MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of January 3rd
by Damon Poirier
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at annexation attempts in both Smyrna and Marietta along with developments in the investigation of the Sara Tokars’ shotgun murder.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Jan. 3, 1913 Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page held an ad from the T.L. Wallace Clothing Company thanking friends and customers for their patronage.

There was also a story that week about how a woman on Christmas morning was cranking her automobile in front of a residence on Kennesaw Avenue when the handle flew back and broke her right arm in two places. Dr. Howard Perkinson attended the woman and quickly had her fractures reduced and bound.

Another story told how the Gignilliat property, which had a five to six room house that sat on two to three acres of land, was going to be auctioned off the following Tuesday.

50 years ago …

The Cobb Advisory Board was reported, in the Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1963 MDJ, as having voted to buy the part-time services of Marble J. Hensley of Chattanooga, Tenn., as a professional planning engineer who would review zoning change applications. He was also to gather data in preparation for the county’s setting up of a full-time planning department.

Also that day, more than 100 people lined up outside the motor vehicle license tag office in Marietta to buy the new red and white lettered 1963 Georgia tags.

Residents of a sprawling southwest Smyrna area overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to annex into the city in an unofficial straw vote that was reported in the Friday, Jan. 4, 1963 paper. Somewhat stunned Smyrna officials reacted to the lopsided decision by declaring that new fees might be considered for city services provided to many of the 1,200 residents in the area.

Mayor Jake Ables said he believed the vote doomed city expansion into the area during his administration. But, he declared that the area was bordered by the city on three sides and would eventually be swallowed up and automatically annexed.

Another annexation story that day featured the boundaries of the city of Marietta growing by some 40 acres after it annexed six separate tracts. City officials had already okayed the taking of the property, but actual annexation depended upon the Cobb legislative delegation amending the Marietta charter at the upcoming session of the General Assembly. The largest of the tracts was some 25 acres in the then yet-to-be developed Whitlock Valley subdivision, located in west Marietta off Kirkpatrick Drive.

20 years ago …

In the Friday, Jan. 1, 1993 MDJ, Fred Tokars denied any involvement in the Nov. 29 shotgun murder of his wife, Sara, and begged reporters to quit hounding him and his two sons. Meanwhile, the two men charged with the murder were scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Cobb Chief Magistrate James Bodiford. Cobb investigators and District Attorney Tom Charron said that they also considered Fred Tokars a suspect.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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