The Commercial Appeal
New marshal in town
25 years ago: 1988
Federal Express Corp. plans to begin service to 11 African nations Friday, bringing to 105 the number of countries the Memphis-based air express company serves. Rather than f lying directly to Africa, Federal Express has contracted with an agent in Brussels, Belgium, who is in the business of transporting air cargo and express packages to and from Africa, David Shoenfeld, vice president of international marketing, said Monday.
50 years ago: 1963
The Memphis Light, Gas & Water Commission yesterday selected the firm of Thorn, Howe, Stratton & Strong as architects for its proposed new four million dollar building. But the commission bowed its neck in connection with a possible site, including a recommendation that the new building be located on the northeast corner of Main and Beale and become part of a restored Beale Street complex.
75 years ago: 1938
Three of Memphis’ six surviving Confederate veterans will leave today for Gettysburg, Pa., scene of the deciding battle of the Civil War and now to be the scene of the joint reunion of the Blue and Gray. The three Memphians who will attend are the Rev. R.P. Smith, Gen. R.E. Bullington and Col. John W. Porter.
100 years ago: 1913
Memphians sweltered and remained under electric fans yesterday when the mercury climbed to 104 degrees on the Court Square kiosk. Hundreds of persons were driven from their homes the night before by the heat and those who could afford electric fans kept them buzzing overtime. Those who cannot afford such luxuries stayed in the parks or stretched out in the grass along the river front where a breeze was blowing in from the west.