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North Pinellas History: 10-room estate back on auction block in 1950

sponge fishing before 1900: African-Americans, people from the Bahamas and sponge hook boats from as far away as Key West are shown in a rare photo from around 1898 near Bailey’s Bluff, close to what is now the county line of Pinellas and Pasco, east of Anclote Island. The area supported storage pens for the early sponging business of hook boats. The hook boats used a rake at the end of a pole to grab sponges washed into shallow areas. Greek immigrants arrived in the area in the early 1900s to dive for Gulf of Mexico sponges farther out and settled in the Tarpon Springs area.

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sponge fishing before 1900: African-Americans, people from the Bahamas and sponge hook boats from as far away as Key West are shown in a rare photo from around 1898 near Bailey’s Bluff, close to what is now the county line of Pinellas and Pasco, east of Anclote Island. The area supported storage pens for the early sponging business of hook boats. The hook boats used a rake at the end of a pole to grab sponges washed into shallow areas. Greek immigrants arrived in the area in the early 1900s to dive for Gulf of Mexico sponges farther out and settled in the Tarpon Springs area.

CLEARWATER — The three-story, 10-room residence of the late Mary S. Morrow will be sold to the highest bidder at public auction at 2 p.m. today on the grounds of the estate.

This is the second sale of the big home in Harbor Oaks. At the first sale recently, the high bid of $28,000 was not accepted by the executors and a resale was advertised.

A variety of jewels including diamonds will be sold. The jewels will be available for public inspection one hour before the sale. Fourteen police officers will guard the display, valued at more than $50,000.

March 21, 1950

Sponge docks altered for pedestrians

TARPON SPRINGS — Tourists visiting the Tarpon Springs Sponge Exchange section of the city on March 20 were greeted with the new look of the sponge boat docks.

City fathers two weeks ago ordered that the docks be resurfaced and widened and the curbing removed for more pedestrian space.

Parking was changed to parallel from diagonal.

In the future, cars will park in a new area that has been surfaced on Cross Street between Athens and Hope, directly behind the Sponge Exchange building.

The new area will accommodate many cars and will alleviate traffic congestion on Anclote Boulevard.

The city, with the cooperation of merchants at the Sponge Exchange, also will place green benches along the docks for tourists.

March 5, 1940

Klan asserts itself in local politics

CLEARWATER — Politicians regard the Ku Klux Klan as influential in Clearwater politics. The klan was opposed to R.B. Van Fleet, former city recreation superintendent, and Van Fleet was fired by the city.

The klan ordered Negroes from Green athletic field here, and the city, yielding to the klan, constructed another field for their use. The klan has since threatened Negro preachers here and burned a cross in front of a local roadhouse.

March 9, 1940

Ministers defy threats from Ku Klux Klan

CLEARWATER — Two Negro ministers, ordered by a group of Ku Klux Klan members or other white-robed and hooded figures to leave this city several weeks ago, continue to disregard the threats made against them.

The two ministers are very much in evidence here and are conducting services in their churches as usual. Leaders of the congregations of one of the churches complained to county officers about the threats, and indications are that the white-robed figures shied away from carrying out their threats in the face of the law.

March 5, 1940

Residents petition for 20-foot street

CLEARWATER — Thirty residents of the Crest Lake area in the eastern part of this city last night petitioned the city commissioners to construct a road known as Lake Drive along the east side of Crest Lake, connecting Cleveland Street with Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

William G. Gibson, one of the property owners, submitted and read the petition to the commission. He said the 20-foot street requested was already platted. More than 20 houses were erected in Crest Lake subdivision in recent years, he said, and construction of Lake Drive would cause 100 more to be erected.

City Manager F.L. Hendrix told the commission that the construction requested would cost about $7,500, that the property owners should raise and contribute about $2,500 of that amount. The matter of planning a project to be submitted to WPA, together with the question of assessments against the properties which would be improved, was referred to Hendrix, who will confer with the petitioners.

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