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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