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Moultrie
Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 65
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)


   Modern law enforcement techniques and equipment have revolutionized the apprehension of criminals in Colquitt County, but credit must be given to the dependable old bloodhounds for “tracking down their man” through the more than eight decades of law enforcement activity. (as of 1976.)

   Bloodhounds were important factors in the apprehension of Tom Williams, who was later convicted in the slaying of ex Warden W.C. Rowland and his wife here in 1954. It was one of the biggest manhunts in the county’s history.

   Colquitt County made a forward stride in its early law enforcement work in 1897 with the purchase of seven bloodhounds.  Four of the dogs were shipped here from Texas, costing the county $107.75. 

   Sheriff J. S. Fisher, who made the deal, got a bonus.  The Texas breeder, flattered that a small, rural Georgia county would want that many Texas dogs, sent along two young puppies, which were trained by Moultrie Marshall Allison Collier, a veteran police officer.

   As this was written in 1976, I’m sure the writer could not have imagined that bloodhounds would remain an important part of law enforcement into the next millennium.  I’m sure that writer of a quarter of a century ago could imagine that dogs would remain working companions in many capacities and breeds in both our law enforcement but in our military as well.

   One of the pioneers in Colquitt County, William Matthews, who served in the Confederate Army until the conflict ended, died March 27, 1901 and is buried in Bridge Creek cemetery.

   He was 85 years and 20 days old at the time.  Identified as one of the “early and best citizens” of Colquitt County, Matthews was reported to have moved his family into the county in 1863.

   He was the father of 13 children (nine still living at the time of his death of heart disease.  Two wives preceded him in death.  The fist was Rhoda Johnson, daughter of Stephen Johnson of North Carolina and the second was Ann Williams of Colquitt County.

   Moultrie was among the smallest communities in Georgia at the turn of the century to have a nose and throat specialist, Dr. W. L. Jerkins, who came here after five years in Atlanta.  Other dentists and physicians who served Colquitt County for the first few years of the 1900s were G.J. Ford – dentist; W. S. Howell, M.D.; J. I. Wilson, J.D; C. C. Fletcher, M.D.; W. F. Blasingame, dentist; and R.C. Lindsay.  Establishing a medical practice here about 1904 was Dr. Everett Daniel, who spent the better part of a half-century doctoring Colquitt Countians.

   Direct air mail service to and from the Moultrie-Thomasville Airport at Sunset was discontinued in the late 1970s after 27 years of service.

   The first direct mail to be sent out of Moultrie, was dispatched by local plane from old Clark Field on May 19, 1938.

   Arrangements were made through the Moultie Chamber of Commerce and the United States Post Office here for a plane owned by Horace Williams and piloted by Marvin Hembel, to leave Clark Field at 10 AM carrying several hundred letters.

   The air mail flight, cosponsored by Riverside Manufactureing ‘Company, was a highlight of the observance here and nationally of Air Mail Week.

   Clark Field, from which the flight was made, was located at the northwest edge of Moultrie was built in the early 1930s with assistance from the WPA and PWA.


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