LookingBack Aug. 22

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris


Georgia Governor Hoke Smith signed an act that reduced the maximum number of hours a textile mill worker could be required to work from 66 to 60 per week.


A new electric elevator was installed at the Davis Exchange Bank on the corner of Broad and Washington Streets. The device replaced the old mechanically driven elevator and could travel at the speed of 200 feet per minute.


William Adamson, D-Ga., introduced the Adamson Act, calling for an eight-hour workday and overtime pay.


The Dougherty County Draft Board set up four locations to register men ages 18 to 45. The one-day registration lasted from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Members of the board also traveled to the convict camp and registered all 35 of the inmates. A lottery was used to determine who served.


The Dougherty County Road Tax books were open at the courthouse Sept. 1 - Oct. 1. All residents subject to this tax were expected to make the $5 tax payment during this time. Those failing to do so would have a warrant issued against them, as well as late penalties which would bring the tax payment to $9.25.

Enrollment was announced for Albany's white schools. The high school had 490 students and the five grammar schools had a combined enrollment of 1,127.


Georgia's first statewide system of free school textbooks was inaugurated. Approximately 800,000 students in grammar and high schools were provided every book needed for the year. The cost for the state reached $2 million.


As thoughts turned to preparation for cooler weather, the City Wood Company encouraged Albanians to burn wood instead of coal to help the war effort. The cash and haul price for a 1 1/2 ton truck of hardwood blocks was $4.25.


One of the oldest businesses in Americus, Harrold Bros., donated its business records to Emory University. The records covered the the period from 1859 to 1953 and weighed four tons.


Phoebe Putney Hospital received an iron lung from Tallahassee for use with infantile paralysis (Polio) patients. This brought the number of iron lungs at the local hospital to three, with a fourth on order.


The Ford Motor Co. introduced the Edsel.

Senator Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., prepared with cough drops, malted milk tablets and satiated by a steak dinner, took the congressional podium at 8:54 p.m. on Aug. 28, 1957. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes against a bill for civil rights The Civil Rights Act of 1957, which would ensure that black voters would have ready access to polling booths, passed.


Americus High School was integrated for the first time in its 84-year history. The first four black students to attend AHS were David Bell Jr., Robertena Freeman, Dobbs Wiggins and Minnie Wise.


According to a crime report released by the FBI, only seven cities in the United States with a population of 50,000 to 100.000 had a lower crime rate than Albany. The city had 692.8 crimes per 100,000 people; the state average per 100,000 was 1,365.9 and the national average per 100,000 was 1,921.7.

Albany city commissioners voted to regulate the keeping of cows, horses and mules within the city limits. The new regulation would prohibit keeping those animals any closer than 50 feet from a dwelling or property line. The next year the rule would extend the 50-foot limit to 100 feet.


Hank Williams Jr. and the Cheatin' Hearts Band played two dance sets at the Downtowner Motor Inn in the Gold Room. Tickets were $5 each. FYI: That location is now the Heritage House.


Tom Brokaw became the news anchor for the "Today Show."

Former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox was nominated for president by the American Independent Party.


It was a good month for the taxpayers of Albany/Dougherty County. The Dougherty County Board of Education announced it would trim its portion of the millage rate by 3.2 mills. Five days later, the Dougherty County Commission announced it would lower the property tax millage rate by five mills.


Billy Black, president of Albany State College, stated that the federal government needed to do more to help with financial aid for black students and historically black colleges. In Fiscal Year 1984, black colleges received $620 million in federal funds, an increase of $16 million over the year before. When asked if the amount of assistance was adequate, Black answered, "Obviously, no."


An inmate at Lee Correctional Institute beat another inmate to death with a mop handle. The attack took place about 5:15 a.m. and no other inmates were involved. Both the victim and the attacker were serving life sentences for murder convictions.


The first Georgia HOPE Scholarship was awarded. The recipient was Matthew Miller of Snellville. He attended Gwinnett Technical College.


Griffin City Manager Richard Crowdis was chosen as the new Dougherty County administrator.


Co-owners of the Pritchett-Pippin School of Dancing sold the studio after 58 years. Peggy Pritchett began taking dance lessons in Albany at age 4. She graduated from Duke University in 1948 and the studio held its first recital in 1949. Barbara Pippin became her partner in the business in the 1960s. The new owner, Kathy Hall-Hawkins, began taking lessons at the same studio at age 2.