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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 17
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)


I reckon I get more positive comments when we go "newspaper browsing" than anything else we talk about here.
It doesn't take much to send my nose into old newspapers! I love to read about how things were and how life was here not too many years ago.
Although cattle raising was restricted to certain areas of Colquitt County, and there was no packing plant to absorb offerings on a daily cash basis, there were people in the early 1900s who realized the potentiality of livestock production here according to a planned program.
In the 1880s and 1890s, J. B. Norman, Sr., was among the first to introduce sizeable numbers of cattle in the Norman Park area.
Until that time, the family milch cow, some hogs and large flocks of sheep constituted the bulk of the livestock aside from oxen, horses and mules used for work and transportation.
Four years before the first packing plant was established in this south Georgia territory, Mayo Kendall said in an interview with a newsman that cattle raising on Warrior Creek "beats running for public office."
Mr. Kendall had experience in both fields.
One of the largest cattle raisers in Colquitt County in that period, Kendall also was termed one of the biggest cattlemen in the southern part of Georgia. On October 22, 1910, for example, he sold 62 head of cattle of cattle at Isom's Market here - constituting the first large sale of cattle here.
Kendall possessed a range in northern Colquitt "up on the Warrior Creek" that was feeding hundreds of animals. He estimated he would market 500 cattle during the year for $15 a head average - or about $7,500 for the lot.
Kendall was among the earlier farmers who realized the potentiality of the cattle industry and said, "I'm getting in on the ground floor."
The Colquitt Countian was among those visualized early the need for something besides the "piney woods" steer. He said in 1910 that he planned to "improve my stock and enlarge the business of cattle raising."
Did you know that many of our early citizens were from Oconee County? An old newspaper says that a group of Oconee county farmers and their families came in November of 1910 and bought farms in the then new Kendalwood community. The article said they were among the second group of people to come from Oconee County.
There was a burglar scare in Colquitt County during the spring of 1926. An automobile was stolen from the home of J. F. Monk on First Avenue after the thieves had broken into a bedroom to get the keys. A reward of $200 was offered, but records fail to say whether or not the car was recovered.
The old W. C. Vereen home was also burglarized, but the robbers got only a hat, a ham and a cake.
After several days passed without any further reports of burglaries, police reported that the burglary scare was "about over."
A band of thieves had left the community, it was believed, and "perhaps the old guns and pistols which were brought to light, greased and loaded for action, may not have to be used."
The Philathea Class of the Presbyterian Sunday School was active in 1917 in raising a fund for the relief of Belgian "sufferers." Miss Belle Pidcock was the chairman of the committee.
We'll browse in the old newspapers again next time!


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