NEWS AND VIEWS Transcribed


GREEK CHURCH…Rev. Father Gerondios Koutouris, Greek Priest, late of Kalymnos, arrived in Tarpon Springs this week, and will have charge of the new Greek church, which is to be built on the corner of Hibiscus and Orange St., material for which is being placed on the ground. On Sunday, September 26, Greek services will be held in the M. E. Church at 7 o’clock  in the morning. After this service, the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the new Greek church will take place and the citizens of Tarpon Springs are cordially invited to be present on this occasion. On Monday, Greek services will be held in the M. E. church from 7 to 9 a.m. in commemoration of the finding and raising of the cross by Emperor Constantine and mother. On this occasion the Priest will distribute palms and flowers to all present. Tarpon Springs News…The Ocala Banner: 10-8-1909

REVENUE MEN BOARD CHICO II. TARPON SPRINGS OFFICIALS MAKE ODD MISTAKE….The party on board the sailing yacht Chico II , which left St. Petersburg Monday morning for a cruise to Cedar Key, had a narrow escape from having the yacht confiscated by revenue agents at Tarpon Springs, Thursday night.

The boat had grounded on a sand shoal a few miles from sponge town on the Anclote river and the crew had gone overboard to repair the conterboard, which had been smashed. Several revenue agents lurking in the jungles on the river banks noticed the strange actions of the crew working under the boat. Suspecting they had found a liquor smuggling boat in the act of burying moonshine cases in the river bed the officers advanced with drawn pistols to arrest their victims.

George Gandy Sr. commanding the yacht finally convinced the officers of their error. Those on board in addition to Captain Gandy are Al Gandy, 1st mate, Joe Hogan, deck swab and Paul Smith Cook.

The Chico II is in route to St. Petersburg expecting to arrive here early next week. St. Petersburg Times: 5-28-1921

LARGO HIGHWAY ABOUT FINISHED…All done except mile in the jungle section… Burleson says……With the exception of a mile of uncompleted paving in the jungle section in the new county, hwy between St. Petersburg and Largo is completed according to C. E. Burleson, county engineer. Contractors completed the paving as far as Largo Sat. and will move their operations this week to the jungle to complete about a mile to Park Blvd. The rock base between Largo and Clearwater will be completed within ten days when the main traffic to Clearwater will be routed over the base while the new road to the west is being completed. That part of the county  highway line between the eastern end of the Safety Harbor Bridge and the Rex Café will be completed about November 15 providing weather is favorable, the engineer reported. Rock base has been laid between Sutherland and Tarpon Springs and paving has been completed between Tarpon Springs and the Pasco County line. Between the four corners filling station in Oldsmar, curbing is being laid. The main trunk line for Pinellas County from the Pasco and Hillsborough County to St. Petersburg should be completed by Christmas, contractors believe. St. Petersburg Times: 11-4-1924

Few people realize the magnitude of the sponge industry engaged in by about 800 Greeks at Tarpon Springs. One Saturday sales of sponges lately went up to $22,000.00. The business is however is not now prospering and the Greeks have decided to give it up for the present. The Arcadia Champion: 8-2-1906



OLD CLEARWATER PIER IS DESTROYED BY FIRE…Clearwater…Fire started on city orders last night destroyed the docking and the abandoned fish house of the old city pier. Hundreds of persons attracted by the heavy clouds of smoke gathered at the shore and watched the old structure burn. The pier was destroyed in order that dredging operations can continue, it was announced. The fire burned to nearly midnight. St. Petersburg Times: 4-19-1927

COL. BUYINGTON GOES TO CLEARWATER PAPER... Col. Ed Buyington who has been connected with the Times editorial dept. for about four years has resigned his position in this city to become editor of the Clearwater Sun, the evening newspaper of the county seat. Before coming to St. Petersburg, Mr. Buyington had experience as a reporter on the Atlanta Constitution and was editor and owner of a newspaper in Miami and in Clearwater. St. Petersburg Times: 12-22-1924

CLEARWATER TO DRILL A NEW PLACE FOR OIL...Drilling on the second oil test hole in the Nevers-Yerxa property on Sunset Point Rd. started late this afternoon. The machinery was moved to the new location, which is near the original hole, which was partially sealed, capped and abandoned for loss of a bit at a hundred feet preventing further drilling.  St. Petersburg Times: 5-16-1930

Sends Leg To Factory, Falls And Breaks Rib…W. H. Coalwell of Tangerine Ave. sent one of his legs to the factory a few days ago and while attempting to walk with crutches Sunday, fell over the Veranda rail and broke his fifth rib. Mr. Coalwell lost one of his original legs in the civil war, and he sent one of his wooden legs to the factory to have some adjustments made. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 10-22-1918


The Duke of Sutherland, who is at Tarpon Springs, in this state, it is said, will shortly be married to his traveling companion, Mrs. Blair. The new duchess is not likely to receive any countenance from the Duke’s family, nor from English society. But when his wife was yet living, the Duke and this Mrs. Blair was countenanced by some of the snobocracy of this country. Source: Ocala Banner: 1-10-1889


Clearwater. Miss Monte Nash is our new Deputy Post Mistress. Miss Monte looks well through the window. St. Petersburg Times: 11-2-1901

Mr. M. W. Ulmer, of Largo, one of the most prosperous turpentine operators in Florida, was transacting business in Ocala Thursday. Source: Ocala Banner: 8-3-1906


County commissioner A. C. Turner, of Clearwater, is the papa of nineteen boys. Mr. Turner should be elected to the state senate; then if he followed in the path of others, he could command twenty jobs for himself and the boys. Perhaps the boys could hold a couple of clerkships each and that would make 39 jobs. We’ll vote for Turner. Source: Evening Independent: 12-1907


County Prisoner Benefits by Bill 

The first Pinellas County jail prisoner to obtain a shortened sentence under provisions of the gain-time bill enacted by the 1939 legislature, Agnes Graham, negro woman, will be released from the jail October 7.

County commissioners today approved a request of Sheriff E. G. Cunningham, that the negro woman sentenced last December 8, to one year for assault with a deadly weapon, that her term be shortened to ten months for good behavior. Source: Evening Independent: 10-3-1939



Killing at Tarpon Springs 

A St. Petersburg negress, Nancy McFadden, got into a little altercation at Tarpon Springs last Monday night, the whole result of the fracas amounting to a first-class job for the undertaker. It seems that she just didn’t exactly like a few things that a negro man did or said, and a little knife work on the side was indulged in, the man being literally cut to pieces. He lived, however, until Tuesday night before succumbing to his wounds, the negress escaping. Nothing has been heard of her since Monday night. Source: Evening Independent: 12-4-1908



Tourist Club Organized At Tarpon Springs, Fla.

With Dr. W. E. Morgan, of Chicago, as its first president, the Tarpon Springs Tourist Club was organized recently and has become an active factor in entertaining visitors from all sections of the country. Source: New York Tribune: 2-13-1919

Carload of Flour Sent to Pinellas

Clearwater…Another carload of government flour containing 2,040 bags of 24 pounds each, reached here today over the Atlantic Coast Line railroad. Nine men working under the direction of Frank Tack, did the unloading. This is the second of three similar shipments. 

Clearwater will get 1000 sacks; Tarpon Springs, 390; Largo, 250; Safety Harbor, 126; Dunedin, 100 and Tampa Shores, 75. The remaining sacks will be held in reserve.

 Those receiving the flour are required to have a certificate of neediness from some responsible person. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 6-2-1932

Gulfport Council Order Stock Laws To Be Drafted...

Will Stop Animals From Roving Over Streets

Gulfport is to have stock laws shortly to prohibit owners of animals allowing them to run loose through the streets of the city, the council having passed a resolution last night ordering the attorney to draft the necessary ordinances, which will be presented for first reading at the next meeting. The action of the council arises from a step taken recently by the Board of trade to secure impounding laws in Gulfport. Source: Evening Independent: 9-3-1914


Oranges For Breadline From Florida Citizens

Tarpon Springs Growers Send Tribune 300 Crates, Which Will Be Given to Down-and-Out in Bowery, Through Hadley Rescue Hall

   Oranges and grapefruit are about to be added to the bill of fare at the Hadley Rescue Hall, in the Bowery. A whole carload of the choicest Florida product is due in New York tomorrow. The Board of Trade of Tarpon Springs, known as the “Venice of America” and proudly referred to by its citizens as the “Gem of the West coast,” sent them to the tribune to be distributed among the poor. The Tribune will turn them over to the Hadley Mission.
   Each roll and cup of coffee provided after tomorrow to the hungry, homeless men at Hadley Hall will be supplemented by a luscious orange while the supply lasts. Since November, when the chilly weather drove the unemployed from the park benches to the Bowery, more than 100,000 meals have been provided by John Callahan, superintendent of the hall. There are about three hundred crates of fruit in the hold of the Clyde steamer Mohawk, which will dock tomorrow morning.
   A few days ago the Tribune received the following telegram from A. Linn, secretary of the Tarpon Springs Board of Trade: 

   “The Board of Trade of Tarpon Springs, learning through the columns of The Tribune of the distress among the poor of New York City, offers The Tribune as a gift from the people of Tarpon Springs and vicinity, a carload of Florida’s finest oranges and grapefruit for distribution among the poor of New York City. Will the Tribune accept and attend to the distribution is the car is sent to New York?”

 This reply was sent immediately by The Tribune:

   “The Tribune greatly accepts your offer of a carload of oranges and grapefruit for distribution among New York’s poor and extends its thanks to the members of the Board of Trade and other generous citizens of Tarpon Springs and Vicinity.”
   The matter of placing the oranges where they will do most good was referred to Mr. Callahan, at the Hadley Rescue Hall.
   “We will be more than glad to receive them and apportion them out among the poor of the neighborhood,” he said. “We are greatly obliged to The Tribune and the Tarpon Springs Board of Trade. We can assure both that every single piece of fruit will go to someone who appreciates it.” Source: New York Tribune: 3-12-15


A resolution requesting the St. Petersburg and Gulf Street Railway company to lower its tracks to grade on Davis Boulevard, was passed upon petition of the abutting property owners, who filed the petition through the board of governors of the Board of Trade. Preparations are being made to grade Davis boulevard to pave or hard surface it later. Source: Evening Independent: 9-3-1914

George Inness, Jr. held a loan exhibition of his paintings last week. The late George Inness painted some of his most beautiful pictures of the rivers and bayous around Tarpon Springs and George Inness, Jr. has clung to the traditions of his father in seeking inspiration for his own work in this vicinity. Source: New York Tribune: 2-13-1919

Largo may soon become an oil Eldorado. Numerous leases on what is supposed and hoped to be, oil lands, have been taken and developments are expected in the near future. Tarpon Springs and Oldsmar are both interested in boring for oil. With these three sections producing heavily and Clearwater located in the center of operations there will likely be a boom here that will echo around the earth and disturb the slumber of old John Doe-Clearwater Sun. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 8-10-21

Citizens Urge Mayor’s Recall

Petition Is Presented Tarpon Springs Commission Asking Action

   A second petition, signed by 301 voters and asking the recall of Mayor J. Franklin Spears, Was presented to the Tarpon Springs city commissioners Monday afternoon, according to George Emmanuel, political leader of the sponge city. Action is expected on the board meeting tonight.
   Emmanuel, who leads the faction to oust Mayor Spears Monday, said the petition required only 200 names under the state law instead of 36 percent of all registered voters as he had been led to believe. This information, he said, came from his attorney in Tampa, who said the law provided that a petition must contain names of only 35 percent of the voters in the last election.
   The second petition was circulated following the theft or loss of the first paper last week a few hours before it was to be presented to the board.
   In event city commission fails to oust on the petition tonight, Mr. Emmanuel said he would ask Governor Martin to exert authority in swinging about a recall election. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 2-8-1927


All Old County Records Are To Be Photographed

Clearwater…Perhaps the most important act of the county commissioners at their adjourned regular meeting yesterday afternoon was the giving of authority to J. N. Brown, clerk of the tre circuit court, to have all the records of Hillsborough county that pertain to what is now Pinellas county, photographed and added to the papers in the archives in the court house.

County Clerk Brown has made arrangements to have three abstract companies pay 25 percent each of this expense, so the cost will be spent four ways, the county being assessed but one fourth of the charges incident to the copying of these records.

Transfer of Hillsborough county records to Pinellas has been something much needed for years. As the matter stands at present, it is necessary for attorneys to go to Tampa in order to consult the records and this piles up expense for the client. Clerk Brown has long wished to make it possible do the legal work at home. With all records of land transfers and other legal documents in the courthouse in Clearwater, a great deal of money will be saved for the taxpayers. As a matter of fact, the copying of these records will make for economy and efficiency at the courthouse, instead of being an expense.

J. N. Brown, who had made his office an example of efficiency and convenience, wishes to leave the county clerks department at the end of his term in”apple pie” order. With duplicates of all records which have been made since the territory passed from Spanish on the shelves of the new building to be erected for these documents, Mr. Brown’s ambition will have been achieved.

When interviewed this morning, Mr. Brown stated that he hoped to begin the work of copying these records in Tampa by the first of July. It is understood that it will be necessary to take a complete photographic equipment into the court house of our mother county And do all of the reproductive work without moving the books from the building. These operations will be in charge of specialists, the superintendent being a man who is an acknowledged expert in the line. His name might be given, but Mr. Brown thought it best to withhold this information. Source: Evening Independent: 6-5-24

Some Unknown Person Is Destroying Town Dogs; Arrangements Made To Put Cats Out Of The Way

   Considerable reduction of the dog population in the city of St. Petersburg has resulted from the distribution of poison which has been scattered in yards through the negro quarters. The garbage wagons have been hauling away from 1 to 20 dogs a day for a week and the incinerator has been consuming dogs of all kinds and character. The dog poisoner has confined his operations to the negro quarters and his identity is unknown but few persons have been doing any kicking as the dogs are worthless and most of them diseased.
   Arrangements are being made to reduce the feline as well as the canine population of the city. E. H. Nichols, sanitary officer, has frequent appeals for the killing of cats so he has arranged to have a box placed on each garbage wagon in which cats can be placed alive and taken to the crematory where they will be put to death painlessly and then cremated. Those persons who have cats they wish to get rid of can turn them over to the garbage wagons and be certain the cats will be humanely put to death and the bodies disposed of. The cat population of St. Petersburg is large and the climate seems not to agree with cats which become infested with fleas and trouble with mange.
   “Please send over a policeman to my house to kill a cat.”
   This is the message Mr. Nichols hears many times each week and the people seem to think that it is the duty of the police to kill cats. Mr. Nichols says his department will kill the cats, but will not undertake to catch the animals; they must be delivered to the garbage men in boxes. Source: Evening Independent:5-28-15

New Fire Chief Named

Mayor A. C. Phiel will present his appointment of Capt. McNulty to the position of chief of the local fire department to the council for its consideration at the meeting this evening. Capt. McNulty has been engaged in the firefighting business for 16 years and should the appointment be sustained he would leave a splendid position, which he now holds in Birmingham, Ala., where he is chief at Station No. 1. It is hoped that acting chief, K. W. Williams, may be attained as an assistant chief, as the Mayor expresses a very high esteem of him for which he has handled the work of the fire department since the death of G. W. Anderson, formerly chief. Source: Evening Independent: 4-3-1913

Christie Assumes Postmastership In Dunedin Today

W. J. (Bill) Christie will take over his duties today as postmaster of the Dunedin Office. The appointment is on a temporary basis until after a civil service examination. He succeeds Mrs. Betsy Rives Fulmer, who with her husband will leave later this month to make her home in Shaker Heights, Ohio,

Christie has served the Dunedin district since 1935 as county commissioner and his place will be taken today by Frank G. Merrin, Dunedin. Source: Evening Independent: 4-1-41

Many Cats Killed

The cat population of St. Petersburg has been so greatly reduced by the new system of killing cats at the garbage incinerator that only 100 felines were put to death by the city department in October. The cats are killed by gas when turned over to garbage wagons by citizens. Each month since last June when the system was put into effect more than 100 cats have been killed and a stray cat is seldom seen now. Several hundred diseased, crippled and starving cats have been put to death and E. H. Nichols, sanitary officer, expects to get a lot this month as the houses fill with people. Source: Evening Independent: 11-3-15

Prospective Settlers Visit Tarpon Springs


One hundred and twenty families have been located on its property in short time

Tarpon Springs, January 6…The Tampa and Tarpon Springs Land Company is expecting in the city today ten men, prospective land buyers. These men came from the northern States and the party is in charge of Mr. DeVore, a special agent and representative of the company. If these men locate here it will help Tarpon Springs wonderfully. It is hoped they will each locate on a ten acre tract. This company has located on their property about 120 families and more new settlers are arriving every day.

All Tarponites were glad to see “Old Sol” poke his nose from under the canopy of the clouds. Three days of continuous rain is an event not often seen by the West Coaster’s particularly at this season of the year. And it is with pleasure we hail the sunshine and balmy weather of a perfect Florida day.

Plans and specifications are being drawn for a good many residences and office buildings and it is hoped that construction work will begin at once.

The West Drug Company begins operations in a few days with one of the prettiest drug houses on the west coast. Mr. John West, manager and proprietor, is one of the best know druggists and business men on the peninsula and his success is practically assured. The fixture will be white enamel, trimmed in gold with a fountain in connection. His place will no doubt prove popular, especially among the young folk. Source: Tampa Tribune: 1-7-1912

Welch Buys Wall Springs

Popular Watering Place Near Tarpon Springs Is Sold

David S. Welch, promoter of the new Pinellas Park road and bridge district, has purchased the famous Wall Springs, according to an announcement Wednesday.

The W. McKee Kelly Co. closed the deal as agents for the owners, J. Edgar Wall, C. H. Freas and Mrs. Rose Wall Freas. The Walls are residents of Tampa and the Freas live at Brooksville.

Wall Springs is located midway between Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor, formerly known as Sutherland. The springs has been a popular outing place for more than 30 years.

The springs are located about 33 miles north of this place and about 26 miles west of Tampa. Scores visit the springs daily and hundreds on Sunday. Welch did not announce his plans or intentions for the future.

Welch came to this city about three years ago and became interested in a transportation line to Cuba. He originally planned a freight ferry line from St. Petersburg to Havana, but conditions in the sugar market completely changed his plans. For a number of years he was head of the Welch Manufacturing Co., of Oldsmar. He is better known as the father of the  Pinellas Park special road and bridge district, which is building an asphalt highway connecting with the Gandy bridge from the Park to the Seminole bridge, from there to the shores of the Boca Ceiga Bay and across a free causeway, named the Welch causeway. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 5-15-1924


Wall Springs Sold To St. Peter Firm

Popular Resort Near Tarpon Springs Is Transferred Saturday


     Sale of Wall Springs, one of the beauty spots on the Gulf coast of upper Pinellas county and a favorite picnic and bathing resort for Tampa and this entire section, was reported Saturday, when Edgar Wall, president of the Knight & Wall Company, transferred the property to W. McKee Keeley and David S. Welch, of St. Petersburg. Mrs. C. H. Freas of Brooksville, was owner in a half interest of Wall Springs, joining Mr. Wall in the sale.
      Price paid for the property was $50,000, Mr. Wall retaining his summer home and orange grove there. The new owners will take possession of the property Monday and have already made extensive plans to bottle, ship and deliver the spring water in Tampa, St. Petersburg and other cities.
     The property known as Wall Springs originally was owned by W. W. Clark, who for many years was the only resident there. For years, however, it has been known as Wall Springs. The big springs flow into a large swimming pool and the softness of the water, as well as its temperature, have made this one of the favorite resorts for picnic and swimming parties. The resort is about six miles south of Tarpon Springs, in one of the most beautiful sections along the Gulf coast,  and is capable of wonderful development as a summer and winter resort. Source: Tampa Tribune: 6-8-24


Doctor to Give Patient Blood

      In an effort to save the life of a woman charity patient in Mound Park hospital, Dr. Frederick Kumm, St. Petersburg’s city physician, will give up a pint of his own blood today.
     The patient, sinking steadily while physicians fought a losing fight against the ravages of an unknown disease, has been in the hospital for ten days.
     A week ago, it became apparent that a transfusion would be necessary and the customary appeal for volunteers was issued.
     Police, firemen, Coast Guardsmen and private citizens answered the call, but tests revealed the woman’s blood to be of the unusual and hard to march “Type 2.” Not one of the volunteers was found to be satisfactory.
     As the race against death narrowed toward a Garrison finish, Dr. Kumm yesterday volunteered for a test on the slim chance that his blood might be satisfactory. The laboratory test revealed a perfect match.
     The transfusion which will assure the woman of one more chance at life will be given this morning. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 11-4-38

Clearwater…Inability to obtain meats in quantities sufficient to serve his customers compelled a Clearwater restaurant proprietor to close  his establishment today until May 1 when his new quota will be issued by the Office of Price administration. It was the first closing of a café in this community as a result of war shortages. Source: Evening Independent: 4-20-43

Negro Sisters Are Trapped In Burning House

   Two negro sisters were painfully injured this morning in escaping from a blaze in a two-story residence at 1010 1-2 Second avenue south.
   Trapped in an upstairs bedroom when fire of an unknown origin blocked escape through the hallway, the two were forced to jump through a second floor window to save themselves from the flames.
   Gonnie McDonald suffered painful burns about the face while her sister, Ossie, incurred cuts about the arms and hands in her jump to the ground. Both were taken to Mercy hospital for emergency treatment.
   Fire Chief Claude Nesbit said the cause of the blaze could not be determined immediately. Firemen brought it under control after the bedroom had been gutted and the hallway and front porch damaged. Source: Evening Independent: 11-1-39

Passenger Train Strikes Negro

   James Brown, 31-year-old negro, was seriously injured about 9:40 o’clock last night when struck by a westbound Seaboard passenger train between twenty-first and twenty-second street south.
   Brown, who resides at 1047 Second avenue north, told police he was walking east along the tracks when it happened. He explained he was blinded by the lights on the locomotive.
   Police said he received severe lacerations about the head, a fractured collar bone and possible internal injuries. He was in “fair” condition last night at Mercy hospital.

Source: St. Petersburg Times: 7-1-40

Disastrous Fire Averted

An Hour Later Whole Business Block Would Have Burned

Last evening just about time for closing the billiard parlor of Paul Horlean’s smoke was seen issuing from the crevices in the plaster under the stairway. The closer door was thrown open, and smoke enveloped the room. A bucket brigade was formed, and the fire was quenched without any disastrous results.

The closet was used as a storeroom for rubbish and had not been opened for some hours. A slow, smoldering fire was waiting for a breath of air to burst into flame and had the smoke not issued from the crevice at the time it did, and thus give an alarm, there is no telling what the damage would have been. The billiard room is located in the center of a ten-wooden business blocks, on which the insurance companies put nearly a ten percent premium. Source: Evening Independent: 11-5-1907


Postman Sentenced

Judge W. J. Barker, sentenced Frank W. White, St. Petersburg postman, to three years in Federal  prison for removing money from letters. Postal inspectors last year said they “planted” money in several letters and that White removed the money. The postman later pleaded guilty to the charge. Yesterday fellow postal workers told Judge Barker of White’s former good record and asked that he not be sent to prison.

Source: St. Petersburg Times: 1-7-1950

An Old Timer

Andrew P. Canova of Gainesville, spent the first part of the week in the city visiting his brother Isadore Canova. A. P. is 66 years old, but vigorous as a young man.  He is a native of Florida and took part in the Seminole war of 1855. Since the war until 1880, he was pilot and guide, and there is not a spot in the whole state he has not traversed. Mr. Canova is the author of a well known book “Life and Adventures in South Florida,” which has been widely read. Mr. Canova visited this peninsula in 18?0 and the change is remarkable. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 7-20-1901

Lost Baby Found By Dog; Had Spent Night In Woods

Due to the sagacity of a bird dog belonging to Robert Markland, a two year old baby, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Scroggins, on Maximo point, owes his life. The dog found the baby in the woods where he had been wandering all night. Gyp Simms was hunting on Maximo point, having borrowed Mr. Markland’s bird dog. Roaming through the woods in search of quail the dog finally stopped and began to bark and then ran to Mr. Sims and tried to make him understand that he had found something out of the ordinary. Mr. Sims, who knows dogs, understood and followed the dog. He was led by the animal to the baby lying in a clump of palmettoes. Mr. Sims said he had passed within a few feet of where the baby was without seeing it. He would not have found the baby but for the dog. The baby was weak from fatigue and exposure and fright and clung to Mr. Sims as though fearing he was to be abandoned in the woods. Mr. Sims took the baby in his arms and carried it more than a mile to a house. No baby had been lost from that house but they directed the hunter to the Scroggins home and there the baby found his lost father and mother. The baby had roamed away from home early Friday afternoon and when Mr. Sims found him the child had been out nearly 24 hours.

The dog gave every evidence of satisfaction at finding the baby and capered with glee when the child was carried to his home. The baby is alright today, thanks to the dog. The parents of the child had searched the woods all night in a vain effort to find the lost baby and had about given him up for dead when Mr. Sims took him home. Mr. Sims said he had found some odd things while hunting but never before found a baby. Source: Evening Independent: 1-5-1924

Gabriel Expected In Ten Days With Wreckage of XIOS

Details of discovery of long lost sponge boat will be bared with its arrival

   Tarpon Springs, Feb.16…The Tarpon Springs sponge boat Gabriel, with its grisly cargo of bones and charred wreckage of the long lost XIOS, another sponge boat, is expected here within a week or ten days.
   Until that time full details of the discovery reported yesterday by Gabriel Peterson, captain of the Gabriel, will not be available. Capt. Peterson reported by telephone that he had found the wreckage and bones of at least two of the crew of five on the gulf bottom 12 miles off Cedar Keys.
   The XIOS and its crew were last seen Nov.17, 1933, at Cedar Keys where it put in for gasoline after leaving Tarpon Springs earlier the same month.
   In reporting the find, Capt. Peterson said that he had taken aboard all of the wreckage his boat could carry as well as the bones found.
   Evidence of an undersea tragedy, in which divers probing for sponges on the floor of the gulf had apparently suffered slow death by suffocation while there boat blazed above them, was revealed in the report telephoned here yesterday by Capt. Peterson.
   Capt. Peterson disclosed that helmets of the divers were still attached to the metal parts of the underwater suits. It appeared Peterson said, that other members had either perished in the flames or leaped overboard and drowned.
   It was believed that bones found by Peterson were those of Capt. John Gianetsis, 55, and his brother Nick Gianetsis, 50. The two were the boats divers. Source: Evening Independent: 2-16-1935

Handsome Yacht Reaches Port

The Anita, Owned By Captain Fleming, Of Philadelphia, Is Now Here

The handsome steam yacht Anita, owned by Captain Fleming, a capitalist of Philadelphia, is in port, having put into the harbor out of the rough weather of the past few days. The vessel is now lying alongside of Palafox Warf.

The Anita is a small pleasure craft and is bound for Tarpon Springs, Fla., where a large number of capitalists have summer homes. She left Philadelphia several weeks ago and has been cruising along at easy stages and expects to reach Tarpon Springs within two or three weeks, as stops will be made at a number of towns along the coast.

With the exception of Captain Fleming and his wife, there is no one on board with the exception of the crew. The Anita will sail this morning provided the weather is favorable. Source: Pensacola Journal: 1-14-1905

Pinellas County Passes

The House by Eight Majority—May Stop In The Senate

Tallahassee, May 3…The House this morning passed Long’s bill relating to the assessment and collection of revenue; also bill incorporating Wildwood and one regulating the municipality of Quency.

The Senate bill validating $25,000 worth of Plant City bonds, was passed.

The bill creating Pinellas county has just passed the House by a vote of 29 to 21.

Few bills were introduced in the Senate today.

Mr. Trammell is now speaking in support of the franchise tax bill. Russ. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-3-1907

Regulating Sponge Fishing

Col. John K. Cheyney, one of the largest sponge dealers and naval store operators of South Florida, accompanied by his wife and daughter, is in the city, en route to Northern resorts, being a guest of the Aragon. Col. Cheyney states that prices for Florida sponges are very low at present, but that the many Greeks operating on the Gulf coast are obeying the law regarding sponge fishing in the open season. This will prevent the complete destruction of the industry, which was threatened for some time by the ruthless manner in which the Greeks operated. Similar tactics completely devastated the sponge fields in the Mediterranean Sea, but fortunately they were stopped in Florida…Jacksonville Metropolis, 24th. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-26-1908

No Babies Today

Dr. J. A. Mease of the Mease hospital at Dunedin wants it distinctly understood he has no babies up for adoption.

Several days ago, the Dunedin doctor explained, a couple who could not care for the child asked him to find suitable foster parents. He found the foster parents and the child was formally adopted Friday.

Yesterday afternoon, however, an item appeared in a local paper indicating the doctor was still seeking foster parents, and he was forced to inform no less than six long distance callers the child long since had been adopted.

So he wants it understood he has no babies for adoption today. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 8-3-1941

Smuggler Puts 21 Aliens On an Island Off Coast.

Tampa, Fla., April 1…Twenty-one aliens, including one woman, smuggled into the United States, it is believed, from a West Indian port, were arrested on Anclote Island, five miles off Tarpon Springs on the Gulf coast today by Webster Little, deputy collector of customs, and brought here.

Spaniards, Greeks and Germans were in the party. They professed ignorance of English, and immigration and customs officials from this city who went to Tarpon Springs to bring them in had difficulty in learning the details.

The officers expressed belief the party was “double crossed” by the smuggler, who told them, upon landing them on the island, that they would be taken to the mainland later. They said they paid $150 each for the transportation. All of them has considerable sums of money when taken into custody.

The officers are making efforts to learn the identity of the smuggler. They said the arrival of the aliens on the island was reported by the keeper of the lighthouse. Source: NY Tribune: 4-2-1922

Lands Tarpon In Seaplane

 Dave Budd Gets First Fish Ever Taken In This Way…Green Piolet

 Dave Budd has landed what is supposed to be the first tarpon ever caught from an airplane. This big fish staged a 50 minute battle and tugged at the line so fiercely that its captor suffered a badly cut finger  from the tension of the line. It weighed in the neighborhood of 80 pounds and was over five feet long.

In the airplane fishing party were Johnny Green, local aviator, Harold Summers and Dave Budd. They started out Sunday morning and the big plane circled about and came to rest 10 miles out in the gulf. Above five strikes were had, but Mr. Budd was the only fisherman successful in landing a tarpon. As the tarpon fought with Budd who played with the fish from the front of the plane, Mr. Sommers and Mr. Green took snapshots of the struggle from the wings of the plane. After practically an hour of fighting the tarpon was landed and pulled into the plane, the plane rising from the water like a big bird with its prey.

Local fishermen claim that it is the first tarpon that has ever been caught from an airplane. Source: Evening Independent: 6-19-1922

Coast Guard and Sponging Boats Take Up Search Off of Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs, Jan. 3…Five boys, all members of a fishing party which left here this morning in a 22-foot open speedboat for a day in the gulf, were sought late tonight after being reported missing. Two sponge boats and a cabin cruiser left here shortly before midnight, and the U. S. Coastguard air station at St. Petersburg announced that it would send an amphibian plane to search the area early tomorrow morning.

The missing:

George Arfaras, 23, of 29, west Tarpon avenue, son of. N. G. Arfaras, Tarpon Springs sponge packer.

Nick Cretekos, 21, of 451 East Tarpon avenue, son of George Cretekos, manager of the sponge exchange.

John and Mitchell Billiris, brother, both of Tarpon Springs.

Charles Ferguson, 22, of 116 Hibiscus street.

The boys left early this morning, with the announced intention of going to the fishing banks about five miles off the mouth of the Anclote river. The boat was not equipped with an anchor, and had about five gallons of gasoline beside that in the boat’s tank. The boys had only enough provisions for lunch.

Late tonight two sponge boats, the Uncle Sam, captained by Cimos Angelis, and the Elija, captained by Peter Leondakis, and the cabin cruiser, Emma C., skippered by Manuel Johnson, left Tarpon Springs for the gulf to search for the missing boat. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 1-4-1937

Crystal River…Dr. J. D. Bennett, who had recently purchased a fine horse to use in his practice, had the misfortune to lose him Thursday at Tarpon Springs. During the month of September, the doctor expected to go north for a visit to relatives and employed a man to take his horse to the home of R. J. Knight, of Safety Harbor. The driver reported that the horse took blind staggers and lived only a short time after he reached the town. Source: Tampa Tribune: 8-30-1910

On The Way To War Against Islam

On the northbound Coast Line train today was a party of Greeks from Tarpon Springs, on their way to New York, where they expect to take ship for their native land, to fight against Turkey.

They are short but sturdy and active men, and looked like they meant business. Their section in the car was draped with the Greek colors and our own. They said there would be a large number along tomorrow. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-9-1912

Willis Powell has arrived in Clearwater and as soon as his printing plant arrives, will begin the publication of the Clearwater Daily Sun. We want the Sun on the exchange list of the Telegram from the first, for Willis is the boy who knows how to make a paper with the “pep” in it, and whether he is right or wrong, he is always interesting. Lakeland Telegram… Willis will surely put Clearwater on the map, and if the town wants to boom it has only to follow his lead. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-11-1914


Much Disappointed

We, the undersigned citizens, taxpayers, and voters of Pinellas county, do certify that we are very much disappointed with Pinellas county.

First, taxes have doubled more than three times over what they were in Hillsborough county, on the same property. The benefits we have derived from the creation of Pinellas county are not to be compared with the increase in taxation. We realize it was a serious mistake when we were taken from Hillsborough county. If it were possible to get back in Hillsborough county, we would gladly go back.

M. V. McMullen
Geo. W. Sheffield
O. E. Archer
W. H. Harris
W. H. Belber
H. Forkel
C. A. Kuster
J. W. Booth
W. A. McMullen
B. L. McMullen
B. P. McMullen
J. R. McMullen
D. D. McMullen

 Source: Ocala Evening Star: 9-11-1915


Fisherman’s Body Found In River

Tarpon Springs-The body of “Sarge” Hathaway was found yesterday afternoon at 2:53 p. m. in the Anclote River not far from the spot where he was reported to have drowned the night of Dec. 14. It was discovered by workers at nearby Lysek Boat Works.

Hathaway fell into the river near Standard Oil Docks. According to police reports, the accident was reported the next night by Oscar Coxwell, a fisherman who was with Coxwell at the time.

Hathawa’s body was taken to Vinson Funeral Home and an autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death, according to acting chief of police Nick Pappas. Source: St. Petersburg Times: 12-24-1958

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