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March 1894: Herald begins morning editions

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

In March 1894, the Herald found itself in a position that is currently all too familiar. The newspaper business is a business and when times are tough, sometimes changes have to be made to streamline the organization.

With production costs rising, Herald Publisher H.T. McIntosh decided that it was time The Herald make the switch from an afternoon or evening paper, to one that was delivered first thing in the morning.

His reasoning? Mostly to reduce costs.

Telegraph services, which is how papers were able to share information from around the country and around the globe, were more pricey in the afternoon. Between that and other ancillary costs associated with printing a nightly edition, McIntosh told Herald readers in a column written a few days before the switch on March 3, 1894, that the paper was expected to save somewhere between $30 and $40 per week just by making the switch.

The change was well received by the readers.

One person wrote that: "I can't express the joy I receive to be able to digest my local Herald at the same time I digest my breakfast."

In other happenings around town in March 1894:

-- On March 1, Postmaster Major B.F. Brimberry retired and was replaced by Capt. Y. G. Rust.

-- An early "Squawker" commented: "The President is still hunting ducks in North Carolina. If he would only come to Southwest Georgia just now, he would receive a good ducking."

-- On March 10, the petrified remains of "Chavez, the Spanish Desperado" went on display at a store on Broad Avenue. Admission was 10 cents.

-- On March 16, a fire at the Louise Crine Plantation in Lee County destroyed a cabin that was home to Marion Murray and her family. The family lost $75 in clothing, cotton seed, peas and "fodder." The total loss was valued at $150.

-- March 16, Capt. M.W. Tift resigned as head of Albany's militia, the Albany Guards.

-- March 18, Herman Farkas and J.A. Green got in a fist fight in front of Farkas' downtown store as Green attempted to protect his wife's honor after Farkas' wife allegedly made a derogatory statement about Green's wife's hat. Both were hauled into court before the mayor.