January 24-30: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, January 25, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 5

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