claims to be one of the
most beautiful and
enterprising little towns on the west coast of Florida and has made
progress in the past twelve months.
A number of new buildings have been erected and
Whitmore & Addington’s brick
store building and
Stanton two-story brick veneer building are the most prominent in the
part of town. The new Commercial Club building, proposed by Dr. A. B.
to be erected on the lot between the Dunedin Pharmacy and the Stanton
will also be a brick structure.
Operations will commence at once on
building in Dunedin Heights. An excellent water source has already been
procured, at a depth of eighty feet, which, with tank and motor, will
school with a convenient and healthful water supply. The large,
grounds will afford the school children of Dunedin, every comfort and
The Dunedin Mercantile Company, located in the new
& Addington building a first-class and up-to-date firm in every
handling groceries, dry goods, shoes, hardware and furniture fills a
want, as heretofore, Dunedin citizens were compelled to go to
purchase goods of this description. Several years ago Percy D. Miller,
North Carolinian, accepted a position with Col. Gilchrest, one of
pioneer merchants. While in the employ of Col. Gilchrest, Mr. Niven
made a host
of friends and drew many customers by his courteous treatment and
methods. Some months after the death of Col. Gilchrest, Mr. Niven
engaged in a
small grocery business for himself. By the same unfailing courtesy that
distinguished him as clerk, Mr. Niven built up his business with a few
until it was too large for the building he then occupied, so that when
Whitmore & Addington building was complete, he leased the
and he and his partner, Mr. Tharin, of
Savannah, a former knight of the grip, in the shoe line and a most
business man, opened a strictly cash business in the new stand, under
of the Dunedin Mercantile Company.
There are two more good general stores in Dunedin:
Pooser keeps a first class line of merchandise and Lamar &
a thriving business at the old Gilchrest stand.
Dunedin has a first-class physician in Dr. A. B.
who is also the proprietor in the Dunedin Pharmacy, and up-to-date drug
in every respect; an up-to-date meat market owned by Gettys Strickland,
a fine grade of meats, making a specialty of velvet-bean-fed beef.
Dunedin possesses a first-class barber shop, two
restaurant, several boarding houses, two livery stables and a feed
The Dunedin Yacht Club boasts a beautiful fleet of
and sailing vessels, a handsome pavilion and reading room. The spacious
hall, public library, mother’s club and various societies,
public benefits entertainments speak of the enterprising spirit of
citizens. Dunedin possesses three churches.
four citrus packing houses
and ships many
thousands of boxes each season. The Skinner Manufacturing
Company’s plant heads
the list of Dunedin’s industries.
L. B. Skinner, the owner, and one of
citizens, inventor of the Skinner washing and drying machines and other
house equipment, owner of a large fruit acreage, manager of the famous
Milwaukee grove, president of Florida Growers and Shippers League,
vice-president of the Florida State Horticultural Society and owner and
of a dozen other business concerns, Mr. Skinner has done more for
Dunedin in a
progressive way than any other three or four persons combined. He was
Mayor after Dunedin was incorporated, a number of years before another
its size had thought about it and it was Mr. Skinner’s
of municipal affairs that has kept Dunedin what it is. Mr. Skinner owns
beautiful bayshore home and two years ago built an equally handsome
just adjoining, for his son, B. C. Skinner, who is manager of the
plant. Mr. Skinner also owns a fine yacht and was the first owner of an
automobile in town, where now there are about fifty machines.
Dunedin is free from the pest of both hogs and
roaming the streets, which is more than can be said of many towns the
and of many larger.
Dunedin is a heavy producer of many citrus fruits,
many tropical and deciduous fruits.
B. C. Bass, owner of the Martha grove, has a
pear tree on his place from which he has sold several hundred dollars
fruit. Mrs. Kate Whitfield also has a splendid avocado tree in her
which she sold some fine fruit the past season and still another
tree by Mr. Williams, in his beautiful yard on the bayshore.
Mr. Bass has recently set 150 inoculated trees,
expects to bear in less than five years. Mr. Bass also has a fine
and five acres in peach trees.
Some fine mangoes are also grown in the vicinity
and pecan trees.
many beautiful rural homes,
that are a source of pride to the community. W. O. Hagin’s
home is nearing
completion and Manavista, E. W. Nigel’s handsome bungalow, is
of the new
rural homes recently built. Le Roy Garrison has commenced a neat
his place east of town and Prof. Blatchley, ex-State Geologist of
purchased a bayshore lot and will commence operations at once, an eight
S. S. Saunders
San Sarah Hall, built and named by Baron O.
Uffard, a Holland Nobleman, and purchased about five years ago by J. P.
of Tampa, is perhaps the showiest country place in the county. When Mr.
purchased the estate it was little more than a beautiful building in a
wilderness, while at present time it is surrounded on all sides by
of every description. Mr. Hardie has planted about sixty acres to
nearly seven acres to peaches, equal to any in variety raised in
season Mr. Hardie’s orchard produced an immense crop of early
were sold all over the county. Mr. Hardie has about thirty budded pecan
and nearly every kind of fruit or ornamental fruit nameable, on his
is also an extensive planter, having a number of acres to sugar cane,
potatoes, cassava, peanuts, chufas, etc.
D. A. and E. W. Nigels are also extensive planters
and vegetable crops and owners of fine citrus groves.
W. T. Harrison, of Clearwater, has cleared an
tract of land northeast of Dunedin and has planted the entire tract to
trees, making one of the largest young groves in the county. Mr.
owns an extensive strip of bayshore property north of Dunedin and
develop it in the near future.
Despite the cry of hard times and general business
depression everywhere, the Bank of Dunedin, established a little over a
ago, has prospered and the two real estate offices the town affords are
moderate amount of business and
considerably more to materialize after the holidays.
Dunedin is proud of her progress and attainments,
high standards and sterling qualities of her citizens, of her moral
and in being an enterprising and up-to-date Florida town.
Tampa Tribune: 12-13-1914
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers