This week in history
From the pages of the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent.
100 years ago | 1909
July 7: It appeared St. Petersburg High would have an eight-month session next term. County School Board Commissioner W. A. Belcher helped pass a motion extending the terms of St. Pete and Plant City to that of Tampa high. Superintendent Buchholtz, who announced a six-month term for the schools, was out of town.
July 9: Ramm's machine shop was constructing "a flying machine" and suffering for it. When the gasoline engine was started Tuesday, "the cogs were thrown out of mesh and the shafting struck Will Ramm, sending him about 14 feet and throwing him into the automobile repair pit." This day, one of the struts from the wings came loose, striking J. A. Hunter in the wrist. Hunter would be out two months. Ramm, gashed and bruised, was recovering nicely.
75 years ago | 1934
July 5: Transients "left destitute by the depression" would be given "a new lease on life" under a city plan, according to Henry Redkey, director of Florida's transient bureaus. The plan "to keep these men at the Crescent lodge and Intake lodge busy" involved clearing 200 acres near the Veterans home, for a cemetery. Transients would be compensated with food, shelter and clothing, saving the city $12,000 to $15,000 in labor costs.
July 11: Police were cleaning up the "slum conditions" along Salt Creek by forcing out the houseboats moored there.
50 years ago | 1959
July 8: Sodium fluoride was added to the city's water supply. The City Council had voted 4-2 to reintroduce fluoride. Fluoride was added to the water in 1955, then voted out two years later.
July 8: Pinellas County's "biggest new high school" was named after its first school superintendent, Dixie M. Hollins. Hollins, appointed when the county was formed in 1912, felt "quite honored." The school would be a first in Florida, operating as a high school and a vocational and technical school and offering countywide classes for accelerated students. In 1912, county enrollment was 3,174. In 1959, it was expected to top 50,000.
25 years ago | 1984
July 5: "Only in Florida" would a music video be directed by a middle-age Englishman "wearing a blue terry cloth bathrobe, a red bathing suit and flip-flops." Storm Thorgenson bellowed: "Where's my drink? Where's my actress?" It was the fourth and final night of shooting a video for One Night, by the Bee Gees' Barry Gibbs, on the grounds of the Don CeSar Beach Resort.
July 11: Shirley Buchanan, "a smooth-talking" con artist with 20 aliases, had been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding local businesses of more than $7,000. But the 31-year-old had posted bond and walked out of Orange County Jail in Orlando, where she had been transferred en route to the women's prison in Lowell. Officials blamed a paperwork foulup.
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