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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 67
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

   Ponded water was hard to find in the Moultrie area before the advent of the Soil and Water Conservation program during the latter 1930s, but a group of ingenious youngsters did their fishing in downtown Moultrie in 1906.

   In 1904, the A. M. Tyler building was gutted by fire.  Some two years later, observant businessmen saw a half-dozen young boys, carrying fishing poles, disappear into what remained of the Tyler structure.  Later, they reappeared with small fish on a string.

   A closer inspection revealed that a pond, 15 to 20 inches in depth had been created by rain and time.  Nobody tried to explain how the pond became “alive” with small fish!

   Moultrie and Colquitt County have been recognized for their outstanding legal fraternity since the earliest days of incorporated activity.  As early as 1903-1904, more than a dozen attorneys of prominence were practicing in Moultrie.  Among them were T. H. Parker, Robert L. Shipp, James A Humphreys, W.A. Covington, W.F. Way, Y.L. Watson, Alfred Kline, E.L. Bryan, Judge W.S. Humphreys, J. D. McKenize (sic), and L. L. Moore. 

   A second artesian well was drilled in Moultrie in the early summer of 1901.

   The new well was ten-inches in diameter, as compared to the six inches of the first well.  The new well was located just across South Broad Street (now First Avenue South), across from the old one.  The water system was extended after the well was drilled.

   Doerun was having a problem with saloons early in 1902.

   Someone discovered that the town charter contained no mention of saloons or licensing them – or even of prohibiting them.

   It was assumed, therefore, that the county commissioners would have to license or refuse saloons in Doerun.  However, two members of that body declined to vote and another was absent, so no action could be taken.

   Several persons opened saloons because of the indecision of the authority and said they would keep them open until a chartering clause was adopted “one way or another.”

   Historical records are scarce for one of the oldest churches in the area.  It is known that the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church was constituted around a log fire about two miles east of Moultrie in January of 1864, but notations about pastors who have served the congregation and other facts of the church life are unavailable.

   Elder M. T. Sheppard served as pastor from 1934 – 1961.  Elder Troy C. Hayes took over at that time and was still the leader of the small congregation in 1976.

   The first deacons of Pleasant Grove Church were R. J. Norman, Joel S. Norman, Moses C. Norman and George Newton.  Other than these charter members, it is unknown who made up the remainder of the original congregation.

   A 76-year-old Worth countian who moved into what was originally Irwin County in 1838 recalled the Indian Wars of the territory in an interview with The Observer staff in 1901.

   During a visit to Moultrie, he said he barely recalled coming with his family into then Irwin County at the age of three, but could “well recollect the fights with Indians.”

   The citizen was Seaborn Harrell, who was also described as “one of the first subscribers of The Observer.”

   Changes in agricultural production between the turn of the 20th century and now is shown in the kind of hogs being raised.

   In early 1901, D. N. Horne, a widely known naval stores operator who also owned one of the earlier farms developed from de-stumped pinelands, reported killing a sow on his place which weighed 405 pounds after it had been dressed.  The animal was 16 months old.

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