Looking Back October 18, 2009

Looking Back

October 18, 2009


The Holman Mule Barn opened with a stock of horses, mules, harnesses, wagons and a variety of farm needs. The slogan for the business was: You always get a square deal at Holman's.


Mayor H.A. Peacock asked Albany residents to stop building fires for burning leaves and debris on the newly paved streets of the city. The mayor stated that he believed residents were unaware of the damage fire could cause to the newly asphalted streets and wanted the public informed regarding the matter. Laws against damaging public property were in place but Peacock hoped enforcement would not become necessary.

The demand for telephone service in Georgia was so great that there were 4,000 unfilled applications. The needed facilities to supply the service did not exist but was being constructed as rapidly as investors could be found.


An ad in The Albany Herald read: First-class barber. Can make $20-$30 per week. Wire or write to Big Four Barber Shop, Pelham, Georgia.


Alcatraz became a federal prison. One of its first inmates was Al "Scarface" Capone. The prison was closed in 1963.


Home owned and operated by W.R. Cobb, the new Western Auto Associate Store opened at 236 Broad Avenue. The inventory included automobile tires, spark plugs, bicycles, batteries, pocket knives, roller skates and much more. For the homemaker, there were small electric appliances with one grand opening special being an electric iron for $1.05.


Dougherty County bragged about its roads to all who would listen. There were 75 miles of paved roads and 254 miles of improved farm-to-market, registered roads with every mile passable under all weather conditions. Every bridge in Dougherty County was declared "modern concrete".

The Albany Chapter of the American Red Cross was seeking volunteers to provide items for the men of the armed forces. Red Cross kits would be assembled locally for shipment and contain such things as knitted sweaters, mittens, socks, writing materials, playing cards, pocketknives, toiletries and other items of comfort, entertainment and convenience.


Albany High outscored Americus on the football field 40-7.


Albany Drug Company held a monthly "Refund Day." The date was announced at the end of each month and published in The Albany Herald. All cash register receipts with the correct date could be redeemed at the store for a full refund of the amount spent on that day.


Churchwell's had the new doll all little girls would love to have. The Toni (as in home permanents) doll was the "only doll in the world with Magic Nylon Hair." With a "play wave" kit, girls could shampoo, curl and style Toni's hair over and over again. Doll sizes ranged from 14 inches to 21 inches with a price tag from $17 to $20. In today's dollars, the $17 doll would cost about $150.

Gortatowsky Insurance Agency was offering a health insurance policy for the entire family for $10 per year or $25 for three years. The benefits were for medical expenses up to $5,000 and covered polio, smallpox, leukemia, tetanus, spinal meningitis, diphtheria, scarlet fever and encephalitis.


The Bank of Albany had all the conveniences any customer could desire. There was plenty of parking as well as drive-in tellers. Numerous savings accounts were available. Home improvement loans up to $2,500 for 36 months at 5% interests, personalized checks, 200 for $1.75, including a personalized cover, an envelope depository on the bank's front porch, money orders up to $300 cost only 15 cents and travel cheques were $1 per $100. All this and more was available at 131 Oglethorpe Avenue.


In one of the first massive Vietnam War protests, 35,000 demonstrators tried to levitate the Pentagon. More than 600 people were arrested.


A special committee appointed by the Dougherty County Board of Education to investigate the operations of Albany High School in the wake of student walkouts and property destruction reported that discipline must be strengthened. The committee recommended that students and faculty be informed that future walkouts and/or any action that interfered with fellow students receiving the best education possible would not be tolerated and students not following school rules would immediately be expelled.


Woolworth in Albany had a full line of Halloween costumes for children. There was Casper, Mickey Mouse, Bozo the Clown, Uncle Sam, Batman and more. Most were priced at $1.99. For those with deeper pockets, a robot costume was available with a lite-up mask for $2.99.


President Jimmy Carter signed a bill restoring citizenship to Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.


The cellular phone was introduced by American Mobile Communications in Chicago.

Bonds were set at $10,000 each for 110 suspects from four southern states in dogfighting raids. About 50 were arrested in Mitchell County. Sixty were arrested, including 11 juveniles, near Alma in Bacon County. Georgia made dogfighting a felony in 1982.


John Smoltz pitched the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Championship Series. The Braves were headed to the World Series for the first time since 1958.


Tommy Chatmon was tapped as the executive director of Albany Tomorrow Inc. and its $174 million downtown redevelopment plan.


The Lee County Chamber of Commerce named Thomas Page Tharp as its Man of the Year. Ida Chambers was designated Woman of the Year..