VOL. 10 | NO. 43 | Saturday, October 21, 2017
October 20-26, 2017: This week in Memphis history
2016: Early voting opens in advance of the November presidential elections in Tennessee.
Big River Crossing, the nearly two mile pedestrian-bicycle boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge formally opens to the public with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine. The $17.5 million project opens two weeks ahead of schedule and $1.5 million under budget. For the opening, delegations of elected officials from Memphis and West Memphis meet in the middle of the boardwalk over the Mississippi River.
1986: On the front page of The Daily News, Smith & Nephew Associated Cos. buys Richards Medical Co. of Memphis from Cooper Vision Inc. of Palo Alto, California, in a $283.9 million deal that brings Smith and Nephew to Memphis and a competitive medical devices market in the city.
1927: Early estimates are that the Tri-State Fair drew more than 275,000 people during its eight-day run, according to Frank D. Fuller, secretary-manager of the Tri-State Fair Association. The October event this year includes the National Dairy Exposition. The goal of the exposition is to “present every phase of dairying to southern farmers – and will show them the vast possibilities for profit that will follow a thorough knowledge of the subject.” Fuller says the dairy exposition is likely to become a permanent addition to the fair.
“The Cruise of the Hellion” is the new movie feature at the Pantages theater. The movie includes a six-act vaudeville bill with two headliners and two feature acts. They include Billie Dorex and Maxie Clifton, formerly of The Greenwich Village Follies. Also included are Mabel Haley and the Joyce Sisters, who bill themselves as “Three Pepper Pots.” The lineup also features British comedian Harrington Reynolds, who is billed as the American Prince of Wales, and Norman Thekma, an “eccentric billiardist.”