MDJ Time Capsule by Damon_Poirier
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a land deal, a dog pound, an asphalt explosion, a stolen car, pay phones and a toxic spill.
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The Week of Aug. 1st
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July 30, 2013 10:00 AM | 1042 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week Time Capsule looks at Communism, anti-integration pickets, a Mayor’s lawsuit, the flooding Mississippi River and Cobb’s anti-gay resolution.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Aug. 1, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about Marietta’s new high school building having been completed and the keys turned over to the Board of Education. Built to the plans of architect J.R. MacEachern of Atlanta, the school’s lighting was reported as “almost perfect” and with “no dark corners or cloak rooms anywhere in the building.” During a recent inspection of the work, the Board reportedly found nothing to criticize and everything to commend.

Another story in that edition reported “the biggest event in Masonry” would be held in Powder Springs later that week as the Masonic lodges of Cobb County would meet for their 10th annual convention.

There was also a front page ad that week from The Gem Theatre announcing the screening of Robinson Crusoe, which according to the ad was “the greatest, most masterly three-reel film of the age.”

50 years ago …

A Smyrna police official was reported in the Friday, July 26, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as having been arrested for embezzlement following the discovery of shortages in cash receipt funds. Mayor Jake Ables said that the officer had admitted to “misappropriation” of the less than $500 in traffic fine receipts.

In the Sunday, July 28, 1963 paper, it was reported that Juvenile Court Judge Conley Ingram was back from a trip to Russia. Ingram, noting that Cobb schools would offer a comparative course in Americanism vs. Communism that fall, said Americanism and loyalty should be taught to U.S. students as fervently as Communists preached their philosophy. Ingram, along with a delegation of Georgia citizens, toured cities in Russia, Poland and Hungary as well as West Berlin, Germany weeks earlier.

Also that day it was reported that anti-integration pickets were withdrawn from three Cobb restaurants after an agreement was reached with the management at two of the businesses. The Cobb County Citizens for Better Government, Inc. on July 13 started picketing the Davis Brothers’ cafeteria on the Four Lane Highway (U.S. Highway 41) in Marietta; the Chick, Chuck ‘n Shake drive-in at Roswell Road and the Four Lane – which was also operated by the Davis Brothers and sat on the site of the current day Big Chicken; and Johnny Reb’s Dixieland at Smyrna.

Another story that day reported a south-bound freight train struck and killed a young Mableton man shortly after he had left a restaurant where a fight had broken out. The man’s body was dragged some 350 feet by the Southern Railway’s Number 152 train. The scene of the accident was just a few yards from the point where the Floyd Road Bridge crossed the tracks in Mableton.

Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch was reported in the Monday, July 29, 1963 paper as having drawn up and filed a $100,000 lawsuit against Steve W. Brown, the editor of the monthly newsletter – “The Conservative Georgian,” in Cobb Superior Court. The suit alleged that Welsch had been defamed by the “Around Cobb County” article in the publication’s June 24 issue.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, July 26, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that U.S. Reps. George “Buddy” Darden (D-Marietta) and Newt Gingrich (R-East Cobb) supported President Bill Clinton’s $3 billion emergency aid package to states ravaged by the flooding Mississippi River. Rising waters along the swollen river and its tributaries had flooded homes in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota. Locally, Cobb County Manager David Hankerson was also expected to unveil to the Cobb County Commission details of a proposed comprehensive storm water management plan for the county.

The on-again, off-again resolution stating that Cobb commissioners should not endorse gay lifestyles in any of its policy decisions was reported in the Tuesday, July 27, 1993 paper as being back on the commission agenda. Eastern District Commissioner Gordon Wysong pushed the resolution along with a proposed ordinance change that would direct county funding for arts and cultural programs only to projects that supported “family-oriented, community values.” Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne removed the resolution from the agenda the previous week at the behest of Commissioner Bill Cooper, who said it could be interpreted as “gay-bashing.” The night before the commission meeting, the resolution was removed from the agenda for a second time. Byrne said the commission was unable to agree on a definition of community standards, despite hours of debate amongst themselves.

Cobb Police and staff at Cobb Hospital and Medical Center on Austell Road were reported in the Thursday, July 29, 1993 paper as searching a newborn infant’s body which disappeared from the morgue. Hospital officials found the body missing when a funeral home came to pick up the girl’s remains. In the following day’s paper it was reported that missing newborn had apparently been cremated without the family’s consent.

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 July 25th
by Damon_Poirier
July 24, 2013 05:45 PM | 1115 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week Time Capsule looks at a prisoner shooting, a solar eclipse, drownings and the beginnings of Cobb County’s anti-gay resolution.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 25, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was taken up with an ad for Henry A. Ward & Co’s “Cash Ticket Sale.” For seven days, the store was offering various valued cash tickets to customers based on the amounts of their purchases. The cash tickets could then be used to purchase anything in the store the same as cash during the sale period.

A second page story that week reported a young white convict had been shot and killed by a guard at the prison camp “located at the old Wilder place on the Kennesaw and Acworth Road.” The prisoner was serving a life sentence.

50 years ago …

In the Friday, July 19, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal, there was a report that amateur astronomers in the area were gathering to photograph and view the solar eclipse at the Lockheed recreation center. Members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club and the Lockheed Astronomer Club planned to set out a variety of telescopes with projecting screens, binoculars covered with dense photographic film and other viewing aids for the celestial show.

Also that day, the Marietta Housing Authority obtained a temporary court order preventing Cobb Ordinary Garvis Sams from calling an election to incorporate the town of Elizabeth, which was located near present-day Kennestone Hospital on the Church Street Extension.

Cobb County was reported in the Sunday, July 21, 1963 paper as having agreed to renovate the Old Post Office building on Atlanta Street to make it suitable for use as the new home for the Cobb-Marietta Library.

In another story that day, it was reported that 10 gas lamps used to light the entrance to the Stratford Subdivision in southeast Cobb were smashed by vandals. This was the second time that the lamps had been destroyed.

Two children, ages 5 and 6, and a 17-year-old Marietta boy were reported in the Monday, July 22, 1963 paper as having drowned within minutes of each other in a triple tragedy at Lake Allatoona. The drownings happened on opposite sides of the lake. Ironically, units of the Cobb County and Bartow civil defense organizations were rehearsing a drowning victim within sight of the spot where the two children died.

A second story that day reported a middle-aged businessman piloting a single-engine plane from a Cobb airfield to Chicago died in a crash eight miles north of Chattanooga. The cause of the crash was assumed to be a thunderstorm the man flew into.

An Acworth man was reported in the Tuesday, July 23, 1963 paper as having been arrested after being tracked down by bloodhounds from the county farm. The man allegedly assaulted a Kennesaw police officer with a claw hammer when the officer foiled a break-in attempt at the Old 41 Package Store.

In the Thursday, July 25, 1963 paper, it was reported that former Smyrna Mayor George W. Kreeger threw his hat back into the political ring for the city’s November mayoral election.

20 years ago …

Austell was reported in the Monday, July 19, 1993 MDJ as becoming the first city in the county, and one of only a handful in the state, to convert to a volume-based trash pickup system.

In the Wednesday, July 21, 1993 paper, it was reported that the search for Marietta’s new school superintendent was at an end as the school board announced that Cobb County’s assistant superintendent Ron Galloway was a finalist for the job.

Also that day, the Kennesaw City Council was reported as apparently ignoring a city law when it issued building permits for 17 homes in a 106-acre subdivision before the roads had been approved.

With gay issues dominating headlines from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, some county commissioners were reported in the Thursday, July 22, 1993 paper as wanting to draw a line in Cobb County by controlling the pursestrings for local arts groups. Commissioner Gordon Wysong wanted to even go a step further with a resolution that endorsed traditional families and criticized gay lifestyles. The issue that launched the local response was a 1992 production by Theatre in the Square that involved homosexual themes and nudity.

Later in the week, in the Sunday, July 24, 1993 paper, it was reported that some members of Cobb’s arts community were charging Wysong’s proposed ban on artistic works that included or advanced homosexual themes amounted to censorship.

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 July 18th
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This week Time Capsule looks at race riots in Savannah and the first Cobb Police officer slain in the line of duty.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 18, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about how Atlanta area cotton growers were expected to lose $1 per bale if they did not conform to new regulations. Cotton mills and shippers had recently agreed on a uniform size for bales. The penalty would be imposed on all bales which came from gin-boxes that were larger than the standard 27x54.

There was also a front page ad that week from the Wilke-Butler Drug Co. offering $5 in gold this fall for the best dozen turnips grown from Buist Prize Medal Seed purchased from their store. A prize of $2 for second best and $1 for third were also offered.

50 years ago …

The colorful fountain that formed part of the $40,000 “memorial corner” at Marietta’s Larry Bell Park was reported in the Friday, July 12, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as vandalized. Officials of the park board said they did not have the money to repair the fountain, which was illuminated by colored lights. The fountain was dedicated in 1959 to the memory of Larry Bell, who brought the Bell Bomber Plant to Marietta during World War II.

In the Sunday, July 14, 1963 paper it was reported that Gov. Carl Sanders, who was in Marietta for an Air National Guard function, said that he felt 100 state patrolmen sent to Savannah were “sufficient” to keep the peace after two nights of rioting following anti-segregation street demonstrations. During one of the demonstrations, police had to use tear gas to disperse 2,000 marching young blacks and arrested 93 people. That brought the total number of arrests to 1,200 since the demonstrations aimed at forcing de-segregation of motion picture theaters, hotels and restaurants had broken out in the seaport city a month before.

A Kennesaw poultry man and his wife were reported in the Monday, July 16, 1963 paper as having broken out a window to escape from their burning home on Greers Chapel Road. Assistant Fire Chief J.C. Cantrell of the Kennesaw fire district was partially overcome by smoke while crawling around inside the building and directing fire fighters. He was able to leave the house and recover once outside.

In the Wednesday, July 17, 1963 paper it was reported that ground was broken for construction of a $174,000 Visitor’s Center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Park Director R.C. Yates said the plans were being made for opening the center in December 1963.

Explosive jet fuel sloshing from a wrecked tanker truck two miles south of Marietta was reported in the Thursday, July 18, 1963 paper as having brought out scores of firemen and government personnel, intent on averting a disastrous fire. The truck, which had been headed for the Naval Air Station, had its trailer containing 7,800 gallons of JP-4 jet fuel slide into a ditch and turn on its side. The accident was where Richardson Road crossed the L&N Railroad tracks just off of Old Highway 41.

20 years ago …

In the Tuesday, July 13, 1993 MDJ reported that Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield was high on a list of Civil War sites that needed more federal protection. The Civil War Sites Advisory Commission said in a report that 11 battlefields nationwide were in critical need of protection. The commission had asked Congress for $90 million over seven years to protect them. Kennesaw was not one of the 11, but it was on the top 25 list of most endangered battlefields.

In the Wednesday, July 14, 1993 paper it was reported that a 24-year-old Acworth man was arrested for the shooting death of Cobb Police Officer Robert J. Ingram, who had been on the force for two years. Officer Ingram, the first Cobb Police Department officer slain in the line of duty and only the third in the county, was killed around 12:40 a.m. the day before while questioning a man in a burglary-prone area.

A story the next day reported that the twice-convicted burglar charged in the murder had been released from Cobb County Correctional Institute (CCCI) only 12 days before the slaying. A “good-behavior” rule used in county correctional facilities enabled the man to serve only 6½ months of a 12 month sentence at CCCI.

On Friday, July 16, 1993 it was reported that a crowd of about 4,000 filled Roswell Street Baptist Church to say goodbye to Officer Ingram, a man that only a handful of them knew. The hour-long funeral procession was led by 60 motorcycles representing every major police agency in the metro area and from as far away as Macon. The procession also featured as many as 400 police cars, most with blue lights flashing.

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

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Cobb’s Missing Plane of 1963
by Damon_Poirier
July 11, 2013 11:25 AM | 1158 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Fifty years ago, a series of articles appeared on the front pages of the Marietta Daily Journal for several days in July regarding a missing single-engine Cessna 140 and its two occupants. The plane, which took off from Cobb County’s McCollum Airport near Kennesaw, had only an hour’s worth of fuel and failed to return to the airport. Resolution to the mystery came 63 days later in September.

Below is a day by day look at the search coverage.

Sunday, June 30, 1963

It was reported that Ray Ford, a 20-year old milling machinist at Lockheed-Georgia Co., took off on an unauthorized flight at 2 a.m. the night before with another young male passenger. Ford, who owned the plane, was reported as having only logged 13 hours and 50 minutes of flight time in lessons.

Airport Manager Joe Sandmann stated that there were no airport personnel on duty at the time of the flight and that it was an unauthorized flight because Ford did not have a full pilot’s license. The only witnesses to the takeoff were two of Ford’s friends, who had driven him to the airport. When the plane did not return after an hour and a half, the witnesses notified Sandmann and the Federal Aviation Agency’s flight service in Atlanta. The witnesses stated that the plane had been heading toward the west as it took off.

Airport officials began broadcasts on the radio for residents near Lost Mountain in west Cobb to report if they heard a small plane in trouble.

At midday, the search was broadened to extend 100 miles from the airport. Engaging in the search were four planes of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), as well as Cobb’s Civil Defense Rescue Squad and other rescue units from Austell and Acworth.

Monday, July 1, 1963

Ford’s passenger was identified as Tommy Harvey, who was also in his 20s.

One of Ford’s friends was reported as saying that the two men had gotten into the plane with the intention of only taxiing about the runway. But, then the airplane became airborne during maneuvering and took off. The craft was last seen making a left turn towards the south at an altitude of about 200 feet.

Volunteer cadets and senior staff from CAP squadrons in North Atlanta and Marietta took part in Monday’s search. Members of the CAP squadron in Rome were to arrive later that afternoon and other volunteers were expected from CAP units at Milledgeville and Warner-Robbins Air Force Base in Macon.

Sandmann was also reported as saying the airport’s runway lights had been left burning all night and that there would have been no difficulty for Ford taking off that night.

Tuesday, July 2, 1963

Ground rescue crews were reported as heading for three wooded areas spotted by CAP search planes. Sandmann said the spots, all of which were some distance from access roads, had what appeared to be unusual pieces of metal lying on the ground amongst the brush and trees. One of the spots was in Powder Springs, another just over the Cobb-Paulding county line and the third was near Douglasville in Douglas County.

Fifty volunteers and three search planes were searching Tuesday. But, Sandmann said it would take hours for the ground rescue crews to any of reach the locations.

Wednesday, July 3, 1963

The metal fragments in the three wooded areas were reported as false alarms. The metal turned out to be auto parts, bits of roofing and other junk.

Sandmann announced that a massive hunt would be launched on the Fourth of July holiday with 200-300 CAP cadets and senior staff, while Wednesday’s search was being concentrated in a pattern to the southwest of the airport and extending some 60 miles. A ground search in the dense woods near the airport was also intensified.

Friday, July 5, 1963

An oil slick spotted near the Lake Allatoona Dam in Bartow County and a mystery woman’s rumors of a plane burning on a mountain close to the Cherokee-Bartow line were investigated by search parties on the holiday.

The oil slick was spotted some 100 yards from the dam. But, the reservoir superintendent said that a boat had sunk there on Wednesday. An unidentified woman, who later could not be located, had reported seeing a plane burn on the mountain, but there no evidence of a crash site could be found.

An anonymous source at the airport told the newspaper that the search was going to be cancelled unless more substantial leads developed.

Sunday, July 7, 1963

Aircraft and radio-equipped cars were reported as having broadened the search on Saturday along a 65-mile line into South Georgia. Maj. Clarence Howard, commander of the Lockheed CAP squadron, said the searchers covered an area of 20 miles on either side of the search line.

During the mass search, by 12 planes manned by CAP crews and some 20 ground vehicles manned by nearly 100 people, a final speculative theory was discussed.

The theory was that Ford had become lost and headed for an airport 18 miles north of Rochelle that was equipped with special landing aids that he was familiar with. Rochelle was also the hometown of both men and where Ford’s parents were living. Search mission headquarters were then moved to Griffin.

CAP Search Mission Coordinator Lt. Richard Kelly said that the Air Force’s Eastern Air Rescue headquarters had issued instructions to end the organized search if nothing developed from the Cobb County to Rochelle hunt.

Monday July 8, 1963

The organized search was reported as called off at 3 p.m. on Sunday after nine days of fruitless searching. Lt. Kelly said circumstances indicated that the men had crashed in the plane and were presumed dead. While the crash site had not been found, Lt. Kelly stated that if further definite leads developed they would be investigated. However, no more mass searches were planned.

Sunday, Aug. 4, 1963

The fate of the two men was still unknown and CAP search parties were reported as still investigating leads.

On Saturday, ground crews combed Pine Log Mountain north of Lake Allatoona and swampy woodland in north Fulton County. Lt. Kelly was quoted as saying the missing men could have crashed just about “anywhere” in the area and still escaped notice of the searchers. Trees and undergrowth were so thick in spots that Kelly said a plane could crash and no sign would be visible from the air.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1963

Two sons of a Tennessee family, taking a “safety break” at a Labor Day weekend roadside stand near Kennesaw, were reported as discovering the wreckage of the plane and the skeletal remains of the two missing men in a thicket that could not be spotted from the air.

The crash site discovered at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 1963, ended an on-and-off search lasting 63 days. The scene was just to the west of the McCollum Airport runway and about 300 yards off U.S. 41 near Kennesaw.

Officials were not offering an explanation for the crash. But, Jimmy Buford, an official at the airport, said that at the time of Ford’s takeoff the ceiling was below 50 feet and the weather had been foggy. Buford said that Ford had not flown solo before and there were insufficient instruments in the plane to allow him to fly by instruments alone.

Buford also speculated that Ford may have crashed while circling in the clouds while trying to land at the airport.

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 July 4th
by Damon_Poirier
July 05, 2013 10:55 AM | 1025 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week Time Capsule looks at Gov. Joseph M. Brown’s retirement, a little tornado, the incorporation of the Elizabeth community, Fred Tokars and the election of Marietta mayor Ansley Meaders.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, July 4, 1913 edition of The Marietta Daily Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about Georgia Gov. Joseph M. Brown retiring from his office and returning to Marietta at 5 p.m. the Saturday before. Brown was welcomed by a large crowd of friends and the Gem City Band, which was stationed in the park and playing “Dixie.” Cols. W.R. Power and John P. Cheney and Brown made speeches to the crowd before the ex-governor retired to his home. The threat of a thunderstorm was also reported as having kept cut down on the size of crowd greeting Brown.

Another front page story reported that Col. Cheney had been named the Speaker of the House and chairman of the W & A Railroad committee. This was considered the most important committee of the Georgia Legislature for the time because of the many bills that would have to be passed during the then-current session on releasing of the state’s railroad property.

50 years ago …

A twisting wind, dubbed a “little tornado,” riding the coattails of a severe thunderstorm was reported in the Friday, June 28, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as having wrecked five small airplanes at an airport near Marietta and damaging at least two homes. There were no injuries reported, but a porch was torn off one home on Johnson Ferry Road and a large tree limb fell through the roof of another house on Lower Roswell Road.

Also that day, it was reported that a standing room only crowd of more than 200 people crowded themselves into the Cobb County Courthouse as State Highway Department officials launched a lengthy public hearing on a network of proposed Interstate 75 connector roads for the Marietta, Elizabeth and Fair Oaks areas. The hearing began with an hour-long explanation of highway department plans.

Residents of the Elizabeth section north of Marietta were reported in the Sunday, June 30, 1963 paper as meeting to consider incorporating their community under terms of a never-used 1885 charter. The drive came about as a desire to thwart plans of the Marietta Housing Authority for locating an 80-acre all-black subdivision in the area. Elizabeth community leaders said that setting up a municipality would put a halt to the housing project because the new Elizabeth City Council could reject building permits.

Later in the Tuesday, July 2, 1963 edition, it was reported that some 400 residents of the Elizabeth section signed a petition calling for an election, which would incorporate the community. The petition also called for Ordinary Garvis Sams to call an election within 60 days or as soon as voting eligibility could be prepared, in order to choose a mayor and five councilmen for the new town.

Two cars drag racing side by side on a south Cobb road were reported in the Monday, July 1, 1963 paper as having crashed into an embankment and one caught fire. Three of the 10 young boys in both cars were injured, with one seriously. Police said that some of the boys were carrying crash helmets, but were not wearing them.

Another story in the Tuesday, July 2, 1963 paper reported that a 10-year-old Acworth girl was being treated for typhoid and in good condition at Kennestone Hospital.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, June 28, 1993 Marietta Daily Journal, there was a report that public outcry and events surrounding a Marietta toddler’s beating death in October 1992 had led to a new law that would take effect on July 1, 1993 and drastically changed the way child protection agencies conducted business. The law came about after reports surfaced that the Cobb County Department of Family and Children’s Services workers had investigated complaints of past abuse against the child, but never filed charges or tried to remove him from the home.

On what would have been Sara Tokars’ 40th birthday, her husband, Fred Tokars, was reported in the Tuesday, June 29, 1993 paper as having been named in a court document filed by Cobb District Attorney Tom Charron as an unindicted co-conspirator in her Nov. 29, 1992 shotgun slaying. Tokars, who had vehemently denied any involvement in the slaying, had at the time not been charged. Curtis Alphonso Rower and Eddie Charles Lawrence were indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and armed robbery in Mrs. Tokars’ death.

Retired banker Ansley Meaders, who had promised to cut spending and improve the city school system, was reported in the Wednesday, June 30, 1993 paper as having overwhelmingly beat Marietta attorney Rob Flournoy and Connie Mack Berry Jr., in a special election to become Marietta’s mayor. Meaders, a noted community volunteer, garnered 56.8 percent of the votes cast while Flournoy collected 35 percent and Berry trailed with 8.1-percent. Meaders was to serve the remaining six months of the term of the late Joe Mack Wilson, who died May 17, 1993.

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 June 27th
by Damon_Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at the sale of the Kennesaw Paper Company, restoration of the Kolb House and arrests in a safe burglary.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, June 27, 1913 edition of The Marietta Daily Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about the sale of the Kennesaw Paper Company to C.H. Page of Philadelphia and J.N. Goddard. The company’s light plant sold for $16,000 and the waterworks sold for $15,000. Both plants were purchased by Page, who also bought a lot for $1,710. The paper mill proper was bought for $89,000 by Goddard, who also purchased the two houses belonging to the company and 630 acres of land for $17.20 per acre.

50 years ago …

The Marietta Housing Authority was reported in the Friday, June 21, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as having purchased an 80-acre tract of land northwest of the city, which would be subdivided into lots and sold at no profit to black families who wanted to build private homes.

Also that day, it was reported that a program on the restoration of the Kolb House was to be held that weekend at the site of the historic log structure in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Restoration of the Kolb House was financed by MISSION 66 funds under a special program devised by U.S. Park Services Director Conrad Wirth.

In the Sunday, June 23, 1963 paper it was reported that an auto collision on rain-slick U.S. Highway 41 near the Chattahoochee River in the county seriously injured six people including a young Kennestone Hospital intern from Turkey, who suffered a fractured neck, and five members of a Ballground family, who received severe lacerations.

Residents of historic Kennesaw Avenue revealed plans in the Tuesday, June 25, 1963 paper to wage an all-out fight against approval of the proposed relocation and limited access design of State Route 3 in their neighborhood. They contended the proposed project would bar access to their homes, reduce property values, destroy nearby industries, split the city, hurt business in the area and make the street undesirable for residential use.

In the Thursday, June 27, 1963 paper it was reported that four black Marietta residents, who claimed they were frog gigging, were arrested on charges of a safe burglary as they emerged from a wooded area in pre-dawn darkness. Deputies found a stolen 800-pound safe from the Community Loan Co. on Roswell Street and burglary tools to crack the safe from the Hudgins Welding Co. near where the four were apprehended. Deputies were suspicious of the men’s story since none of them were carrying gigs at the time of their arrest.

Also that day, it was reported that a city sewage pumping station at the end of St. Mary’s Lane in north Marietta was riddled with rifle bullets and shotgun blasts in another of a long series of vandalism incidents. The station door had been peppered with rifle bullets so many times that city engineers said they lost count.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, June 21, 1993 MDJ it was reported that a planned nude dance club had won its year-and-a-half-long battle with Marietta officials. The city was forced to grant an adult-entertainment license to the Cyprus Lounge on Canton Road after the State Supreme Court ruled on June 6 to uphold a September 1992 decision in favor of the club by Cobb Superior Court Judge Harris Hines.

The mayor of Powder Springs and several city council members were reported in the Tuesday, June 22, 1993 paper as saying that they believed the Georgia Open Meetings Act was unfair. At least one council member also said that he planned to take action to change it. The council violated the act when it decided in executive session on June 18 to hire a Garden City man to fill the vacant city manager’s position only a week after making the list of three finalists public.

U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden (D-Marietta) was reported in the Friday, June 25, 1993 paper as having become President Bill Clinton’s newest running mate. Clinton set a swift pace in an early-morning five-mile jog with Darden around the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and other D.C. points of interest, leading the longtime Marietta congressman to joke that he abandoned some opportunities in favor of breathing.

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 Northcutt Fire
by Damon_Poirier
June 24, 2013 10:30 AM | 1148 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

In the Friday, June 27, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page was dominated by stories regarding R.H. Northcutt’s residence on Atlanta Street burning to the ground. The home was lost because several water mains were closed off and no water was available to fight the fire.

The fire was reported as beginning in the home’s attic and discovered at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23.

A hose wagon arrived on the scene quickly and two lines of fire hose were immediately stretched out, but there was no water available at the hydrants. Instead, a chemical agent was turned on and the 50 gallons of water on the wagon was used. But, those supplies were quickly exhausted and there was still no water at the hydrants. The operation then turned from fighting the fire to rapidly removing all the furnishings from the home.

Forty-five minutes later, a stream of weak and unusable water was reported as being available at the hydrants.

The reporter on scene remarked in the story that – “It was a pitiful sight to see about 200 people standing by with willing hearts and ready hands but no water, while the fine residence went up in smoke.”

Within 60 seconds of receiving the first call of no water, D.T. Baker, the night engineer at the water plant, had the valves from the reservoir opened to the big mains in the city and was applying direct pressure from the plant’s steam pump. He soon received a message saying that there was still no water available at the hydrants. Baker then increased the speed of the steam pump until the pressure rose to 100 pounds. Again, he received a call saying there was no water. Baker assumed that there had to be a blockage somewhere and said that he could not increase the pressure without damaging the pump or the mains.

Ralph Northcutt reportedly drove his car to the home of Mr. Early, the superintendent of the water works, and rushed the man to the plant to see if he could locate the trouble. After a quick inspection, Early reported that everything was in order and that Baker was forcing the highest amount of pressure to the scene of the fire.

Early then rushed to the cut off valve on Sessions Street where he found that the water had been shut off. Once that line was open, another telephone message reported that there was still no water available at the fire. Without wanting to waste time hunting a second blockage around town, Early re-closed the Sessions Street main and then opened up the one beyond the plant that controlled the water supply from the north end of Kennesaw Avenue.

The path that the water then had to take was a long trip around the McNeel Marble Company through a small six inch main back to the Marietta Square and then down to fire, which resulted in the arrival of the weak stream.

As soon as it was daylight, a committee from the Marietta Board of Lights and Water, Superintendent Early and James T. Groves made an investigation into the trouble with the water supply. The investigation revealed that the large main from the pumping station direct to downtown, as well as two large side mains had been closed by an unknown party. The closed valves were located on the main coming in on Cherokee Street at the corner of Cherokee and Lawrence streets, the corner of Church Street and Kennesaw Avenue, and the corner of Sessions and Campbell streets.

It was reported that no one connected with the water department ever closed or opened these valves except for Superintendent Early himself or an employee that he took with him and worked solely under his direction.

Based on their findings, the committee believed that someone or a group of people that were sufficiently acquainted with the water system knew which valves to close in order to prevent a sufficient supply of water to fight fires. The condition of the valves and the ground around them told the committee that the valves had been closed for at least a week if not longer.

Marietta Mayor J.J. Black later that day announced a $100 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the closing of the valves and for deliberately depriving the city of the proper fire protection needed if a fire broke out.

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 June 20th
by Damon_Poirier
June 19, 2013 09:51 AM | 981 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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.

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 June 13th
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June 14, 2013 09:58 AM | 941 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This week’s Time Capsule looks at a $1 tax rate, an attempt to condemn the Leo Frank lynching site, teaching of Communism in Cobb, the start of the ZIP code system and the naming of the Gen. Lucius D. Clay Parkway.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, June 13, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, it was reported on the front page that the Marietta Mayor and City Council fixed the city’s general tax rate for the year at $1. The tax covered three items – 40 cents for city purposes, 30 cents for school purposes and 30 cents for interest on bonds and a sinking fund.

A second page story in that week’s edition reported that John Quarles caught a 72 pound snapping turtle in a trap in the Chattahoochee River. The turtle measured 3-feet, 9-inches long and 1-foot, 7-inches wide. Quarles sold the turtle to Cliff Mayes for $3.50 to feed his squad of convicts. Mayes believed he could get 50 pounds of meat from the turtle.

The story was proof that history tends to repeat itself. Just recently, MDJ reporter Lindsay Field wrote a story about a 20 pound turtle found in a Marietta subdivision.

50 years ago …

Objections by black homeowners in the area were reported in the Sunday, June 9, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as being the doom of the proposed Johnson Street Urban Renewal project. A group of some 40-50 Baptist Town and Johnson Street residents appeared before the Marietta City Council to protest the plans. The residents said if they were forced to move from the area they would have nowhere else to go unless they left the city.

Also that day, black leaders in Marietta were waging a campaign to register at least 300 new black voters by the end of the week. An unnamed spokesman for the group, working as a “Voter’s League,” told the MDJ that he was trying to achieve increased ballot strength in the upcoming Oct. 9 municipal election and the 1964 state and county elections.

In the Wednesday, June 12, 1963 paper it was reported that the East Marietta site of the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank was the object of condemnation papers filed by the State Highway Department. The agency was seeking to incorporate the wooded lot known as “Leo Frank woods” into the right-of-way for Interstate 75, which was just being constructed. A court hearing was set for June 20 by Judge Albert Henderson.

Another story that day reported that officers were searching for vandals who ransacked the LaBelle Heights Elementary School in Smyrna, flooding the building by clogging up a sink and pouring glue on the floors.

The tenets of Communism as they compared to the American democratic system was reported in the Thursday, June 13, 1963 paper as being set to be taught in Cobb County schools for the first time in the fall. Superintendent Jasper Griffin explained that the Georgia General Assembly and the State Board of Education had both endorsed the program.

Also that day, ZIP code numbers to be used by Marietta residents in the new nationwide speed mail system were announced by Postmaster Pierce E. Cody. The new system was to go into effect on July 1. The new code system was expected to cut the possibility of mis-sent mail to a minimum and slice the time between pick up and delivery by as much as 24 hours.

20 years ago …

Cobb and its six cities were urging the Air Force in the Thursday, June 10, 1993 MDJ to scratch a proposal to move a 1,300-member reserve fighter wing from Dobbins Air Force Base. At a council meeting the night before, Marietta officials joined Cobb and its municipalities in a solid show of support for the 116th Tactical Fighter Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard by signing a resolution that asked the Air Force to reconsider its decision. Accepting the resolution, Brig. Gen. Steve Kearney, wing commander, thanked the council for their support on behalf of the 1,300 men and women in the unit. Adjutant Gen. William P. Bland, Georgia Air National Guard commander, was also reported as questioning the relocation and negotiating with the National Guard Bureau in Washington.

In the Friday, June 11, 1993 paper it was reported that retired four-star Gen. Lucius D. Clay Jr., then-74, accepted a resolution naming a portion of South Cobb Drive for his late father, who also retired from military service as a full general and was the military governor for the United States Army over occupied Germany after World War II. Officials from the state Department of Transportation also were on hand at the Marietta Kiwanis meeting with the first of the signs which would identify the stretch between Interstate 75 to Butler Street as the Gen. Lucius D. Clay Parkway. The signs were to be put in place that September.

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 June 6th
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at Shut-In Day, a Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever death, a surgical procedure, Michels’ Trading Post in west Cobb and a bomb threat.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, June 6, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, W.E. Swanson with Geo Hicks as Deputy was elected Sheriff by a majority over W.P. Hardage and Walter Mayfield. The totals were 1,430 for Swanson and 608 for Hardage.

The Board of County Commissioners also met that week and discussed the contract for a new steel bridge. The lowest bidders were Austin Bros., who would build the bridge across the W & A Railroad line on the new road being built out to Bartow County. The price was $1,439.

Another story that week reported that a Saturday wind and rain storm destroyed crops, uprooted big trees and blew down barns and small sheds in the eastern part of the county. Five headstones were also blown over at the National cemetery.

50 years ago …

Shut-In Day, inaugurated by the late Billy Power of Marietta, was reported as being observed throughout the United States in the Friday, May 31, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal. Power, known during his lifetime as the Sunshine Man, originated the observance as a means of bringing attention to people who due to illness or injury were classified as shut-ins. On Shut-In Day, churches and individuals in numerous states took time out to telephone or personally visit shut-ins in their areas.

A Georgia-made Lockheed C-130 Hercules was also reported as arriving in Paris at approximately 6:30 a.m. EST that day after a perfect non-stop flight from Atlanta. The plane, carrying an Army helicopter as its cargo, averaged a speed of 350 miles per hour for the 4,455-mile trip in the face of headwinds. The unofficial elapsed time was 12 hours, 24 minutes and 28 seconds.

In the Sunday, June 2, 1963 paper, the Georgia Department of Public Health said the May 25 death of a 6-year-old Austell boy had been attributed to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The child was the third case of the disease in the state in recent weeks.

Smyrna City Councilman Bill Keck was reported in the Tuesday, June 4, 1963 paper as charging that South Cobb Drive land speculators were attempting to block plans for widening old U.S. Highway 41 in Smyrna from two to four lanes. Keck made the accusation after a report that the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads was ready to drop the project due to excessively high demands by property owners for sale of the rights of way.

In the Wednesday, June 1963 paper it was reported that a 21-year-old patient was recovering from a surgical procedure at Kennestone Hospital that probably would not have been attempted in the previous decade. Two weeks earlier, the man had both of his legs nearly severed by a power saw. Rushed the 45 miles from Jasper to Marietta, he had only two pints of blood in his body on arrival out of the normal eight pints. After a six-hour emergency operation by an orthopedic surgeon, the patient’s life and his legs were saved.

20 years ago …

Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-east Cobb) was reported in the Wednesday, June 2, 1993 MDJ as cutting into two issues that captivated the public – President Bill Clinton’s hair-care regimen and his deficit-reduction plan – while getting his hair cut at Best Cuts on Powers Ferry Road in east Cobb. The House minority whip’s comments from the barber chair came after the House narrowly passed Clinton’s deficit-reduction bill.

Also that day, Mike Michels, the then-70-year-old owner of Michels’ Trading Post in west Cobb, was reported as having packed away most of the contents of his Cobb landmark sporting goods shop at the corner of Macland and Bankston roads. A favorite haunt of area hunters and fisherman, the rambling, tan brick structure was going to be demolished by the Cobb County Department of Transportation to widen Macland Road.

In the Thursday, June 3, 1993 paper, a Marietta couple received a bomb threat because of the Georgia flag hanging on their duplex. A man called around 1:15 p.m. and threatened that if the flag didn’t come down, then a bomb would go off when they came out of the house. Marietta police and the Marietta Fire Department searched the area for 30 minutes, but did not find a bomb.

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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