This week’s Time Capsule looks at a flag, a baby, Viet Nam, Civil Rights, tornadoes and C-130s.
100 years ago …
In Friday, July 3, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page story about Gov. Joseph M. Brown of Marietta declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Hoke Smith. His published announcement was brief and his platform was expected to be released at a later date. The announcement also said that he planned to open his campaign headquarters by or shortly after July 15.
A second story that week reported that on June 14th a silk American flag measuring 6-feet by 10-feet was unfurled on top of a 115-foot pole, “the tallest flagstaff in Georgia and given to the Austell High School” by a young business man in the city. An electric light was placed on top of the pole so it could be seen from Marietta.
50 years ago …
In the Sunday, June 28, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that the South repulsed the North in a furious battle on the slopes of the Kennesaw Mountain battlefield at the county farm as part of the week-long centennial celebration of the Civil War battle at the mountain. The mock battle involved some 2,000 reactivated troopers in uniform.
Also that day, Cobb Legislative Candidate Hugh Lee McDaniell revealed his plans to ask the General Assembly to approve a $100-million state-financed Urban Roads Program in a move to ease traffic woes in Cobb and other rapidly growing counties. McDaniell, who was seeking election to the House post being vacated by Rep. Joe Mack Wilson, said he would ask Gov. Carl Sanders to give administrative backing to the plan.
The name “Harry Conley Joiner” was given to the four-month old baby that was mentioned in last week’s column. The child was named by Herman Hughes, supervisor of the Cobb Juvenile Home, and his wife with permission given by Richard S. Joiner in whose car the abandoned baby was found. Investigators were still looking to find the child’s parents.
In the Tuesday, June 30, 1964 paper it was reported that a suit was filed to prevent Commissioner Herbert McCollum from continuing with plans for construction of the new judicial and public safety buildings. The suit was to be heard by Cobb Superior Court Judge Albert Henderson.
A grieving Marietta widow was reported in the Wednesday, July 1, 1964 paper as waiting at home for a last letter which was believed to be sent by her 25-year-old husband just before he was killed in combat in South Viet Nam. The soldier was killed when the U.S. turbo-jet helicopter he was piloting was shot down by Communist guerillas.
Another story in that paper reported that a 20-year-old Austell housewife was killed when the taxi in which she was a passenger crashed into the Sweetwater Creek bridge abutment on State Route 6. The woman was dead on arrival at Kennestone Hospital from severe head and chest injuries. She was the 17th fatality in the county for the year and the second in a week.
A high ranking Naval officer was reported in the Thursday, July 2, 1964 paper as having landed his jet plane at the wrong airfield. At 11:30 p.m., a T-33 Naval trainer plane carrying the two officers arrived from Patuxent River, Md., but instead of landing at Dobbins Air Force Base the plane pulled into privately operated McCollum Airport, which is no known as Cobb County Airport – McCollum Field, in Kennesaw. The speeding jet plane sailed off the end of the runway onto a graded area and was stopped just a few feet shy of a steep 50-foot embankment.
A second story that day reported five fire alarms came into the Marietta fire station all within a period of nine minutes. All of the alarms were false and two teenage brothers were apprehended. Capt. Bartow Adair, head of the fire prevention bureau, said the boys were caught after they wrecked and abandoned the family car on the railroad tracks on Dobbs Street.
Three young black men were reported as being served at a previously segregated lunch counter in Cobb County in the Friday, July 3, 1964 paper in a test of the public accommodation section of the new Civil Rights Act. The men were reported as integrating the lunch counter at a downtown Marietta store without incident and more tests were expected in the county. Other Cobb County restaurants and motel operators who refused to accommodate blacks in the past said they would comply with the new act which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson the day before.
20 years ago …
In the Tuesday, June 28, 1994 MDJ it was reported that two storms, accompanied by tornado-force winds, slammed into east and west Cobb, damaging about 130 homes, shearing and uprooting hundreds of trees and leaving thousands without power. Although the damage was extensive, only one minor injury was reported for Cobb County. Across the state, however, two people were killed and dozens injured by the storms.
Another story that day reported up to 30 C-130s were in the pipeline for Cobb-based Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co., but the defense contractor said more planes were needed to prevent additional layoffs. The House Appropriations Committee, at the urging of U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden (D-Marietta), added $330 million to its fiscal 1996 Defense Appropriations Act to buy 10 C-130 cargo planes. The House Armed Services Committee also budgeted for two C-130s and the Senate Armed Services Committee had added money for eight cargo planes.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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