Column published Dec. 28, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"All records in fat mule sales in Callaway County were broken between Thursday of last week and Monday of this week, when buyers representing two East St. Louis commission firms bought 780 held for $165,338.75, or within a few cents of $212 a piece. The Guyton and Harrington mules were shipped Friday on a special train of 20 cars. Eighteen of the cars were loaded at McCredie and two at Auxvasse."
50 Years Ago
"Packed snow on Woodlawn Hill is providing school-free youngsters with holiday fun. Woodlawn is one of the streets blocked to through traffic by the city street department so children can enjoy the sport of sledding safely... Joe Washington has returned to his home in Kansas City after visiting over the holidays with Miss Gwendolyn West and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Williams West."
25 Years Ago
'Robert H. Marty, sales manager in the special projects division fro A.P. Green Refractories Co., has been chosen to receive the Col. R.R. Stribling Jr. Community Service Award for 1987 by the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce. The award will be given at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mexico. Criteria for consideration of the award is for "an individual, not necessarily a member of the chamber, who has expended exceptional effort in behalf of the community for a sustained periods of time." In 1964, Mr. Marty received a Community Service Award from the U.S. Gypsum Co. for his commitment to the community. A University of Missouri graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business and public administration, Mr. Marty has several other activities and honors. Activities he has been involved with include fund raising for the Mexico High School cross country teams; fund raising for the renovation, winterization and handicap-access projects of the Mexico-Audrain County Public Library; fund raising for the expansion of the Cerebral Palsy School; organizing through the Human Development Corp., with a mix of state, county and private funds, the winterization for homes owned by low-income families in Laddonia, Farber, Benton City and Martinsburg. The theme of the evening's festivities will be "Happy Birthday" and past presidents of the chamber will be recognized. Rex Johnson, president of the Commerce Bank of Mexico, will serve as master of ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by the Noteworthy Singers of Mexico High School, under the direction of Mary Herbert. The event marks the 15th year the chamber has presented a Community Service Award. Past winners include Lowell L. Hagan, Col. C.R. Stribling Jr., Warner Williams, William S. Lowe, John G. (Jack) Baker, Robert M. White II, Margery N. Gantt, C.R. Stribling III, G. Andy Runge, the Rev. Robert Collins, Charles Cockelreas, Katherine (Kitty) Seigfried, J. Michael McGannon and Larry Webber.
10 Years Ago
"The Audrain City-County Health Unit has developed and published a Web page that outlines and describes the services that are available at ACCHU. In addition, there are links to other pubic health-related Web sites. The site address for this new Web page is The official open day for the website is Wednesday, but it is available for viewing at this time. The health unit staff encourages people to check out the site to see what public health is all about and what ACCHU offers to the community."
– Compiled by Brenda Fike
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