Column published March 22, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Percy Hord, one of Mexico's progressive and most successful young business men, who has been with the Simmons Hardware Co., of St. Louis for several years has been promoted and is now in charge of the Philadelphia branch of that establishment. While we regret to lose Percy and his family from Missouri, The Ledger joins his many friends in congratulating him on his splendid success in the business world...Six representatives of the Hoffman Directory Co., of Quincy, Ill., are in Mexico getting the names of the residents here for a new directory. This company has made several other directories for Mexico, and this one will contain several features not in the others. It will take about four weeks for the men to get the list of the residents, businesses, churches, city and county officers, etc., that will be contained in the book. The directory will be off the press in about six or seven weeks. This will be the first directory of Mexico since 1910 and will be larger and show many changes of residence."
50 Years Ago
"A contract for construction of a chronic disease wing, public health center and other improvements at Audrain Hospital has been signed, it was announced today by Col. C.R. Stribling, chairman of the hospital board of trustees. The contract with the John Epple Construction Co. of Columbia, the lowest of five bidders, is for $1,107,610. Col. Stribling pointed out that architect's fees, contingency reserves and equipment for the new wing will make the total cost of the project $1,304,080, an increase over the original estimate which is due largely to unusual mechanical electrical plumbing requirements which represent about 55 per cent of the contract price. 'As neither the architect, the contractor, nor the administrator felt that the plans could be curtailed without affecting the efficient operation of the entire hospital, the board has decided to accept this new figure," Col. Stribling said. 'With 21 beds in the halls now, and with Hill-Burton money readily available now and possibly not available in the uncertain future, the board believes that delay is unwise.' To finance part of the additional cost of construction, the Hill-Burton participating funds from the federal government have been increased by $110,000 from $472,485, to $582,485. The remaining $86,000 of the increased cost can be raised in a number of different ways, Col. Stribling said: by additional tax deductible donations from individuals and businesses not yet contributing, by improved income, by higher per diem charges, or by an increase in the tax levy, which Col. Stribling said are now the lowest among county hospitals in Missouri."
25 Years Ago
"The city of Centralia began a 'new adventure of progress' Monday night as the Board of Aldermen approved a contract between the city and the Area Chamber of Commerce establishing the full-time position of economic development director. Under the contract,the city agrees to contribute one-third the cost of establishing the joint city-chamber position, up to $8,000 per year. The contract for the upcoming fiscal year includes $2,000 that had been committed for the last three months of the current year, for a total maximum city expenditure next year of $10,000. Newly elected chamber president Jed Angell said this morning that two applicants have responded to advertisements for the position, which will have a salary of $17,000 per year, and a third person has expressed interest in the position. He said chamber officials expect to complete interviews by the end of this week."
10 Years Ago
"The 178th annual Agricultural Appreciation Dinner, sponsored by the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Colleen Callahan will be the guest speaker for the evening, sponsored by Commerce Bank, Farm Credit Service and First National Bank. Callahan graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973 with a degree in Agricultural Communications. Callahan was the first woman, and the youngest ever, to be recognized by the University of Illinois Agriculture Alumni Association with their Award of Merit. The Chamber hosts this dinner for the farmers of Audrain County in recognition of their strong contribution to the local economy. Each farm couple is hosted for the evening by a local business couple. The Dale H. Schnarre Rural Citizen Award is presented at this banquet. The award has been given since 1974 and the honoree for the 2002 year will be named at the dinner. The 2001 honorees were Bruce and Barbara Wilson. Leslie Miller will be the mistress of ceremonies, with Joe May, Chamber president, presenting the Schnarre award. Kirk Ekern will introduce this year's award winners."
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