This week’s Time Capsule looks at a murder-suicide, the Mexican revolution, an apartment fire and Kennestone Hospital.

100 years ago …

The Thursday, June 19, 1919, edition of The Cobb County Times reported that Lois Evans, 20, of Acworth, was shot three times that afternoon by Warren T. Bailey, 36, who then killed himself with three shots from a revolver.

Bailey left a wife and two children behind and was the telegraph operator at the Acworth station for 10 years.

Evans had been a clerk at the station for one year. She was the sister of Mrs. L.A. Winn of Acworth, whose husband was one of the station's other operators.

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American forces were reported as having invaded Mexico for 24 hours the Sunday before and during part of the following Monday. Some 3,600 soldiers were sent across the border "to protect American lives and property on this side of the boundary." The Mexican rebels, headed by Francisco Villa, and the federal forces fought in the streets of Juarez just across the border from El Paso, Texas. Several bullets fired by rebels were reported as crossing the Rio Grande River, killing two Americans and injuring several others.

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Capt. John Atcock and Lt. A.W. Brown of the British Air Service were reported as leaving St. Johns, New Foundland in "a big Vimy bomber airplane" the Saturday before and flying across the Atlantic to land in Ireland the next day. The pilots made the trip in 16 hours without a stop.

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The Friday, June 20, 1919, edition of The Marietta Journal reported Simp Jackson filed a guilty plea in two cases before Judge Morris in Motion Court in Marietta the Saturday before. The cases were for being intoxicated on the public highway and the other for having a quart of whiskey in his possessions. Both were violations under the Prohibition laws.

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A.P. Talley of Columbia, South Carolina, was reported as taking over for A.H. Cobb Jr. as manager of the Strand Theater in Marietta.

The Dixie Theatre on Marietta Square was also reported as changing hands. The theater was bought by Manning and Wink of Athens, Tennessee. The report said that "Manning and Wink are old Marietta boys, having been the first to open a movie house in Marietta." The Dixie was to be managed by Cecil Manning.

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In the Current Events column on the front page, were the following items:

♦"Villa is keeping the fireworks going in Mexico and it may yet be necessary for some of our returned soldiers to visit Mexico before taking a permanent job of any sort at home."

♦"The unloaded pistol in the hands of a boy, got in its work in Atlanta (the Tuesday before), when a youth of 14 shot down two of his playmates with a single shot. One is near death, the other will recover."

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In the Personal Mention column, written by Society Editor Mrs. D.C. Cole, wrote that Mrs. W.E. Benson, Emma May Rambo and Lucy Cole left the Tuesday before for Dawson to attend the Confederate Veteran's Reunion. Benson was the sponsor to the Georgia Division, Cole was her Maid of Honor and Rambo was sponsor to the North Georgia Division.

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On the Editorial Page, the editors had the following item:

♦"(French Prime Minister Georges Eugene Benjamin) Clemenceau practically says to the Germans: 'The (World War I) peace terms may seem a trifle hard at first glance, but look who started this thing!'"

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In the Clippings and Comments column, where the editors responded to items in other newspapers, the following item from the Cuthbert Lealer appeared:

"No doubt some will claim that the killing of two golfers by lightning (the Sunday before) was a providential act intended as a warning to those who play golf on the Sabbath."

The Journal editor’s responded with, “Nobody will be able to prove it, but it would be just as hard to disprove it to a good many people."

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In the “News From Over The County” column, were the following items.

♦ Kirk's Chapel section — Reuben Hardage was reported as getting snake bite while pulling potato slips from a bed the Tuesday before.

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50 years ago …

In the Sunday, June 12, 1969, Marietta Daily Journal, it was reported that two apartments still under construction, each containing 12 units, at Williamstown Apartments on Favor Road in Marietta, were destroyed by a fire. Firemen from at least six Cobb County fire stations and Dobbins Air Force Base answered the call and fought the blaze for nearly two hours.

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Marietta Mayor Howard Atherton was reported in the Wednesday, June 18, 1969, paper as having been installed as president of the Georgia Municipal Association at Jekyll Island. Atherton, succeeding Perry Mayor Richard Ray, was the first Mariettan to hold the office since Mayor Sam Welsch in 1955.

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Kennestone Hospital was reported in the Friday, June 20, 1969, paper as expecting to have its emergency room staffed with doctors around the clock within 30 days due to the rapidly expanding populations of the five counties that it served. Administrator Robert H. Slack said that Rome-native Dr. Mark M. Lindsey would be brought in from Hamlet Memorial Hospital in Hamlet, North Carolina, to head the four doctor Kennestone Emergency Group.

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

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