MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of July 17
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a helicopter crash, a strike, a new radar system and a toxic dump list.

100 years ago …

In Friday, July 17, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page was taken up by an advertisement for Henry A. Ward & Co. of Marietta’s Yellow Tag Sale. Some of the bargains were full cut vests for ladies at five-cents each, pencil tablets for three-cents each, large jelly glasses and tumblers at two cents each; and a yard of linen lace for one-cent.

50 years ago …

In the Sunday, July 12, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that a Marine helicopter participating in Air Force survival training exercises at Lake Allatoona crashed at the Navy Atlanta Recreation Site on the lake. None of the four Marines aboard the craft were hurt. Capt. Jack Durio of the Naval Air Station, Marietta said that the first reports from the crash scene indicated that the aircraft was a total loss and apparently crashed into trees and shrubs on the lake shore while hovering for a landing.

The following day, Monday, July 13, 1964, an Atlanta construction worker was reported as having drowned in the lake after going for a lone 2 a.m. swim. When the man, who was camping with his wife and friends, did not return a search by the Bartow County Rescue Unit commenced. The man’s body was found at 6 a.m. in about 10 feet of water in a cove near King’s Landing, which was close to Acworth.

Another story that day reported the new Shoreham Nursing Home had admitted its first patients. The opening of the 100-bed medical nursing home, the first of its kind in Cobb County, was expected to relieve overcrowding at Kennestone Hospital. Located in a six-wing brick and glass building on Kennesaw Avenue, Shoreham was less than half a mile away from the hospital. The facility provided long-term convalescent care to patients who did not need the intensive medical care at a hospital. The nursing home, built at a cost of $1 million, featured semi-private and private rooms at rates of $250 to $400 a month.

In the Tuesday, July 14, 1964 paper it was reported that the five-day walkout at the Austell Box Board Company had resulted in two arrests of non-strikers as they crossed picket lines at the plant’s entrance. In one incident, a man was charged with pointing a pistol at the picketers as he entered the plant. In another, a man was charged with hitting a picketer with his truck and failing to stop. The walkout began when a group of men asked the company for a higher percentage of the profit sharing plan, better wages and better working conditions.

A black man was reported in the Thursday, July 16, 1964 paper as being listed in poor condition at Kennestone Hospital after he was struck by a car on Whitlock Avenue. The man was hurt while he was standing on the sidewalk giving directions to a woman in a car that had stopped on the roadway. Police said that another driver came up on the stopped car, lost control, went up on the sidewalk and struck the man.

Some 12,000 employees of the Lockheed-Georgia Company, Marietta Plant, were reported in the Friday, July 17, 1964 paper as expecting to receive pay increases ranging from five to 11 cents an hour. Also affected by the raise were Lockheed’s Atlanta and Dawsonville offices. Altogether the raises for the union employees totaled more than $2 million dollars a year and came under agreements negotiated in 1962.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, July 11, 1994 MDJ it was reported that a new Doppler radar system at Dobbins Air Reserve Base would give Cobb emergency officials a quicker jump on threatening weather such as the tornado that had hit the county in late June. The Doppler system was funded by the Department of Defense, the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. System components were installed in the military weather station at Dobbins a week ago and the last of the necessary software was loaded into the computers over the weekend. The new system had the ability to spot “mesocyclones,” violent storm centers that were likely to spawn tornadoes.

Also that day, the Rev. Al Sharpton was reported as calling on civil rights leaders to take responsibility for curbing violence in black communities. Speaking to about 30 people at Club Escape on Franklin Road in Marietta, Rev. Sharpton said those leaders had been slow to respond to the number of crimes committed by blacks against other blacks. He spoke on behalf of The Empowerment Group, a newly created 40-member organization in Atlanta, which was established by his sister – Joy Bachman.

Seven of the 279 worst hazardous waste sites in Georgia were reported in the Tuesday, July 12, 1994 paper as being in Cobb County. However, none of the Cobb locations were considered “Class 1” - which were known or suspected to have caused serious health or environmental problems and slated for immediate cleanup. The state Hazardous Site Response Act, passed in 1993, required Georgia officials annually publish a list of hazardous waste sites and site owners were expected to pay for cleanup efforts. This was the first list published and Cobb’s sites included the Cheatham Road Landfill, the Corners Shopping Center, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems, Georgia Metals, CP Chemicals and Georgia Power, Powder Springs. 

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

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