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Case-finding reveals tuberculosis patients

1963: Members of the Largo Lions Club take a spin in a holiday parade with Santa Claus in a 1917 American LaFrance fire truck purchased from Belleair.

Courtesy of the Largo Historical Society

1963: Members of the Largo Lions Club take a spin in a holiday parade with Santa Claus in a 1917 American LaFrance fire truck purchased from Belleair.

Dec. 22, 1946

Intensified tuberculosis case-finding in Pinellas County has brought justifying results, the Pinellas County Tuberculosis and Health Association announced.

A five-year study of admissions to the state tuberculosis sanitorium show 13 residents of Pinellas County admitted in 1942, nine in 1943, 11 in 1944, 11 in 1945 and 36 from Jan. 1, 1946, to the present.

The number of patients admitted this year is equal to more than four-fifths of the total for the previous four years. This is not due to any increase in the amount of tuberculosis, but to better case-finding, officials emphasized.

These figures are in addition to the patients cared for in the tuberculosis unit at Pinellas County Home, Largo. Since the recent opening of the Southwest Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Drew Field, Tampa, this unit has been discontinued, and all patients from the county will be admitted directly to Drew Field.

Dec. 22, 1946

County water plant gets $200,000 boost

CLEARWATER — Revenue certificates in the amount of $200,000 to finance the new county water treating plant at Walsingham reservoir will be issued in February, County Clerk Ray E. Green said.

Green, County Attorney John Blocker and Water Superintendent S.K. Keller returned yesterday from Chicago where they have been consulting with the law firm of Chapman and Cutler, who will draw and validate the certificates.

While in Chicago, the county officials also consulted with the INSCO company, which is making the machinery and equipment to be installed in the new plant. They also went over plans for setting up a biological testing plant that will ensure constant purity of water in the mains.

The new plant, Green said, will give Pinellas County one of the finest in the country and will be self-supporting.

Most of the gulf beaches are supplied from the county water system.

Dec. 23, 1946

Coast Guard searches for drifting schooner

The Coast Guard today will search gulf waters for a derelict schooner, the Columbia, known to be drifting without anchor, sails or crew somewhere in the gulf.

The ship, 115 feet long with 55-foot masts, broke anchor in the vicinity of Sanibel Island during the stiff northwest wind of Friday night.

The owner, Griffith Jones, his wife and two crew members quit the ship during the night and took shelter at the Sanibel Light station. Shortly after they came ashore the ship broke anchor and drifted seaward.

Because the derelict is a menace to navigation, the Coast Guard will send out search planes at daybreak today to try to locate the ship and tow it to the nearest port.

Dec. 25, 1946

Thieves again take holiday lights

CLEARWATER — The series of colored lights forming Christmas decorations on the beach causeway is proving quite an attraction to both thieves and motorists, police reported yesterday.

Within the past two days, and for some unknown reason, two cars have careened up onto the boulevard in the middle of the causeway, tearing down several strings of the multicolored bulbs.

And, as usual, police report resignedly, people are again stealing the costly, hard-to-get lights. Up until last night, about 30 had been "lifted."

City firefighters who put up the decorations are endeavoring to repair them but adequate replacement is difficult with the present colored light shortage.

Police say anyone caught stealing lights will be vigorously prosecuted.

Dec. 21, 1954

Sick little boy gets three celebrations

LARGO — Three celebrations are due Barney Klare, 11-year-old son of Mrs. Frankie Klare, of this city who underwent his second major operation in the Centro Asturiano Hospital in Tampa last Friday. Doctors had to remove two abscesses that had formed as a result of a ruptured appendix.

The little boy was visiting his cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Dimpfl in Buffalo, and became ill on his birthday.

He was flown to Tampa and underwent the first operation on Friday after Thanksgiving. It was discovered this week that the abscesses had formed and he returned for surgery Friday.

A rib had to be removed to reach the trouble.

When Barney recovers sufficiently to go home, he will have his birthday celebration and a big Thanksgiving dinner. The Christmas tree and his gifts will be ready for him.

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