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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 62
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

   The Herbert H. Norman Post 4830 of Moultrie Veterans of Foreign Wars was organized on November 20, 1945, by 73 veterans.  The charter was granted by the national organization and was signed by Commander in Chief Joseph N. Stack and Adjutant General R.B. Handy, Jr.

   The post was named in honor of Captain Herbert H. Norman, a Moultrian who gave his life during Wo9rld War II after distinguishing himself on the battlefield.

   The first commander of the post was T.V. Beard.  Those who served with him during the first year were E.A. Taylor, senior vice-commander and state commander.

   In 1976, John M. Shiver was the commander of the VFW. 

   Various community services have been donated by the VFW down through the years.

   The post has been active in youth work during the past.  It has sponsored Babe Ruth baseball teams, midget football teams, Tobaccoland Swim Meets and marble tournaments.

   The VFW was honored in May of 1965 for its service to youth in Georgia and community.

   The organization made donations to the Moultrie Youth Center, various school projects and programs, United Givers, March of Dimes, Christmas Cheer and many other civic and welfare funds.

   The VFW sponsored the county Voice of Democracy contest, sends students to Boys Estate and School Boy Patrol camps and supports the Sheriffs Boys Ranch.  The Post was given an honorary membership to the Sheriffs Boys Ranch in 1975.

   Serving with John Shiver in 1976 were Alwin Willis, senior vice-commander; Charles Avery, junior vice-commander; Derward E. Pate, quartermaster; Herbert Chastain, chaplain; Joe King, judge advocate; Dr. John F. McCoy, surgeon; Richard McCain, trustee; Joe Frank Porter, trustee and Jay Westberry, trustee.

  In view of the recent State Championship by our Colquitt County Packer Baseball team, itís interesting to note that Moultrie High fielded its first baseball team in 1914.  James Scarbor, Ashburn Harper, ? Bryan, ? Bryan and ? Sinclair were on that team.  Also Bromwell Kerr, Homer Wilkes, ? Rogers, ? Sinclair and Leo Barber finished out the roster.  The coach was George Roach.  The team won three games and lost five.

   Does anyone know the missing names?

   Basketball was organized for the girls too.  The 1913-1914 Packeretts won one out of four games, but didnít lose any game by more than six points.  The squad members were Janie Owens. Maude Moore, Mabel Rogers, Aileen Parker, Kathleen Huber, Ella Best DuPriest, Annie Gibson and Ruby Shivers. 

   The first Moultrie High School football team was organized in 1913.  The Packer team tied one game and lost three, but the majority of the players returned in 1914 and won the South Georgia championship.  Members included Robert N. Nelson (captain), Homer G. Wilkes, Ashburn Harper, Alvin R. Rogers, Bramwell Kerr, James M. Scarboro, Ted Smith, Thelma Dekle, Henry Evers, John Harsfield, Leo T. Barber, Robert Roddenberry and John T. Coyle. The coach was George S. Roach.

   The first boys basketball team to play an official school-sanctioned interscholastic schedule at Moultrie High School was the one of 1913-1914.  Players included Leo T. Barger, James (Dot) Scarboro, Homer Wilkes, Robert Nelson, Robert Roddenbery and Bramwell Kerr.  The team won three games and lost one.  The games were played on an outdoor clay-base surface.

   More of this next time!

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