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This week’s Time Capsule looks at the death of a President’s wife, integration and a restaurant fire.
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The Week of March 20th
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March 18, 2014 03:30 PM | 516 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a train robbery, a fist fight, a wounded solider, Cobb Hospital, Fred Tokars, neo-Nazi groups and a brush fire.

100 years ago …

In Friday, March 20, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that a man was charged with the January 1914 robbery of the N.C. & St. L. Train in Vinings. After hearing testimony for most of the day in the Cobb County Superior Court, the jury brought a guilty verdict against him and a sentence of 20 years in the state penitentiary was pronounced by Judge Henry L. Patterson.

Also that week there was a story about Henry S. Manning buying the old Gem Theatre building on Lawrence Street from Marshall C. McKenzie. The building was to be remodeled and turned into a furniture store for J.S. Dobbins.

50 years ago …

A fist fight between two elderly men behind the Marietta Police Station after the Marietta City Council heard proposals for the closing of MacArthur Drive and MacArthur Circle was reported in the Sunday, March 15, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal. One man had requested the closing, while the other had spoken against it. The situation stemmed from the city’s efforts to eliminate street name duplications, which was drafted by City Planner Leo LaForge. After the 6-1 vote by the council to kill the plan, the two men went outside in the rain, fought it out and had to be separated by Chief E.R. Sanders.

It was reported in the Monday, March 16, 1964 paper that Lt. James E. Allerheiligen, a Smyrna airman critically wounded in the terrorist bombing of a Viet Nam movie theatre, had begun the week-long flight back to the United States. In the February attack, the airman was reported as having received near fatal head injuries and sat for days in a Saigon hospital unable to move or talk. At the time of his departure for home, the airman was walking, talking and had only a bandage under his left ear as visible evidence of his injuries.

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation announced in the Tuesday, March 17, 1964 paper that net earnings for 1963 were $43,254,000, which was up 16-percent from the previous record of $37,199,000 that was established in 1962. Sales for the year had increased 10-percent to $1,930,488,000 from the previous high of $1,753,074,000 in 1962 net sales.

In the Thursday, March 19, 1964 paper it was reported that the Cobb Hospital Authority had reaffirmed its decision to construct the new 150-bed South Cobb Hospital on a controversial 50-acre site at the intersection of Austell and Mulkey Roads, which currently is the location of WellStar Cobb Hospital. Members of the authority took action after listening to a lengthy statement from County Commissioner Herbert McCollum in which he branded as “cowardly” the charges stating that he had pressured the authority to approve the site earlier in the month. An over flow crowd of about 200 people turned out for the meeting and a large contingent from the Austell-Mableton area applauded loudly at times during the commissioner’s statement.

20 years ago …

A sleepover was reported in the Monday, March 14, 1994 MDJ as having turned deadly for an Austell sixth-grader when a friend pointed a pistol to the ground, fired a blank and then fired a second time at the boy, which killed him. The boy was pronounced dead at Cobb General Hospital in Austell after he was brought in with a gunshot wound to the neck. His friend was charged with murder, even though the victim’s father said that he believed it was an accident.

Two Cobb police detectives were reported in the Tuesday, March 15, 1994 paper as being taken off the Sara Tokars murder case for allegedly receiving money from a movie contract six months before the victim’s husband was charged with her murder. The detectives were placed on administrative leave for 10 days, pending the conclusion of an internal affairs investigation. The news came at a time when federal prosecutors were putting up their case against Fred Tokars at a trial in Birmingham, Ala., on money-laundering and racketeering charges. Tokars was also facing a death-penalty trial in Cobb Superior Court, where he was to be tried for murder, kidnapping and armed robbery in his wife’s November 1992 shotgun slaying.

In the Thursday, March 17, 1994 paper it was reported that representatives from the Atlanta-based Neighbors Network and the Cobb Citizens Coalition claimed that Cobb County was a hotbed for racist and neo-Nazi groups in Georgia. The groups also charged that the county commission had indirectly supported them through its anti-gay resolution and other public stances. The groups held a news conference in the Marietta Square to release a four-year study by the Neighbors Network that named Cobb as a “base for Nazi skinhead organizing.” The report detailed the activities of a number of current and former Cobb residents the Neighbors Network claimed were known Klan and anti-Semitic group sympathizers.

Another story that day reported that teens playing with matches in a wooded area near their home started a brush fire that burned 10 acres and threatened several homes near Harrison High School in west Cobb. It took 25 firefighters and 11 pieces of equipment to douse the fire that was fed by tinder-dry brush and driven by winds up to 30 miles per hour.

 

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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The Week of March 13
by Damon_Poirier
March 14, 2014 10:35 AM | 547 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at Southern Tech, a mayor’s stolen car, the Cobb Junior College, Cobb Hospital, the F-22 and a high-speed chase.

100 years ago …

In Friday, March 13, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported the Cobb Superior Court’s calendar of criminal cases. Among the list of misdemeanors and felony charges were two liquor cases, a stabbing, a gambling and a robbery.

50 years ago …

Mayor Howard Atherton’s administration was reported in Sunday, March 8, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal that he had a plan which may produce a windfall of $238,000 or more for Marietta’s financially-troubled city government. The windfall would be produced by reissuing at a lower interest rate more than $1 million in revenue certificates which were put out in 1959 by the Marietta Board of Lights and Water.

In the Wednesday, March 11, 1964 paper it was reported that the State Board of Regents had given its approval for construction of a library and a combined gym – auditorium at Marietta’s Southern Technical Institute, currently the Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). The formal okay on the two structures, which were estimated to cost $750,000, caught Southern Tech officials by surprise during the regents’ monthly meeting in Atlanta. The buildings were to be financed under Gov. Carl Sanders’ Master Plan for Education Bond Program. In all the regents gave their authorization for $71 million in work under the program which included buildings at every campus of the 21 universities and colleges in the state system.

Another story that day reported Acworth Mayor Mary McCall discovered her brand new 1964 Chevrolet was stolen. McCall, who had served several terms as Acworth’s chief executive, was making a speech at the Acworth School when the theft occurred. McCall said that a doctor’s bag belonging to her husband, which was in the car when it was stolen, was found north of Chattanooga, Tenn.

The County Board of Education and the City of Marietta were reported in the Thursday, March 12, 1964 paper as expecting to hold bond referendums in a move to provide funds for construction of the proposed new $2.35 million Cobb Junior College, which would eventually become Kennesaw State University. The county school board’s share of the construction costs would be $1,195,000 and the city’s would be $425,000. The request that the bond referendums be held on April 22 were revealed by Robert D. Fowler, chairman of the College Steering Committee, who presided at a Cobb Chamber of Commerce meeting attended by officials of the University System of Georgia and about 150 local politicians, business, civic and education leaders.

Also that day, the Cobb Hospital Authority had charged that it was pressured by County Commissioner Herbert McCollum into selecting a 56-acre tract on Austell Road as the site for the proposed new South Cobb Hospital, which currently is the location of WellStar Cobb Hospital. Members of the Authority made the allegation during a meeting with the South Cobb physicians and citizens. Their own choice, they said, had been a site at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and King Springs Road near Smyrna. Protests began to mount against the Austell Road and Mulkey Road site when the authority announced it as the proposed location of the new 150-bed hospital. The tract of land was being given to the county by Mableton Contractor Floyd Grainger.

20 years ago …

An Air Force report in the Tuesday, March 8, 1994 paper found problems with the stealth capability of the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter, a radar-evading jet to be assembled at Lockheed’s South Cobb Drive plant. Problems showed up several weeks earlier during a computer test of the F-22 design, according to the Air Force. A spokeswoman for the Air Force said the F-22 program director believed the problem could be fixed without affecting the plane’s development schedule or adding to its cost. The Air Force press release did not identify the specific problem areas, but a paper accompanying it said the computer found a problem with “smaller features of the plane rather than its overall design.” The Air Force paper expressed concerns about “the number of cracks, gap widths, panels, drain holes and doors on the aircraft.” Air Force officials also said they were concerned about radar-vulnerable areas around “air intakes, the radome, radar and engine [exhaust] nozzles.”

In the Thursday, March 10, 1994 paper it was reported that a 21-year-old Indiana man, who led Marietta Police on a 110-mph chase that damaged or destroyed seven cars – including one he struck head-on, was charged with 14 different offenses that included DUI, causing serious injury with a vehicle, reckless driving and car theft. The driver carried no identification, but was identified after police found a name stitched in a piece of his clothing. The high-speed chase went for about eight miles on northbound Cobb Parkway before crashing head-on into a car on state Highway 293.

 

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

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The Week of March 6
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March 10, 2014 11:33 AM | 521 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a cave-in, a storm sewer flood, the Kennesaw junior college and a moonshine bust.

100 years ago …

In Friday, March 6, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that a man held in the Cobb County Jail on charges of having robbed the N.C. and St. L. passenger train a short time ago was not guilty. But, letters received by Sheriff W.E. Swanson indicated that he was a well-known crook in other parts of the country. From all over the nation, Swanson received several photographs– some from the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency - that showed a resemblance to the accused and numerous letters that seemed to show beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was a “bad man.”

Also that week there was a story about the Marietta City Council renting the southern half of the building belonging to the Atlanta Northern Railway Company fronting on Church Street as the new fire department headquarters.

Another story reported the electric lights on the City of Marietta’s clock were a gift to the city from Third Ward Councilman J.R. Brumby Jr.

50 years ago …

Marietta Councilmen were reported in the Friday, Feb. 28, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as being asked to approve name changes for 69 city streets in a move designed to eliminate duplication.

Also that day, there was a story that the Marietta City Council was being asked to enact a strict dog leash law. Ward Four Councilman John R. “Dick” Hunter authored the proposed ordinance, which would require that all dogs that are not inoculated, tagged and muzzled be either fenced in or leashed.

A construction worker was reported killed and another injured in the Sunday, March 1, 1964 paper when a newly dug sewerage line near Sedalia Park School collapsed and buried the men under seven feet of red clay for almost an hour. The men had been grading the seven-foot ditch, which was in close proximity to an already existing water line, in preparation to laying down the pipe when the caved in occurred.

In the Tuesday, March 3, 1964 paper, a storm sewer running under the Mableton Plaza Shopping Center, overtaxed by the continuous rains and “probably clogged at the lower end of the area,” erupted through the floor of a restaurant and flooded virtually all of the businesses in the center. Firemen from the South Cobb and Powder Springs fire districts, assisted by the Austell Civil Defense Unit, responded to the call for help from the merchants and worked into the night trying to keep the flood waters from merchandise within the stores. Water flooded into the stores from the restaurant until a jack hammer, provided by the county water department, was able to cut a concrete retaining wall that diverted the water out into a parking lot. Firemen said that the floor of the restaurant was “split from front to back” by the rushing water.

Another story that day reported that the State Board of Regents had selected a 100-acre tract east of the Pinetree Country Club as the site for the proposed new Cobb County Junior College, which is the current site of Kennesaw State University. The property, which would cost $100,000, was to be purchased and turned over to the Regents following a bond issue to be called by the City of Marietta and the Cobb County Board of Education. The proposed bond issue was expected to be twice the size of another junior college that had been recently approved by the Regents.

A fleeing suspect was reported in the Wednesday, March 4, 1964 paper as having run right into the arms of the law after he jumped from a car that contained over 100 gallons of illegal whiskey. An officer saw the man driving along Canton Highway and tried to pull alongside him, when the driver suddenly stopped on Barnes Mill Road and jumped out. The suspect ran in an almost complete circle from where he had abandoned the car, which had 102 gallons of moonshine broken down into 17 cases of 12 one-half gallon jars.

A roaring fire, whipped by high winds, was reported in the Thursday, March 5, 1964 paper as reducing the Shepherd Inn on Canton Highway near Woodstock to a pile of charred ashes. The Woodstock Fire Department was reportedly called by the owners, but did not respond because it was outside the city limits.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, March 1, 1994 MDJ, it was reported that Dobbins Air Reserve Base took another hit when the Pentagon announced 50,000 cuts nationwide in reserve units. The 116th at Dobbins was expected to lose three F-15 fighter jets and 40 Guardsmen later in the year. The cuts also affected two local Marine units. Marine Observation Squadron 4, which flew OV-10 reconnaissance planes based at Marine Air Group 42 at Naval Air Station-Atlanta, was to be deactivated at the end of the fiscal year. The Marines’ 4th Force Service Support Group, a non-flying administrative unit with headquarters in leased space adjacent to the Gresham Road post office in east Marietta, was also to be deactivated under the plan.

 

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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The Week of Feb. 27
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March 03, 2014 11:05 AM | 472 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Civil War damages, a bank robbery, the Atherton’s Drug Store explosion, a gas pump fire and ham radios.
 
100 years ago …
 
In Friday, Feb. 27, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that the claim of the Presbyterian church for $3,000 in damages against the government caused by Federal troops during the Civil War had successfully passed every stage and was in the hands of a Senate Committee. Col. Fred Morris, who represented the church, had been pushing the matter vigorously. In 1864, the church was badly damaged when it was used by soldiers as a field hospital.
 
Also that week there was a story about the early morning discovery that burglars had unsuccessfully tried blow open the vault of the Bank of Smyrna. The work was believed to be done by experts, but the bank vault was too strong for the charge and very little damage was done.
 
50 years ago …
 
In the Friday, Feb. 21, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal there was a story reporting that Dr. Herman E. Jones, director of the State Crime Laboratory, had concluded in a report presented to city officials that the Halloween night explosion at Atherton’s Drug Store on the Marietta Square was caused by a natural gas leak. The Jones report echoed the Marietta Fire Department’s report, which also blamed a leaking gas main. Read more about the Atherton’s Drug Store explosion here.
 
Three construction workers were also reported that day as being injured when scaffolding collapsed at the site of the new Atherton’s Drug Store. The men were placing masonry on a rear wall about 10-12 feet from the ground at the time of the accident.
 
The late Otis A. Brumby Sr., founder of the Cobb County Times and the first board chairman of Times-Journal Inc., was reported in the Sunday, Feb. 23, 1964 paper as being named to the Hall of Fame of the Georgia Press Association. Brumby, who died in 1953, was one of four newspapermen who received the distinction at the Georgia Press Institute held in Athens. A portrait of the nationally acclaimed publisher was to be placed in the Reading Room of the Henry Grady School of Journalism at Athens.
 
Another story that day reported that Admiral David L. McDonald, chief of Naval Operations, stressed the importance of military reserve training on a visit to the Naval Air Station in Marietta. He pointed out that reserve strength was more important to the nation than ever before. The native Georgian said with all the crises around the world that the United States “must have ready reserve forces” and “the reserves provide our residual strength.” 
 
In the Thursday, Feb. 27, 1964 paper it was reported that a gas pump at Reece Brothers Standard Oil station on Roswell Street burst into flames when a truck knocked it over. The truck, which was towing a 60-foot house trailer, was parked across from the station and the brakes apparently failed. The truck rolled across busy Roswell Street without mishap before knocking over the pump and severely damaging another. Sparks ignited the gasoline and fears that the three 1,100-gallon tanks underneath the pumps would explode. A fire truck was dispatched from a nearby Marietta Fire Department sub-station and extinguished the blaze.
 
A group of 18 Mariettans were also reported that day as having petitioned the City Council to do something about ham radio transmissions which repeatedly interfered with television reception on Hill Court, Mimosa Drive, Parkview Drive and Aviation Road. City Manager Walter Brown said the city had no authority in the radio field and probably would have to refer the matter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The petition called for the city council to “do something about the invasion of privacy and nuisance created” by the radio transmissions.
 
20 years ago …
 
The long-standing plan to build a conference center on the grounds of the Marietta City Club was reported in the Monday, Feb. 21, 1994 MDJ as possibly being scuttled by new city council members – most of which favored using the property for a continuing education center instead. Although the city council had yet to formally take up the issue after nearly two months in office, a poll of the seven members revealed that at least four supported a change in plans.
 
In the Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1994 paper it was reported that as his stunned wife looked on, the body of a Dallas man who drowned in a private south Cobb lake was found at almost the same spot he was last seen. The man fell into G.B.’s Lake off Hicks Road near Smyrna. Cobb police divers found his body the next day in about six feet of water. Divers were hampered throughout the search by the murkiness of the water and by submerged tree limbs and other man-made debris such as metal and plastic plumbing pipes in the small lake. The victim was fishing with two others when his rented flat-bottom metal boat flipped over halfway across the lake.

 
 

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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The Week of Feb. 20
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February 21, 2014 01:25 PM | 519 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a senator’s death, Leo Frank, a car chase, Naval Air Station-Atlanta and Northwest Georgia Health System.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Feb. 20, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported Georgia Senator Augustus O. Bacon died after a short illness that puzzled his physicians for several days. Just after it was announced that the trouble had been located and that it would “yield readily to medical treatment” Senator Bacon collapsed and died. The cause of death was believed to be a blood clot that entered his heart. The funeral services were held in the Senate Chamber in Washington and the body was brought to Atlanta where it was taken to the State Capitol to lie in state for four hours before being taken to Macon where it will be buried.

Also that week there was a story about Leo M. Frank, who was convicted of the murder of Mary Phagan of Marietta and sentenced to be hanged, was refused a new trial by the State Supreme Court. The court stood four against a new trial with two judges dissenting. Practically without exception Solicitor Hugh Dorsey was upheld on every point by the Superior Court.

50 years ago …

Lockheed’s StarLifter was reported in the Friday, Feb. 14, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as having taken its second test flight and the landing gear of the huge C-141 was retracted for the first time.

Also that day, it was reported that the Navy’s top ranking officer, Admiral David L. McDonald, chief of Naval Operations, was scheduled to visit Marietta as a guest of Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association. Admiral McDonald was to arrive at the Naval Air Station in Marietta where he was to conduct a press conference immediately upon arrival and then attend a luncheon at the Marietta Country Club as a guest of the Marietta-Cobb County Council, Navy League.

In the Sunday, Feb. 16, 1964 paper it was reported a 110-mph car chase on the North 4-Lane (U.S. Highway 41) between Marietta Police and two wanted men ended in a three-car pile-up after the fleeing pair smashed a roadblock in Kennesaw. Marietta Police lieutenant Robert F. McBrayer suffered severe head and possible internal injuries in the crash and was listed in “critical condition” at Kennestone Hospital. His partner, Wyndall Black, who had just returned to work after being injured in the Atherton’s Drug Store explosion, was admitted to the hospital with head/ facial cuts and possible internal injuries. He was listed in “fair” condition.

Another story that day reported that a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the office of coroner in Cobb County had been passed in the State Senate and was waiting on House action.

Type I Sabine oral polio vaccine was reported in the Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1964 paper as being available at the Cobb County Health Department. Health director Dr. Ernest Thompson said the vaccine would be dispensed free of charge.

20 years ago …

The state Environmental Protection Division was reported in the Thursday, Feb. 17, 1994 MDJ as threatening to fine Cobb County up to $60,000 a day for dumping an undetermined amount of silt into a north Cobb creek. The county reportedly failed to enforce erosion laws during the installation of a sewer line along Upper Allatoona Creek at Burnt Hickory Road near Acworth.

Also that day, it was reported that cutbacks in defense spending would leave Naval Air Station-Atlanta without aircraft in June 1994 and could result in the disbanding of its attack squadron. The twin-engine Grumman A-4 Intruder planes flown by the squadron were slated for retirement in June 1994 and there was no scheduled replacements. Deactivation of NAS-Atlanta’s attack squadron would affect 12 active-duty officers and 156 enlisted personnel, as well as 42 reserve officers and 128 enlisted reservists.

In the Friday, Feb. 18, 1994 paper reported that Cobb-based Northwest Georgia Health System was the state’s largest health-care provider, now that it has merged with two Cherokee County hospitals. R.T. Jones Hospital in Canton and Woodstock Hospital signed documents officially declaring their alliances with Northwest, which was based near Cobb Hospital and Medical Center off Austell Road.

 

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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The Week of Feb. 6
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February 07, 2014 12:30 PM | 572 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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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The Week of Jan. 23
by Damon_Poirier
January 23, 2014 10:20 AM | 590 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a train robbery, a restaurant raid, a bomb threat and a road block.
 
100 years ago …
 
In Friday, Jan. 23, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported a train robbery that happened on the previous Friday night aboard the N.C. and St. L. fast passenger train as it passed southward between Vinings and Bolton. Just after the train passed Vinings, the Pullman car conductor started through the train to make his report when he was confronted at the rear car door by a masked man with a black pistol. The robber ordered the passengers to the front of the car, made them give up their purses and took about $300. The robber then pulled the emergency brake cord, waited for the train to slow and then swung off the rear platform. The conductor rushed through the train and found a Fulton County policeman who was the only armed person aboard. Rushing to the rear platform, the officer fired at the robber but missed him in the dark.
 
Also that week there was a story about the United Daughters of the Confederacy celebrating the birthday of Robert E. Lee at the residence of Mrs. S.A. Anderson. A dozen Confederate veterans were present and during the social hour after the ladies program they talked about wartime scenes and memories. W.J. Manning was reported as saying that he had visited the Confederate museum in Richmond on several occasions and talked about the importance of preserving the war relics. He also spoke about a boyish Confederate soldier named Kirkland, who during a battle in freezing weather took five canteens of water to wounded Federals who were suffering from thirst and the cold.
 
50 years ago …
 
In the Friday, Jan. 17, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal, Cobb Rep. Bill Teague said he was introducing a bill in the General Assembly that would repeal Georgia’s controversial “Face Your Accuser Law.” The law had been under constant fire from grand juries and other groups for years. It provided that no state or county official could be indicated of wrong doing charges without first having an opportunity to appear before the grand jury with counsel and defense witnesses.
 
Marietta’s new city administration was reported in the Sunday, Jan. 19, 1964 paper as eying installation of electronic data processing equipment to speed up and cut costs of billing and accounting in City Hall and the city’s various government related agencies.
 
A third-grade student at the Pine Forest School was reported in the Monday, Jan. 20, 1964 paper as being struck by a car on Clay Street as he and his sister were on their way to school. The eight-year old boy was hospitalized with arm and rib fractures after he darted into the street and was hit by the car.
 
In the Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1964 paper it was reported that the State Health Department had agreed to make funds available in July for the construction of a new 150-bed hospital in Cobb County.
 
Also that day, it was reported that Sheriff’s deputies raided the recently opened Old Lamp Lighter Restaurant on the South 4-Lane (U.S. Highway 41) and arrested a woman for possessing an illegal amount of tax-paid whiskey and selling mixed drinks. Sheriff Kermit C. Sanders said that he had numerous complaints about mixed drinks being sold on the premises and the most recent ones were from local ministers.
 
A performance of “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed” was reported in the Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1964 paper as having halted for about 30 minutes as police and firemen searched the Cobb Theater for a non-existent bomb. B.A. Eddison, manager of the theater, told police a man called and said there was a bomb in the movie house around 8 p.m. and that it would explode in 15 minutes. Eddison initially ignored the call, but the man called back and asked him if he had searched the theater yet.
 
Cobb County, Marietta and Douglasville Police were reported in the Thursday, Jan. 23, 1964 paper as having teamed up to capture three men wanted for armed robbery in Alabama. Cobb Police received a call at 1 a.m. that the three suspects were traveling towards Cobb from Cressville, Ala. At 1:30 a.m., they received a call from a Dallas Police officer who was following them but afraid to stop the car. Cobb Police ordered a road block on Dallas Highway and turned a truck across the road stopping traffic.
 
20 years ago …
 
In the Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1994 MDJ a predicted ice storm waited until mid-morning to hit the county, but freezing rain and sleet quickly slicked roads that caused hundreds of wrecks. The icy precipitation, part of a storm that moved from Texas to Georgia during the night, caused treacherous driving conditions that paralyzed some areas of north Georgia. Police said it might take days to determine the number of accidents that happened during the storm. The following day, the Wednesday, Jan. 19 paper, reported that 177 accidents happened during the icy spell while an Arctic front blasted into the county and the wind chill dropped to -15 degrees. The next day, the Thursday, Jan. 20 paper, reported that a third of Cobb County’s school buses stalled in the cold.
 

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

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The Week of Jan. 16
by Damon_Poirier
January 16, 2014 10:40 AM | 647 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a Kennesaw shooting, the Atherton’s Drug Store explosion investigation and high school dropouts losing driver’s licenses.
 
100 years ago …
 
In the Friday, Jan. 16, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a story about B.A. Fite, the receiver of the defunct Kennesaw Bank, being arrested on charges of having fired several shots into the home of W.P. Whitaker in Kennesaw. The shooting was reported as following a feud between the stockholders of the defunct bank and its former officers.
 
Five rounds were fired into the home. The first two were fired through a window and the last three through a panel of glass in the front door where they lodged in the wall at the end of a hall. Whitaker was in Atlanta on business at the time of the shooting, but his wife and two small children were in the house.
 
Before Whitaker returned home, after being reached by his wife via telephone, the Sheriff’s office in Marietta had been notified. Deputy George M. Hicks and his bloodhounds tracked a trail immediately to the home of Fite, which was two blocks from Whitaker’s home. Deputy Hicks wanting to be sure he had the right man, ran the bloodhounds along the trail a second time and they lead him to Fite’s door a second time.
 
50 years ago …
 
In the Friday, Jan. 10, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal there was a story about the Marietta Board of Education awarding a $208,000 contract to Marietta Construction Company for building of a new addition at Lemon Street High School. School Superintendent Henry Kemp said construction of the addition was to be placed on the site of the school’s present football field and financed jointly by the Marietta and Cobb Boards of Education.
 
Investigators were reported in the Sunday, Jan. 12, 1964 paper as having completed their often delayed probe into the cause of the explosion of the Atherton’s Drug Store that happened on Oct. 31. Fire Chief Howard Schaeffer said an official announcement of the cause would be given as soon as the individual agencies were able to compile and confer on their findings.
 
The investigation proceeded rapidly until it was feared that heavy drilling work needed by the probe would cause the building to collapse. It also took a little over three weeks to dismantle the heavily damaged structure and then weather deteriorated into rain, sleet and snow which halted the investigation.
 
For a day by day look at news coverage following the gas explosion at Atherton’s Drug Store, check out The Atherton's Drug Store Explosion column.
 
Cobb Sen. Ed Kendrick announced in the Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1964 paper that he was co-sponsoring legislation in the General Assembly that would make school dropouts lose their driver’s licenses. The measure was scheduled for introduction in the State Senate by Kendrick and Sen. Zell Miller and would deny licenses to people of high school age if they voluntarily quit school. Kendrick said he and Miller were not only concerned about the dropout problem, but “we want somebody who is educated driving that hunk of machinery on the road.”
 
Also that day, City Planner Leo LaForge began anew a once thwarted survey to determine the necessary steps for making Marietta’s central business district more attractive to shoppers. The survey was first initiated in the fall of 1963, but fell through when downtown merchants and businessmen failed to reply to a questionnaire mailed to them by LaForge. The survey was part of a $51,000 urban development study approved for the city in June by the federal government’s Housing and Home Finance Agency.
 
20 years ago …
 
In the Monday, Jan. 10, 1994 MDJ it was reported that State Rep. Jack Vaughn, R-west Cobb, who underwent successful surgery for brain cancer three years earlier, was to undergo surgery again after a reoccurrence of the tumor. Rep. Vaughn, then-32, said that he admitted himself to Emory University Hospital after suffering what he thought was “sinus-related headaches for about two weeks.” Two days later, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1994, it was reported that Rep. Vaughn’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Suzie Tindall, called the operation a success. Rep. Vaughn said his illness would not change his plans to run for a fourth two-year term in the Legislature.

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

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The Week of Jan. 9
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January 10, 2014 05:15 PM | 640 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a convict cages, a car theft with tin foil, high acid levels and gun licensing fees.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Jan. 9, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was taken up by an advertisement from T.W. Read’s that was headlined with “At last the mystery is solved! The truth is known. The world revolves and the seeds are sown, and now to reap the Harvest, yes! The greatest Harvest this country has ever known by attending T.W. Read’s Big Sale.” Some sale items were 3-cent Ladies’ and Misses’ hose, 1-cent Ladies’ handkerchiefs, 3-cent Men’s hose and 2-cent Men’s handkerchiefs.

Also that week it was reported that the county commissioners met in regular session and decided to advertise for bids in the construction of five steel cages to confine convicts at night. The cages were to be on wheels and could be taken from point to point. Each cage was to have an 18-man capacity.

Another story reported that E.G. Hill was elected mayor of Kennesaw and the K.L. Griffin, B.H. Hill, George R. Skelton and J.T. Chalker were elected city councilmen.

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, Jan. 5, 1964 edition of the Marietta Daily Journal reported that a 65-year-old Cobb man was charged with illegal receipt of $230 in old age pension funds. Solicitor Luther Hames, who referred the case to the Cobb Grand Jury, said that he believed that it was the first case of its kind reported to prosecutors in Georgia.

Also reported that day was the dedication of the Cobb-Marietta Library at 201 Atlanta Street. The library occupied the old post office building, acquired by the Cobb County-Marietta Public Library Board after the new Marietta Post Office was built on Lawrence Street.

A 17-year-old Marietta boy was reported in the Monday, Jan. 6, 1964 paper as admitting that he did not have much to do and couldn’t find a job, so he stole an automobile with a piece of tin foil. The boy told deputies that he left home and walked down to Kennestone Hospital where he spotted the car. He took the inner lining of tin foil from a pack of cigarettes and “hot wired” the car. The boy was apprehended on his way home with the car by deputies.

Another story that day reported Cobb Superior Court would convene on Jan. 20 and had 700 cases on the docket, including a murder charge against a black woman who was accused of fatally shooting her husband, whom she said had threatened her with a piece of pipe. There were also more than 120 cases to be heard concerning bad checks.

Drug executive Howard Atherton Jr. was reported in the Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1964 paper as having took office of mayor with a gloomy report to new Marietta councilmen and citizens that the outgoing administration had committed the city to $63,000 deficit by July 1.

20 years ago …

Cobb water officials were reported in the Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1994 MDJ as saying that they believed an Austell chemical company was responsible for high acid levels in a nearby tributary. The pH levels caused by high chemical concentrations were found in two drainage areas below C&S Chemicals off Bankhead Highway. The low pH levels, which indicated high acidity, were capable of causing the death of some aquatic life and human skin irritation. Colin Decker, the industrial monitoring supervisor with the Cobb Water System, said that the county was “pretty sure” that C&S Chemicals were responsible for the pollution.

U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, was reported in the Thursday, Jan. 6, 1994 paper as siding with Cobb gun dealers who stridently objected to a federal proposal to increase licensing fees by 6,000 percent. U.S. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen said he would like to see the licensing fee required to deal guns raised to $600 a year from $10.

In the Friday, Jan. 7, 1994 paper it was reported that a 19-year-old Cobb restaurant worker was in serious condition at Kennestone Hospital, where she was being treated for bacterial meningitis, the first reported case in Georgia in 1994.

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

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The Week of Jan. 2
by Damon_Poirier
January 02, 2014 10:10 AM | 826 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a hunting accident, a C-130 Hercules landing, a freak snowstorm, Aunt Fanny’s Cabin and a healthcare merger.
 
100 years ago …
 
In Friday, Jan. 2, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that three teenage boys were rabbit hunting on a farm when one of the teens accidentally shot another fatally in the neck.
 
Also that week, it was reported that the cotton census for Cobb County reported 19,171 bales of cotton were ginned up to Dec. 13, 1913. The year before there were only 14,377 bales ginned.
 
50 years ago …
 
In the Friday, Dec. 27, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that students at Southern Technical Institute, now known as Southern Polytechnic State University, would be spending two-dollar bills to demonstrate the effect of the college community on the city of Marietta and surrounding Cobb County.
 
A four-car collision at the intersection of Bells Ferry and the Four-Lane, now known as U.S. Hwy. 41, was reported in the Sunday, Dec. 29, 1963 paper as having sent eight people to the hospital with injuries. Efforts to get a traffic light installed at the busy intersection had been unsuccessful for sometime and had resulted in a controversy between the state and county.
 
The Air Force announced in the Monday, Dec. 30, 1963 paper a $26 million increment to Lockheed-Georgia Company for the C-130E program. The increment was part of an overall $131 million Lockheed program for producing and equipping the C-130E.
 
In the Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1963 paper it was reported that the Navy Department in Washington confirmed that a Marietta-built C-130 Hercules made a successful landing on an aircraft carrier at sea. The landing was made on the flight deck of the super carrier Forrestal, but the Navy did not say when or where the landing took place.
 
Also that day, a ‘freak’ snowstorm was reported as blanketing the county and creating super-hazardous conditions for highways and street travel. The storm dumped more than an inch of snow on the county by noon that day and was predicted to continue snowing and sleeting for the rest of New Year’s eve.
 
Another story that day reported that Aunt Fanny’s Cabin, a nationally-known Cobb County restaurant, was out of business for the remainder of the holiday season after an early-morning fire that destroyed the kitchen. The Lemon-Vinings Fire Department received the fire report at 1:30 a.m. and reached the scene in time to contain the blames to the rear of the establishment with the greater part of the damage concentrated in the kitchen, boiler room and adjoining storeroom.
 
20 years ago …
 
In the Monday, Dec. 27, 1993 MDJ it was reported that the Cobb Community Transit announced it would launch the metro area’s first mass-transit program for the handicapped. Plans called for roughly 20,000 to 30,000 passengers in the first year. Memorial Day weekend was the target date for beginning the $1 million annual service. Fifteen min-busses that could accommodate wheelchairs were expected to arrive by late March or early April 1994.
 
Lottery vendors said in the Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1993 paper that the week’s record $15 million estimated jackpot had residents making a mad dash to their stores. The previous week’s $10 million jackpot, which had rolled over, resulted in the sale of 7.5 million ticket sales. The amount seems rather small compared to the recent $600-plus million Mega Millions jackpot.
 
The Cobb-based Northwest Georgia Health System, now known as WellStar Health System, and Atlanta’s 500-bed Piedmont Hospital were reported in the Thursday, Dec. 30, 1993 paper as beginning merger talks to create what would be the state’s largest healthcare network. In an alliance between the two healthcare organizations, open-heart surgery was expected to be included in the network because it was being performed at Piedmont. Currently, WellStar Health System is in a joint collaboration with Piedmont Healthcare of Atlanta to sell health insurance.
 

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

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