This week’s Time Capsule looks at Georgia Products Day, buying a plane with trading stamps and developments in the Fred Tokars case.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Nov. 14, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that from scores of cities throughout the state reports were coming into the headquarters of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce that the celebration of Georgia Products Day, on Nov. 18, 1913 in Marietta, would be great advertising for the State of Georgia’s resources. Georgia Products Day, endorsed by Gov. John M. Slaton with a proclamation, had become known in every section of the state and almost every progressive town. Throughout the state, nearly 40 organized commercial bodies were working on the event.
Also that week was a story stating that the Marietta Boy Scouts football team won 18 to zero over the Atlanta Boy Scouts team the week before.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, Nov. 8, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal, there was a front page story about Cobb legislators agreeing that they would oppose increasing the state sales tax to four percent. The delegation said it would not favor any tax increase unless mandatory local support to education was made statewide. Legislators also said they would favor a teacher merit pay program.
John LeCroy, Cobb Clerk of Court and member of the advisory board since 1939, announced in the Sunday, Nov. 10, 1963 paper his opposition to the proposed three-man commission drawn up in a bill passed by the 1963 General Assembly that county voters were to vote upon in January 1964. The bill, if approved, would abolish the advisory board which was composed of the commission of roads and revenue, clerk of court and ordinary.
Presbyterian women in Marietta were reported in the Monday, Nov. 11, 1963 paper as taking part in an unusual fund raising drive – collecting trading stamps to buy an airplane. The plane, which cost 5,580,000 stamps, would be used by Dr. James Boyce, a medical missionary in Mexico.
In the Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1963 paper, it was reported that the partially-burned body of a 46-year-old Marietta man was found on the dirt floor in the basement of the old Coca-Cola bottling company plant on Husk Street. At the scene were several hair tonic bottles along with evidence of a fire on an old quilt and parts of card board boxes.
A $2,250,000 bond issue to finance the proposed Cobb County Junior college was reported in the Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1963 paper. The proposal, adopted the day before, called for the Cobb County Board of Education and the City of Marietta to hold referendums on the same day to approve the bonds. A one-half mill tax increase would be required to finance the bond.
20 years ago …
A planned move of the 116th Tactical Fighter Wing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base to Robins Air Force Base near Macon was reported in the Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1993 MDJ as having been put off for at least a year. An amendment by U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden, D-Marietta, forbidding the use of any funds to relocate the Air National Guard wing was included in the final version of the 1994 fiscal defense appropriations bill passed by Congress the day before.
Fred Tokars, a former tax attorney and part-time Atlanta traffic judge, was reported in the Friday, Nov. 12, 1993 paper as being expected to ask Cobb County to pay the legal bill for his death-penalty trial. Jerry Froelich, the lawyer who Tokars paid to represent him on money-laundering charges in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, said that he had not been paid in the Cobb case where his client was facing murder, armed robbery and kidnapping in the November 1993 shotgun slaying of his wife, Sara. Cobb District Attorney Tom Charron scoffed at Froelich’s suggestion that Tokars be declared indigent and told Cobb Superior Court Judge Watson White that he wanted a hearing before a ruling was made.
In the Saturday, Nov. 13, 1993 paper, it was reported that federal officials filed documents saying that Cobb County might have illegally taken evidence from the Tokars home the night his wife, was killed, but Charron said that it would have no effect on his prosecution of Tokars. Federal prosecutor Buddy Parker said he agreed with Froelich that the only evidence Cobb could use in court is evidence found during an initial search of the east Cobb home.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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