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Aug. 2, 1937: Concrete house unique to Florida under construction

DUNEDIN — Mrs. Betty Noyes, Sunset Drive, is having a $7,800 all-concrete house, one of the first of its kind in Florida, built for her in Sunset Court near Stevenson Creek.

The architect, Theodore Skinner, says the concrete is based with soft Florida rock, the same type used in roadbeds. It is an innovation in building construction.

In appearance, the home is a log house, as the mold for the concrete walls was made with rough finish lumber.

The windows, doors and roof are the only part of the house finished in wood. The interior ceiling is heavily beamed. The floors are made of concrete.

Material used for the roof is also new in this section. The surface is made of broken white porcelain and beams brilliantly in the sunlight.

Aug. 8, 1932

Grocery robbery attempt foiled

CLEARWATER — An attempt to rob Vaughn's grocery store at Pennsylvania Avenue and Seminole Street early Sunday morning was reported to police.

Willard Moore, who lives a block away from the grocery, heard the crash of breaking glass and ran toward the sound, armed with a rifle.

He found a man trying to reach through a broken window pane to push back a bolt and gain entry to the store.

Moore ordered the trespasser to throw up his hands, but the man dodged around a corner and Moore hesitated to shoot at him for fear of hitting the home of Vaughn, proprietor of the grocery, who lived next door.

The marauder made his escape with a companion who was glimpsed in the darkness.

Police say the breaking of the store window was part of a plan to induce the grocery owner to come from his home to see what the trouble was. Then, they theorize, he might be held up and robbed of Saturday's receipts at the popular store.

Vaughn's store in the Sunburst apartment building, one in a chain of groceries, was robbed last winter and several attempts were made to enter it on other occasions, but the would-be robbers were frightened away.

Aug. 13, 1932

Man in cart drives bull team through city

CLEARWATER — The county capital has seen many things not seen elsewhere in Florida, and one of them is a team of bulls driven by a man.

Jim Porter may be seen on the streets of Clearwater any day, perched on a cart behind two husky bulls.

Porter prefers the bovines to horsepower in the form of a gasoline engine because, he says, they are much less expensive and are quite fast enough for his purpose.

He uses them to transport swill and waste can contents from eating places to his farm on the outskirts, where he has hogs to feed.

The strange equipage attracts much attention from winter visitors and many snapshots are made of the outfit.

Porter is proud of the fact he is in a class by himself.

Aug. 5, 1932

Two men land 1,900-pound shark

Dick Stewart and Alex Brewer are rapidly gaining the reputation of being the best shark fishermen on the west coast.

Not satisfied with an 1,800-pound tiger shark caught Wednesday 2 miles off Bayboro, the two youths ventured forth again yesterday to land another of the same species. It tipped the scales at 1,900 pounds.

This one measured 13 feet long.

The giant denizen of the deep led the pair on a merry chase. Five hours elapsed before they finally landed him. The two were fishing from a 17-foot open boat.

Aug. 4, 1937

County police radio costs $19 a month

CLEARWATER — The first report of the county-municipal police radio system was made to county commissioners yesterday.

It showed a net operating cost to the sponsors of slightly more than $19 a month.

Purchased 14 months ago by the county, the radio system is housed at the Clearwater police station and is operated by police officers.

Although it is a county unit, the radio station is used jointly by the Sheriff's Office and the local police department in protecting the entire county.

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