MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Jan. 9
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a convict cages, a car theft with tin foil, high acid levels and gun licensing fees.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, Jan. 9, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the entire front page was taken up by an advertisement from T.W. Read’s that was headlined with “At last the mystery is solved! The truth is known. The world revolves and the seeds are sown, and now to reap the Harvest, yes! The greatest Harvest this country has ever known by attending T.W. Read’s Big Sale.” Some sale items were 3-cent Ladies’ and Misses’ hose, 1-cent Ladies’ handkerchiefs, 3-cent Men’s hose and 2-cent Men’s handkerchiefs.

Also that week it was reported that the county commissioners met in regular session and decided to advertise for bids in the construction of five steel cages to confine convicts at night. The cages were to be on wheels and could be taken from point to point. Each cage was to have an 18-man capacity.

Another story reported that E.G. Hill was elected mayor of Kennesaw and the K.L. Griffin, B.H. Hill, George R. Skelton and J.T. Chalker were elected city councilmen.

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, Jan. 5, 1964 edition of the Marietta Daily Journal reported that a 65-year-old Cobb man was charged with illegal receipt of $230 in old age pension funds. Solicitor Luther Hames, who referred the case to the Cobb Grand Jury, said that he believed that it was the first case of its kind reported to prosecutors in Georgia.

Also reported that day was the dedication of the Cobb-Marietta Library at 201 Atlanta Street. The library occupied the old post office building, acquired by the Cobb County-Marietta Public Library Board after the new Marietta Post Office was built on Lawrence Street.

A 17-year-old Marietta boy was reported in the Monday, Jan. 6, 1964 paper as admitting that he did not have much to do and couldn’t find a job, so he stole an automobile with a piece of tin foil. The boy told deputies that he left home and walked down to Kennestone Hospital where he spotted the car. He took the inner lining of tin foil from a pack of cigarettes and “hot wired” the car. The boy was apprehended on his way home with the car by deputies.

Another story that day reported Cobb Superior Court would convene on Jan. 20 and had 700 cases on the docket, including a murder charge against a black woman who was accused of fatally shooting her husband, whom she said had threatened her with a piece of pipe. There were also more than 120 cases to be heard concerning bad checks.

Drug executive Howard Atherton Jr. was reported in the Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1964 paper as having took office of mayor with a gloomy report to new Marietta councilmen and citizens that the outgoing administration had committed the city to $63,000 deficit by July 1.

20 years ago …

Cobb water officials were reported in the Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1994 MDJ as saying that they believed an Austell chemical company was responsible for high acid levels in a nearby tributary. The pH levels caused by high chemical concentrations were found in two drainage areas below C&S Chemicals off Bankhead Highway. The low pH levels, which indicated high acidity, were capable of causing the death of some aquatic life and human skin irritation. Colin Decker, the industrial monitoring supervisor with the Cobb Water System, said that the county was “pretty sure” that C&S Chemicals were responsible for the pollution.

U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-east Cobb, was reported in the Thursday, Jan. 6, 1994 paper as siding with Cobb gun dealers who stridently objected to a federal proposal to increase licensing fees by 6,000 percent. U.S. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen said he would like to see the licensing fee required to deal guns raised to $600 a year from $10.

In the Friday, Jan. 7, 1994 paper it was reported that a 19-year-old Cobb restaurant worker was in serious condition at Kennestone Hospital, where she was being treated for bacterial meningitis, the first reported case in Georgia in 1994.

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

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