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Looking Back - Oct. 21, 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 news items from October 1912 as published in the pages of The Albany Herald.

• Albany officials announced that the new “white way” lighting was ready for operation on Broad Street. The lighted streets in the city, including Broad, Washington and Pine, totaled 4,280 feet.

• The local Ford dealer, M.C. Huie, had the latest models in its showroom. The Roundabout ($325), the Touring Car ($600) and the Towncar ($800) could be seen at 403 N. Washington Street.

• Located in the Exchange Bank Building, dental services were available from Dorsett and Passmore. In addition to extractions, a full set of dentures was available for the low price of $7.50.

• Capt. A. Fisher of the Salvation Army gave a monthly report to city officials.The income for the month of September was $120. Disbursements included $26.43 in expenses, $33.51 for charity and $47.05 for Capt. and Mrs. Fisher.

• Going into the second week of October, Georgia had already ginned 3,015,330 bales of new crop cotton.

• The Albany City Council granted two licenses for near-beer saloons, one for whites on Jackson Street and one for blacks and whites on Broad Street.

• Freeman’s Stationery offered a free lead pencil to “every school boy whose purchases amount to 10 cents or more.”

• W.T. Hilsman’s store had delicacies that were not available anywhere else in Albany. The special items included Russian caviar, French anchovies, Italian olive oil, Japanese crab meat, extract of onion and a variety of pickles and olives.

• A production of Mutt and Jeff was held at the Rawlins Theatre. One show only featured a cast of 50 and two rail car loads of scenery.

• Mayor H.A. Tarver discovered that a large number of poor children were not attending school because their parents could not afford the matriculation fee of $2. Tarver Invited any child or parent of a child in need to come see him and he would make sure they received an admission card.

• Approximately 500 exhibits were on display in Tifton from all across south Georgia’s Boys Corn Clubs. Prior to the awards ceremony, club members participated in a “grand parade.”

• Central of Georgia announced plans for a new train route from Eufala to Smithville and back once each day.

• Governor Brown submitted to the newspaper an article stating that county sheriffs should do their full duty to enforce law, reduce lawlessness and reduce the need for military aid. Cowardice among elected officials was not to be tolerated.

• Albany residents received the good news of a reduction in ice prices. Ticket books for 25 pound deliveries were lowered from 50 cents per 100 to 45 cents per 100.

• The Restroom Committee of the Women’s Club decided that plans to move the public restroom downtown would not be carried out. Located in the Exchange Building, the best location to relocate the facilities backed up to the city barracks, which often housed drunken prisoners, deemed totally inappropriate.

• The Albany Board of Education voted to have two fifth grade classes. With 60 students enrolled in the grade, half of the students would remain at the grammar school while the remainder would be placed in a classroom at the high school. Students were to attend the class closest to their home.

• National Cash Register maintained an office for sales at the New Albany Hotel. Prices varied for the machines from the Detail Adder ($20) to the Total Adder which printed saleslips (starting at $150) to the top of the line which featured nine cash drawers and adding counters ($790).

• An ad was placed by N.F. Tift wanting two good milch cows. These were any cows bred to produce milk.

• City officials announced that a large number of enamel street signs had arrived for installation. The signs were printed with white letters on a blue background.

• Ringling Brothers Circus was in town for two shows only. A parade was led through town by a 24-horse team. The shows featured elephants (including one baby), acrobats, 300 dancing girls, 50 clowns and much, much more. An anonymous donor provided the newspaper with enough money to send 50 poor children to the big show.

• National Woolen Mills opened a branch store at 248 Pine Street, the previous home of the post office.

• Cuthbert’s county fair included free flights by an aviator . Also popular, souvenir postcards were on sale. A temporary post office was erected to handle the thousands of cards mailed from the fair.

• The Dougherty County Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy held a program to present 15 Crosses of Honor to veterans or surviving family members. The 1912 medals were the last to be issued.

• A superintendent of parks was hired by Albany’s Park and Tree Commission. Rueben Harmon was employed primarily to carry out a detailed plan for the landscaping of Tift Park. The old park pavilion was remodeled as living quarters for the superintendent and his family.

• “Bargain Week” featured special buys from all downtown merchants. A tour of the area was conducted by 35 automobiles to “spread the gospel of Albany’s trade advantages.”