Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
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
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
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.
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