MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of April 18th
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at the commemoration of Andrew’s Raid, a gasoline price war, a chimpanzee biting a Mableton boy, a burglary attempt on the Marietta Square and Hyde Farm.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, April 18, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story about Judge J.M. Gann setting July 20th as the date for the election of a new sheriff to coincide with that of the U.S. Senator race. By waiting and combining the two elections, Judge Gann said it would save Cobb County $250. W.E. Swanson was appointed by Judge Gann to be the interim sheriff until the election was held following the death of Sheriff R.S. Lindley.

50 years ago …

Cobb’s 1963 property tax rate was officially set at 35.75 mills in the Friday, April 12, 1963 MDJ. The rate was a cut of more than 36 percent. Cobb Commissioner Herbert McCollum, chairman of the Cobb Advisory Board, said the new rate was the lowest he could recall in his 47 years as a Cobb resident.

Also that day, Kennesaw residents opened a two-day commemoration of the famous Civil war episode, Andrew’s Raid. Gov. Carl Sanders fired the opening shot of the observance with a sawed-off 1864 Springfield musket. A crowd of a thousand gathered in front of the reconstructed Lacy Hotel on Kennesaw’s main street to hear the governor. Prior to the speech, Sanders arrived on the Confederate locomotive “The General” after an hour and 25-minute trip from Atlanta.

In the Sunday, April 14, 1963 paper, the City of Marietta was considering a raise to the speed limit on the Four Lane Highway (U.S. Highway 41) from 40 to 50 mph.

A week-long gasoline price war, reported in the Monday, April 15, 1963 paper, was continuing in Cobb with dealers cutting per-gallon sales as much as 10 cents. The independent service stations that started the price cutting binge were selling gas as low as 23.9 cents a gallon for regular and 24.9 cents a gallon for high test.

In the Tuesday, April 16, 1963 paper, a traveling circus chimpanzee bit a seven-year-old boy in Mableton after the child stuck his fingers into the animal’s cage. Dr. Ernest Thompson, Cobb’s health director, reported that the boy received a severe bite on the third finger of his left hand that required several stitches. The chimpanzee, part of the animal menagerie of the traveling Christiani-Wallace Brothers’ Circus, was examined and found not to be rabid.

Marietta police, summoned by a burglar alarm, was reported in the Thursday, April 18, 1963 paper as having searched the Dunaway Drug Store in downtown Marietta for 30 minutes before discovering a 30-year-old man hiding behind sliding doors of a counter in the prescription department. Four city police cars were ordered to the scene just before midnight the night before after a burglary alarm from a broken window went off at Fortune Jewelers, which was on the same side of the Marietta Square as the drug store. Police went behind the buildings and spotted a man on the roof of the drug store. They found the bars on a window had been bent and a door leading down to the drug store had been forced open. Officers also retrieved two pistols, a 22-caliber rifle and rolls of silver coins from the burglar’s 1950 Cadillac parked in front of the Strand Theater.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, April 12, 1993 MDJ there was a story about Lt. Jon Redwine of Cobb County Fire Station No. 18 climbing a 100-foot pine tree in Kennesaw to retrieve a family’s $300 Plumbhead Parakeet. Redwine, a veteran climber, scaled the tree without a ladder and instead used only a safety harness, shoe spikes and rope.

With the help of the Trust for Public Land, J.C. Hyde, 63, was reported in the Tuesday, April 13, 1993 paper as being allowed to continue plowing his farm with his mule, Nell, and hold off developers eager to cash in on his 130 acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Without the help of the trust, U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden, D-Marietta, and several conservation organizations, Hyde would have had to sell his 160-year-old farm to developers to pay off the Internal Revenue Service. In recent years, following the death of J.C. Hyde, the farm was purchased by the Trust for Public Land and sold to the Cobb County Government for preservation.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley was reported in the Thursday, April 15, 1993 paper as being the one to decide whether a north Cobb cemetery containing graves of 19th century settlers would be moved so an auto mall could be built upon the site by property owner by C.V. Nalley III. The day before, Judge Staley finished a two-day hearing on whether an April 1992 decision by the Cobb Board of Commissioners should be upheld to move the Edwards-Attaway cemetery, a 12-acre tract off Barrett Parkway and near Town Center at Cobb mall. Nine people who were descendants of those buried in the cemetery were seeking to reverse the commission’s decision.


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

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