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.

1851

Two hefty turtles were caught in the Flint River. The smaller of the two weighed 48 pounds while the other weighed 80 pounds. The larger turtle was served up in a soup at the City Hotel to an admiring (and hungry) crowd of citizens and guests.

1866

The issuance of the nickel coin was authorized by Congress.

1909

While excavating for a new city hall on Pine Street, a superior clay was discovered in a large quantity. The clay was used on the driveway of Oakview Cemetery and also on Jackson Street. In sandy portions of the city, the clay proved to be a strong road material when properly graded and rolled.

1921

Effective as soon as the weapons could be delivered, all Postal Service employees handling valuable mail were to be armed with regulation U.S. Army automatic pistols -- nationwide.

1927

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bootleggers and others with incomes from unlawful business must file federal income tax returns.

Commencement exercises for the largest class in the history of Albany High School were held at the Municipal Auditorium. Ninety students received diplomas as family and friends watched. The entire lower level as well as the first two rows of the first balcony were reserved for friends and relatives of the graduating class.

1933

Ten years after the first old-age pension law became operative in the United States, the government-supported poorhouses were abandoned by half of the 48 states. Minimum monthly pension payments were $21 with a maximum of $33. The average cost to maintain one person for a month in the poorhouse was $44.70.

1939

The Mitchell Electrical Membership Corp. was allotted a $25,000 loan to build a refrigerating and storage plant-the first of its kind in the area. Prior to construction, a survey showed 88 landowners whose agricultural operations supported 315 farm families, had already requested the use of 400 storage lockers. An additional 300 farm families had expressed interest in such a service.

1942

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital was accepting bids for the relocation of the nurses' home. The home was to be moved from just behind the hospital to the lot facing west on North Monroe Street, also a part of the hospital's property. As soon as the move was completed, the hospital's planned expansion would increase the number of beds from 50 to 150.

Albany churches reported large congregations on the first Sunday following the implementation of gas rationing. Some ministers believed that rationing would even improve church attendance as Sunday travel slowed because of the limited available gasoline.

1946

A new service was available at Sanders, a business at 120 N. Jackson St. Photo copies, guaranteed acceptable by courts and the U.S. government agencies, could be ready for pickup in one to three hours.

1951

Georgia Sen. H. Grady Rawls, a staunch (Herman) Talmadge administration advocate, told Albany Kiwanians that the federal, state and local governments were spending money like "a drunk Indian." Rawls called the spending a necessary evil, as millions were needed for the highway system, care of the insane, raises for school teachers and care for tuberculosis patients.

1959

John Sammons Bell, chairman of the state Democratic Executive Committee, announced that Herald Editor James H. Gray Sr. had been appointed a member of the committee.

Yielding's Rio Store at 828 Oglethorpe was giving away a free color picture with each $10 purchase. The print was a 14-by-20-inch color image of Jesus.

1963

A&P held an Aunt Jemima Jamboree at both its locations. The Aunt Jemima Band Wagon, featuring Tennessee & Smitty, the Smith Brothers, was at the Midtown Shopping Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon and at Shackleford Shopping Center from 1:30 until 4 p.m.

1967

The United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom agreed to a ban on nuclear weapons -- in outer space.

1970

West's (building supply) had specials available for spring home projects. Plywood was $2.55 per sheet, 2-by-4 lodge pole studs cost only 65 cents each and 1-by-12 Ponderosa pine shelving was 16 cents per foot.

1975

NBC-TV paid $5 million for the rights to show "Gone with the Wind" ... just one time.

1978

The Albany Water Gas & Light Commission announced that all utility bills would go up by 10 percent beginning June 1. The increase, however, was following about eight months in which all customers had received a 10 percent discount on their bills.

1981

The song "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes, climbed to the top of the pop music chart and stayed there for five straight weeks. "Stars on 45 Medley" by Stars on 45 bumped it for one week only. It came back as No. 1 for four more weeks.

1984

The Dougherty County School Volunteer Program held a ceremony to honor the 1983-84 volunteers. Each was given a certificate and for those with more than a year of volunteer work, a gold star was included. People of all ages and backgrounds that gave of their time during the year was an amazing 650 in number.

1992

Johnny Carson hosted his "Tonight Show" for the final time.