This week’s Time Capsule looks at an assault, pirate treasure, Attica State Prison, alcohol sales and Windy Hill Hospital.

100 years ago ...

The Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1921, edition of The Cobb County Times reported that Dr. P.L. Knott, a local chiropractor and popular Marietta man, was assaulted the Sunday before by Otis Voyles of Battle Hill, near Atlanta. Dr. Knott was in critical condition at the Marietta sanitarium with a fractured skull. Dr. Blair was said to have had to remove a piece of bone from Dr. Knott’s skull about the size of a half dollar.

Dr. Knott was sitting in a local restaurant with Jesse Northcutt just after 8 p.m. when Voyles came in and bought four bottled drinks for himself and friends in a car parked outside. Afterward, Voyles appeared in the doorway and threw an empty bottle at Dr. Knott that struck him squarely in the head.

After throwing the bottle, Voyles ran out past his automobile and disappeared. Later he was caught attempting to catch the Atlanta street car at Sibley’s Crossing. Voyles, a guard at the Bellwood convict camp in Fulton County, when caught was wet with perspiration from having run the two miles across town.

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Another front page story out of New Orleans reported that part of pirate Jean LaFitte’s treasure had been found in the vicinity of Jefferson Island.

The treasure consisted of several gold coins, two of which bore the date 1754. According to legends and stories handed down from generation to generation, LaFitte buried large sums of treasure in this neighborhood after preying upon gulf and river shipping in the 17th century.

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The Friday, Sept. 16, 1921, edition of The Cobb County Times reported the foundation for the new school building at Locust Grove was down and that plans indicated the building would be “one of the most up-to-date school buildings in any of the rural sections of the South.” A voter approved $15,000 bond allowed the construction of the new building behind the present school and “another of the modern structures facing the Dixie Highway in Cobb County.”

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In the “News From Our Correspondents” column, the Pine Mountain section reported that J.E. Hooks picked up a large splinter in the palm of his right hand while working at L.T. Flynn’s syrup mill the week before and that the whole hand had become inflamed.

75 years ago ...

Lt. Gen. J. Lawton Collins was reported in the Friday, Sept. 13, 1946, edition of The Marietta Daily Journal as disclosing in Washington the Tuesday before for the first time that American bombers killed or wounded U.S. soldiers during the St. Lo breakthrough in France during World War II.

Among the dead was Lt. Gen. Lesley J. McNair, at that time commanding general of Army ground forces. Also killed was Pvt. Lamar Haygood Newsome of Marietta, who played amateur baseball in and around the city for several years. Newsome was a member of a medical unit and was said to have died within 25 feet of Lt. Gen. McNair.

50 years ago ...

The Monday, Sept. 13, 1971, paper reported that nine prison employees were found dead with their throats slit as 1,000 National Guardsmen, state troopers and sheriff’s deputies stormed Attica State Prison in New York to quell a five-day uprising. The dead were among the 38 hostages held by the rebel convicts since they rioted the Thursday before. Twenty-nine hostages were freed, including four who were seriously injured. The convicts threatened to kill the hostages if their demands for full amnesty were not met. Authorities rejected the demand and ordered the attack on the prison. As police moved in, helicopters dropped tear gas on the cellblock where the insurgent convicts had set up.

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Also that day, the Marietta West Executive Town and Golf Club on Powder Springs Street was reported as raided the Saturday before by city police and 53 quarts of tax-paid whiskey was confiscated. At the time, it was illegal in Cobb County to possess more than one quart per person of tax-paid whiskey, and it was also against the law to sell mixed drinks or whiskey, even through a private club catering only to members.

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Wine was reported in the Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1971, paper as lining the shelves of several package stores in Marietta after a two-year battle that ended with a court order legalizing wine in the city. Wholesalers had also refused to deliver in Marietta until the City Council amended the city code to require them to pay only a $5 registration fee instead of a $360 license fee each year.

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A second story that day reported that the Cobb County Commissioners approved the day before the building of a private 150-bed hospital on Windy Hill Road between I-75 and U.S. 41. The private facility was opposed by officials from both the Marietta and Cobb County hospital authorities, which administered Kennestone and Cobb General hospitals. A majority of the members of the Cobb County Medical Society also opposed the construction.

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


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