VOL. 9 | NO. 20 | Saturday, May 14, 2016
May 13-19: This week in Memphis history
1976: A Marx & Bensdorf ad in The Daily News offers a 170-acre estate at Holmes and Center Hill roads, then south of the Collierville city limits, for sale for $1.1 million. The “picture book” estate is advertised as the one-time home of the state’s most famous walking horse, Carbon Copy, the 1964 world grand champion.
The estate and Carbon Copy had been the property of George Lee Lenox, a bond dealer, until Lenox was kidnapped and murdered in March 1970.
1966: On the front page of The Daily News, the 1965 Tennessee cotton crop is counted at 637,000 bales, valued at $104 million. The amount is 5 percent lower than the 1964 crop. The price for lint cotton averaged 29 cents a pound.
1966: Jack Nicklaus will be playing in the June Memphis Open golf tournament, defending his title in the annual golf tournament held at Colonial Country Club.
1857: James McMillan, a slave trader from Maysville, Ky., is shot and fatally wounded on the Memphis riverfront by Isaac Bolton, a slave trader angry over a previous deal in which McMillan sold him a slave whose term had ended, forcing Bolton to make a refund. Bolton, who later was acquitted, reportedly shoots McMillan and then throws a knife on the floor by McMillan, claiming McMillan had tried to attack him. The incident kicks off the county's bloodiest feud, which continued after the Civil War and slavery ended.
Source: "The Bolton-Dickins Feud" by Kenneth Hensley