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March 8, 1950: Mayor Shoecraft stresses freshwater need

Unless the people of Pinellas County are made aware of the importance of their freshwater reserves, the day may come when the peninsula will be hard put to supply normal water needs, Mayor James R. Shoecraft of Pinellas Park declared late yesterday in addressing the County Commission.

Appearing to report on the recent national soil and water conference held in Atlanta, Mayor Shoecraft said this county "is surrounded by water but has comparatively few dependable freshwater sources."

"We cannot hope to develop the county industrially unless we can provide industry with vital water supplies," said Mayor Shoecraft.

S.K. Keller, superintendent of the county water department, backed up Mayor Shoecraft's contention, explaining that the county, if sufficient water were available, could bring into the area a paper mill.

March 3, 1940

Clearwater celebrates Honeymoon Day

CLEARWATER — By proclamation of Mayor E.B. Casler Jr., Friday will be Honeymoon Day in Clearwater.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Ernest Burkett of Orlando, the first young couple selected to spend a honeymoon on Honeymoon Island, will be given a royal welcome Friday and taken to their tropical honeymoon home.

Members of the committee planning the celebration honoring the couple are Paul Saunders, chamber of commerce publicity director, A.B. Chipley, president of the Lions Club, and County Judge Jack F. White.

A public shower, with local businesses bestowing upon the young couple gifts and best wishes, will take place in the small park south of City Hall on Friday morning.

March 1, 1935

Canadian man jailed after marriage

TAMPA — A man booked as Roland Philip Sewell, 31, a Canadian, is spending his honeymoon in the county jail — without his bride.

Sewell was picked up by immigration officers yesterday for violation of immigration laws.

With the Canadian was a woman whose name was given as Miss Margaret Kentner of Cleveland, Ohio, a maid formerly employed in Miami.

The couple asked for permission to marry, and the officers granted their request.

They went to Clearwater yesterday afternoon and were married.

S.B. Hopkins, in charge of immigration forces here, ordered Sewell jailed pending deportation orders from Washington.

The bride asked for permission to accompany her husband behind bars, but her request was denied.

March 3, 1940

New Jersey man saved from gulf death

CLEARWATER — Stewart Mastin, swimming in the gulf off Clearwater Beach yesterday, prevented a tragedy by going to the rescue of 22-year-old Dan McCrady, a winter visitor from Greenwich, N.J.

A small canoe in which the New Jersey man was riding overturned offshore from Palm Pavilion, and McCrady's cries attracted a large group to the water's edge. Emergency calls for boats and the first-aid squad of the fire department were made, but Mastin swam out and towed both the boat and the frightened man to shore.

Pete Treela, assistant fire chief, and Gordon Dicks, firefighter, treated McCrady for shock.

March 6, 1950

Horse track asks for a state hearing

OLDSMAR — The general manager of Sunshine Park horse track wants a state racing commission hearing on what he calls "the adverse publicity in the newspapers about Sunshine Park."

General Manager Robert J. Ryder made public yesterday a letter to Commission Chairman Leo Edwards at Miami asking for the hearing.

The track's public relations department said Ryder had in mind testimony at a state railroad and public utilities commission hearing about how illegal bookie joints got telephone service.

The utilities commission was investigating why the Peninsular Telephone Co. installed four lines to a little shack overlooking the track's results board.

Assistant Attorney General James Toney said he caught two men there telephoning Sunshine race results to Continental Press Service in New York.

Telephone company officials said the orders to install the lines came through the race track, although they were told by Ryder to "contact directly with the parties; the track is not your subscriber."

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