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Looking Back April 1

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Here is a look back at the news from The Albany Herald in the spring of 1901...no fooling’!

• All patrons of the city of Albany municipal electric light service received 25 percent off at least one month’s bill. The reduction in cost was because of the poor service. The electric plant suffered several accidents leading to shutdowns and disruption in service.

• The Steele Furniture advertised a giveaway to the “little miss under 14 years of age who cuts out the most of our advertisements containing the Buck’s trademark.” The prize was of course a full-nickeled Buck’s “Junior” Range.

• A freight car loaded with brick left the dummy track at the intersection of Washington and Flint obstructing the west sidewalk for several hours. The cause was ruled to be due to spreading of the rails.

• Dougherty County’s convict camp had the lowest number of prisoners on record at only 19. The highest on record was 51. About a dozen were spending the days in chains working on roads. The remainder stayed at the camp to follow the mules and see after spring planting.

• Dr. M. Harris spent a few days in Albany at the Sale-Davis Drug Store. Free eye testing was available during his stay.

• The decision made about two years earlier to build a school in Baconton appeared to have been a wise move. Several handsome residences were built and more were in the making. With this in mind, citizens decided to build a new Methodist church. Residents stated that it was expected that a Baptist church would soon follow.

• The first delivery of the soldier statue by Leland & Hall Company to the committee and ladies of the Albany Memorial Association was a disappointment. The statue was broken, likely during its handling, The company sent word that it would be perfectly duplicated and delivered safe and sound at no additional charge.

• Dove shoots were popular in Lee County. On one day, it was estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 birds were killed.

• It was reported that the state of Georgia paid out more money to her Confederate veterans and indigent widows than all other Southern states combined.

• The house of A.J. Lippitt on the corner of Broad and Monroe streets received a fresh coat of buff paint.

• Two big eggs were brought to the newspaper so a story could be written. One egg from a Plymouth Rock hen weighed 3 3/4 ounces while the other, from a Pekin duck, weighed 4 3/4 ounces.

• Several men were required to meet before the acting mayor for breaking ordinances. There were “plain drunks” and “drunks with trimmin’s.” Fines were imposed at $5 per drunk with a stiffer fee for the trimmin’s. The city was about $25 richer at the end of the day.

• The derrick for the city’s new artesian well was erected. By the hot days of summer, there was expected to be an abundance of cool water for use.

• The Presbyterian Church held meetings at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. for a week as Rev. Leroy G. Henderson of Americus assisted Rev. H.T. Darnall with the services.

• Professor Boone entertained at the Sale-Davis Opera House. Boone was considered s top-notch musician, hypnotist and mind-reader. Ticket prices were 25 cents, 35 cents and 50 cents.

• A regular meeting of the Albany City Council was canceled as there was no business to discuss.

• Improvements on the premises of the new city jail included a high board fence around the yard at the rear of the facility.

• The announcement of the wedding of Mary Elizabeth Brown to Dr. C. Kasciusko Sharp was a front page item in The Albany Herald. The wedding took place at the Methodist Church in Arlington where the groom practiced medicine.

• One-stop shopping was available at the Sale-Davis Drug Co. Available items included fine cigars, imported wines, whiskey for medicinal use and Paas Easter Egg Dyes.

• Seven prisoners brought before the Superior Court judge pleaded guilty as charged. The crimes ranged from larceny to burglary to the theft of a mule. Sentences ranged from 12 months to 10 years for the white men. One black man was sentenced to 18 years for burglarizing the residence of a white woman.

• There was good money in beef cattle. Three steers driven into Albany from West Dougherty County were much admired as they trotted down the city’s streets on the way to local butchers. The total weight of the trio was 3,533 pounds and brought the owner $106.

• An annual school review showed the following statistics: There were six white schools and 25 colored schools with enrollment of 446 and 1,771 respectively. White students attended classes nine months while the colored schools operated five months per year..

• A week-long schedule was released for the Teachers’ Institute. Classes covered such topics as: A bird’s-eye view of grammar, how to classify sentences, how to teach spelling, mental arithmetic drills, reading as a means of education and discipline.

• At Mock & Rawson Store, Mrs. Heggie of London held a demonstration of how to make Tetley’s Tea. Everyone attending was offered a delicious glass of iced tea.