LOOKING BACK: Sept. 29, 2013

History column

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 events in history from this week.


Albany’s mayor agreed to let people work off fines owed to the city. The work was that of smoothing the surfaces, cleaning up animal waste and whatever was needed in the streets of Albany…while wearing a ball and chain.


The circus was coming to the show grounds of Albany on Flint Street. The performance was the same one that was given in Madison Square Garden in New York City.


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


The Lewinson Company of Albany had Tom Sawyer blouses — ” the blouse that real boys love to wear” — on sale for 98 cents.


It was announced that checks for Confederate veterans and widows had arrived in Albany and would be mailed immediately.


The newly organized Albany Exchange Club received its charter with a membership of 23 men. According to the club’s website, there are now 167 members.


A total of two men persons collected unemployment benefits in Early County for September. Each unemployed worker received $9.13.

The Georgia Board of Penal Corrections issued new rules for the diet of all convicts. The list: Cornbread (ample portions) twice a day and wheat bread (ample portions) once each day; not less than one pound of meat (clear side or fresh) proportioned and served three times per day; one pound of fresh pork, beef, mutton or kid twice per week or one and one-half pounds of fresh fish in lieu of the one of the fresh meats; syrup of a good quality three times a day; fresh or canned vegetables two times a day (must be changed at least three times each week); not less than one cup of coffee for breakfast or tea in the summer; salt, pepper and vinegar in generous portions. The new rules also required that each convict, if he so wishes, be given one plug of “standard” chewing tobacco or an equivalent amount in good smoking tobacco.


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


Elvis Presley made his first public performance in a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show at the suggestion of his teacher, Mrs. J.C. Grimes. Dressed as a cowboy, Presley had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone and sang Red Foley’s “Old Shep.” He came in fifth, winning $5 and a free ticket to all the fair rides. A few months later, for his 11th birthday, Presley received his first guitar.


The Blakely-Union FFA Chapter received the Gold Emblem Award, the nation’s highest group farm award.


For the first time in the history of Turner County, two women were selected as jurors for the Turner County Superior Court.

The Dougherty County Grand Jury reported, that upon inspection, numerous peepholes were found in the wall separating the men’s and women’s dressing rooms at Chehaw Park.


For sale: Three bedroom, two bath home with forced air heating system on 19 acres in Lee County … asking $11,000

For rent: Two bedroom farmhouse on Radium Springs Road … $60 per month.


Janis Joplin died at the young age of 27 from an overdose of heroin. Joplin’s death on Oct. 4 stunned her fans and shocked the music world, especially when coupled with the death just 16 days earlier of another rock icon, Jimi Hendrix, also at age 27.


After area residents voiced strong opposition, plans to widen Third Avenue at Slappey Boulevard were scrapped.


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.”


Bob Brooks, described as Albany’s “furniture magnate” purchased the 24-acre, 30-plus-year-old Midtown Shopping Centre.

Nine arrests were made in Albany involving cocaine. The bust included the seizure of 27 vehicles, $77,000 cash as well as a large amount of marijuana and crack cocaine. It was estimated that the drug ring was bringing two to four kilos of cocaine into Albany every week.


The O.J. Simpson trial ended after nearly nine months. The former football star and actor was found not guilty of the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.


Tift General Hospital (now Tift Regional Medical Center) was selected Hospital of the Year in its size category by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.


(c) John Smoltz claimed the win that landed the Braves in the 1991 World Series … the team’s first since 1958.