Column published Dec. 13, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Both engines were derailed and six cars were thrown off the track, when Wabash Freight No. 62 struck the C.&A South Branch freight No. 214 Thursday evening, as the C&A train was crossing the Wabash tracks just after dark. The C&A engine had just cleared the crossing, when the Wabash ran into the train. The Wabash engine and three cars were thrown off the track. A car load of 30 mules and one of 58 hogs on the C&A train were knocked down the embankment completely turned over. Two mules were killed and several injured and three hogs were killed. The C&A engine was partially derailed. The mules had been sold by W.R. Buckner of Auxvasse to Eugene Blakemore and were being shipped to his home in Shelbyville, Tenn."
50 Years Ago
"Just about half of Mexico's Headquarters battery National Guard unit streamed into the Armory last night as a result of a practice alert. The unscheduled callup was designed to test how well, the battalion alert and mobilization plan works. Both Bravo Battery in Columbia and Alpha in St. Louis participated in their respective cities. As the guardsmen, called from supper, from bowling, from their daily routine arrived they were hustled to outposts around the city – key installations which could be expected to be targets in case of an enemy attack."
25 Years Ago
"Mexico's City Council is looking into the possibility of hiring a consulting firm to search for a city manager, Mayor Larry Webber said this morning. The council met in special executive session Thursday night in the wake of City Manager Mark Pentz's announcement Wednesday that he had accepted a position as city manager at Leavenworth, Kan. On Thursday Mr. Webber explained that a consulting firm could conduct a search for candidates to fit a specific profile tailored to the city's needs. Those applicants would be screened by the firm and there applications submitted to the council for further consideration."
10 Years Ago
"Executives at Nexans are expected to announce today the closing of the Mexico-based plant. The shutdown of the magnet wire plant would mean the loss of an estimated 130 jobs. The Ledger was able to obtain a memo distributed yesterday to Nexans employees regrading the future of the plant. The letter, dated Dec. 12 and written by Director of Employee and Labor Relations at Nexans Edward Faultess states: "Effective April 30, 2003 Nexans will permanently close its entire plant located at 5701 Highway 54 East, Mexico, Missouri 65265." The memo also states that layoffs from the plant will begin as early, as Feb. 14."
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