This week’s Time Capsule looks at flooding, bomb threats, a movie deal, a blow torch assault and Fred Tokars.
100 years ago …
In Friday, April 10, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was taken up by a “Clothes for Easter” ad by the T.L. Wallace Clothing Co. in Marietta. Deals included $1.50 to $4 straw hats; $6 Panama hats; $5 and $6 Men’s Florsheim Shoes; and $1.50, $2 and $2.50 Manhattan Shirts.
On the second page, it was reported that William Tate Holland sold the farm of the late Col. R.T. Nesbitt for $20,000 to R.E. Butler. Holland was cited as “one of the best posted real estate men in Georgia” and that Butler was “so familiar with Cobb County property that if you name a farm or tract of land he can almost tell you the record of title without stopping to think twice.”
50 years ago …
The Cobb Democratic party officials were reported in the Sunday, April 5, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as having fired a strongly-worded rebuke at members of the county’s legislative delegation for failing to reach agreement on a multiple commissioners plan for county government. In a statement read during the Saturday meeting of the Cobb Democratic Executive Committee, Party Chairman George Bentley expressed “concern” that the solons were using the issue as a sounding board to “test their political strength.”
It was also reported that day that a U.S. Air Force Hercules turbo-prop transport plane flew a 30-man Swedish contingent to the troubled Mediterranean island of Cyprus to take part in a United Nations peace force. It was the first American action on behalf of the U.N force. Informed sources said U.S. planes were also expected to airlift the 600-man Irish contingent pledged for the U.N. force.
Druggist J.W. “Bill” Cooper was reported in the Monday, April 6, 1964 paper as having become the first candidate to qualify in the race for Cobb County Board of Education. This was the first year for members to seek election to the board. Previously they were appointed.
In the Tuesday, April 7, 1964 paper it was reported that 29 families were driven from their homes along the banks of the Chattahoochee River by the rain swollen muddy artery. Hardest hit was Paces Ferry Drive, which was only a few yards from the normal bank of the river. Most of the homes on nearby Cochise Drive, situated in a bend of the river, were saved from heavier damage by the small high bits of ground that most of the homes were built upon.
The following day it was reported that scores of lakeside cabins, trailers and boat docks were swamped as Lake Allatoona rose to a near-maximum high and threatened to pour over the dam. Army engineers were forced to open floodgates to prevent water from surging over the top. The move was expected to increase the flooding in the Rome area.
Another story in the Tuesday, April 7 paper reported that “Captain Newman, M.D.” and “Werewolf in the Girls Dormitory” had to wait on the Marietta Fire Department while firemen searched the Cobb and Strand Theatres for a non-existent bomb. Capt. Bartow Adair said both theaters received a call saying there was a bomb set to go off in 10 minutes. The girls in both ticket booths identified the voice as a deep voiced male teenager.
20 years ago …
In the Tuesday, April 5, 1994 MDJ it was reported that the two Cobb detectives suspended for accepting money in a movie deal concerning the November 1992 shotgun slaying of Sara Tokars were fired by the Cobb county Department of Public Safety. The firings were announced by deputy director Toby Toler who said in a statement that the two were “terminated for violations of department rules and regulations.”
The following day it was reported that the police lawyer accused of approving the movie deal for the two lead detectives in the murder case resigned before the public safety department finished its investigation into his actions. The probe into the man’s role in the movie deal signed by the detectives was expected to have been finished by the end of the week, according to Toler.
Another story in the Tuesday, April 5 paper reported that a Woodstock man burned his common-law wife with a propane blow torch after they argued and then was beaten by her son. The woman was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Alpharetta where she was listed in serious condition with second-degree burns to her face and chest. A Cherokee County deputy on patrol found the man unconscious in his front yard where he had “been beaten severely about the head and shoulders.”
In the Saturday, April 9, 1994 paper it was reported that federal prosecutors convicted Atlanta lawyer Frederic Tokars of arranging his wife’s November 1992 murder as part of a wide-ranging cocaine and money-laundering conspiracy. Tokars, a former prosecutor and part-time judge, was found guilty on all counts. He faced a maximum sentence of life without parole. But, Tokars’ legal battles were not over. He was to return to Cobb County, where his wife was shot to death and face a death-penalty trial. District Attorney Tom Charron said that the federal sentence would not prevent Tokars from being tried in Cobb Superior Court and would not take precedence over a death sentence.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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