VOL. 7 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 2, 2014
August 1-7: This week in Memphis history
2013: Owners of the Nineteenth Century Club began preliminary demolition work on the Union Avenue mansion, which would later be stopped by court order.
1978: Shaun Cassidy at the Mid-South Coliseum.
1928: Election day across Tennessee in the Democratic primary for governor between Henry Horton and Hill McAlister, a hard-fought election considered one of the bitterest political rivalries in the state’s history. The primary pitted Memphis political boss E.H. Crump, who was backing McAlister, the challenger, against newspaper publisher Luke Lea, who was backing Horton. The two political organizations and anyone trying to observe the election clashed violently at the polls in Shelby County with Will Gerber, the assistant district attorney, assaulting a reporter at one polling place. Jim Mulcahy, a ward boss facing federal charges for bootlegging, was also seen intimidating others trying to observe the election. The violence prompted a state investigation of the Shelby County balloting.
Source: “Tennessee in Turmoil” by David D. Lee
1855: The beginning of the city’s first major outbreak of Yellow Fever began with two cases on the steamer Ingomar, which had stopped at Memphis at the mouth of the Wolf River near the foot of Jackson Avenue. The two men were brought to hospitals in the city and died four days later. New cases and deaths followed on two other boats then to workers on the city’s riverfront.
Source: “History of Medicine in Memphis,” Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society