joined the faculty here in 1958, as football coach and high school teacher. In the fall of 1960 he became counselor at the high school and in the fall of 1961 he became assistant principal. Mr. Hall attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College at Kirksville for two years and then entered the Army where he served for two years at Ft. Leonard Wood. Mr. Hall, his wife, Mary, and their son, Steven will leave after June 30, when his contract here expires. Mr. Hall is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hall."
25 Years Ago
"The city of Mexico has hired Tanna Parrish, director of governmental services and vice president of Booker Associates Inc., to serve as community development director. Mr. Parrish will begin May 23 at a salary of $35,000 per year. He replaces Assistant City Manager Tom Herron, who resigned last month to join the Brookstone Co. A former Mexico resident, Mr. Parrish graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served as executive director of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority in Charleston from 1971 to 1978 and as assistant executive director of the Mexico Housing Authority from 1965 to 1971. While at Booker Associates, Mr. Parrish was responsible for the initiation and coordination of the firm's municipal work in Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky and Illinois and for various programs funded by federal, state and local governments. Mr. Parrish is married to the former Donna Sapp of Mexico. They have one adult son."
10 Years Ago
"Thunderstorms this morning, added to the rainfall this week caused flooding of many roads throughout Audrain County this morning. Residents were being advised against unnecessary travel. Roads were reportedly shut down in Laddonia, Farber, Vandalia, the Lakeview area in Mexico, several Mexico city streets, KK off of J, and parts of Highway 54 throughout Audrain County. Hail, ranging in size from pea size to golf ball size has been reported in Audrain and Monroe counties since Friday evening. And it doesn't appear to be over. As of presstime today the storms continue and forecasters are predicting more of the same. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 this morning and a flood watch is in effect until noon. These watches may be extended with later updates. Thunderstorms are likely to continue throughout the day and night. Some thunderstorms may be severe with large hail and damaging winds, along with heavy rain. On Mother's Day forecasters are predicting cloudy, windy and colder conditions with a high in the lower 60s and west winds at 20-30 miles per hour. ... A photograph taken by Makenzie Mudd a sixth grade student at St. Brendan School was selected for display at the National Catholic Education Association Convention held in St. Louis, April 22-26. The theme of the convention was 'Dream by the River: Faithful Past, Faith-Filled Future.' Mackenzie's photograph was taken on the Mississippi River. Her 82-year-old grandmother's hand represents many years of faith being passed on to the hand of her 5-year-old granddaughter Alison Mudd. Makenzie is the daughter of Donna and Dale Mudd."
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