Column published Jan. 4, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Recognized as one of Missouri's archeologists, and possessing one of the finest collections of Indian relics in the State, G.L. Ferris, of this city, pursues his study of the past at his home here surrounded by an exhibit whose value amounts into the thousands. Mr. Ferris has been collecting Indian relics and other reminders of the past for a great many years and wherever he learns of a mound being opened or a burial ground being brought to light, he immediately packs his suitcase and starts for the scene, anxious to secure the most valuable of the implements of this early race sure to be unearthed. An Eastern collector of relics was in this city this week and offered him a large sum for two of his best specimens of Indian life which are the only ones of their kind known to exist. However, he refuses to part with any, if not all, and enjoys his spare moments studying the past in a room in many instances a better museum that some of our larger cities can boast of. He has a fine collection of arms of all periods; of the implements of daily household life of the early settler in this country and a very large collection of shells and animals from the sea. The chairs in the room, used as a museum, are made from the polished horns of Western cattle and upholstered in leather. He has refused $75 for one of these. His collection of mound-builder implements is also very fine, as is his library."
50 Years Ago
The Audrain County Court has reappointed John Jesse as county highway engineer and Bernard Cross as overseer of the Martinsburg Road District No. 1. The Martinsburg district is the only one under direct control of the county court. The rest are controlled by special commissions. The court is preparing now for the 1963 county budget. All county officials are working on the individual budgets for their offices which must be submitted to the county court by Jan. 15. The county court, under state law, must adopt the budget on or before the first Monday in February. For 10 days before final adoption, the proposed budget must be open for public inspection under a new state law, County Clerk Glenn M. Barnes said. ... A heavy snow forecast for northern Missouri may dip into Ledgerland tonight or early tomorrow. A mixture of snow and rain is expected across central Missouri. Light freezing drizzle and fog was general over the state this morning, and highways in many places were glazed with ice. The road glazing caused several accidents in the area.
25 Years Ago
Bristye Incorporated, builders of Wick Homes in Missouri, announced the relocation of its manufacturing operations to Mexico in a news conference this morning at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce. Gary Decker, president of Bristye, said, 'We are most pleased to announce that we are moving to a 23,000-square-foot plant site located on Highway 22 west of Mexico. The former Smith Implement building was just what we were looking for to house our down-sized operation.' Mr. Decker said the company – based in Moberly since 1970, with Bristye acquiring the business from Wick Building Systems in June 1986 – has been in the primary business of building homes out of the Moberly facility since 1971. Accordingly, he said that 'our primary product over the years has been single-family housing. We have some 30 builder-dealers scattered in five states – the state of Missouri and perimeter states around the state of Missouri. We sell all our houses through that builder-dealer network.' ... The temporary closing of Cal-Jack in Vandalia and layoffs at the General Motors Plant in Wentzville contributed to the increased unemployment rate in Audrain County for the month of November. Roger Otey, manager of the Mexico Job Service office, said the closing of Cal-Jack resulted in about 100 being laid off and there are a number of county workers laid off from the plant in Wentzville. Also, during the month of November, when the county's jobless rate was 6.3 percent, up from 5.2 percent in October there were a number of seasonal job workers unemployed, Mr. Otey said."
10 Years Ago
"Playing at home for the first time this season, Mexico High School basketball boys again showed that it's not just how many points you score that decides the issue, but also how many you allow. The Bulldogs improved their varsity record to 5-2 with a 52-44 triumph Friday night over Marquette at MHS sports complex. It marked the fourth time this winter that they have come out on top and yet not scored more than 55 points; by the same token, no opponent has scored more than 51 against them over that same span. The Class 4 Bulldogs limited the Class 5 Mustangs to 38 percent shooting from the field overall and just 8 points in each of the first 2 periods. Mexico led 21-16 at the half and shut the door with 9-for-12 foul shooting down the stretch. Division I college prospect Sean Raboin paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, while David Isom added 14 and Dustin Shoemaker 1 for Mexico. Raboin converted all 5 of his free-throw attempts, while Isom went 6-for-8 as the Bulldogs finished 13-for-17 overall. Mexico's last 8 points in the contest came on free throws."
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