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VOL. 7 | NO. 5 | Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 24-30: This week in Memphis history

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1985: Prince played two of three sold-out shows that winter at the Mid-South Coliseum on the Purple Rain tour. He returned in February for the third show.

1974: The real estate firm Poplar Pike Inc installed a Mark VI computer at its offices in the Eastwood Building at 6209 Poplar Ave., reported Joe Wade III, president of Poplar Pike Inc.

1972: Washington Sen. and Democratic presidential contender Henry “Scoop” Jackson was in Memphis in advance of that’s year first-ever Tennessee presidential primary in a campaign swing that included a stop later in Jackson, Tenn. Among those welcoming Jackson to the city was Frank Clement Jr., president of the student government at Memphis State University. Jackson said Democrats could reclaim the White House by “appealing to the progressive center of America” and he dismissed George Wallace as an “extreme right wing candidate.” Jackson said Democrats had to “face up to the Wallace problem” and added Republicans had “made a shambles of the economy.”

1892: Freda Ward, 17, was stabbed and her throat slashed by Alice Mitchell, 19, as Ward was on her way to board the riverboat Ora Lee on the riverfront. Ward’s family had separated her from Mitchell, who had stalked Ward since their separation, waiting to kill her until Ward was to board the riverboat to take her home to the town of Goldust. The murder case became a national news story.

Source: “Sapphic Slashers” by Lisa Duggan

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 48 2,693
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 139 5,848
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 26 116 6,830
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 133 4,049