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VOL. 9 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 6, 2016

August 5-11, 2016: This week in Memphis history

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PRINCE MONGO 
(memphisport.com)

1986: Election day with nonpartisan Shelby County elections the main item of interest for voters. Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris easily wins a third term of office, defeating challengers Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges and North Memphis political activist Charlie Morris. Incumbent Sheriff Gene Barksdale loses his re-election bid in an upset by Jack Owens, who runs for sheriff from the chairmanship of the Memphis City Council. The election draws a countywide turnout of 34.6 percent.

1985: Congressmen Harold Ford Sr. and Don Sundquist join the civic effort to keep St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The hospital has an offer to move its research center to the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and the board of the Memphis institution takes the offer seriously. Meanwhile, the possibility mobilizes a local effort by Memphis Mayor Dick Hackett and Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris.

1923: The city is preparing for a day of mourning to mark the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding following a weekend mass meeting to honor Harding in Overton Park. There are plans for a third Adler hotel in the city, says Herman Adler, who is gauging the availability of land in “south Downtown” for a $250,000 hotel. Demolition work is about to begin at Union Avenue and Front Street, where the new cotton exchange building is to be built. Germantown residents are making plans for the annual Poplar Pike Fair. And the Memphis Chamber of Commerce may soon ban all-day parking, which has become a problem for some Downtown businesses.

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