MDJ Time Capsule by Damon_Poirier
This week’s Time Capsule looks at WWI, a bear, a gas leak, Lockheed, rapid transit, the Braves, a gold mine and the F-22.
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The Week of Aug. 21
by Damon_Poirier
August 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 739 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at integration, Civil Rights, Lake Allatoona pollution and the Wonderbra.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Aug. 21, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page was taken up by an advertisement for Henry A. Ward & Co. of Marietta’s August Clean Up Sale. Some of the bargains were Turkish Bath Towels for nine cents, shoe polish for eight cents, talcum powder for seven cents, pearl buttons for five cents, writing tablets for three cents and Basting Spool Thread for two cents.

The second page of that edition showed all of the primary election returns which included a sweeping victory for Sen. Hoke Smith who was believed to have carried 135 counties and possibly had a majority of 160 votes in the convention. Gov. Joseph M. Brown, who was the 59th Governor of Georgia and the son of Georgia’s Civil War Governor Joseph E. Brown, was believed to have carried 15 counties, but lost both Cobb and Cherokee counties. It was speculated that Gov. Brown lost Cobb by over 700 votes and Cherokee by 200.

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, Aug. 16, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that Marietta School Superintendent Henry Kemp announced that the city’s Board of Education had approved applications from the parents of two black girls for transfer to Marietta High School in September. Kemp, speaking for the board, said that both of the girls – the first blacks to ever apply for admission to the all-white school – would be in the 10th grade. Previously, the two girls had attended the Lemon Street High School.

Another story that day reported that Commissioner Herbert McCollum’s handling of the county government and Atlanta’s reported plans to annex portions of Cobb were the prime targets in a mammoth Mableton political rally two nights earlier. McCollum, who was not present, drew repeated shots as the 1,000-member crowd heard speeches from the five candidates for the chairmanship of the newly-approved multiple commission.

Russell McCall, the 13-year-old son of the Acworth mayor, was reported in the Monday, Aug. 17, 1964 paper as having rescued a three-year-old boy who tumbled into a Houston County motel swimming pool and was struggling in the water. McCall was reported as having dove in, pulled the child out and administered CPR until police arrived. The McCalls were returning from a vacation in Florida and were spending the night in Perry at the time of the incident.

A second story in that paper reported that the long spell of wet weather in Cobb County had left many roads sloppy and slick with mud. The most serious mud problems were reported in East Marietta where roads had been dug up for sewer installations. Virginia Place and Meadowbrook Drive were listed as the hardest hit.

In the Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1964 paper it was reported that the Canton Theater on Main Street in racially-disturbed Canton, which was mentioned in last week’s column (http://ow.ly/AASI5) had been closed for an indefinite length of time following violent reaction to desegregation in the theater. FBI agents and local law officers remained on the alert in Cherokee County amid talk that bands of Ku Klux Klansmen were riding the roads.

Journal Publisher Brooks P. Smith was reported in Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1964 paper that in a move to keep pace with the paper’s continuing increase in circulation, that there would now be two editions each day. First off the press at 12:30 p.m. each day would be the new Metro Edition and the final or City Edition would roll at 3 p.m.

Two Marietta black men were reported in the Friday, Aug. 21, 1964 paper as having told the Journal they were cursed and ordered out of a Dunkin Donuts on Roswell Road by the manager after having already been served by a waitress. The men said they planned to file a complaint with the Justice Department. The manager of the establishment denied that he cursed at the men, but did admit he asked them to leave until he could ascertain the company policy on the matter. The company, headquartered in Quincy, Mass., directed the manager to comply with the new Civil Rights Law.

20 years ago …

In the Thursday, Aug. 18, 1994 paper it was reported that U.S. Reps. Newt Gingrich and George “Buddy” Darden had raised the white flag in their 15-month battle to keep the 116th Fighter Wing at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. In a joint announcement, the two congressmen representing Cobb said they would no longer oppose the relocation of the unit to Robins Air Force Base near Macon.

Also that day, it was reported that heavy residential and commercial development had been an economic blessing for Cobb and Cherokee counties, but that it could contribute to Lake Allatoona’s downfall in the next decade if the pollution wasn’t halted. The prediction was made during a meeting at Kennesaw State College of the 60-member Lake Allatoona Clean Lakes Task Force, which heard preliminary results of a four-year water-quality study that began in 1992. The 12,000-acre lake, which provided the Cobb Water System with 35-40 million gallons of drinking water per day, had an uncomfortable level of phosphorus, according to the study done by KSC’s A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and funded by federal, state and county grants.

The Wonderbra, the “figure-enhancing” brassiere made by a subsidiary of the Sara Lee Corp., was reported in the Friday, Aug. 19, 1994 paper as having made its debut in Cobb at the Upton Department Store on Roswell Road and stores across the metro area. The Uptons on Roswell had an initial stock of 500 to 600 of the Wonderbras, which were popular in Europe and New York over the summer, but as of 4 p.m. with five hours of sales time left they had reportedly sold 250 to 300 of the undergarments.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of Aug. 14
by Damon_Poirier
August 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 571 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at the death of a President’s wife, integration and a restaurant fire.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Aug. 14, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about the death and burial of Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, the first wife of President Thomas Woodrow Wilson who was then the 28th President of the United States, in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome.

A special train brought Mrs. Wilson’s casket from Washington with President Wilson beside it in almost constant vigil. With the President was his daughters and family members, Secretary William Gibbs McAdoo Jr. of Marietta and other dignitaries. As the train passed along the bell on the engine was rung constantly and at every large city there were “exquisite tributes of flowers” added to a car carrying those brought from Washington. Most of the flowers from tributes in Washington were sent to area hospitals.

The city of Rome was draped with “black and white crepe and white flowers" and green foliage was used "instead of the gay tri-colored bunting planned to beautify the city on home-coming week when Rome expected to entertain Mrs. Wilson as its guest of honor.” Thousands of people, many in automobiles, were in Rome to catch glimpses of the President, his daughters and companions.

50 years ago …

Cobb County residents were being asked in the Sunday, Aug. 9, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal to break open their piggy banks to relieve a shortage of coins in stores and banks. Grocery stores throughout the county had posted signs at checkout counters urging customers to supply the correct change with their purchases. One Marietta bank had even hung a sign reading “Pennies Wanted” at both of its offices.

Damage suits totaling $400,000 were reported filed with Cobb Superior Court in the Monday, Aug. 10, 1964 paper against two wrestlers and two other parties. Wrestling stars Joe Scarpa and Elmer “Sputnik” Monroe, promoter Elmo Chappell and the ABC Corporation were named in the suits which charged them with responsibility for the “abortive birth” allegedly suffered by a Cobb County woman, who was injured at Larry Bell Auditorium on May 30.

Also that day, it was reported that professional burglars used nitro glycerin to blow open the safe at the Marietta Lumber Co. on Atlanta Road over the weekend and had made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Jasper M. Griffin, the superintendent of Cobb County Schools, was reported in the Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1964 paper as “seriously thinking of giving up” his life membership in the National Education Association because of what he described as the organization’s “ineptitude and inefficiency and the rudeness shown toward Southern members” at the July NEA national convention in Seattle. Griffin charged that Mrs. Thelma Davis Griffin, national president of the Department of Classroom Teachers, was “treated with extreme disrespect simply because of where she came from.” He also pointed out that 25 percent of the NEA membership was Southern.

A shotgun blast was reported in the Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1964 paper as having been fired into a car carrying two young white men as they rode through a black neighborhood in Canton the night before. One of the youths suffered minor injuries while his 16-year-old companion was in danger of losing the sight in one eye, according to doctors.

A mob numbering in the hundreds, earlier that night, had been broken up in downtown Canton after they had gathered in defiance of a new police-imposed 8 p.m. curfew. Five white teens were arrested for violating the curfew after a crowd had collected as a result of the desegregation of the theater in the center of town by a group of blacks. The integration group was bombarded with eggs and tomatoes by the crowd, one of their cars was overturned and the other was damaged by rocks and bottles as they fled.

The following day, Thursday, Aug. 13, 1964, the paper reported that state patrolmen and city police dispersed a milling crowd of white people for the third consecutive night following the desegregation of the theater. The FBI confirmed that it was investigating the racial trouble to determine if there was any violation of the Civil Rights Act.

In the Friday, Aug. 14, 1964 paper it was reported that vandals attacked and destroyed a new stone fountain in the center of Glover Park. The fountain, which was made of heavy stone and topped with a figurine, was pushed over and “completely destroyed.”

A second story that day reported that a bridge on Highway 5 over Sweetwater Creek, four miles west of Powder Springs, was found to be “not safe for any vehicle” by a five-man committee of the Cobb Grand Jury. In its presentments, the Grand Jury described the bridge as displaying a sign giving a load limit of 4,000 pounds but that it was “used daily for school buses in excess of 4,000 pounds.”

20 years ago …

Commuters travelling between west Cobb and Marietta, who were crawling along Whitlock Avenue, were reported in the Thursday, Aug. 11, 1994 paper as having the option to move at a brisker pace in a few weeks when a series of “run-around” lanes were completed at five intersections near the Marietta Square. However, the city hit a roadblock in its plan to extend the right-hand turn lane on Whitlock Avenue at the Loop. Late in July, the city appealed a court ruling which denied its petition to condemn frontage on two historic properties to make room for the turn lane.

In the Friday, Aug. 12, 1994 paper, it was reported as the lights went out on Major League Baseball because of the players’ strike, a little of the shine was off the game for some of Cobb’s aspiring stars. Members of the East Cobb Braves, who captured their second consecutive Dizzy Dean World Series title in July, said the strike was pointless and the only ones who would suffer were the fans. Owners had insisted on a salary cap and union negotiators said they would not accept one.

A door on a barbecue cooker left open by an employee at Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q was reported in the Saturday, Aug. 13, 1994 paper as having started a small fire that turned into a blaze that caused $100,000 in damage. The fire at the restaurant started about 3:45 p.m. and ripped through the roof at the rear of the then-20-year-old building with a column of thick, black smoke that could be seen a half-mile away as firefighters fought to keep the flames from the propane tanks that feed the cookers. No one was injured in the fire.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Week of August 7
by Damon_Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at WWI, moonshine, Kennestone Hospital and a sniper.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Aug. 7, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page article with the headline of “WAR!!” The story began with how “almost the whole of Europe has become involved in war following the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, of Austria, while on a visit to Serbia several weeks ago.”

Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination in Sarajevo, Serbia precipitated Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against Serbia, which caused the Central Powers – which were Germany and Austria-Hungary, and the World War I Allies to declare war on each other and started World War I.

At the time of the article, German troops had invaded France and Belgium. The invasion of Belgium, which was neutral, drew England into the fight alongside Russia and France. Both naval and land battles were being reported from various sources, but at the time, the only authentic report of any battle on the sea was from Algiers and stated the destruction of the German cruiser Panther and the capture of the German cruisers Goeben and Breslan.

Another front page story that week reported that Gov. John M. Slaton spoke to the voters of Cobb County at the courthouse after being introduced by Lindley W. Camp. Gov. Slaton spoke on the Tax Equalization law and not once in the speech did he refer to either of his opponents or his race for the U.S. Senate.

It was also reported on the front page of that edition that a six-year-old girl was struck and killed by an automobile after she ran out from behind a wagon near the sanitarium in Smyrna.

50 years ago …

An auto accident in the driving rain was reported in the Sunday, Aug. 2, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as yielding 154 gallons of moonshine to the Marietta Police. Officers stopped a car for a traffic light at Clay Street and the Four Lane, now known as Highway 41, and promptly was rammed from the rear by another car. The impact sent the trunk lid flying up to reveal the whiskey in half-gallon jars. The whiskey car sped from the scene was found abandoned at a nearby drive-in restaurant.

A $400,000 building to house the Georgia Air National Guard’s 129th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron was reported in the Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1964 paper as being planned for 15 acres of land near the county-owned McCollum Airport. The Advisory Board approved giving the land to the Guard at its last meeting. The Guard expected to have 21 full-time employees with a yearly payroll of nearly $250,000 at the site and have the unit train 125 reservists.

Another story that day reported that all streets torn up for installation of the new sanitary sewer system in the East Marietta-Red Oak Park area would be ready for repaving by Aug. 20. M.C. Bishop of the B&B Construction Company said his firm was 90- to 95-percent complete with the pipe-laying project.

A new 52-bed diagnostic and convalescent wing was reported in the Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1964 paper as being added to Kennestone Hospital in an emergency building program to relieve overcrowding. The Marietta Hospital Authority, in announcing the expansion, said it hoped to begin construction in October. When Kennestone’s 100-bed South Wing was opened in 1959, the hospital operated at a capacity of 74 percent. Since that time, the number of patients needing bed space had gone up with the county’s increasing population and the May-June 1964 statistics showed that hospital beds were filled to a 96 percent capacity.

The following day, Aug. 6, 1964, the paper reported that the Lockheed-Georgia Company and the First National Bank of Marietta had pledged $80,000 toward erection of the new addition at Kennestone. Lockheed would donate $75,000, said Lockheed President Dick Pulver. William Beasley, president of the bank, revealed the financial institution would give $5,000.

Another story that day reported the National Urban League, an interracial integrationist organization, asked President Johnson to end racial discrimination in federally assisted public housing in Marietta and 10 other Georgia cities. Whitney M. Young Jr., Urban League executive director, submitted a report to the White House contending the disbursement of government money to these projects were of “doubtful legality” under Title VI of the new Civil Rights Act. The League contended that Marietta operated six totally segregated housing projects – three black and three white.

20 years ago …

In the Saturday, Aug. 6, 1994 paper, it was reported that Marietta Police received a tip that a sniper may try to pick off gays and lesbians attending an upcoming rally on the Marietta Square. Police were given copies of the Internet messages that included – “Are there any nice hills nearby with a clear shot at the demonstrators?” The message went on to say that the “cute little pink triangles [featured on t-shirts worn by gay and lesbian protestors] make such good targets.” Marietta Police Chief Ralph Carter said his department was not investigating the messages because “we don’t’ even know if it’s authentic.” But, he said his department was seeking help from Cobb Police and the messages were also sent to the FBI.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

 

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The Fair Oaks 1964 Jet Crash
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August 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 1026 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Fifty years ago, last week, the Marietta Daily Journal reported on a terrible tragedy suffered by the Fair Oaks Community when a Navy Fury jet fighter on approach to Naval Air Station Atlanta at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta crashed into a residential home and killed two occupants.

The Fair Oaks community, which was named for its many mature native oak trees, was located just outside the city limits of Smyrna and Marietta.

Investigators said that the Navy jet seemed to have dropped straight down from the sky atop the white frame home on Austell Road, which was right under the runway approach, shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 1964.

Sisters L.V. Cassidy, 61, and Ostella Cassidy, 58, and Marine Reserve pilot, Lt. Joseph Martin Walker, 25, died in the crash.

The Fair Oaks tragedy was the first fatality for the Marine Air Reserve in Atlanta since the Naval Air Reserve moved to Marietta three years earlier and from the time the Chamblee base was established in 1946.

According to neighbors, there was no engine noise as the jet approached. It was said that it seemed to be making a normal approach, then tilted a wing, dropped from the sky and crashed through the home, which was immediately engulfed in flames.

Idell Pickens, 58, had been visiting the Cassidy sisters and was walking to her car in the driveway when the crash occurred. She was found in the back yard, screaming for help and suffering from burns. She was taken to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment.

The Cassidy sisters’ minister, Rev. L. Howard Gordon of Crestview Baptist Church, was reported as having just left the home three minutes before crash occurred. He had been visiting L.V. Cassidy, who had suffered a heart attack two years earlier.

W.W. Allen, a third sister – who had been keeping up the house and nursing her sister, L.V., was at the grocery store at the time of the crash. Allen had planned to bake a cake for her two sisters and went out to pick up a lemon cake mix. She was at a grocery store on Powder Springs Road when she heard the sirens and had a premonition that something was wrong.

Allen said that she and her sisters had been used to seeing planes flying over the home every few minutes.

“They flew so low they sucked up the curtains in the living and caused the leaves to quiver,” Allen was quoted as saying.

It took Allen an hour to drive the mile home from the store due to the traffic jam caused by curiosity-seekers trying to see where the plane had crashed. Recounting her ordeal, she said that the streets were jammed with cars, Austell Road was blocked off and that a policeman tried to stop her when she got close.

Eventually, Allen got within sight of her home and saw the flames that had engulfed her house.

Later in the day, among the roped off “charred, acrid-smelling ruins,” four Navy guards were placed on duty to guard the site even though fragments of the jet had been removed.

MDJ Reporter Ruth Schuster reported the following observations –

“A back portion of the home, where the kitchen and bathroom had once been still remains standing.

“A refrigerator, black with burns, lies on its side, the door knocked off. About 30 feet away are two ice-cube trays. The oven lies near the refrigerator. A tea kettle, still shiny, lies nearby. Only a kitchen sink and a water heater remain upright.

“Where the bedrooms were, one can see burned blankets and quilts. A blackened bedspring lies nearby. Ashes of papers and pictures are all over. A green and white box used by a Cobb Center department store at Christmas time, lies by itself among the ruins, apparently unharmed.”

Following the crash, Admiral David L. McDonald, the Chief of Naval Operations, issued a statement to Capt. J.N. Durio, the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Atlanta, which read –

“Please pass to the mayor and officials of Marietta, Georgia, together with the members of the Navy League Chapter, my deepest personal regrets over the tragedy of this afternoon, which resulted in the loss of life to local residents. They may rest assured of the Navy’s wholehearted assistance as may be necessary.”

Later that evening, Capt. Durio issued his own statement, which read –

“On behalf of the officers and men of the Naval Air Station Atlanta. I wish to express my wholehearted sympathy and personal regrets to all who were involved in the day’s tragic crash. The Navy/Marine Corps team strives constantly to operate our aircraft with the maximum degree of safety and consideration for the civilian community at all times. Please be advised that an immediate and thorough investigation will be conducted and all claims for damage will be handled as expediently as possible. The timely assistance of local law enforcement agencies and fire departments at the crash scene were greatly appreciated. Again, I join the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. David L. McDonald, in expressing the deepest sympathies of the U.S. Navy in your community’s loss.”

In the Monday, July 27, 1964 paper, Cobb Commission Chairman candidate Ernest Barrett was reported as having called on the federal government to buy homes and property in the Fair Oaks area in a move to prevent a repeat of the disaster. Barrett, who operated a laundry in Fair Oaks, said he would call Sen. Herman Talmadge and Rep. John Davis to urge the initiation of the plan. Barrett’s plan involved the government buying all property in the landing pattern between South Cobb Drive and Old Highway 41.

The following day, Tuesday, July 28, 1964, it was reported that Rep. John Davis called on the Air Force to investigate immediately the feasibility of taking steps at Dobbins Air Force Base to prevent future accidents. In a telegram to Air Force Secretary Eugene Zuckert, Rep. Davis asked if the property at runway approaches couldn’t be bought by the federal government.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of July 31
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August 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 896 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at desegregation, Republicans, Lockheed, a burglar, a rapist and the Olympics.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 31, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page advertisement about Gov. John M. Slaton, a candidate for short term senator, having a speaking event the next day at the Marietta courthouse. Slaton, who was billed as “an eloquent and forceful speaker,” was expected to discuss the issues of the campaign.

A second story that week reported that W.A. Sams, the former owner of the Butler Drug Company, had bought back the property after his return from Florida. Doyle P. Butler was said to devote his time now entirely to the sale of several lines of automobiles.

A third item reported that the Civic League would have a carnival on Sept. 3 to raise funds for improving sidewalks in Marietta. The event would have “a baby show and a parade of decorated automobiles in the afternoon.” At night the carnival would “be held with all the gaiety of music, illuminations, confetti and decorated booths.”

50 years ago …

Public and “quasi-public” facilities at Lake Allatoona were reported in the Friday, July 24, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as having been directed to desegregate by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which controls the lake area. Officials said the land and water areas will be open to the public “without regard to race, creed, color or national origin.”

Also that day it was reported that the construction contract for a new $700,000 air-conditioned junior high school on “Old 41” highway between Kennesaw and Acworth was expected to be announced in a week. Aaron Torch and Sons of Macon was the apparent low bidder and the architect was Cleveland M. Call Jr. of Marietta. J.J. Jordan, assistant school superintendent, said the as yet unnamed school was scheduled to be completed by September 1965.

Located next to North Cobb Senior High School, the junior high was to have a round dome-type gymnasium constructed of laminated wood arches. The education unit would contain 10 classrooms, four general science rooms, home economics and kitchen facilities, administrator offices, wood working shop, metal-working/electrical shop, drafting/planning rooms and a music department consisting of a band room, choral room and practice rooms.

In the Sunday, July 26, 1964 paper it was reported that whoever took a blue, 1964 pick-up truck from the Marietta Termite and Pest Control Co. some time the Friday before needed to contact the pest control company or a doctor immediately. Police recovered part of the equipment, including a foot valve from a drum of toxic pesticides, on Blue Springs Road near Acworth. The company said that the truck thief who removed it was in deadly danger and that getting the chemicals on their body or breathing in the fumes could be extremely dangerous.

It was also reported that day that Cobb Republicans had candidates for 17 offices – three of them county commission posts – in the party’s first county primary election in the fall. The candidates for the commission posts were Marietta businessman Barney Nunn, South Cobb businessman F.Y. Dillingham and J.T. Hulsey, an Atlanta industrial maintenance consultant.

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation reported in the Wednesday, July 29, 1964 paper net earnings of $21,333,000 for the six months ending June 28. This was less than one-percent below the $21,471,000 for the same 1963 period. The performance was in the face of a decline in sales that had been predicted earlier and despite a $2,250,000 tax credit that benefited the 1963 total.

In the Thursday, July 30, 1964 paper it was reported that a barefoot burglar crept through a Marietta home and fled with $7 in cash after being frightened by one of the home’s residents. The thief fled when he flipped on a light in a room and woke the person. As the man ran out of the house, he apparently cut his bare feet on some glass in the kitchen.

Navy officials announced in the Friday, July 31, 1964 paper that the General Construction Company in Marietta had been awarded a $384,000 contract to build one new building at the Naval Air Station and add an extensive addition to another. The contract was executed between the Marietta firm and the Southeast Division Bureau of Yards and Docks of the Department of the Navy in Charleston, S.C. A completely modern unit, the new enlisted barracks will provide accommodations for 100 men.

20 years ago …

In the Wednesday, July 27, 1994 paper it was reported that an increasingly bold knife-wielding man had assaulted two women in the past week in a Windy Hill Road apartment complex and Cobb Police were warning residents in the area to take extra precautions. Both victims were attacked in the early morning hours at the Magnolia Lakes apartments on Windy Hill Road just west of Interstate 75. Investigators said that the man attacked both women while family members or roommates were present in the apartment.



The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games was reported in the Friday, July 29, 1994 paper as expecting to announce within 10 days that it would pull preliminary volleyball from the Cobb Galleria Centre. Rumors had been circulating for weeks, but sources said the impending medical leave of Dick Yarbrough, a top ACOG policy maker, was spurring Olympic officials to move quickly. Olympic volleyball represented more than $700,000 in rental fees for the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of July 17
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July 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 643 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a helicopter crash, a strike, a new radar system and a toxic dump list.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 17, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page was taken up by an advertisement for Henry A. Ward & Co. of Marietta’s Yellow Tag Sale. Some of the bargains were full cut vests for ladies at five-cents each, pencil tablets for three-cents each, large jelly glasses and tumblers at two cents each; and a yard of linen lace for one-cent.

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, July 12, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that a Marine helicopter participating in Air Force survival training exercises at Lake Allatoona crashed at the Navy Atlanta Recreation Site on the lake. None of the four Marines aboard the craft were hurt. Capt. Jack Durio of the Naval Air Station, Marietta said that the first reports from the crash scene indicated that the aircraft was a total loss and apparently crashed into trees and shrubs on the lake shore while hovering for a landing.

The following day, Monday, July 13, 1964, an Atlanta construction worker was reported as having drowned in the lake after going for a lone 2 a.m. swim. When the man, who was camping with his wife and friends, did not return a search by the Bartow County Rescue Unit commenced. The man’s body was found at 6 a.m. in about 10 feet of water in a cove near King’s Landing, which was close to Acworth.

Another story that day reported the new Shoreham Nursing Home had admitted its first patients. The opening of the 100-bed medical nursing home, the first of its kind in Cobb County, was expected to relieve overcrowding at Kennestone Hospital. Located in a six-wing brick and glass building on Kennesaw Avenue, Shoreham was less than half a mile away from the hospital. The facility provided long-term convalescent care to patients who did not need the intensive medical care at a hospital. The nursing home, built at a cost of $1 million, featured semi-private and private rooms at rates of $250 to $400 a month.

In the Tuesday, July 14, 1964 paper it was reported that the five-day walkout at the Austell Box Board Company had resulted in two arrests of non-strikers as they crossed picket lines at the plant’s entrance. In one incident, a man was charged with pointing a pistol at the picketers as he entered the plant. In another, a man was charged with hitting a picketer with his truck and failing to stop. The walkout began when a group of men asked the company for a higher percentage of the profit sharing plan, better wages and better working conditions.

A black man was reported in the Thursday, July 16, 1964 paper as being listed in poor condition at Kennestone Hospital after he was struck by a car on Whitlock Avenue. The man was hurt while he was standing on the sidewalk giving directions to a woman in a car that had stopped on the roadway. Police said that another driver came up on the stopped car, lost control, went up on the sidewalk and struck the man.

Some 12,000 employees of the Lockheed-Georgia Company, Marietta Plant, were reported in the Friday, July 17, 1964 paper as expecting to receive pay increases ranging from five to 11 cents an hour. Also affected by the raise were Lockheed’s Atlanta and Dawsonville offices. Altogether the raises for the union employees totaled more than $2 million dollars a year and came under agreements negotiated in 1962.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, July 11, 1994 MDJ it was reported that a new Doppler radar system at Dobbins Air Reserve Base would give Cobb emergency officials a quicker jump on threatening weather such as the tornado that had hit the county in late June. The Doppler system was funded by the Department of Defense, the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. System components were installed in the military weather station at Dobbins a week ago and the last of the necessary software was loaded into the computers over the weekend. The new system had the ability to spot “mesocyclones,” violent storm centers that were likely to spawn tornadoes.

Also that day, the Rev. Al Sharpton was reported as calling on civil rights leaders to take responsibility for curbing violence in black communities. Speaking to about 30 people at Club Escape on Franklin Road in Marietta, Rev. Sharpton said those leaders had been slow to respond to the number of crimes committed by blacks against other blacks. He spoke on behalf of The Empowerment Group, a newly created 40-member organization in Atlanta, which was established by his sister – Joy Bachman.

Seven of the 279 worst hazardous waste sites in Georgia were reported in the Tuesday, July 12, 1994 paper as being in Cobb County. However, none of the Cobb locations were considered “Class 1” - which were known or suspected to have caused serious health or environmental problems and slated for immediate cleanup. The state Hazardous Site Response Act, passed in 1993, required Georgia officials annually publish a list of hazardous waste sites and site owners were expected to pay for cleanup efforts. This was the first list published and Cobb’s sites included the Cheatham Road Landfill, the Corners Shopping Center, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems, Georgia Metals, CP Chemicals and Georgia Power, Powder Springs. 

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of July 10
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July 12, 2014 04:00 AM | 596 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a drunken pony, a sniper and the first black students at Marietta High School.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 10, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about a man who was severely shocked when lightning struck his house, tore out a window within six inches of his head as he was lying in bed. The electricity struck his left shoulder and ran down his leg, leaving a badly burned place three inches wide.

A second story that week reported that Lucius Dubignon Clay, who would later become famous as the general in charge of occupied Germany after World War II, was reported as receiving his appointment to West Point from Sen. West who had fulfilled the promise made to Clay’s mother by the late Sen. Bacon.

50 years ago …

Juvenile Court Judge Conley Ingram was reported in the Sunday, July 5, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as saying that the abandoned baby found in Marietta mentioned in last week’s column was to be put up for adoption in a month if the child’s parents were not located. The infant, named Henry Conley Joiner by the supervisor of the Juvenile Home, was found on the front seat of Richard S. Joiner’s car in June. At first the child was thought to be a baby kidnapped from a Chicago hospital two days after birth, but detectives determined that was not the case.

Acworth city officials were reported in the Monday, July 6, 1964 paper as saying that they knew who had placed a drunken pony in the city jail and were looking for enough evidence to bring the case before a Cobb County Grand Jury. A special police committee of Acworth city councilmen had been urged to “accelerate investigation” of the pony incident and a series of other pranks played recently on Acworth law enforcement officers. Acworth Mayor Mary McCall had also called in the GBI and the Cobb Sheriff’s Office to help obtain evidence against the pranksters.

A second story that day reported that bloodhounds were requested from Cobb Police to help track down a prisoner who escaped from a work detail at Red Top Mountain State Park in Bartow County. The escapee had been imprisoned at the Ellijay prison camp and was believed to be hiding out on the mountain.

In the Tuesday, July 7, 1964 paper it was reported that a group of citizens threatened the Smyrna City Council with legal action if the council denied any responsibility for a drainage problem on San Fernando Drive. The citizens, represented by an attorney, said that water was washing down from a street above them and bringing “beer cans” and other garbage into their yards. The water flow, the attorney said, was caused by the city’s installation of a drainage pipe into a natural drainage ditch, which changed the direction and flow into the backyards of his clients.

An unknown sniper was reported in the Wednesday, July 8, 1964 paper as having fired five shots at Marietta Patrolman Pat W. Paul as he sat in his car at the Reynolds and Wright streets intersection. Paul, who was not hit, was stopped near the intersection’s corner and was making out his daily reports when he heard the windshield crash. He said that he ducked into the seat as three more shots came through the window.

Cobb Democratic Party leaders were reported in the Thursday, July 9, 1964 paper as setting a qualifying period for candidates after voters overwhelmingly approved a change from a single to a multiple commissioner county government in a referendum held the day before. More than 10,000 voters turned out at the polls to pile up a 7,297 to 2,791 victory margin for the governmental change. The first multiple seat commission was to take office in January 1965.

In the Friday, July 10, 1964 paper it was reported that two black students filed applications for transfer to Marietta High School at the beginning of the September school term. Speaking for the Marietta Board of Education, City School Superintendent Henry Kemp confirmed that the applications had been received, but would not reveal the names.

20 years ago …

The storm that caused severe flooding south of Atlanta was reported in the Thursday, July 7, 1994 paper as having dropped more than three inches of rain on Cobb County over the course of four days and more was on the way.

In the following day’s paper, Friday, July 8, 1994, it was reported that the death toll in south Georgia had hit 18 and that divers were searching for bodies in murky floodwaters while rescuers were plucking stranded people out of trees. Bottled water was the most-needed relief item in the flood-stricken counties, according to the Salvation Army’s Cobb unit, which was sending its mobile unit into the area.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of July 3
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July 05, 2014 04:00 AM | 771 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a flag, a baby, Viet Nam, Civil Rights, tornadoes and C-130s.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 3, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about Gov. Joseph M. Brown of Marietta declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Hoke Smith. His published announcement was brief and his platform was expected to be released at a later date. The announcement also said that he planned to open his campaign headquarters by or shortly after July 15.

A second story that week reported that on June 14th a silk American flag measuring 6-feet by 10-feet was unfurled on top of a 115-foot pole, “the tallest flagstaff in Georgia and given to the Austell High School” by a young business man in the city. An electric light was placed on top of the pole so it could be seen from Marietta.

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, June 28, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that the South repulsed the North in a furious battle on the slopes of the Kennesaw Mountain battlefield at the county farm as part of the week-long centennial celebration of the Civil War battle at the mountain. The mock battle involved some 2,000 reactivated troopers in uniform.

Also that day, Cobb Legislative Candidate Hugh Lee McDaniell revealed his plans to ask the General Assembly to approve a $100-million state-financed Urban Roads Program in a move to ease traffic woes in Cobb and other rapidly growing counties. McDaniell, who was seeking election to the House post being vacated by Rep. Joe Mack Wilson, said he would ask Gov. Carl Sanders to give administrative backing to the plan.

The name “Harry Conley Joiner” was given to the four-month old baby that was mentioned in last week’s column. The child was named by Herman Hughes, supervisor of the Cobb Juvenile Home, and his wife with permission given by Richard S. Joiner in whose car the abandoned baby was found. Investigators were still looking to find the child’s parents.

In the Tuesday, June 30, 1964 paper it was reported that a suit was filed to prevent Commissioner Herbert McCollum from continuing with plans for construction of the new judicial and public safety buildings. The suit was to be heard by Cobb Superior Court Judge Albert Henderson.

A grieving Marietta widow was reported in the Wednesday, July 1, 1964 paper as waiting at home for a last letter which was believed to be sent by her 25-year-old husband just before he was killed in combat in South Viet Nam. The soldier was killed when the U.S. turbo-jet helicopter he was piloting was shot down by Communist guerillas.

Another story in that paper reported that a 20-year-old Austell housewife was killed when the taxi in which she was a passenger crashed into the Sweetwater Creek bridge abutment on State Route 6. The woman was dead on arrival at Kennestone Hospital from severe head and chest injuries. She was the 17th fatality in the county for the year and the second in a week.

A high ranking Naval officer was reported in the Thursday, July 2, 1964 paper as having landed his jet plane at the wrong airfield. At 11:30 p.m., a T-33 Naval trainer plane carrying the two officers arrived from Patuxent River, Md., but instead of landing at Dobbins Air Force Base the plane pulled into privately operated McCollum Airport, which is no known as Cobb County Airport – McCollum Field, in Kennesaw. The speeding jet plane sailed off the end of the runway onto a graded area and was stopped just a few feet shy of a steep 50-foot embankment.

A second story that day reported five fire alarms came into the Marietta fire station all within a period of nine minutes. All of the alarms were false and two teenage brothers were apprehended. Capt. Bartow Adair, head of the fire prevention bureau, said the boys were caught after they wrecked and abandoned the family car on the railroad tracks on Dobbs Street.

Three young black men were reported as being served at a previously segregated lunch counter in Cobb County in the Friday, July 3, 1964 paper in a test of the public accommodation section of the new Civil Rights Act. The men were reported as integrating the lunch counter at a downtown Marietta store without incident and more tests were expected in the county. Other Cobb County restaurants and motel operators who refused to accommodate blacks in the past said they would comply with the new act which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson the day before.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, June 28, 1994 MDJ it was reported that two storms, accompanied by tornado-force winds, slammed into east and west Cobb, damaging about 130 homes, shearing and uprooting hundreds of trees and leaving thousands without power. Although the damage was extensive, only one minor injury was reported for Cobb County. Across the state, however, two people were killed and dozens injured by the storms.

Another story that day reported up to 30 C-130s were in the pipeline for Cobb-based Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co., but the defense contractor said more planes were needed to prevent additional layoffs. The House Appropriations Committee, at the urging of U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden (D-Marietta), added $330 million to its fiscal 1996 Defense Appropriations Act to buy 10 C-130 cargo planes. The House Armed Services Committee also budgeted for two C-130s and the Senate Armed Services Committee had added money for eight cargo planes.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of June 26
by Damon_Poirier
June 28, 2014 04:00 AM | 615 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at Marietta’s abandoned baby and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain centennial events.

100 years ago …

In Friday, June 26, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about the then-upcoming unveiling of the marble and bronze Cheatham’s Hill Monument to the soldiers of the State of Illinois who fought at the site during the Civil War. The monument was to be unveiled almost 50 years to the day of the famous battle. Illinois Gov. Edward Duune and his staff along with “a party of veterans of the Federal army” were expected to be on hand.

A second story that week reported that J. Gid Morris of Belmont, near Marietta, sent the first cotton blooms of the year to the Journal’s office. The blooms were found on June 18 on his farm. Another farmer, C.J. Weaver, brought in a bloom to the paper that opened on June 21 near town while H.H. Carrie of Kennesaw brought in two cotton blooms from his farm less than a week ago.

50 years ago …

Colorfully-clad Union and Confederate troopers from across the country were reported in the Sunday, June 21, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as arriving in the county for the week-long “commemoration of the bloody Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.” At least 2,000 “reactivated” Civil War soldiers from more than 30 states were expected to participate in the event – billed as “one of the largest ever planned in the four-year, nationwide centennial.”

Also that day, it was reported that photographs taken of the four-month old abandoned baby mentioned in last week’s column were ruled unsuitable by the FBI and a request for more pictures were made. The pictures, which were to be used to identify if the child was a kidnapped child from Chicago, were made by a commercial photographer in Marietta and flown to Chicago by jet. Special emphasis was given to the baby’s ear lobes. Since no footprints were made of the child before it was stolen, the ear lobes “presented the best possibility for identification.”

The following day, Monday, June 22, 1964, it was reported that Marietta’s abandoned baby was not the missing Chicago baby. FBI Special Agent Marlin M. Johnson of the Chicago FBI office said medical experts studied the photos of the two babies and found seven physical differences including the shape of the ears.

A Civil War medic’s exhibit reported in the Tuesday, June 23, 1964 paper showed the medical uniforms, instruments and methods of 100 years ago as part of the events of the centennial celebration. The exhibition was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, located on the same site of its original building on Church Street which served as one of the five hospitals in the city during the Civil War.

Rep. Joe Mack Wilson, leader of a legislative move to prevent Atlanta from annexing property in Cobb County, was quoted in the Wednesday, June 24, 1964 paper as saying that he saw no immediate danger that the city would spread across the Chattahoochee River. Wilson told members of the Cobb Real Estate Board that his effort – blocked in the General Assembly by Fulton and DeKalb county legislators – was aimed at providing protection “15 to 20 years” down the road.

A band of dedicated Rebels from the unlikely Confederate states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan were reported in the Thursday, June 25, 1964 paper as clattering into Marietta to join the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain Centennial celebration. Crowds gathered on the sidewalks as the colorful unit of mounted cavalrymen, horse drawn supply wagons and artillery pieces arrived after a four-day ride through north Georgia. The troops reportedly fired pistols and muskets while whooping and hollering on their march through town.

The commanding officer of a reactivated Confederate cavalry unit from Nashville, Tenn., was reported in the Friday, June 26, 1964 paper as becoming the first serious casualty of the Cobb County centennial when a replica Civil War cannon exploded. Lt. Gen. Richard Cornwell of the 1st Tennessee Cavalry suffered a broken cheek bone and the near loss of his eye as the artillery piece misfired. Witnesses said a fragment of the shattered barrel struck Cornwell in the face as he watched a demonstration of the firing of the old-fashioned gun at the centennial encampment on Clay Street. The cannon apparently overloaded with a blank charge of powder, was torn apart by the explosion.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, June 21, 1994 MDJ it was reported that after a three-day search of the Chattahoochee River, Cobb County police divers found the body of a Smyrna man who they believed was knocked off his bicycle into the water by a hit-and-run driver on a Cobb Parkway bridge.

State Sen. Johnny Isakson was quoted in the Friday, June 24, 1994 paper as saying that Cobb’s resolution critical of the gay lifestyle “was a mistake, and rescinding it would be the best thing we could possibly do.” But, the east Cobb Republican said he doubted that would occur and told a Marietta Kiwanis luncheon that he supported a compromise resolution offered by Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne.

Another story that day, reported that Cobb County had tentatively agreed to shell out $100,000 to lawyers who won a 2½ year battle to stop Cobb from displaying a Ten Commandments plaque in the State Court building. Assistant county attorney Jerry Gentry and Gerald Weber, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, reached the agreement on June 17.

In the Saturday, June 25, 1994 paper it was reported that the day before a Wells Fargo truck skidded off the road on wet pavement to avoid a stopped vehicle making a left turn near the corner of Canton Highway and Shallowford Road. None of the money fell out in the crash. The driver and two guards stationed in back were taken to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta with minor injuries. Shortly after the accident, four other guards arrived and safely transported the money from the overturned vehicle to another Wells Fargo truck that quickly left the scene.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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The Week of June 19
by Damon_Poirier
June 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 655 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at the Lockheed StarLifter, train sideswipes, an abandoned baby and a gay pride rally.

100 years ago …

In Friday, June 19, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about an 18-year-old man who died from severe injuries after he dove into the Chattahoochee River and struck a rock or a tree stump.

A second story that week reported that “a great amount of damage was done to the crops in various parts of the county” during thunderstorms that happened the week before. Among the damage, one man in the northern part of the county had his barn blown down and outright killed one of his mules while two other mules were fatally injured. A second man had his barn blown down, a mule badly injured and his porch blown completely over the house, but not badly damaged. A third man had his cotton house blown down and his crop was almost ruined by hail, while a fourth man’s store was almost crushed when a big tree blew down and barely missed it.

50 years ago …

The first transcontinental hop of the U.S. Air Force C-141A – the Lockheed-Marietta made StarLifter – was reported in the Sunday, June 14, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as being scheduled to depart from Dobbins Air Force Base. Maj. Joe Sciele and his USAF crew were to fly the fanjet giant to Edwards Air Force Base in California to begin accelerated service testing of the craft.

At the end of the week, in the Friday, June 19, 1964 paper, it was reported that President Lyndon Johnson had inspected the StarLifter during a visit to the 300,000-acre Air Force flight test center. The 158-ton fanjet transport, with an American flag painted on its four-story high T-tail, was flanked by three typical king-sized loads which it could airlift, nonstop at more than 500 miles per hour across either the Atlantic or the Pacific oceans. President Johnson was greeted on arrival by Brig. Gen. Irving L. Branch, commander of the test center in the Mojave Desert, Lockheed President Daniel J. Haughton and Vice President Clarence L. Johnson, and other high ranking military officials and aerospace executives. It was the first Presidential visit to Edwards Air Force Base since it was established 22 years earlier.

In the Monday, June 15, 1964 paper it was reported for the second time in a week two Louisville and Nashville freight trains were reported as having sideswiped at the “south switch” in Kennesaw just west of the Four-Lane Highway, now known as U.S. Hwy. 41. The two diesel-drawn L&N freights smacked together at the same location where a similar accident occurred four days earlier. The first sideswipe resulted in the death of an engineer, who was killed when the 100-ton diesel engine toppled over on him. In the second sideswipe, the southbound train, No. 831, struck the northbound train, Second No. 2, sending tank and box cars in every direction. Some cars were knocked 100 feet off the tracks. The south switch was a point where the main line ran off about a mile south of Kennesaw.

A 4-month-old baby boy wrapped in a white blanket was reported in the Tuesday, June 14, 1964 paper as having been found before dawn wiggling and crying in the front seat of a car parked on Freyer Drive. The child was found by a paperboy who heard the child’s cries and went to investigate.

Later that week, on Thursday, June 18, 1964, it was reported that a three-day old baby snatched from his mother’s arms in back in April in a Chicago hospital could possibly be the one found abandoned in Marietta. A woman disguised as a nurse snatched the boy from his mother as she was feeding him in a Chicago maternity hospital. Marietta Police and the FBI were reported as seeking more information on the case.

The following day, Friday, June 19, 1964, there was a story stating that police were waiting on the results of a blood test to determine if the abandoned infant was the kidnapped child in Chicago. Marietta Police said it was a one in a million chance the two babies were the same, but the possibility was being thoroughly checked out.

The Air Force announced in the Wednesday, June 17, 1964 paper that it had signed a “multi-year” contract with Lockheed-Georgia Company for approximately $500 million for purchase of 127 C-141 StarLifter aircraft. The planes, which Lockheed had been working on while negotiations were taking place, brought the total Air Force contract for StarLifters to 132. The contract, announced by the Aeronautical Systems Division Headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, inaugurated a new concept of multi-year procurements designed to save money and improve control of the Air Force’s weapon systems procurement.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, June 13, 1994 MDJ it was reported that Pat Hussein, co-chair of the Atlanta gay-activist group – Olympics Out of Cobb, vowed to more than 130,000 gay rights supporters during intermittent rain in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park to make a national issue out of Cobb County’s resolution critical of the gay lifestyle. The effort was to be aimed at persuading officials of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games to pull preliminary volleyball from the county-owned Cobb Galleria Centre. The rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd whose members carried signs, one of which said - “Olympics in Cobb – The Worst Idea since New Coke.” The rally in Piedmont Park followed a march from the Atlanta Civic Center to close out Gay Pride Week, an annual celebration of gay rights.

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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