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LookingBack Sept 26

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.

1904

A woman was arrested in New York City for smoking a cigarette in public, while riding in an open automobile. It is said that the policemen told her, "You can't do that on Fifth Avenue!"

1914

Wednesdays were grocery days in the basement of Rosenberg's Department Store (now The Albany Herald building). Shoppers came in great numbers to purchase the advertised special on sweet potatoes and sugar. The potatoes were 35 cents for one-fourth of a bushel while 25 pounds of sugar (limit one) was $1.98. All purchases had to be made in person-no telephone orders or delivery services were available.

1915

Albany held its first "Cigar Day". the goal was for "every smoker to buy him some cigars and get to smoking." Merchants all over town offered specials for the day with window displays of the best cigars available- most at a cost of five to 15 cents each. Promoters of the event included grocers, druggists, saloons and even the Albany Ice Cream Company. The Albany Herald front page headline read: CIGAR DAY TOMORROW -- SMOKE UP!

1924

Former President Jimmy Carter was born in Plains on Oct. 2.

1927

The Albany Theater opened its doors for the first time. A capacity crowd of 1,800 saw the film "The Magic Flame" starring Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky. With one partial copy in a museum, this film is now considered "lost." There are no known complete copies, negatives or prints in existence.

1932

With a donation from the American Red Cross of 16,000 yards of fabric, 52 Albany women set out to alleviate some of the struggles of the unemployed in Dougherty and Lee counties. The ladies organized sewing events to make shirts for men and boys and dresses for girls and women. Undergarments and sleepwear were also stitched. At this time there were 1,500 local families registered with the relief bureau.

1936

Albany Municipal Stadium, renamed Hugh Mills Stadium in 1952, hosted its first football game. The Albany High Indians beat the Sylvester Eagles by a score of 48-0. Four 1,500-watt bulbs lit the field for the players and 1,479 fans. Tickets were 50 cents for the general public and students could purchase season tickets for $1.

1943

With a few days still remaining in the Third War Loan Drive, Dougherty County exceeded its quota of $1,549,300 by $80,000. The tally was pushed well over the goal when the Cudahy Packing Company purchased $50,000 in bonds to be allocated to Dougherty County.

1948

Jimmie Faulkner's Cleaners & Dyers at 802 Pine Ave. was holding a cash-and-carry special for two weeks. Men's suits and ladies' dresses could be cleaned for 50 cents. Pants, sweaters, jackets, skirts and blouses could be cleaned for 30 cents each. Men's suits or ladies' dresses could be dyed any color for $3.50.

1957

Fires believed to have been started deliberately broke out at the Hazard Training School and Caroline Hall, both on the campus of Albany State College. The damage to Caroline Hall was confined to the stage area but the school, which included classrooms for about 250 black elementary-aged children, was a total loss. The following day, black educators issued a strong statement that no racial issues were involved and deplored what they considered out-of-state media attempts to sensationalize the incident.

1964

Vince Dooly began his college coaching career. The University of Georgia lost to Alabama by the score of 31-3.

1975

The National Pecan Festival was held downtown Albany. Festivities included an antique car show, cow milking contest, cooking sweepstakes, silent movies, a parade, arts and crafts, dancers, historical displays, bands and a mustache contest.

1981

The Arctic Bear at 110 S. Slappey Blvd. had a new menu item. For just $2.49, customers could enjoy a chicken finger meal which included a biscuit with chicken gravy or coleslaw, French fries and sweet and sour sauce for the fingers.

1990

The Lee County Commission avoided a possible property tax increase of four mills by slashing $60,000 from its budget. Considering the budget process began with a $400,000 deficit, officials were pleased with the new $3,835,567 budget.

Bruce G. Houston, D.O., announced the opening of his family practice at 2201 Dawson Road in association with Thomas A. Hilsman, M.D.

1994

Civil Right activist and leader of the Dawson chapter of the NAACP, James Lofton Barnes, was found murdered in his Terrell County office. The 69-year-old had been robbed. Willie B. Goodson was convicted in 1998 and sentenced to life without parole plus 20 years. The now 61-year-old spends his time at the Augusta State Medical Prison with just over 1,100 other male felons.

The Albany State Rams entered the fourth quarter against Morehouse College with a 10-0 deficit. With the clock reading 1:03 left in the game, the Rams capped a 15-point scoring binge with a 7-yard pass to the end zone. The Rams won 15-10.

2003

At least 20 cars were damaged on the lot of Edwards Pontiac-Buick-Cadillac in an overnight party by vandals. Most of the damage was in the hood and rear areas of the vehicles, many of which were new 2004 models. An initial estimate of the damages was $19,000.