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Looking Back Feb. 20

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

* The right-of-way forms for the new Dawson-Smithville highway were rapidly being signed by land owners. The contract for the grading of the entire stretch of road was awarded to Terrell County because Lee County had no convict labor.

* The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that Sunday amusements that donated less than 100 percent of the proceeds to charity were illegal under state law. This law particularly prohibited movies and baseball games. The Albany Theater was open on Sundays only because it was operated by the American Legion and not the actual owner. It was also ruled that, given the number of automobiles on the roads, the Sunday sales of gasoline were a necessity and therefore legal.

* The Albany City Commission voted to apply for additional CWA (Civil Works Administration) projects. One project was for sanitary sewers in designated sections of the city. The second project would be the construction of an athletic bowl or stadium at the intersection of Society Avenue and Van Buren Street.

* After studying costs involved with the city jail, the mayor decided that guests at the jail would be charged room and board. The charge for lodging was set at 50 cents per night with meals (optional) costing 25 cents each. The initiative was expected to save the city about $39 per month.

* Construction began on Bainbridge's Community House. The facility plans called for club rooms and lounges, a basketball court, dance floor and stage. Baths and other conveniences were also included. The location was Oakview Subdivision. The long-awaited project provided work for 25 men.

* Western Union reported an upward trend in its business in Albany and across the country. Telegraph officials stated their belief that this was a good sign of improvement in the nation's economy.

* The Albany High School Girls' Glee Club presented a program for parents and the public. In addition to numerous songs, the program featured several readings as well as a piano solo.

* The deadline for purchasing automobile license tags in Georgia was extended to March 1. In late February there were still nearly 100,000 people that had not purchased the 1934 tag. After the deadline, the $3 tag would cost $4.60.

* Women from churches in Albany gathered in the auditorium of the First Methodist Church in observance of the World Day of Prayer.

* By the end of March, the federal government ordered that 400,000 people be dropped from the CWA rolls. Workers living in a household with another employed adult were the first to be released from projects. One project that retained funding in Dougherty County was rodent control.

* Cordele was crowned champion of the Central Division, Second District basketball tournament with a win over Parrott, 34-32.

* City and county police officers carried out a series of raids on more than a dozen local establishments in search of prohibition law- breakers. Four arrests were made at "The Blue Bird" on South Jackson Street. The location was described by officers as a beer garden.

* Six fires were reported in one weekend in Albany. One of the roof fires occurred at 415 Tift Ave., home of H.T. McIntosh, editor of The Albany Herald. There were no injuries and damage was minimal.

* While college remained a luxury for many in America, it was an obtainable goal. This bit of information ran in the newspaper to keep young people aware of how fortunate they were to live in this country: "Hereafter, all boys and girls who desire to enter German universities must serve at least six months in the Nazi labor camps toiling with pick and shovel just like any proletarian wage earner."

* Fain's Hatchery in Edison had Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks and White Leghorn chicks available on Tuesdays. The price was $7.50 per 100.

* The total amount of fire losses for 1933 was reported as $13,452. A blaze at the local high school accounted for 75 percent of that loss. Even with the one major fire, the per capita loss for Albanians was only 74 cents.

* The 28-year-old widow of W.J. Williams of Asburn was in the county jail charged with murdering her husband. Chemists in Atlanta were expected to prepare a report for trial. It was also noted that eight other members had died "mysteriously" in the last five years.

* The Georgia state flag was added to the collection of state flags in the triforium gallery of the Washington Cathedral.

* In just one session of Police Court, the city treasury increased by $69.65. The majority of the fine money came from two men charged with being drunk, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. Each man was fined $15.75.

* The Ferrell-Wight Co. of Albany announced that it had been picked to be the wholesale distributor for the Leonard Electric Refrigerator. Ferrell-Wight, well known for its distribution of Philco radios, was tapped to handle dealers in southwestern Georgia, northern Florida and parts of Alabama.

* A new store opened at 113 North Washington Street. The Lois-Annelle Shop was billed as a "specialty shop for ladies".

* Three hundred and sixty-one Terrell County farmers signed a pact to participate in the federal government's cotton acreage reduction program.

* The announcement came that public health service was expanding in Early County. The U.S Public Health Service committed a supplement to the ongoing campaign against rats and typhoid fever.