MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of February 7th
by Damon Poirier
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at dorms for Southern Poly, two famous Louvre paintings coming to Atlanta and potential sites for the 1996 Olympic Games in the county.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Feb. 7, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, it was reported that Marietta was to have a new manufacturing plant. J.M. Mitchell, J.C. Dyson and J.H. Hawkins filed an application for a charter in the Superior Court.

Mitchell was the patentee of a machine that was expected to revolutionize “stump pulling” on farms and roads. The machine was said to be able to pull out any stump up to three feet in diameter and only required two men to operate it making mule teams, cables and other appliances unnecessary.

Both Mitchell and Dyson had been out on the road for the past three weeks selling the machines and found they were selling more than their current plant could supply. The pair decided to organize a company and build a larger plant in Marietta.

50 years ago …

It was reported in the Friday, Feb. 1, 1963 paper that the State Board of Regents had written funds into their budget for construction of dormitories at Marietta’s Southern Technical Institute, now Southern Polytechnic State University. When the school opened on its $1.8 million campus it included everything but dormitories. Southern Tech’s boarding students at the time were living in old apartment units originally built for defense workers during World War II and with private rental housing.

Marietta attorney Norman Shipley was reported in the Sunday, Feb. 3, 1963 paper as having been elected district governor of Rotary District 690 – the highest statewide post a Georgia Rotarian could hold. Shipley, a past president of the Marietta Club, was the first district governor elected from the local club since it was founded 43 years earlier.

Two famous paintings, including Whistler’s Mother, were reported in the Monday, Feb. 4, 1963 paper as having arrived in the country for a six-week exhibit in memory of 122 Atlanta art lovers, including two Mariettans that died in a chartered plane crash on take off from Paris’ Orly Field on June 3, 1962.

Marietta resident James V. Carmichael, president of the Atlanta Art Association, met the paintings as they were offloaded from a U.S. troop transport at the Brooklyn, N.Y., Naval yard. The French government had loaned the paintings, which came from Paris’ Louvre museum, to the Atlanta Art Association as a memorial tribute to the association members who died in the crash after touring European art attractions.

Firemen were reported as having washed the streets clean of gasoline in the Thursday, Feb. 7, 1963 paper after a fuel tank was torn free from a taxi cab and hurled against a building during a collision at Anderson and Winters streets in downtown Marietta.

20 years ago …

Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne said in the Friday, Feb. 5, 1993 MDJ that he would push for the construction of a garbage incinerator on County Farm Road in west Cobb as a solution to the county’s longstanding garbage woes. The new chairman provided a brief outline for the plan during his first town hall meeting at the county library in the Merchants Walk shopping center.

State Rep. Roy Barnes (D-Mableton) was reported in the Saturday, Feb. 1993 paper as introducing legislation renaming the county’s new convention center The Cobb Galleria Centre in response to public outcry over a decision to leave the county’s name off of the facility. While several Cobb legislators said they wanted to see Cobb included in the name of the county-financed convention center, they turned a cool shoulder to a section of the bill that would shake up the membership of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority.

A site for women’s fast pitch softball for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta was reported in the Sunday, Feb. 7, 1993 paper as being considered at four locations – including west Cobb’s Al Bishop Softball Complex. Before the site decision could be made, details between the Olympic committee and the softball federation had to be worked out.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) was also considering Cobb’s Galleria Centre as a site for team handball and badminton. The two sports were originally planned to be played in the proposed $155 million Phase Four of the World Congress Center until Gov. Zell Miller decided in December 1992 not to fund the expansion.

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

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