This week in history
From the pages of the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent.
100 years ago | 1909
Dec. 1: "Home-seekers" from Pennsylvania, most from Altoona, were looking over property north of the city. The developers — the Florida Association, headed by Philadelphia publisher and local entrepreneur F. A. Davis — had named the colony Pinellas Farms. The town and railway station were to be called Pinellas Park.
Dec. 4: H. E. Adams, a Tampa jeweler, advertised the Thermos bottle, which kept its contents hot "without fire" for 24 hours or cold for three days. "Invaluable" in the nursery and sick room, a luxury for the "automobilist" or sportsman. The quart size sold for $5.75, in an era when coffee was 25 cents a pound and an iron bed $6. Budd's Pharmacy on Central Avenue carried a full line of Eastman Kodak supplies: film, chemicals for developing photos, paper for printing, "everything to make the picture perfect."
75 years ago | 1934
Dec. 4: The City Council discovered its $5,000 liquor license had been repealed in 1930, with other "useless" statues. Package stores only needed a county permit to operate. After Dec. 24, however, new stores would also need a $500 city license. Police would enforce the 1915 Davis package law, which prohibited sale of liquor by the drink. J. H. Faulkner and Webb's drugstore had obtained county licenses.
Dec. 5: Nick Carroll staggered into city court and offered testimony in "a dazed and incoherent manner." Municipal Judge Edgar Dunn vented to police that he was "sick and tired of having dope and liquor smuggled . . . into the city jail." Carroll admitted he had taken veronol.
50 years ago | 1959
Dec. 2: The battle over the Bayway development continued, with opponents labeled antiprogress and antibusiness. The Bayway toll causeway and bridge would include a spur to Mullet Key (Fort DeSoto Park). Opponents felt secret deals had been made with Tierra Verde Corp. to develop the rest of the islands.
25 years ago | 1984
Dec. 3: Supporters of a downtown site for baseball asked the Florida Supreme Court to force the county to honor its financial commitment to the stadium. The next day, city and county planners said moving the location to mid Pinellas would cost about $50 million, nearly the $59 million construction price. Costs for developing the three Gateway-area sites were nearly twice 1982 estimates.
Dec. 3: Ricky Bell, an all-star running back with the University of Southern California and later the Tampa Bay Bucs, was buried in Los Angeles. Bell, 29, died from a muscle disease compounded by a heart condition on Nov. 28. He was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick in 1977.
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