This week’s Time Capsule looks at a buggy accident, integration, a visit from Robert F. Kennedy and the C-17.
100 years ago …
In Friday, May 29, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about Mrs. J.T. Corley’s near death in a horse and buggy accident. Mrs. Corley was reported as driving a surrey – a popular American door-less, four-wheeled carriage of the late 19th and early 20th century – to Marietta on Powder Springs Road when the horse ran away and jumped over a bridge. Oscar Holtzclaw, who lived near the bridge, was the first to reach Mrs. Corley along with James T. Anderson, who was passing by in his car. The woman suffered a gash on her head, a broken left ankle, a sprained right ankle, a broken left wrist and an injured left hip.
A second story that week reported that a legal advertisement had been placed in the paper by Marietta business men seeking a charter for the Retail Creditman’s Association. The purpose of the Association was to collection information “on every party in Marietta and in Cobb County as far as possible as to their habits of meeting bills and whether or not they are prompt, medium or slow pay.” The information was to be kept in a secretary’s office furnished to the merchants and used by them as a basis of extending credit.
50 years ago …
Commissioner Herbert McCollum was quoted as saying reported in the Sunday, May 24, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal Cobb voters would be asked later in the year to approve a $5,636,000 road bond issue to begin soon after the new administration took over in January. McCollum disclosed his plan in a report to the Streets and Highways Committee of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. He said that he would call candidates together as soon as the multiple commissioner issue was settled to seek agreement on the program.
In the Monday, May 25, 1964 paper it was reported that the U.S. Supreme Court sent back to Federal District Judge Frank Hooper in Atlanta for more hearings on black complaints that the Atlanta stair step school integration plan was too slow to be called “with deliberate speed.” Hooper had upheld the Atlanta grade-a-year plan several times as it had come under attack from black plaintiffs.
In a brief unsigned opinion read by Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Supreme Court held – “In light of the developments at and since the argument in the Atlanta school desegregation suit we deem it appropriate that the nature and effect of the board’s resolution of April 8, 1964 be appraised by the district court in a proper evidentiary hearing.” The resolution referred to by the high court was one adopted by the Atlanta School Board in what it reduced to only three points the procedure on which transfer of black students to white schools would be based.
Burglars were reported in the Tuesday, May 26, 1964 paper as having beat open a safe with a sledge hammer at the Rio Vista Restaurant and escaped with over $2,300 cash and a large amount of securities.
Another story that day reported that a 37-year-old Austell man, an escapee from the Milledgeville State Hospital, was being held in the county jail “awaiting the issue of a warrant charging him with rape of a 23-year-old woman patient at the hospital.”
In the Wednesday, May 27, 1964 paper that Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy on a stop in Cobb County laid a wreath at a magnolia tree dedicated to his brother, the late President John F. Kennedy, at Dobbins Air Force Base. Gen. George H. Wilson, commander of Dobbins, clipped the tree’s solitary bloom and gave it to Kennedy to take to President Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline Kennedy. Robert Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, flew to Dobbins in a Lockheed-Georgia built JetStar. They then proceeded to Carrollton where Kennedy dedicated an inter-faith chapel to his brother at West Georgia College.
20 years ago …
Cobb’s resolution critical of gay lifestyles was reported in the Tuesday, May 24, 1994 MDJ as receiving overwhelming backing from county commissioners around the state in an anonymous survey, but few had acted to push the resolution in their own communities. A Kennesaw State College study conducted during January and February 1994, when protests by gay rights activists were at a lull, found a large percentage of Georgia’s commissioners said they personally agreed with the Cobb commission’s resolution. Another large percentage said that they would support a similar measure in their own county. But out of all of Georgia’s counties, only Wayne County in southeast Georgia had adopted a similar resolution.
In the Wednesday, May 25, 1994 paper it was reported that the C-17, an airlifter designated to replace the Cobb-based Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co.’s C-141 and eventually the C-5, was kept alive in the House and got an unexpected boost from Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb. In a crucial decision, the House voted to restore $1 billion in funding to the troubled McDonnell Douglas plant, boosting production from four to six aircraft in fiscal 1996. It was also a victory for the Clinton administration, which had initially proposed funding six C-17s. However, the House Armed Services Committee had slashed production to four and had designated the savings – about $1 billion – to be placed in a special “airlift fund,” created to buy off-the-shelf aircraft – such as Lockheed’s C-5B.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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