This week’s Time Capsule looks at WWI, moonshine, Kennestone Hospital and a sniper.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Aug. 7, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page article with the headline of “WAR!!” The story began with how “almost the whole of Europe has become involved in war following the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, of Austria, while on a visit to Serbia several weeks ago.”
Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination in Sarajevo, Serbia precipitated Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against Serbia, which caused the Central Powers – which were Germany and Austria-Hungary, and the World War I Allies to declare war on each other and started World War I.
At the time of the article, German troops had invaded France and Belgium. The invasion of Belgium, which was neutral, drew England into the fight alongside Russia and France. Both naval and land battles were being reported from various sources, but at the time, the only authentic report of any battle on the sea was from Algiers and stated the destruction of the German cruiser Panther and the capture of the German cruisers Goeben and Breslan.
Another front page story that week reported that Gov. John M. Slaton spoke to the voters of Cobb County at the courthouse after being introduced by Lindley W. Camp. Gov. Slaton spoke on the Tax Equalization law and not once in the speech did he refer to either of his opponents or his race for the U.S. Senate.
It was also reported on the front page of that edition that a six-year-old girl was struck and killed by an automobile after she ran out from behind a wagon near the sanitarium in Smyrna.
50 years ago …
An auto accident in the driving rain was reported in the Sunday, Aug. 2, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as yielding 154 gallons of moonshine to the Marietta Police. Officers stopped a car for a traffic light at Clay Street and the Four Lane, now known as Highway 41, and promptly was rammed from the rear by another car. The impact sent the trunk lid flying up to reveal the whiskey in half-gallon jars. The whiskey car sped from the scene was found abandoned at a nearby drive-in restaurant.
A $400,000 building to house the Georgia Air National Guard’s 129th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron was reported in the Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1964 paper as being planned for 15 acres of land near the county-owned McCollum Airport. The Advisory Board approved giving the land to the Guard at its last meeting. The Guard expected to have 21 full-time employees with a yearly payroll of nearly $250,000 at the site and have the unit train 125 reservists.
Another story that day reported that all streets torn up for installation of the new sanitary sewer system in the East Marietta-Red Oak Park area would be ready for repaving by Aug. 20. M.C. Bishop of the B&B Construction Company said his firm was 90- to 95-percent complete with the pipe-laying project.
A new 52-bed diagnostic and convalescent wing was reported in the Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1964 paper as being added to Kennestone Hospital in an emergency building program to relieve overcrowding. The Marietta Hospital Authority, in announcing the expansion, said it hoped to begin construction in October. When Kennestone’s 100-bed South Wing was opened in 1959, the hospital operated at a capacity of 74 percent. Since that time, the number of patients needing bed space had gone up with the county’s increasing population and the May-June 1964 statistics showed that hospital beds were filled to a 96 percent capacity.
The following day, Aug. 6, 1964, the paper reported that the Lockheed-Georgia Company and the First National Bank of Marietta had pledged $80,000 toward erection of the new addition at Kennestone. Lockheed would donate $75,000, said Lockheed President Dick Pulver. William Beasley, president of the bank, revealed the financial institution would give $5,000.
Another story that day reported the National Urban League, an interracial integrationist organization, asked President Johnson to end racial discrimination in federally assisted public housing in Marietta and 10 other Georgia cities. Whitney M. Young Jr., Urban League executive director, submitted a report to the White House contending the disbursement of government money to these projects were of “doubtful legality” under Title VI of the new Civil Rights Act. The League contended that Marietta operated six totally segregated housing projects – three black and three white.
20 years ago …
In the Saturday, Aug. 6, 1994 paper, it was reported that Marietta Police received a tip that a sniper may try to pick off gays and lesbians attending an upcoming rally on the Marietta Square. Police were given copies of the Internet messages that included – “Are there any nice hills nearby with a clear shot at the demonstrators?” The message went on to say that the “cute little pink triangles [featured on t-shirts worn by gay and lesbian protestors] make such good targets.” Marietta Police Chief Ralph Carter said his department was not investigating the messages because “we don’t’ even know if it’s authentic.” But, he said his department was seeking help from Cobb Police and the messages were also sent to the FBI.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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