This week’s Time Capsule looks at a lawsuit, a reporting error, railroad and WWI events, Prohibition, criminal cases, Vietnam, FiberNet and a cellular fountain of youth.
100 years ago …
The Friday, Jan. 18, 1918, edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier reported that according to the Georgia Supreme Court that Marietta’s Water Board did not owe $17,000 despite the claims of the Kennesaw Paper Company and E.P. Dobbs. The litigation had been ongoing since late 1916.
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A front page item said that the soldier run over by an Army wagon on a return march to Camp Gordon the week before was mistakenly reported as being dead. The soldier, who was recovering at the Camp’s hospital, was said to have no broken bones and doing fine.
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C.M. Dobbs was reported as being appointed the Explosive Licensing Agent for Cobb County. The position came about after Congress passed “some very stringent laws relative to the possession of explosives.”
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James Hope, who lived near Kennesaw, was reported as narrowly escaping being killed by a train just above the Kennesaw Marble Works. The south bound passenger train killed Hope’s horse, destroyed his buggy and broke two of his fingers on his left hand when it hit him at the crossing.
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Mrs. L.N. Trammell entertained the Fielding Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution the Wednesday evening before at the Marietta Golf Club. Another event at the Club was the dance was held by the officers of the 319th Artillery the Thursday evening before.
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In the Legal notices, there was an item that said “an application has been made to the Railroad Commission of Georgia for authority to discontinue the operation of passenger trains No. 92 and No. 93, known as the ‘Memphis-Atlanta Limited.’”
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On the editorial page:
♦ “The fuel situation in Atlanta and Fulton County has become so acute that Gov. (Hugh M.) Dorsey has been obliged to take a hand in it. Rev. J.W. Ham has been appointed fuel administrator for Fulton County.”
♦ “The Germans evidently believe that the ‘American public likes to be fooled,’ otherwise they would not have started the rumor of a salt famine in this country. Nothing could have been more absurd, yet the extent to which it was believed resulted in a real embarrassment to the country. For transportation facilities that were badly needed for other purposes had to be used to replenish markets emptied by gullible hoarders. The report that the Food Administration or the Federal Government was going to seize come-canned vegetables and fruits, was also German propaganda.”
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In the News From Over The County column:
♦ In the Lost Mountain section, Journal correspondent Allen wrote – “The British Weekly, a religious paper published in England, says the British Government ‘had released millions of bushels of grain beyond the original allowance to the drink interest for the manufacture of beer and whiskey.’ We are perfectly willing to eat war bread and to save our sugar to feed our Allies and to comfort their armies in the field, but we are unwilling to ship a bushel of grain to England to have it converted into the greatest enemy of mankind – whiskey. Before we begin to send our boys in vast numbers to the battlefields of Europe, our government should take this matter in hand for the safeguarding of our own soldier boys.”
♦ In the Austell section, Journal correspondent Della wrote – “This has been a tough spell of weather on our R.F.D. carrier. On last Friday, he got stuck in the mud and had to be pried out. On this last Monday, he got fastened in ice and had to be chopped out.”
♦ In the Kennesaw section, E.G. Currie was reported as being elected mayor and J.P. McGee, T.G. Tyson, J.A. Skelton and C.D. Satterfield were elected as councilmen.
50 years ago …
In the Friday, Jan. 12, 1968, Marietta Daily Journal it was reported that Cobb Solicitor Ben Smith had authorized an investigation into the sale of “a beauty treatment coupon booklet sold to hundreds of Cobb County women in the past few months.”
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“A 51-year-old Lockheed employee” was reported in the Monday, Jan. 15, 1968, paper as having been “found dead on the kitchen floor of his Mableton home” the night before and that his wife was charged with his murder.
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“A 16-year-old escapee from the Cobb County Juvenile Home” was reported in the Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1968, paper as having “admitted to sheriff’s detectives that he ‘got high’ by sniffing glue before engaging Atlanta police in a gun battle (the day before) at an apartment house on Piedmont Avenue.”
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“A total of 90 criminal warrants for a series of house burglaries and auto thefts” were reported in the Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1968, paper as being issued by Cobb County authorities for four county juveniles.
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Capt. Raymond H. Dobbins of Marietta was reported in the Thursday, Jan. 18, 1968, paper as being presented the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. William C. Westmoreland in ceremonies in Vietnam the day before. The 31-year-old infantry commander, in addition to receiving the nation’s second highest military honor, also was given a Purple Heart. He was commended for outstanding valor in a battle near Loc Nihn on Nov. 7, 1967.
20 years ago …
“After finishing the first quarter of this fiscal year $42,000 in the red, FiberNet – Marietta’s fiber optics company,” was reported in the Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, paper as “posting a loss of more than $500,000 in the second quarter.”
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Texas researchers were reported in the Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, paper as saying that they “may have found the ‘cellular fountain of youth,’ an enzyme that in laboratory experiments causes human cells to avoid the normal process of aging and cell death and could keep people healthier longer.”
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator and Historian for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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