Lone Pine Place
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"Lone Pine Place" Home of Capt. Wm J. May and Chas. F. May, St. Petersburg, Florida

“Lone Pine Place”

No home or farm in Florida, or anywhere else, can show better or quicker returns for well directed  labor and thrift than “Lone Pine Place,” the home of Capt. Wm. J. May and son, Chas. F. May, on South ninth street, just outside the city limits of St. Petersburg. The sketch appearing here with while giving a good view of the buildings affords but a faint idea of the development of the balance of the little Florida farm.

Only four years ago the May place was only ten years ago of native pine and oak timber. The Mays settled upon it in the spring of 1898. Within a year every foot of it was in condition to produce something for the market or family maintenance. It now has a 6-acre orange grove, just approaching profitable bearing, all of finest varieties, one half being tardiffs, one third grapefruit and the balance being made up of tangerines, jaffas and bloods. Several acres are in peaches, while peaches were also planted among the oranges and will produce profitably some years before the ground is all demanded by the oranges. It has a small pinery of fancy pineapples, a grapery or vineyard; guavas, plums and other fruits and a garden filled with all kinds of vegetables. Two acres are in pasture, which is supplied with living water and a half acre is in lawn about the building. It has an elegant 8-room residence, a cottage, a substantial 24x34 barn, chicken lot and every equipment of a modern home and farm. The St, Petersburg Electric railway will in a short time run by the door.

In a very short time the grove alone will provide a handsome income, but at this time, without the grove, the place has cash income of $500 over all produce consumed by a family of six. The Mays keep careful record of all affairs and know exactly what each portion of the place does.

The peach orchard was set out in 1899 and the next year returned $25 on the investment; In 1901 it contributed $150 and in 1902 $300, one tree alone yielding $5 worth of peaches last year. One 3-year old grapefruit tree last season bore 70 fruit or $7 worth. The garden of 120x130 feet produced for the market $100 worth and the guavas, plums, pineapples, etc., another $100. This besides supplying the home. A horse and cow are kept on the place, the latter furnishing plenty of milk and butter, while a nice lot of chickens supply an abundance of eggs.  The cost of fertilizer in 1902 was $50 and labor $95.

This the record of four years on ten acres of “Florida sand!”, How large a farm and how much an expense would be required to equal it in a northern state? Add to this the proximity of one of the most beautiful cities and best public schools in the Union and who wouldn’t wish a home on Pinellas Peninsula?

“Lone Pine Place” is for sale for the reason the Mays have in view a business enterprise near their former home in the far west and will be a handsome investment for someone, but there is room and opportunity on this peninsula for thousands of people to cheaply, easily and quickly develop homes  quite as desirable.

Source: St. Petersburg Times: 3-21-1908

Transcribed, Formated and Submitted by Linda Flowers




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