This week’s Time Capsule looks at a car accident, Lockheed, mysterious waters, a Ten Commandments plaque, the anti-gay resolution and Pat Robertson.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, June 5, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about a local man who was bed-ridden with his left arm crushed, his nose broken and covered in bruises and scratches after being thrown out of a racing car near Smyrna. The Atlanta man who was driving the car lost control after striking a deep rut and the tire exploded causing the vehicle to overturn. The driver was pinned beneath the car and was severely burned about his body and his forehead lacerated. A second passenger, from Atlanta, was also thrown from the car and suffered an injury to his right leg below the knee. All three were expected to recover.
A second story that week reported an ordinance to prohibit the operation of automobiles, motorcycles or other motor vehicles within the Marietta city limits unless the vehicle was equipped with a muffler. The ordinance also stated that there would be no repairs or work done on vehicles on the streets or other public places of the city.
The front page also reported the death of the Journal’s composing room foreman, William Alfred Walker, who died from acute pneumonia after being ill only a few days.
50 years ago …
In the Sunday, May 31, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that a red, white and blue Lockheed-Georgia built Hercules soared off the Dobbins Air Force Base runway on a 4,930-mile nonstop flight to Turin, Italy. The plane, christened “One World,” was scheduled to touch down at Castle Airport in the northern Italy city that morning. It was the first leg of a 40,000-mile trip around the globe.
Another story that day reported the new Cobb County Judicial Building was going to have a fourth floor added to the plans. The decision to add the extra floor was agreed upon between Commissioner Herbert McCollum and Clerk of Court John LeCroy.
While most residents in the Terrell Mill Road area were suffering from the effects of a drought, one family was reported in the Monday, June 1, 1964 paper as having a mysterious and relentless source springing up everywhere on their property. The King family said that water began bubbling and oozing up from their landscaped front yard about two months earlier and had created a messy marsh. Water was constantly seeping into their basement and forcing them to pump it out every morning. Small streams were reported as running through the yard and forming a deep rising pond at one end.
It was also reported that day that Lockheed Aircraft Corporation placed in operation the fastest teletype relay system in the world, designed to save a quarter-million dollars a year in communications expense and to speed a 100-word telegram between California and Georgia in six seconds flat.
In the Tuesday, June 2, 1964 paper it was reported that a survey of industrial site potentials had been launched by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. The project was to be conducted by Georgia Tech Research Institute to provide a general appraisal of the then-present industrial site situation in Cobb and follow up with detailed information on specific site areas.
A bill to renew the Elizabeth Community’s controversial 19th century city charter sailed through the State Senate and headed for the desk of Gov. Carl Sanders and executive approval. The Elizabeth Community was located where the present day Church Street Extension runs by Kennestone Hospital out to U.S. Highway 41.
20 years ago …
In the Wednesday, June 1, 1994 MDJ it was reported that Cobb officials lost their fight to display the Ten Commandments in the courthouse lobby and that the county could end up shelling out as much as $150,000 for the plaque. The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the county’s appeal upheld earlier federal court rulings forcing the county to remove the plaque from the first-floor lobby of the Cobb State Court building just off the Marietta Square.
More than 80 local religious leaders were also reported as meeting that day behind closed doors to agree to a statement supporting the resolution that Cobb commissioners passed in 1993 that was critical of the gay lifestyle. The group also condemned the practice of homosexuality as a sin, but not “the sinner.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson was reported in the Saturday, June 4, 1994 paper as saying at a reception for Republican candidates at the Cobb Galleria Centre that he endorsed the county’s resolution which found the gay lifestyle incompatible with community standards. While he did not mention the controversial resolution during his brief remarks to a crowd of 700 at the gathering of the Christian Coalition of Georgia, when asked his position he stated that he supported it. Also, during his address to the Cobb-based Georgia arm of his national group, Robertson criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Cobb’s appeal of earlier federal rulings which ordered the county to remove a plaque bearing the Ten Commandments.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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