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North Pinellas History: Women fined for obscene language in 1939

Magistrate Clare Wooddell of Safety Harbor, presiding in the court of Magistrate Leon Humphries, who disqualified himself in the case, fined a Pinellas Park mother and daughter $20 each on charges of using obscene language.

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Mrs. Linda Freshwater, the mother, and Mrs. Metha Bulloch, the daughter, drew those fines in an intrafamily squabble aired in court.

Oct. 13, 1939

$2,500 steel stands promised for gridiron

CLEARWATER — Clearwater High School's Athletic Association is laying plans for sponsorship of a WPA project for construction of all-steel stands along the north side of the Green Field gridiron. Those stands, along with the permanent wooden stands along the south side of the field, will give this city one of the finest high school stadiums in the South.

According to its members, the association needs $2,500 for materials for the steel stands. And therein lies the reason for the decision of the Athletic Association, with approval of the Quarterback Club, to agree to play both the 1939 and 1940 Clearwater-St. Petersburg grid classics in St. Petersburg, with the two teams splitting the gate receipts and making a larger profit than they would if this year's game Nov. 30 were at Green Field.

Present seating facilities at Green Field are too small to handle a Clearwater-Green Devil football crowd. The association plans to have the new stands ready for the 1940 season.

Oct. 18, 1939

Camp ordered closed until toilets installed

CLEARWATER — Theodore Ceraola, Clearwater tourist camp operator, was ordered by County Judge Jack F. White today to close his camp and keep it closed until such time as it is equipped with sanitary facilities. Those facilities must be approved by the state board of health and the county health department.

Sentence was withheld on Ceraola pending compliance with that order.

Oct. 19, 1927

County opens bidding for Joe's Creek bridge

CLEARWATER — Bids were opened at yesterday's County Commission meeting for construction of bulkheads and a bridge over Joe's Creek, but contracts were not awarded. Offers are being turned over to Commissioner Corey, in whose district the bridge is located, and Engineer Burleson for consideration.

Contracts will probably be given out at the meeting of Tuesday next.

Oct. 17, 1927

Crashing cargo abruptly ends voyage

CLEARWATER — A tale of the sea, with the hero a former Clearwater young man, is told by William Schaeffer, in whose restaurant the seafarer was employed before leaving to work his way to Philadelphia on shipboard from Jacksonville.

Herman Phul spent the past 18 months in Clearwater at Schaeffer's restaurant on E Cleveland Street.

A few weeks ago he was offered a position as a physical director in the Philadelphia Central YMCA and was to report there Oct. 1. Liking outdoor life and eager for experience, Phul decided to go to Jacksonville and from there ship as a sailor for Philadelphia.

Phul succeeded in being taken as a member of the crew of a vessel that sailed to Galveston, touched at New Orleans and returned to Jacksonville. From the St. John's River port the ship started north, putting into Brunswick, Ga., to load naval stores.

At Brunswick, Phul was loading cargo. While barrels of turpentine, each of which weighed about 350 pounds, were being lowered into the hold of the ship, the link by which five barrels were suspended during the hoisting operation parted, and one of the barrels struck Phul.

His right leg was broken in two places, and he now lies in a hospital in Brunswick with his neck in a steel cast.

The full extent of Phul's injuries is unknown, but the fact that a steel cast was necessary for his neck would indicate he sustained serious injuries to his spine.

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