Windows throughout the Clearwater area rattled this morning as army fighter planes believed to be from the Pinellas airport engaged in aerial target practice high over the city using what apparently were 20mm cannon shells.
The aerial cannonading began shortly before 8 a.m. and continued throughout the forenoon. Some of the reports were heavy enough to rattle dishes in cupboards throughout the south Clearwater section. The planes were very high and were moving in formation.
Feb. 1, 1950
Monuments okayed for Philippe Park
CLEARWATER — Resolutions endorsing the establishment of a national monument at Pinellas County's new Philippe Park were adopted by the board of county commissioners yesterday at the request of Courtney Campbell, chairman of the county park board.
The action set in motion federal government wheels that will mean, eventually, that funds for Philippe Park's upkeep and maintenance might be defrayed by the Federal National Parks bureau.
Campbell advised the commission that the request for national monument designation had been approved by the park board and that a request for assistance had been sent to Congressman J. Hardin Peterson, retiring chairman of the house public lands committee.
A copy of the county board's resolution will be sent to Congressman Peterson along with personal letters from individual commissioners.
Feb. 3, 1950
Oldsmar Civic Club lays plans for carnival
OLDSMAR — A special meeting of the Oldsmar Civic Club was held at 3 p.m. Sunday on the club's property, where work has already begun on a new club building.
The meeting was called to make arrangements and assign committees to work on a forthcoming carnival, which is scheduled to start Feb. 6 and continue through Feb. 11. The chairman of the carnival, E.R. Dooley, urges all members not present at the Sunday meeting to volunteer their services and help make the event a success. The carnival is being held to raise money for the building fund and a lot of work is needed to prepare for the event.
Feb. 2, 1945
Weatherman says winter outward bound
CLEARWATER — Groundhog Day doesn't mean a thing in Pinellas County because the month of February usually finds temperatures rising to the increasing tempo of approaching spring, according to a heartening survey of weather prospects for this month prepared by T.W. Cushing, director of the weather and climate service for the upper Pinellas Red Cross chapter.
Cushing is a close student of weather conditions. In fact, it is his hobby and he has pored over Pinellas weather charts dating back many years.
"February usually finds the warmth beginning to return to this county," Cushing said here today. "Temperatures throughout the month are uniformly higher than those of January. So it really doesn't matter if the little, brown animal sees his shadow, because winter's on the way out."
But suppose we take a look at Cushing's temperature figures for the month.
"Afternoon temperatures in February fluctuate around 71 as an average," he said. "We can expect early morning lows around 53 degrees. Rainfall normally totals less than 3 inches and you can look for rain on about seven days."
The sun will likely shine 209 hours, 66 percent of daylight hours, Cushing said, and midday relative humidity averages 59 percent, 2 degrees less than for December and January.