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June 22, 1925: Seminole subdivision development under way

DAVIS CAUSEWAY: Cars sit in the shade of Australian pines along the causeway now known as the Courtney Campbell Parkway. The pines were planted in the 1930s as a windbreak and to hold the causeway sand, but were killed in the freezes of the 1960s.

Times photo (1950s)

DAVIS CAUSEWAY: Cars sit in the shade of Australian pines along the causeway now known as the Courtney Campbell Parkway. The pines were planted in the 1930s as a windbreak and to hold the causeway sand, but were killed in the freezes of the 1960s.

Seminole Estates, a $5 million residential subdivision north of Seminole Causeway, has been announced by Anderson, Smith and Klein, sales agents for the developing company headed by Walter J. Lewis, a prominent New England hotel owner.

Current plans are to place the property on the market early in the fall. A force of 40 men are on the property doing preliminary work. From Missouri Avenue, the paved road that leads into Largo, a 100-foot boulevard will be cut to the property, which is bounded by Ridge Road, Seminole Causeway and Clearwater and Indian Rocks roads.

Lots will range in price from $2,000 to $12,000, said Frank H. Anderson, president of the sales company.

"Palms, shrubs and flowers will be used throughout the development," Anderson said. "An adequate water system will be put in. Fountains will be maintained in the many parks and in the children's playgrounds. Swimming pools for the children also will be maintained."

June 20, 1927

Deputies seize stills, moonshiners flee

CLEARWATER — Deputy Sheriff Jack Strickland, with deputies Victor Bradford, Robert Cause and Henry Belcher, left the Sheriff's Office on Tuesday night on a long-distance flight, refusing to state their destination.

They returned yesterday with the battered remains of two stills, one with a 60-gallon capacity and the other holding 35 gallons of moonshine. They reported that the distilling apparatus was captured in a swamp near the northern end of Lake Butler and that three men, who were caught by surprise as they operated the still, made their escape in the dense woods.

Liquor was being made at the Lake Butler plant under conditions so filthy that they could not be described, according to the head deputy of the Sheriff's Office.

Water for dilution of the mash was dipped from a slimy water hole, and the mash contained many roaches, insects from the swamp, ants, and even maggots and small snakes.

He further stated that if patrons of local bootleggers could see their beverages produced, they would at once climb on the water wagon and remain there.

June 29, 1927

Several building permits issued

CLEARWATER — Four dwellings, four filling stations and a large recreation pavilion are included in building permits issued by the city building inspector in the past four days.

Chester McMullen, son of E.B. McMullen, county tax collector for many years, was issued a permit for a dwelling estimated to cost $13,000. The house will be on Druid Road in Harbor Oaks, Clearwater's deluxe suburb.

June 30, 1927

Assistant city engineer arrested

CLEARWATER — Alleged irregularities at City Hall, long complained of by citizens, are now being investigated.

An audit of all the assessments made for city improvements for the past two years is promised by Mayor Baskin, following the arrest yesterday of Frank L. Catt, assistant city engineer, on a warrant charging him with conspiring with contractor Emil Aveidson to defraud the city.

Catt's bail was fixed at $2,000, the preliminary hearing being waived. Catt's attorney, J.L. Kelly, said his client had no statement to make.

The warrant signed by Commissioner E. B. Casler charged Catt, who compiled estimates of the money due contractors, with conspiring with Aveidson to pay him more money than was due.

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