This week’s Time Capsule looks at property condemnation, vandalism, a propane gas leak, the 1996 Olympics and the F-22.
100 years ago …
In the Friday, June 20, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, it was reported on the front page that “great excitement prevailed” at New Home Baptist Church in Cherokee County where the 15-year-old daughter of the pastor “administered a thrashing” with a large hickory switch to a 19-year-old man before a large crowd in front of the church. The incident happened after the pastor’s daughter learned that the other teen had been talking about her character and arrived at Sunday School with a six- to seven-foot-long switch.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, June 14, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal, it was reported that the Marietta School Board had been ordered to halt its condemnation of a 3.5-acre tract in the northeastern part of the city for constructing a new football stadium at the all-black Lemon Street High School. Cobb Superior Court Judge James Manning issued the temporary order and instructed the school board to appear at a hearing on July 3 to determine why they should not be permanently enjoined from proceeding with the stadium. Property owners adjacent to the proposed football stadium site had attacked the school board’s action and charged that the board lacked the power to condemn property.
Another story that day reported that Cobb County schools stood to lose some $900,000 a year in federal impact aid if a federal law was allowed to expire at the end of the month. Cobb Schools Superintendent Jasper Griffin reported to his Board of Education that the potentially lost funding amounted to about 12-percent of the county schools’ overall budget of $8.8 million for the 1963-64 school year.
In the Sunday, June 16, 1963 paper it was reported that 30 tombstones were overturned and damaged at the Mountain View Cemetery in Marietta in an act of vandalism.
Over 1,000 people were reported in the Monday, June 17, 1963 paper as having to be evacuated from the heavily populated Fair Oaks section of the county after a leak was discovered in a propane gas truck parked at a gasoline station on Old Highway 41 and Clay Road. Firefighters worked for over an hour and a half trying to stop the leak, but were unable to do so until the owner was located and he turned off an emergency valve on the truck.
20 years ago …
In the Tuesday, June 15, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that Cobb police charged a 19-year-old east Cobb man and an alleged accomplice with the brutal stabbing deaths of his parents and 14-year-old sister earlier that day. Cobb medical examiner Dr. Joseph Burton said that all three victims had been stabbed “numerous, numerous times.”
The defeat of a $12.8 million parks and recreation bond issue was reported in the Wednesday, June 16, 1993 paper as eliminating the keystone of Cobb County’s bid to host a women’s softball event at the 1996 Olympics. With the defeat of the bond, the county was not able to go forward with recreation improvement plans that included the construction of a fast-pitch softball stadium at Lost Mountain Park in west Cobb.
Cobb firefighters were reported in the Thursday, June 17, 1993 paper as having battled for an hour to put out an oil fire in the electric generating plant that was activated in south Cobb earlier that week to supplement power because of high demands for electricity caused by a heat wave. Georgia Power said the oil fire started in Unit 1 of the four-unit Plant Atkinson and the likely cause was overheating of oil as it ran through the unit.
In the Friday, June 18, 1993 paper it was reported that a Pentagon review committee had recommended building the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter to be assembled at Cobb-based Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. It also recommended building enlarged versions of the McDonnell Douglas FA-18 fighter-bomber and killing the futuristic AF-X attack plane and Multi-Role Fighter.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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