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Nov. 15, 1940: Dunedin plans to become world's honeymoon capital

DUNEDIN — Dunedin may become the honeymoon capital of the world if plans proposed by Clinton M. Washburn are carried out, Mayor W.H. Titus said.

Washburn, who owns Honeymoon Island, 3 miles off Dunedin in the Gulf of Mexico, plans to bring 250 newlywed couples there each week, Titus explained.

Last spring and summer, Washburn granted free use of thatched cottages on the island to more than 200 couples.

Mayor Titus said Washburn planned to start immediately constructing 500 cottages, several stores and two grass-thatched churches on the island.

Washburn and his staff will arrive from New York on Saturday and set up headquarters in the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce.

Titus said Washburn's plan is to have an agency arrange with business firms and other organizations in the North and East to send newlywed couples to the island for two-week vacations beginning in March.

All the expenses would be paid by the firms, which would select the honeymooners.

Nov. 10, 1930

Pair of local boxers will be on fight card

CLEARWATER — It is expected that the American Legion arena on North Garden Avenue near Cleveland Street will be packed tonight as Eddie Cancella and Joe Rodriguez face each other in an eight-round main event boxing match.

Cancella is from Ybor City and Rodriguez hails from Palmetto Beach. They tip the scales at 150 and 148 pounds, respectively.

Three six-round bouts are on the program: Battling Sammy vs. Byron Nunnally; Cecil Yettaw vs. Ceal Yancey; and Jessie Paulk vs. Billy Fiske.

The preliminary match will be between Gator Mills and Battling Buckley. Yettaw and Buckley are local boxers and will have many supporters among the spectators.

Nov. 14, 1930

Newsreel catches moonshine scheme

CLEARWATER — The newsreel photographers overlooked a good human-interest picture when they failed to snap one of the liquor-pouring parties held at stated intervals in the rear of the Pinellas County Jail.

One of these affairs was staged late yesterday afternoon, and it was well worth seeing.

Most of the intoxicants spilled consisted of ordinary moonshine made in the swamp in the usual manner and bottled without any fancy labels or trimmings. A great quantity of the stuff — known as home brew — was put up in ordinary beer bottles.

The cover to the manhole at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Markley Street was removed, and a large iron funnel with a screen in the bottom was placed over the hole. Four trusties brought the contraband fluid from the jail and poured the contents into the funnel.

Product from the amateur breweries was piled in wooden cases and with it was mixed quart, pint and half-pint bottles of moonshine that had been seized in raids on home brew stations. The trusties, armed with openers, pried off the tops of bottles, allowing the foaming beverage to hit them in their faces.

This method allowed them to at least get a sort of alcoholic bath.

But when they got hold of a bottle and a deputy did not have his eyes upon it, it would be thrown into the funnel without the cork being pulled. The trusties evidently hoped to salvage the liquor later.

Deputy Homer Jones was on to them. He said nothing as he walked over to the cache and attended to the spilling of the supposedly hidden whiskey.

Nov. 15, 1930

Burglar takes only watch and trousers

CLEARWATER — A peculiar burglary was reported to the police by attorney Arthur Jordan yesterday morning.

He stated that his residence in the Country Club section was robbed Thursday night and the only articles missing were a wristwatch and a pair of trousers belonging to his son.

The robbery was not discovered until the young man started to dress for school and was unable to find his trousers and watch.

The police are working on the case.

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