Column published Jan. 18, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Crown Laundry Co. is making extensive additions to their plant in order to handle the Rough Dry work more quickly. The new equipment consists of motors, washers, extractor and a Rough Dry wagon. ... The people of Mexico should take an interest in the high school athletic entertainments. If you want to encourage clean sport, you should patronize the basketball games. Show your encouragement by your cordial and liberal patronage. ... Remember the mass meeting at the courthouse on Friday, January 24, to discuss the question of building a new jail. The people of Audrain are interested in this proposition, and the County Court wants your views before this proposition is submitted to a vote."
50 Years Ago
"Local bloodmobile workers were encouraged today by the response of Mexicoans and other county residents yesterday to their appeal for blood donors but reminded that a need still exists for building up reserves in the Blood Bank. The Bloodmobile opened at 11 a.m. today and will receive donors until 4 p.m. in the community room of the courthouse. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, 55 pints of blood were received. Yesterday 183 pints of blood were received and 21 others offered blood but were rejected for various health reasons. Recruitment chairman Mrs. James A. McKitterick said she was proud that 204 persons were willing to save a life by donating a pint of blood. Two persons completed their third gallon: Fred W. Hanter and the Rev. Hugh Wilson; and Effie Wright completed her second gallon. Six persons became members of the one-gallon club: Donald Jackson, Fern Hildebrand, Everett Fennewald, Patrick Mudd, Minnie Offutt and Tim Hagan. Bloodmobile officials listed 12 first-time donors and stressed the importance of having more in this category. They emphasized that once a person discovers how easy it is to give blood, he will return again and again. The first-time donors included: Edward Schutte, Lou Emma Appling, Walter Wegener, Bill Hasen, Nicholas Mohacsy, Bonnie Erwin, Donald Lincoln, Melvin Henderson, James Kobush, Mrs. Warner Williams and Mrs. Marge Rosinous."
25 Years Ago
"Saying previous winners of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce's Col. C.R. Stribling Jr. Community Service Award were among his heroes, 1987 recipient Robert Marty pledged Saturday night to rededicate himself to community service. Mr. Marty was among several award winners honored at the Chamber's annual dinner meeting held at the Mexico Knights of Columbus Hall. Mr. Marty has been involved in a variety of civic activities, including the Human Development Corp., Mexico Jaycees, the Park Board, Mexico Area Family YMCA, Friends of the Library and several groups connected to the improvement of Mexico Schools. Other awards presented during the three-hour session included: The Community Betterment Award to the Mexico Noon Kiwanis Club; the Business Service Award to Continental Products Co., a Mexico firm which now employs 175; Civic Club Award to Mexico Knights of Columbus; Ambassador's Award to Dr. H. Peter Ekern, immediate past president of the Missouri Medical Association; and Presidents Award to Acting City Manager Tom Herron."
10 Years Ago
"On Monday there will be two celebrations honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee has put together two programs for area residents to honor the leader of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and '60s. King was killed in 1968 by an assassin. The theme for this year's celebration will be 'Knowledge is Power ... Sharing it is Empowerment.' Monday's first celebration will begin with a march from Ward Chapel AME Church to the Audrain County Courthouse. Marchers are to meet at 11:15 a.m. at the corner of Holt and Johnson streets. The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. Once the group reaches the courthouse a program will be held. The mistress of ceremonies will be Jo Ann Thomas. The program will open with the Rev. T.L. Garner Jr. singing the Negro National Anthem. The keynoted speaker will be the Rev. C.W. Dawson Jr., director of multicultural affairs at William Woods University and pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Fulton. The evening celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Second Missionary Baptist Church. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Carolus Taylor, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, Columbia. Garner will be the master of ceremonies. The Rev. Richard Mayson Sr., and the Rev. Edith Fort Reed will read scriptures. Prayers will be led by The Rev. Duane Brush, prayer for less fortunate; Paul Nickens, prayer for equality and reconciliation; Jaye Jackson, prayer for effective leadership; and the Rev. Robert H. Marty, prayer for national unity. Members of the celebration committee are Garner, Jackson and Thomas."
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