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Pinellas History: 1952: Tarpon Springs likely to approve hospital

Opponents are expected to be defeated at the special meeting of the City Commission in their fight against a proposed zoning law amendment for a mental hospital in the Sunset Hills subdivision, Mayor-Realtor Fred Howard told the Times.

Under fire from a minority faction was the proposed sale of the famous Upham House to Dr. Samuel G. Hibbs, a prominent Tampa doctor, who plans to convert the building and grounds into a sanatorium.

The area was zoned for agriculture, which takes in radio stations and other such enterprises. But when the ordinance was drawn up, the word "hospital" was omitted. The commission is scheduled to meet to amend the ordinance by inserting "hospital" into the ordinance.

Dr. Hibbs had expressed surprise at rumors about the type of patients the proposed hospital was to handle. It had been reported that those opposing the hospital were averse to living near perverts and the criminally insane.

In response, Dr. Hibbs said there were to be no sex criminals or criminally insane patients at the institution, and the hospital would screen its patients and eliminate those types.

Dr. Hibbs made tentative plans to call his hospital The Country House and said it was to be a boon for the west coast of Florida and especially to Tarpon Springs.

Aug. 17, 1932

Judge's son alerts police to prisoner

CLEARWATER — Wilbur "Tootsie" Dear, a Largo youth, made his escape yesterday morning and was free from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., when he was found in front of Magistrate J.C. Moore's home.

Dear told arresting officers things would have been different if he had had his gun with him.

Dickie Moore, the 9-year-old son of Judge Moore, saw the man slipping through the bushes and notified police.

Dear and "Doc" Nunnery, charged with assault and battery, drunk and disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, were given a preliminary hearing yesterday in the circuit courtroom, which was filled with Largo residents.

The two men were charged with assault upon Avery Houchard in a fight that occurred in Largo. Houchard was in the hospital with a broken leg and fractured ribs.

They were held on $1,000 bail and sentenced to a fine of $25 or 60 days in jail.

Herald Fussell of Largo was bound over to circuit court under a $1,000 bail for his part in the fight. He admitted holding the arm of police Chief Finley McMullen as the chief was attempting to reach for his blackjack.

After adjournment, the prisoners were taken into custody. Dear walked down the stairs about 10 feet in front of the constable. Just before he reached the outer jail fence, he broke into a run and got away.

Aug. 19, 1928

Two fishermen die in rough weather

TARPON SPRINGS — A grim tale of a terrific battle at sea with the raging elements, aroused to a fury pitch by a driving gale, was told by the hungry survivors of the Canarias Galichia. The crew had manned the three-masted schooner of the Havana Fish Co. and were lost at sea for five days before arriving in Tarpon Springs.

Of the original crew of seven that left Havana on July 27 for an extended trip to the fishing banks in the Gulf, only five reached port here.

Cousins Manuel Cabalo, 32, and Antonio Cabalo, 23, were carried to their deaths when a huge wave broke over the boat. It shattered two masts and washed the men overboard.

Crew members said the two men were lost during the height of the tropical gale, which lashed the west coast of Florida and then swept out to sea.

Aug. 24, 1928

Woman killed after high platform dive

Sylvia Hesbol, 19-year-old daughter of A. Hesbol, died in a Chicago hospital from injuries sustained in a 95-foot dive from a platform at an Akron, Ohio, amusement park, according to information received here. Both were former residents of Tarpon Springs.

Miss Hesbol had been making spectacular dives from lofty platforms for several years. She had successfully dived from 74-foot platforms several times. On the day she sustained the fatal injuries, she had increased the height to 95 feet.

Aug. 24, 1928

Sponge boats head into Gulf of Mexico

TARPON SPRINGS — An exodus of more than 100 sponge boats for the sponge banks in the Gulf of Mexico was completed today when the last of the craft set sail down the Anclote River. The catch was to be sold at the fall sponge sales.

The boats were to be away from their home port for several weeks. They were expected to return about the middle of October.

The midsummer sales here brought good prices, nearly a quarter-million dollars paid for the catch.

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