Loses Landmark Linked With
Memories of Early Days
Removal of the
old Haines Building to make way for a new five story building block at
street and Central avenue, takes away one of St. Petersburg’s
Once Home of
days the building was occupied by St. Petersburg’s only
known as the State Bank of Florida. It was operated by John Bishop.
building was occupied by the Orange Belt Investment Company, builders
first rail road into St. Petersburg.
jewelry store in a fishing village with hardly
more than 300 population proved to be a bold step, but Mr. and Mrs.
struggled ahead with their little store, growing with the town and
their business year after year. The store was operated continuously
until after the death of Mr. Haines in 1915, when the building was
the Owen-Cotter company of Tampa.
Tom McCall had
a livery stable on the present site of the
Arcade hotel. Other structures were stretched at intervals, along the
Ninth street, where business picked up again. Several business
occupied the territory here. Probably the most handsome structure was
Norwood store at the corner of Sixth avenue and Ninth street.
in the olden days was a park in name only,
according to Mrs. Haines. She told of how the residents of the town
the park one day to cut the transversing paths through the timber.
Later the W.
T. I. A. built walks around the park plot and planted the oak trees
border the park. Mr. Haines set out the posts for a fence which
park in the early days. These posts were removed only a few years ago.
say St. Petersburg had better port facilities in the early days than at
present day, according to Mrs. Haines. In the olden days the Atlantic
Line, then the Orange Belt, pier extended for almost a mile in the bay.
was the principal occupation of the residents. Mrs. Haines told of how
a party of three or four had caught 75 mackerel with one line in only a
time. She said the long pier was always lined with anglers.
Source: St. Petersburg Times: 6-3-22 (Story by Ralph Reed)
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers