The Week of February 14th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at the visit of a Sioux Indian chief, a 70-foot sign for Rich’s in Smyrna and a legislative resolution to keep the original appearance of Big Chicken.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Feb. 14, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story about visiting Proctor and Gamble Co. representative A.T. Vickery of Cincinnati. The company, which manufactured Crisco, had Vickery arrange for Mrs. E.S. Siple to conduct a series of cooking lectures and demonstrations at the Auditorium Armory. Siple was also to give away a pound cake each day to one of the ladies in the audience.

Sioux Indian Chief Red Fox, who was playing at the Gem Theatre in Marietta that week, gave the Marietta Boy Scouts a lecture at the Auditorium. The chief had planned to “hit the trail” with the boys, but the rain interfered. However, Chief Red Fox promised that he would be passing through again in June and would try to spend a week with the scouts camping.

Also reported that week was the celebration of Georgia Day by the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades of the Marietta public schools two days before. In Ms. Sena Towers’ classroom the black boards were adorned with the Coat of Arms of Georgia in colored chalk and the State flag was used in decorating. As part of the program, the 60 student class sang “The Red Old Hills of Georgia,” “The Bonnie Blue Flag,” and “We Are Old Time Confederates.”

50 years ago …

Builders of the new Rich’s and Food Fair Shopping center near Smyrna were reported in the Friday, Feb. 8, 1963 MDJ as having received a county permit to build a 70-foot tall sign. The project manager told county zoning officials that they would also get an okay from federal aviation officials to erect the sign and see if they needed to put aircraft warning lights on the sign to alert low-flying planes at night.

Also that day, a Marietta prisoner, who escaped from a city work gang and ran from a pack of bloodhounds and a squad of policemen, was re-captured in a briar patch near the Cobb-Marietta Industrial Park after three hours of searching. It was the second time the prisoner had been chased by police. The man was serving a 148-day sentence on charges of driving through Marietta at a high rate of speed and forcing other cars off the road with police in pursuit.

An increase in C-130 aircraft production at the Lockheed-Georgia Co. in Marietta was also proposed by the U.S. Air Force that day. If approved, production of C-130s would be increased from 12 to 15 per month and continue rising employment at the plant. The workforce there had climbed from 13,000 to 15,000 in the past year due to increased C-130 production and beginning work on the C-141 jet air freighter.

20 years ago …

Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, in the Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1993 MDJ, was reported as having spoken to members of the Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club at Jimmy’s on the Square. Among the ideas the congressman bounced off the 50 or so members gathered for the meeting was the need for technological advances, liberating small businesses, personal strength and teaching youth the principals of American civilization.

Also that day, a Smyrna man was reported as having escaped uninjured over the weekend when his ultra-light aircraft lost power after takeoff and crashed into the trees about a quarter-mile from a small, private airstrip off Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. The man received only minor cuts and bruises in the crash, but his Minimax ultra-light plane was destroyed.

Sounding similar to recent events involving two members of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department working at the county jail, there was a story in the Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1993 paper about a Marietta jailer being charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate at the city jail over the weekend. The inmate had accused the man of raping her in an isolation jail cell.

Another story in that day’s paper reported that the Marietta City Council was considering the approval of a no-smoking policy that would prohibit smoking or chewing tobacco in city-owned or Board of Lights and Water buildings, facilities and vehicles.

More than 50 Georgia House members were reported as having signed a resolution on Friday, Feb. 12, 1993 commending Kentucky Fried Chicken for its efforts to save The Big Chicken on Cobb Parkway, but urged the company to keep with the original model and not a more modern option.

In the Saturday, Feb. 13, 1993 paper, the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority voted 3-2 to change the name in the logo of the county’s new convention center at the Galleria Mall to include the words “Cobb-Atlanta” in small type beneath the convention center’s name, The Galleria Centre. Convention Authority Chairwoman Barbara Williams described the change as an effort to satisfy community sentiment to include Cobb’s name in the county-financed facility and indicated that she wanted the vote to be the authority’s final word on the controversy.

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

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