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Moultrie
Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 3
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)


In 1953, the Elks Aidmore Auxiliary Chapter No. 1277 was organized with Mrs. Jack Ladson, Jr., serving as its first president. The purpose of the organization was to support Aidmore, the Georgia BPOE Hospital for crippled children and to promote fellowship wile assisting the members of the Lodge in their civic, social and charitable projects. The Auxiliary sponsors benefit bridge parties, dances, cake sales, bingo parties and other fund raising projects. A Brownie Troop was sponsored by the Auxiliary ever year. At Christmas, an Aidmore child was furnished with clothes and gifts from the Auxiliary sponsored Brownie Troop. Mrs. Mario Eberle service as the send president and later Mrs. W. Leon Pippin served. Other officers included Mrs. James Riddle, Mrs. John R. Hall, Mrs. J. R. Hackett, Jr., Mrs. Dan Simpson and Miss Genie Pope. The directors were Mrs. Elkin W. Taylor, Mrs. Homer G. Ray, Sr., Mrs. Mario Eberle, Mrs. Houston Gibson and Mrs. Al Hays.

The Dixie Air Dome Theatre opposite the old Moultrie Post Office was opened in mid-1910 by W. E. Warman and featured silent pictures and vaudeville acts.

Meigs is partly in Thomas and partly in Mitchell County. How did Meigs become Meigs?

Hostile Indians fought the first settlers who erected the first turpentine still on the site of what is now Meigs.

A Mr. and Mrs. George Meigs showed up at the turpentine still one day, as the story goes, in a rickety two-wheel cart. Mr. Meigs inquired about work and was hired as head man. His presence as a permanent resident gave others heart to settle in the territory despite the threats of Indians. Malcolm "Make" Williams, his wife and two sons, John and Dutch, occupied the other of the first two houses there.

A Mr. Wilkes and J. L. Hand of Pelham erected a store of wood slab with a tin top. A couple of years later, Wilkes and Sons bought out Hand and enlarged the store. In the meantime, Wilkes had bought additional land at about 40 cents per acre. He sold some of the land for home sites and erected a post office.

It wasn't before long until a bank appeared and then a school and then several churches. The community had to have a name. Citizens were grateful for the first permanent settlers, the Meigs, and named the township in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George Meigs.

H.R. Wilder, early in 1895, set up a ten-day penmanship and mathematics school in Norman Park (Obe) and in Rocky Ford.

An Emerson Club was formed in Moultrie in 1895 for "literary, social and religious purposes." The organization, which made quite a reputation for itself in the next several years, was designed to "raise the social standards and provide both recreation and entertainment." A wide variety of subjects was discussed by the members of the organization.

A "mystery man" refused to reveal his identity for an entire day in Moultrie, a 1926 police blotter story discloses. Taken into custody because of his "queer actions," the man applied for work at a local plant, but would not give his name. Finally, after some hours in the "cooler," he gave a name, but refused to disclose his age or birthplace. The "mystery man" said he was a sign painter by trade.

Sent home by the Confederate Army to recuperate from a leg wound, Captain John Sloan was elected sheriff of Colquitt County in 1864-1866. He was then elected tax receiver for 1868-71. Sloan was born February 3, 1833 and was reared in the area close to the old Moultrie Junior High School are Westview Cemetery are now located. He died January 19, 1907. Sloan was described as one of the men "who carved Colquitt out of the wilderness and was prominent in developing orderly government."


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