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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 11
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

We’re still newspaper browsing amongst a lovely collection of old Moultrie Observers.

   J.R.M. Lindsey – known as “Uncle Doc” – of Crosland, was apparently the first leap year citizen on the Colquitt County records.
   Born February 29, 1828, he lived some 75 years in Colquitt County.  On February 29, 1912, he celebrated his 20th birthday although he was actually 84 years old.
   He died leaving ten children and some 50 grandchildren.
   In his latter days, he vividly recalled killing wild turkey in the Ty Ty  area with his flintlock and not being able to sell those turkeys because wild game was so plentiful.
   The body of James R. Perry, the first Colquitt County soldier to die in World War I, was buried in the city cemetery on October 19, 1920.
   Young Perry died of pneumonia at Brest in the fall of 1917 and was buried there.
   At the request of relatives, the body was disinterred and shipped home.  He was the brother of Mrs. L.V. Stallings of Moultrie.
   Elm community made its first real bid for recognition in Colquitt County in November of 1895.
   A news correspondent from that community wrote: “This is one settlement that has all modern conveniences.  We are convenient to mills, churches and schools.  We are in reach of three literary schools and three churches.”
  Colquitt County farmers were eager for new information in agriculture in 1911.  An estimated 8,000 persons from the territory turned out to take advantage of a visit by the Agricultural Education Train on tour of key Georgia points.  The exhibits and information on crop production were obtained “by pressure” from the Chamber of Commerce, city and county leaders and the newspaper.
   The Doerun basketball shell was destroyed by fire on a Wednesday morning in May of 1933.
   The fire was discovered by the night policeman at 4 AM as the building burst into flames throughout the entire structure.
   Since the fire spread so rapidly, it was believed in incendiary was responsible.
   School board officials were expected to offer $500 for arrest and conviction of the guilty party or parties.
   The shell was built only about two years previously and was regarded as one of the best designed and largest in the section.  It cost $5000 and was insured for only $3,500.
   Ah hah!  In the “Why We’re Not Rich” section: In early 1890, John Gay was reported to have traded 112 acres of land six miles east of Moultrie to Mart Sapp for 100 bundles of fodder, then worth about a dollar a bundle.  It looked like the area was “going nowhere – and fast.”
   Then came the railroads, naval stores and lumber men.
   On December 1, 1910, Ben Van Dalsem of the Colquitt County Land Company sold the same 112-acre tract to J.A. Williams for $2,000.  Today, the value of the tract has been multiplied several times. (And this was in 1956 that this was written…)  John Gay was Mel’s great grandpa and this same story has been groaned about in the family  ever since 1890!)
   Frances Culbreth was named Miss Moultrie at the Moultrie Theatre in May of 1933.
   Hazel Strickland was judged second and Ruth “Bootsie” Hatcher was awarded third place.
   There were twenty-four girls in the contest to find Moultrie’s most beautiful!
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