The Week of March 7th
by Damon_Poirier
 MDJ Time Capsule
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In this week’s Time Capsule, we look at the beginnings of the county’s planning commission, new post offices, the expansion of Kennesaw State University and the fight to put Cobb in the name of the Galleria Centre.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, March 7, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier, it was reported that the Marietta Rifles, headed by Capt. W.A. Way, attended the inaugural ceremonies and participated in the inaugural parade for 28th President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall.

Also that week, the Seventh District Medical Society of Georgia was expected to hold its 11th semi-annual session in Marietta on Wednesday, March 12, at the Fraternity Hall in the Black Building with many well-known physicians in attendance. The program included 14 papers on important medical questions which were to be read and discussed by specialists in every line of medicine and surgery. Doctors Malone, Benson and Nolan, all of Marietta, were among those who would read papers before the assembly.

Another story reported that in the February issue of “Bonds and Mortgages,” a magazine published in Chicago and devoted exclusively to the bond and mortgage business, had a lengthy article paying tribute to Marietta’s town booster, Col. Moultrie M. Sessions of Sessions Loan and Trust Company.

50 years ago …

In the Friday, March 1, 1963 MDJ, the first piece of legislation limited to Cobb County was reported as having cleared both houses of the General Assembly. It was a bill creating a Cobb County Planning Department and allowing the county government to appoint a full-time planning engineer.

The combination of an Air Force ordered speed-up in the production rate of C-130E Hercules and an already-planned build-up of workers on the C-141 program was reported in the Sunday, March 3, 1963 paper as potentially adding several hundred jobs at the Lockheed-Georgia Co. by the end of the year. Some 15,400 people were working there at the time of the news, which made it the largest single industry in Georgia.

Two Smyrna policemen ordered to join a widespread search for four men suspected of stealing merchandise from some Cobb stores over the weekend were reported in the Monday, March 4, 1963 paper as making the quickest capture in county history. The policemen said they stepped out of the police station and immediately spotted the suspects driving towards them. Police said that the suspects were unfamiliar with Smyrna and mistakenly drove past the station.

New federal post offices were reported as being readied for Marietta and Austell in the Tuesday, March 5, 1963 paper. The Marietta facility on Lawrence Street cost $282,000 and was expected to be completed on April 27. A “folded roof” and concrete columns were part of the Marietta design, which was being constructed by Latimer and Associates.

The Austell post office on Mulberry Street cost $90,000 and would open on April 1. It had a glassed-in lobby with steel supporting beams outside and was being constructed by The Austell Cabinet Company.

Police theorized in the Thursday, March 7, 1963 paper that a burglar who stole a large quantity of narcotics from a Marietta drug store had hidden inside at closing time and waited for the employees to leave. City detectives said that morphine, codeine, dolophine and other drugs were missing. The store’s back door, which was secured at night with a lock and two iron bars, was found open when the manager arrived the next morning.

20 years ago …

In the Thursday, March 4, 1993 MDJ, Cobb schools were reported as asking local legislators to limit homestead exemptions for the elderly in an attempt to slow a growing budget deficit.

Another story that day reported how after some six years of stalled negotiations with property owners, Kennesaw State College turned to the state attorney general’s office for help in acquiring land for expansion. The state Board of Regents voted in October to acquire two tracts of land totaling almost 30 acres either through purchase or condemnation. The parcels were on Steve Frey Road east of the Kennesaw State campus on the opposite side of the road from the school.

Cobb’s House delegation, upset by the Senate for not requiring “Cobb” to have a prominent position in the name of the county’s new convention center, was reported in the Saturday, March 6, 1993 paper as having tossed the hot potato back into the Senate’s lap the day before. The original bill, sponsored by Rep. Roy Barnes, D-Mableton, required the name of the convention center to be “The Cobb Galleria Centre.” The Senate changed the legislation to require only that Cobb be permanently included somewhere in the name and that the county not be eclipsed by reference to Atlanta.

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

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