The Week of November 22nd
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at the crash landing of an unidentified flying object on a Marietta farm, a plague of rats in Smyrna and a destructive tornado that severely damaged the county.

100 years ago …

On the front page of the Friday, Nov. 22, 1912 Marietta Journal and Courier, there was an advertisement about the auction of the historic Gignilliat Home at 111 Cleveland Place in Marietta that would take place the following January.

Another story in that week’s edition stated that the United States Civil Service Commission would have an examination on Dec. 14 in Marietta to fill the contemplated vacancy of the Kennesaw postmaster. The pay for the job was listed as $571 for the fiscal year.

A third story that week discussed how the majority of drivers in Marietta were disregarding a local law that prohibited the use of muffler cut-outs within the city limits.

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, Nov. 18, 1962 MDJ there was a story about a steel construction worker, who claimed that 6,000 volts of electricity had passed through his body while on a building project. The man had filed a lawsuit for $712,516 against a Marietta contractor and Georgia Power Company.

He alleged that his hands and feet were burned while he was working on the sanctuary of the Olive Springs Baptist Church on Austell Road. The suit stated that power from high tension electrical wires near the site entered a crane that was hoisting girders and passed over into him while he was bolting the steel beams together.

Marietta Police Chief Ernest Sanders was reported in the Monday, Nov. 19, 1962 paper as taking a personal hand in the fight against moonshine whiskey traffic. The chief helped arrest a motorist charged with carrying two gallons of illegal whiskey earlier that day.

He also took part in a weekend raid at a Marietta residence where officers found 21 gallons of moonshine buried at the side of the home. The police crackdown began after a city prisoner had found a half gallon of moonshine in a gutter on Lawrence Street.

Some 1,000 Air Force reservists ordered to active duty at Dobbins Air Force Base during the Cuban Missile crisis were released in time for Thanksgiving by Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara according to the Thursday, Nov. 22, 1962 paper. The release was triggered by President John F. Kennedy’s decision to dissolve the naval ship blockade around Cuba.

A story about an oblong-shaped object with NASA printed on the side that was found hanging in a tree by the lines of two parachutes was in the Friday, Nov. 23, 1962 paper.

Some Air Force personnel who initially examined the object at the Allgood Road farm in Marietta first thought it might have been part of a tiny missile. The object was the size of a table radio and covered in plastic that the Air Force personnel suspected might have been protection against radiation.

A weatherman who stopped by Dobbins Air Force Base and examined the object, however, said it was not a missile part. Instead, the object was a common weather recording device used on hundreds of balloons sent aloft every day by the Navy, Air Force and occasionally the space agency.

20 years ago …

In the Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1992 MDJ, there was a story about rats measuring as much as a foot long settling down for the winter in Smyrna, but residents and city officials were disputing the source of the pests.

The rats were plaguing the Afton Downs condominiums and Heritage Pointe, a 460-unit complex on Hargrove Road that was being foreclosed upon by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A resident near Afton Downs said that the rats originated from a city-maintained creek. Smyrna public works officials, however, said that Chateau Creek had been cleaned up several months ago.

The third twister to hit Cobb in several years was reported in the Monday, Nov. 23, 1992 paper after having swept through the western part of the county and hop-scotching eastward, flattening numerous homes and businesses while shearing off hundreds of trees. Damage was estimated to be in the millions.

The funnel cloud, created by the same storm system that spawned killer tornadoes in Louisiana and Mississippi, caused minor injuries to 34 people in the county and knocked out power to over 11,000 North Cobb residents.

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

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