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June 7-13: the week in history

This week in history

From the pages of the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent.

100 years ago | 1909

June 12: Lack of funds forced the county School Board to adopt a plan to cut the term of county schools to five months and city schools to six months. It recommended local trustees extend the year themselves by using special tax district funds.

June 12: Watermelons had reached a low price of 5 and 10 cents. The "melons produced on the muck lands are the sweetest and best ever grown here."

June 12: The commercial fishing season was practically over. Many of the fishermen had broken up camps down the bay and come to town to await the fall season, which began Aug. 15. Just about all the fish caught until then would be with hook and line, enough for locals.

June 12: In the days before bridges: Dr. F. W. Wilcox went to Tampa yesterday to pick up his new automobile. He left there about 7:30 a.m. this morning, went around the top of the bay and arrived in the city shortly before noon. The agent who sold him the machine rode with him and would return home by ferry.

75 years ago | 1934

June 8: Richard Kimura, 13, drowned in Lake Pasadena, at Fourth Avenue and 61st Street N. Richard became frantic after diving in from the bank. He tore away from friend Howard Hamm, 13, who had come to his aid, and sank. His body was recovered by other boys using a homemade diving helmet to search the muddy bottom. Richard, who was Japanese, had lived here since 1927.

June 9: A cafe's stove exploded, starting a fire that caused $4,000 damage to a block of businesses on Second Avenue S, off Ninth Street. The frame buildings, mostly owned by black merchants, were not insured.

50 years ago | 1959

June 7: "Kingpin speller" Gerald Fink took off in "a drizzly welter of flashbulbs, umbrellas and well-wishers" to compete in the National Spelling Bee finals in Washington, D.C. The 14-year-old St. Paul's eighth-grader made it through 10 rounds, sunk by "cedilla." The Times sponsored his trip.

June 10: In four years, the city had poured $20 million into sanitary sewers, but was still $10 million short of connecting every resident in the 54-square-mile city. Without more bond financing, it would be five to 10 years before everyone had sewer service.

June 10: The School Board announced lunches would go up 3 to 5 cents. The money would go toward better lunches, pay for workers and linen service. The new prices: grades 1-2, 35 cents daily or $1.50 weekly; grades 3-9, 35 cents or $1.65; grades 10-12, 40 cents or $1.75.

25 years ago | 1984

June 7: Two days after voters rejected the city's Pier Park waterfront development project, the City Council agreed to let the developer of the Vinoy Park Hotel build a 92-slip marina across from the hotel. It was part of B. B. Anderson's plans to raise $40 million to turn the old Vinoy into a top resort. After five years, voters would decide on a longer lease for the marina.

June 8: In a formal ceremony marking Dixie Hollins High's 25th anniversary, 370 graduates received diplomas at the Bayfront Center.

June 11: A judge ruled that standout high school basketball player John Grady III would be allowed to play a fifth year at Shorecrest Preparatory School. Grady and his father filed suit after the state high school athletics association ruled him ineligible. The judge made clear his ruling did not endorse "redshirting" but was specific to this case. Grady had to repeat a year in grade school.

June 13: A second span for the Howard Franklin Bridge was a top priority of the Department of Transportation, according to officials. Construction on the bridge, a bid to end the countless traffic jams, could begin in 1987, but may take 20 years to make all the improvements.

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