This week in history
From the pages of the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent.
100 years ago | 1909
June 21: The Independent noted the new 1-cent coin would go into circulation the following week. Designed by the Philadelphia mint, 150,000 of the new pennies would be ready, replacing "the familiar American Indian head with the likeness of Abraham Lincoln."
June 25: H. Walter Fuller — president of the St. Petersburg Transportation Co., manager of the Florida West Coast Co., city electric company, St. Petersburg and Gulf railway and Johns Pass Realty Co. — gave an interview to the Independent. He expected a wave of prosperity to sweep the country in the following year. Fuller, "one of the live wires," was a driving force in developing the city. He made, and lost, fortunes. Among his careers, he was a road builder and developer (Jungle and Pasadena subdivisions, Treasure Island). He built an electric plant at 16th Street N and First Avenue, and helped extend Central Avenue from Ninth Street to Boca Ciega Bay. Fuller envisaged a bridge to Tampa, which George S. Gandy later built. He died in North Carolina in 1942, at 74.
75 years ago | 1934
June 23: What Depression? Polling almost 1.3 million votes between them, Leonora Slaughter and Ione Brubaker won the two trips to Europe in the Times-Merchants' contest. With more than 3.2 million votes coming in the final day, the committee awarded trips to the World's Fair in Chicago to the next five winners, three more than planned.
June 25: About 100 delegates and visitors were in town for the sixth annual convention of the Florida Synod of the United Lutheran Church, hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church. The district Methodist conference was being held at the First Methodist Church, South. And more than 100 naturopaths from around the state held a one-day clinic and discussion on natural healing and health June 24.
50 years ago | 1959
June 21: Florida's "top pop," Gov. LeRoy Collins, and his family enjoyed French rump roast on Father's Day. The recipe won a contest sponsored by the Florida Beef Council.
June 24: Assessed property valuations in Pinellas County topped $1 billion for the first time since the county was created in 1912, according to tentative tax rolls.
25 years ago | 1984
June 21: More than 100 would-be actors showed up at the Sunshine Center to try out for parts in Ron Howard's upcoming movie, Cocoon. Filming would begin in August and take about three months.
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