This week’s Time Capsule looks at the murder of Mary Phagan, a visit from Robert F. Kennedy, a moonshine convoy and the possible reviving of the C-5 Galaxy.
100 years ago …
The front page of the Friday, May 2, 1913, Marietta Journal and Courier was filled with multiple headlines on the now infamous murder of Mary Phagan of Marietta at the National Pencil Company factory in Atlanta.
At the time of the story, three men were under arrest and being held as suspects in the case – Arthur Mullinax, a street car conductor; National Pencil Company’s superintendent Leo M. Frank; and Newt Lee, a black night watchman at the factory.
For more information on the 100th anniversary of the murder and the later lynching of Frank, check out the Sunday, April 28, 2013 story by MDJ News Editor Leo Hohmann – A Pilgrimage for ‘little Mary’ at http://bit.ly/103FlI1
50 years ago …
U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy arrived in Atlanta on the final day of a swing through three Southern states, as reported in the Friday, April 26, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal. During the visit, Kennedy ruled out overt federal action against Southern states which had segregationist practices in order to achieve more progress in granting basic rights to blacks. He said problems like school integration should be worked out “internally” within those states and cited the peaceful integration of some Atlanta schools by local officials.
A two-car moonshine running convoy was stopped and the drivers arrested in South Cobb, according to the Sunday, April 28, 1963 paper. Two county policemen made the arrests and confiscated 33 gallons of non-tax paid whiskey in the trunk of the lead car about 5:30 a.m. Police said the second car in the convoy was “blocking,” which was a method used to hinder the efforts of any lawmen that might begin chasing the lead car and prevent capture of the whiskey.
Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch and a six-man citizens committee were reported in the Monday, April 29, 1963 paper as meeting with Jimm Gillis the director of the State Highway Board to discuss proposed changes in the plans for the widening and improvement of Roswell Road east of the Four Lane Highway (U.S. Highway 41).
In the Tuesday, April 30, 1963 paper, a squabble over access rights through an alley off the north side of Roswell Street appeared headed for the courts after a city engineer brought out a bulldozer to knock down a barricade erected by Real Estate Developer O.C. Hubert. The city said the alley was an integral part of Alexander Street, while Hubert claimed it was his private property. The situation developed when Hubert erected the barricade and users of the alley complained to City Hall that it blocked their access to Roswell Street.
20 years ago …
In the race for the 1994 7th District Congressional seat four delegates had announced their intentions to run for the seat during the 7th District GOP Convention on April 17 in Cartersville, according to the Monday, April 26, 1993 MDJ. Coming as no surprise to anyone were the announcements by west Cobb resident and former U.S. Attorney Bob Barr, along with Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, a gynecologist from Carroll County. Two surprise announcements came from Bob Herriott of Carroll County, the co-chairman of former President George H.W. Bush’s 1992 Georgia campaign; and Kenny Moore of Troup County, a college preparatory math teacher and varsity tennis coach at LaGrange High School.
The April 29, 1993 MDJ reported that Lockheed Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Dan Teliep announced that James A. “Mickey” Blackwell, vice president and general manager of the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter program, had been named president of Cobb-based Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co.
Congressmen Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, and George “Buddy” Darden, D-Marietta, were calling for a comprehensive review of the troubled McDonnell Douglas C-17 airlifter that might include the possible reviving of the C-5 Galaxy built at Lockheed. Gingrich said he planned to meet with Defense Secretary Les Aspin about the C-17 and Darden said that McDonnell Douglas officials were expected to appear later in the month before the defense appropriations subcommittee, which recommended funding for military programs. The day before Aspin was reported as having fired the Air Force general who headed up the C-17 program and disciplined three other generals involved in the project.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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