The Week of May 9th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at the burning of dogs and horses at the county dump, expansion of Marietta’s Lemon Street High School and a local teen co-producing the Oprah Winfrey Show.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, May 9, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, the Marietta Board of Lights and Water announced that the driest April in 30 years had caused a water shortage in the city. A ban on sprinkling city water upon streets and gardens was put into effect while a new city well was being bored to help alleviate the shortage. The Kennesaw Paper Co. also placed a small front page blurb announcing that it had an abundant supply of water and would be glad to supply it at low prices.

50 years ago …

Similar to a recent event in Smyrna, a man out walking with his children was reported in the Monday, May 6, 1963 paper as having found a live 60-mm World War II Japanese mortar shell along the edge of Lost Mountain. An Army demolitions expert said the shell could have destroyed a good-sized building if dropped on its nose. Marietta police urged residents holding souvenir ordinance to dispose of it through the Army’s explosive disposal unit at Fort McPherson in Atlanta.

Also that day, it was reported that a Smyrna man was accidentally wounded after his wife fired a German Luger pistol at a rat in their living room. Missing the rat, the bullet grazed the man on the left side of the head and fractured his skull while he lay on the couch watching television.

The Cobb County Advisory Board was reported in the Tuesday, May 7, 1963 paper as having ordered a health department inspection of the county-owned garbage dump after complaints from 22 nearby residents. A spokesman for the protesting property owners said that dead dogs and at least one dead horse had been burned recently at the dump.

Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch was reported in the Wednesday, May 8, 1963 paper as asking the Marietta City Council to approve an ordinance increasing the maximum fine for traffic offenses in the city from $100 to $200.

In the Thursday, May 9, 1963 paper, the Marietta Board of Education was reported as having filed condemnation papers against property for the expansion program of the city’s black high school. The school board was taking steps to condemn a 3.5-acre tract of property that was three-tenths of a mile from the Lemon Street High School. The plan was for the school’s football field to be shifted to the property once condemnation proceedings were complete.

20 years ago …

A proposal from Cobb-based Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. was reported in the Tuesday, May 4, 1993 MDJ as saying that Lockheed could build 75 C-5B transport planes for the Air Force that were capable of carrying as much cargo as the 120 planned McDonnell Douglas C-17 airlifters and for less than half the cost. Lockheed proposed building the C-5s for $165 million each, for a total cost of $12.21 billion, plus an estimated $575 million in costs to restart the C-5B assembly line. The value of the embattled C-17 contract was about $30 billion, or $250 million per plane.

In the May 5, 1993 paper, it was reported that Matthew Reeves of Acworth was invited to Chicago to co-produce an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Reeves, who was legally blind, received a call from Oprah producer David Boul with the invitation to co-produce the “A Tribute to Kids” episode, which would feature a studio audience made up strictly of teens from schools in the Chicago area. Reeves had been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey along with five other teens in late November 1992 after they had been awarded the Horatio Alger Scholarship and traveled to Washington, D.C., for the National Scholars Conference of the Horatio Alger Association.

While the deadline for sealed bids on the 800-acre Sweetwater Industrial Park in Austell had closed, the Thursday, May 6, 1993 paper reported that it would be about two months before Austell City officials learned if the site would be the home to Norfolk-Southern Railway’s truck to rail center. The land, which was near the old Coats & Clark thread mill in the former city of Clarkdale, had sat in bankruptcy for three years and was part of a multi-tract package put up for bid by the U.S. Resolution Trust Corp. Norfolk-Southern Railway, which offered $4 million for the property in late 1992, wanted to relocate its regional truck to rail transfer station out of Camden Yards in Atlanta.


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

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