The Week of October 25th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at a Fire Chief injured in a South Cobb blaze, an “error” during a World Series Braves game and a protest against the speech of a Holocaust theorist.

100 years ago …

There were a pair of large ads on the front page of the Friday, Oct. 25, 1912 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier. The first announced a Baby Show at the Princess Theatre that was happening that day. First prize for either a boy or a girl was $10 in gold and the second prize was a solid gold necklace for a girl or a sterling silver, gold-lined drinking cup for a boy. The other ad announced the Civic League’s Halloween Carnival on Oct. 31 at the Kennesaw House.

There was also a front page story that week about Allen, Coggins and Heard, Funeral Directors – a new funeral home business that was being organized in Marietta. The parlors were located in the Austin building at the corner of Powders Springs and Anderson streets.

50 years ago …

Weeks after the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, Marietta attorney Bob Flournoy was confirmed as the nominee for Cobb’s bracket three state representative post in the Sunday, Oct. 21, 1962 MDJ. The recount committee declared Flournoy the winner by 120 votes over Lockheed engineer Ed Harris.

Also that day, there was a story about how Blair Aluminum Furniture Company, which began making three pieces of aluminum office furniture in 1945, swiftly changed hands. Joel H. Golden, vice president of the Metalstand Co. of Phildelphia came to visit L.M. “Rip” Blair in his office. Within an hour they had agreed to a selling price of close to a quarter of a million dollars.

In the Thursday, Oct. 25, 1962 paper, South Cobb Fire District Chief James Dunn was reported as being injured after having tumbled down a flight of stairs while fighting a fire at a home being built at Hurt and Austell roads. Chief Dunn suffered cuts and bruises after he slipped on the burnt attic steps and fell to the ground floor amongst hot timbers and other debris.

A federal agency was reported as having given the Cobb-Marietta Water Authority the go-ahead to construct a million-dollar water purification plant on Lake Allatoona in the Friday, Oct. 26, 1962 paper. The proposed plant was to be built in stages. After construction of the first stage, which would have an eight million gallon capacity, additional stages would be added until a maximum of 24 million gallons per day output was achieved.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1992 MDJ, some Marines from Naval Air Station-Atlanta got caught in the middle of an unintentional flag flap before the second World Series game between the Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays – the first team from outside the U.S. to play in baseball’s championship series.

The Marines from Marine Air Group 42 at NAS-Atlanta in Marietta were a seven-man color guard that carried the Canadian flag upside down onto the field at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Braves officials who gave the Marines the flag acknowledged the error in the second inning and issued an apology to the people of Canada and baseball fans.

It was reported that more than 25 protestors disrupted Holocaust theorist David Irving’s speech at the Smyrna Community Center which was sponsored by the Atlanta organization known as the Committee for Historical Review in the Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1992 paper.

Irving, a British author and lecturer, spoke to about 75 people at the event. He proposed that the Holocaust was not systematic genocide directed by Adolf Hitler and that gas chambers probably didn’t exist. Irving, who had been banned from entering several countries – including Canada – was protested inside and outside the community center by demonstrators.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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