MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Sept. 26
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a Civil War signal officer’s visit, a new C-130 Hercules, the reactivation of the Phillips Legion, Newt Gingrich, former Gov. Lester Maddox and Fred Tokars.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Sept. 26, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was once again taken up by the same ad for Marietta clothier T.W. Read that appeared the week before.

Another story in that edition reported that Lt. George C. Rounds, a signal officer for Gen. William T. Sherman during the last of the Civil War, came to Marietta with P.P. Hurlbut of Atlanta to demonstrate on Kennesaw Mountain the use of signal flags – which were the same ones used 50 years earlier.

50 years ago …

In the Friday, Sept. 20, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal, it was reported that a new version of the famed Air Force C-130 Hercules transport would be capable of retrieving astronauts, wherever they landed on the Earth’s surface. Designated the HC-130H, the configuration was selected by the Air Force because it met the requirements for Air Rescue Service missions.

Sen. Herman E. Talmadge was reported in the Sunday, Sept. 22, 1963 paper as voicing his opposition to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and said that he would vote against its ratification. Sen. Talmadge was at first inclined to support the treaty, but he reached the conclusion that the military gamble was too great and that it was too great a threat to national security.

Also that day, it was reported that three Georgia Tech students were caught after a brief tryout of giant earth moving equipment at the Interstate 75 construction area in south Cobb.

The Ward 6 Marietta City Council race between D.H. Holmes, a black funeral director, and Frank Ayers, a white man, was reported in the Monday, Sept. 23, 1963 paper as continuing to stir brisk voter registration as the deadline drew near.

In the Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1963 paper, it was reported that the Phillips Legion, one of the most colorful Georgia units in the Civil War, was reactivated by Gov. Carl Sanders with the commissioning of 18 Cobb County residents as officers. The Legion, commanded by Cobb Commissioner Herbert McCollum, would plan and direct the 1964 centennial observance of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

The Marietta Center of the University of Georgia, hit by mounting enrollment for fall classes, was reported in the Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1963 paper as having overflowed into the Sunday School classrooms of a nearby church and officials were still searching for more space. Dr. Archie Rushton, the center’s director, said a total of 1,125 students had registered for fall courses as compared to only 750 in 1962 and that the anticipated fall registration was only 900 students.

20 years ago …

Dr. Timothy Mescon, dean of Kennesaw State College’s business school, said in the Monday, Sept. 20, 1993 MDJ that he now wished the school had never agreed to offer the Renewing American Civilization course that he teaches jointly with Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich. The college and Rep. Gingrich had come under heavy fire over the course, which some believed was a bully pulpit that Gingrich used to spread a conservative agenda.

Cobb school officials were reported in the Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1993 paper as having to close Nash Middle School in Smyrna after it was “trashed” by vandals, who broke windows, smashed equipment and spray-painted walls throughout the campus.

In the Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1993 paper, it was reported that former Gov. Lester Maddox won a five-year battle to rezone his 1.3-acre tract on Johnson Ferry Road, with Cobb commissioners unanimously approving a commercial classification that would allow a wide range of uses. The residential property was long ago zoned office-institutional, but used primarily as the residence of Gov. Maddox and his wife, Virginia. It had been considered a bulwark against retail and commercial encroachment into neighborhoods off Johnson Ferry and directly behind his home.

A federal judge was reported in the Thursday, Sept. 23, 1993 paper as dismissing a subpoena by lawyers for Fred Tokars that was asking for all the files collected by lawyers for Eddie Lawrence, who had pleaded guilty to the Nov. 29, 1992 murder of Tokars’ wife, Sara. U.S. District Court Judge Orinda Evans did, however, allow Atlanta lawyer Jerry Froelich to subpoena either Ron Hunton or Pat Banks, the two Cobb detectives who investigated the Cobb murder case.

In an attempt to keep a jet fighter wing in Marietta, it was reported in the Saturday, Sept. 25, 1993 paper that U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden (D-Marietta) had tacked an amendment onto the House Appropriations Committee’s fiscal 1994 defense budget bill that would block its relocation to central Georgia. The legislation, which passed the committee earlier in the week and was expected to pass the full House intact, would prohibit the use of Defense Department or Air Force funds for relocation of the 1,300-member 116th Tactical Fighter Wing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta to Robins Air Force Base near Macon.

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

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