MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back Feb. 23, 2014

HISTORY: See what was making the news in Albany and Southwest Georgia this week in years gone by.

Mary Braswell

Mary Braswell

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 at news from this week in years gone by.


— Georgia Governor Charles Jenkins signed into law a bill allowing married women to maintain an independent bank account as long as the total balance did not exceed $2,000.


— Georgia Governor James Smith made it illegal to sell “spirituous liquors” to minors.


— Tifton began making plans for its first city hospital. It was proposed that a building be rented, at least initially, with the public providing furnishings. Doctors were expected to contribute toward equipping an operating room. The county commission and the city council agreed to each appropriate $50 per month for maintenance once the hospital was established.


— The U.S. Food Administration announced that the meatless days, a recommendation to the public as part of the war effort, had saved 140 million pounds of beef in four months. During that time, 165 million pounds of beef had been shipped to Allied troops.


— Work was set to begin on the new bridge across the Flint River. The total expenditure for the job was expected to be $263,000 with the contracted completion date set for April 1921.


— Humorist Will Rogers entertained a sold-out house at the Albany Theatre. Rogers performed for two hours and forty minutes. Tickets ranged in price from $1.10 to $3.30.


Freezing weather damaged the nine miles of paved road between Albany and Leesburg. The pavement, thought to be some of the best in the area, froze in places, buckled and shattered. The road had a lime rock base and was completed in 1929.


— Patterson Hospital in Cuthbert was completely destroyed by fire. Two women were killed in the blaze. The remaining patients, including five babies, had to be lowered by ladder from the second floor. Andrew College vacated a wing of a dormitory and quickly converted it to a makeshift hospital. The loss was estimated at $125,000.


— The Dougherty County Board of Commissioners voted not to issue any new liquor licenses for the remaining months of the year. The board felt there were enough such establishments already in the community.


Two flights left Albany each day for Atlanta. The first was at 8:00 am followed by an afternoon departure at 3:30 pm. One way tickets were $11.50.


— The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the president to two terms or a maximum of ten years in office.


— The Smithville Recreation Club reported on the progress of the new community swimming pool. The pool, located on U.S. Hwy 19 adjacent to the Central of Georgia artesian well, was 35 ft x 75 ft and was expected to be ready for use by summer.


— Tickets for the annual banquet of the Albany Chamber of Commerce went on sale for $3 each with a two per member limit. The 1,000 seat banquet at the Marine Corps Supply Center featured a 39-year-old senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, as the keynote speaker.


— The Beatles appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” three times this month. By mid-month, one-half ton of Beatles’ wigs arrived in the U.S. from England as did 24,000 rolls of Beatles’ wallpaper.


— The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office gave its report from 1969 to county officials as well as the newspaper. The department solved the only two murders of the year, four of five rape cases and eight of eleven armed robberies.


— The Kinchafoonee Creek burst its boundaries, overflowing into dozens of mobile homes and houses. Parts of south Lee County and north Dougherty County were completely inaccessible by normal means.


— Albany’s disco crowd frequented the Sassy Fox located at the corner of 7th and Jefferson. Advertised as Albany’s “finest disco lounge” the Sassy Fox was open from 3 p.m. until 3 a.m. Disco began at 9 p.m.


— On February 24, this was the lunch menu in all Dougherty County elementary schools: fried chicken, whipped potatoes, green beans, apple crisp, roll and milk.


— Members of the Chehaw Park Authority agreed to install a trolley train system at a cost of $138,000.

— The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the City of Albany’s right to withdraw education-incentive programs. For 20 years, city employees who earned a four-year degree were given a 10 percent salary supplement. Two-year degrees earned employees a five percent salary supplement.


— The Liberty Theater was demolished. The building was declared a health hazard and the municipal court ordered that it be torn down. The Liberty stood on the corner of Broad and Jackson for 87 years.


— A Terrell County jury sentenced killer Willie Goodson to life without parole for the 1994 murder of 69-year-old James Barnes, chairman of the Terrell Co chapter of the NAACP. It took the jury of six men and six women three hours to reach a verdict and another 30 minutes to sentence Goodson. Judge Joe Bishop tacked on an additional 20 years for the robbery of Barnes.


— A flu outbreak at a Berrien County nursing home claimed the lives of 11 elderly residents in less than one week.