MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of January 10th
by Damon Poirier
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at proposed rapid transit, important legislative decisions and wind damage to the Big Chicken.

100 years ago …

On the front page of the Friday, Jan. 10, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there were reports published from the various offices within Marietta government for December 1912.

The City Clerk reported collections of $10,476.77 for property taxes, $2.50 for a street tax, $95 for a special tax, $39 from the City Sexton and $166.50 for cemetery lots.

The City Marshal reported having made 73 cases with 15 discharged and 58 fined. While the Chief of the Fire Department reported 28 fire calls for the entire year.



There was also a front page ad that week from Northern Pacific Railroad about the Jan. 20th arrival at the L. & N. Depot in Marietta of their 75-foot railroad car specially designed and decorated to exhibit products raised by farmers and fruit growers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

50 years ago …

An article, in the Sunday, Jan. 6, 1963 MDJ, stated that rapid transit from downtown Marietta to downtown Atlanta could take 25 minutes and cost riders only 45-cents, but the catch was that it wouldn’t be available until January 1980 and only if construction of the lines went as planned.

Marietta was the farthest stop from the proposed Atlanta transit center on any of the seven planned lines. The northwest line was also the longest, 18.3 miles, and the costliest at $54.9 million, not accounting for inflation.

Cobb’s state legislators were reported, in the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1963 paper, as almost having agreed to abolish an old legislature rule that gave each delegate the power to single-handedly kill a local bill. Several members of Cobb’s five-man delegation declared in a forum the day before sponsored by the Marietta PTA Council that they would favor changing “legislative courtesy.” Rep. Joe Mack Wilson, however, squashed the idea stating that he favored unanimous consent among the delegation before allowing local bills on the floor.

Also that day, the Smyrna City Council allocated $100,000 of its street bond funds for the purchase of the right-of-ways in two long-sought highway projects – the widening of Old Highway 41 to four lanes and the relocation of Spring Street.

The FBI, in the Thursday, Jan. 10, 1963 paper, said they arrested three men in connection with the Oct. 22, 1962 theft of a $19,296 shipment of whiskey, gin and vodka. Agents found the truck, missing its shipment, abandoned and empty behind a truck stop on Highway 41 in Cobb County on the day of the theft.

Two teenage boys were reported, in the Friday, Jan. 11, 1963 paper, as sentenced to two consecutive life terms each after pleading guilty to shooting a gas station attendant in a Thanksgiving Eve robbery. Cobb Superior Court Judge James T. Manning told the defendants that the state had the right to sentence them to death but because of the boys’ good record up until the time of the crime he was only going to give them life sentences.

Also that day, Lockheed air crafters began putting together the “body” of the Air Force’s C-141 turbofan aerial giant ahead of schedule. The forward, center and rear body sections of the new plane were placed in a tremendous mating jig to be riveted together. The move was 25 days ahead of schedule for the aft fuselage and 11 days early for the other two fuselages.

20 years ago …

In the Thursday, Jan. 7, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that U.S. Reps. George “Buddy” Darden of Marietta and John Lewis of Atlanta sided with House Democratic leaders in expanding congressional voting rights for the delegates from Washington, D.C., and four U.S. commonwealths. House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, led the fight against approval and angrily pointed out that citizens of the four provinces – Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam – paid no taxes to the federal treasury, yet they would have the same representation in the House as the residents of Georgia.

Also that day, Kentucky Fried Chicken officials were reported as saying that the 30-year-old Big Chicken would be restored after a rectangular hole was ripped in the Roswell Road side of the landmark structure at the corner of Highway 41 by strong winds the previous weekend.

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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