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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, April 27, 2014

HISTORY: See what was the Albany headlines in May 1901.

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 what was making the news in Albany and Southwest Georgia in May 1901.

— The Sale-Davis Opera House featured Professor E.H. Boone for a Friday night show. Prof. Boone performed feats of mind-reading, hypnotism and magic tricks, thoroughly mystifying the audience. The entertainment was heralded as one of the very best in its class ever seen in Albany. Tickets were 25, 35 and 50-cents each.

— A $10 reward was offered for the names (and proof to convict) of those responsible for tearing the bills off billboards in Albany.

— Most merchants within the city signed an agreement to close up shop at 6 p.m. each day. The closing bell to remind merchants and inform shoppers rang out beginning May 1. The early closing allowed shop employees to have a few hours of daylight after work to see about chores at home.

— Albany Furniture Co. had porch furniture at special reduced prices. Reed rockers were $2.98, oak rockers were reduced from $3 to $2 and large double cane-seat rockers were only $3.95.

— Albany Drug Co. advertised, for medicinal use, good quality wines and liquors.

— On Washington Street, a handsome new barber’s pole was placed in Fleisher’s shop.

— The Albany Inn closed its doors when the manager and the owner could come to no common terms regarding the improvements needed, including sanitary sewerage. The manager locked the doors and left to return to his former home in Macon.

— Reports of broken parts, accidents and such were delivered almost daily from Albany’s electric light plant. As a solution to the ailing equipment, the City Council asked that bonds totaling $25,000 be voted upon. Of that amount, $5,000 was to be used to pay for the artesian well being sunk by the city.

— Reports to The Herald from Jacksonville, Fla., were that 130 city blocks were destroyed by fire. The destruction included about 10 dozen homes, theaters, hotels, businesses and churches. The 10-hour fire also took with it the courthouse and its records, an orphanage, the firehouse, the city jail, schools, and more. What followed in the next days was a report of not one case of vandalism nor theft.

— The Albany City Council voted to provide new beds for the sleeping quarters of the city’s firemen and new uniforms for police officers.

— Nineteen-year-old Leslie Anglin left his parents’ home on Monroe Street with nothing but his Bible and pistol. Notes left behind led the family to believe the boy was planning to kill himself. After five agonizing days, the boy returned to his home, saying he knew not where he had been and speaking insensibly. A doctor was summoned and, upon examination, Leslie was declared insane. Strict orders to have no visitors and total bed rest were given by the doctor with hopes that such would return the young mind to normalcy.

— A committee of citizens began canvassing the city for contributions to be sent to the many suffering victims of fire in Jacksonville. Judging from the first day’s efforts, a total of more than $300 was to be sent immediately along with food and clothing.

— Albany’s new 10-inch well being sunk at the waterworks station to augment the city’s water supply, reached 320 feet when work was temporarily halted. Having reached the strata of sand at that depth, no additional work was possible until additional casing was delivered. It was estimated that the sand was several hundred feet thick and would require a lot of pumping.

Parties wanting electric fans for the summer were asked to inform the electric station right away. Day current to operate the fans was not to be turned on until a sufficient number of patrons were secured to pay the operating expenses. The day current for operating fans and motors was scheduled to start up on or about May 20.

— First-, second- and third-grade teachers were reminded that they must take the state teacher exam again when their licenses, usually good for one to three years, expired. The pay of the nearly 9,000 public school teachers in Georgia averaged out to $128 for five months.

— A group of young men met at the Paragon Pharmacy and formed a Summer Glee Club. The men planned to perform at dances and special events throughout Albany during the rapidly approaching summer.

— The Chattanooga Medicine Co. encouraged mothers to give their daughters, beginning at age 12, one dose of Wine of Cardui each morning to head off female problems. Such care was needed to help a girl “develop into attractive womanhood and equip her for the duties of a wife and mother.” The medicine was available at local drug stores for $1 per bottle.

— The cornerstone of the new Methodist Episcopal Church was laid on the northwest corner of Jackson and Flint. The stone, made of Georgia marble, was inscribed: On the east side, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” and on the south side, “The Albany Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Organized 1841, Rebuilt 1901. Thus we begin the new century.”

Reflections of a bachelor (as printed in The Albany Herald)

— There is no marriage in heaven; this is how the place keeps up its reputation.

— Nothing tickles a woman so much as to see another woman that she just hates wearing a new hat that she tried on herself and knows exactly the price of.

— Love will make a girl’s heart feel as big as a man’s wisdom tooth the day he decides to have it pulled.

— If a man always took his wife’s advice, probably he would never either have any diseases or invest any money.