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June 22, 1925: Speedboat makes first run in Clearwater Harbor

Miss Clearwater, a Hacker-design speedboat built in Tarpon Springs for Louis Ballard, arrived in the harbor Saturday, manned by the owner and James Davis, engineer.

Grady Thompson was the builder of this fast craft. It is 26 feet overall, with 6 feet 6 inches beam. A 220-horsepower Hispano-Suiza motor gives Miss Clearwater a speed of 45 mph.

It has been entered in the races at Pass-a-Grille on July 4.

Two more fast boats are being built for Clearwater people. James Davis is soon to be the owner of Baby Gar, and another is on the stocks for a local sportsman.

June 28, 1937

Rattlesnake bite kills former resident

CLEARWATER — Mabry E. Harrell, Daytona Beach grocer and former Pinellas County resident, died in Kissimmee as the result of a rattlesnake bite suffered last night, according to Associated Press dispatches.

Harrell, well-known in this area, went to Kissimmee on Sunday to attend a wedding and later went for a drive with Nannie Maude Davis, his fiancee. She is head bookkeeper in the offices of Tax Collector Jay Starkey here.

Stopping his car beside a rural road to make a minor adjustment, Harrell stepped to the ground. He was immediately bitten by a diamondback rattler, according to reports.

Davis, returning here today, related how she used Harrell's necktie as a tourniquet and rushed him to the hospital in Kissimmee. The accident happened at about 7 last night.

The son of William Jackson and Mary Ann Harrell, pioneer residents of Socrum, near Lakeland, Harrell was the manager of the A.A. grocery in Largo until several months ago, when he was transferred to Daytona.

He was a member of a family well-known in this county. Survivors include six brothers, including S. Harrell of this city.

July 1, 1927

Stolen automobile is found in flames

CLEARWATER — At 10 last night, the Clearwater Fire Department was called to the Safety Harbor road to extinguish flames from a burning automobile.

Firefighters found that the blazing car was a Chrysler sedan belonging to R.C. Austin of northeast Cleveland Street.

An investigation revealed that the car had been stolen from the front of the Capitol Theater on Cleveland Street, but the name of the thief had not been learned this morning.

The car is said to be insured.

June 28, 1937

Sponge Exchange work will begin

TARPON SPRINGS — Work is scheduled to begin Thursday on the addition to the Sponge Exchange. The contract was awarded to Brush and Humphrey by members of the board of directors of the Tarpon Springs Sponge Exchange.

The contract was awarded on a bid of $17,500, according to an announcement made by George M. Emmanuel, president.

Plans include nearly doubling the present capacity, increasing it to 110 stalls, where there are only 60 now.

June 28, 1937

New library planned for donated lot

TARPON SPRINGS — A lot in the center of the downtown business district was donated in the past week by Mr. and Mrs. John K. Cheyney to the Tarpon Springs Library Association as a site for the new library.

The lot faces Tarpon Terrace, west of First National Bank. It is 40 by 46 feet with an alley on each of its four sides, which will give ample light and air for the library.

The Cheyneys asked that the association accept the donation in memory of their daughter, Mrs. Alma Cheyney Wimsatt.

The association has nearly sufficient funds for the construction of the building through the sale of the service station site at Pinellas Avenue and Orange Street.

The one-story building will be made of concrete and stucco. Work is expected to start within 30 days.

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