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25 years ago — 1993

NEW BED­FORD, Mass. — For­mer priest James Porter was sen­tenced to at least 18 years in prison for child mo­lest­ing Mon­day af­ter 22 vic­tims spoke of the pain and em­bar­rass­ment they qui­etly en­dured for three decades. Be­fore the sen­tence was an­nounced, Porter tear­fully begged for le­niency, but one vic­tim told the judge: “I would ask the court to show the same amount of mercy that Mr. Porter showed us, and that is none.”

50 years ago — 1968

Three Mid-South Medal of Honor win­ners, in­clud­ing a Mem­phian, will share the half­time spot­light at the Lib­erty Bowl next Satur­day. They are Ver­non Gar­ity of Mem­phis, John R. Kane of Bar­ber, Ark., and Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mau­rice L. Britt of Lit­tle Rock. All re­ceived the medal for hero­ism in World War II.

75 years ago — 1943

Tra­di­tional prac­tice of medicine on the time-hon­ored in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic plan and some form of group medicine were held out as pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tives in dis­cus­sions at the Mem­phis Pub­lic Af­fairs Fo­rum at the YWCA last night, with con­sid­er­able com­ment and ques­tions from the au­di­ence af­ter the speak­ers, Dr. L.W. Diggs and Dr. Wil­son Searight, set out two points of view. Dr. Diggs’ ar­gu­ment was based on the idea that so­cial changes in the U.S. make nec­es­sary some re­vi­sions in med­i­cal prac­tice and pos­si­bly some changes in the doc­tor-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship, while Dr. Searight ar­gued that the tra­di­tional sys­tem had demon­strated its use­ful­ness over many years, and that it would be dis­as­trous to so­cial­ize medicine.

100 years ago — 1918

First sur­veys of an aerial mail route be­tween Mem­phis and Nashville are un­fa­vor­able. The pi­lots re­port that the ter­rain be­tween Jack­son and Nashville pro­vides no land­ing places for planes with en­gine trou­ble. Re­turn­ing from a sur­vey yesterday the pi­lots brought an aerial mail let­ter to C.P.J. Mooney, ed­i­tor-in-chief of The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal, from J.H. Al­li­son, gen­eral man­ager of the Nashville Evening Amer­i­can.

125 years ago — 1893

There was a bloody af­fray yesterday at Gold Dust Land­ing, Tenn., about 40 miles above Mem­phis. The com­bat­ants, steam­boat men on one side and gov­ern­ment la­bor­ers on the other, em­ployed fists, knives and clubs with ter­ri­ble ef­fect un­til the Tip­ton County sher­iff ar­rived. He and his deputies brought them all to the Mem­phis po­lice sta­tion for safe­keep­ing.


Dr. Wil­lie W. Her­en­ton stands on the steps of his child­hood home on the South side of Crump Boule­vard, west of South Third Street in this De­cem­ber 7, 1978, pho­to­graph. The build­ing was torn down in later years. The pho­to­graph was made shortly af­ter Dr. Her­en­ton was named su­per­in­ten­dent of the Mem­phis city school sys­tem. DAVE DAR­NELL/THE

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