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Dec. 4, 1924: School gets Linotype machine for printing

What professor Clifford Johnson describes as the finest Linotype machine in the country is being installed in the new Central High School building today.

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Installation is being done in the cafeteria room, which has been given over to the printing plant, where composition and makeup of the Central High School Chatter will be done.

The Linotype ordered for purposes of instruction in the school is a No. 14 with auxiliary magazines operated from the keyboard and all other modern fixings.

It is being set up by an erector from the factory.

Dec. 16, 1936

Three unopposed incumbents re-elected

CLEARWATER — Mayor Ray Green and Commissioners Lou Marsh and D.O. Batchelor were returned to municipal office again yesterday.

Very few residents voted.

The incumbents were unopposed, and only 196 votes were placed in the ballot box. Several thousand residents are qualified voters.

It was the first time in many years that candidates have entered office with such ease. Municipal campaigns usually bring out a large field of candidates eager to sit on a city commission.

The officials took the lack of opposition as an approval of the citizens of their administration. Green, Marsh and Batchelor have been aligned in many administrative actions for the city's improvement during their past two years in office.

Dec. 27, 1941

Board to decide if milk price will rise

CLEARWATER — Following a hearing that lasted most of the day, the Florida Milk Commission adjourned to study testimony before handing down a decision on a request from a majority of the dairymen attending that the retail price of milk be increased between 1 and 3 cents a quart.

The current retail price is 17 cents.

The hearing was held in the circuit court room at the courthouse yesterday.

While a majority favored an increase, some dairymen and several consumers attending opposed it. Principal arguments favoring an increase were rising feed, labor and distribution costs.

Those opposed said costs had not gone up enough to justify an increase, while some said that if the current price is enforced, dairymen could make a profit.

Some dairymen admitted they knew of discounts being given and that it had caused them to lose customers.

Dec. 24, 1941

Railroad crossing signal system opens

CLEARWATER — The new, $18,000 automatic signal system of the Seaboard Air Line railroad was put into operation yesterday afternoon with city officials, railroad men and newspapermen viewing the ceremonies. The signals are at the Cleveland Street crossing, Drew Street and Turner Street.

R.B. Norton, local agent, requests the cooperation of the public and states that if motorists observe the signals, it will be a real safety measure.

In addition, improvements have been made to the freight and passenger stations.

The automatic signals go into operation from 20 to 25 seconds before the train reaches the crossing with red lights flashing three seconds before the gates go down.

Prior to the ceremonies, city officials and others were entertained and given a chicken dinner in a railroad camp car with Norton as host.

Dec. 4, 1928

Joint service held for drowned men

CLEARWATER — A joint funeral service was conducted yesterday afternoon by the Rev. Paul W. Ellis over the bodies of Daniel B. Williams and Herbert Weller, young men from Clearwater who drowned while returning from a crabbing expedition at the north end of Hog Island on Thanksgiving Day.

Comrades of Mr. Williams in the Turner-Brandon post of the American Legion were pallbearers.

The drowning of Weller and Williams created a great deal of excitement in this section because the waters about Clearwater are so well-protected and safe that deaths are very rare among boatmen and even amateur sailors.

Those familiar with Clearwater Harbor were loath to believe when the absence of the two men was reported that they could have gotten into serious trouble while on a trip hunting for stone crabs.

It was only after a search party, which left at midnight Thanksgiving Day, returned with the report that Weller and Williams could not be found on Hog Island that uneasiness was felt.

Before the party left to look for the young men, the boat they had used was found and towed into Ozona. Several crews spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday dragging the bottom near Hog Island, recovering the last of the bodies yesterday.

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