The Commercial Appeal
25 years ago — 1998
W.E. “Slugo” Davis can remember when the Hernando town square was bustling with activity. “When you walked out of the courthouse, you were at everything,” said Davis, 49, Desoto County Chancery Court clerk, recalling what the square was like 35 years ago. “None of that is there now.” Though times have changed, Hernando is remembering where it came from. Last month, Hernando’s town square — the county courthouse and 18 other buildings — was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the Mississippi Historic Preservation Professional Review Board. The square is the only district in Desoto County to obtain such recognition.
50 years ago — 1973
The district director of the Internal Revenue Service said yesterday that most of the 50,000 Shelby Countians whose mortgage companies paid property taxes after Dec. 31 may claim the deductions on their 1972 income tax. James A. O’hara of Nashville said the IRS would “not disturb” the returns if they were “consistent in their practice” of previous years.
75 years ago — 1948
The Mid-south Post Graduate Medical Assembly elected new officers and heard King Rex, ruler of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, as one of its featured speakers at the Peabody. Dr. Hoyt R. Allen of Little Rock was chosen president-elect to serve in 1949-50. Dr. Frank M. Acree of Greenville, Miss., moved up from president-elect to president for 1984.
100 years ago — 1923
NASHVILLE – Plans for an amendment staving off the Sunday motion picture and theater closing bill until Sept. 1 were uppermost in the activities of the Memphis senators tonight in their preparations for reconsideration of the bill when the Senate convenes tomorrow afternoon. It is not altogether certain that the Senate will reconsider. If it does it will probably be to let the amendment in.
125 years ago — 1898
Charles D. Greene, one of the sanitary officers appointed yesterday, is well-known throughout the country among sporting writers as compiler and publisher of Greene’s Turf Guide.
In all big cities of the Northwestern race circuits Greene’s information cards are to be found posted in all resorts where race horse men congregate. “Charley,” as
he is best known, is owner and publisher of the Memphis Saturday Night, a weekly family paper.