MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of January 31st
by Damon Poirier
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at gun violence, deaths from exposure and a proposed granite monument at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

50 years ago …

A gunman was reported in the Sunday, Jan. 27, 1963 MDJ as having jumped out of a car on U.S. 41 north of Marietta armed with a pistol and threatened to shoot a young hitchhiker if he didn’t have at least $100. The victim was shot and seriously wounded when he darted across the highway in an attempt to escape, the gunman who stole $8 and his suitcase.

This was the second shooting in the county over the weekend. A 16-year-old Smyrna youth was also hit in the hip by a bullet which ripped through the side of a car carrying seven teenagers. The shooter told police that he had fired at the car with the idea of frightening the youths away.

It was also reported that day, that an elderly Austell woman was found frozen to death the day before just a short distance from her Maxham Road home. Relatives of the woman said she was discovered in a field about 150-feet from her house where she apparently collapsed the night before.

Later in the week, in the Thursday, Jan. 31, 1963 paper, a second exposure death was reported. In that case, the body of a 36-year-old Atlanta woman was discovered by two hunters in a field in a remote section of the county. Medical examiners at Kennestone Hospital said that the young woman died of exposure a week to 10 days before the discovery.

Firemen from South Cobb and other neighboring counties were reported in the Monday, Jan. 25, 1963 paper as having rushed to Douglasville over the weekend to battle a two-building fire that threatened a block of businesses on the east side of town. Douglasville Fire Chief W.C. McLarty told the paper that six fire departments, including three from Cobb, and a number of off-duty firemen came to the aid of his volunteer unit.

Another story that day reported funds were being sought from the state legislature by Rep. A.A. Fowler Jr. of Douglas County to erect a $6,500 granite monument in memory of the Georgians who died in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. The monument would occupy a place of honor at what is now the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

The project was backed by Mrs. Forrest Kibler of Atlanta, chairman of the Georgia Hall of Fame committee, who said that there were no monuments to Georgia’s dead while the state of Illinois had a monument to their dead at the mountain. Mrs. Kibler also said that the proposed monument was one in a series of monuments placed in recent years at Civil War battle sites such as Gettysburg, Antietam and Vicksburg.

A playful 18-month-old boxer named Champ, described as “the pet of the whole block,” was reported in the Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1963 paper as horribly burned the day before when someone threw lye on him and blinded one of his eyes.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, Jan. 25, 1993 MDJ, Marietta Schools Superintendent Dr. Roy D. Nichols was reported as having announced at a press conference in Norfolk, Va., the night before that he was accepting the position of superintendent of the Norfolk City School District. The announcement came just a few days after three members of the Norfolk Board of Education came to Marietta to tour Marietta High and A.L. Burruss Elementary schools and talk with Marietta School Board members.

Also that day, Cobb Hospital and Medical Center in Austell and Kennestone Hospital in Marietta announced they hoped to break ground on a new shared laundry facility that was to be built at 1011 Williams Drive, a 6.96-acre lot near Interstate 75 and Canton Highway in north Cobb. The $2.6 million cost would be shared equally by both hospitals.

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

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