The Week of October 11th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look again at the bank robbery of First National Bank on the Marietta Square, the shooting of a police chief and the beginning of South Cobb’s Silver Comet Trail.

100 years ago…

The entire front page of the Friday, Oct. 11, 1912 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier had an ad from Henry A. Ward regarding his “Fall Campaign” listing of various goods and prices available at his store. Some of the items listed included infant shoes at 39-cents a pair, gray sox and stockings for men and women at three pair for 25-cents, and 500-yards worth of cotton flannel at five cents a yard.

There was also a story about the completion of two new steel and concrete bridges into Fulton County. The story mentioned that a resolution had been passed by the Board of Commissioners stating that future expenses of repairing all bridges between Cobb and Fulton would be pro-rated between the two counties based on their taxable values. This meant that Fulton would pay the larger share since it was valued more than Cobb.

Another story that week mentioned how the first brick in the foundation of the new school house on Haynes Street was laid by Col. D.W. Blair, who was the president of the Board of Education.

50 years ago…

In the Sunday, Oct. 7, 1962 MDJ there was another story about the robbery at the First National Bank on the Marietta Square. The bank teller, who suffered a severe shock after the incident, was confined to the hospital for three days and placed under heavy sedation.

The robber, a man described as over six-feet tall and about 240 pounds, was reported as wearing a suit, sunglasses and a hat pulled low on his forehead. During the robbery, he shoved what later turned out to be a railroad flare through the teller’s rollout drawer. Like the teller, police were initially fooled by the railroad fuse and assumed it was dynamite as the robber claimed.

Police also learned that the car seen leaving the scene after the robbery was not the robber, but a man who had actually been at the bank during the robbery on business.

It was reported on the front page of the Monday, Oct. 8, 1962 paper that a smouldering fire of an undetermined origin destroyed the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Warehouse on North Fairground Street. The fire, which happened the day before, went undetected until the east wall of the concrete storage building had collapsed.

Also on the front page that day was a story about Acworth Police Chief Earl Stone who was wounded by a shotgun blast while he was patrolling alone along School Street in an Acworth neighborhood over the weekend.

Chief Stone narrowly escaped death when the shotgun blast ripped into the right-hand side of the patrol car from a short distance away. Most of the pellets hit a few inches below the open window, but a few entered the car and struck him in the face, arm and hand.

The chief said the shooting was possibly connected with recent arrests in the area on various charges including bootleg whiskey operations.

20 years ago…

The arrest of two brothers in the Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1992 MDJ, put an end to the largest bootleg-tape operation in the county’s history. More than 150,000 bootleg rap and rhythm and blues tapes were confiscated from an east Cobb home and a nearby mini-warehouse. Police said the tapes had been destined for flea markets, truck stops and open-air markets around the state.

Environmentalists and South Cobb residents who were trying to turn property seized from a convicted drug dealer into a nature center said in the Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1992 paper that a compromise proposal was being considered by the federal government, which wanted the site to be used as a drug-education summer camp. The 35-acre site on Lake Careco near Six Flags Drive had originally been offered to Cobb County by the Justice Department.

In the Sunday, Oct. 11, 1992 paper, the Georgia Rails Into Trails Society celebrated the state’s recent purchase of a 12-mile abandoned rail line in Powder Springs with a parade and a ceremonial passing of the rail line’s deed.

The state DOT acquired the 34-mile abandoned Seaboard Airline Railroad corridor between the Edna community in Cobb County and Rockmart in Paulding County from CSX to “bank” the route for future transportation needs. The rail line, which had 12 miles in South Cobb, would later be transformed into today’s paved multi-use Silver Comet Trail.

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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