The Week of July 31
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at desegregation, Republicans, Lockheed, a burglar, a rapist and the Olympics.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 31, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, there was a front page advertisement about Gov. John M. Slaton, a candidate for short term senator, having a speaking event the next day at the Marietta courthouse. Slaton, who was billed as “an eloquent and forceful speaker,” was expected to discuss the issues of the campaign.

A second story that week reported that W.A. Sams, the former owner of the Butler Drug Company, had bought back the property after his return from Florida. Doyle P. Butler was said to devote his time now entirely to the sale of several lines of automobiles.

A third item reported that the Civic League would have a carnival on Sept. 3 to raise funds for improving sidewalks in Marietta. The event would have “a baby show and a parade of decorated automobiles in the afternoon.” At night the carnival would “be held with all the gaiety of music, illuminations, confetti and decorated booths.”

50 years ago …

Public and “quasi-public” facilities at Lake Allatoona were reported in the Friday, July 24, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as having been directed to desegregate by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which controls the lake area. Officials said the land and water areas will be open to the public “without regard to race, creed, color or national origin.”

Also that day it was reported that the construction contract for a new $700,000 air-conditioned junior high school on “Old 41” highway between Kennesaw and Acworth was expected to be announced in a week. Aaron Torch and Sons of Macon was the apparent low bidder and the architect was Cleveland M. Call Jr. of Marietta. J.J. Jordan, assistant school superintendent, said the as yet unnamed school was scheduled to be completed by September 1965.

Located next to North Cobb Senior High School, the junior high was to have a round dome-type gymnasium constructed of laminated wood arches. The education unit would contain 10 classrooms, four general science rooms, home economics and kitchen facilities, administrator offices, wood working shop, metal-working/electrical shop, drafting/planning rooms and a music department consisting of a band room, choral room and practice rooms.

In the Sunday, July 26, 1964 paper it was reported that whoever took a blue, 1964 pick-up truck from the Marietta Termite and Pest Control Co. some time the Friday before needed to contact the pest control company or a doctor immediately. Police recovered part of the equipment, including a foot valve from a drum of toxic pesticides, on Blue Springs Road near Acworth. The company said that the truck thief who removed it was in deadly danger and that getting the chemicals on their body or breathing in the fumes could be extremely dangerous.

It was also reported that day that Cobb Republicans had candidates for 17 offices – three of them county commission posts – in the party’s first county primary election in the fall. The candidates for the commission posts were Marietta businessman Barney Nunn, South Cobb businessman F.Y. Dillingham and J.T. Hulsey, an Atlanta industrial maintenance consultant.

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation reported in the Wednesday, July 29, 1964 paper net earnings of $21,333,000 for the six months ending June 28. This was less than one-percent below the $21,471,000 for the same 1963 period. The performance was in the face of a decline in sales that had been predicted earlier and despite a $2,250,000 tax credit that benefited the 1963 total.

In the Thursday, July 30, 1964 paper it was reported that a barefoot burglar crept through a Marietta home and fled with $7 in cash after being frightened by one of the home’s residents. The thief fled when he flipped on a light in a room and woke the person. As the man ran out of the house, he apparently cut his bare feet on some glass in the kitchen.

Navy officials announced in the Friday, July 31, 1964 paper that the General Construction Company in Marietta had been awarded a $384,000 contract to build one new building at the Naval Air Station and add an extensive addition to another. The contract was executed between the Marietta firm and the Southeast Division Bureau of Yards and Docks of the Department of the Navy in Charleston, S.C. A completely modern unit, the new enlisted barracks will provide accommodations for 100 men.

20 years ago …

In the Wednesday, July 27, 1994 paper it was reported that an increasingly bold knife-wielding man had assaulted two women in the past week in a Windy Hill Road apartment complex and Cobb Police were warning residents in the area to take extra precautions. Both victims were attacked in the early morning hours at the Magnolia Lakes apartments on Windy Hill Road just west of Interstate 75. Investigators said that the man attacked both women while family members or roommates were present in the apartment.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games was reported in the Friday, July 29, 1994 paper as expecting to announce within 10 days that it would pull preliminary volleyball from the Cobb Galleria Centre. Rumors had been circulating for weeks, but sources said the impending medical leave of Dick Yarbrough, a top ACOG policy maker, was spurring Olympic officials to move quickly. Olympic volleyball represented more than $700,000 in rental fees for the Cobb Galleria Centre.

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

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