MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of April 4th
by Damon Poirier
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In this week’s column we look at a dog tax, a lawsuit over a telegram, a proposed courthouse on Highway 41, the county running out of land by 2010 and House leaders seeking an audience with Pope John Paul II.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, April 4, 1913 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story about the Marietta City Council passing an ordinance that required all dog owners to register their pets and pay a $2.50 tax per animal. All stray dogs that were not registered and paid for were to be shot by the police.

50 years ago …

A 44,000-volt fuse at a sub-station was reported in the Sunday, March 31, 1963 MDJ as having blown out with a loud explosion-like noise during the noon rush hour the Friday before. Both lights and traffic signals in downtown Marietta were out for 37 minutes. The sound of the blow-out was heard as far away as 2½ miles.

Another story that day reported that an Acworth housewife, who contended that she missed her mother’s funeral in Switzerland due to the late delivery of a telegram, was suing Western Union Telegraph Co. for $100,025.

In the Wednesday, April 3, 1963 paper there was a story about a middle-aged Acworth man who escaped from the Cobb County jail only 12 hours before a relative showed up to pay his fine. The escapee was recaptured near an isolated cabin northeast of Cartersville with a 19-year-old Marietta girl, who was charged with aiding and abetting the fugitive.

Another story that day told of a woods fire that sent white smoke into the sky and endangered six homes near the intersection of Civitania and Cooper Lake roads in south Cobb. Firemen from the South Cobb fire station, the Cobb Forestry Unit and men from a Colonial Pipeline Company crew fought the fire for over five hours with bulldozers turning up dry brush and cutting fire breaks in the dry earth. The following day was a report of 14 more grass fires that broke out in the county. Minor damage was done to two buildings in Acworth when grass fires got out of control.

In the Thursday, April 4, 1963 paper there was a story about a proposal advocating a new Cobb County courthouse on a tract of land along the Four Lane Highway, now known as U.S. Highway 41. The proposed courthouse was in the core of a cluster of multi-story business buildings which, in addition to the courthouse, would represent an estimated investment of $4 million.

20 years ago …

A population study released to county commissioners at the beginning of March was reported in the Monday, March 29, 1993 MDJ. The study showed that Cobb’s population could not climb higher than 870,795 people and estimated that the county would be running out of land by 2010.

In the Tuesday, March 30, 1993 paper reported that U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-east Cobb) was among a delegation of U.S. House leaders that had embarked upon a 12-day trip to Russia, Warsaw, Kiev and Rome. The delegation was attempting to secure an audience with Pope John Paul II to discuss the political situation in Poland and the Ukraine.

A man dressed as a woman in a blond wig and pretending to be a police officer was reported in the Wednesday, March 31, 1993 paper as having robbed a north Cobb jewelry store at gunpoint and attacking one employee with a stun gun.

In the Thursday, April 1, 1993 paper there was a story about a second man dying as a result of a single-engine plane crash in Kennesaw. The crash victim died at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta from burns he received across 95 percent of his body. The other victim died at the scene at Kennesaw Due West Road and Kennesaw Due West Circle. The plane apparently crashed and exploded shortly after takeoff from Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field from a loss of power.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacy Cotton was reported in the Friday, April 2, 1993 paper as having authorized Norfolk-Southern Railway Inc., to buy the 800-acre Sweetwater Industrial Park in Austell for development of a new regional truck-rail transfer station. The railroad was considering moving its regional transfer station out of Inman Yards in Atlanta to Austell – a change that was expected to bring 200 new jobs into the south Cobb community. The tract, owned by Landmark American Corporation, had been entangled in bankruptcy court for the past three years. A tentative sale price was set at $4 million.


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

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