Column published Dec. 7, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Otto Byars, of this city, is probably the champion corn husker of Audrain County. Recently Otto shucked ten days for John Byars, south of Benton City, averaging eighty-seven and a half bushels per day. After the corn had been shucked it averaged four and a half barrels per acre. Are there any other corn huskers or Woodrow Wilson Democrats in Audrain County that can turn Otto's face to the wall, when it comes to shucking corn? ... The South Side School basketball team took the first game of the season with the Central School, Friday afternoon, by a score of 16-12 at McMillan gymnasium. Both teams played an excellent game and showed good judgement for grade school boys. The line-ups were: South Side – Smith and Dearing, guards; Quisenberry, center; Lewis, guard; Moody, center; Kearns and Gregory forwards. Central School – Moore and Estes, guards; Quisenberry, center; Lewis and Rodes, forwards. ... A most important meeting of the members of the Commercial Club will be held at the luncheon Monday noon. This is an extra luncheon and should be an extra occasion. ... The people of Mexico should all be interested in bringing the Missouri Sunday School convention here next year. Mexico has a splendid reputation as a convention city and we are going to make it better than ever."
50 Years Ago
"Employment remained fairly stable for November, according to a report by Lloyd T. Tribble, manager of the Mexico office of the Missouri Division of Employment Security. The total number of unemployed in the office's active file was 572 at the end of the month, about the same level as in May and June but the highest since then. The active file in October dropped to 419. Last November there were 427 in the active file and two years ago there were 572. During the month 143 new work applications were filed, including 48 female applicants and 24 veterans applicants. By comparison the previous month had 163 new applications and in November of 1961 there were 148. Only 84 job openings were received during November, compared with 117 in October and 81 in November a year ago. Job openings unfilled totaled 31, compared with 33 in October and 26 a year ago. Mr. Tribble said his office filled 71 job openings, including two farm jobs. Other jobs were: Two professional and managerial, eight clerical and sales, 47 service, two skilled four semi-skilled and six unskilled."
25 Years Ago
"The advent of the holiday season signals a time of celebration for many, and Missourians are being encouraged to utilize a designated-driver program to help reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents. Gov. John Ashcroft recently proclaimed December as "Designated-Driver Month" to help increase public awareness of the program. Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller said "At any time of the year we ask that somebody be designated in a group not to drink to promote safety if a group goes out celebrating." He added that during the holiday season, the sheriff's department is promoting a "tie one on" campaign with a twist. The campaign – sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Missouri Division of Highway Safety – does not refer to encouraging people to drink, but rather that the department will have red ribbons tied to its left outside mirrors to remind people not to drink and drive during the holidays."
10 Years Ago
"Mark England and Katie Bunge, computer information systems students at Hart Mexico Area Vocational-Technical School, have recently passed their Microsoft Office User Specialist computer certification exams in Word and Excel. MOUS certification program is a globally recognized standard for demonstrating Microsoft computing skills. It is the only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate desktop computer skills using the Microsoft office programs. Mark and Katie received a certificate from the Microsoft corporation which is a valuable credential recognized worldwide as proof of their abilities. ... In a game of frequent spurts, Mexico High School basketball girls seemed to have the most and the biggest. No surprise, then that the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs took home their 10th Montgomery County Invitational championship trophy Friday night with a 71-58 decision over Clopton for their fourth varsity victory in as many games this season. Paced by unanimous all-tournament team selections Katie Bunge and Ashley Comer, Mexico led by a dozen points going into the fourth quarter and by as many as 16 with 6 minutes left to play, but No. 3 seed Clopton proved pesky from start to finish, pulling within 62-54 on Richelle Dorsey's 3-pointer with 3:10 on the clock. But freshman guard Whitney Widaman drove the lane and dished off to Comer for a lay-in less than 30 seconds later, restoring Mexico's double-digit lead and the Lady Bulldogs never led by less despite missing some free throws down the stretch."
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