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Feb. 5, 1943: Schools, teachers organize food rationing registration

CLEARWATER — Pinellas County schools will be used as registration centers for the distribution of the new federal point rationing coupon books, it was announced here this morning by G.V. Fuguitt, county superintendent.

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The date of the registration has not been fixed, but Fuguitt indicated it will be set for the latter part of this month.

The teachers who performed similar services in sugar and gasoline registrations again will man the tables in the countywide food rationing enrollment, Fuguitt declared.

Applications must be filed for every inhabitant of the county, just as was the case in the previous registration. The coupons of the new books will be used at first for the purchase of certain canned and processed food. Later, it was said, the point system will be extended to cover many other articles.

Detailed plans for the registration will be completed at conferences with school principals.

Feb. 10, 1939

Couple, Klan, Elks help flag campaign

CLEARWATER — Already "over the top," the Clearwater campaign to obtain American flags for all classrooms in upper Pinellas schools is still bringing results.

The goal was to collect 70 flags, but 85 were collected, among them 10 by Admiral and Mrs. J.L. Latimer, 12 by the Clearwater chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and 25 by the Clearwater Elks.

Feb. 9, 1939

County: Ill should stay out of public places

CLEARWATER — The county health department today issued the following health bulletin:

"Complaints have been made to health authorities regarding the transmission of colds and sore throats at recreation centers in several parts of Pinellas County.

"Persons with colds and sore throats should not attend public gatherings, and should remain indoors for their own personal good, as well as to guard against spread of the infection to others."

Feb. 10, 1926

$50,000 building to be constructed

CLEARWATER — J.D. Baskin, real estate man and Largo property owner, announced that he will shortly begin construction of an apartment and business building at S Garden Avenue and Pierce Street, the cost of which will be at least $50,000.

The new Baskin building will be two stories, will contain 21 apartments and will be made of Milwaukee pressed brick. The lower floor will be divided into five storerooms, while the upper floor will have the apartments, each fitted with all-modern conveniences.

A special feature of the new apartments will be the fact that tenants with children will be welcomed.

Rents will be reasonable and leases will be on a year-round basis.

W.H. Carr is the architect.

Feb. 8, 1926

City rail crossings need safety devices

CLEARWATER — The Atlantic Coast Line railroad company has failed to install safety devices at dangerous crossings in Clearwater. This prompted Judge Melvin A. McMullen to forward a letter to the state railroad commission in which he emphatically set forth the importance of securing action in the matter of protecting motorists from the trains operated through the county seat.

The City Commission and County Commission have taken up the safeguarding of crossings with the railroad officials.

Several weeks ago, the railroad company had agreed to install electric gongs at a number of the most dangerous crossings in middle Pinellas, but it appears that nothing has been done, or at least there is no tangible evidence of action by the railroad company.

The City Commission passed an ordinance several weeks ago providing that the railroad company protect crossings in Clearwater.

The Seaboard railroad has been placing flagmen at the crossings, but so far as can be learned, no mechanical safeguards have been provided.

Feb. 8, 1940

Dunedin to strictly enforce traffic rules

DUNEDIN — The Dunedin City Commission went on record last night for strict enforcement of traffic regulations.

Stop signs have been painted at street intersections, and U-turns are not allowed on Main Street.

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