Looking Back - March 17, 2013

Here is a look back at March news through the years.


Dougherty County hogs were selling by the (train) carload. At as much as $36 a head, local hog farmers were delighted to sell their stock. Most of the the hogs were headed from Albany to the packing house in Jacksonville.

The remodeling of the Rawlins Theatre on Broad Street were underway. Upon completion, the Rawlins was expected to be one of the best movie houses in Georgia.


On March 17-18, with a coupon from The Albany Herald, a pack of 20 Lucky Strike cigarettes could be purchased from local merchants for 11 cents. The American Tobacco Co. picked up the tab for the six cents per pack government tax. The advertisement read : “We want every man in Albany to try Luck Strike.” There was no mention of women.


The Russian Imperial Ballet performed at Albany’s city auditorium.

On the lot of Patterson Motor Co. on Front Street was the Chrysler “50.” The automobile could carry five adults comfortably, travel 50 mph, go from 5 mph to 25 mph in eight seconds and got 25 miles per gallon of fuel. The price was $750.


Available on “Economy Wednesday” at Rosenberg’s Department Store was the Royal Thermic Jug for just $1. If you have one stored away, a collector will pay anywhere from $25 to $90 today for that same jug, depending upon condition.

The Milt Tolbert Tent Theatre Company set up camp at the corner of Highland Avenue and Slappey Drive. The one-week run of entertainment included bands, acrobatic dancers, comedians, chorus girls and more.


Traffic was snarled in Leesburg after a wagon and two automobiles collided. While there were no serious injuries, both cars received minor damage and the wagon was badly damaged.


All grammar school students in Dougherty County were given dental examinations by local dentists in cooperation with the health department. Each child found with a defective mouth was given an hour’s holiday from school on the first Friday following his or her presentation of a certificate from a dentist stating the defects had been corrected.

Stocks were abolished as a means of punishing prisoners on Georgia chain gangs. Wardens across the state were ordered to demolish all such punishment devices.


Gov. Eugene Talmadge signed an act making it a felony for any person, including a minister, to handle a poisonous snake in a manner that could endanger any other person.


A permit was granted to Gilbert Fowler for the construction of a 40-by-100-foot concrete swimming pool at the rear of his 707 Hazard Drive property on the east bank of the Flint River.


The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 155 farmers had given up the occupation over a 10-year period in Dougherty County alone. The 1940 census reported 542 “male farmers or farm managers” in the county, a number reduced to 387 by 1950.


Among the top issues facing city officials was finding a location to house residents with tuberculosis.

Bids were being accepted for the building of a theater at the Marine Corps Supply Center.


The last SOS in Albany was held on March 22. Sabin Oral Sunday held “feeding” stations in all the public schools for the third and final dose of the vaccine needed for immunity against the dreaded disease of polio.


Snoopy and Charlie Brown, of the comic strip “Peanuts,” made the cover of “LIFE” magazine.


The Dougherty County Commission voted against changing the name of the Albany-Dougherty County Airport to the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. The Albany City Commission voted for the change, but since the two commissions did not agree, the name remained the same. County Commission Chairman Gil Barrett was quoted as saying, “Frankly, my dear, I could not care less what the city did.”


Playland Toy Stores, including the one at the Albany Mall, announced the arrival of the World Celebrity Doll for 1984. The limited edition doll for the year was a 19-inch Elvis clad in a white jumpsuit.


The Southwest Georgia Regional Airport updated its vintage 1960s X-ray equipment.


A National Geographic documentary confirmed the existence of Hogzilla, a giant pig discovered in the vicinity of Alapaha, Georgia. Experts estimated the pig to be 8 feet in length and 800 pounds, having exhumed the body.