The doctor is in
25 years ago — 1993
Man made St. Mary’s Cathedral, but God must have had a hand in it. His fingerprints are all over the place. The brilliant stained-glass windows consecrate plain daylight. The white stone Gothic walls are shaped like a Latin cross. The Caen stone altar hallows the ground underneath. Built nearly a century ago, however, the sacred masterpiece and Memphis landmark was showing its earthly age. The roof was weary, the organ moaned and the glass was more dazed than dazzling. So about two years ago, local Episcopalians decided to spruce up the place. On Sunday, hundreds of former and current communicants there will celebrate the completion of a $700,000 project that has restored the cathedral to its former glory.
50 years ago — 1968
Memphis begins a massive cleanup today following the settlement of the 65-day sanitation workers strike that led to the first formal recognition the city has ever given a labor union. Most of the 1,300 striking workers were expected to report to work this morning but Charles Blackburn, public works director, asked all residents to continue placing refuse at the curb until normal operations could be resumed. He said the city will be using all men who return to work during the next week and some 250 hired during the strike in a comprehensive citywide cleanup. The striking members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ratified the agreement yesterday and then broke into thunderous cheering at Clayborn Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church.
75 years ago — 1943
Purchase of $3,000,000 in War Bonds by Plough, Inc., Memphis drug manufacturing firm, was announced yesterday by Doddridge Nichols, chairman of the War Finance Committee, handling the Second War Loan Drive, which ends April 30. Lending noteworthy impetus to the local drive, the Plough $3,000,000 purchase represents nearly one sixth of the $18,370,000 quota for Memphis and Shelby County.
100 years ago — 1918
Liberty bond salesmen began yesterday to put a punch into the third campaign in Memphis in a supreme effort to reach the Shelby County quota of $6,592,450 before the close of this week. The third drive does not end officially until May 4, but leaders want to reach the goal before Saturday night.
125 years ago — 1893
The Little Rock Gazette thinks that a large number of Memphians will come out largely ahead on the race season. “They will do this by keeping away from the grounds and pool rooms.”
Dr. Paul Tudor Jones, pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church stands in front of the church, located at 1750 Union Avenue in April 1965. Born in Corinth, MS in 1909, he attended Southwestern at Memphis, graduating in 1932. He received theological degrees from Louisville Seminary and Union Seminary and began his ministry by serving small churches in Tchula and Lexington, MS. After serving churches in several states he moved to Idlewild in 1954, where he stayed until his retirement in 1975. Dr. Jones died on 27 Dec 1999.