This week’s Time Capsule looks at blind tigers, bomb threats, Newt Gingrich and the space shuttle.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, Nov. 26, 1915, edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier it was reported on the front page that blind tigers, places which illegally sold alcoholic beverages, were “getting it hot and heavy in the Superior Court” that week.
One man was given the hardest of Judge Patterson’s sentences – 12 months on a chain-gang, six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. While a Vinings man was reported as being fined and ordered to leave Cobb County under a suspended sentence of 12 months. If he returned to the county as he had once before, the court would order him to serve his time in prison down in Milledgeville.
Another story on the front page reported that in the show window of the Anderson Brother’s store were 73 ribbons representing prizes that had been recently won by James T. Anderson’s herd of 75 Hereford cattle. Among the prizes were eight ribbons won in Atlanta at a world open contest in which one of his Herefords beat out an imported bull.
The death of W.J. “Uncle Billy” Manning, a 73-year-old resident of Powder Springs Road, was also reported in that edition. Manning was a Confederate veteran of Phillip’s Legion and a member of Marietta Camp 763, which attended the funeral and stood at attention on each side of the long drive from Manning’s home to the street as the casket was carried to the hearse.
Another death reported in the paper belonged to Mrs. Alonzo Carter who had been sick for three months with Typhoid Fever.
A fifth story that week reported that G.W. Almand, who lived near Smyrna, presented a three pound yellow globe turnip for inspection at the newspaper’s office. It also said that Almand had a five pound purple top turnip on display in the show window at Sam’s drug store.
50 years ago …
In the Sunday, Nov. 21, 1965, Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that one of the four teenage boys arrested in connection with the series of bomb threats plaguing Cobb County schools, which was mentioned in Time Capsule on Nov. 12, appeared before Civil and Criminal Court Judge Howell Ravan. The 17-year-old’s attorney asked the judge to recommend the Cobb Board of Education reinstate the boy in school. The teen was expelled from school automatically along with the others involved in the threatening calls.
No formal action was taken against the teen and the charges were according to Judge Ravan “being held in abeyance at the request of Solicitor Larry Custer until ‘further inquiry can be made into the circumstances surrounding the case.’”
In the Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1965, paper it was reported that Cobb School Superintendent Jasper Griffin accused Solicitor Custer of sitting back in the prosecution of the teens. Griffin made his comments after a scheduled preliminary hearing for one of the accused was postponed because two investigating officers were unable to answer subpoenas for the hearing.
More flights were reported in the Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1965, paper as leaving Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta. The flights, mentioned in last week’sTime Capsule, were airlifting Christmas gifts collected throughout the country to servicemen stationed in Viet Nam.
The first of the flights from the Georgia Air National Guard units departed from Dobbins at the beginning of the week. Three more flights were to come from Savannah’s 165th Air Transport Wing of the Guard and three other flights would depart on Dobbins-based C-97 Globemasters throughout the week.
The Cobb County Bar Association was reported in the Thursday, Nov. 25, 1965, paper as recommending to the legislative delegation and Cobb commissioners that the Superior Court judges’ county supplement be increased from $3,450 to no less than $8,000 annually. The Economic Committee of the bar association said the additional supplement would bring the judge’s salaries in line with those of Fulton and DeKalb counties.
20 years ago …
It was reported in the Monday, Nov. 20, 1995, paper that U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, appeared on ABC’s “This Week with David Brinkley” in Washington and said that he had made up his mind not to seek the Republican nomination for President in 1996.
He also acknowledged that Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kansas, was leading the GOP pack after having won a straw poll in Florida. Gingrich was the last credible holdout for the Republicans after retired Gen. Colin Powell announced on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1995, that he would not enter the fray, but that he would join the Grand Old Party.
In the Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1995, paper it was reported that just before noon the day before the Cobb County emergency 911 center was flooded with about 120 calls reporting a loud explosion. Fire trucks were dispatched and police were told to be on the lookout.
The sonic boom was not confined to just Cobb County, but people all over Georgia from Chattanooga down to central Georgia. What the callers apparently heard, officials later theorized, was the sonic boom caused by Space Shuttle Atlantis as it passed over the area at about 90,000-feet en route to its safe landing at the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast just after noon that day.
NASA officials in Florida stopped short of saying that the sonic boom definitely was created by Atlantis, but said the shuttle was the “likely” culprit.
American Multi-Cinema Inc. was reported in the Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1995, paper as planning to build a movie-goers paradise in Cobb County by spring 1997 that would feature 6,000 seats and 30 screens. The 106,000-square-foot theater, which would be the largest multi-cinema in the Southeast at the time, was to be located at the Kennedy Parkway Interchange and the I-75/I-285 Interchange at Akers Mill Road.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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