This week’s Time Capsule looks at a pony contest, robberies, arsonists, an Oakdale annexation, a Kennestone addition and Home Depot.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Feb. 6, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that Cecil Hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Hill, won the pony and cart prize in a contest put on by the Marietta Journal, the Gem Theater, the W.A. Florence Department Store, Ms. Myrtice Allgood, T.W. Read and E.T. Gann. At least 150 boys and girls entered, but less than 20 made it to the end. Ballots, which were counted under the supervision of Jesse N. Gantt and James E. Dobbs over two days, represented several million votes. Ms. Hill, with 2,490,515 votes, won the light seal brown pony with a flaxen mane and a cart upholstered with gray cloth and a rattan backed seat. She reportedly named the pony “Florence” in honor of W.A. Florence.
Also that week there was a story about Marietta Mayor E.P. Dobbs having secured the consent of W.H. Benson, who was building a new garage on Atlanta Street, to widen the sidewalk at that point by three feet. The widened sidewalk would be twelve feet wide. Dobbs reportedly wanted to see the sidewalk widened all the way out to the Methodist Church.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, Jan. 31, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal, it was reported that a small, young man with long, neatly combed, blond hair held a cashier at gunpoint the day before as he robbed a Mableton grocery store of $1,388 and two cartons of cigarettes.
Another story that day reported burglars looted an upstairs safe at the Marietta Coca-Cola Bottling Co. for an estimated $8,000. City detective Bill Elliot said that entry was made through a back door. He also said that the safe was opened with a blow torch and appeared to be the work of professionals.
County fire masters were reported in the Sunday, Feb. 2, 1964 paper as seeking to meet with the Cobb Advisory Board to discuss the proposed changing of fire district names to numbers, which a larges South Cobb contingent opposed. The Advisory Board said the advantages of this change would be reduced rates of fire insurance, better protection and less confusion.
In the Monday, Feb. 3, 1964 paper, it was reported that a man on his way home from Dobbins Air force Base was surprised early the morning before when another man rose up from the floor board in the back seat of his car. The unexpected passenger told the driver to keep driving, but he drove through a fence near the base and jumped out of the car. When the driver looked back, he saw the unknown fellow driving off with his car down nearby railroad tracks.
The Concord Road covered bridge, a survivor of Sherman’s vandals, was reported in the Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1964 paper as having almost succumbed to modern day ones the night before. Arsonists tried to burn the bridge twice, but failed. A spokesman for the South Cobb No. 2 fire station said the first try was at 8:30 p.m. and only the gasoline, which was poured from end to end on the bridge, burned. The second attempt at 12:30 a.m. caused some of the wooden structure to ignite and suffer minor damage.
Also that day, residents of the Oakdale area were reported as studying the possibility of annexing into the City of Smyrna as a means of avoiding annexation into Atlanta. Tom Reed, president of the Lemons District Civic Club, confirmed plans for the study after inviting Smyrna Mayor George Kreeger and City Council to meet with his community’s citizens. The move started when an official of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce said in a speech that his city would have to annex surrounding white areas to avoid becoming a pre-dominantly black city. A pending bill in the General Assembly, which would permit cities to annex adjoining property by act of council without consent of property owners, also added to the pressure.
A member of the Marietta Hospital Authority was reported in the Thursday, Feb. 6, 1964 paper as calling for construction of a 200-room addition to Kennestone Hospital in an effort to meet the increasing medical needs of the area. Dr. Robert P. Coggins, speaking to a meeting of the Early Bird Coffee Club on behalf of the Cobb County Medical Society, said that the proposed convalescent-diagnostic unit would relieve 200 beds at Kennestone for treatment of “acute” patients.
20 years ago …
In the Thursday, Feb. 3, 1994 MDJ, it was reported that Cobb County managed to keep Home Depot’s national headquarters in the county, but for a price. The county pledged more than $20 million in road projects to entice the company to relocate on a 43-acre tract at the northwest corner of Paces Ferry Road and Interstate 285. Cobb taxpayers were responsible for $1.3 million of the total $20 million. The most expensive project was a new interchange at Paces Ferry Road over I-285 costing between $15 and $18 million.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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