The Week of October 18th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at an FBI investigation into all county law enforcement, a proposed Halloween vandalism ordinance, the purchase of the Kennesaw House and the merger of Kennestone and Cobb hospitals.

100 years ago…

There was a front page story in the Friday, Oct. 18, 1912 Marietta Journal and Courier about traveling salesman W.W. Linzy of Birmingham, Ala., offering up $5,000 when he learned that funds were being raised to build a new up-to-date hotel in Marietta.

Formerly in the hotel business, Linzy not only agreed to take stock in the company, but also offered to manage the hotel.

Another front page story was about the Marietta Boy Scouts beating the Atlanta Boy Scouts in a one-sided football game, 25-0, in Marietta.

50 years ago…

In the Sunday, Oct. 14, 1962 MDJ it was revealed that all law enforcement officers in Cobb were being fingerprinted and subjected to an FBI investigation. Marietta Mayor Sam Welsh disclosed at a city council meeting that the Cobb Grand Jury – which was looking into the quality of law enforcement – had requested the probe of backgrounds for all city and county police as well as sheriff’s deputies.

The smallest voter turnout for a contested election in at least 12 years was reported in the Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1962 paper. Only 19-percent of the county’s registered and eligible 33,375 voters went to the polls.

Voters named Edward S. Kendrick, an audio visual aids director for Cobb County Schools, as the senator for Cobb’s new east (32nd) district and Kyle Yancey, a Mableton attorney, as the senator for the new west (33rd) district. As stated in a previous column, this was the first time that the county did not have to share a senator with two neighboring counties.

The Marietta City Council, in the Thursday, Oct. 18, 1962 paper, refused to pass an ordinance curbing Halloween vandalism despite a plea by Councilman John Carney that the situation had been “getting out of hand.”

Carney proposed that the city adopt an ordinance which would limit the masked celebrators who paraded the streets and keep trick or treaters to fifth grade or younger. However, the seven-man council went with the view of Councilman Howard Atherton who said such an ordinance would be “unenforceable.”

Also that day, there was a story about two Cobb county escapees, which fled from separate work gangs, who remained at large after one of them fought a series of gun battles and stole at least four cars in a desperate flight for freedom the day before. Police said several wild chases were touched off during the afternoon and overnight when one of the convicts was spotted at various points in both Cobb and Fulton counties.

20 years ago…

More Georgians wanted the lottery than not, according to polls in the Monday, Oct. 12, 1992 MDJ. Ironically, those who were closest to the issue, namely educators, were among those who were most solidly against the proposed constitutional amendment, which voters would vote upon on Nov. 3.

Another story that day was how the Downtown Marietta Development Authority was one step closer to owning the historic Kennesaw House. Authority lawyer Bill Robertson said Petrous & Co. of Boston had agreed to the $525,000 sale price, but the deal had not yet been closed. Petrous & Co. acquired the property in a foreclosure on a $1.4 million mortgage it held.

In the Friday, Oct. 16, 1992 paper, Kennestone Hospital and Cobb Hospital Medical Center were expected to merge services within six months following an agreement reached between the two hospitals’ governing boards. For the most part, the merger would allow the hospitals to cut costs and pass some savings on to consumers.

There was also a story that day about the state Board of Regents deciding to buy 30 acres of land for parking at Kennesaw State College even though board members said they were uncertain how much the land was worth.

The 30-acre tract was to the east of the 150-acre campus, between Steve Frey Road and Interstate 75 near the Chastain Road exit. The state Legislature the year before appropriated $2.5 million to buy the land and build a parking lot. The college had been plagued by a lack of adequate parking for its then 11,000-plus students.

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

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