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Tarpon voters turn out to return mayor to office

J.N. Craig was re-elected mayor of Tarpon Springs today to serve a fourth term, defeating D.P. Boyer and Benjamin G. Scribner in an election which brought out the largest vote in the history of the city.

Elected to serve with Mayor Craig were Louis Smitzes and Owen F. Baynard for commissioners. Smitzes and Baynard defeated incumbent J.M. Young Ed Ocramer and E.M. Smith.

A total of 804 votes were cast from 8 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. when the polls closed.

Jan. 24, 1932

Dunedin school is unsanitary, letter says

DUNEDIN — Charges that unsanitary conditions at Dunedin grammar school are endangering the health of pupils will be made in a letter to the board of public instruction from City Manager W. Lovett Douglas and Commissioner V. J. Lawrance, it was learned today.

The letter will charge that the plumbing and sanitary conditions are "very poor," and that the plumbing is in deplorable condition, it was said.

The letter will also charge that the board of public instruction has failed to act when informed of conditions at the school on several occasions by Dunedin residents and members of the local School Board.

Jan. 19, 1955

Purchaser drops bid for underwater land

A developer dropped his bid to buy Clearwater Bay land yesterday after the County Commission asked the state to stop such submerged land sales.

Public Works Director C.A. Peterson said Leo Butler and Associates, which sought 5 acres 1,500 feet east of the northern tip of Clearwater Beach, withdrew its request late yesterday.

Butler, a Clearwater civil engineer who said he wanted the underwater land as a private fishing camp site, said he intends to reapply for the purchase when proposed bridge routes are known, Peterson said.

Earlier in the day, the commission, alarmed at the sale of submerged lands by the state in Pinellas County, voted to ask state Internal Improvement Fund Trustees to withhold from sale all submerged land between the islands and mainland from Mullet Key to the Anclote River.

They asked this be done until the commission has picked a route for highways to link the islands and until the route of the West Coast Inland Navigation Canal has been determined.

Jan. 20, 1955

Trio transmitted race results, officials say

OLDSMAR — Three Indianapolis men were arrested here yesterday on charges of illegally transmitting horse race results from Sunshine Park.

Chief Criminal Deputy Ross Anderson named them as Mendel Grenberg, 35, Richard Lowell Shackleford, 46, and Pete Barnett, 30.

Anderson said the three had been placing bets as high as $1,800 on a single horse in a race.

He added they had worked out a system to transmit race results from a spotter at Sunshine Park to a telephone pay station in a drive-in here.

The results were then telephoned to Indianapolis and to Evanston, Ill.

Deputy Ellis Clifton of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Don Genung, chief criminal deputy of Pinellas County, found $3,860 on the three men.

The arrests were made after an investigation by racetrack police, deputies and an undercover officer from the state attorney general's office.

The three men were taken to Pinellas County Jail, Clearwater.

Way Back When . . .

Classifieds ads as time capsules

Classified ads have been around a long time. Looking at them now they seem like tiny printed time capsules. Did Sally ever sell her sofa? Was Jim ever able to rent out a single room that had hot and cold running water?

Here are some classified ads that appeared in the Times on Jan. 17, 1932:

SACRIFICE sale: 1929 Studebaker, Regal Commander, 4-door sedan, 6 wire wheels, trunk rack, 15,000 mileage. A-1 condition throughout, privately owned, cash price $450. Phone 76-362.

• • •

OWNER of large sedan going north to Chicago, leave Jan. 18, return in 10 days. Take 5 persons to share expenses. Call 934 9th Ave. S.

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LOST — A small cloth bag containing three lady's rings. One single diamond in an old-fashioned gold setting. One, an opal, surrounded by small diamonds. One, a heavy plain gold wedding ring. Reward if returned to Mrs. Chase, 323 4th St. S.

Headlines through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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Headlines through

the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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