January 14 in Gennett History…

1920: Judge Martin Thomas Manton wrote the Circuit Court of Appeals, Second District’s Opinion, which reconfirmed the denial of Victor’s temporary injunction request. He agreed with the District Judge’s earlier doubt regarding Johnson’s prior victory decided by Judge Ray. It became “incumbent upon Johnson, in order to succeed, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was, in fact, the inventor.” This decision allowed not only Gennett to continue releasing lateral cut pressing, but sent a clear message to other companies that the courts possessed serious reservations about Johnson’s patent claims.

Judge Martin Thomas Manton

1929: Leonard Rutherford and John Foster recorded “Six Months Ain’t Long” in Richmond.  It appeared on Gennett 6807, Champion 15750 (~28,500 copies sold), and Supertone 9352 and featured Leonard Rutherford (v & f) and John Foster (v & g). 

1930: Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts recorded “The Drunken Man’s Dream” in Richmond.  It appeared on Champion 16208 (~1,500 copies sold) and 45135 and featured Roberts (f) and Asa Martin (g).

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