In this week’s column we look at the quarantine of county cattle, a Swing-a-Thon, Marietta’s 59th traffic light and vandalism at the Marietta City Cemetery.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, March 28, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story about a meeting to fight Texas Fever Cattle Ticks and how the county was under quarantine. The meeting, scheduled for later in the week, was expected to have presentations from an inspector with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a professor and state dairy agent, and a State College veterinarian.
Another story that week was about the dedication of the new church building at the Marietta Camp Ground. The Rev. John B. Jenkins of Atlanta conducted the service and was assisted by the Rev. J.B. Gresham.
There was also a half-page ad on the front page for McClure’s Annual Housewives’ Sale. The following items were available for just 5 cents – set of 24 safety pins, set of 24 pearl buttons, pair of brass pins, yard of elastic, embroidery hoops, set of three pencils, two packages of envelopes, set of six coat and hat hooks, pair of hinges, pair of mouse traps, set of three tea spoons, pair of table spoons, plain white saucers, fine-blown glass tumblers, pair of pie pans, jelly cake pans and pot covers.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, March 22, 1963 MDJ there was a story about 16 teenagers who were twisting for a $500 prize. The “Swing-a-Thon” at Thrift City started with 22 couples the night before trying to break the world’s record of 40 hours and 12 minutes. In Thrift City’s parking lot, there were only three empty spots out of the 2,400 available parking spaces.
A low bid of $1.81 million from E.A. Hudson’s and Sons in Bolton was reported received in the Sunday, March 24, 1963 paper by the State Highway Department for grading and paving of two miles of Interstate 75 between West Paces Ferry Road and the Chattahoochee River.
Another story that day stated officers had pursued two young Cobb men through five states until the exhausted fugitives decided to return to Marietta and face rape charges. The men had been moving from town to town once a week for 16 months. At one point, the fugitives left a town only three days before officers arrived.
The Cobb County Grand Jury was reported in the Tuesday, March 26, 1963 paper as lashing out at the details concerning the sale of the Cobb County Recreation Park in a 25-page presentment. The jury said it found no evidence of criminal action in the sale but charged that there had been unethical practices. The Grand Jury said the county stood to recover just under $300,000 of more than a half a million dollars in public funds which were invested in the defunct recreation center near Kennesaw.
In the Wednesday, March 27, 1963 paper it was reported that Marietta got its 59th traffic signal at the intersection of Roswell and Dodd streets.
While a two-plane attack on fire ants in the metro area had begun it was reported in the Thursday, March 28, 1963 paper that it would be awhile before the spray flights reached Cobb. The planes could only cover 10,000 acres in a day. Of the 200,000 acres scheduled for insecticide treatment, Cobb was to be the last. However, the planes – old wartime patrol bombers – were based at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta.
20 years ago …
Vandals were reported in the Friday, March 26, 1993 paper as having hit one of the oldest sections of the Marietta City Cemetery, tipping over 43 headstones and causing $50,000 in damages. The section was near the Confederate cemetery on a hill overlooking Powder Springs Road that contained some of the most important names in Marietta’s history. Most of the headstones had been pushed off their foundations, which caused many to crack in half, crumble or chip.
Another story that day reported that Cobb commissioners directed the county attorney to determine if charges should be brought against individuals involved in disturbing the archaeological sites and clear cutting of trees along the controversial middle segment of the East-West Connector route. Incidents at the sites had cost the county its approval of federal construction permits for the land between Hicks and Cooper Lake roads. The proposed route followed an abandoned rail line and paralleled Civil War embattlements in the rural Ruff’s Mill area, as well as the historic Concord Covered Bridge district.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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