The Week of November 1st
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at a Marietta mayor’s pay, a “safe-cracker” called in by the tax commissioner’s office, the dedication of Marietta High School’s new wing and a music student’s discovery that changed how a famous composer’s symphony was played forever.

100 years ago…

On the front page of the Friday, Nov. 1, 1912 Marietta Journal and Courier, there was an interesting strip of text just under the masthead that read:

“Next Tuesday, Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, a true Southerner, a former Georgian, will be elected President of the United States by the most overwhelming majority ever given a candidate for the Presidency in the history of the Republic. Be sure your vote is recorded for this great American.”

Beneath the strip there was a story that talked about two Wilson rallies set for the next evening where a message from Gov. Wilson would be read and speeches would be made by various well-known citizens.

There was also a front page story about the death of attorney Robert Norris Holland, 52, who served two terms as Mayor of Marietta and two terms in the Georgia Legislature.

Another story announced that Cobb County once again won the first prize for the best agricultural exhibit at the Georgia State Fair. The award was announced from the front of the Agricultural Hall and thousands cheered for Mr. and Mrs. J. Gid Morris of Smyrna, who for several years had had the prize exhibit of the fair.

50 years ago…

The Georgia Supreme Court said that Marietta Mayor Sam Welsch could start collecting his salary again in the Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1962 paper. The high court reached the decision in a split 5-2 vote and held that a “taxpayer’s suit,” which sought a permanent injunction cutting off all the mayor’s income should have been thrown out by a lower court.

At issue was the validity of a city council resolution passed the previous February which hiked the mayor’s pay from $3,600 to $11,000 a year and made it retroactive for two years.

Red-faced officials at the tax commissioner’s office were reported as having to call a professional “safe-cracker” in the Friday, Nov. 2, 1962 paper when the combination dial lock on their 50-year old stand up safe refused to open.

Also that day, there was a story about a presentation to county officials about long-range plans for a rapid transit system of electric rail that would begin in Cobb in the early 1970s. Plans called for the rapid transit system, funneling into the heart of Atlanta from Cobb and other counties using a system of underground subways.

20 years ago…

The dedication of Marietta High School’s new wing, which was attached to the rest by a skywalk across Polk Street, was in the Monday, Oct. 26, 1992 MDJ. The three-level structure included a new two-court gymnasium, 12 classrooms and large rooms for the band and choral groups.

Kennestone Hospital was asking a Cobb judge in the Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1992 paper to order state health officials to give the hospital a certificate of need to allow the practice of open-heart surgery.

In the Sunday, Nov. 1, 1992 paper, there was a story about a music student from Mableton who made a discovery that changed forever the way a famous 180-year old symphony was performed. Baroque composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) wrote the Italian Symphony, a favorite of symphony orchestras, during a trip to Italy in 1834. But, the piece was not published until after his death by the heirs to his estate.

A century and a half later, Duke University music student Michael Cooper, who graduated from South Cobb High in 1980, found the mistake the Mendelssohn family made. Presented to the public was a version of the symphony, originally called Symphony in A Major, which was later revised by the composer. The revision, however, had been thought to be only an early draft until Cooper discovered that it was actually the composer’s attempt to rework the music.

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

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