This week’s Time Capsule looks at cotton, integration, a plane crash, a Ten Commandments lawsuit and the fate of Newt Gingrich’s conservative college course.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Oct. 17, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, it was reported that at an average of 13 cents a pound, with $8 to $10 a bale for cotton seed, Cobb County farmers were expecting about $75 per bale. With about 22,000 bales of cotton within the county, the price of local crop was expected to be $1,650,000. Marietta was also declared in the story as being the best cotton market in the state with buyers paying the highest price the market could afford.
50 years ago …
A delegation of white citizens were reported in the Friday, Oct. 11, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as having called on the Marietta Board of Education to resist integration with every possible legal means. The group identifying themselves as Citizens for Better Government Inc. presented petitions opposing integration signed by an estimated 1,000 Cobb citizens.
Another story that day reported that 52 of the 100 new low-rent public housing units for blacks in the Louisville Urban Renewal project had been filled and the remaining 48 were ready for occupation. The $1,187,000 project was designed to provide suitable housing for low-income families.
In the Sunday, Oct. 13, 1963 paper, it was reported that Marietta City Council had voted to settle a condemnation suit out of court so that work could begin turning Roswell Street into four lanes east of the Four-Lane Highway (U.S. Hwy. 41). The action was expected to cost the city $700 for purchase of the right of way and another $208 for removal of two utility poles located on the land.
Two Georgia men, one from Smyrna, were reported in the Monday, Oct. 14, 1963 paper as being injured after their light plane crashed through power lines and bounced into the side of a farmhouse near Town Creek, Ala. at 3:55 a.m. that day.
The first Marietta-built long-range C-130E global airlifter to join a Navy Squadron of Military Air Transport Service (MATS) was reported in the Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1963 paper. A total of 22 of the 77½-ton Lockheed Georgia transports were to be assigned to the Naval Air Transport Wing, Pacific.
Another story that day reported that burglars backed a small truck up to an unoccupied home in Smyrna and emptied out all of its furnishings. The items taken included a double oven, a surface unit and hood set, a dishwasher, a combination refrigerator and freezer unit, rugs and draperies, wall light fixtures, a fire place set and even the bathroom scales.
In the Thursday, Oct. 17, 1963 paper, it was reported that Scripto Inc., manufacturer of ballpoint pens, pencils and cigarette lighters, was moving from Atlanta to Cobb County as soon as its “dream plant” was completed. Cobb native James V. Carmichael, president of Scripto, made the announcement at the first annual Red Carpet Dinner of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and said Scripto would build a six-acre, one-story plant on 27 acres of land at Church Road and old U.S. 41.
Also that day it was reported that a pre-dawn blaze gutted the interior and extensively damaged the roof of the Big Shanty Restaurant on the North Four Lane in Kennesaw.
20 years ago …
In the Monday, Oct. 11, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that the Anti-Defamation League of B’nal B’rith had added ammunition to the federal court battle over whether a Ten Commandments plaque should be removed from the Cobb State Court building by filing arguments in favor of the removal. Cobb was fighting to keep the document on the lobby wall of the State Court’s first floor.
As U.S. troops were set to arrive in Haiti to help restore democracy, U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Perry, was quoted in the Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1993 paper as saying that the United States must “avoid being spread too thin throughout the world.” Sen. Nunn, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also said at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s First Monday Breakfast that the collapse of communism and an end to the Cold War had contributed to the resurfacing of “repressed ethnic and religious warfare” and a variety of other conflicts around the world.
Also that day, Vinings-based Home Depot confirmed that it was looking for a site to build a corporate headquarters in the metro Atlanta area, but said its search had nothing to do with the Cobb County Commission’s anti-gay resolution.
In the Thursday, Oct. 14, 1993 paper, it was reported that the conservative “Renewing American Society” course at Kennesaw State College taught by U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, might be shut down after its maiden run. The Georgia Board of Regents unanimously adopted a policy that prohibited elected officials from teaching at state colleges and universities.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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