The Week of Sept. 19th
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a well rescue, desegregation, peace between Israel and the PLO, Lockheed and the 1848 House.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, Sept. 19, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was taken up by an ad for Marietta clothier T.W. Read advertising new suits and overcoats for men and Norfolk jackets for women, featuring Hart Schaffner & Marx clothes.
Another story in that edition reported that a young woman was found in a 40-foot well at her great aunt’s house in the Lost Mountain area the Sunday before. A man at the home heard her cries for help and quickly telephoned neighbors who pulled her out of four feet of water at the bottom of the well by a rope tied around her body. Dressed in her night clothes, the woman apparently fell in because the slide door over the top of the well was only half closed.
Also that week, the August cattle tick report was released. The report stated that the total herds and farms under local quarantine were 95 and the number of cattle was 622.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, Sept. 13, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that a group of blacks had petitioned the Marietta Board of Education to desegregate city schools. An 11-member delegation appeared before the school board the night before and asked for immediate action.
The U.S. Bureau of Public Roads revealed plans in the Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963 paper that would take a new look at proposed routes for a series of multi-lane connector roads planned for the Marietta, Elizabeth and Fair Oaks areas. Taken at the request of the State Highway Department, the move was the result of vigorous protests lodged by residents of Kennesaw Avenue who said a portion of the system scheduled to run up their street should be re-routed.
Another story that day reported the possibility of a black candidate entering the Marietta Ward 6 City Council race in the October city elections. D.H. Holmes, a black funeral home director, said he was being urged to seek the post of outgoing councilman C.E. Crissey.
In the Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1963 paper it was reported that Brig. Gen. George Wilson of Dobbins Air Force Base said a new Defense Department ruling that forbid military units from participating in events where audiences or facilities are segregated was not expected to have a local impact.
Federal, state and county law enforcement officers were reported in the Thursday, Sept. 19, 1963 paper as sorting through clues in Fair Oaks after a burglary crew successfully pulled off a $2,500 safe robbery during the night before.
20 years ago …
In the Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1993 paper, it was reported that several religious leaders and county residents saw the landmark peace agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), signed the night before, as the first step on a long road to peace in the Middle East. The televised event showed the 3,000 onlookers – including former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush – closing the signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. with a standing ovation.
Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. was reported in the Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1993 paper as having received both full funding in fiscal year 1994 for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter and a provision that would keep final assembly of the plane at the South Cobb Drive plant. The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee recommended spending $2.25 billion for the F-22.
Another story that day reported that components for the P-3 Orion to be built by Lockheed in Marietta represented the two largest shipments ever to arrive in the seaport of Savannah. The first two shipments of parts arrived over the weekend in separate ships that docked at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal. The larger of the two – a crate holding the wings for the first Cobb-built submarine hunter – was secured to a special CSX Railroad car for the trip to the plant, while the second shipment was delivered by a flatbed truck.
In an effort to get the Cobb Galleria Centre off to a good start, the convention center wined and dined The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with $150,000 last September. In the Friday, Sept. 17, 1993 paper, it was reported that earlier in the week, the 12-member board of the Georgia Society of Associated Executives, affiliated with ASAE, voted to drop the tentative, three-day booking with the center in response to the county’s resolution criticizing gay lifestyles.
In the Saturday, Sept. 18, 1993 paper it was reported that the water oak behind the 1848 House restaurant in Marietta – which had survived the Civil War skirmish between Gen. William T. Sherman’s Union troops and retreating Confederates almost 130 years ago – fell from age and wet rot. The tree toppled during an afternoon storm, but missed the 143-year-old Greek Revival-style plantation house that it shaded at the corner of South Cobb Drive and Pearl Street.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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