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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.

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