This week’s Time Capsule looks at a gubernatorial race, a well rescue, a fire, a car theft ring and the Olympics.
100 years ago …
In Friday, April 17, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that there were at least a half dozen candidates in the race for Governor. Col. J. Randolph Anderson of Savannah seemed to be “the most thoroughly in earnest so far” and had a summer home in Marietta. He was president of the Senate and would become Governor if Gov. Slaton resigned.
It was expected that A.A. Lawrence, another Cobb County citizen, would succeed Col. Anderson as Senator for the Savannah district. Dr. L.G. Hardman of Commerce had announced for Governor along with W.H. Burwell of Sparta, who was the speaker of the House; and W.J. Harris of Cedartown, who was the director of the Census. Railroad Commissioner Murphey Candler had considered entering the race, but had abandoned the idea.
50 years ago …
In the Sunday, April 12, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that Laddie - a friendly, shaggy, 10-month old German Shepherd - poked his head into and then fell 65-feet down an abandoned well while exploring Blackjack Mountain in east Cobb with his master and four other children. The mother of the dog’s seven-year-old master called the fire department and within a few minutes rescue men from both Fuller’s and the Marietta departments arrived. The well was fortunately dry and the dog was rescued by a fireman who lowered slowly “to the bottom of the deep, rank well.”
Another story that day reported that the Marietta City Council had ordered a crackdown on delinquent taxpayers – including some who still owed money to the city from as far back as 1957.
The Army Corps of Engineers was reported in the Wednesday, April 15, 1964 paper as saying that Allatoona and Buford Dams prevented more than $1 million in downstream flood damages during the recent heavy rains. The rains raised the reservoirs behind the dams at the two flood control projects to the highest levels since operations commenced.
Preliminary data indicated that storage of flood waters in Allatoona Reservoir reduced stages on the Etowah River by as much as nine feet at Kingston, about 15 miles downstream, and by four feet at Rome. The estimates that stages at the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam were reduced by over 13 feet at Norcross and eight feet at Atlanta.
In the Thursday, April 16, 1964 paper it was reported that an old, downtown Marietta warehouse, containing baby chicks, hay and fertilizer, was destroyed by fire late the night before. Firemen battled for several hours before extinguishing the blaze in DuPre’s warehouse on West Anderson Street. Only the charred brick walls and blackened roof beams remained.
The headquarters for a large car theft ring was reported in the Friday, April 17, 1964 paper as having been discovered after two men fleeing Deputy Ted Barrett crashed their car and ran. Over $3,500 worth of car parts were found in an old barn on the South 4-Lane (now U.S. Hwy. 41) near River Hill which served as the headquarter for the gang.
The discovery came after Barrett saw one man driving a 1963 model car and being pushed by a 1951 model car on Paces Ferry Road. When Barrett turned his patrol car around, the man in the lead jumped out, got into the other vehicle and the pair took off. Barrett said that later the two men lost control of their car and flipped into a ravine on Vinings Road before fleeing on foot. Police from Atlanta, Marietta and the county, along with bloodhounds, were brought in to hunt the suspects.
20 years ago …
One of Cobb’s last rural, unpaved roads was reported in the Monday, April 11, 1994 MDJ as expected to be closed because it was becoming a haven for trash-dumping and other illegal activity. County officials believed that closing the 1¼-mile stretch of the nearly 1½-mile long Hartman Road in south Cobb would “cure nefarious goings-on” along the road, which connects Factory Shoals Road and Riverside Parkway south of Interstate 20 and near Six Flags Over Georgia.
In the Friday, April 15, 1994 paper it was reported that the “sharks are circling around Cobb’s embattled bid to host preliminary Olympic volleyball competition” at the Cobb Galleria Centre. One day after a Colorado congresswoman asked the International Olympic Committee to pull the games from Cobb, a Georgia lawmaker stepped forward to offer Augusta as a substitute site.
Leaders of Olympics Out of Cobb, an umbrella organization for several gay and lesbian groups, unveiled a letter from 11th District U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Lithonia, during a press conference at the Inforum of Williams Street in Atlanta.
Gay rights activists were angry that Cobb commissioners had approved a resolution the previous summer critical of gay lifestyles. Olympics Out of Cobb had vowed to hold demonstrations and protests for the world media in 1996 if the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games stood by its decision to hold the volleyball games in Cobb.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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