Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1913 - Poultry Show & Spelling Contest

Mexico Missouri Message
January 2 1913


Paris, Monroe County, a few days ago held a big corn and poultry show and spelling contest.  The school boys of the county and on exhibition fine specimens of corn they had grown and several boys received prizes.  The poultry show also was a most interesting feature.  Fine chicken stock was on exhibition from every neighborhood of the county.

Great interest centered in the spelling contest. Miss Aimee Cleary, of the Strother district, not many miles north of Mexico, by the way, won first honors in the county spelling contest and will represent Monroe county in the state contest at Jefferson City.  Ray Carter, of the Starr district  was second. After dashing off the hardest sort of words as fast as they came his way he finally became a bit excited and went down on "definite."

The Paris Appeal prints the pictures below and also comments as follows regarding Miss Aimee Cleary, the winner of first-honors in the county spelling contest, speaking also for the winner of second honors, Mr. Carter:

Miss Cleary is the oldest child in a family of motherless children and is a little mother to them all.  Besides keeping to the front in her school work she takes care of the home and otherwise demonstrates that she is one of the brightest and most deserving girls in the county.  Ray Carter is the son of J.W. Carter, near Tulip, and one of the brightest pupils of his district.

Next year the Message would like to see a spelling match in Audrain county. It would be worth something to get into this state contest.  Boys and girls, suppose you begin to get ready now.

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