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VOL. 6 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 11-17, 2013: This week in Memphis history

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1943: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis and Shelby County Schools got a $138,780 federal grant to handle the shift of population from rural areas and small towns to areas of the county where war plants were located. The grant brought total funding for the Shelby County Board of Education to more than $1 million.

1923: The Grand Opera House at Main and Beale, built in 1890, was destroyed in a fire that started after a vaudeville show headlined by Blossom Seeley. It stood where the Orpheum Theatre is today.

1913: The Tennessee legislature passed two “force” bills designed to enforce the prohibition law that was to have taken effect starting the previous July. One prohibited the transportation of liquor from one county to another in the state. The second was a “nuisance act” which allowed for a court injunction to close any place that sold liquor, was a gambling house or was a brothel. The bills were proposed by Gov. Ben Hooper and opposed by interests in Memphis who filed suit to delay enforcement of these provisions as well and opposed prohibition in general.

Source: “Mr. Crump of Memphis” by William D. Miller

Meanwhile, the last batch of Goldcrest beer was made at the Tennessee Brewery in Memphis the day before the passage of the force bills. More than 500 workers were laid off.

Source: “Finest Beer You Ever Tasted” by Kenn Flemmons

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 51 329 975
MORTGAGES 54 374 1,120
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 26 93 228
BUILDING PERMITS 177 767 2,425
BANKRUPTCIES 51 273 675
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 189 489
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 19 113 293
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 59 140