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