This week’s Time Capsule looks at a cave-in, a storm sewer flood, the Kennesaw junior college and a moonshine bust.
100 years ago …
In Friday, March 6, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that a man held in the Cobb County Jail on charges of having robbed the N.C. and St. L. passenger train a short time ago was not guilty. But, letters received by Sheriff W.E. Swanson indicated that he was a well-known crook in other parts of the country. From all over the nation, Swanson received several photographs– some from the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency - that showed a resemblance to the accused and numerous letters that seemed to show beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was a “bad man.”
Also that week there was a story about the Marietta City Council renting the southern half of the building belonging to the Atlanta Northern Railway Company fronting on Church Street as the new fire department headquarters.
Another story reported the electric lights on the City of Marietta’s clock were a gift to the city from Third Ward Councilman J.R. Brumby Jr.
50 years ago …
Marietta Councilmen were reported in the Friday, Feb. 28, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as being asked to approve name changes for 69 city streets in a move designed to eliminate duplication.
Also that day, there was a story that the Marietta City Council was being asked to enact a strict dog leash law. Ward Four Councilman John R. “Dick” Hunter authored the proposed ordinance, which would require that all dogs that are not inoculated, tagged and muzzled be either fenced in or leashed.
A construction worker was reported killed and another injured in the Sunday, March 1, 1964 paper when a newly dug sewerage line near Sedalia Park School collapsed and buried the men under seven feet of red clay for almost an hour. The men had been grading the seven-foot ditch, which was in close proximity to an already existing water line, in preparation to laying down the pipe when the caved in occurred.
In the Tuesday, March 3, 1964 paper, a storm sewer running under the Mableton Plaza Shopping Center, overtaxed by the continuous rains and “probably clogged at the lower end of the area,” erupted through the floor of a restaurant and flooded virtually all of the businesses in the center. Firemen from the South Cobb and Powder Springs fire districts, assisted by the Austell Civil Defense Unit, responded to the call for help from the merchants and worked into the night trying to keep the flood waters from merchandise within the stores. Water flooded into the stores from the restaurant until a jack hammer, provided by the county water department, was able to cut a concrete retaining wall that diverted the water out into a parking lot. Firemen said that the floor of the restaurant was “split from front to back” by the rushing water.
Another story that day reported that the State Board of Regents had selected a 100-acre tract east of the Pinetree Country Club as the site for the proposed new Cobb County Junior College, which is the current site of Kennesaw State University. The property, which would cost $100,000, was to be purchased and turned over to the Regents following a bond issue to be called by the City of Marietta and the Cobb County Board of Education. The proposed bond issue was expected to be twice the size of another junior college that had been recently approved by the Regents.
A fleeing suspect was reported in the Wednesday, March 4, 1964 paper as having run right into the arms of the law after he jumped from a car that contained over 100 gallons of illegal whiskey. An officer saw the man driving along Canton Highway and tried to pull alongside him, when the driver suddenly stopped on Barnes Mill Road and jumped out. The suspect ran in an almost complete circle from where he had abandoned the car, which had 102 gallons of moonshine broken down into 17 cases of 12 one-half gallon jars.
A roaring fire, whipped by high winds, was reported in the Thursday, March 5, 1964 paper as reducing the Shepherd Inn on Canton Highway near Woodstock to a pile of charred ashes. The Woodstock Fire Department was reportedly called by the owners, but did not respond because it was outside the city limits.
20 years ago …
In the Tuesday, March 1, 1994 MDJ, it was reported that Dobbins Air Reserve Base took another hit when the Pentagon announced 50,000 cuts nationwide in reserve units. The 116th at Dobbins was expected to lose three F-15 fighter jets and 40 Guardsmen later in the year. The cuts also affected two local Marine units. Marine Observation Squadron 4, which flew OV-10 reconnaissance planes based at Marine Air Group 42 at Naval Air Station-Atlanta, was to be deactivated at the end of the fiscal year. The Marines’ 4th Force Service Support Group, a non-flying administrative unit with headquarters in leased space adjacent to the Gresham Road post office in east Marietta, was also to be deactivated under the plan.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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