This week’s Time Capsule looks at an ordinance on billiards, a brazen armored car robbery and the potential renaming of Fairground Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, May 16, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, the Methodist church was reported as overflowing with its own congregation and members of the Baptist church for Mother’s Day. White carnations were given to everyone who entered the church.
Another story that week announced that graduating exercises for Marietta High School would be held at the Armory at 8 p.m. on May 23. A small admission fee of 25 cents was charged to all attendees.
There were also two interesting ads in the paper that week. A quarter-page ad on the front advertised the screening of “The Toll of War,” a film was about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, at the Gem Theatre. On page two, an ad from the L.W. Rogers Co. advertised – 21 pounds of sugar for $1, 48 pounds of flour for $1.38, 24 pounds of flour for 72 cents, flour in barrel lots for $5.28 and 100 pound sacks of chick feed for $1.99.
50 years ago …
Some 15 property owners from Fairground Street and Roosevelt Circle were reported in the Friday, May 10, 1963 MDJ as vigorously protesting efforts by the city school board to condemn land near them for a black high school football field. The owners said the lights and yelling from football games would force them to sell their homes at a loss and move away. The property was being sought because Lemon Street High School’s old football field, adjacent to the school, was to be used for a badly needed $100,000 wing containing service facilities, including a band room, a music department, shop and home economics rooms.
The Marietta City Council was reported in the Sunday, May 12, 1963 paper as agreeing that if a man was old enough to vote, then he was old enough to shoot pool without his parents’ permission. Council members asked Mayor Sam Welsch to draw up an amendment to the then-current ordinance which said anyone under 21 had to get a letter of consent from their parents in order to play billiards.
The capture of three carloads of moonshine whiskey was reported in the Monday, May 13, 1963 paper. Marietta police officers seized 58 gallons in the Elk Street area after investigating a report of cars unloading liquor. A 1951 Ford, a 1941 Pontiac and a 1950 Chevrolet were found hastily abandoned at the scene.
A tractor-trailer truck hauling 30,000 pounds of dressed chicken was reported in the Wednesday, May 15, 1963 paper as having swerved out of control on Roswell Road late the night before and flipped over a steep embankment. The truck crashed at the bottom of a ditch at Sope Creek and sprained both the neck and back of the driver.
20 years ago …
Three heavily armed robbers were reported in the Wednesday, May 12, 1993 MDJ as having used two stolen cars to pull off a brazen robbery of a Brinks Inc. armored truck as it was delivering money to the Georgia Federal Bank. When the Brinks truck backed up to the bank, a white man driving a Chevrolet commercial van stolen in Fulton County pulled up and blocked the front of the truck as two other men in an Oldsmobile stolen out of Gwinnett County pulled up. An armed man wearing a clear plastic mask and a blonde wig jumped out of the car stealing cash from the money cart of the Brinks guard outside the truck on the sidewalk.
The Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna Narcotics Unit was reported in the Friday, May 14, 1993 paper as having made its first high-tech marijuana bust in the county. The raid captured over 500 high-grade marijuana plants, estimated at $4,000 a piece with a total market value of about $2 million. The basement of the two-story home, which had garbage bags stapled over the windows, was full of an elaborate hydroponics system.
A group of black Cobb residents were reported in the Thursday, May 13, 1993 paper as asking the Marietta City Council to change the name of Fairground Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Street. If the council did not agree, the 50-member Cobb County MLK Support Group planned to suggest Roswell Street as its second choice and Lawrence Street as a third option.
In the Saturday, May 15, 1993 paper, it was reported that the construction budget for Cobb’s unfinished convention center had more than $650,000 in cost overruns. Unplanned expenses included $381,000 in building permits and another $275,000 for a maintenance program in which all Galleria tenants participated.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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