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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 20
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

The advertising in old newspapers is as much fun as the editorial articles! In the old Observer celebrating Moultrie's 100th anniversary Sears Roebuck & Company has an advertisement that talks about the southern-made goods that Sears buys.
The ad copy reads, "Sears buys half billion dollars worth of Southern-made goods."
It continues, "Sears is happy to salute Colquitt's progress, because sears has played an important role in helping the entire South achieve a more healthy balance of agriculture and industry. At Sears, 'What Dixie Makes, Makes Dixie' is more than a catch phrase, because in 1955, Sears bought over half a billion dollars worth of southern-made goods from over 1000 plants in every Southern state."
"Georgia manufacturers furnished a large proportion of these top-quality Dixie-made goods. Last year, Sears bought over $88 million dollars worth of goods from 168 sources in 61 Georgia communities."
"The merchandise of these Southern manufacturers stock the counters and catalog pages of Sears stores and like those pictured in our ad are good."
"Here are a few of the many South Georgia plants which make top quality goods for Sears: Cato's Nursery & Florist, Bainbridge; Berkray Corp., Cordele; J. P. Stevens & Co., Inc., Dublin; Edison Textile, Inc., Edison; Cook & Company and Ero Manufacturing Co., Hazelhurst; Waynline, Inc., Jesup; Patten Seed Co., Lakeland; Wellington Sears Co., Langsdale; Armstrong Cork Co., Macon; Montezuma Mills, Inc., Montezuma; Marydell Styles, Statesboro; and Sylvester Apiaries, Sylvester."
Also in the advertisement is a photograph of Mr. Gardner Culpepper - one of Mel's cousins - who was the manager of the Sears Catalog Sales Office at 16 South Main. (The
phone number was "1030.")
The caption under the photograph says that Mr. Culpepper was a native of Moultrie and a veteran of Navy service and a former drum major of the "crack Moultrie High School Band." The paper says that Mr. Culpepper was a Baptist and that he was active in Moultrie religious circles. He was a member of the Moultrie Rotary Club and participated in various other community projects designed to make Moultrie a better place to live and work.
Aunt Polly Williams, 88, well-known resident of the Berlin area was fatally injured in a runaway accident October 1, 1927.
She was riding in a buggy with her grandson when a mule hitched to the buggy became frightened and dashed down the highway at full speed. The enfeebled woman was thrown to the ground and died about an hour later. Her grandson was not injured.
Funston's first artesian well, drilled in 1910, was finished when water was struck about June 1 at a depth of 570 feet!
College football fans were invited in 1927 to take a special train to Birmingham for the Georgia-Alabama game.
The AB&C Railroad offered a round trip for $11.14 direct from Moultrie. The train was scheduled to be held at the ballpark for the end of the game!
Mr. L. H. Bass, a farmer of the Thigpen District, lost a wallet containing $450 in October of 1927.
The loss is believed to have occurred while Mr. Bass was walking to Mt. Sinai Church, a distance of about two miles. His wife and brother were with him at the time. Being afraid to leave the money at home, Bass put it in his coat pocket. Since the weather was hot, he carried the coat on his arm and the wallet must have dropped out.
It was his conviction that three persons he had noticed driving a small touring car picked up the billfold and drove away with it.
Times change...and don't change!

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