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April 11, 1925: Residents amused by monkey's romp through neighborhood

bEAUTIES ON BOARD: Clearwater Sun ‘n Fun Festival beauty contestants pose at the marina at Clearwater Beach in 1956. From left is Jean Clark, Jil Kirk, Pat Smith and Pat McNaughton.

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bEAUTIES ON BOARD: Clearwater Sun ‘n Fun Festival beauty contestants pose at the marina at Clearwater Beach in 1956. From left is Jean Clark, Jil Kirk, Pat Smith and Pat McNaughton.

CLEARWATER — Dr. Dickerson's pet monkey, after keeping the neighborhood amused with his antics while he "ran amok" through the trees and on the housetops today, is at last confined again at the Dickerson home.

How the monkey gained his liberty is not known, but a washerwoman noticed his presence when he ran along the clothesline in the rear of a Park Street home, picking off the clothespins as he traversed the wire.

He was frightened away from the clothesline just as he had started to gather up an armful of clean clothes.

Young Edward Collins was playing in the adjoining yard, and the monkey decided to join his new friend. A ball game was soon in progress until the monkey decided to open up the ball and examine the inside.

The monkey then decided to visit the second story of the house and knock on all of the windows.

A crowd soon gathered to watch the antics of the simian, and he sought to escape from this publicity by climbing a banana tree to partake of some refreshment.

A dessert of green peaches, also found in the yard, was next consumed. The monkey returned to play with the small boy until Mrs. Dickerson appeared on the scene and took the culprit home.

April 1, 1955

Wedding scrambles beauty contest

CLEARWATER — A secret marriage resulted in scrambled beauties after yesterday's announcement of the withdrawal of Geri Kunnen as the first runner-up in the recent Jaycees-sponsored contest for Miss Clearwater of 1955.

The beauty's mother, Mrs. Michael Forest, told the St. Petersburg Times yesterday Geri was married about four months before the contest was held March 24. The contest was run according to Miss America rules, which disqualify married entrants.

"It's too bad there had to be this mix-up," Mrs. Forest said. "But I'm happy about the whole thing even though I didn't expect the wedding until August."

She explained Geri had balked at entering the contest and did so "only to please mother." Mrs. Forest added, "She went into it thinking she wouldn't stand a chance of winning anything, and then kept putting off going after her prizes."

The 19-year-old high school senior has joined her husband, James Finley, at Columbus, Ga. Mrs. Forest said the couple married there Oct. 30 while Kunnen was on a visit and have now made that their home.

Contest co-chairman Howard Lawrence announced yesterday Kunnen voluntarily withdrew, and Durlene Johnson will serve as the first runner-up.

The changes have no bearing on the title of Edee Jackson as the 1955 queen.

April 8, 1925

Judge issues only one marriage license

CLEARWATER — Julian E. Sheppard and Minnie B. Porter were given a marriage license in the office of Judge John U. Bird here today. It was the only one issued.

April 6, 1955

Teacher publishes book on Florida fish

TARPON SPRINGS — The second in a series of children's books on Florida fish written by Mrs. Mildred Woodall has been accepted by Greenwich Publishing Co., to be released in the fall.

The book, titled Suzy Starfish and Peter Porpoise, will be a companion book to Sally Sponge and Sammy Seahorse, which was published recently.

Woodall is a member of the faculty of Tarpon Springs Elementary School.

April 1, 1955

Original sponge boat to be memorial

TARPON SPRINGS — Stanley Olen, local mobile home park operator who has purchased the original sponge boat model, stated yesterday he planned to make the boat a Tarpon Springs attraction.

"I will tow the boat back to Tarpon Springs with my 47-foot yacht Sheila," Olen said. "The sponge boat will be placed on a concrete foundation as a memorial to the local sponge industry."

Olen came to the rescue when a story appeared in the Times stating the boat would be burned at a Bradenton boat yard where it has been abandoned for several years.

"When I learned that the boat had been offered to the Chamber of Commerce and that this group had refused it, I offered to buy the boat," he said.

Although not officially confirmed, it is believed that John Cocoris, one of the founders of the sponge industry, had the boat brought to Tarpon Springs in 1907.

The boat was used as a model by local boat builders in building the sponge fleet.

Headlines through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.



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Headlines through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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