The Week of April 11th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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This week's Time Capsule looks at the death of a sheriff, a mayor’s salary being argued before the Georgia Supreme Court, money requested for the Kennedy Parkway project and a mountain of tires removed from Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU).

100 years ago …

In the Friday, April 11, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story about Sheriff R. S. Lindley dying suddenly at his home the Wednesday before from peritonitis at 56. Sheriff Lindley, who had been ill for two days, served two years as Deputy Sheriff before being elected Sheriff the previous summer.

50 years ago …

There seemed to be a fire epidemic in the county, according to a report in the Friday, April 6, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal. For just that one day, there was a grass fire on the L&N Railroad property at Butler Street and East Dixie Avenue in Marietta, a woods fire at Queens Mill Road in south Cobb where a car also burned, a vacant house on Roswell Road that was heavily damaged by a fire and eight other grass and woods fires throughout the county.

In the Sunday, April 7, 1963 paper there was a story about a Dalton truck driver who was severely injured when his tractor trailer crashed into the railing of the bridge where the Four Lane (U.S. Highway 41) crossed the Chattahoochee River. Rush hour traffic was backed up for miles by the accident and police said the truck narrowly missed plunging into the river.

A Marietta man was reported as being arrested following the shooting of another civilian man in the parking lot of the non-commissioned officers’ club at Dobbins Air Force Base in the Monday, April 8, 1963 paper. The victim was treated at Kennestone Hospital for a flesh wound to the left side of his abdomen.

Cobb’s government was reported in the Tuesday, April 9, 1963 paper as having sold 56,943 vehicle license tags during the first three months of the year, which was more than the 55,003 tags sold during all of 1961.

Another story that day reported that four Marietta attorneys were arguing Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch’s salary for the third time before the Georgia Supreme Court. The controversial issue revolved around a $7,400 annual pay raise given to Mayor Welsch by the Marietta City Council in 1960 – which was later struck down by the Supreme Court, but then reinstated by the council under a rewritten resolution in February 1962.

Workmen were reported in the Thursday, April 11, 1963 paper as rushing to complete the Lacy Hotel in Kennesaw for the city’s centennial celebration of Andrew’s Raid. Gov. Carl E. Sanders was expected to open the celebration after arriving from Atlanta aboard the famous Civil War locomotive “The General.”

20 years ago …

In the Monday, April 5, 1993 MDJ, Cobb County officials asked the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to add $35 million in funding to the proposed Kennedy Interchange project in the Cumberland-Galleria area during the next three years. The original metro-wide Transportation Improvement plan – endorsed by the ARC board in November 1992 – earmarked $29.1 million for the project between 1993 and 1996. The amended request for $63.9 million reflected the desire of the county and the Georgia Department of Transportation to accelerate the construction.

In the wake of a single-engine plane crash that killed two people during takeoff, more than 40 residents were reported in the Tuesday, April 6, 1993 paper as having turned out for the Kennesaw City Council meeting to oppose the county’s proposed expansion of McCollum Field. The FAA approved a $2.4 million grant in March for the county to make improvements to McCollum, including the extension of the 5,106 foot runway at the east end and the installation of an instrument landing system and a control tower, which was recently eliminated in 2013 by sequestration.

In a grove of trees in the far northern reaches of Southern College of Technology’s campus (now known as SPSU) there was a mountain of roughly 18,000 old tires. The college, reported in the Thursday, April 8, 1993 paper, paid B.F.I. Tire Recyclers over $14,000 to remove the tires in order to avoid charges from the state’s Environmental Protection Division. The tires were a legacy of the defunct bathtub races that were held annually at the college for 25 years. The tires had served as protective barriers for the roads used in the races, which featured motorized bathtubs whizzing around the campus at speeds averaging 60 to 70 miles per hour.


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

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