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VOL. 10 | NO. 8 | Saturday, March 08, 2014

This week in Memphis history: March 7-13

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1982: U2 opened for J. Geils Band at the Auditorium. It was the second Memphis show by U2 who had played the previous year at The Music Hall, a nightspot on Madison Avenue, west of McLean Boulevard. After the Auditorium date, the band dropped in at Miller’s Cave, a Frayser bar, and played two songs with the Miller Brothers Band.

1950: Archduke Otto of Austria, an heir to the Hapsburg throne, was in Memphis to speak to the Memphis Executive Club on the topic “Christian Democracy or Communism?”

1944: Among the new merchant licenses listed in The Daily News: Gate City Hardware Co. at 2500 Summer Ave.

1889: Two Catholic nuns arrived in Memphis from Lafayette, Ind., and opened what became St. Joseph Hospital in two dilapidated cottages with a $6,000 mortgage on Jackson Avenue between Alabama and Klondyke Streets. Superiors of the Franciscan order who sent the two nuns did so at the request of Father Francis Moening, a priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church who started pushing for a hospital in Memphis to serve all races and creeds regardless of their ability to pay after he had administered last rites to a river workman that same year. By that August, St. Joseph Hospital had a new three-story frame building from a benefactor who had toured the hospital and was appalled by the overcrowding.

Source: 1989 hospital press released for the hospital’s 100th anniversary

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PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 76 4,266
BUILDING PERMITS 176 877 39,378
BANKRUPTCIES 60 294 15,542
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 98 5,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 423 23,573
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