LookingBack April 18

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.


"In God We Trust" was approved as the motto for all U.S. minted coins.


The new Phoebe Putney Hospital was given an ambulance by Louis Vannuci. The vehicle was pure white and drawn by a pair of white horses.


The Albany Herald issued premiums with each paid-in advance subscription that could be exchanged for baseball equipment for boys. Rates were $1.25, $1.50 and $2.50 for three-month, six-month and one-year subscriptions. Among the items offered for the premiums were a baseball, catcher's mitt, first baseman's mitt, fielder's glove, catcher's face mask and a bat.


Georgia National Bank celebrated 10 years of business in Albany. Deposits through April 19, 1920 totaled $1,268,410.59.


A second report of a stolen Ford came into the Albany Police Department in as many days. One was stolen while its owner was attending services at the First Methodist Church and the other from a parking place at the New Albany Hotel.

From the classifieds: Wanted: Rocking chair for invalid gentleman; also two pairs of pants for colored men. See Mrs. Annie Muse at Terminal Station.


Ideal Beauty Shop at 226 Pine Ave. was newly renovated and modernized. The newest equipment for permanent waves was available and the shop was always comfortable, thanks to Frigidaire air conditioning.

A list of donations and donors for storm relief for use by the American Red Cross appeared almost daily in the newspaper. The largest donors listed on April 15, 1936, were Euzelean Class, First Baptist ($8.65), McIntosh School, fifth grade ($5.20), Madison High School ($5.15), and the Debate Club of Albany High ($5).


Fire swept through the Albany Candy Co. at 110 Pine Ave. Flames quickly spread through ceiling-high boxes. Owner Cecil Jones stated that, while the stock was insured, it was a great loss of the first good-sized shipment of candy since the war.

The United Gas Corp. agreed to include Dawson on its proposed $74,000 natural gas line through south Georgia. Residents in the Terrell County city could expect to have use of natural gas within 18-24 months.


Eighteen people became U.S. citizens at a ceremony held in Albany. Representatives from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Colonial Dames were on hand. The new citizens hailed from England, Germany, Austria, Cuba and France.


The eight kindergarten programs in Albany announced an increase in monthly tuition. Beginning in September 1959, the cost per month would be $15 per child with an addition $5 per child for transportation. There were programs available at Convenant, Jack and Jill, Miss Mildred's Playhouse, Rainbow, Tarver, Turner Tots and Westminster Presbyterian.


Over the course of the year, 4,910 Dougherty County residents drew Social Security checks. The average check was just over $53.


Robert McColloch, an American, purchased the London Bridge and had it reassembled in Arizona. As far as tourist attractions, it is second only to the Grand Canyon in that state.


In need of new uniforms, the Albany High School band held a spaghetti supper. The tickets, $1.50 each, were good not only for supper but also admission to the band's spring concert.


Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane was invited to a party at the White House by Tricia Nixon. Slick showed up with Abbie Hoffman, who was on trial for conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Hoffman was turned away and Slick left with him.


U.S. District Court Judge Wilbur Owens ruled that the revised Dougherty County grand and traverse jury lists were now constitutional. Before revision, Owens had ruled the lists as unconstitutional because of discrimination of women and blacks.


The IBM personal computer was introduced. It used software from a company called Microsoft.


A Monroe High School junior at the time, 16-year-old Kenneth Cutts was named Youth of the year for the Cedar Avenue unit of the Boys Club of Albany. Young Cutts went on to receive the same recognition the following year. During his remarks, Cutts vowed that he would one day be president of the United States. Cutts currently serves on the boards of many local groups and is district director for U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.


Anthony O. Parker was named to replace former President Alvin F. Anderson as president of Albany Technical Institute. Parker came to Albany from Aiken Technical College in South Carolina where he served as vice president of student services. Note: The school is now Albany Technical College and Parker is still the president.


A portion of the ashes of Timothy Leary, Gene Roddenberry and 22 others blasted off for the first "space" funerals. Today, sealed in a container about the size of a lipstick tube, small amounts of ashes can be launched for costs ranging from about $700 (space flight with return to earth) to over $12,000 (launch into deep space).