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VOL. 8 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 11, 2015

This Week in Memphis History: July 10-16

By Bill Dries

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1990: Janet Jackson plays the Mid-South Coliseum.

1973: Father Don Mowery makes an appearance on the “Today” show to talk about his Youth Service USA program, a Memphis-based initiative with a national reach that began at the Memphis Naval Air Station at Millington in the late 1960s.

1969: Groundbreaking for the 31-story One Commerce Square, built by the National Bank of Commerce and completed in 1972. Construction began the year before on the parking garage. The skyscraper is envisioned as a symbol that NBC is up to competing with Union Planters and First National Banks, which both have new office buildings on Memphis’ skyline.

Plough Inc. founder Abe Plough, also an investor in National Bank of Commerce, had bought the site for One Commerce Square through a dummy corporation. Plough Inc. and NBC were to share the building, but the company later built its own headquarters on Jackson Avenue. NBC was to pay a quarter of the $14 million project but wound up paying $10 million of the cost instead.

Source: “National Bank of Commerce: The First 120 Years” by Dr. Charles W. Crawford

1943: On the front page of The Daily News, Edmund Orgill is appointed director of the Memphis and Shelby County War and Welfare Fund. Orgill, the president of Orgill Brothers, would go on to become mayor of Memphis, elected as a reformer after the death of political boss E.H. Crump.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0