MDJ Time Capsule by Damon_Poirier
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a gubernatorial race, a well rescue, a fire, a car theft ring and the Olympics.
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The Week of Sept. 12th
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September 13, 2013 01:15 PM | 591 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a jail escape, Lockheed’s annexation, a Marietta mountain lion, Newt Gingrich’s Renewing American Civilization course and Julia Roberts.
 
100 years ago …
 
In Friday, Sept. 12, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a story about how the First National Bank of Marietta was designated an active depositary of the U.S. government. The bank, which had been an inactive depositary for about eight years, would now pay all government checks and was authorized to accept government money deposits.
 
Another story in that edition reported that the Boy Scouts of Marietta met at the home of their scout master and held memorial exercises in the memory of a scout who drowned in Joyner Pond in 1912.
 
50 years ago …
 
A possible jail escape from the Cobb County Jail was reported in the Friday, Sept. 6, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as being foiled after a prisoner was disarmed of an assortment of crude weapons. Chief Deputy John Quarles said that he and Deputy Sheriff Jesse Cooper recovered a razor sharp knife, several pieces of a rusted hack saw blade, a nail file and a hypodermic needle hidden in the prisoner’s clothing after they brought him from his upstairs cell to a downstairs room where he thought he was going to be routinely questioned.
 
Marietta Councilman Howard Atherton Jr., was reported in the Sunday, Sept. 8, 1963 paper as having announced as a candidate for mayor in Marietta’s October general election.
 
In the Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1963 paper, it was reported that Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch said that the Georgia General Assembly might ask in January to approve legislation annexing the Lockheed-Georgia Company, Dobbins Air Force Base and the Naval Air Station into Marietta. Welsch said the move, which would increase city tax revenues by more than $185,000 a year, was cleared by the U.S. Department of Defense, Lockheed officials and Cobb County government leaders.
 
Welsch was also reported in the Thursday, Sept. 12, 1963 paper as having announced that he would not seek re-election. Citing the fact that the citizens of Marietta had elected him on five different occasions and that he held office 12 of the last 16 years, Welsch said, “The time has come for someone else to be elected mayor.”
 
Also that day, the Cobb County Board of Education adopted a firm four-point policy for determining if individual married students would be permitted to attend schools within the system. The action was taken after Superintendent Jasper Griffin told the Cobb board that the system was in danger of “becoming a dumping ground” for married students excluded by other systems.
 
20 years ago …
 
In the Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that Marietta officials were investigating claims of a “large mountain lion” in Wildwood Park, adjacent to Life Chiropractic College at Barclay Circle and South Cobb Drive. An unidentified woman claimed she was chased by a large wildcat while visiting the park. Marietta Police checked several trails, but could not find the animal. However, they did “observe several large paw prints in the moist soil.”
 
Also that day, U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich was reported as saying that he did not plan to back down from his commitment to teach an ideological course at Kennesaw State College in the fall, despite concerns of university system directors over alleged connections between fund-raising efforts for the course and a Republican PAC the congressman chaired. Later in the week, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1993, it was reported that Gingrich’s special topics course – Renewing American Civilization – was back on track. KSC President Dr. Betty Siegel said in a prepared statement that the controversy would not halt the project, which was scheduled to begin Sept. 18, 1993.
 
Actress and Smyrna native Julia Roberts was reported in the Friday, Sept. 10, 1993 paper as being on the cover of the 10th anniversary special issue of “Vanity Fair.” Roberts said in the magazine that her new husband, country singer Lyle Lovett, reminded her of her one-time fantasy man, Abraham Lincoln.
 
In the Saturday, Sept. 11, 1993 paper, it was reported that a citizens’ committee recommended that the controversial East-West Connector be constructed along the original 4.9-mile route with a northern bypass around the Concord Covered Bridge area. The group stunned many in the audience at the South Cobb Government Center with a recommendation that access be prohibited between Hicks and Fontaine roads, a three-mile stretch of the route. The surprise suggestion was expected to redefine the road as a limited-access freeway and quiet widespread criticism that the route was intended to be little more than a developmental highway.
 

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

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of Sept. 5th
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September 06, 2013 01:00 PM | 640 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week Time Capsule looks at a monument to Mary Phagan, the un-incorporation of the Elizabeth community, Kennesaw’s curfew and Fred Tokars’ not guilty verdict.
 
100 years ago …
 
In Friday, Sept. 5, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was taken up with an exact reproduction of the Commission Government Bill that was to be submitted to Marietta voters on Nov. 11, 1913. The bill would repeal the acts creating Boards of Lights, Waterworks and Sewerage to create a new charter and government for the City of Marietta under a Board of Commissioners. The bill was passed through the last session of the Legislature and signed on Aug. 20 by Gov. John M. Slaton.
 
Another story in that edition reported that a meeting of the Marietta Camp 763 of the United Confederate Veterans unanimously adopted a resolution to contribute money from the camp treasury to fund the building of a monument to the memory of Marietta’s murdered “Little” Mary Phagan. The story talked about raising a white marble shaft in memory of the girl’s nobility and purity. It also mentioned a Dalton Citizen writer expressing a desire to see the “unfortunate child reproduced in marble in her agony.” But, the Journal and Courier author wrote that “… we would prefer to see her in beauty and happiness, if a statue is made to stand over her grave in our Marietta cemetery. The awful story of her death needs no marble to keep it in the memories of the living.”
 
50 years ago …
 
The Marietta Housing Authority’s purchase of an 80-acre tract of land northwest of the city for development as a housing subdivision for blacks was reported as upheld by Cobb Superior Court Judge James T. Manning in the Friday, Aug. 30, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal. In a companion decision, Judge Manning ruled that an 1883 act of the General Assembly incorporating the Town of Elizabeth was invalid and ineffective. The decision was handed down after two days of testimony in the cases.
 
In the Sunday, Sept. 1, 1963 paper, there was a front page aerial photograph showing construction progress on Interstate 75 and the Atlanta Perimeter Highway in Cobb County over the Chattahoochee River where the two highways met in a huge interchange. 
 
Cobb County’s 1963 property tax rate was reported in the Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1963 paper as being officially set at 35.75 mills. The new charge was more than 36 percent lower than the 1962 rate.
 
The Kennesaw City Council was reported in the Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1963 paper as unanimously passing a new city curfew ordinance that was designed to end an “undeclared war” raging between city officials and Kennesaw teens. The action, which forced all minors off city streets after 11 p.m., came after two weeks of complaints from city residents about “gangs of roving teenagers,” shouting profanity and destroying public property.
 
20 years ago …
 
In the Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1993 MDJ, despite a call from local gay activists urging them to honor a boycott of Cobb County, the Georgia Special Olympics officials selected the county as the site for their 1994 Winter Games.
 
Also that day, Fred Tokars was reported as pleading not guilty in U.S. Magistrate Court in Atlanta to federal charges that he conspired to kill his wife in order to protect the interests of a money-laundering operation that he allegedly helped build. During the brief arraignment before Judge William L. Harper, the former east Cobb resident declined to have federal prosecutors publicly read charges contained in a 16-count indictment. Tokars, looking disheveled while wearing a suit and tie, listened as Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilmer “Buddy” Parker III recommended that Judge Harper keep him in federal custody without bail.
 
In the MDJ’s front page Opinion Poll results in the Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1993 paper, a majority of Cobb residents were reported as believing the county commission’s resolution condemning the gay lifestyle had hurt the community’s image, although they agreed with the decision to cancel subsidies to the arts.
 
Another story that day, reported U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, who recently returned from a trip to the Balkans and Mediterranean area, said he would recommend that President Bill Clinton authorize attacks against nuclear weapon facilities in Iran and North Korea. The east Cobb Republican also was expected to ask President Clinton to send up to 30,000 U.S. troops to the violence-torn Balkans as part of a 90,000 member NATO force.
 
In the Thursday, Sept. 2, 1993 paper, there was a story about how three years after the Blair Aluminum Furniture Co. closed its historic but run-down factory, an Atlanta developer had unveiled plans to turn it into an $11 million office park. The proposed three-phase development centered around renovating and re-using the five buildings on 7½ acres overlooking North Marietta Parkway for a 126,250 square foot office park with the added possibility of specialty shops and a restaurant.
 

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

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of Aug. 29th
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August 29, 2013 11:35 AM | 581 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank’s guilty verdict, integration, I-75 contracts, Marietta’s Pony League champs, more fallout on Cobb’s anti-gay resolution and Fred Tokars’ murder charge indictment.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Aug. 29, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a story reporting that Leo M. Frank was found guilty of murdering Mary Phagan of Marietta and sentenced to hang on Oct. 10 by Judge L.S. Roan. The story reported that 4,000 people were in demonstration around the court house when the verdict was announced.

Another story in that edition reported that a six-year-old girl, who lived eight miles from Marietta, choked to death on a handful of green peas.

50 years ago …

Gov. Carl Sanders said in the Sunday, Aug. 25, 1963 paper that he would “vigorously oppose” any attempt by the federal government to force preferential hiring of blacks in state agencies. The governor’s comment followed an announcement that the federal government for 12 months had been quietly seeking “voluntary” integration of several state departments which received federal grants.

In the Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1963 paper, there was a story about a cost of living increase of three cents per hour, effective Sept. 14 and affecting roughly 13,000 Lockheed-Georgia Company hourly paid employees. The increase was based on the July cost of living index which rose to 107.1, which was from the April index of 106.2.

Another story that day reported the State highway Department was expected to award contracts in October or November for another Cobb County section of Interstate Highway 75. The contacts were to include a portion of the multi-lane expressway between the Atlanta circumferential route and Marietta’s Roswell Street.

Marietta city officials were reported in the Thursday, Aug. 29, 1963 paper as busy planning a homecoming celebration for the world’s third ranked Pony League team. Mayor Sam Welsch’s office announced that the Marietta champs would be met by a police escort at the city limits and then taken to the police station where city officials and the Marietta High School band would officially greet the players.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, Aug. 23, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that the political debate over Cobb County’s anti-gay resolution boiled over into a religious one as homosexuals, sympathizers and a Christian coalition converged on the Marietta Square. With picnic baskets and rainbow-striped flags in hand, about 1,000 conservatively dressed and acting gays, lesbians and supporters gathered in Glover Park for a peaceful Queer Family Picnic. An hour after it begun, a group of county and city law enforcement politely ushered the gay rights crowd out of the park so 400 sign and Bible-toting Christians could hold their “praise rally.” Area ministers and evangelists during the rally preached love and acceptance while punctuating the sermons with hymns like “How Great Thou Art,” “He Is Lord,” and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

After almost two months of contentious and fiery debate, the Cobb Board of Commissioners was reported in the Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1993 paper as having voted unanimously to cut off all county funding that supported the arts. The vote came just two hours after more than 25 arts supporters made one final attempt to make the commission see things their way.

Fred Tokars was reported in the Friday, Aug. 27, 1993 paper as being indicted on murder, armed robbery and kidnapping charges relating to the highly publicized Nov. 29, 1992 shotgun slaying of his wife, Sara, in front of their two sons near their east Cobb home. Cobb grand jurors met for 90 minutes before returning the indictment. District Attorney Tom Charron also filed a notice in Cobb Superior Court saying that he would be seeking the death penalty against Tokars, a 40-year-old tax attorney and former Atlanta municipal judge. It was also reported that the day before, federal authorities unsealed an indictment charging Tokars and a former business associate with using interstate telephone lines to plot the kidnapping and murder of Tokars’ 39-year-old wife.

In the Saturday, Aug. 28, 1993 paper, it was reported that the Atlanta-based band, Good Medicine, played about three songs in 15 minutes of their Glover Park Concert Series show on the Marietta Square before walking off stage in protest of the Cobb commissioners’ decision to withdraw funding for all arts. The five-member Blue Grass band quickly packed their equipment and left the Square to the booing of a 400-member audience.

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

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of Aug. 22nd
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August 22, 2013 10:00 AM | 626 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week Time Capsule looks at the death of Mary Phagan’s grandmother, tick eradication, Marietta schools bus service and fall out from the passing of Cobb’s anti-gay resolution.
 
100 years ago …
 
In Friday, Aug. 22, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story regarding the now famous murder of Marietta’s Mary Phagan and the trial of her accused killer, Leo M. Frank. The story reported how Anna Benton, the 73-year-old grandmother of Mary Phagan, had died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.W. Coleman in Atlanta. Mrs. Benton had been in Atlanta to be present at Frank’s murder trial. On the second day of the trial, “grief and incessant worry over the death of her granddaughter” caused her to take to bed “from which she was never able to rise.”
 
Another front page story in that edition reported that tick eradication work in Cobb for July 1913 listed 96 herds and farms under local quarantine and the number of cattle at 395. The total number of original and re-inspections of herds quarantined and herds on farms free of ticks were 498 with the number of cattle at 2,462.
 
There was also a half-page ad on Page 2 of that edition on the sale of the A.P. McCravy Farm which was to be sold “before the Courthouse door” in Marietta on Sept. 2, 1913. The property, at Turner’s Crossing on the Marietta electric car line just two miles south of Marietta, had been subdivided into 18 tracts that averaged from 1 to 20 acres each. Fourteen of the lots fronted the W&A Railroad, the electric car line and the public road.
 
50 years ago …
 
The Cobb County Grand Jury was reported in the Friday, Aug. 16, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as recommending charges be brought against the county unless an effort was made to remedy “deplorable” conditions at the jail. The 33-member body declared that it was “appalled” at the overcrowded, “unsanitary,” and poorly ventilated jail.
 
Also that day, it was reported that Elbert Cox, the Regional Director of the National Park Service, said new facilities for the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield park would be completed by June 1964 – the 100th anniversary of the mountain’s role in the Civil War.
 
Iran and New Zealand were also reported that day as having become the seventh and eighth nations to put into air force service the Lockheed-Marietta built turboprop C-130 Hercules airlifters.
 
In the Monday, Aug. 19, 1963 paper, it was reported that Cobb hosted its first foreign athletic team, as far as records at the time showed. The Monterrey, Mexico Pony League All-Stars arrived in Marietta to participate in the Southern Division finals at Heck Memorial Field.
 
In the Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1963 paper, it was reported that there would be no bus service for Marietta City School children during the coming school year. A survey made earlier in the year showed that most Marietta parents were in favor of bus service, but city officials were informed that $50,000 was needed to purchase the bus fleet and operate them for one year.
 
20 years ago …
 
Newspaper editors in the 7th District were reported in the Monday, Aug. 16, 1993 MDJ as generally believing that Rep. George “Buddy” Darden’s vote for President Bill Clinton’s economic plan would hurt the Marietta Democrat’s chances for a sixth full term. However, they acknowledged that there had not been a wave of letters to the editor or calls to the papers condemning Darden’s vote, his second in favor of the combination of tax increases and budget cuts.
 
The executive committee of the Cobb County Community Relations Council in the Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1993 paper criticized the Cobb Commissioner’s recent anti-gay resolution, calling it “ill-advised” and “inappropriate” in a memorandum on the issue sent to the commission. The document was approved in a 15-minute meeting with only three of the five committee members attending.
 
In the Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1993 paper, a front page story reported that the local branch of a major corporation was expected to announce the cancellation of a scheduled one-day event at the Cobb Galleria Centre as a result of the Cobb Commission’s recent condemning of gay lifestyles. The event was expected to draw about 800 people and cost a total of $14,000, including catering.
 
To prevent clashes between a predominantly Christian group and a homosexual organization it was reported in the Thursday, Aug. 19, 1993 paper that police ordered them not to use the Marietta Square at the same time for their rallies on Sunday, Aug. 22. The Concerned Christians of Cobb and the Lesbian Avengers had both asked to start their rallies at 1 p.m., but Marietta police said the Avengers’ Queer Family Picnic would be held first and ordered the Concerned Christians of Cobb to put their gathering until 3:30 p.m. Police were gearing up to handle a crowd of about 400 people for both rallies. The Lesbian Avengers was a “direct action” group founded in New York City in 1992. The Concerned Citizens of Cobb was a newly formed, loose knit group with no firm membership and no affiliation with any particular churches.
 

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

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of Aug. 15th
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August 13, 2013 03:30 PM | 646 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week Time Capsule looks at a train and buggy accident, the opening of Rich’s, nuclear weapons hitting Dobbins and Cobb commissioners adopting its anti-gay resolution.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Aug. 15, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about the robbery of the safe at the offices of the Wilkie-Butler Drug Co. The robbery happened after closing when burglars entered the store through the ice chute at the rear of the building. The $360 theft was determined to have been done by an expert since the combination lock was used to open the safe. It was also determined that the burglars removed the hinges of the safe in order to give the impression that an amateur had done the job.

Another front page story in that edition reported that a local 65-year-old man had died at a nearby sanitarium from injuries received when a northbound passenger train struck the buggy that he and another man were riding in. The pair, returning from a veteran’s reunion in Kennesaw, were struck at the Dobbs crossing just beyond Kennesaw Mountain. Both of the buggy’s horses were killed and dragged some distance. The surviving buggy rider suffered a broken arm below the elbow and severe bruises. Upon arrival at the sanitarium, the other man had such a badly broken arm that it required immediate amputation. It was also reported that his hip was “crushed to a pulp.”

50 years ago …

Shoppers were reported in the Sunday, Aug. 11, 1963 paper as being able to have their first look at the new Cobb County Center as Rich’s, one of 22 tenants in the 43-acre development, opened its doors. Rich’s was the largest department store in Cobb at the time. The Cobb County Center, located at South Cobb Drive at Pat Mell Road, was developed by Food Fair Properties and was expected to serve a market of 230,000 people. Features included a 4,000-space parking lot, a T-shaped mall with a Japanese Contemplation Garden and a 250-seat indoor auditorium.

In the Monday, Aug. 12, 1963 paper, it was reported that the Marietta City Council authorized condemnation proceedings to clear the way for the widening of Roswell Street east of the Four Lane Highway (U.S. Highway 41). With the State Highway Department facing a legal advertising deadline for contract letting the council voted in emergency session to condemn a five-foot easement in front of the East Marietta Shopping Center.

Lockheed-Georgia Company announced plans in the Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1963 paper to construct a $3 million multi-building research center on a 45-acre tract of land adjacent to its main plant in Marietta. President W. A. Pulver said grading work would begin about mid-October and construction of the first buildings in the initial group of research facilities would begin before Jan. 1, 1964. Pulver also said that those buildings would be occupied near the middle of 1964 and that the center would be completed by 1965.

On the front page of the Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1963 paper, the Marietta Daily Journal announced its first full processed color work in a two page advertisement for Rich’s on pages 4C and 5C of that paper. Spot color ads had appeared in the paper for years, but the Rich’s ad was the first four color work printed on the newspaper’s press.

“Nuclear weapons hit Dobbins” was the headline in the Thursday, Aug. 15, 1963 paper. Operation Swift Strike III, a massive war game played by the military pitted Blue forces against Red forces, was expected to close at the end of the week. During the games, the Blue’s air force had dropped make-believe nuclear weapons on the Red base of North Field and Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, crippling a large number of Red aircraft. It was the first time nuclear weapons had been used against airfields.

Also that day, it was reported that a 17½ foot tall granite monument would be dedicated in the memory of Georgia Confederate soldiers who died at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Financed by funds allocated by Gov. Carl Sanders, the $8,500 monument was the first to be located at the National Battlefield Park in honor of Georgians who lost their lives there.

20 years ago …

In the Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that Cobb commissioners adopted two “community-value” resolutions – one condemning gay lifestyles and another toned-down version that endorsed traditional family values, but did not criticize homosexuality. During the marathon session, Christian activists rallied, ministers and laymen quoted scripture, lesbians and gay men expressed joy in their lifestyles, and arts and free speech advocates warned of impending lawsuits against the county government. No public comment was permitted as the board adopted the resolutions. However, 36 people, mostly in support, spoke on the proposed change to a companion issue that would be voted upon on Aug. 24 – an amendment to Cobb’s arts ordinance that would restrict public funding of arts programs to only those that supported community, family-oriented values.

Swelled by members of Roswell Street Baptist Church and Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, the overflow crowd of about 150 people assembled in Glover Park to witness the proceedings on televisions placed upon the park stage. Wearing yellow badges urging others to “Support Community Standards,” the crowd applauded the commission’s vote.

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

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of Aug. 8th
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August 09, 2013 10:00 AM | 614 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a train wreck, a Confederate monument, Lemon Street High School’s football stadium, moving the historic Lost Mountain Store and the proposed East-West Connector.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Aug. 8, 1913 edition of The Marietta Daily Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about a deadly train wreck at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6 when an L&N freight train running over the W&A railroad crashed into a 35 foot long and 40 foot deep washout at Noonday Creek that had been caused by rains on the night before. Five men died in the wreck. Only one body was recovered. The other four bodies were buried at the bottom of the washout under the locomotive and 14 cars. Water in the creek was reported as being 25 feet deep.

Another story in that week’s edition reported that M.L. McNeel of the McNeel Marble Co. had returned from a meeting with the Board of Trustees of Confederate Veterans in Florida, who had awarded the company the contract to erect a $24,000 monument in the memory of the Women of the Confederacy in Dignam Park in Jacksonville, Fla. The canopy designed monument, standing 50 feet tall, would be surmounted by a 13 foot bronze statue of a woman holding the furled Confederate flag. Underneath the canopy, there would be a bronze group, composed of a mother teaching her son and daughter about the history of the South.

50 years ago …

In the Friday, Aug. 2, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that property owners opposed to the construction of a black high school football field in northeast Marietta had appealed the court ruling that allowed the project to proceed. The action was expected to further hold up the efforts of the Marietta School Board to condemn a 3.5 acre tract of land at Fairground and Rigby streets for construction of Lemon Street High School’s football stadium.

Six rifle shots were reported in the Sunday, Aug. 4, 1963 paper as being fired into the Smyrna bedroom of a striking Atlantic Steel Company employee shortly after midnight the Friday before. The shots barely missed the head of the man who had just sat up in bed and was about to look out a window to see why his dogs were barking. Atlantic Steel Company in Atlanta had been struck by its union for several weeks.

Another story that day reported that within two to three months the Fulton County government was to begin emptying treated sewage into a tributary of the Chattahoochee River four-tenths of a mile above the intake of Cobb County’s water plant.

A professional car stripping operation in a Smyrna residential area was reported broken up in the Monday, Aug. 5, 1963 paper after a fire was started by a power saw being used to dismantle one of the two 1963 model vehicles in the basement.

Only two property owners were reported in the Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1963 paper as holding out in granting right-of-way for the widening of Roswell Street east of U.S. 41. The road was to be widened to four lanes from two lanes for nine-tenths of a mile distance from U.S. 41 and the fork of Roswell and Lower Roswell roads.

20 years ago …

A quick-thinking robber was reported in the Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1993 paper as posing as the clerk of the convenience store that he was robbing to turn away a customer, before taking an in-store video recorder that had taped the incident.

Another story that day reported that the county had approved a plan to move the historic Lost Mountain Store on Dallas Highway, which cleared the way for construction to begin on a proposed Publix grocery store and adjacent retail strip. George S. Morgan Developments had proposed moving the store, which was 20 feet above the surrounding grade level, in order to clean out soil contaminated by leaking gasoline tanks on the site.

In the Thursday, Aug. 5, 1993 paper reported that most members of a capacity crowd turned their backs on all six proposed routes for the beleaguered East-West Connector vowing that local politicians would not pit neighborhoods against each other to push the road past federal regulatory agencies. The public hearing drew an estimated 600 Cobb residents to Thompson Park on Nickajack Road, despite the location being off the beaten track, having a lack of parking and a meeting site perched on a steep, 40 foot incline.

Once considered by many to be the frontrunner, Cobb County was reported in the Saturday, Aug. 7, 1993 paper as not hosting the woman’s fast-pitch softball competition in the 1996 Olympics. The Atlanta Commission for the Olympic Games announced that it had selected Columbus over Cobb and eight other sites.

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

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The Week of Aug. 1st
by Damon_Poirier
July 30, 2013 10:00 AM | 638 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week Time Capsule looks at Communism, anti-integration pickets, a Mayor’s lawsuit, the flooding Mississippi River and Cobb’s anti-gay resolution.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Aug. 1, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about Marietta’s new high school building having been completed and the keys turned over to the Board of Education. Built to the plans of architect J.R. MacEachern of Atlanta, the school’s lighting was reported as “almost perfect” and with “no dark corners or cloak rooms anywhere in the building.” During a recent inspection of the work, the Board reportedly found nothing to criticize and everything to commend.

Another story in that edition reported “the biggest event in Masonry” would be held in Powder Springs later that week as the Masonic lodges of Cobb County would meet for their 10th annual convention.

There was also a front page ad that week from The Gem Theatre announcing the screening of Robinson Crusoe, which according to the ad was “the greatest, most masterly three-reel film of the age.”

50 years ago …

A Smyrna police official was reported in the Friday, July 26, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as having been arrested for embezzlement following the discovery of shortages in cash receipt funds. Mayor Jake Ables said that the officer had admitted to “misappropriation” of the less than $500 in traffic fine receipts.

In the Sunday, July 28, 1963 paper, it was reported that Juvenile Court Judge Conley Ingram was back from a trip to Russia. Ingram, noting that Cobb schools would offer a comparative course in Americanism vs. Communism that fall, said Americanism and loyalty should be taught to U.S. students as fervently as Communists preached their philosophy. Ingram, along with a delegation of Georgia citizens, toured cities in Russia, Poland and Hungary as well as West Berlin, Germany weeks earlier.

Also that day it was reported that anti-integration pickets were withdrawn from three Cobb restaurants after an agreement was reached with the management at two of the businesses. The Cobb County Citizens for Better Government, Inc. on July 13 started picketing the Davis Brothers’ cafeteria on the Four Lane Highway (U.S. Highway 41) in Marietta; the Chick, Chuck ‘n Shake drive-in at Roswell Road and the Four Lane – which was also operated by the Davis Brothers and sat on the site of the current day Big Chicken; and Johnny Reb’s Dixieland at Smyrna.

Another story that day reported a south-bound freight train struck and killed a young Mableton man shortly after he had left a restaurant where a fight had broken out. The man’s body was dragged some 350 feet by the Southern Railway’s Number 152 train. The scene of the accident was just a few yards from the point where the Floyd Road Bridge crossed the tracks in Mableton.

Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch was reported in the Monday, July 29, 1963 paper as having drawn up and filed a $100,000 lawsuit against Steve W. Brown, the editor of the monthly newsletter – “The Conservative Georgian,” in Cobb Superior Court. The suit alleged that Welsch had been defamed by the “Around Cobb County” article in the publication’s June 24 issue.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, July 26, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that U.S. Reps. George “Buddy” Darden (D-Marietta) and Newt Gingrich (R-East Cobb) supported President Bill Clinton’s $3 billion emergency aid package to states ravaged by the flooding Mississippi River. Rising waters along the swollen river and its tributaries had flooded homes in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota. Locally, Cobb County Manager David Hankerson was also expected to unveil to the Cobb County Commission details of a proposed comprehensive storm water management plan for the county.

The on-again, off-again resolution stating that Cobb commissioners should not endorse gay lifestyles in any of its policy decisions was reported in the Tuesday, July 27, 1993 paper as being back on the commission agenda. Eastern District Commissioner Gordon Wysong pushed the resolution along with a proposed ordinance change that would direct county funding for arts and cultural programs only to projects that supported “family-oriented, community values.” Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne removed the resolution from the agenda the previous week at the behest of Commissioner Bill Cooper, who said it could be interpreted as “gay-bashing.” The night before the commission meeting, the resolution was removed from the agenda for a second time. Byrne said the commission was unable to agree on a definition of community standards, despite hours of debate amongst themselves.

Cobb Police and staff at Cobb Hospital and Medical Center on Austell Road were reported in the Thursday, July 29, 1993 paper as searching a newborn infant’s body which disappeared from the morgue. Hospital officials found the body missing when a funeral home came to pick up the girl’s remains. In the following day’s paper it was reported that missing newborn had apparently been cremated without the family’s consent.

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

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The Week of July 25th
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This week Time Capsule looks at a prisoner shooting, a solar eclipse, drownings and the beginnings of Cobb County’s anti-gay resolution.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 25, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was taken up with an ad for Henry A. Ward & Co’s “Cash Ticket Sale.” For seven days, the store was offering various valued cash tickets to customers based on the amounts of their purchases. The cash tickets could then be used to purchase anything in the store the same as cash during the sale period.

A second page story that week reported a young white convict had been shot and killed by a guard at the prison camp “located at the old Wilder place on the Kennesaw and Acworth Road.” The prisoner was serving a life sentence.

50 years ago …

In the Friday, July 19, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal, there was a report that amateur astronomers in the area were gathering to photograph and view the solar eclipse at the Lockheed recreation center. Members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club and the Lockheed Astronomer Club planned to set out a variety of telescopes with projecting screens, binoculars covered with dense photographic film and other viewing aids for the celestial show.

Also that day, the Marietta Housing Authority obtained a temporary court order preventing Cobb Ordinary Garvis Sams from calling an election to incorporate the town of Elizabeth, which was located near present-day Kennestone Hospital on the Church Street Extension.

Cobb County was reported in the Sunday, July 21, 1963 paper as having agreed to renovate the Old Post Office building on Atlanta Street to make it suitable for use as the new home for the Cobb-Marietta Library.

In another story that day, it was reported that 10 gas lamps used to light the entrance to the Stratford Subdivision in southeast Cobb were smashed by vandals. This was the second time that the lamps had been destroyed.

Two children, ages 5 and 6, and a 17-year-old Marietta boy were reported in the Monday, July 22, 1963 paper as having drowned within minutes of each other in a triple tragedy at Lake Allatoona. The drownings happened on opposite sides of the lake. Ironically, units of the Cobb County and Bartow civil defense organizations were rehearsing a drowning victim within sight of the spot where the two children died.

A second story that day reported a middle-aged businessman piloting a single-engine plane from a Cobb airfield to Chicago died in a crash eight miles north of Chattanooga. The cause of the crash was assumed to be a thunderstorm the man flew into.

An Acworth man was reported in the Tuesday, July 23, 1963 paper as having been arrested after being tracked down by bloodhounds from the county farm. The man allegedly assaulted a Kennesaw police officer with a claw hammer when the officer foiled a break-in attempt at the Old 41 Package Store.

In the Thursday, July 25, 1963 paper, it was reported that former Smyrna Mayor George W. Kreeger threw his hat back into the political ring for the city’s November mayoral election.

20 years ago …

Austell was reported in the Monday, July 19, 1993 MDJ as becoming the first city in the county, and one of only a handful in the state, to convert to a volume-based trash pickup system.

In the Wednesday, July 21, 1993 paper, it was reported that the search for Marietta’s new school superintendent was at an end as the school board announced that Cobb County’s assistant superintendent Ron Galloway was a finalist for the job.

Also that day, the Kennesaw City Council was reported as apparently ignoring a city law when it issued building permits for 17 homes in a 106-acre subdivision before the roads had been approved.

With gay issues dominating headlines from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, some county commissioners were reported in the Thursday, July 22, 1993 paper as wanting to draw a line in Cobb County by controlling the pursestrings for local arts groups. Commissioner Gordon Wysong wanted to even go a step further with a resolution that endorsed traditional families and criticized gay lifestyles. The issue that launched the local response was a 1992 production by Theatre in the Square that involved homosexual themes and nudity.

Later in the week, in the Sunday, July 24, 1993 paper, it was reported that some members of Cobb’s arts community were charging Wysong’s proposed ban on artistic works that included or advanced homosexual themes amounted to censorship.

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

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The Week of July 18th
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This week Time Capsule looks at race riots in Savannah and the first Cobb Police officer slain in the line of duty.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 18, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about how Atlanta area cotton growers were expected to lose $1 per bale if they did not conform to new regulations. Cotton mills and shippers had recently agreed on a uniform size for bales. The penalty would be imposed on all bales which came from gin-boxes that were larger than the standard 27x54.

There was also a front page ad that week from the Wilke-Butler Drug Co. offering $5 in gold this fall for the best dozen turnips grown from Buist Prize Medal Seed purchased from their store. A prize of $2 for second best and $1 for third were also offered.

50 years ago …

The colorful fountain that formed part of the $40,000 “memorial corner” at Marietta’s Larry Bell Park was reported in the Friday, July 12, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as vandalized. Officials of the park board said they did not have the money to repair the fountain, which was illuminated by colored lights. The fountain was dedicated in 1959 to the memory of Larry Bell, who brought the Bell Bomber Plant to Marietta during World War II.

In the Sunday, July 14, 1963 paper it was reported that Gov. Carl Sanders, who was in Marietta for an Air National Guard function, said that he felt 100 state patrolmen sent to Savannah were “sufficient” to keep the peace after two nights of rioting following anti-segregation street demonstrations. During one of the demonstrations, police had to use tear gas to disperse 2,000 marching young blacks and arrested 93 people. That brought the total number of arrests to 1,200 since the demonstrations aimed at forcing de-segregation of motion picture theaters, hotels and restaurants had broken out in the seaport city a month before.

A Kennesaw poultry man and his wife were reported in the Monday, July 16, 1963 paper as having broken out a window to escape from their burning home on Greers Chapel Road. Assistant Fire Chief J.C. Cantrell of the Kennesaw fire district was partially overcome by smoke while crawling around inside the building and directing fire fighters. He was able to leave the house and recover once outside.

In the Wednesday, July 17, 1963 paper it was reported that ground was broken for construction of a $174,000 Visitor’s Center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Park Director R.C. Yates said the plans were being made for opening the center in December 1963.

Explosive jet fuel sloshing from a wrecked tanker truck two miles south of Marietta was reported in the Thursday, July 18, 1963 paper as having brought out scores of firemen and government personnel, intent on averting a disastrous fire. The truck, which had been headed for the Naval Air Station, had its trailer containing 7,800 gallons of JP-4 jet fuel slide into a ditch and turn on its side. The accident was where Richardson Road crossed the L&N Railroad tracks just off of Old Highway 41.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, July 13, 1993 MDJ reported that Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield was high on a list of Civil War sites that needed more federal protection. The Civil War Sites Advisory Commission said in a report that 11 battlefields nationwide were in critical need of protection. The commission had asked Congress for $90 million over seven years to protect them. Kennesaw was not one of the 11, but it was on the top 25 list of most endangered battlefields.

In the Wednesday, July 14, 1993 paper it was reported that a 24-year-old Acworth man was arrested for the shooting death of Cobb Police Officer Robert J. Ingram, who had been on the force for two years. Officer Ingram, the first Cobb Police Department officer slain in the line of duty and only the third in the county, was killed around 12:40 a.m. the day before while questioning a man in a burglary-prone area.

A story the next day reported that the twice-convicted burglar charged in the murder had been released from Cobb County Correctional Institute (CCCI) only 12 days before the slaying. A “good-behavior” rule used in county correctional facilities enabled the man to serve only 6½ months of a 12 month sentence at CCCI.

On Friday, July 16, 1993 it was reported that a crowd of about 4,000 filled Roswell Street Baptist Church to say goodbye to Officer Ingram, a man that only a handful of them knew. The hour-long funeral procession was led by 60 motorcycles representing every major police agency in the metro area and from as far away as Macon. The procession also featured as many as 400 police cars, most with blue lights flashing.

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

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Cobb’s Missing Plane of 1963
by Damon_Poirier
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Fifty years ago, a series of articles appeared on the front pages of the Marietta Daily Journal for several days in July regarding a missing single-engine Cessna 140 and its two occupants. The plane, which took off from Cobb County’s McCollum Airport near Kennesaw, had only an hour’s worth of fuel and failed to return to the airport. Resolution to the mystery came 63 days later in September.

Below is a day by day look at the search coverage.

Sunday, June 30, 1963

It was reported that Ray Ford, a 20-year old milling machinist at Lockheed-Georgia Co., took off on an unauthorized flight at 2 a.m. the night before with another young male passenger. Ford, who owned the plane, was reported as having only logged 13 hours and 50 minutes of flight time in lessons.

Airport Manager Joe Sandmann stated that there were no airport personnel on duty at the time of the flight and that it was an unauthorized flight because Ford did not have a full pilot’s license. The only witnesses to the takeoff were two of Ford’s friends, who had driven him to the airport. When the plane did not return after an hour and a half, the witnesses notified Sandmann and the Federal Aviation Agency’s flight service in Atlanta. The witnesses stated that the plane had been heading toward the west as it took off.

Airport officials began broadcasts on the radio for residents near Lost Mountain in west Cobb to report if they heard a small plane in trouble.

At midday, the search was broadened to extend 100 miles from the airport. Engaging in the search were four planes of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), as well as Cobb’s Civil Defense Rescue Squad and other rescue units from Austell and Acworth.

Monday, July 1, 1963

Ford’s passenger was identified as Tommy Harvey, who was also in his 20s.

One of Ford’s friends was reported as saying that the two men had gotten into the plane with the intention of only taxiing about the runway. But, then the airplane became airborne during maneuvering and took off. The craft was last seen making a left turn towards the south at an altitude of about 200 feet.

Volunteer cadets and senior staff from CAP squadrons in North Atlanta and Marietta took part in Monday’s search. Members of the CAP squadron in Rome were to arrive later that afternoon and other volunteers were expected from CAP units at Milledgeville and Warner-Robbins Air Force Base in Macon.

Sandmann was also reported as saying the airport’s runway lights had been left burning all night and that there would have been no difficulty for Ford taking off that night.

Tuesday, July 2, 1963

Ground rescue crews were reported as heading for three wooded areas spotted by CAP search planes. Sandmann said the spots, all of which were some distance from access roads, had what appeared to be unusual pieces of metal lying on the ground amongst the brush and trees. One of the spots was in Powder Springs, another just over the Cobb-Paulding county line and the third was near Douglasville in Douglas County.

Fifty volunteers and three search planes were searching Tuesday. But, Sandmann said it would take hours for the ground rescue crews to any of reach the locations.

Wednesday, July 3, 1963

The metal fragments in the three wooded areas were reported as false alarms. The metal turned out to be auto parts, bits of roofing and other junk.

Sandmann announced that a massive hunt would be launched on the Fourth of July holiday with 200-300 CAP cadets and senior staff, while Wednesday’s search was being concentrated in a pattern to the southwest of the airport and extending some 60 miles. A ground search in the dense woods near the airport was also intensified.

Friday, July 5, 1963

An oil slick spotted near the Lake Allatoona Dam in Bartow County and a mystery woman’s rumors of a plane burning on a mountain close to the Cherokee-Bartow line were investigated by search parties on the holiday.

The oil slick was spotted some 100 yards from the dam. But, the reservoir superintendent said that a boat had sunk there on Wednesday. An unidentified woman, who later could not be located, had reported seeing a plane burn on the mountain, but there no evidence of a crash site could be found.

An anonymous source at the airport told the newspaper that the search was going to be cancelled unless more substantial leads developed.

Sunday, July 7, 1963

Aircraft and radio-equipped cars were reported as having broadened the search on Saturday along a 65-mile line into South Georgia. Maj. Clarence Howard, commander of the Lockheed CAP squadron, said the searchers covered an area of 20 miles on either side of the search line.

During the mass search, by 12 planes manned by CAP crews and some 20 ground vehicles manned by nearly 100 people, a final speculative theory was discussed.

The theory was that Ford had become lost and headed for an airport 18 miles north of Rochelle that was equipped with special landing aids that he was familiar with. Rochelle was also the hometown of both men and where Ford’s parents were living. Search mission headquarters were then moved to Griffin.

CAP Search Mission Coordinator Lt. Richard Kelly said that the Air Force’s Eastern Air Rescue headquarters had issued instructions to end the organized search if nothing developed from the Cobb County to Rochelle hunt.

Monday July 8, 1963

The organized search was reported as called off at 3 p.m. on Sunday after nine days of fruitless searching. Lt. Kelly said circumstances indicated that the men had crashed in the plane and were presumed dead. While the crash site had not been found, Lt. Kelly stated that if further definite leads developed they would be investigated. However, no more mass searches were planned.

Sunday, Aug. 4, 1963

The fate of the two men was still unknown and CAP search parties were reported as still investigating leads.

On Saturday, ground crews combed Pine Log Mountain north of Lake Allatoona and swampy woodland in north Fulton County. Lt. Kelly was quoted as saying the missing men could have crashed just about “anywhere” in the area and still escaped notice of the searchers. Trees and undergrowth were so thick in spots that Kelly said a plane could crash and no sign would be visible from the air.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1963

Two sons of a Tennessee family, taking a “safety break” at a Labor Day weekend roadside stand near Kennesaw, were reported as discovering the wreckage of the plane and the skeletal remains of the two missing men in a thicket that could not be spotted from the air.

The crash site discovered at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 1963, ended an on-and-off search lasting 63 days. The scene was just to the west of the McCollum Airport runway and about 300 yards off U.S. 41 near Kennesaw.

Officials were not offering an explanation for the crash. But, Jimmy Buford, an official at the airport, said that at the time of Ford’s takeoff the ceiling was below 50 feet and the weather had been foggy. Buford said that Ford had not flown solo before and there were insufficient instruments in the plane to allow him to fly by instruments alone.

Buford also speculated that Ford may have crashed while circling in the clouds while trying to land at the airport.

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

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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