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Moultrie
Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 18
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)


In 1928, Clarence Walters, proprietor of a meat market in Doerun, discovered that a long-horned milch cow can be a pretty dangerous critter if aroused.
When Walters brought such an animal home from a nearby auction, the family bulldog decided to dispute the matter by biting the cow's flank. The enraged cow flung the dog off - and in the excitement turned on her new owner and tried to ride him around the yard on her horns.
Fortunately, the tips of her horns had been removed and Mr. Walters only received severe bruises.
Colquitt County Junior Red Cross - the combined student bodies of all the schools - spread a lot of holiday cheer during the Christmas holidays in 1927.
At least 25 large boxes were heaped with toys, candy, fruit and clothing for needy children.
The chairman, Mrs. Fred Alverson and Assistant Chairman, Miss Martha Kelly, supervised the project working through the welfare board.
After years of breeding work and general production, Colquitt County's cattle industry burst forth as a "big money" endeavor in the month of June in 1916.
By way of celebrating progress in livestock ventures, the Moultrie Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Development and Settlement Organization teamed up to sponsor the greatest livestock conference ever held in south Georgia prior to America's entry into World War I.
While the event was limited to a two-day period, the conference attracted cattlemen, industrialists and railroad figures from all over the nation. A barrage of county wide publicity proceeded the gathering, with the result that thousands of farmers and businessmen alike poured into Moultrie.
A cattle show, featuring fine Herefords and Aberdeen Angus stock, was a prominent attraction. Swift & Company offered guided tours of its plant with hundreds of visitors being educated to the livestock market's most-wanted types of beef cattle and hogs.
Newspapers throughout Georgia carried lengthy reports of Moultrie's 1916 cattle conference and agricultural schools of several state universities published technical papers based upon talks by the various speakers.
In an editorial salute to Moultrie for staging the big cattle conference, the Atlanta Constitution said the event "serves as proof that South Georgia farmers are escaping the cotton yoke."
The Observer reported that the conference-show "attracted the crowds and held them from beginning to end."
The paper said that the cattle meeting was "not a frolic or vacation event - but a real educational affair that showed farm diversification can be placed upon a plane of business and action."
The Hartsfield Methodist Church, with the Rev. T. E. Pickren as pastor, was organized in 1903.
Moultrie had, for several years, a buggy manufacturing works.
Early in 1910 the Moultrie Carriage and Manufacturing Company, the community's newest industry, started making a new, high grade buggy.
Mrs. C. A. Edwards of Doerun won a new buggy for supplying the name for the vehicle. She won her prize for the name, "The Moultrie Make."
There was a Populist Party in Colquitt County politics in the late 1800s. Dr. J. H. Cooke, of Hartsfield, served as secretary of the party which put out a complete slate of officers in the Colquitt County election in 1895. They failed to win a seat.
Isn't this fun!


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