VOL. 11 | NO. 23 | Saturday, June 9, 2018
June 8-14, 2018: This week in Memphis history
1977: Former president Gerald Ford, playing in the pro-am event of the Danny Thomas Golf Classic, hits a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Colonial Country Club with a five-iron shot that hits the green six feet from the flag and rolls in. The tour professional in the group is Ben Crenshaw. On the ninth hole, Ford hit three straight bunker shots.
Source: United Press International account
2008: The Memphis City Schools board votes to hire Dr. Kriner Cash as the system’s new superintendent. Cash comes to Memphis from being chief of accountability and system-wide performance for Miami-Dade Public Schools in Florida. Cash agrees to a contract that pays him $260,000 a year. “I want this community to know a new day is dawning for Memphis City Schools and starting today – starting today – the sun is going to shine for the whole world to see on the mighty bluff of Tennessee,” Cash says upon his selection.
2014: The Memphis Area Transit Authority temporarily stops all trolley service, with MATA leaders saying the 15 trolleys have reached the end of their useful lives without at least an overhaul or replacement. The decision follows a review of all trolleys following an April fire on one of them, the second fire in six months.
1945: The War Production Board announces that Americans will get 2 million additional books of matches during the second quarter. The matches are just one commodity of many, including car tires and certain foods, rationed during World War II to devote those materials to war production efforts.
The City Commission refunds $25 to the King Cotton Hotel at Jefferson Avenue and Front Street since the hotel closed its bowling alley in the hotel basement. The refund is half of the fee the hotel owners paid the city for the privilege license.
Memphis Air Conditioning Co., 8 N. Front St., is advertising the “Gulf Breeze” – “the quietest and most efficient air mover on the market.”