AMERICUS — Personnel with the Americus Police Department and Americus Fire and Emergency Services were working at 7 p.m. in the area of Columbia and Valley Drive. Charlotte Cotton, city administrator, said that heavy winds had gone through the area and caused trees to fall on houses. "They don't know if it was a tornado or just high winds," Cotton said.
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The year was 1964. Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States and trying to navigate the country through the Vietnam War. Muhammad Ali was then known as Cassius Clay and would defeat Sonny Liston for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, and a group from across the pond known as the Beatles would make their historic debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Postage stamps were 5 cents, gas was 30 cents a gallon and the average income per year was $6,000.
The year 1964 was also the year Yvonne Goggins, a native of Michigan, moved to South Georgia and took a job at the local hospital in Americus.
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