This week’s Time Capsule looks at a monument, a nuclear reactor, a maiden flight, padlocking, the Marietta City Club and Kennestone Hospital.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Dec. 19, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that the State of Illinois had appropriated $20,000 for the erection of a Georgia marble monument on Cheatham Hill, three miles from Marietta, in memory of the Illinois troops that took part in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain during the Civil War. The Confederates were entrenched on Cheatham Hill when the Northern troops advanced. The fighting was terrible, lasting six days and nights with soldiers almost within gun’s reach of each other. After the sixth day, the Northern troops dug a 50 yard tunnel underneath the Confederates and planned to blow them up as a Fourth of July celebration.
Also that week there was a half-page sized ad on the front from the T.L. Wallace Clothing Co. titled, “A Few Suggestions for Christmas.” The ad offered underwear, shirts, handkerchiefs, gloves, neckwear, silk hose and silk garters all for $1.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, Dec. 13, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that a pre-dawn blaze, believed to be arson, gutted three stores in a building on Acworth’s Main Street. The building was occupied by the Model Cleaners, the Simco Loan Company and the Hubert H. Hunter Barber Shop. Acworth Police Chief E.H. Stone said that a large can containing two gallons of kerosene and a small antifreeze can with a kerosene odor were found behind the stores.
Also that day, it was reported that a thief with a sack over his face and carrying an automatic shotgun walked into a service station on Atlanta Road and stole $20 from the attendant.
The Marietta City Council was reported in the Sunday, Dec. 15, 1963 paper as facing a proposal to change the names of 69 city streets when it met in January. The proposal was presented by City Planner Loe LaForge as part of a countywide program involving the renaming of streets with duplicate or similar names.
The Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C., was reported in the Monday, Dec. 16, 1963 paper as proposing to permit Lockheed-Georgia Company to operate a nuclear reactor in Dawsonville at higher power. The company at the time was only licensed to operate the radiation effect reactor at a maximum power of one thermal megawatt. Under the new license, Lockheed could operate it at a maximum of three thermal megawatts.
The C-141 StarLifter was reported in the Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1963 paper as having left the ground for the first time at Dobbins Air Force Base. The successful maiden flight marked, to the day, the 60th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. At the controls of the Marietta designed and built fan-jet transport was Leo Sullivan, Lockheed-Georgia Company’s chief test pilot. Hundreds of spectators lined the Dobbins runway for the historic first flight.
In the Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1963 paper it was reported that The Sugar Shack, a dining and dancing establishment on the Four Lane Highway South (U.S. Highway 41) in Marietta, had been ordered padlocked pending a court order on charges that it was a public nuisance and had violated state liquor laws. The court order was signed by Cobb Superior Court Judge Albert Henderson at the request of Solicitor Luther Hames. Law enforcement officials were ordered to search the premises for illegal intoxicants. The following day, Thursday, Dec. 19, 1963, The Orbit Inn, a café on Bankhead Highway, was also padlocked by Cobb Sheriff Kermit Sanders following charges by Hames that it was being operated as a front for gambling and the sale of intoxicants.
20 years ago …
The public authority overseeing the $48 million Cobb Galleria Centre was reported in the Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1993 MDJ as having tried again to persuade county commissioners to write off almost $400,000 in building permit and water and sewer tap-in fees. Commission Chairman Bill Byrne – who also served on the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority – held out little hope for the request. Commissioners had turned down a similar proposal in September 1992 for the facility under construction on Cobb Parkway in the Cumberland-Galleria area noting that that the county did not waive the permits and fees for schools and other public buildings.
In the Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1993 paper it was reported that for two years after opening, the Marietta City Club was not meeting its original revenue projections and was slowly draining city coffers. The public golf club, which opened in October 1991, cleared $384,560 after expenses during the 1993 fiscal year, which was far below the $550,000 annual net income projected for each of the course’s first three years of operation.
Smyrna officials were reported in the Thursday, Dec. 16, 1993 paper as expected to annex 19 acres that included several major businesses in the Platinum Triangle. The land was in five unincorporated islands in the highly developed business district at the intersection of Interstates 285 and 75 in southeast Cobb. Annexation would mean an additional $108,000 in property taxes for Smyrna.
Kennestone Hospital trustees were reported in the Friday, Dec. 17, 1993 paper as having voted to file an appeal with the State Supreme Court of Georgia in the next stage in the war for a Cobb-based open-heart surgery center. The hospital’s appeal was in response to the Nov. 22 denial by the Georgia Court of Appeals of the hospital’s request to offer heart surgery.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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