This week’s Time Capsule looks at a liquor car, a doctor’s cure, YMCA and WWI events, Southern Polytechnic State University and Lisa A. Rossbacher, Marietta’s strip clubs and The Avenues at East Cobb.

100 years ago …

The Friday, May 17, 1918, edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier reported on the arrest of three white men in a Ford on Church Street that had “three gallon cans of corn whiskey” after Marietta Police Chief W.A. Bishop received a tip.

The car’s tag read Camp Gordon No. 128. The men claimed to be from Atlanta and employed by the government in the construction department at the camp. Each was held on a $100 bond until the next term of the Cobb Superior Court.

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Mrs. C.G. Bull, formerly Zelma Smith of Marietta, were reported as having visited for two days with Olive Faw and other friends in Marietta.

Her husband, Dr. Carroll Gideon Bull — a Major in the Army in France, was “by request of the government” supervising in England and France “the introduction of his serum for gas-gangrene” for World War I. Dr. Bull, a scientist that was working at the Rockefeller Institute in New York in 1917, was credited with discovering the anti-toxin for “the dread disease which had caused the death of thousands of wounded soldiers in all previous wars.”

The serum was being manufactured in England on a large scale and France was expected to start doing so also.

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Judson L. Stanley, who had been for years one of the Journal’s linotype men and its office foreman, was reported as being examined and qualifying for ser-vice in the Marines.

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D.P. Butler Motor Company, one of the authorized Ford agents for the area, was reported as having rebuilt a large part of their building, making the whole facility a two-story brick structure with a large electric elevator. The shop and workroom were on the second floor, while the office, show rooms and storage were on the ground floor.

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P.M. Rice was noted on the front page as correcting the rumor that his son, Henry Rice, had been killed in France during WWI.

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A legal ad stated that a petition had been made to the Commissioners of Roads and Revenues of Cobb County to “discontinue the road leading from the residence of Charlie Glore to the Hard Shell Church” for public use.

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Scattered about the paper were the following items about the YMCA in France:

♦ The YMCA was reported as using more motion picture films than was the total output of all the studios in the U.S. in 1915.

♦ 5,000 sticks of shaving soap were reported as going in one shipment from the U.S. to the YMCA in France for use by American soldiers.

♦ 19,000 baseball bats were reported as being sent overseas by the YMCA for the American Expeditionary Forces.

♦ “A mountain of chocolate, if such a thing existed, would be consumed by the American soldiers overseas in less than two years, according to an estimate of a YMCA war work secretary who spent a single day behind the counter in a YMCA hut in France.”

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On the Editorial page, the following items appeared:

♦ “The future of the Georgia farm, as demonstrated by the farm tractors at Albany (the week before) is truly wonderful to contemplate.”

♦ “With the light and power company figuring that they lose money on every fare or electric light you use, we should restrain ourselves as much as possible.”

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In the Social and Personal column:

♦ R.H. Northcutt of the Marietta Knitting Company was reported as having received an order for $129,400 worth of Radium Hose (hosiery) to be sent to Buenos Aires as soon as possible.

50 years ago …

In the Monday, May 13, 1968, Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that Capt. George S. Sutton of Marietta had been named Flight Surgeon of the Year in the U.S. Air Force.

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Also that day, a 10-year-old Mableton boy was reported as “accidentally hanging himself on an improvised backyard swing.”

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Negotiators for Southern Bell Telephone Co. and the Communications Workers of America were reported in the Tuesday, May 14, 1968, paper as having reached an agreement early that day on a new contract covering 70,000 employees in nine states — about 600 of them in the Marietta area.

20 years ago …

Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta was reported in the Tuesday, May 12, 1998, paper “to become the first public engineering school in Georgia to be led by a woman.” Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher was expected to be named the school’s next president at the University System Board of Regents meeting the following day.

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In the Thursday, May 14, 1998, paper it was reported that “the sale of alcohol in Marietta strip clubs is a luxury of the past unless the affected clubs file an 11th hour appeal to overturn a decision made (the Tuesday before.)” After a three-year battle, U.S. District Court Judge Julie Carnes upheld the constitutionality of the Marietta ordinance that banned the sale of alcohol at strip clubs. The city’s three adult nightclubs – Club Taj Mahal, Boomer’s and the Cyprus Lounge – had been battling Marietta in an appeals process since 1995.

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Cousins Properties Inc. was reported in the Friday, May 15, 1998, paper as having “put months of legal and zoning wrangles to rest (the day before)” when they began construction of The Avenues at East Cobb, a $41 million retail de-velopment at the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Roswell roads.

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

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