This week’s Time Capsule looks at a train wreck, a Confederate monument, Lemon Street High School’s football stadium, moving the historic Lost Mountain Store and the proposed East-West Connector.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, Aug. 8, 1913 edition of The Marietta Daily Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about a deadly train wreck at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6 when an L&N freight train running over the W&A railroad crashed into a 35 foot long and 40 foot deep washout at Noonday Creek that had been caused by rains on the night before. Five men died in the wreck. Only one body was recovered. The other four bodies were buried at the bottom of the washout under the locomotive and 14 cars. Water in the creek was reported as being 25 feet deep.
Another story in that week’s edition reported that M.L. McNeel of the McNeel Marble Co. had returned from a meeting with the Board of Trustees of Confederate Veterans in Florida, who had awarded the company the contract to erect a $24,000 monument in the memory of the Women of the Confederacy in Dignam Park in Jacksonville, Fla. The canopy designed monument, standing 50 feet tall, would be surmounted by a 13 foot bronze statue of a woman holding the furled Confederate flag. Underneath the canopy, there would be a bronze group, composed of a mother teaching her son and daughter about the history of the South.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, Aug. 2, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that property owners opposed to the construction of a black high school football field in northeast Marietta had appealed the court ruling that allowed the project to proceed. The action was expected to further hold up the efforts of the Marietta School Board to condemn a 3.5 acre tract of land at Fairground and Rigby streets for construction of Lemon Street High School’s football stadium.
Six rifle shots were reported in the Sunday, Aug. 4, 1963 paper as being fired into the Smyrna bedroom of a striking Atlantic Steel Company employee shortly after midnight the Friday before. The shots barely missed the head of the man who had just sat up in bed and was about to look out a window to see why his dogs were barking. Atlantic Steel Company in Atlanta had been struck by its union for several weeks.
Another story that day reported that within two to three months the Fulton County government was to begin emptying treated sewage into a tributary of the Chattahoochee River four-tenths of a mile above the intake of Cobb County’s water plant.
A professional car stripping operation in a Smyrna residential area was reported broken up in the Monday, Aug. 5, 1963 paper after a fire was started by a power saw being used to dismantle one of the two 1963 model vehicles in the basement.
Only two property owners were reported in the Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1963 paper as holding out in granting right-of-way for the widening of Roswell Street east of U.S. 41. The road was to be widened to four lanes from two lanes for nine-tenths of a mile distance from U.S. 41 and the fork of Roswell and Lower Roswell roads.
20 years ago …
A quick-thinking robber was reported in the Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1993 paper as posing as the clerk of the convenience store that he was robbing to turn away a customer, before taking an in-store video recorder that had taped the incident.
Another story that day reported that the county had approved a plan to move the historic Lost Mountain Store on Dallas Highway, which cleared the way for construction to begin on a proposed Publix grocery store and adjacent retail strip. George S. Morgan Developments had proposed moving the store, which was 20 feet above the surrounding grade level, in order to clean out soil contaminated by leaking gasoline tanks on the site.
In the Thursday, Aug. 5, 1993 paper reported that most members of a capacity crowd turned their backs on all six proposed routes for the beleaguered East-West Connector vowing that local politicians would not pit neighborhoods against each other to push the road past federal regulatory agencies. The public hearing drew an estimated 600 Cobb residents to Thompson Park on Nickajack Road, despite the location being off the beaten track, having a lack of parking and a meeting site perched on a steep, 40 foot incline.
Once considered by many to be the frontrunner, Cobb County was reported in the Saturday, Aug. 7, 1993 paper as not hosting the woman’s fast-pitch softball competition in the 1996 Olympics. The Atlanta Commission for the Olympic Games announced that it had selected Columbus over Cobb and eight other sites.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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