MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of March 14th
by Damon Poirier
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In this week’s Time Capsule we look at freight train car thefts, Confederate veteran pensions, an error in voting figures, the death penalty sought in the Sara Tokars killing and a bill to rename part of South Cobb Drive after Gen. Lucius D. Clay.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, March 14, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a front page story about how Sheriff Scaright Lindley and his newly acquired bloodhounds investigated the break-in theft of a box car on the sidetrack of the W&A Railroad. The stolen goods consisted of a shipment of candy, 10 boxes of tobacco and a case of Kodaks. Lindley arrested three men, who were also suspected of being involved in a five-car freight train robbery in the Elizabeth community.

Another story that week stated that Judge J.M. Gann had paid out $21,500 in annual pensions to Confederate veterans and their widows living in Cobb County.

There was also a story about a meeting of the Marietta mayor and city council where a committee was appointed to investigate the 1912 tax returns. It was believed that some had not returned all of their property for taxation, especially stored cotton that had been held for better prices.

50 years ago …

All five Cobb Legislators agreed to a Jan. 8, 1964 referendum date on the three-member multiple commission bill in the Sunday, March 10, 1963 paper. The week before it seemed that there would not be a bill emerging from the hopeless deadlock in the General Assembly.

It was reported in the Monday, March 11, 1963 paper that about a dozen litter barrels were to be placed on state highway routes in Cobb as an incentive to keep motorists from throwing trash on the highways.

Another story that day told how three men were arrested in connection with a $550 safe burglary at a large Marietta discount house when two sheriff’s deputies in a cruiser came alongside a car in a church parking lot, jumped out and surprised the occupants.

March 11 was also the first day that the Flintstones comic strip started appearing in the MDJ according to a front page story.

Sometimes the news gets things wrong. A story in the Feb. 27, 1963 paper, which appeared in the Feb. 28th Time Capsule column, had stated that black voters outnumbered white voters for the first time in Marietta’s Ward 6. However, Mrs. Dinsmore Cox, chairman of the city board of registrars, told the MDJ in the Tuesday, March 12, 1963 paper that an office error resulted in the incorrect figures and that there were actually 452 white voters and only 438 black voters in Ward 6.

A pelting rain was reported in the Wednesday, March 13, 1963 paper as having dumped about three inches of water on Cobb County, washing out at least one bridge and flooding several roads. Another story stated that a woman had to be rescued from her Thunderbird after it slid backward down a muddy 60-foot embankment, struck a culvert and flipped over on its back in a rain swollen creek near the Chattahoochee River.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, March 8, 1993 MDJ there was a story about Frank Rogers, the last living Big Chicken builder, who told his story about piecing together the landmark’s frame 30 years earlier.

Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. confirmed in the Tuesday, March 9, 1993 paper that it would build the newest generation of the C-130 Hercules airlifters – the C-130J.

Also that day, the Cobb District Attorney’s Office announced that it would seek the death penalty against two men charged in the Nov. 29 shotgun slaying of Sara Tokars. District Attorney Tom Charron filed a notice in Cobb Superior Court seeking the death penalty on the grounds that the killing was committed during an armed robbery and as part of a contractual agreement.

A bill to rename part of South Cobb Drive in honor of one of Cobb’s military heroes was reported as being a few steps away from becoming law in the Thursday, March 11, 1993 paper. Legislation to call a section of the road that ran in front of Lockheed the Gen. Lucius D. Clay Memorial Parkway had received Senate approval. Gen. Clay – grandfather of then-state Sen. Chuck Clay, R-Marietta – was instrumental in bringing the Bell Bomber plant to Marietta in March 1942 with the help of Sens. Richard B. Russell and Walter George. Gen. Clay was also the military governor of Germany after World War II.

Also that day, the Marietta City Council voted 5-1 to appoint MDJ publisher Otis A. Brumby Jr. to the newly-created seventh Marietta Board of Education seat. Voting in favor of were council members Philip Goldstein, Marion Rigo, Betty Hunter, George Garriss and Floyd Northcutt. Voting against was councilman Allen Hirons after his motion to appoint Dr. H. Dennis Harrison failed. Councilman Dana Eastham was absent.

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

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