The Week of November 8th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at the election of a president, the nuclear fallout protection of a local school and a large moonshine raid.

100 years ago …

The front page of the Friday, Nov. 8, 1912 Marietta Journal and Courier had a large story about Woodrow Wilson being elected the 28th President of the United States. Wilson carried about 40 states, while former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (26th) carried only five states and William Howard Taft (27th) carried three states.

There was also a half-page ad on the front of that week’s paper from the Chamber of Commerce announcing that it had taken on new life with new officers and wanted a new and up-to-date Marietta. The ad also extended a welcome to women who wanted to be a part of the organization.

50 years ago …

On the heels of the Cuban missile crisis, South Cobb High School Principal Robert Lee, Austell area Civil Defense director Lewis Chestnut and Lt. Col. Truman Gray, an English teacher, were reported in the Sunday, Nov. 4, 1962 MDJ as having initiated plans for providing fallout protection for students in case of nuclear disaster.

The school building, which had previously been found to only have 20-percent protection against radiation, was thought that it could be made 100-percent safe by sandbagging windows and doorways. Areas designated for the sandbag reinforcement included the band area, boiler room and an area of hallway in the central part of the school. Lee said that the county had agreed to provide 600 filled sandbags for the project.

Also that day, lawmen reportedly raided a home in Mableton which they suspected was the center of a giant moonshine operation. Officers arrested three people, confiscated four vehicles and seized 612 gallons of non-tax-paid whiskey.

Federal, state and Cobb County sheriff’s officers had watched the home for more than a week before moving in with the raid. Sheriff Kermit Sanders also said that it was the largest moonshine business found in the area in several years.

In the Monday, Nov. 5, 1962 paper, approximately 450 cartons of cigarettes, identified as part of the $11,000 cigarette burglary at Marietta’s Veach Grocery Company in August, was found by Cobb and Cherokee County officers in a home near Woodstock.

A total of 4,200 cartons of cigarettes, mentioned in a previous column, had been stolen from Veach and part of that haul had been dumped in a pine thicket in Woodstock. Officers found about 150 cartons hidden in a room within the home and another 300 cartons inside a dry abandoned well in the backyard.

Some 300 people were also reported that day as having purchased tickets for the evening’s Democratic “loyalty dinner” in Marietta. The dinner was being held to draw further attention to candidates who had Republican opposition in the upcoming general election. Gov. Ernest Vandiver, the main speaker, and Governor – nominee Carl Sanders were expected to lambast the Republican Party at Larry Bell Auditorium.

The Marietta School Board was reported in the Friday, Nov. 9, 1962 paper as having expressed dissatisfaction the night before in a long-standing agreement which allowed all black high school students in Cobb County to attend the city’s Lemon Street High School. Board members, citing severe overcrowdedness at the school, called for negotiations with Cobb County School Superintendent Jasper Griffin for possible sharp “revision” to the agreement.

20 years ago …

The Galleria Centre, Cobb’s convention center under construction at the Galleria Specialty Mall, was reported in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1992 MDJ as being a year away from completion but had already booked its first event. The Cobb Chamber of Commerce announced that the National Sheriffs’ Association, based in Alexandria, Va., would hold its national convention there in June 1997.

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

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