Column published June 21, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"The Friday luncheon of the Mexico Commercial Club was given over to the discussion of fall festivities and it was decided to take up the matter formally next Friday when Secretary R.E. Race would report on the sentiment in regard to this question. Just what the plans will be remain to be made but they will likely contain Paine's fireworks for the night shows. W.W. Wilson of Chicago, representing the Wales Adding Machine Co., spoke on the desirability of a convention hall for Mexico and what a great advertisement conventions are for a city. M.T. Vandegrift also spoke upon the convention hall and said the committee should have a definite proposition before they solicit the sale of tickets. Dr. W.T. Semple, of the University of Cincinnati, was a guest. F.W. Pilcher presided."
50 Years Ago
"A ban on high school smoking, with some qualifications, was unanimously adopted last night by the Mexico board of education, after several months of debate and consideration. Withdrawing a previous motion for complete school enforcement of a ban on all smoking, Dr. Lawrence K. Epple cleared the way for Roy Haerer to move approval of a policy developed by school administrators. Without discussion, it was approved. The new rule allows only smoking at the high school by any student who has written permission from parent or guardian, and then only in a specified area designated by the principal. In other action last night the board appointed a principal for Eugene Field and four teachers, accepted one resignation, voted to accept the bid of the Highway Department for a strip of land at the south edge of the Hardin campus, and on the recommendation of Supt. L. Buford Thomas, abolished the weekly punch ticket plan at the high school.
25 Years Ago
"Plans to move the Botts School from its present location on the Ned and Elaine Azdell property north of Mexico to the grounds of the Historical Society Museum at Graceland are progressing, but donations are still needed before the building can be moved. 'We have collected $4,000 so far, but some advertisements had to be paid,' said Virginia Pehle, fund drive committee chairman. 'It will cost $6,700 to move and set it in place.' The committee has received bids from various companies for the cost of dropping the wires along the route of the move. Mrs. Pehle said that after receiving the bids, the committee has decided it would be cheaper to remove the roof from the schoolhouse, put it back on after the building is set in place and re-shingle it. According to Mrs. Pehle, Southwestern Bell made a bid for $9,000 to drop its lines; Consolidated Electric, $1,000; See-TV, $2,433; the railroad $2,000 to drop its communication lines, and Union Electric indicated it would donate its time. The cost of removing and reshingling the roof will be approximately $5,000. The roof will be taken off in sections and numbered. Once the building is in place, the roof will be put back on according to the numbered sections, then reshingled. After the roof is removed, the schoolhouse will be about 18 feet high and will be able to move under the wires. The committee is talking to Bell Roofing about the work on the roof. C.T. Loyd will assist the roofing company by showing where to cut the roof so it won't cut into the strength of the building."
10 Years Ago
"In a special meeting held Thursday, the Mexico City Council approved the submission of an application for assistance in the proposed Advanced Technology Center expansion. The $447,975 appropriation was already approved in a bill last fall by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond. City Manager Tanna Parish called the application a 'formality.' The money would help fund a $1.2 million 15,600 square foot expansion to the 40,000 square foot ATC. An estimated 400 students attend the school, and 100 more could potentially be housed by the expansion. The expansion project also received a boost on Monday when the city was informed that an application for an innovative grant for $25,000 had been approved by the Community Development Block Grant Program. The grant application was initially approved in the Feb. 10 city council meeting. With the combined funds of the appropriation and the block grant, the city has nearly $700,000, of $1.2 million. The funding could move the expansion up to a year ahead of schedule. Parish said the city would proceed with trying to secure the rest of the funding for the expansion. Once the money is received for the project, the next step would be to make architectural plans and to begin taking bids for the construction."
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