Column published June 11, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Lane & McLoney, the dry goods men of this city, have bought the Grand Leader dry goods store at Moberly, paying $15,000. W.J. McLoney will go to Moberly and conduct the store for the present. The Grand Leader store enjoys a splendid business and under the management of Messrs. Lane and McLoney will be enlarged and otherwise improved."
50 Years Ago
"The vote on acceptance of a bid from Pearl Motor Co. on a new Chevrolet police car was unanimous, although the bid was second low of three offered. The low net bid of $1,267 submitted by Audrain Motors on a Studebaker Lark was rejected because the specifications called for 'no compacts.' The Lark has 113-inch wheelbase, smaller than the other cars considered. Pearl's net bid on a Chevrolet was $1,368, only $5.43 under the bid submitted by Carroll Motor Co. on a Ford. The city will trade in a 1962 Dodge on the new car. One of the three police cars is traded in every 18 months on a rotating basis."
25 Years Ago
"In a wrap-up of the preliminary competition in the 1988 Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant, Kristine Kelly, Miss City of Fountains, came out the big winner Friday as she swept the preliminary competitions with a win in the swimsuit appearance. Miss Kelly, 21, of Blue Springs, became the only contestant this year to win both the talent and swimsuit competition. Also winning Friday night was pageant veteran Leslie Weedman, who is Miss Show-Me this year. Her rendition of 'Somewhere' from 'West Side Story' took top honors in the talent competition."
10 Years Ago
"The fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held Friday through Sunday (Father's Day) at Garfield Park at the Garfield Community Center. Juneteenth's origin can be traced to late June in 1865. At that time Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved had been set free. The announcement came years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Since that time groups have set aside time in June to celebrate the proclamation. Juneteenth Celebrations are held in many of the major U.S. cities, including Mexico."
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