Considerable unfavorable comment was heard at the Seaboard Air Line passenger Saturday afternoon in regard to the treatment accorded a lad. He had been brought from St. Petersburg to the county jail and was being returned to his home in Georgia, accompanied by a woman probation officer.
The boy appeared to be about 15 years old, not sullen or criminal. While waiting for the train, he was attempting to eat a piece of bread with his hands tightly handcuffed together.
Passengers at the depot asked what crime the desperate character had committed and if his guard was fully armed. In the same breath, they declared it to be a pity and a shame that such a young lad should be exhibited to the public handcuffed as a criminal when his crime had been that he had been found sleeping in a car on one of the streets of the Sunshine City.
Numbers of people who were waiting for the same train the boy and his guard were to take expressed great indignation. Several of the more aggressive ones asserted that they intended to have the matter investigated by the state authorities.
Jan. 12, 1925
New subdivision announced in Largo
LARGO — The 10-acre grove belonging to Sen. John S. Taylor, located in the town of Largo, has been made into a subdivision and lots will be placed on sale this week. The old grove has been cut into 36 lots, each one having citrus trees on it. Sidewalks and streets are planned, and every effort has been made to make this a high-class residential neighborhood for the Citrus City.
Jan. 13, 1925
Packers ship car of canned county fruit
CLEARWATER — The Hills Brothers Co., packers of Dromedary brand dates and operators of a grapefruit cannery in the south part of the city, shipped a carload of Pinellas County grapefruit in tin cans to Boston.
Manager Stott of the Clearwater cannery states that the company is enlarging its plant here and is erecting two additions. More than $5,000 worth of additional special machinery also will be installed this season, it is reported.
Head men of the Hills Brothers Co., including the general manager, sales manager and other officials, recently visited the local plant and gave it their approval.
Jan. 15, 1925
Preparations under way for county fair
LARGO — Frank A. Bradbury, secretary of the fair association, announced today that the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad will stop its crack train, the Pinellas Special, at Largo so St. Petersburg residents can attend the Pinellas County free fair at Largo next week.
Mr. Bradbury and assistants will be busy all week, he said, getting buildings in shape. A large number of exhibitions have been entered for the fair, which runs from Jan. 20 through Jan. 24. Communities entered are Tarpon Springs, Heidelberg Heights, Sutherland, Curlew, Pinehurst, Clearwater, Pinellas Park and Largo.
There's a great deal of interest is in the poultry exhibits, according to Mr. Bradbury.
The increasing number of poultry raisers in the county will bring some of the best stock in the state. W.P. Woodworth of Gulfport will judge the poultry exhibits. He is the oldest member of the American Poultry Judges' Association in the United States.