Looking Back Oct. 7 2012

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.

Here is a look back at happenings from Octobers past.


A scandal to beat all scandals took place in Americus. A white federal soldier somehow tricked the preacher at the Baptist Church into marrying him to a former slave. The new husband was tarred and feathered and run out of town.


Fighting in public was a serious offense in Albany. A conviction for assault and battery was known to come with a $250 fine. That would be in the neighborhood of $5,700 in today’s dollars.


A charter was issued for Albany’s newest financial institute. The Farkas Trust Company was capitalized with $100,000.

The federal government issued one final warning to drafted men who failed to report for duty. The warning stated, barring an extremely good reason, those ignoring the draft would be considered deserters. When apprehended, the violators would first be punished then forced to serve.

It was a good year for farmers in south Georgia. One Pelham farmer reported a $20,000 crop of cotton made with the use of seven mules.


Mayor H.A. Peacock asked Albany residents to stop building fires for burning leaves and debris on the city’s newly paved streets. The fires were detrimental to the newly asphalted surfaces.


Although a very busy time for Albany with hundreds of visitors in town for the fair, less than one dozen arrests were made during the week of festivities.


The Albany Police Department reported a busy first weekend of the month with 14 cases made in just two days. Among the charges were two arrests for drunkenness, one for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk and two speeding tickets.

The grand jury of Dougherty County recommended the continued funding of the juvenile justice probation office. The staff was one probation officer.


It was announced that checks for Confederate veterans and widows had arrived in Albany and would be mailed immediately.

After more than 50 years in business, the H.L. Jones Company in Albany began liquidation of the store’s inventory. Economic difficulties due to the depression caused the halt in business.

Albany’s Haley Motor Co. had the new V-8 Ford in its showroom. Tests showed the powerful vehicle averaged 18-20 miles per gallon of fuel.


With The Albany Herald, the Associated Press and radio station WGPC working together, a five-times-a-day news broadcast was started for Albany and all of Southwest Georgia. The five minute newscast included local and national news at * a.m., 9:55 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The radio station set up microphones in the newsroom of the paper so breaking news could be provided to the public in a timely manner.


The Albany City Commission voted to outfit garbage collectors in white coveralls and caps. The commission believed that those workers, quite visible to the public, should be “presentable”, especially to housewives.

School buses across the southern part of Georgia underwent safety inspections by the Georgia State Patrol. All the buses in Dougherty County passed but such was not the case in every counties. In Mitchell County, six of the 13 vehicles were deemed unsafe to operate and in Miller County, four of the 11 buses were found to be unsafe.


The new bridge spanning the Flint River at Oglethorpe Avenue opened to traffic.

Four newspapers raised $4,421.33 to send a paralytic child to Denver for medical treatment. The Albany Herald collected $1,425.72 in 17 days to join the efforts of the Americus Times Recorder, the Ellaville Sun and the Montezuma Citizen and Georgian.


More than one-third of the registered voters in Dougherty County were purged from the voting list. A total of 5,767 voters were removed, in accordance with Georgia law, for failing to vote in the last two years.


One of Dougherty High Trojans’ leading ground gainers, Ray Knight, was carried away by ambulance following a third quarter injury resulting in a fractured ankle. Dougherty went on to beat Ware County 20-0.


President Jimmy Carter signed a bill restoring citizenship to Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.


A rather large drug bust was made when four men were seen loading 400 pounds of marijuana from a trailer in Clay County, where it was being dried, into a 1979 Thunderbird.


Presented by the Hasan Shrine Temple, the sixth Annual Charity Horse Show was held at the South Dougherty Community Center. Cash prizes totaled $10,000.


Albany churches, individuals and the Right to Life group participated in a nationwide “life chain”. Approximately 1,200 people lined Slappey Boulevard to show their anti-abortion support.

In a 159-page report, presented to the Albany City Commission, there was good news indeed. The city went from a $4.6 million deficit the previous year to a nearly $1 million surplus for the fiscal year 1992-93.

More than half of Dougherty County’s flu vaccine was used on the first day shots were available. By the end of that first day, the Dougherty County Health Department had administered close to 900 shots.