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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Weekly Herald” was published on Saturdays and included news items from the week’s daily editions. A fragile, but mostly in tact, set of these papers has been located and this week is a look back through those pages.
• At a meeting held at the newspaper office, the Board of Water Commissioners directed the superintendent of the commission was authorized to compel prompt payment from customers. Those not making timely payments were to be disconnected from their water supply until payment was satisfactorily made.
• A list of annual license fees and special taxes, all to support the government of the City of Albany, was published. A few fees on the long list: cotton seed oil mills - $100; each lunch house charging no more than 25 cents per meal - $10; each piano tuner - $5; each cotton buyer - $25; each one-horse dray - $15; each bakery or candy manufacturer - $10; each barbershop keeper - $2.50 per chair; and each junk dealer - $5. The largest fee was imposed on retailers of spirituous liquors at $200 per year.
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• The Hilsman & Agar Co. announced that “having more business than we can give our personal attention, we have decided to close our book and jewelry department and give our entire care to the drug business.” The company hosted a giant sale which included not just books and jewelry but also toys, blank books, silver, children’s wagons and carriages, fishing gear and much more.
• For the one-time price of $25, men could buy an exemption to street duty and jury duty. Those deciding to do so were made honorary members of the Albany Guard, with a certificate stating such. The funds collected were to assist the Guards and the volunteer fire department.
• The County Teachers’ Institute was given instruction on physical culture. Although most common schools had no gymnasium, instruction was provided for a variety of gymnastic drills that could be done for the physical development of students.
• In digging sewer ditches along Pine Avenue, curious rock formations were found furthering the belief that this part of the state was at one time under the sea.
• Mock & Rawson was the place to get Chase & Sanborn coffee. New deliveries were made every 10 days assuring freshness.
• Over 100 voters gave testimony in the case of a contested Baker County election. The governor decided the case of which candidate won the seat for Baker County Treasurer, a job which paid $100 per year.
• The Commercial Bank of Albany advertised a paid up capital of $100,000.
• The ministers of Atlanta passed a resolution asking all daily newspapers in the state to “desist from publishing sensational stories and crime.”
• A man working at a sawmill in Acree was arrested in Sandy Bottom after he sold three stolen turkeys to C.M. Shackelford. Another man was arrested near Waycross for skipping out on his board bill in Albany as well as taking apparel that was not his. Charges were listed as cheating and swindling and larceny after trust.
• Work on a new hotel in Leesburg began. Located on the former site of the Bunkley house, the hotel would include ten fine rooms with plenty of verandas.
• Notice was given that any person injuring or interfering in any way with the public founts, hydrants, mains, pipes or any other apparatus of the city’s waterworks could face fines as much as $50, confinment to the guardhouse and/or spend up to 100 days working in the streets.
• Citizens complained that the county jail was “the laughing stock of all who know it” and firmly believed a new jail was soon needed. As the city grew so did “the class of individuals who believe the world owes them a living but are violently opposed to collecting the debt by the sweat of honest toil.”
• New water rates went into use in the spring. Residences were assigned a classification and charged accordingly. A one or two room house with one water opening for family use only ran 50 to 75 cents per month while a larger home with a kitchen, bathroom and yard ran $1.25 to $1.50 per month.
• The Exchange Bank of Albany opened for business.
• The spring term of the Dougherty County Suoperior Court broufght the following sentences: assault with intent to murder (recommended to mercy) -four years, burglary - two years, cow stealing - four years , horse stealing -10 years and voluntary manslaughter - 15 years.
• Charley Ong Lung ran the City Chinese Laundry and promised only first-class hand work. The laundry was located on Jackson Street.
• Commencement exercises for the Albany Academy included a debate participated in by 12 boys on the subject of “Which was the guiltiest: Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?” The total enrollment for the year at the Academy was 243 pupils.
• Five washerwomen landed in the county jail for fighting. The quintet engaged in the brawl on the Flint River bridge in the middle of the day. When it was all over, there were several knife wounds and numerous bruises.
• A livestock watering place was erected by the city at the intersection of Broad and Front streets.
• The Worth County Courthouse, insured for $5,000, was completely destroyed by fire. It was supposed that either land sharks wishing to destroy land deed records or friends of a criminal wishing to destory eveidence were the incendiaries. This was the third courthouse in Worth County to burn down since 1879.