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Looking Back 9 June 2013

Features Columnist

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.

1878

Horse-drawn wagons with large pots of fresh milk traveled the streets of Albany. The milk was ladled into whatever containers were brought to the milk wagon by housewives, servants or children.

1892

The city ran an announcement in the newspaper reminding residents that it was illegal for goats, sheep and hogs to run at large within the city limits. A $1 charge must be paid to recover any such animals from impoundment.

1904

Albany was known as The Artesian City because of her 15 flowing “fountains of health.” So abundant was the water flow that artesian water was used not only for drinking but for fire hydrants and flushing the sanitary sewers.

1914

Wednesdays were grocery days in the basement of Rosenberg’s Department Store. All purchases had to be made in person for the weekly specials (no telephone orders and no deliveries). Shoppers enjoyed such advertised specials as sugar and sweet potatoes. The potatoes were 35 cents for one-fourth of a bushel while 25 pounds of sugar (limit one) was $1.98.

1918

Four locations were set up to register men ages 18-45 for the military draft. Members of the Dougherty County Draft Board visited the local convict camp and registered the 35 men housed there.

1921

Lots for building new homes in the Hilsman Heights/Rawson Park area of Albany were available for $1,200-$1,500 each. Similar lots sold just four years earlier for around $400.

1926

John Phillip Sousa and a band of 100 performed at the City Auditorium. The production included a $10,000 set of chimes made in England. Tickets ranged from 85 cents to $2,20, depending upon the seat and time of performance.

1932

With 1,500 families in Dougherty and Lee Counties registered with the relief bureau, the need for clothing escalated. The American Red Cross donated 16,000 yards of fabric and women set about sewing. There were sewing events to make shirts for men and boys and dresses for girls and women. Undergarments and sleepwear were also stitched.

1941

Ella Fitzgerald and her orchestra gave a one-night-only performance at the City Auditorium.

1943

Complying with a federal request to save gasoline, all red lights in Albany were set to blink an amber signal only. Motorists were reminded that the speed limit at all intersections in the city was 10 mph.

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1947

Veterans throughout Southwest Georgia were notified that testing for General Education Development was ongoing at Moultrie High School. Any veteran passing the test was eligible for a high school diploma from the school he had attended before the war.

1950

In one court session, the Dougherty County Superior Court granted 54 divorces. Fourteen other couples decided to stay together and their petitions were dismissed.

1959

There were eight kindergarten programs available in Albany. Rates for the upcoming fall were announced at $15 per child per month.

1960

Explorer and naturalist Jim Fowler gave the Albany Zoo an anaconda, a pair of harpy eagles, three anteaters, a boa constrictor and a few other critters. The cargo arrived in Albany aboard a C130 Air Force plane at Turner Air Base.

1966

Sylvaire Avaition on the Albany Highway in Sylvester, held its grand opening. Services included plane rentals, fuel, tie-downs, hangar rentals, ground school, flight instruction, charters and aircraft sales.

Wanted: Curb girls, weekly salary plus tips. Apply in person at the Varsity Drive-in at 110 N. Slappey Boulevard.

1971

The balanced budget passed by the Albany City Commission included a 7 percent pay increase for all city employees.

1974

While the nation saw a 17 percent increase in serious crime, Albany’s rate jumped 29 percent. The local homicide rate jumped 47 percent over the previous year.

1979

About 60 workers walked off the job in protest of unsafe conditions on the construction site of Miller Brewing.

Dougherty County taxpayers were in for a “one-time bonanza” with a $1,481,083 property tax rollback in the school tax bills for the year. The rollback came after the General Assembly decided to rebate a $75 million surplus to the public through the state’s local school boards.

1982

George Strait performed at the Silver Saddle on West Broad. Tickets were $3.

1984

The guest speaker for the annual banquet of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce was astronaut John Glenn. The New Christy Minstrels provide music for the event, held at the Heritage House.

1993

The Albany City Commission approved a smoking ban in all buildings owned or operated by the city.

1999

Members of Temple B’nai Israel dedicated a new facility that four years in the making. The new temple became only the third home for Albany’s 123-year-old congregation.

2001

Filtering devices were installed on all Dougherty County School System computers to limit sites accessible to students.

2003

After almost 80 years in the limelight, the wrecking ball demolished the Radium Springs Casino.

2007

The complete shutdown of the Merck Chemical Plant took a $70 million bite out of Southwest Georgia’s economy.