The Week of December 27
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at Christmas power outages, train wrecks and developments in the sale of the Kennesaw House.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Dec. 27, 1912 Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page ad that published expressions of thanks to the people of Marietta and Cobb County from the merchants and business men of Marietta that advertised in the newspaper during the year.

50 years ago …

A member of the Cobb Advisory Board called, in the Monday, Dec. 24, 1962 paper, for a speeding up of a long-range plan to extend water lines down the western side of the county. At the time, most west Cobb residents were depending on private wells. Ordinary Garvis Sams, who made the proposal, said the county should also consider acquiring easements for laying sewer lines in conjunction with the new water lines.

Also that day, the entire city of Acworth was reported as blacked out for 30 minutes the morning before when a car hit a utility pole on Southside Drive. Crews from the city Water and Lights Department put up a new pole.

During the outage, one woman called the fire department in distress stating that her Christmas turkey was cooking when the lights went out.

In the Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1962 paper, more than 3,000 Cobb County and City of Marietta homes were reported as not having power for up to five hours on Christmas Day as freezing rain weighed down power lines and snapped off tree limbs. Heads of both the county and city electrical departments said the power outages were the worst for any Christmas Day that they could recall.

On the heels of the Dec. 3 train derailment in Kennesaw carrying atomic materials for the AEC, that was mentioned in an earlier column, another train derailment occurred in Kennesaw. Twelve of the southbound 76-car Louisville and Nashville freight train derailed on Thursday, Dec. 27, 1962 in the heart of the city after an automobile rammed into the side of one of the cars at fog-blanketed Moon’s Crossing.

Rail cars loaded with cargo were thrown along the tracks near the historic depot in the center of town. Two men traveling in the automobile were injured in the mishap, but reported in good condition at Kennestone Hospital.

Cobb police were reported in the Friday, Dec. 28, 1962 paper, as searching for a slender young bandit who calmly drank a bottle of milk at a grocery store before drawing a pistol and robbing the operator of $162.

In the Sunday, Dec. 30, 1962 paper, it was reported that an automobile carrying two people crashed through the guard rail of the bridge on Old Highway 41 that spanned the Louisville and Nashville railroad tracks north of the Chattahoochee River. The automobile plunged 40 feet to the railroad tracks below and then was hit by a passing freight train. Both passengers survived the mishap, but were severely injured.

20 years ago …

Two men were arrested and charged with the murder in the shooting death of 39-year-old Sara Tokars of east Cobb in the Thursday, Dec. 24, 1992 MDJ. The arrests were announced by Chief of Detectives A.B. Allread at a news conference at the Cobb police headquarters. Police declined to say which of the two men acted as the lone gunman who shot Tokars in front of her two young sons as she drove along Powers Road in east Cobb.

After months of eager waiting, the Downtown Marietta Development Authority in the Thursday, Dec. 31, 1992 paper, was expected to close on the sale of the historic Kennesaw House. At a specially called meeting the day before, DMDA officials unanimously approved a 15-year loan with Barnett Bank for $550,000 that would allow the self-taxing group to purchase the house that sits on the Marietta Square. The house was being bought from Boston-based firm, Petrous & Co., for $25,000.

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

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