This week’s Time Capsule looks at the sale of the Kennesaw Paper Company, restoration of the Kolb House and arrests in a safe burglary.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, June 27, 1913 edition of The Marietta Daily Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about the sale of the Kennesaw Paper Company to C.H. Page of Philadelphia and J.N. Goddard. The company’s light plant sold for $16,000 and the waterworks sold for $15,000. Both plants were purchased by Page, who also bought a lot for $1,710. The paper mill proper was bought for $89,000 by Goddard, who also purchased the two houses belonging to the company and 630 acres of land for $17.20 per acre.
50 years ago …
The Marietta Housing Authority was reported in the Friday, June 21, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as having purchased an 80-acre tract of land northwest of the city, which would be subdivided into lots and sold at no profit to black families who wanted to build private homes.
Also that day, it was reported that a program on the restoration of the Kolb House was to be held that weekend at the site of the historic log structure in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Restoration of the Kolb House was financed by MISSION 66 funds under a special program devised by U.S. Park Services Director Conrad Wirth.
In the Sunday, June 23, 1963 paper it was reported that an auto collision on rain-slick U.S. Highway 41 near the Chattahoochee River in the county seriously injured six people including a young Kennestone Hospital intern from Turkey, who suffered a fractured neck, and five members of a Ballground family, who received severe lacerations.
Residents of historic Kennesaw Avenue revealed plans in the Tuesday, June 25, 1963 paper to wage an all-out fight against approval of the proposed relocation and limited access design of State Route 3 in their neighborhood. They contended the proposed project would bar access to their homes, reduce property values, destroy nearby industries, split the city, hurt business in the area and make the street undesirable for residential use.
In the Thursday, June 27, 1963 paper it was reported that four black Marietta residents, who claimed they were frog gigging, were arrested on charges of a safe burglary as they emerged from a wooded area in pre-dawn darkness. Deputies found a stolen 800-pound safe from the Community Loan Co. on Roswell Street and burglary tools to crack the safe from the Hudgins Welding Co. near where the four were apprehended. Deputies were suspicious of the men’s story since none of them were carrying gigs at the time of their arrest.
Also that day, it was reported that a city sewage pumping station at the end of St. Mary’s Lane in north Marietta was riddled with rifle bullets and shotgun blasts in another of a long series of vandalism incidents. The station door had been peppered with rifle bullets so many times that city engineers said they lost count.
20 years ago …
In the Monday, June 21, 1993 MDJ it was reported that a planned nude dance club had won its year-and-a-half-long battle with Marietta officials. The city was forced to grant an adult-entertainment license to the Cyprus Lounge on Canton Road after the State Supreme Court ruled on June 6 to uphold a September 1992 decision in favor of the club by Cobb Superior Court Judge Harris Hines.
The mayor of Powder Springs and several city council members were reported in the Tuesday, June 22, 1993 paper as saying that they believed the Georgia Open Meetings Act was unfair. At least one council member also said that he planned to take action to change it. The council violated the act when it decided in executive session on June 18 to hire a Garden City man to fill the vacant city manager’s position only a week after making the list of three finalists public.
U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden (D-Marietta) was reported in the Friday, June 25, 1993 paper as having become President Bill Clinton’s newest running mate. Clinton set a swift pace in an early-morning five-mile jog with Darden around the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and other D.C. points of interest, leading the longtime Marietta congressman to joke that he abandoned some opportunities in favor of breathing.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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