MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Feb. 20
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a senator’s death, Leo Frank, a car chase, Naval Air Station-Atlanta and Northwest Georgia Health System.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Feb. 20, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported Georgia Senator Augustus O. Bacon died after a short illness that puzzled his physicians for several days. Just after it was announced that the trouble had been located and that it would “yield readily to medical treatment” Senator Bacon collapsed and died. The cause of death was believed to be a blood clot that entered his heart. The funeral services were held in the Senate Chamber in Washington and the body was brought to Atlanta where it was taken to the State Capitol to lie in state for four hours before being taken to Macon where it will be buried.

Also that week there was a story about Leo M. Frank, who was convicted of the murder of Mary Phagan of Marietta and sentenced to be hanged, was refused a new trial by the State Supreme Court. The court stood four against a new trial with two judges dissenting. Practically without exception Solicitor Hugh Dorsey was upheld on every point by the Superior Court.

50 years ago …

Lockheed’s StarLifter was reported in the Friday, Feb. 14, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as having taken its second test flight and the landing gear of the huge C-141 was retracted for the first time.

Also that day, it was reported that the Navy’s top ranking officer, Admiral David L. McDonald, chief of Naval Operations, was scheduled to visit Marietta as a guest of Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association. Admiral McDonald was to arrive at the Naval Air Station in Marietta where he was to conduct a press conference immediately upon arrival and then attend a luncheon at the Marietta Country Club as a guest of the Marietta-Cobb County Council, Navy League.

In the Sunday, Feb. 16, 1964 paper it was reported a 110-mph car chase on the North 4-Lane (U.S. Highway 41) between Marietta Police and two wanted men ended in a three-car pile-up after the fleeing pair smashed a roadblock in Kennesaw. Marietta Police lieutenant Robert F. McBrayer suffered severe head and possible internal injuries in the crash and was listed in “critical condition” at Kennestone Hospital. His partner, Wyndall Black, who had just returned to work after being injured in the Atherton’s Drug Store explosion, was admitted to the hospital with head/ facial cuts and possible internal injuries. He was listed in “fair” condition.

Another story that day reported that a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the office of coroner in Cobb County had been passed in the State Senate and was waiting on House action.

Type I Sabine oral polio vaccine was reported in the Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1964 paper as being available at the Cobb County Health Department. Health director Dr. Ernest Thompson said the vaccine would be dispensed free of charge.

20 years ago …

The state Environmental Protection Division was reported in the Thursday, Feb. 17, 1994 MDJ as threatening to fine Cobb County up to $60,000 a day for dumping an undetermined amount of silt into a north Cobb creek. The county reportedly failed to enforce erosion laws during the installation of a sewer line along Upper Allatoona Creek at Burnt Hickory Road near Acworth.

Also that day, it was reported that cutbacks in defense spending would leave Naval Air Station-Atlanta without aircraft in June 1994 and could result in the disbanding of its attack squadron. The twin-engine Grumman A-4 Intruder planes flown by the squadron were slated for retirement in June 1994 and there was no scheduled replacements. Deactivation of NAS-Atlanta’s attack squadron would affect 12 active-duty officers and 156 enlisted personnel, as well as 42 reserve officers and 128 enlisted reservists.

In the Friday, Feb. 18, 1994 paper reported that Cobb-based Northwest Georgia Health System was the state’s largest health-care provider, now that it has merged with two Cherokee County hospitals. R.T. Jones Hospital in Canton and Woodstock Hospital signed documents officially declaring their alliances with Northwest, which was based near Cobb Hospital and Medical Center off Austell Road.


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

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