This week Time Capsule looks at a train and buggy accident, the opening of Rich’s, nuclear weapons hitting Dobbins and Cobb commissioners adopting its anti-gay resolution.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Aug. 15, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about the robbery of the safe at the offices of the Wilkie-Butler Drug Co. The robbery happened after closing when burglars entered the store through the ice chute at the rear of the building. The $360 theft was determined to have been done by an expert since the combination lock was used to open the safe. It was also determined that the burglars removed the hinges of the safe in order to give the impression that an amateur had done the job.
Another front page story in that edition reported that a local 65-year-old man had died at a nearby sanitarium from injuries received when a northbound passenger train struck the buggy that he and another man were riding in. The pair, returning from a veteran’s reunion in Kennesaw, were struck at the Dobbs crossing just beyond Kennesaw Mountain. Both of the buggy’s horses were killed and dragged some distance. The surviving buggy rider suffered a broken arm below the elbow and severe bruises. Upon arrival at the sanitarium, the other man had such a badly broken arm that it required immediate amputation. It was also reported that his hip was “crushed to a pulp.”
50 years ago …
Shoppers were reported in the Sunday, Aug. 11, 1963 paper as being able to have their first look at the new Cobb County Center as Rich’s, one of 22 tenants in the 43-acre development, opened its doors. Rich’s was the largest department store in Cobb at the time. The Cobb County Center, located at South Cobb Drive at Pat Mell Road, was developed by Food Fair Properties and was expected to serve a market of 230,000 people. Features included a 4,000-space parking lot, a T-shaped mall with a Japanese Contemplation Garden and a 250-seat indoor auditorium.
In the Monday, Aug. 12, 1963 paper, it was reported that the Marietta City Council authorized condemnation proceedings to clear the way for the widening of Roswell Street east of the Four Lane Highway (U.S. Highway 41). With the State Highway Department facing a legal advertising deadline for contract letting the council voted in emergency session to condemn a five-foot easement in front of the East Marietta Shopping Center.
Lockheed-Georgia Company announced plans in the Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1963 paper to construct a $3 million multi-building research center on a 45-acre tract of land adjacent to its main plant in Marietta. President W. A. Pulver said grading work would begin about mid-October and construction of the first buildings in the initial group of research facilities would begin before Jan. 1, 1964. Pulver also said that those buildings would be occupied near the middle of 1964 and that the center would be completed by 1965.
On the front page of the Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1963 paper, the Marietta Daily Journal announced its first full processed color work in a two page advertisement for Rich’s on pages 4C and 5C of that paper. Spot color ads had appeared in the paper for years, but the Rich’s ad was the first four color work printed on the newspaper’s press.
“Nuclear weapons hit Dobbins” was the headline in the Thursday, Aug. 15, 1963 paper. Operation Swift Strike III, a massive war game played by the military pitted Blue forces against Red forces, was expected to close at the end of the week. During the games, the Blue’s air force had dropped make-believe nuclear weapons on the Red base of North Field and Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, crippling a large number of Red aircraft. It was the first time nuclear weapons had been used against airfields.
Also that day, it was reported that a 17½ foot tall granite monument would be dedicated in the memory of Georgia Confederate soldiers who died at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Financed by funds allocated by Gov. Carl Sanders, the $8,500 monument was the first to be located at the National Battlefield Park in honor of Georgians who lost their lives there.
20 years ago …
In the Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that Cobb commissioners adopted two “community-value” resolutions – one condemning gay lifestyles and another toned-down version that endorsed traditional family values, but did not criticize homosexuality. During the marathon session, Christian activists rallied, ministers and laymen quoted scripture, lesbians and gay men expressed joy in their lifestyles, and arts and free speech advocates warned of impending lawsuits against the county government. No public comment was permitted as the board adopted the resolutions. However, 36 people, mostly in support, spoke on the proposed change to a companion issue that would be voted upon on Aug. 24 – an amendment to Cobb’s arts ordinance that would restrict public funding of arts programs to only those that supported community, family-oriented values.
Swelled by members of Roswell Street Baptist Church and Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, the overflow crowd of about 150 people assembled in Glover Park to witness the proceedings on televisions placed upon the park stage. Wearing yellow badges urging others to “Support Community Standards,” the crowd applauded the commission’s vote.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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