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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 73
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

   We’re indulging in the wonderful hobby of “newspaper browsing” amongst the pages of the Tuesday, February 20, 1962 Moultrie Observer – thanks to the kindness of Moultrie’s Donald Broome!

  Remember, you can see these pages on microfilm at the Odom Library in Moultrie.  Auntie Beth’s advice if you go to play amongst the old Moultrie Observers?  Pack a lunch!  They are so much fun to read, you’ll not even notice if you were to be locked in the library overnight!

   If you were in Moultrie in February of 1962, you could have gone to the High School auditorium to see and hear The Wally Fowler Show.  They were billed as the “Original Chuck Wagon Gang” and “Georgia Quartet” (although the photograph shows five performers!)

   Sponsored by the Kendallwood Baptist Church, the tickets were $1.00 or at the door, $1.50.

   Belk-Hudson had an add for an outstanding selection of nubby weave rayon and acetate materials (in the basement) for only 56 cents a yard! 

   You could go to the second floor and buy  boys dress pants for just $1.00 a pair…On the street floor bath mat sets were $1.00. 

   These bargains were for Wednesday morning “bargain day!”

  Sam Duggan “The Chevrolet Dealer” advertised a 1957 Bell Air 4-Door Chevy – Hard top sport coupe, V-8, automatic transmission, radio, heater, tutone white over yellow and whitewall tires…for $1195!  (I’ll take it!)

   You could buy a box of Brach’s “Morningside” chocolate covered cherries for just 44 cents at G.C. Murphy Company at 15 East Central Avenue!

   Rhodens offered “colored Kodak developing” at their downtown store!

   You could place an order for BBQ at Bannister Cash Store…their ad said, “Bar-b-quing for the public…Every Friday.  Must have orders by Thursday.  Bar-B-Q pork, turkeys, goats, lamb, beef.  It’s good. Also have Bar-B-Q and Brunswick Stew for sale at all times!  Tallokas Road.

   On the sports page, the top local story was about “County Basketball Tourney opens Wednesday afternoon!” 

   The county elementary basketball tournament will get underway Wednesday afternoon …in the High School gym.

   Teams from Hamilton will tangle with the squads from Okapilco in the opening rounds.

   Thursday afternoon will pit Culbertson against Riverside at 1 o’clock in the gymnasium at Spence.

   The second round will begin on Friday evening at 6 o’clock and continue through Saturday.  Semi-finals have been slated for next Monday and the championships will be determined on Tuesday.

   In the Doerun Bowling League the bowling standings included: Toney Brothers, F.M. Taylor, Shepherd, F., Roberts & Cole, Doerun Milling Company and Crowell Service Station.

   The Powder Puff League showed Moultrie Insurance Agency, Moultrie National (Nickels) and Moultrie National (Pennies), Lasseters, Friedlanders and Sinclair.

   There was an ad for the Moultrie Insurance Agency with the names Gene Vereen, Jr., E. F. McLaughlin, Gardener Culpepper as the folks to call for Sickness & Accident Insurance.

   The Dixie Fishing Timetable showed the best time to fish on February 20th in the morning was at 1:30 AM…in the afternoon, 1:20.  Fishermen were advised to fish half an hour before and half an hour after the “best” times shown.

   More next time!

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