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Moultrie
Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 7
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)


We're still reading old Moultrie Observers given to me by an out-of-town friend.
Do you remember the Frostie Bottling Company in Moultrie in 1950? It was across the highway from the Farmer's Market and was built by Joe P. Smith of Dade City, Florida. The facility served 12 counties in South Georgia and was located here because of the central location. It bottled Fristie, Double Cola, Sun-Drop and Jo-Jo Orange. The Jo-Jo Orange was a new drink that was pasteurized and non-carbonated.
Moultrie experienced a serious fire in November of 1897.
The blaze broke out early in the morning and was soon out of control. Within a short time, the entire block from Fisher's stables on Peachtree Street to Horkan's bar on the corner of East and South Broad Streets was "a bed of coals." Damage to the all-wood buildings was estimated at $25,000. The city had no regular fire-fighting equipment, so there was little chance of extinguishing the flames. Persons in the crowd at the fire scene did they "best they could" in removing goods from adjacent buildings. Blankets and water were used to save the Central Hotel and several residents.
Following this fire and several others, a volunteer fire department was organized by Moultrians February 4, 1898. Meeting in City Hall, the group elected Park Harper, chief; M. J. Pearsall, second chief; and C.B. Allen, secretary-treasurer. In addition, charter members included G. W. Spivey, Jno. C. McRAe, J.G. Finch, Arthur Adams, Home McCall, H. J. Murphy, Z.H. Clark, W.B. McPhaul, S. L. Sills, L.M. Autrey and J.P. McRee. The men were divided into a hook and ladder company and a hose company. A committee was named to go before City Council and request necessary equipment. A constitution and by-laws were unanimously approved.
Among Moultrie's happier social events in the spring of 1897 was a moonlight straw ride celebrated by a large party of young people.  A large "band wagon" was found inadequate, so it was necessary to bring the Central Hotel's horse-drawn bus into service to accommodate the party. Everybody had a good time "to the music of bells and stringed instruments." A news report said that "such an array of pretty girls, moonshine and music is seldom seen. Moultrie has the merriest band of young people of any city on the globe." Mrs. J. D. Hudleson and Mrs. J. L. Hall were chaperones.
Camp Colquitt, a group of Confederate veterans, was organized in February 1898 in Moultrie in preparation for a reunion in Atlanta in July of that year. In a meeting at the Colquitt County Court House, the veterans named E. Tillman, captain; Joel S. Norman, 1st Lieutenant; John Sloan, 2nd Lieutenant; W. N. Croft, 3rd Lieutenant; R. N. Folsom, orderly sergeant; Jno. S. Williams, 2nd sergeant; J. R. Durst, 3rd sergeant; and E. M. McCranie, J.S. Alderman, J. J. Norman and A. Stovall, corporals.  The uniform of the Confederate Association of Georgia was adopted. L. J. Conoly was elected secretary-treasurer.
An excursion from Pidcock to Giles' bridge on the Ochlochknee River in May of 1897 included baseball games, basket dinners and an oration by the Rev. A. M. Morgan, described as "one of the most eloquent speakers in the South." The Georgia Northern Railroad offered to convey everybody from Moultrie for a 10-cent fare, with visiting brass bands and baseball teams riding for free.
Bees took some of the sting out of high living costs for a Moultrian in 1919. Mr. W. E. Wells shipped 3,032 pounds of honey to Atlanta and received $407 for the shipment. Mr. Wells said the honey represented only about a third of the crop for 1919.
I've got an entire BOX of these wonderful newspapers! More next week.


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