MDJ Time Capsule: The Dec. 5
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a pill in the nose, Kennedy’s magnolia tree, Sara Tokars, the Dobbins crash and the Kennedy Interchange.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Dec. 5, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page was taken up by an ad from Joe M. Austin with a letter to Marietta voters and the Austin Campaign Committee with an ad titled, “Some Important Questions To Ask E.P. Dobbs.” It had been reported the week before that E.P. Dobbs had been unanimously chosen as a candidate for the 1914-1915 Marietta Mayor during a mass meeting at Anderson’s Hall. Below the two ads was a third announcing a mass meeting and barbecue for Austin happening at the Court House.

Also that week it was reported that the 24-year-old man involved in a fatal shooting at an Austell store over a lost pipe, mentioned in The Week of Oct. 3rd column, was declared not guilty by a jury in the Superior Court. The shooting was believed to be in self-defense after the victim drew a pistol on his killer.

50 years ago …

A three-year old girl in Clarkdale, which is now a part of Austell, was reported in the Friday, Nov. 29, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as trying to take a cold pill through her nose. With the pill lodged in her nostril, the parents called the Powder Springs Fire Department who attempted to remove it with an aspirator. But, the device failed to dislodge it and the girl was taken to Douglasville hospital where it was successfully removed without any harm.

In the Monday, Dec. 2, 1963 paper, Commissioner Herbert McCollum said he might refuse to license liquor stores in Cobb County even if citizens vote the county wet in a proposed referendum. Since the commissioner’s licensing power only covered unincorporated areas, his refusal would not prevent the opening of liquor stores within the individual municipalities.

Officers and personnel at Dobbins Air Force Base were reported in the Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1963 paper as having decided to plant a magnolia tree in the memory of assassinated President John F. Kennedy. The tree was to be planted at the V-intersection that stood four feet inside of the base’s main entrance gate. For more information about President Kennedy's assassination, check out The Kennedy Assassination column.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, Nov. 29, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that a somber group of relatives and friends gathered at Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Sandy Springs to remember the first anniversary of the death of Sara Tokars of east Cobb. The emotional private service was attended by about 60 people, including Mrs. Tokars’ six sisters and many of her neighbors in the Kings Cove subdivision off Woodlawn Drive. Mrs. Tokars’ parents remained in Bradenton, Fla., with her two sons, who were present when their mother was killed on Nov. 29, 1992 by a shotgun blast to the head. Her husband, Fred, and the alleged triggerman were charged with her slaying. Another man had pleaded guilty to his part in the killing and was expected to testify against the others.

The failure of an experimental rudder was reported in the Thursday, Dec. 2, 1993 paper as the cause of the early February 1993 crash of a Lockheed aircraft at Dobbins Air Force Base. The deaths of the seven crew members at the base were mentioned in The 1993 Dobbins Crash column. The fiery crash occurred 26 seconds after the rudder failure caused the aircraft to mistakenly lift off the ground while simulating an engine failure on takeoff. The crewmen aboard the “High Technology Test Bed,” which was described by Lockheed as a flying laboratory, were testing a new fly-by-wire, computer-controlled rudder system. The company had planned to use the rudder system on its C-130J airlifters and modified C-141 StarLifters built at the Marietta plant. The crash led to criticism of – and eventual changes in – safety procedures at the plant.

The $75.7 million Kennedy Interchange, which is near to where the new Atlanta Braves stadium is to be built in Cobb County, was reported in the Friday, Dec. 3, 1993 paper as having cost projections increase by $3.5 million or more due to engineering changes that required additional rights of way. At the time, the Interchange was already the most expensive road project in county history. The new money was planned to buy 30 to 40 additional feet of rights of way on both the eastern and western side of I-75 to accommodate HOV lanes on the extensive ramp system. The former Eastern Airlines reservation center on Akers Mill Road, which was gutted by suspected arson in July 1991, was expected to have to be torn down under the new engineering plan.

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

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