This week in history
From the pages of the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent.
100 years ago | 1909
Nov. 10: The Atlantic Coast Line railway announced it would offer Pullman (sleeping) car service from New York to St. Petersburg. The Palmetto Limited train would leave New York at 3:25 p.m. and, with stops, arrive in Washington, D.C., at 9:25 p.m. Switched to another train, the car would arrive in Jacksonville at 8:10 the next evening and get here at 8:35 a.m. the following day.
Nov. 12: "The Second Christian Science Society of St. Petersburg" would dedicate its new chapel Sunday. It was the first specifically built for the Christian Science Church in the city.
75 years ago | 1934
Nov. 9: In a county-wide referendum, voters narrowly rejected plans by West Coast A&A Corp. to build a greyhound track on Haines Road, near 50th Avenue N. The St. Petersburg Kennel Club's operation on Gandy Boulevard would remain the only one in the area.
Nov. 11: " 'Little Peace Found:' Urgent efforts to conclude new armistices harassed statesmen the world over as survivors of the last great war today observed … the truce which ended it." World War I veterans marched to Williams Park for ceremonies remembering Armistice Day. (In 1954, Congress amended the 1938 law making the day a legal holiday, substituting "Veterans" for "Armistice.")
Nov. 14: President Roosevelt had come out in favor of a broad program of social security that included unemployment insurance. States would handle the program, funded by contributions by employers. (Wisconsin created a plan in 1932 and the Social Security Act of 1935 provided for unemployment insurance. In 1933, during the worst of the Depression, unemployment reached 24.9 percent.)
50 years ago | 1959
Nov. 9: The hunt for a wounded bandit who had tried to rob the Lakewood Country Club ended with the capture of Lyle Teodore Ennis, 25, in the evening. A masked robber fought a 90-minute siege with police before he escaped, using the night watchman as a human shield. Days later, police had arrested four men, linking them to 18 other burglaries.
Nov. 11: The price of regular gas at major stations was expected to jump up 2 cents, to 32.9 cents per gallon. Independent stations were expected sell regular for 30.9 cents.
25 years ago | 1984
Nov. 8: The City Council told promoters they could try to put together a Grand Prix race around the downtown waterfront. "I think it's the greatest idea since the hip pocket," said councilman Charles Fisher.
Nov. 11: President Ronald Reagan officially accepted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington as a national monument. This followed the unveiling Nov. 9 of a controversial statue of three soldiers. The sculpture faced the low, black granite wall bearing the names of the dead, dedicated two years earlier. For some, the 500-foot wall was an impersonal expression of shame.
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