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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 10
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

We’re browsing in the 1956 Moultrie Observer’s and learning about the beginnings of our post office in Moultrie.

On May 1, 1952, Ralph J. Williams was named acting postmaster and stayed in that position until May 15, 1953 when Albert D. McKee was made postmaster. When the post office in place in 1956 was built, Moultrie had a population of 6,700.  The building was intended to take care of the city’s growth for the next 30 years.
   The City of Moultrie outgrew expectations and in 1956, the Chamber of Commerce was working on a project to enlarge that 1956 building or to just build a new one.
   In 1956, mail volume averages 100,000 letters except for in December when the total triples.
   In 1956, the staff was Albert D. McKee who had worked with the USPS for 38 years at that time; J. H. Carithers, assistant postmaster, 42 years service; R.J. Williams, superintendent of mails, 27 years; R.A. Summerford, Sr., 43 years; P. W./ Pitts, 36 years service; P.W. Pitts, 36 years; Nelson Linder, 21 years; J. Medford Gregory, 21 years; George W. May, 15 years service; Paul H. Barfield, nine years and Alvin H. Johnson, also nine years.  Clyde W. Horne had nine years and G. Chesley Ingram had seven years service in 1956.
   Regular carriers included W. C. Millsap, nine years service; R. A. Summerford, Jr., nine years service; John P. Joines, eight years; Lowell Schramm, six years and M.L. Monk, six years.
   Substitute clerk-carriers included David Monk, Henry Willons, M.J. Sorrell, Joe Wapelhorst; James Parker and Charles Willis.

   In the same newspaper as the story about the post office is a wonderful photograph…unfortunately, too dark and blurred for reproduction…but it is the Fourth of July celebration staged in Moultrie in 1905.  Local and Colquitt County leaders gathered together in a gigantic tribute to American independence.  The dress parade and inspection staged by the Moultrie Rifles, state militia, on the east side of the courthouse “shows part of the huge crowd estimated between 5,000 and 10,000.”  The trains, buggies and wagons arriving in Moultrie were packed with entire families.  A long military parade, led by the Fourth Regimental Band, was followed by an address by Joe Hill Hall, Bibb County legislator and a barbeque dinner for the Confederate veterans and several hundred militiamen from South Georgia.  The days’ activities were climaxed by a great sham battle on the heights north of Moultrie.  The “red letter day” in the community’s history closed with a ball game.  Moultrie defeated Dothan, Alabama 2-0 behind “Lucky” Loucks’ one-hitter.

   At the turn of the century in 1900, automobiles were looked upon more as a menace than a lasting mode of transportation.
   R. M. Morrison and Howard Ashburn appeared on the streets with the first home-owned automobiles in 1905-1906. 
   In August of 1905, citizens complained that automobiles were “causing an epidemic of automobilia” on roads north of Moultrie.  Residents along the road said that “cars have broken out like smallpox.”  They said that “children are being kept in, the pup tied up and the citizens are in fear of accidents.”
   One insurance company launched an investigation to determine if it any longer could afford to insure persons who drive or rode in cars.
   Moultrie did not take to car ownership with any enthusiasm until 1907-1908.

   You are very welcome to attend our Braveheart Scottish Weekend coming up February 14, 15, 16, 2003! 
   We have a wonderful array of guests, programs, entertainment and food planned for the weekend.  Please visit and go to The Family Tree and then look on the right hand side of the page for a complete program and registration forms.  
If you’d like to pick  up a registration form, just stop by the library and I’ll be happy to tell you all about the plans and give you the registration forms.

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