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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 78
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

   Reba Greene from the New Elm Community is searching for any descendants of the following property owners at New Elm ca 1918-1925 when my parents, J.T. Greene and Essie Turner Greene purchaswed the following described New Elm property from W.E. McLaughlin and E.C. McCrary: "1 acre on East Side of Moultrie-Sylvester Public Road with a store site, grist mill, and steam-driven cotton gin.  Bounded on the North by a Mrs. Newton (later sold to Mashbourn Brothers); on East and South by W.J. Perkins (which was later sold to S.E. Watson); and on the south by James Bennenson."
   There was no description of the property on the West side of the Moultrie-Sylvester Public Road which is where my parent's house and some acres of land were owned by my parents.  I have not yet found the deed to show from whom they purchased that property.
   If you are a descendant of any of the families named above, and have any information and/or pictures of those buildings, I would appreciate your contacting me.  This information will be used for a history of the community during the 1920s and 1930s.
   Please contact Reba Greene at 229-890-1202.
   Carolyn Clark at the library had a couple of little papers called The Southern Planter. One issue is January 1934.and it is interesting to read!
   The heading on the front page says this paper has "more than 230,000 circulation" and is "The Oldest Agricultural Journal in America."
   Reading its pages is like a visit with my beloved grandmother!
   The mailing label on the front reads J.H. Clark, Moultrie, GA R 4!
   Inside, on page 3 the subscription information says that you may subscribe for 50 cents for two years or $1.00 for five years in the United States and Island possessions and Mexico; the city of Richmond, 50 cents per year; Canada and foreign countries, 75 cents per year including tax.  The paper was in its 95th year in 1934.  It was published in Richmond, Virginia.
   On the editorial page it features "A Way to a Happy New Year" by Robert Brewster Beattie.
   The poem: A Way to a Happy New Year.
   To leave the old with a burst of song,
   To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
   To forget the thing that binds you fast
   To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
   To have the strength to let go your hold
   Of the not worth while of the days grown old,
   To dare go forth with a purpose true,
   To the unknown task of the year that's new;
   To help your brother along the road
   To do his work and lift his load;
   To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
   Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.
   The editorial page is headed "Farm Management" and features "Work for the Month."
   The editor writes, "We enter the New Year 1934 with new hopes, new ideals and new expectations.  Agriculture has a new promise of a New Day.  Let us all work with President Roosevelt to this end."
   Headings under the "Work for the Month" include: Select Eggs for Hatching, Get Brooder Ready for Early Chicks, Order Fertilizer, Look after Pastures, Seed Oats (and the "supply of good oats will be short this year."), Prevent Wormy Pigs,  Look After Ewes, Finish Plowing and Build Hotbeds and Cold Frames.
   At the end of this article there is a little heading "Has it occurred to you?" which asks if you have: Prepared the tobacco plant bed so that the seed may be sown early?  Have you covered the beds with cheese cloth having 26 strands to the inch?
   Have you watched the bees and provided additional food, if necessary, by using sugar syrup?
   Have you attended farmers' winter meetings, such as corn and grain shows, horticultural, dairy, livestock conventions, etc.?
   Have you examined the fruit trees and applied the dormant spray if scales are present?
   Have you protected orchards from mice and rabbits?
   Have you set 5 eggs for each pullet desired?
  We'll browse among this very interesting paper some more next time!

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