This week’s Time Capsule looks at Shut-In Day, a Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever death, a surgical procedure, Michels’ Trading Post in west Cobb and a bomb threat.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, June 6, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, W.E. Swanson with Geo Hicks as Deputy was elected Sheriff by a majority over W.P. Hardage and Walter Mayfield. The totals were 1,430 for Swanson and 608 for Hardage.
The Board of County Commissioners also met that week and discussed the contract for a new steel bridge. The lowest bidders were Austin Bros., who would build the bridge across the W & A Railroad line on the new road being built out to Bartow County. The price was $1,439.
Another story that week reported that a Saturday wind and rain storm destroyed crops, uprooted big trees and blew down barns and small sheds in the eastern part of the county. Five headstones were also blown over at the National cemetery.
50 years ago …
Shut-In Day, inaugurated by the late Billy Power of Marietta, was reported as being observed throughout the United States in the Friday, May 31, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal. Power, known during his lifetime as the Sunshine Man, originated the observance as a means of bringing attention to people who due to illness or injury were classified as shut-ins. On Shut-In Day, churches and individuals in numerous states took time out to telephone or personally visit shut-ins in their areas.
A Georgia-made Lockheed C-130 Hercules was also reported as arriving in Paris at approximately 6:30 a.m. EST that day after a perfect non-stop flight from Atlanta. The plane, carrying an Army helicopter as its cargo, averaged a speed of 350 miles per hour for the 4,455-mile trip in the face of headwinds. The unofficial elapsed time was 12 hours, 24 minutes and 28 seconds.
In the Sunday, June 2, 1963 paper, the Georgia Department of Public Health said the May 25 death of a 6-year-old Austell boy had been attributed to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The child was the third case of the disease in the state in recent weeks.
Smyrna City Councilman Bill Keck was reported in the Tuesday, June 4, 1963 paper as charging that South Cobb Drive land speculators were attempting to block plans for widening old U.S. Highway 41 in Smyrna from two to four lanes. Keck made the accusation after a report that the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads was ready to drop the project due to excessively high demands by property owners for sale of the rights of way.
In the Wednesday, June 1963 paper it was reported that a 21-year-old patient was recovering from a surgical procedure at Kennestone Hospital that probably would not have been attempted in the previous decade. Two weeks earlier, the man had both of his legs nearly severed by a power saw. Rushed the 45 miles from Jasper to Marietta, he had only two pints of blood in his body on arrival out of the normal eight pints. After a six-hour emergency operation by an orthopedic surgeon, the patient’s life and his legs were saved.
20 years ago …
Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-east Cobb) was reported in the Wednesday, June 2, 1993 MDJ as cutting into two issues that captivated the public – President Bill Clinton’s hair-care regimen and his deficit-reduction plan – while getting his hair cut at Best Cuts on Powers Ferry Road in east Cobb. The House minority whip’s comments from the barber chair came after the House narrowly passed Clinton’s deficit-reduction bill.
Also that day, Mike Michels, the then-70-year-old owner of Michels’ Trading Post in west Cobb, was reported as having packed away most of the contents of his Cobb landmark sporting goods shop at the corner of Macland and Bankston roads. A favorite haunt of area hunters and fisherman, the rambling, tan brick structure was going to be demolished by the Cobb County Department of Transportation to widen Macland Road.
In the Thursday, June 3, 1993 paper, a Marietta couple received a bomb threat because of the Georgia flag hanging on their duplex. A man called around 1:15 p.m. and threatened that if the flag didn’t come down, then a bomb would go off when they came out of the house. Marietta police and the Marietta Fire Department searched the area for 30 minutes, but did not find a bomb.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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