MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of May 22
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a train accident, crap game raids, mosquitoes and Lockheed’s supersonic transport.

100 years ago …

In Friday, May 22, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about a 14-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a train coming out of Blue Ridge as she walked down the L&N Railroad tracks near Elizabeth. A second train on a parallel line coming from Chattanooga saw the danger the girl was in before the accident and blew his whistle to warn her. But, the whistle only diverted the attention of the girl and the engineer on the L&N train which resulted in the fatality.

Another front page story that week reported that “the largest transaction in the real estate market that has been recorded in a long time” happened when Gober Block was sold. The deal was made by J.E. Massey, president of the First National Bank, and R.E. Butler for a price of $27,500. The owners of the property were the Central Realty Company, which had turned it over to Massey to sell 12 months earlier. The property consisted of the entire block fronting on Atlanta, Anderson and Winter streets and the alley running from Atlanta to Winer Street.

That week’s edition also reported that Marietta Mayor E.P. Dobbs was being urged by his Atlanta friends to announce as a candidate for state senator of the 35th District, which was composed of Fulton, Clayton and Cobb counties.

A fourth story reported that Sheriff W.E. Swanson, Deputy Sheriff Geo Hicks, a Marietta City Policeman and Bailiff Walter Stephens raided a crap game on a Saturday night just behind the ice plant. Seven black men were playing when officers arrived and five of the men were captured. The following Sunday, a second raid on an “open game” in the woods on Barnes Mill Road lead to the arrest of two more black men.

50 years ago …

In the Tuesday, May 19, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that a Smyrna resident, upset by a growing number of mosquitoes in his neighborhood, wrote a complaint to the city council and included with it a dead mosquito. The insect was attached to the top of the letter with tape.

Another story that day reported that the hazardous bridge on Old Highway 41 on the curve near the Cobb-Fulton line was going to be replaced. The State Highway Department announced that it would award a contract in the next month for construction of a new bridge “to replace the much discussed structure” which spanned the L&N Railroad tracks.

A.D. Little, president of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce announced in the Wednesday, May 20, 1964 paper that Pickwick Draperies leased the McNeel Marble Company building on Sessions Street and planned to expand its Marietta operations. The company was expected to move its entire operation from the old Anderson Motor Company building in downtown Marietta on June 1. Bill Grant, manager of Pickwick, a division of Lowenstein & Sons, said the move would give the company more space and allow the company to double its current 22 employees within a year.

In the Thursday, May 21, 1964 it was reported that Lockheed and Boeing had been authorized to go ahead with studies on the development of a supersonic transport in an announcement from the White House. Officials at Lockheed-California, where the plane would be built if the company got the contract, expressed delight at the announcement. “Selection of our 2,000 mph fixed wing design as one of the airframe winners in the current phase is most reassuring,” said J.F. McBrearty, Lockheed-California vice president of the SST program. Two engine manufacturers, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, also were approved for contracts to develop engine parts and demonstrate their performance. The Lockheed supersonic transport could carry up to 221 passengers and fly coast to coast in two hours.

A second story that day reported that Marine Reserve pilot Maj. John A. Justice made a wheel-up landing at the Naval Air Station. Maj. Justice was not hurt and the plane was only slightly damaged, according to Marine officials. The landing gear of the FJ “Fury” jet malfunctioned during a routine training flight and Maj. Justice had to bring the craft in for a belly landing.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, May 17, 1994 MDJ it was reported that a prestigious arts festival featuring artists from several states pulled out of the county-owned Cobb Galleria Centre in protest to the county commissioner’s resolution that was critical of the gay lifestyle. While several other conventions had reportedly canceled events, this was the first confirmed case of one pulling out of the convention center because of the resolution. Folk Fest ’94, which had been set for the Galleria in August, was rescheduled to be held at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Gwinnett County.


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

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