MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Sept. 12
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a jail escape, Lockheed’s annexation, a Marietta mountain lion, Newt Gingrich’s Renewing American Civilization course and Julia Roberts.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Sept. 12, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a story about how the First National Bank of Marietta was designated an active depositary of the U.S. government. The bank, which had been an inactive depositary for about eight years, would now pay all government checks and was authorized to accept government money deposits.
Another story in that edition reported that the Boy Scouts of Marietta met at the home of their scout master and held memorial exercises in the memory of a scout who drowned in Joyner Pond in 1912.
50 years ago …
A possible jail escape from the Cobb County Jail was reported in the Friday, Sept. 6, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as being foiled after a prisoner was disarmed of an assortment of crude weapons. Chief Deputy John Quarles said that he and Deputy Sheriff Jesse Cooper recovered a razor sharp knife, several pieces of a rusted hack saw blade, a nail file and a hypodermic needle hidden in the prisoner’s clothing after they brought him from his upstairs cell to a downstairs room where he thought he was going to be routinely questioned.
Marietta Councilman Howard Atherton Jr., was reported in the Sunday, Sept. 8, 1963 paper as having announced as a candidate for mayor in Marietta’s October general election.
In the Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1963 paper, it was reported that Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch said that the Georgia General Assembly might ask in January to approve legislation annexing the Lockheed-Georgia Company, Dobbins Air Force Base and the Naval Air Station into Marietta. Welsch said the move, which would increase city tax revenues by more than $185,000 a year, was cleared by the U.S. Department of Defense, Lockheed officials and Cobb County government leaders.
Welsch was also reported in the Thursday, Sept. 12, 1963 paper as having announced that he would not seek re-election. Citing the fact that the citizens of Marietta had elected him on five different occasions and that he held office 12 of the last 16 years, Welsch said, “The time has come for someone else to be elected mayor.”
Also that day, the Cobb County Board of Education adopted a firm four-point policy for determining if individual married students would be permitted to attend schools within the system. The action was taken after Superintendent Jasper Griffin told the Cobb board that the system was in danger of “becoming a dumping ground” for married students excluded by other systems.
20 years ago …
In the Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that Marietta officials were investigating claims of a “large mountain lion” in Wildwood Park, adjacent to Life Chiropractic College at Barclay Circle and South Cobb Drive. An unidentified woman claimed she was chased by a large wildcat while visiting the park. Marietta Police checked several trails, but could not find the animal. However, they did “observe several large paw prints in the moist soil.”
Also that day, U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich was reported as saying that he did not plan to back down from his commitment to teach an ideological course at Kennesaw State College in the fall, despite concerns of university system directors over alleged connections between fund-raising efforts for the course and a Republican PAC the congressman chaired. Later in the week, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1993, it was reported that Gingrich’s special topics course – Renewing American Civilization – was back on track. KSC President Dr. Betty Siegel said in a prepared statement that the controversy would not halt the project, which was scheduled to begin Sept. 18, 1993.
Actress and Smyrna native Julia Roberts was reported in the Friday, Sept. 10, 1993 paper as being on the cover of the 10th anniversary special issue of “Vanity Fair.” Roberts said in the magazine that her new husband, country singer Lyle Lovett, reminded her of her one-time fantasy man, Abraham Lincoln.
In the Saturday, Sept. 11, 1993 paper, it was reported that a citizens’ committee recommended that the controversial East-West Connector be constructed along the original 4.9-mile route with a northern bypass around the Concord Covered Bridge area. The group stunned many in the audience at the South Cobb Government Center with a recommendation that access be prohibited between Hicks and Fontaine roads, a three-mile stretch of the route. The surprise suggestion was expected to redefine the road as a limited-access freeway and quiet widespread criticism that the route was intended to be little more than a developmental highway.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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