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Looking Back 30 Sept. 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.

1850

Flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.

1908

Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.

1910

In the (then October) election for governor and county officers, as well as numerous amendments, 132 votes were cast in Dougherty County.

1928

Ordinances regulating the production of milk in Albany and Dougherty County were instated. Among the details: Herd must be healthy and free of tuberculosis, barns must be easily cleaned with water, udders must be washed before each milking, milk rooms must have ample drainage and all utensils were to be disinfected after use.

1933

The Kiwanis Clinic League sponsored “A Womanless Wedding” at the auditorium. Show tickets were 15 cents and 25 cents, with proceeds benefiting the Kiwanis Clinic. The show was billed as “interesting and amusing entertainment which you cannot fail to enjoy.”

1935

The first football game to be played in Bainbridge under lights was against Moultrie. A record crowd watched the teams play to a scoreless tie.

1937

The State Prison Commission issued a letter to Dougherty County officials explaining convict escape policies. The warden in charge at the time of an escape was to immediately report the incident to state authorities and suspend the guard(s) on duty.

1944

American Legion Post 30 expressed appreciation to Albany citizens for generous donations that would allow injured veterans to make long distance telephone calls while convalescing in hospitals.

1947

On Oct. 5, in the first televised White House address, President Harry S Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe.

1948

Planting grass seed by airplane, a new experiment in Georgia, was conducted on the farm of J. Andy Benton on Gillionville Road. Approximately 5,000 pounds of rye seed was dropped across the farm’s 330 acres of pasture.

1950

The comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz was first published.

1955

The Albany Police Department had a new way to catch speeders. Officers began using a state-of-the-art electrical timing device to establish the exact speed of motorists. Several speeding cases were made the first day of “clocking.”

1960

Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” held the top spot on the music charts this week.

1964

Project Vote was the largest attempt ever to encourage military personnel to use their right to vote. The 484th Field Maintenance Squadron’s “hot shot” truck, with the word “VOTE” on its sides, was parked at Turner Air Force Base. On duty 24 hours a day, the truck served as an information center on voting.

1967

Gov. Lester Maddox declared “Firestone Day” in Georgia to celebrate the groundbreaking of the $53 million Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant on U.S. Highway 82 east of Albany.

1968

The Albany Red Cross chapter, through efforts of hundreds of individuals and numerous groups, prepared 800 gift-filled bags for shipping. The destination was Vietnam where American service personnel would be spending Christmas.

About 40 patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital were moved into the new $5 million wing of the facility. Gradually, all patients would be placed in one of the 160 beds in the new section of the hospital. Renovation was planned for the older rooms. When all the work was completed, it was expected that the staff would increase from 675 to approximately 800.

1969

The Albany City Commission set a record time for conducting business. Commissioner approved the spending of $59,828 and wrote off $1,428 as uncollectible taxes. The expenditure including a pumping station on Swift Street, a civic center study and 11 “Visibars” (emergency vehicle lamps). The time from gavel to gavel was 17 minutes.

1971

An aerial attack was launched against fire ants in Lee, Sumter and Worth counties. Treatment consisted of 1 1/2 pounds of Mirex fire ant bait which included only 17 grams of pesticide use per acre. The plan was to treat two million acres.

1979

Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Jimmy Carter.

1987

While not yet official, Darton was the favorite of most people as the process of renaming Albany Junior College moved forward. “Darton” means “town by the river.”

1996

A jury found ex-football player O.J. Simpson innocent of murder in the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.

2008

A $700 billion financial industry bailout won lopsided passage in the Senate, 74-25, after it was loaded with tax breaks and other sweeteners.